Sometimes you want to cry in bed for days, sometimes you want to celebrate a new era of time with your girlfriends, and sometimes you want to set his car on fire. Breakups come in all shapes and sizes and luckily for us, there’s a song for each one.
Scroll through the best breakup songs below, visit the playlist on Spotify, or tap one of the options below to jump to the type of break up you’re going through.
essentials: a best friend on speed dial, one too many glasses of wine, the willpower not to show up at his doorstep, extra soft tissues, a clean shower for all your dramatic slide-down-the-wall-cry-on-the-floor vibes
Bruises – Lewis Capaldi
vibe: Willing all the memories to stay after someone you love deeply leaves. Sad, weepy, deep mourning over lost love with very sexy male vocals.
lyrics of note: “I’ve been told, I’ve been told to get you off my mind / But I hope I never lose the bruises that you left behind” … “Your love I’m lost in / Even though I’m nothing to you now”
Good as You Were Bad – Jana Kramer
vibe: Losing someone you feel is “perfect” despite all his flaws and how he treated you.
lyrics of note: “I’ve never been held the way you held me / And I’ve never been hurt the way you hurt me / I could handle this pain, forget your name / If you hadn’t loved me like you had”
Stay – Shaun Reynolds, Laura Pringle
vibe: Duet cover of Rihanna’s song, so you get both male and female vocals throughout. It’s more of a love song, but the chorus line of wanting someone to stay will make you cry, even if you’re in a happy relationship.
lyrics of note: “Not really sure how to feel about it / Something in the way you move / Makes me feel like I can’t live without you / Yeah, it takes me all the way / I want you to stay”
Shed Your Love – The Helio Sequence
vibe: Grow into your own and losing a love along the way.
lyrics of note: “Fell off of the plane in Amsterdam / Shop the streets to find out who I am” … “Home again to find that you were gone / On a subway train before the dawn / Said that you couldn’t stay and wait for me”
Let Her Go – Passenger
vibe: The song we all wish he was thinking after breaking out hearts. Live in the fantasy that he’s having serious regret for 4:12.
lyrics of note: “Staring at the ceiling in the dark / Same old empty feeling in your heart / Love comes slow and it goes so fast”
Crowded Places – BANKS
vibe: Processing the pain of putting yourself out there and loving someone, who runs scared from you.
lyrics of note: “Remember when I loved you right before that tour? / You said you didn’t want to see me anymore / And then when I got home when I played that show in L.A / All your shit was gone / It was the only time I thought I’d made a mistake”
I’ll Be There Where the Heart Is – Kim Carnes
vibe: Loving someone despite them not loving you. It’s a very different vibe than today’s love songs in that you get slidey synth instead of acoustic, but the lyrics will bring the heavy feels. 1980s pop, love ballad from Flashdance.
lyrics of note: I lie awake at night / And I wonder how you are / And I wish that I could be you again”
essentials: a stiff cocktail, the self-control to not cut yourself bangs, Sex and the City movie
Over You – Kasbo, Frida Sundemo
vibe: The mantra you keep repeating to yourself as you try to move on. Solid beat. Even if you aren’t “over him” this song might convince you that you are.
lyrics of note: “Yeah, I’m over you / Or at least I will be soon”
Remind Me To Forget – Kygo, Miguel
vibe: Focusing on the bad times instead of clingy to all the good memories. Very solid, uplifting beat with lyrics that are perfect for a “move on” feel.
lyrics of note: “It doesn’t matter where you are, you can keep my regret / Baby I got these scars, reminding me to forget”
Wild Horses – Birdy, Sam Feldt
vibe: You are a phoenix. You are rising strong. You are the ex comes out on top. Moving into a better phase of your life without begging for another chance.
lyrics of note: This can’t be love if it hurts so much / I need to let go / I will survive and be the one who’s stronger / I will not beg you to stay”
Little Bit Stronger – Sara Evans
vibe: Accepting that an on and off again relationship will never work and moving forward with more strength.
