17 Powerful Breakup Anthems That Scream 'F*ck You' When You Can't

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Breakup Music

Save your breath and let your playlist b*tch it out for you.

I’m going to let you in on a secret that they probably should’ve taught every breathing being in school (because f*ck reading, writing and arithmetic): No matter how old you get, how much wisdom you gain, or how much vodka you drink the one constant in life will forever and always be the pain of heartbreak (i.e. just about any break up).

While talking to your girlfriends (the right ones, that is) can dull the pain momentarily, it’s an ache that you must learn to live with for yourself because the simple fact is that your B.F.F. has her own shit going on and won’t be there to console you at all hours of the night — not even when there's a pint of vanilla bean ice cream drenched in coffee liquor (with a sidecar of the real stuff).

However, in my 22 plus years I've learned that after your friends leave the man-bashing party, the best remedy is a good playlist.

I watched my mother blast soulful Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans tunes as she went through her first marriage. I, myself, have used music as a vice that allows me to escape the shittiest kind of pain — the insufferable type of pain that brings you to suffocating tears — also known as heartbreak.

Sooo, while this was far from easy we’ve put together a playlist to help you get through the next catastrophic break up you go through with your dignity intact and a big fat f*ck you, after being recklessly abandoned like a drop at the salvation army. No sap shit (today), just some hardcore truth and motivation to remind you that you're not alone in these feelings. (Hell, if Beyonce gets it, we can overcome this.) 

So here are 15 empowering break up songs to belt out until you just don't care anymore:

1. "Best Thing I Never Had" by Beyonce

I know you want me back
It's time to face the facts
That I'm the one that's got away
Lord knows that it would take another place, another time, another world, another life
Thank God I found the good in goodbye

2. "Stronger" by Britney Spears 

Stronger than yesterday
Now it’s nothing but my way
My loneliness ain’t killing me no more
I’m stronger

That I ever thought that I could be, baby
I used to go with the flow
Didn't really care ‘bout me
You might think that I can’t take it, but you’re wrong
‘Cause now I'm… 

Stronger than yesterday

3. "Survivor" by Destiny’s Child 

Thought I couldn't breathe without
I'm inhaling
You thought I couldn't see without you
Perfect vision
You thought I couldn't last without you
But I'm lastin'
You thought that I would die without you 
But I'm livin'
Thought that I would fail without you 
But I'm on top
Thought it would be over by now
But it won't stop
Thought that I would self destruct 
But I'm still here
Even in my years to come
I'm still gon' be here

4. "So What" by P!nk 

So, so what
I'm still a rock star,
I got my rock moves,
And I don't need you,
And guess what,
I'm having more fun,
And now that we’re done,
I'm gonna show you tonight,
I'm alright,
I'm just fine,
And you're a tool,
So, so what,
I am a rock star,
I got my rock moves,
And I don't want you tonight.

5. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift

Ooh, you called me up again tonight
But ooh, this time I'm telling you, I'm telling you

We are never, ever, ever getting back together
We are never, ever, ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me (talk to me)
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

6. "Since You Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson 

How come I'd never hear you say
I just wanna be with you
I guess you never felt that way

But Since U Been Gone
I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on
Yeah, yeah
Thanks to you
Now I get (I get) what I want
Since U Been Gone

7. "Shake It Out" by Florence and The Time Machine

And I've been a fool and I've been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I'm always dragging that horse around

All of his questions, such a mournful sound
Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues drawn
But it's always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa

8. "Bye Bye Bye" by 'N Sync

I know that I can't take no more
It ain't no lie,
I wanna see you out that door
Baby, bye, bye, bye ...
Bye Bye
Don't wanna be a fool for you
Just another player in your game for two
You may hate me but it ain't no lie,
Baby Bye, bye, bye...
Bye Bye
Don't really wanna make it tough,
I just wanna tell you that I had enough (ooh ooh)
It might sound crazy,
But it ain't no lie,
Baby, bye, bye, bye

9. "I'm Out" by Ciara

Ladies, it's your song
So as soon as this come on
You should get out on the floor
Go and get your sexy on
If you know that you better
Than the new girl that he on
Go 'head and tell him now,
"You gon' miss me when I'm gone." (I'm out)

10. "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

Go on now go walk out the door
just turn around now
'cause you're not welcome anymore
weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
Did you think I'd crumble
Did you think I'd lay down and die
Oh no, not I
I will survive
Oh as long as I know how to love
I know I will stay alive
I've got all my life to live
I've got all my love to give
and I'll survive
I will survive (hey-hey)

11. "Smile" by Lilly Allen     

I was so lost back then
But with a little help from my friends
I found a light in the tunnel at the end
Now you're calling me up on the phone
So you can have a little whine and a moan
And it's only because you're feeling alone

At first when I see you cry,
Yeah, it makes me smile, yeah, it makes me smile
At worst I feel bad for a while,
But then I just smile, I go ahead and smile

12. "Shake It Off" by Mariah Carey

Hold up my phone's breakin' up
I'ma hang up and call the machine right back
I gotta get this off of my mind
You wasn't worth my time
so I'm leaving you behind
'Cause I need a real love in my life
Save this recording because
I'm never coming back home
Baby I'm gone
Don't cha know

I gotta shake it off

13. "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce  

So since I'm not your everything
How about I'll be nothing
Nothing at all to you
Baby I won't shed a tear for you
I won't lose a wink of sleep
'Cause the truth of the matter is
Replacing you is so easy


14. "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea

I'm thinkin' I love the thought of you
More than I love your presence
And the best thing now
Is probably for you to exit
I let you go
Let you back
I finally learned my lesson!
No half-stepping
Either you want it or you just playin'
I'm listening to you knowin'
I can't believe what you're sayin'
There's a million you's baby boo
So don't be dumb
I got 99 problems
But you won't be one

15. "I Don't F*ck With You" by Big Sean

Yeah I know that karma's too real so I hope you doin' cool
But still stupid ass b*tch I ain't f*ckin' with you
Little stupid ass I ain't f*ckin with
I ain't f*ckin', I ain't, I ain't f*ckin' with you
I ain't f*ckin' with you
(Straight up)

16. "Believe" by Cher

What am I supposed to do 
Sit around and wait for you 
And I can't do that 
There's no turning back 
I need time to move on 
I need love to feel strong 
'Cause I've had time to think it through 
And maybe I'm too good for you Ohh Oh

17. Bulletproof by La Roux

This time baby,
I'll be bulletproof
This time baby,
I'll be bulletproof

I won't let you turn around
And tell me now I'm much too proud
To walk away from something when it's dead
Do, do, do your dirty words
Come out to play when you are hurt
There are certain things that should be left unsaid

*All lyrics found on AZLyrics.com.