Not trying to wuss out on this, but there’s no way in hell we could come up with only five breakup songs.
After all, some songs pair well with a bitter breakup. Some go nicely with a bit of rage. And others are made to be played when you’re the one who’s happy it’s over.
Here are our top breakup songs for whatever kind of breakup mood you’re in.
When you need to wallow: Pictures of You – The Cure
When you’re mad: You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
When you’re being jerked around: Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
When you’re confused: Karma – Alicia Keys
When you deserve an apology: Apologize – Timbaland
When you need to dance it out: Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyoncé
When you need to yell: You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi
When you need to laugh: One Week – Barenaked Ladies
When you need to cry: Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’connor
When you want to torture yourself: God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
When you feel like pouting: Soft Shock – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
When you need to get over it already: I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
When you want to break stuff: Ex-Girlfriend – No Doubt
After you’ve broken stuff: No More Drama – Mary J. Blige
When you don’t care any more: Smile – Lily Allen
Now, should you have your beautiful heart smashed into a billion tiny pieces, listen to anything that helps you get through it and never forget this famous quote by Winston Churchill: If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Keep your chin up, Sexy. Someone better is on the way.
We just know it,