lyrics of note: “I’m not giving you a hour or a second or another minute longer / I’m busy getting stronger / And I’m done hoping that we can work it out / I’m done with how it feels, spinning my wheels / Letting you drag my heart around” … “Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger”
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye, Kimbra
vibe: Mourning and being upset over the loss of a friend, not just a relationship, in a breakup.
lyrics of note: “Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing / And I don’t even need your love / But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough”
essentials: a box of tissues, scrolling through old photos of you two before deleting them all, staying away from all his social media profiles
The Night We Met – Lord Huron
vibe: Soft memories of the first night with someone and only gently mentions how they grew apart.
lyrics of note: “I had all and then most of you / Some and now none of you / Take me back to the night we met”
11 Blocks – Wrabel
vibe: Having memories of your ex on every corner of the city after ending a 3-year relationship. It also touches on being in a new relationship and still thinking about the previous one.
lyrics of note: “11 blocks from my door to your doorstep / Three years later and it feels too close” … “And I met someone and I swear I’m in love / But I’m two blocks away and you’re just like a drug”
Saturdays – Twin Shadow, HAIM
vibe: The moment you’re with someone and the world starts ripping open and you’re falling through the cracks. Reminiscing on a relationship in the midst of it ending. It’s synthy, it’s slightly poppy with a great drum loop.
lyrics of note: “This could be the last time / That could be the fault line slipping away” … “Maybe we’re a fault line / Maybe we’re a fault line ready to break”
No One Compares To You – Jack & Jack
vibe: Comparing your current relationship and dating with a previous love and finding that no one else measures up.
lyrics of note: “I’m looking at her face but I’m seeing you / She’s sleeping on your side, what can I do / We should be heart to heart, my mind is on you” … “Every time I think I’ve found somebody / I just wish that somebody was you”
Great One – Jessie Reyez
vibe: Trying to move on from a previous relationship and become the best version of yourself, but finding yourself stuck in memories. Every time she hits “everything is nothing without you” you’ll feel your soul singing along and if you’re alone you probably will too.
lyrics of note: “What is life? What is love? / I hope I am enough / What is everything? / Everything is nothing without you”
Too Much To Ask – Niall Horan
vibe: Wishing you could see your ex again and that they would come running back to you. It’s definitely on the sadder side of reminiscent songs, but there’s something about “cause if I’m being honest I ain’t over you yet” that will give you a touch of nostalgia mixed with a need to move on.
lyrics of note: “My heart is hoping / You’ll walk right in tonight / And tell me there are things that you regret / ‘Cause if I’m being honest I ain’t over you yet”
essentials: a clean-slate, fresh-start mindset, resisting the urge to “get coffee” like everything is normal, skipping the clichéd speech about how your friends don’t need to “pick sides” and instead, choosing to let things fall naturally
thank u, next – Ariana Grande
vibe: No hard feelings. Learning from heartache and moving forward.
lyrics of note: “I’ve loved and I’ve lost / But that’s not what I see / So, look what I got / Look what you taught me”
Happy Now – Kygo, Sandro Cavazzo
vibe: Sincerely wishing someone well after trying to make a failing relationship work. His confidence throughout plus Kygo’s beats will fill you with that for-the-best feeling.
lyrics of note: “Step by step, I’ll move on and get on with life / So I let go, and I hope you’ll be happy now / You and me, it was good, but it wasn’t right”
Over and Done With – The Proclaimers
vibe: Happy, slightly funny, and a very energetic take on the end of a relationship. Will 100% not make you cry. 🙂
lyrics of note: “This is the story of losing my virginity / I held my breath and the bed held a trinity” … “But sometimes it seems like / My sex life’s all history”
Let’s Hurt Tonight – OneRepublic
vibe: If this is going down we’re going down together. A final hash out of all the bad before deciding whether to cut things off or continue to try and make it work.
