There is nothing better than locking yourself in your room after a hard breakup and blasting music to make you forget the bastard’s name in the first place. Good breakup songs can range from slow sorrowful songs, to upbeat girl power songs, to angry songs full of rage. A great playlist will have a mixture of all of these genres. Although one would think this would lead to an emotional whirlwind, the up and downs really allow you to get in touch with each passionate lyric and beautiful music. Each song on this list evokes a distinct emotional response that helps me grieve and then effectively move on.
Here is my top 10:
- Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson. This is easily one of my favorite songs to cry to. The climax comes close to the end, and I just always picture the episode of Grey’s Anatomy when Christina is left at the alter and Meredith has to cut her out of her wedding dress. Whenever I feel the need to cry I listen to this song. A good cry is therapeutic. Press play and let the tears flow.
- A Little Bit Stronger by Sara Evans. This song reminds me that every day we are getting stronger. Every time that we don’t pick up the phone, every time we go a whole day without thinking about the enemy, each step is a step closer to salvation. Sara Evans helps us get there and reminds us that even if we don’t think that we are getting there, we are.
- One Grain of Sand by Ron Pope. This song has some amazingly unique lyrics. But as different as they are, they hit the nail right on the head about what relationships are all about. Relationships are a two-way street, and if your partner isn’t committing as much, or isn’t in it, it’s okay to let go. Ron Pope wisely captures the one thing that I think is the most important thing to remember: it’s better to feel pain sometimes than go through life not experiencing anything. No matter how hard it is sometimes, keep putting yourself out there because it’s worth it.
- Better in Time by Leona Lewis. Like Sara Evans, Ms. Lewis tells us that it will all get better eventually. The cliché goes that time heals all wounds. Clichés are clichés for a reason; they are usually right.
- The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind by Griffin House. This is a low key, chill and beautiful melody that also serves as a nice screw you to the person that broke your heart. You are amazing and worthwhile and spectacular, and the guy that said goodbye sucks and you can do better.
- Welcome to My Life by Simple Plan. It is always good to have a pity party. It’s okay to be angry! Blast this angsty music and remember that it’s okay feel sorry for yourself briefly, as long as you bounce back afterwards.
- Who Says by Selena Gomez. Don’t let any insult or degrading comment from an ex or anyone keep you from being you. Get rid of the negative energy by blasting this song and dancing in your underwear. You are perfect and you are worth it, never forget that.
- Ain’t No Way To Treat a Lady by Helen Reddy. Always remember that a guy should know to treat you like an absolute queen. You deserve the best, and Helen Reddy reminds us that if someone isn’t treating us right, then screw them, we don’t need them.
- I Look So Good by Jesse James. The post breakup makeover is always a good call. Do something to get a fresh start, and then recognize that you have a giant weight off of your shoulder and you look amazing because of it. The stress of a poisonous relationship is gone and you can finally focus on the priority: YOU!
- Goodbye by Kristina Debarge. Kiss that jerk goodbye with this upbeat song! Dance him out of your mind for good. Grab a girlfriend, put on some red lipstick, and hit the clubs. Have fun and know that there are better fish in the sea!
Take these songs and get started in your recovery process. These things take time, but these songs will help, I promise!