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

  • Atlas Sound – River Card
  • Rilo Kiley – Breakin’ Up
  • Patsy Cline – Walking After Midnight
  • Beck – Lost Cause
  • Modest Mouse – Float On
  • Michelle Branch – Paper Pieces
  • Built To Spill – Else
  • Delta Spirit – California
  • Feist – Let It Die
  • La Roux – Bulletproof
  • Letters To Cleo – Happy Ever After
  • Melanie Fiona – It Kills Me (Breakage Remix)
  • *In all seriousness, I’ve had multiple people text me to say they had just seen me drive down the street screaming the words to this and dancing. This is the happiest song ever and I have no idea why.

    Got a track we left off in mind? Tell us your favorite post-breakup songs in the comments!

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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!