lyrics of note: “You came to me and said, ‘that’s enough'” … “Don’t walk away, don’t roll your eyes / They say love is pain, well darling, let’s hurt tonight”
Good For You – Peder Elias
vibe: Trying to let someone go who you still care for, accepting a breakup, and genuinely wishing them well as they move on.
lyrics of note: “I don’t wanna hear you say the words I’ve said to you / But I understand someday that I will too / So if you really love him / Baby, good for you”
essentials: your stuff already packed in boxes, healthy boundaries, the ability to let yourself cry because you’re allowed to be hurting even if you ended it
No Going Back – Yuno
vibe: Saying goodbye, putting the past in the past, and doing a lil hair toss all at the same time with a v vibey beat.
lyrics of note: “Gave up my life for you / But now we’re through / I know there’s no going back from it baby / You’re nowhere I wanna be”
Too Young – ayokay & Baker Grace
vibe: Transcending a relationship. He gets needy, you need space, he wants to settle, you want to run.
lyrics of note: “Truth is you hold me back / Maybe I love you, I’m too young for that / And I know your expectations got me feeling trapped”
I Wish I Missed My Ex – Mahalia
vibe: You’re over him and he still blows up your phone.
lyrics of note: “I know how this goes / Talk about you need closure / Too many missed calls, too many texts / Damn, I wish I missed my ex”
You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore – Demi Lovato
vibe: Self-mourning for all the time wasted on him.
lyrics of note: “I see the future without you” / The hell was I doing in the past?” … “No, you don’t do it for me anymore”
Settle – Vera Blue
vibe: Not settling, moving forward, and finding all the best parts of yourself along the way. V moody and indie.
lyrics of note: “I am alive and I won’t settle / Move on, and up / Now that I’ve found my way back from you”
Last Night – GRAACE
vibe: Guilty conscience over hurting someone and leaving in a relationship. Leaving isn’t only a happy, positive experience, and this is the song to comfort the person who walks away.
lyrics of note: “And I blinded you ’cause I loved your eyes / And I took your voice ’cause I love to lie / And I weighed you down, so I learned to fly / Last night I made you cry”
I Love You, But I Need Another Year – Liza Anne
vibe: Leaving someone because you aren’t ready to commit or have your own shit to work through.
lyrics of note: “Stay here / I know I love you, but I need another year / I don’t wanna drag you through it”
essentials: a new hobby you always wanted to try, a solo night out at your favorite bar, any book by Brené Brown
Nights Like This – Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign
vibe: Heavy dose of accepting a relationship is over even if you don’t want it to be. Acknowledging that you need to move on.
lyrics of note: “On some nights like this, I just wanna text you, but for what? / You gon’ say you want me, then go switch it up”
GIRL – Maren Morris
vibe: You best friend telling you to get up, dust yourself off, and move on.
lyrics of note: “What you feel is natural / You don’t gotta put up with this anymore / Pick yourself up off the kitchen floor / Tell me what you waitin’ for?”
Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld
vibe: Putting yourself first and foremost in terms of a relationship and sex. Definitely the song if you think that hooking up with an ex won’t be messy.
lyrics of note: “Feeling good on my own without you / Got me speaking in tongues / The beautiful, it comes without you / I’m gonna put my body first / And love me so hard ’til it hurts”
Whistle (While You Work It) – Katy Tiz
vibe: Smiling, keeping your head up, and working through all the tough shit. Applies to post-breakup and life in general. I think we can all relate to the need to “smile while you’re hurting”.
lyrics of note: “Brush it off / I will never let this shit weigh me down / Don’t cry, dry your eyes / Keep your chin up and leave it all behind”
The Wild One (single version) – Suzi Quatro
vibe: Few beers deep, dance in your kitchen, air guitar, hair flips, use the bottle as a microphone song. Suzi Quatro is the OG of strong, woman vibes.
