‘It’s Just Another Sad Love Song’…Breakup Tracks To Cry, Scream, And Think To
When you’re going through a breakup, sometimes you want to cry, sometimes you want to scream, and sometimes you want to break things or drive past your ex’s house, and there’s only one thing that makes any of those things feel a little less crazy: a complimentary song. These are our top picks for best post-breakup songs.
“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
We love this song because it emphasizes all the good things that come from the entire relationship and breakup experience and reminds you that every breakup makes you more prepared to find a better one.
“Not Gon’ Cry” by Mary J. Blige
Mary’s sweet, strong voice is always welcome during hard times. Don’t act like you never threw on the black shades and scarf and had a cry to this.
“No Scrubs” by TLC
We’re all about a song that makes you stop and wonder, in the middle of feeling sorry for and down on yourself, “Wait a minute—was he even that great? I could have way higher standards…”
“Breakdown” by Mariah Carey
When you need to have that “looking at old photos and going through old memorabilia afternoon,” this is song is the one to put on.
“Caught Out There” by Kelis
There’s nothing like a good jog to some angry girl music after a breakup. This is the song to do it to. Ahhhhhhhh!
“Ain’t It Funny” by Jennifer Lopez
Sorry ladies but Jennifer is right: no matter how madly in love you are with a guy, if he does and says things that are so clearly not acceptable you cannot ignore that fact. Consider it a favor when a man shows his true colors, no matter how much you idealized him.
“Unbreak My Heart” by Toni Braxton
We have a lot of empowering, get-over-it music on here, but there will be days you just need to cry and let yourself be weak for a minute. This song is for those days.
“Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake
There will be men that tell you they’ll die without you, that they’ve never met anyone else like you and blah blah blah. But like Justin reminds us, people put themselves in any position they find themselves in. If somebody’s hurting after you leave them, they did it to themselves.
“One Last Cry” by Brian McKnight
If you can watch the music video for this one, too, somehow seeing a lovely Brian McKnight clenching his chest in pain makes it all better.
“Irreplaceable” by Beyonce
There really are sooo many fish in the sea. It’s a good thought to practice thinking when half of your brain is trying to rationalize getting back into a dysfunctional relationship.
“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
We just get a rush from yelling along to this song in the car. Breathe baby breathe!
“Brokenhearted” by Brandy
There’s something about a little old school (probably high school) music when you’re down. The songs that mended your teenage heart are still somehow relevant when you get older and experience real love.
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Tank
For those breakups you didn’t see coming, for those guys that left you at the peak of your feelings for them–you’ll need this song. The title says it all.
“Doin’Just Fine” by Boyz II Men
Sometimes we forget to acknowledge how far we’ve come from those days of laying in bed devastated. This song helps you give yourself some credit.