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50 Empowering Songs That Will Help Get You Through Your Horrible Breakup

Breakups are a very special and pointed type of pain that throws your insides to the ground, stops on them, and then lights them on fire for good measure. Basically, they suck. But the good news is that (A) it doesn’t last forever and (B) there are things you can do to feel better!

One of the best things you can do is to make a playlist that has primarily non-romantic songs–especially ones that will make you feel empowered enough to delete your ex’s number, throw away all your photo booth pictures, and focus on yourself. Some of the following 50 tracks are “I can get through this” type of songs, others have an “eff off” sentiment, and a few are just plain “I’m awesome and I know it.” And plenty of them are really nostalgic (I’m sure I had more than a few of these in my AIM profile in high school), so there’s a whole other layer of emotion.

  1. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
  2. P!nk – So What
  3. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
  4. Metric – Live It Out
  5. Ingrid Michaelson – Girls Chase Boys
  6. Beyonce – Ring The Alarm
  7. Breakage (Feat. Zarif) – Over
  8. Missy Higgins – Where I Stood
  9. Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
  10. Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Jamie XX Remix, Feat. Donald Glover)

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  • Kaitlin Reilly

    Awesome list, Sam!

    • Samantha Escobar

      Thank you! :)

  • Alexis Rhiannon

    Sia — The Girl You Lost To Cocaine.

    Love the list!

    • Samantha Escobar

      Danke! And that is a very good idea. :D

      ALSO RIHANNA. I should’ve added a song of hers. I think I just kept thinking about “Stay” which goes on the list of “Songs You Should Never Ever Listen To After Being Dumped,” so I forgot everything else.

  • Lindsey Conklin

    Where I stood by missy Higgins = my college break up! I love no reins, too. incredibly freeing. yeah, truly great list. so many of these songs have helped me so much!!!!

    • Samantha Escobar

      Oh my god, amazing. And yay! :D

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      I had no idea other people knew that song but it is amazing. It’s particularly good if you’re the one who left the relationship.

  • Lo

    Aw, this is perfect– just broke up with my boyfriend on Friday. I’ll definitely be bumping these through my headphones at work. Thanks Sam!

    • Samantha Escobar

      Oh gosh, I’m so sorry to hear that. It’s the worst. :( I hope everything gets better ASAP and that you have a Netflix account to wildly binge-watch stuff for the next few days. :)

  • Katie

    Broke up with my boyfriend two months ago and this list would’ve been perfect! Definitely jammed out to “You Oughta Know.”

  • LynnKell

    Wonderful list!! I really love your “I’m just awesome” approach. I wanna add:

    Don’t Hold your breath – Nicole Scherzinger
    Heart of Glass – Blondie (CLASSIC)
    Gonna get along without you / I’m gonna make it better – She & Him
    Another Woman / Be free/ I – Elan (wonderful mexican band)
    She’s not me – Lana Del Rey
    Best you never had- Leona Lewis
    Delayed devotion- Duffy
    Call me when you’re sober – Evanescence
    Can’t rely on you / Only love can hurt like this/ 30 minute love affair/ well, whatever song you like from Paloma Faith.
    I came here to get over you- Brandon Flowers
    Juiciest- Alicia Keys
    Fuck you and Smile – Lily Allen
    Amy Winehose because.
    Most of Joss Stone discography (especially Karma and Cry baby cry ft Santana and Sean Paul)
    If you feel like listening to something in spanish, you can’t miss
    Yo no se mañana – Soraya (and a great cover by Elan)
    Jamás me olvidarás – Ana Cirre

  • PSRuckman

    “Already Gone” Eagles

  • esprit-follet

    Where’s the “I’m happy to be single?” songs :P (Sorry, clearly I’m catching up on posts). I have mixtapes, if you need em’ haha

  • http://twentysomethingplus.com/ Bethany Everett

    I adore Miss Moving On by Fifth Harmony, it’s catchy and empowering. I mean we all need to cry, but after a while you have to pick yourself back up and this song, for me, does just that!