lyrics of note: “I’m a red hot fox / I can take the knocks / I’m a hammer from hell / Honey, can’t you tell? / I’m the wild one”
I Look So Good (Without You) – Jessie James Decker
vibe: The glowy, good feeling of being newly single. Could also fall under embracing the breakup too, but I feel like this one is more “you” centric than “relationship” centric and for that reason it’s here.
lyrics of note: “Standin’ in front of the mirror / My clothes never fit better / My laughs never been louder / I look so good without you”
essentials: splurging on a sexy new pair of heels and or leather pants, a fun day out with your friends doing something active and competitive so you remember the bad bitch you are
It Ain’t Me – Kygo, Selena Gomez
vibe: Too bad, you missed out. Leaving and moving on from the guy who did all the taking and none of the giving in a relationship.
lyrics of note: “Who’s waking up to drive you home when you’re drunk and all alone? / Who’s gonna walk you through the dark side of the morning? / It ain’t me”
Good as Hell – Lizzo
vibe: Obviously this one needed to be on here. Lizzo will be your best friend with a bottle of tequila and the move on with your head held high mindset.
lyrics of note: “If he don’t love you anymore / Just walk your fine ass out the door”
She’s So Gone – Naomi Scott
vibe: Celebrating a newfound version of you, post-breakup. And yes, it’s a Disney song.
lyrics of note: “And I’m stronger than you ever thought I’d be / Are you shocked? / Are you mad? / That you’re missing out on who I really am”
Your Side of The Bed – Loote
vibe: The voicemail you left on your ex’s cell about giving all your love and attention to someone new.
lyrics of note: “Everyone says that you’re better off / No, you don’t believe em'” … “I got me someone else instead / He’s taking your side of the bed”
Never Again – Kelly Clarkson
vibe: Taking jabs at him and his new girlfriend. The lyrics to really belt are definitely in the chorus. Could fall under fuck him angry ones too.
lyrics of note: “Does it hurt? To know I’ll never be there / But it sucks to see my face everywhere / It was you who chose to end it like you did”
essentials: the wildest group of girls you can physically fit into one room, several bottles of José silver, thigh-high leather boots that make you feel sexy as fuck, strong Mrs. Smith vibes
Bad Girls – M.I.A.
vibe: Channeling your inner biker girl. Trust me, the breakup will be out of your mind by the end of this one.
lyrics of note: “Live fast, die young / Bad girls do it well” … “Leavin’ boys behind ’cause it’s legal just to kill”
I Don’t Fuck With You – Big Sean, E-40
vibe: He says a variation of “I don’t give a fuck about you” over 50 times. It’s a winner.
lyrics of note: “Don’t give a fuck about you or anything that you do / I heard you got a new man, I see you takin’ a pic / Then you post it up, thinkin’ that it’s makin’ me sick”
I Can Hold a Grudge Like Nobody’s Business – Adam Jensen
vibe: I didn’t forget what you did. Don’t fuck with me. Grungy, dirty, dark, heavy, a lil crazy, and all good.
lyrics of note: “You got me actin’ like the old me, but you don’t even know me / Can I get a witness? / Cause I can hold a grudge like nobody’s business”
Bad Girls – Pussy Riot, Dave Sitek, Desi Mo
vibe: Sharpening knives and hyping with the girls as you plot his murder.
lyrics of note: “A good girl never had penetration / A bad girl leave a hard dick waiting” … “Bad girls club and no you can’t sit with me / Well behaved women seldom make history / It’s not a mystery but if you really want to get to me / Don’t bring no glass slippers, Cinderella wasn’t shit to me”
Manhunt – Karen Kamon
vibe: Switching up the vibe from defense to offense and putting yourself aggressively out there. Another gem from Flashdance.
lyrics of note: “I’m goin’ on a manhunt, turn it around / Women have been hunted, now they’re huntin’ around”
Boss Ass Bitch – Ptaf
vibe: V V V NSFW, but V V V V V V V V solid for girls night.
