Rolling In The Deep: The Perfect Breakup Album Playlist
One of the only good things that happen during a breakup is how hard breakup songs jam. Your heart is broken, your love is over, but these albums make the pain just a little bit easier.
Usher – Confessions
Almost every single song on this album is proof positive that Usher is one of the undisputed kings of the breakup album. These songs may be about Usher’s breakup with Chili, but they feel like they’re written just for what you’re going through.
Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear
It’s hard to believe that when this album dropped in 1978 it was a commercial flop. Maybe the world just wasn’t ready to feel Marvin Gaye’s pain in this deep and painful album about his divorce from his first wife Anna Gordy.
Adele – 21
Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, Turning Tables, this entire album is jam after jam of some of the best breakup songs sung by one of the best voices in the business.
Kanye West – 808’s & Heartbreak
When you’re done crying into the pillow and ready to be mad at the way things just didn’t work, it’s time to pop in 808’s & Heartbreak. Kanye’s experimental heartbreak bravado are just what every broken heart needs while it’s trying to pick the pieces back up.
Lauryn Hill – Unplugged
Lauryn Hill’s raw, soulful MTV Unplugged set is the perfect soundtrack to love and loss and not really knowing what to do with yourself right now. Something about just Lauryn, the mic and the guitar make every song sound as blue as you already feel.
Maxwell – BLACKsummers’night
When you’re sorry and there’s nothing you can do about it, the only thing left to do is listen to a little Maxwell. BLACKsummer’s Night is sadness and soul in the perfect combination and some of Maxwell’s best work.
Alanis Morrissette – Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill is the perfect breakup album for when things didn’t go right and you’re mad for real. Listening to You Oughta Know on repeat is a right of passage for everyone who’s ever been dumped.
Mary J. Blige – Share My World
If you’re not breaking up to Share My World or My Life, you might no be doing it right. Shuffle it, play it on repeat and sing it ’til your throat hurts and the tears dry up.
Otis Redding – Lonely and Blue
This Otis Redding collection has some of Otis’s saddest most soulful songs. These Arms of Mine, I Love You More Than Words Can Say and Gone Again? Better have a tissue handy.
Beyoncé – B’Day
Sometimes you need a reminder that even Beyoncé can feel rejected from time to time. If he broke your heart, cheated or was just generally no good, B’Day has all the anger you need to remind yourself that you really are irreplaceable.
Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue
No one’s voice gets as deep as Nina’s. And Little Girl Blue has all of the slow, soulful ballads for when you’ve got to go all the way to the bottom to get over a breakup.
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Back to Black is all about the ups and downs of Amy’s famously fractured relationship with Blake Fielder Civil. And few singers are as good as Amy at dealing with melancholy and heartache to catchy Motown-inspired melodies.
Whitney Houston – Just the Ballads
Sometimes the only way to get it out is to turn up the Whitney Houston and sang. Just the Ballads has all of the Whitney jams that are perfect for anyone wondering where broken hearts are supposed to go.
Nas – Life Is Good
Life Is Good is the hip hop legend’s attempt to move on from his divorce from Kelis. Nas has compared it to Here, My Dear and it may be rap’s best album about the end of a rap royalty romance.
Taylor Swift – Red
Nobody is as famous for breakup tracks as Taylor Swift. And Red is best listened to turned up in the car when you’re going to go rescue your stuff from his place.