“Used To Love You” by Gwen Stefani

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Gwen Stefani is back and she is back with a broken heart. Stefani just released a new song dedicated to her recent divorce from singer Gavin Rossdale. Nothing sparks a hit more than heartbreak, and Stefani proves just that.  

The single, “Used To Love You,” is unlike any one of her upbeat pop songs. The lyrics are full of the emotions you feel after a breakup, with lyrics such as, “I don’t know why I cry/But I think it’s ‘cause I remembered for the first time/Since I hated you/That I used to love you.”

Even the music video is full of heartbreak. Stefani is staring at the camera with a black backdrop, and it is a great example of how less is more. There are no fancy special effects, no girls in skimpy clothing, just a vulnerable person with eyes filled with sadness and anger. In doing this, the lyrics stand out and have more of an effect on the listener.

Stefani does a great job sharing her feelings after a hard, messy breakup; revealing that after the anger and the hatred fades away, all you’re left with is yourself. An old feeling comes—love—and nothing is sadder than losing someone you love.

So the next time you have a break up, after listening to Whitney Houston, Carole King, and Michael Bolton, turn on some Gwen Stefani and remember the love that once was.