It’s your fave chick Kreyolicious again…this time counting down the best breakup songs.
But wait! Why a countdown like this? We should celebrate love, and not the rupture of love, no? Well, kreyolicious cheries, for one thing…pain is a part of human life (Thanks for nothing, Adam and Eve). For another, when you think about it…the most popular songs on the planet are about love, and breaking up probably comes in second as a topic. So, let’s stop debating and get started with this little countdown! Yay!
In order of most depressing…most heart-wrenching….
1. Band/Artist: Master Dji
Song: Wale Kite’m
Kreyolicious Breakup-Category: She goes, and you’ve lost your reason to live, and you have lost your identity! You fall into manic depression.
Kreyolicious Notes: This singer’s voice is so laden with pain, it almost felt as if he were mourning the death of several relationships, as opposed to just one. This song nearly drove me to tears. No joke. I would not listen to it on an empty stomach (Let’s face it, Kreyolicious timouns, when you’re already hungry, and you put on a sad song or a sad movie, the likelihood of you weeping and sobbing increases). This kreyolicious song captures the harrowing pain we feel in our hearts when the person we thought we were so totally in love with, and was in turn in love with us, leaves with no explanation…which in turns leaves us with feelings of anger, inadequacy and obsession. These type of breakups are hard to recover from, apparently.
2. Band/Artist: Yanick Etienne
Break-Up Song: Miste Damou
Kreyolicious Break-up category: A break-up, but one that has a glint of silver lining…a reconciliation may be in progress.
Kreyolicious Notes: Not sure when this song was recorded. Early 90s perhaps? Early 2000s? But goodness, this lady sure has a lovely voice. Silent treatments, a tendency to forget all the great moments, lending a deaf ear to heartfelt apologies, and allowing personal pride to get into the way of reconciliation—are among some of the aspects of a breakup touched upon on this gorgeous ballad.
3. Band/Artist: Joe Jack
Song: Fèm Dous
Kreyolicious Break-up category: The period during the breakup and the rebound girl hunting.
Kreyolicious Notes: Dude is looking for some “Ti doudou” (uptown sweetie) to make him “dous” (er…sexual favors no doubt), so that he can “bliye” (forget) all the “imilasyon” (mortification) he’s undergone at the hands of the previous women he’s been with. Oh, heck no. This means this guy is not looking for a new love. He’s looking for a temporary fill-in to soothe his ego. Oh! It’s all about him. But you’ve got to admit that this song treats the rebound syndrome—a major aspect of the stages of a breakup. The melody is salsaish…very ballroomesque.
Kreyolicious Notes: Not sure when this song was recorded. Early 90s perhaps? Early 2000s? But goodness, this lady sure has a lovely voice. Silent treatments, a tendency to forget all the great moments, lending a deaf ear to apologies, and allowing personal pride to get into the way of reconciliation—are among some of the aspects of a breakup touched upon on this gorgeous ballad.
4. Artist/Band: Harmonik
Haitian breakup song: Mwen Bouke
Kreyolicious Break-Up: This is the breakup in the on-again, off-again relationship.
Kreyolicious Notes: We have quite a narrative in this song. He cheated. She found out somehow. They more or less made up, and have agreed to let bygones be bygones. But wait! Her heart is still tearing from his infidelity. He’s apologized over and over…’til he doesn’t know what to say anymore. He feels like she’s using his infidelity to torture him needlessly—taking “plezi” (sick pleasure) in making him . There’s a spoken monologue at the end of the song…she decided to break-up with him again, while he thought they were under good terms again. And she got with another man…Now this song, again, is about a reconciliation that should never have materialized in the first place. The
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5. Band/Artist: K-Zino
Haitian Breakup Song: Kè Mwen Kontan
Kreyolicious Break-up category: Denial, followed by an actual reconciliation.
Kreyolicious Notes: Aw, he’s begging for another chance. He can’t handle life without her. He’s waiting on that phone call. And out of nowhere, there’s a knock at the door…it’s her! One wonders what will happen the next time there’s some sort of separation again? And something tells me there will be another separation…and the narrator won’t be able to handle it.
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6. Band/Artist: Daan Junior
Haitian Breakup Song: Kite’m Ale
Kreyolicious Break-up category: The breakup that occurs when one party is fed up, and wants to jump ship before things totally deteriorate.
Kreyolicious Notes: A voluntary departure is what this song’s about. The narrator is tired of being stifled in this relationship, the emotional pressures, and the verbal abuse, and disrespect. Lawd, it’s too much to be borne. So…Out, he goes!
7. Band/Artist: K-Dans
Haitian Breakup Song: Touman
Kreyolicious Break-up category: Break-up resulting from death.
Kreyolicious Notes: I clicked on this song out of curiosity. And it turns out, it’s just what my countdown needed. This song sounds less depressing than it should. Some great vocal work by the lead singer of this group. When a breakup happens because one of the parties departs in death, it’s emotionally devastating. One can say it’s probably the worst type of breakup. But as the singer points out in the lyrics, a love that dies lives on forever. Only thing is, the next woman will have to deal with a dead rival. And we all know how we tend to deify the dead sometimes. We forget about all their flaws, and remember only the good about them.
8. Band/Artist: Zenglen
Haitian Breakup Song: Sincerely Yours
Kreyolicious Break-up category: Extreme denial post-breakup breakup
Kreyolicious Notes: Wow, dude is so obsessed, he’s literally playing for his girl’s new man to have cold feet. He’s hopeful, in a loving way, not thoroughly stalker-scary. Just a sincere-hearted man who realizes that he messed up when things were good, and that he’s not ready (nor will he ever be) to see his woman in another man’s arms.
9. Band/Artist: Nu Look
Haitian Breakup Song: It Wasn’t Meant to Be
Kreyolicious Break-up category: The reflective break-up.
Kreyolicious Notes: In retrospect, this relationship should never have come into existence, the narrator contends in the lyrics. He isn’t bitter. Nor does he want to try again. Had she ever loved him, he muses. But he wants to make it clear that the lawn isn’t closely-cut or greener on the other side for the ex. Or, so he hopes.
10. Band/Artist: Carimi
Haitian Breakup Song: Kita Nago
Kreyolicious Break-up category: The one-sided breakup!
Kreyolicious Notes: This song is really frightening. The playfulness of the production practically masks the sinister aspect of the lyrics. This is about a man who’s obsessed with a former flame. He promises to chases her in all corners of the earth to track her down. You guys, this is Witness…er Ex-Girlfriend Protection Program matter! Restraining order!
This has been yet another Kreyolicious Playlist. Goodness knows, I just might have a Part II for this countdown. Do you have a favorite from this list? Or is your favorite not on this list? Sound off!