100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #15: “Broken” by lovelytheband

The song at #15 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is “Broken” by Los Angeles-based indie pop group lovelytheband. Formed in 2016, the band consists of vocalist Mitchy Collins, guitarist Jordan Greenwald, and drummer Sam Price. One of the catchiest earworms of 2018, “Broken” was the band’s debut single and breakout hit, spending nine weeks at #1 on Billboard‘s Alternative chart, as well as reaching #1 on the Adult Top 40 chart and #29 on the Hot 100. The song actually came out in 2017 as an exclusive release to Billboard that April, but didn’t chart until the beginning of 2018. It ended up being the #1 song of 2018 on the Alternative chart, and was my personal pick for top song of the year as well. “Broken” also holds the current record for the longest time spent on that chart – an eye-popping 76 weeks!

Written by Collins after his breakup with Danielle Bouchard, who was also a member of his former band Oh Honey, the song speaks to the idea that everyone’s flawed and has problems, and of finding someone who’s just as fucked up and lost as you, and trying to make a go of it. He told BillboardWe all have our demons we fight every day. It’s about finding someone whose problems complement yours. Perfectly imperfect. Everyone is a little broken inside, trying to find their band aid. This song is an ode to the broken ones.”

I love the chirpy synths, intricate guitars and powerful driving beat, as well as Collins’ irresistible, quirky vocals that had me listening to the song over and over. The official video brings the song’s lyrics to life with an endearing charm.

I like that you’re broken
Broken like me
Maybe that makes me a fool
I like that you’re lonely
Lonely like me
I could be lonely with you

I met you late night, at a party
Some trust fund baby’s Brooklyn loft
By the bathroom, you said let’s talk
But my confidence is wearing off

These aren’t my people
These aren’t my friends
She grabbed my face and
That’s when she said

I like that you’re broken
Broken like me
Maybe that makes me a fool
I like that you’re lonely
Lonely like me
I could be lonely with you

There’s something tragic, but almost pure
Think I could love you, but I’m not sure
There’s something wholesome, there’s something sweet
Tucked in your eyes that I’d love to meet

These aren’t my people
These aren’t my friends
She grabbed my face and
That’s when she said

I like that you’re broken
Broken like me
Maybe that makes me a fool
I like that you’re lonely
Lonely like me
I could be lonely with you

Life is not a love song that we like
We’re all broken pieces floating by
Life is not a love song we can try
To fix our broken pieces one at a time

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