We have all nursed a broken heart and we’ve all done it to music. When it’s time to face the truth and realize it’s really is over, here are some songs that will help you get over that ex.
Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor”
Love is a battlefield and when the dust finally settles, you do feel like you are a survivor because you came out on the other side of a terrible relationship. And Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” is the perfect song to play to get pumped up. But former members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett felt like Beyonce, who co-wrote the song, was taking shots at them and it was a break up song about Destiny’s Child.
Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River”
Justin Timberlake turned heartache and pain into profit. After becoming an international pop star as part of a boy band, JT decided to fly solo. But he was also getting over a broken heart after finding out that his first love Britney Spears cheated on him. So he penned “Cry Me A River” which put her infidelity on blast and he even had a Spears lookalike in the video.
There’s a saying that goes “There’s plenty of fish in the sea.” But it sounds a lot better when Beyonce sings about it in “Irreplaceable.” There’s something about hearing her sing “Keep talking that mess, that’s fine. But could you walk and talk at the same time” that can give someone the right attitude when getting over an ex. Beyonce had a lot of women telling their exes, “To the left, to the left.”
R. Kelly’s “When A Woman’s Fed Up”
When a woman is fed up, there’s nothing anyone can do about it. R. Kelly sang about it in “When A Woman’s Fed Up” and he gave men a fair warning. But it also serves as a good reminder to any woman that’s put up with way more than her fair share of drama in a relationship. Because when she’s reaches that point, there’s no amount of pleading and begging he could do to win you back.
Mary J. Blige’s “Enough Cryin”
There was no disputing Mary J. Blige’s title as the reigning Queen of Hip Hop and Soul, especially when her album “The Breakthrough” went triple platinum. MJB is known for putting all of her feelings into a break up song and on “Enough Cryin,” the Yonkers native was just sick and through of shedding tears over someone that wasn’t worth it. Blige even stepped into her little seen alter ego Brook Lynn and rapped a verse.
Joe Budden’s “Ordinary Love Sh*t Part III”
Before there was Drake, there was Joe Budden. The New Jersey native always wore his heart on his sleeves and he certainly is no stranger to having his relationships end up in his verses. On “Ordinary Love Sh*t Part III,” Budden found closure from his relationship with video model Esther Baxter by putting everything to wax. Over Frank Ocean’s “Novacane,” he let everything out including her miscarriage with twins, their numerous physical fights and how he busted her creeping with NFL player Derrick Ward. If nothing else, misery loves company and it helps to know that someone else’s relationship had more ups and downs than yours.
Usher’s “Moving Mountains”
Usher’s “Moving Mountains” sums up perfectly how hard it is to break up with someone but it’s even harder to make it work. In the song, the R&B crooner sings about the end of a relationship when even though the love is there, so many things have transpired trying to get that old thing back is like moving mountains. He even pleads for his freedom and touches on the raw emotion that a lot of people could relate to.
Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”
Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” is just the song to play to get in the right attitude when you see your ex happy with someone else. Because at the end of the day, you really do have sympathy for whoever was dumb enough to fall for your ex. It’s a beautiful feeling when you realize that the best thing you could do is put on your shades, wish them well and be on your way happy that you’ve moved on to bigger and better.
Trey Songz “We Can’t Be Friends”
Have you ever had the perfect friend of the opposite sex and you just knew deep down that if the two of you were to take it to the next level, you’d be in love forever? But somewhere along the way, things took a serious left turn and now not only are you single yet again but now that friendship is ruined? Well, Trey Songz’ must’ve been in the exact same place because he hit it on the nose with “We Can’t Be Friends.” The song is a perfect example of the hurt feelings that are left when things go from platonic to romantic to finally nothing at all.
Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”
Have you ever broken up with someone and the next day you woke up and felt alive and relieved that the relationship is over? That you’ve finally emerged from the darkness and it’s the dawn of a new day? Then Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” is the perfect song for you. She says it all in the chorus: “But since you been gone/ I can breathe for the first time/ I’m so moving on.”
John Legend’s “Used To Love U”
When John Legend opens his mouth to sing, sometimes he has the voice of an angel. But no one has ever made a break up song sound so sweetly as he did in “Used To Love U.” And so relatable. In the song his voice oozes with molasses as he croons, “But I’m tired of livin’ this lie/ It’s getting harder to justify/ I realized that I just don’t love you.” Harsh words but a lot of us could relate.
Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter”
There’s nothing like seeing an old flame that dumped you and you’ve never looked or felt better in life. Because despite everything that you’ve been through in that relationship, you can say “Thank you.” Just like Christina Aguilera sang in “Fighter,” you’re definitely a better person because of it all: “Made my skin a little bit thicker/ Makes me that much smarter/ So thanks for making me a fighter.”
Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”
After all of the tears have been shed and it’s time to dance and be defiant then you know it’s time for Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” It’s easy to feel empowered by a Beyonce song and she gives us the perfect attitude to have. Because if he liked it then he really should’ve put a ring on it. And he can’t be mad when he sees that another man wants it.
Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”
Gloria Gaynor became the queen of disco with this defiant break up song. After being used and abused and left in the corner for whenever he was ready to show her some attention, Gaynor was fed up and through with it all. You knew she was done when she sang, “I’m not that chained up little person still in love with you/ and so you felt like dropping in and just expect me to be free/ and now I’m saving all my loving for someone who’s loving me.”
Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together”
Few artists can craft a break up song like Taylor Swift. Most of her songs were influenced by real events and true heartache. So whichever ex inspired her “We Are Never Getting Back Together” must’ve really ticked her off. And who hasn’t been there? We all have a former boo in our past that we wouldn’t take back for all of the money in the world.