lyrics of note: “I’m a boss ass bitch”
Me & My Girls – Selena Gomez
vibe: Girls night out when you all have zero interest in guys or meeting someone and are there for each other.
lyrics of note: “I know we’re making you thirsty / You want us all in the worst way / You don’t understand / I don’t need a man”
Crying in the Club – Camila Cabello
vibe: Seeing your recently dumped friend start to get emotional when you’re out drinking and dragging her to the bathroom for a pep talk. You can even blot her tears to the beat.
lyrics of note: “You think, that you’ll die without him / You know, that’s a lie that you tell yourself” … “Let the beat carry away, your tears as they fall, baby / Ain’t no crying in the club”
BIG BANK – 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj
vibe: Not about a breakup at all, but the vibe is heavy with “fuck you, I’m the best” and if you and your friends need a song to get hyped to during a pregame I’d put this on.
lyrics of note: “Lames can’t call and you a lame / You had it then you lost it, hall of shame / I can buy a Bentley, don’t talk to me”
essentials: a non-judgmental best friend, the realization that you were never in competition with his girlfriend, respect for his choice, a karaoke bar and the confidence to belt your favorite song to a room of strangers
NUMB – Hayden James, GRAACE
vibe: Wishing you could feel nothing instead of everything for someone who already has their person.
lyrics of note: “I saw it coming soon / ‘Cause when you looked at me she would look at you / Say ‘it’s you not me’ / ‘Cause that’s my favorite part”
Girl Crush – Little Big Town
vibe: Comparing yourself to the one he’s with and wishing that you could be like her, just to better fit the person he wants to be with. Slow and a little bit weepy. Not how you should feel, but definitely how you might feel.
lyrics of note: “I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume / I want her long blonde hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah, ’cause maybe then you’d want me just as much”
Stay – Sugarland
vibe: Wishing he’d stay with you instead of returning home to her. Ends with a power move, putting yourself back in the driver’s seat and pushing him out of your life. lyrics of note: “What do I have to do to make you see / She can’t love you like me? / Why don’t you stay?”
Blood In The Cut – K.Flay, Aire Atlantica
vibe: Suffering in silence when the one you love is with someone else. Too many good lines in this one, plus the overall dark, grungy energy makes it perfect.
lyrics of note: “All I do is pretend to be ok so my friends can’t see my heart in the blender / Lately, I’ve been killing all my time / Reading through your messages my favorite way to die”
essentials: a blanket fort in which you are the queen and no one can enter unless you allow it, cookie dough – baked into cookies or raw, it’s your call, Dior Iconic Waterproof mascara, several rounds of “I’m actually doing great” practice before returning to groups that know you all broke up
I Wanna Know – NOTD, Bea Miller
vibe: Wishing you could get over someone and having a list of questions comparing how you all were with how he is with his new girlfriend that you both want and never want to be answered.
lyrics of note: “Does she move your body? / Like I moved your body? / ‘Cause I wanna know”
Do You Think About Me – Captain Cuts, Zookëper, Georgia Ku
vibe: Trying to keep someone out of your mind when all you can think of is wondering if they’re thinking of you.
lyrics of note: “Don’t know why I ever thought it’d be easy / Second guessing only leads to regret / Out of sight, out of mind then it hits me”
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele
vibe: A positive take on being left when he just couldn’t keep up and chose to be with someone else.
lyrics of note: “I’m giving you up / I’ve forgiven it all / You set me free”
She’s Got You – Patsy Cline
vibe: Losing someone, looking around and just seeing a collection of their memories. Heartache has always been around and this 1960s classic is the perfect proof of that. It also mildly makes me think of the heartache my grandmother and mother went through at different times in their lives. Life turned out wonderful for them – it will for you too.
lyrics of note: “The only thing different / The only thing new / I’ve got your picture, she’s got you”
Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix
vibe: Truly not caring when he moves on because you already have.
