Everybody goes through phases in life when they listen to a different genre of music. Maybe you loved heavy metal or punk rock when you were a teenager, but today you listen to nothing but oldies and country. Perhaps you listen to a special playlist while you’re sleeping or on your Monday morning commute.
Music is cathartic. Depending on the year or the mood, you might choose to listen to different music, and that especially applies to the time after a breakup.
After a messy breakup, you may mourn the loss of a person from your life, but have the added pain of them cheating on you or not accepting who you are. Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness may drive you to listen to sad, empowering, or ragey songs to help you get over the person, and oftentimes it works!
Letting out your emotions can be very healing, and we’ve found a 21 tracks that will ease your heartache. Because let’s face it: They never deserved you anyways.
1. Say Something by A Great Big World
While it’s not a happy or empowering song, this sad ballad reflects on a great love that was never returned and the vulnerability that comes with loss. It’ll have you crying, in a good way.
Best lyric: “You’re the one that I love and I’m saying goodbye.”
2. Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
I love listening to this at the gym because it reminds me how strong I am and how much I’m capable of. Those are always good things to remember after rejection.
Best lyric: “You shoot me down but I won’t fall. I am titanium.”
3. All I Ask by Adele
Sometimes we’re blindsided by a breakup, and other time we can see it coming a mile away. Adele’s song explores the emotion behind a last night together before each person goes their separate ways.
Best lyric: “It matters how this ends. ‘Cause what if I never love again?”
4. It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls
How can anyone be sad when listening to this song? Along with the catchy beat and funny lyrics, it brings hope that you’ll find that special someone one day.
Best lyric: “God bless Mother Nature, she’s a single woman too. She took off to heaven and she did what she had to do. She taught every angel to rearrange the sky so that each and every woman could find her perfect guy.”
5. Better in Time by Leona Lewis
Although this track isn’t a chart-topper anymore, the words resonate throughout the years. Leona Lewis croons about lost love and the hope that healing will come someday.
Best lyric: “And even though I really love you, I’m gonna smile cause I deserve to.”
6. All I Want by Kodaline
All those promises. How many did they make to you, only to break every last one? We can all relate to this heartfelt song. Listen and watch the music video at the same time for even greater effect.
Best lyric: “But if you loved me, why’d you leave me?”
7. Let Her Go by Passenger
They say you never know what you have until it’s gone, and you can’t help but remember all the good times you shared with your partner after the breakup happens. Passenger nails it on the head.
Best lyric: “Only know you love her when you let her go.”
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