Humans have talked about the ups-and-downs of love since the beginning of time, which is why many love songs—particularly those about breaking up—resonate so well with us. There are thousands of songs that talk about breaking up, but we’ve compiled a list of our top 3. If you’re struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel, create a little playlist, and let the flood gates open.
1. Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake. This artifact of the early aughts is rumored to be about the real-life breakup of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Whether this was just a publicity stunt to sell records or an actual fact, one thing is certain: the Timbaland-produced track is a sitar-heavy earworm that captures Justin Timberlake’s vocal range perfectly. The bassline is also loud enough to comfortably sob over, should you need to.
2. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morrisette. With opening lyrics that include, “I want you to know I’m happy for you, I wish nothing for the best of you both,” you might think this is a song about letting bygones be bygones. But by the time Ms. Morissette gets to the chorus, she says, “I’m here to remind you of the mess you made when you went away.” If you’re feeling angry, upset, or generally unsure, crank this one, loud!
3. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac. If there’s a band who can make a tough situation feel a little brighter, it’s Fleetwood Mac. “Go Your Own Way” talks about loneliness and unreciprocated feelings, but in a way that provides hope for the future. It’s not necessarily in the lyrics of the song but in the uplifting guitar riffs and driving backbeat.
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