The ULTIMATE Post-Breakup Playlist To Get You Through In One Piece

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Love Songs For Your Breakup
Love, Heartbreak

These songs will work you through the four stages of breakup grief so you can learn to love again.

From the pain and remorse, to the  anger and comeback, breakups suck. But a good set of jams can make all the difference to help you get through it. Take this playlist to bring you out of the hurt and help you get your groove back, one song at a time.

You’re hurting, and that’s understandable. Whether it lasted a month or multiple years, the pain of ending a relationship always cuts deepest when it’s fresh. It’s ok to cry. In fact, you should. Let it all out with these tear-jerking jams.

1. "Un-Break My Heart,” Toni Braxton

A mournful ballot, Un-Break My Heart could easily earn itself a spot on the list of most relatable, sob-inviting songs. Let the waterworks begin as you remember the best and worst.

2. “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

You’ve started crying, and all the memories are rushing back. Do you even remember why the relationship ended? Lady Antebellum reminds you just how much you really did need this person with her break-up classic, Need You Now

3. “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

Another song about the need and longing for a love lost, Stay With Me penetrates to the deepest parts of your soul as Sam Smith reminds you “all you need.”

4. “Stay,” Rihanna (ft. Mikky Ekko)

After your preliminary shock, breakups can be confusing. Now it’s not the memories that may haunt you, but the questions. To quote Rihanna in her questioning song Stay, are you, “really sure how to feel about it?”

After the tears slow, it’s time to heal. There’s no moving on if you allow yourself to sit in your own personal pity party for the rest of your life. But sometimes, there’s no escaping the regret either. This next section will help you realize it’s all gonna be ok. You can, and will, move on.

1. “Better in Time,” Leona Lewis

Just as the title suggests, time heals all wounds. Let Leona Lewis sing to you about how your breakup isn’t the end of the world. You’ll make it through.

2. “Battlefield,” Jordin Sparks

But just because you’ll survive doesn’t mean it’ll be an easy road. Reminiscent of Pat Benatar’s, “Love Is a Battlefield,” Jordin Sparks reminds you that love in itself is a struggle and you “better go and get your armor.”

3. “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal),” Fergie

And what’s more, armor or not, you’re a big girl. You’re strong, resilient, and empowered. Fergie’s Big Girls Don’t Cry is a perfect transition from pain into acceptance. 

4. “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye (ft. Kimbra)

Now, it’s time to move on. This person is in the past, and they aren’t worth any more of your tears or heartache. Take some advice from Gotye: don’t let yourself wallow in the sadness of your own regret.

Even after you’ve accepted the truth, however, some resentment might still remain. They hurt you. And you’re mad. But you have every right to be! Just as you’re entitled to your tears, and entitled to your sadness, you’re entitled to your anger. Let your heart burn with these next few songs as you dispel the rest of your negative emotions.

1. “Picture to Burn,” Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is no stranger to writing songs about relationships, both good and bad. She can definitely help remind you that burning they who caused you pain from your memory may not be such a bad idea.

2. “Rumor Has It,” Adele

Don’t sit and lament your heartache. Adele’s Rumor Has It will make you realize that you’re better off without him, and word on the street is he’s got some bad karma coming his way.

3. “So What,” P!nk

Now, rage! Get angry, be mad! It’s all part of the grieving and healing process. Your relationship is over? So what! P!nk wants you to know (with her chainsaw in hand), that you’re still a rock star and you don’t need anyone to tell you that.

4. “Breathe Slow,” Alesha Dixon

After you’ve gone through your (potentially rage-filled) cleansing process, whatever it may be, it’s time to take a deep breath. According to Alesha Dixon, true ladies, “never lose composure.” They keep a level head. So flip your hair, brush it off, and move along like the lady you are.

Now comes the fun part. You’ve cried; you’ve hurt; you’ve raged, now, it’s time to get back on the horse and show the world that your breakup hasn’t gotten the best of you. You’re not broken, but rather, you’re flourishing.

1. “Best Thing I Never Had,” Beyoncé

He was lucky to have you, but he wasted his chance. You’re the one who got away and now he can deal with the thought that you’re over him and he’s the, Best Thing [You] Never Had.

2. “Love Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld

And now you’ve moved on! Look in the mirror, that person is you’re biggest cheerleader and they’ll always be in your corner. Take a note from Hailee Steinfeld, and love yourself.

3. “WOMAN,” Alyson Stoner

Alyson Stoner reminds you to work what you’ve got. Be strong. Be confident! You’re a woman and you need to know that you’re, “not here to play nice, or leave with a good review.” You’re here for YOU.

3. “BO$$,” Fifth Harmony

So be present! You can be a boss and you don’t need anyone to tell you otherwise. Take it from Fifth Harmony. You’re in charge of your own life, not the other way around.

4. “Better When I’m Dancin',” Meghan Trainor

So go out, let loose, and enjoy yourself. Find your happy place because your pain is in the past. Finish off the playlist with Meghan Trainor’sBetter When I’m Dancin' and let the music relax  your mind with a care-free, upbeat jam.

Breakups SUCK. That’s a fact, and there’s no getting around it.
But it’s important to not let yourself fester in the toxic emotions of sadness and regret, or to linger too long in love songs. There’s no moving on until you help yourself to do it, so let this Perfect Post-Breakup Playlist be the rhythmic guide back to your own contentment.

Listen to ALL of these songs on our Spotify and YouTube playlists below:


1. “Always,” Bon Jovi

2. “Someone Like You,” Adele

3. “Helena,” My Chemical Romance

4. “Pretty Girls,” Alyson Stoner

5. “No Scrubs,” TLC