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

Top 30 Songs for June 28-July 4, 2020

1. MARIA – Two Feet (1)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
3. HELL N BACK – Bakar (5)
4. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (4)
5. CAUTION – The Killers (3)
6. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (8)
7. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (7) 21st week on list
8. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (9)
9. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (10)
10. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (11)
11. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (13)
12. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
13. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (15)
14. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (16)
15. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (17)
16. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (19)
17. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (20)
18. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (21)
19. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (12) 22nd week on list
20. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (24)
21. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (22)
22. FIRE – Black Pumas (23)
23. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (14)
24. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (26)
25. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (28)
26. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (18)
27. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (29)
28. MONSTERS – All Time Low featuring blackbear (30)
29. NOT OK! – Chaz Cardigan (N)
30. SWIMMING CLOSER – HAZY (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 21-27, 2020

1. MARIA – Two Feet (1)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
3. CAUTION – The Killers (3)
4. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (6)
5. HELL N BACK – Bakar (8)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
7. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5) 20th week on list
8. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (9)
9. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (10)
10. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (12)
11. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (13)
12. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (7) 21st week on list
13. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (14)
14. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (11)
15. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (16)
16. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (17)
17. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (18)
18. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (15)
19. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (21)
20. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (22)
21. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (23)
22. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (24)
23. FIRE – Black Pumas (25)
24. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (26)
25. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (19)
26. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (28)
27. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (20)
28. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (30)
29. DON’T LET ME DOWN – Milky Chance featuring Jack Johnson (N)
30. MONSTER – All Time Low featuring blackbear (N)

My Top 30 Songs for June 14-20, 2020

1. MARIA – Two Feet (3)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
3. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (5)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (6)
6. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (7)
7. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (4) 20th week on list
8. HELL N BACK – Bakar (8)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (10)
10. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (11)
11. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
12. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (13)
13. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (15)
14. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (17)
15. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (12)
16. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (18)
17. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (19)
18. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (20)
19. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (16)
20. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (14)
21. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (23)
22. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (24)
23. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (25)
24. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (27)
25. FIRE – Black Pumas (28)
26. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (29)
27. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (22)
28. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (30)
29. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (21)
30. REAL LONG TIME – White Reaper (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 7-13, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1) 4th week at #1
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. MARIA – Two Feet (7)
4. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
5. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
6. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
7. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (6)
8. HELL N BACK – Bakar (9)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (8)
10. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (9)
11. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (12)
12. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (13)
13. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (14)
14. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (11)
15. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (17)
16. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (16)
17. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (18)
18. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (20)
19. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (21)
20. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (23)
21. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (15)
22. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (22)
23. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (26)
24. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (27)
25. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (30)
26. RUN – Joji (19)
27. STRANGERS – Mt. Joy (N)
28. FIRE – Black Pumas (N)
29. HALLUCINOGENICS – Matt Maeson (N)
30. HEAVEN IS HEART – Jaded Jane (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 31-June 6, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (4)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
6. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (7)
7. MARIA – Two Feet (8)
8. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (6)
9. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (10)
10. HELL N BACK – Bakar (11)
11. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (9)
12. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (13)
13. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (15)
14. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (16)
15. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (12)
16. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (20)
17. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (21)
18. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (22)
19. RUN – Joji (19)
20. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (25)
21. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (26)
22. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (23)
23. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (27)
24. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (17)
25. OH YEAH! – Green Day (14)
26. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (29)
27. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (30)
28. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (18)
29. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (23)
30. SOMEONE ELSE – Rezz & Grabbitz (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2QW7J2zJqnBLNGK2D4ZaHz?si=yraLo_9JQJGCXIBZPfMNUQ

