The end of some relationships hurt more than others. And while you can get over an ex by rediscovering old interests or picking up a book that heals , music also has the ability to uplift. Whether you're still pining over your lost love or simply need a little motivation for a fresh start, blast these breakup songs. From angry anthems, to rock tunes, and country ballads, these soulful songs will help you say goodbye. As the song explores, when a relationship is good, you'll never want to lose the feelings that come with it. Nobody can coach you through a heartbreak quite like Adele, who has a song for every post-breakup emotion.
The original American Idol winner is basically the queen of rock-n-roll-style breakup anthems. And " Stronger " is all about not letting a breakup diminish your self-worth. This classic stands the test of time because you can practically feel the pain behind the words as The Righteous Brothers lament the end of a romance. We all want to take the high road after a breakup and convince ourselves that we're better off alone, but that's not always how it goes. There's no shame in needing to pour yourself a glass of wine and—as Rihanna suggests—taking a minute to wallow.
Sometimes, a relationship has to end before a partner's negative traits become clear. Running into an ex is never fun, especially when you're still upset that you're not with them. Warwick addresses how tough these circumstances can be in this Grammy-nominated hit. It's tough to learn that your partner has been unfaithful, but Timberlake is not above calling out the girl who did him wrong in this track. He channeled his anger productively: by releasing a chart-topper.
Cher is here to dry your tears and push you back out onto the dance floor. As she sings, everyone needs to believe in life after love. May we suggest a dating app? Queen Bey knows how to deliver a burn when someone does her wrong. Press play on this under-valued hit from her album 4 if you need this reminder: it's not worth staying down in the dumps over someone who didn't treat you right to begin with. Though Robyn's original version of this song will make you want to dance, Callum Scott's stripped-down cover makes you realize just how sad—and real—the lyrics are.
The U. It's the song you'll want to put on the moment you wake up and realize the mourning period is over. While the members of Fleetwood Mac often failed to get along, they came together to produce "Dreams," a breakup anthem that ended up topping the Billboard Hot charts.
A super danceable track, "What About Us" focuses on reconciling with shattered trust. There are times when you just have to fake your way through the pain. That's the gist of Go West's hit. Why not have something to tap your toes to as you try to mend your heart? Lizzo's music focuses on one theme: self-love.
You might be more familiar with Michael Bolton's version of this song , but Branigan, the singer behind " Gloria ," belts out the lyrics so convincingly, it's almost like she's crying through her words. This catchy dance track is about reaching your breaking point. Keeping it authentic, Gomez sings about removing herself from a messy relationship.
It's a song about coming to terms with the mistakes you made in a relationship, but realizing it's too late. Few people have effectively articulated the highs and lows of love as well as Carole King has. In , Ne-Yo 's single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot chart—and for good reason. With his silky smooth vocals, he sings about wanting to put all of the breakup sadness behind him while longing for the one he lost. Morissette gives a voice to scorned women.
Queue up this track if you've begun to feel angry after a breakup. It may even inspire you to strap on the boxing gloves and hit the bag to let go of some of those feelings.
The women of Allure sing about realizing you're better off without that person. A darker track, Gotye's song studies what happens when someone you were previously so close to disappears and is no longer a part of your life. With her raspy voice, India. Arie reinvented this Don Henley classic to make it her own. The message? Moving on is hard, but you'll find a way just as so many others have. JoJo gave us "Leave Get Out " when she was just 13 and the emotions have been running high ever since. Let "No Apologies" empower you to stand up for yourself if you're facing blame.
As she sings in this relatable track, Rita Ora knows all too well how tough it can be to move on from a person you thought was the one. While No Doubt's " Don't Speak " was a contender for our list, Stefani's solo single ultimately made the cut since it's rare to come across a breakup song with a positive spin.
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