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When Love Hurts, Listen To This


Hung up on someone you'll never quite click with? Consider this soundtrack your emotional rescue.

By Kristin Sloan

n theory, everyone hopes to find a happy, healthy relationship with another person. But you can't always choose the people that you are drawn to. A few years back, I was crazily, giddily hooked on someone, and wound up accepting all kinds of odd, confusing, and questionable behavior from him. I was tempted and tortured simultaneously—living out my own personal Ring of Fire. Do I need to tell you it didn't end well? But music was always there to heal the wounds, explore the heartache, or expose my feelings in a new light—and the songs in this iMix capture it all. Enjoy the ride, especially these highlights:

The Love Hurts iMix Get this mix!
Black Magic Woman
Santana

Don't Believe Her
Scorpions

Irresistible Bitch
Prince

Like a Friend
Pulp

Heartbreaker
Pat Benatar

Simply Irresistible
Robert Palmer

Barracuda
Heart

Devil in Disguise
Elvis Presley
Poison
Alice Cooper

Always
Saliva

Hurts So Good
John Mellencamp

Toxic
Britney Spears

Lips Like Sugar
Echo & The Bunnymen

Midnight Show
The Killers

Bone Machine
The Pixies
Maneater
Hall & Oates

Reptile
The Church

Bandages
Hot Hot Heat

Ring of Fire
Johnny Cash

Mr. Brightside
The Killers

Evil Woman
Electric Light Orchestra

Tainted Love
Soft Cell



What's in the mix:

Toxic by Britney Spears
Britney says a guy like you should come with a disclaimer. Who doesn't know a man like this?

Bone Machine by The Pixies
Lead singer Black Francis's off-kilter singing/screaming style, rocking drum and bass, and lines like "you're so pretty when you're unfaithful to me" will make you feel as if having a tortured relationship can be cool.

Like a Friend by Pulp
The set-up: He's obsessed with her, even though she treats him like dirt. Leave it to a British dude to make desperation and torment sound sexy.

Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
Johnny's calm, matter-of-fact way of describing his fiery relationship makes you feel like you have a friend who's been through the same thing. It's gonna be O.K., because Johnny says so.

Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar
"Don't you mess around with me," says this super-tough 80's rock chic who knows what she's getting herself into. Bring it on.

Maneater by Hall & Oates
"Ooohh here she comes... watch out boy, she'll chew you up". Sounds like he's describing some sort of woman-monster...All this from the boys who brought us Sara Smile?

Reptile by The Church
"I see you slither away... like a real reptile". The guitar riff on this one will haunt you, just like the sting from the relationship the song describes.


Kristin Sloan is a professional dancer with the New York City Ballet and a recreational rock drummer. She is currently enjoying a happy, healthy relationship—much like the one described in the first sentence above.

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