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
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faf1ch7Q9XE]
  2. P!nk – So What
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJfFZqTlWrQ]
  3. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7UrFYvl5TE]
  4. Metric – Live It Out
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBHFFv4-vNE]
  5. Ingrid Michaelson – Girls Chase Boys
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GBT37_yyzY]
  6. Beyonce – Ring The Alarm
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY_mrU8MPfI]
  7. Breakage (Feat. Zarif) – Over
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGWbJXZfSHY]
  8. Missy Higgins – Where I Stood
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9QNRvXH1HI]
  9. Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQgd6MccwZc]
  10. Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Jamie XX Remix, Feat. Donald Glover)
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAoBqg5ycrI]
  11. Beyonce – Irreplaceable
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EwViQxSJJQ]
  12. Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
  13. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA4iX5D9Z64]
  14. T.I. Feat. Rihanna – Live Your Life
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVHN6eO4Xg]
  15. Robyn – Dancing On My Own
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW05tcG3Fgw]
  16. The Cyrkle – Red Rubber Ball
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcdPPd9nEwQ]
  17. Blu Cantrell – Hit Em Up Style
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMOKlXfXn50]
  18. Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcCEb_9_Wus]
  19. Ben Folds – Song For The Dumped
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVk_e31dnlE]
  20. Katy Perry – Firework
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw]
  21. Against Me! – Black Me Out
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJg5EWBfQE]
  22. Josie & The Pussycats – 3 Small Words
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68Cqvoyiic0]
  23. Laura Nyro – Goodbye Joe
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hknaU3W5OcQ]
  24. Johnny Thunders – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TknY89kECq0]
  25. Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DksSPZTZES0]
  26. Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iTWtNveJxc]
  27. Broken Social Scene – Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDqNL0js0iU]
  28. Brand New – Mix Tape
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHgAx7clkLk]
  29. Cee Lo Green – Forget You
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKxodgpyGec]
  30. Julie London – Cry Me A River
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXg6UB9Qk0o]
  31. No Doubt – Ex-Girlfriend
  32. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yqru5UXWGY]
  33. Whitney Houston – It’s Not Right But It’s Okay
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J538b-OLRU]
  34. TLC – No Scrubs
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrLequ6dUdM]
  35. Rascal Flatts – No Reins
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CeevbkZROQ]
  36. Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyAZQ45uww&feature=kp]
  37. Britney Spears – Stronger
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJWtLf4-WWs]
  38. Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWOyfLBYtuU]
  39. Alice DJ – Better Off Alone*
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgs9QUtWc3M]
  40. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Soft Shock
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQXue3tmvZ4]
  41. Atlas Sound – River Card
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSU2-ZfXSjY]
  42. Rilo Kiley – Breakin’ Up
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxyz1UwHGFA]
  43. Patsy Cline – Walking After Midnight
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsRNCvHXHHU]
  44. Beck – Lost Cause
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iEId2vmb0M]
  45. Modest Mouse – Float On
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTAud5O7Qqk]
  46. Michelle Branch – Paper Pieces
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNZwGku31-g]
  47. Built To Spill – Else
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VCfEFyX0-U]
  48. Delta Spirit – California
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va0ezWC2du4]
  49. Feist – Let It Die
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUjwPHqpdoU]
  50. La Roux – Bulletproof
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk8eJh4i8Lo]
  51. Letters To Cleo – Happy Ever After
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNAYZ_FfeNM]
  52. Melanie Fiona – It Kills Me (Breakage Remix)
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XDD6HF0ZnI]

*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!