Sensitive Thugs: 25 Songs for a Lonely Valentine's Day

Eminem "Puke" (2004)


Softest Lyric: "If you only knew how much hated you/For every motherfucking thing you ever put us through/Then I wouldn't be standing here crying over you"

The greatest loves burn bright and fast. Sometimes (never) the break is amicable; sometimes (always) the break is gruesome. After all the adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin wear off from those initial stages of infatuation, you will most likely realize that the person you fawned over was insufferable, and now the mere sound of their voice can trigger violent physical reactions such as rage, continual masturbation, and illness.

Eminem melodically explores this primeval reaction to grief on "Puke" by waxing such poetic lines as, "You're a fucking cokehead slut, I hope you fucking die/I hope you get to hell and Satan sticks a needle in your eye." We've all been there, right? Craft a voodoo doll out of those saved movie ticket stubs and adorn it with that lock of hair you cut off while she was asleep and pray that harm befalls your ex.

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