Top 30 Songs for May 24-30, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (1)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. DELETER – Grouplove (5)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (4)
6. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (7)
7. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (8)
8. MARIA – Two Feet (9)
9. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (6)
10. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (12)
11. HELL N BACK – Bakar (15)
12. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (10)
13. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (17)
14. OH YEAH! – Green Day (11)
15. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (18)
16. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (19)
17. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (14)
18. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (13)
19. RUN – Joji (20)
20. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (22)
21. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (24)
22. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (28)
23. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (16)
24. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (27)
25. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (29)
26. EXPECTATION – Katie Pruitt (30)
27. HONEYBEE – The Head and the Heart (N)
28. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (23)
29. LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN – The Rolling Stones (N)
30. PSYCH FILM – Strangely Alright (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5mD3HBSJBxWJLKTWcABUvK?si=eLC9zLkjRXG-e1ZxX3r_fg

Top 30 Songs for May 17-23, 2020

1. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (2)
2. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (4)
4. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
5. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
6. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (3)
7. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
8. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (10)
9. MARIA – Two Feet (12)
10. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (7)
11. OH YEAH! – Green Day (8)
12. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (16)
13. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (13)
14. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (14)
15. HELL N BACK – Bakar (21)
16. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (11)
17. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (20)
18. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (22)
19. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (24)
20. RUN – Joji (23)
21. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (15) 22nd week on list
22. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (25)
23. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (17)
24. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (27)
25. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (18)
26. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (19)
27. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (29)
28. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (30)
29. BE AFRAID – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (N)
30. EXPECTATIONS – Katie Pruitt (N)

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/040nmtq3f6k3dH0dYWgK5L?si=gPEXsaH3S1ejY82g5I-8Pg

Top 30 Songs for May 10-16, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
2. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (4)
3. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (2)
4. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (5)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (6)
7. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (7)
8. OH YEAH! – Green Day (8)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (9)
10. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (11)
11. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (10)
12. MARIA – Two Feet (16)
13. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (17)
14. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (18)
15. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (12) 21st week on list
16. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (19)
17. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (15)
18. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (13)
19. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (14)
20. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (22)
21. HELL N BACK – Bakar (23)
22. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (24)
23. RUN – Joji (25)
24. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – Kenny Hoopla (26)
25. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (28)
26. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (21)
27. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (30)
28. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (20)
29. SHANGRI-LA – EOB (N)
30. BLACK & WHITE LOVE – Beating Hearts Club (N)

For some reason, the Spotify playlist is not being displayed as it normally is, so click on link to open: 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1A5wXmwC1ZMSTlXUFcyq0q?si=zpxAyJgHQbKdWKaApzTs2A

Top 30 Songs for May 3-9, 2020

1. CAUTION – The Killers (1)
2. BLINDING LIGHTS – The Weeknd (2)
3. BLACK MADONNA – Cage the Elephant (3)
4. LEVEL OF CONCERN – twenty one pilots (25)
5. LOST IN YESTERDAY – Tame Impala (7)
6. DELETER – Grouplove (14)
7. SHINE A LITTLE LIGHT – The Black Keys (9)
8. OH YEAH! – Green Day (10)
9. BAD DECISIONS – The Strokes (12)
10. OVER AND OVER – Amongst Liars (11)
11. YOUR LOVE (DÉJÀ VU) – Glass Animals (13)
12. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (4) 20th week on list
13. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (5)
14. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (6)
15. EVERYTHING I WANTED – Billie Eilish (8)
16. MARIA – Two Feet (17)
17. LET’S FALL IN LOVE FOR THE NIGHT – FINNEAS (18)
18. ME & YOU TOGETHER SONG – The 1975 (19)
19. LEMON DROP – Absofacto (20)
20. HERO – Michael Kiwanuka (15)
21. BEAUTIFUL FACES – Declan McKenna (21)
22. IF NOT FOR THE FIRE – The Million Reasons (23)
23. HELL N BACK – Bakar (24)
24. LONELINESS FOR LOVE – lovelytheband (26)
25. RUN – Joji (27)
26. HOW WILL I REST IN PEACE IF I’M BURIED BY A HIGHWAY?// – KennyHoopla (29)
27. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (16) 18th week on list
28. HALF YOUR AGE – Joywave (30)
29. DANCE OF THE CLAIRVOYANTS – Pearl Jam (22)
30. LAY YOUR HEAD ON ME – Major Lazer featuring Marcus Mumford (N)