Because everything is better with music.
There’s nothing quite like a breakup. It’s rare in life you experience such a tumultuous melting pot of emotions in one sitting. Grief, rage, hysteria, anxiety, and the inevitable urge to binge on Ben & Jerry’s while compulsively watching The Notebook are just a few of the stages we go through.
Whether or not the split was for the best matters about as much as Russell Brand’s latest case of foot-in-mouth. All we know is that we’re feeling worse than anyone ever has in the history of human existence.
Believe it or not; you’re not alone in this colossal case of down in the dumps. Many people before you have gone through the same horrendous thing, and very fortunately, some of them have written songs about it. Music is the universal language, and these 16 songs are guaranteed to facilitate that cataclysmic catharsis you’re longing for.
1. Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Who could go past this Kelly Clarkson classic? Sweet, soulful sounds plus poignant-as-hell lyrics; it’s the perfect song to blast as you cry into your Hershey’s Kisses.
2. Blow Me One Last Kiss – P!nk
When it comes to independant women, P!nk definitely takes the cake. If you need a harder sound, this booming anthem will hit that sore spot.
3. All By Myself – Celine Dion
This list would not be complete without Celine Dion’s iconic ballad. Cue pizza, chocolate, and Bridget Jones’ Diary.
4. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
For the eternal optimist in you, Kelly Clarkson’s lilting song of liberation will having you pondering all the wonderful things to come. Don’t break up; breakaway.
5. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Nancy Sinatra
There is no way to ignore this truly haunting tune, sung by the bewitching Nancy Sinatra. Never has a split been summed up with such glorious simplicity.
6. Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Don’t lie; we all go through the stage of wanting to destroy every piece of property our unfaithful lover owns. Multiple times. With sharp objects. This song is your soundtrack when that moment hits.
7. Piece Of My Heart – Janis Joplin
No breakup is complete without the powerful, rasping tones of the queen herself, Janis Joplin. She was a supernova; burn bright, die young…much like a lot of relationships, actually.
8. Stronger – Britney Spears
Remember this song? Goodness knows Britney is an expert when it comes to the proverbial breakup, especially considering her notorious 55 hour marriage. Who wouldn’t trust her dulcet tones?
9. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
While the music video may have raised a few eyebrows, the song itself is pretty damn fabulous. Thank you, Miley; your earthy sound will help many a woman cope when they’ve been hit by their own wrecking ball.
10. Strong Enough – Cher
One of the greatest breakup songs of them all, this anthem will having you dancing out the door and on to your next adventure.
11. Single Ladies – Beyonce
Learn the tune, bust out the infamous dance routine, and you’ve got a recipe for success. As the saying goes, “Nobody’s perfect…except Beyonce!”
12. Hit Me Up – Gia Farrell
When you’re ready to make your next move, this, swing-ified ditty will have you hungry for a conquest. Nothing wrong with a rebound, right?
13. Wings – Little Mix
Don’t waste your life hanging out for some guy who’s not worth the ground you walk on. Heed the advice of Little Mix; your wings are made to fly.
14. Cry Me A River – Ella Fitzgerald
Oh Ella, your soothing, bluesy sound never fails to inspire. Cry that river you need to cry while listening to Madam Fitzgerald’s wise words.
15. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift seems to have an eternal supply of breakup songs, but this is one of her best. Sometimes, trouble just finds us. At least we’ve got Taylor to help us deal with it.
16. Lips Are Movin’ – Meghan Trainor
When his lips are moving but nothing’s coming out, it’s time to turn up some Meghan Trainor and tell him you’re done.