lyrics of note: “Shout out to my ex, you’re really quite the man / You made my heart break and that made me who I am”
essentials: hair toss, the biggest shrug you can muster, figuring out if you need time to yourself or to find someone new
Undrunk – FLETCHER
vibe: Wishing you could go back and undo all the feelings, memories, time spent on someone.
lyrics of note: “Wish I could get a little un-drunk so I could un-call you / At five in the morning, I would un-fuck you / But some things you can’t undo”
Dead – Madison Beer
vibe: Dealing with a guy who says he loves you and that you are everything, but won’t commit.
lyrics of note: “You could be here but you’re not, I give whatever you want / But you just take it and run” … “You say you can’t live without me / So why aren’t you dead yet?”
Candles – Daughter
vibe: Soft, slow, and self-mourning as you distance yourself from someone that you love, but who doesn’t want to commit and be with you.
lyrics of note: “I’ll never be a lover / I only bring the heat / Company undercover / Filling space in your sheets”
I Don’t Even Care About You – MISSIO
vibe: Putting your emotions in a box, putting that box in a box, putting that box in a box… Flipping between being depressed, angry, not giving a fuck about someone. Dark, deep, alt-electronic with a whistly vibe.
lyrics of note: “I can do without your false curiosities / Angry again / No, I don’t wanna have a conversation with you / Angry again / Let me sit alone with the kerosene”
Fuqboi – Hey Violet
vibe: Not falling for all the bullshit, chichéd one-liners, and false consideration that a fuqboi will give you.
lyrics of note: “You’re a fuqboi / I’ve been through it before / I’d rather cut out my tongue / Then let you kiss me with yours”
Don’t Call Me Up – Mabel
vibe: Swearing off a fuqboi and realizing your strength in walking away from whatever you got from that fuqboi-ship.
lyrics of note: “Don’t call me up / I’m going out tonight / Feeling good now you’re outta my life” … “My friends said you were a bad man / I should have listened to them back then”
IDGAF – Dua Lipa
vibe: There’s nothing he could say to change your mind. You’re over him. You have iron-will. Very strong sing-with-a-girlfriend-in-her-apartment vibes, and I have.
lyrics of note: “So save it, get gone, shut up / ‘Cause if you think I care about you now / Well, boy, I don’t give a fuck”
Ugly Heart – G.R.L.
vibe: Being into a super hot guy who just sucks. Packing away all your superficial emotions about how gorgeous he is, realizing that underneath it all he WILL hurt you, and using that to put yourself first and protect yourself.
lyrics of note: “Okay you’re pretty / Your face is a work of art / Your smile could light up New York City after dark” … “But it’s such a pity a boy so pretty / With an ugly heart”
Fuck Feelings – Olivia O’Brien
vibe: Fuck feelings. Fuck catching feelings. Fuck having feelings for someone who doesn’t have them for you.
lyrics of note: “Fuck feelings, swear that shit ruined my life / All they ever do is waste my time”
essentials: blocking him on social media, a clear and sober mind, best friends that will prevent you from turning around and going back, the realization that it is NOT your fault
You’re Such A – Hailee Steinfeld
vibe: Realizing that the fact that he would cheat puts him in a category of guy that you would never want to be with. Almost has a nursery rhyme vibe with a teasing, innocent, but slightly “are you fucking kidding me?” mix.
lyrics of note: “‘Cause you had your chance and you blew it” … “Did you think that I would let you crawl right back into my bedroom? / After everything we’ve been through / I know the truth / That, damn, you’re such a … difficult little devil”
Alarm – Anne-Marie
vibe: Getting involved with a cheater and receiving the exact same treatment. You were the other woman, he left her for you, and he is still texting her.
lyrics of note: “I should’ve known a cheat stays a cheater / So here we are / And there goes the alarm ringing in my head” … “But I was so intrigued by your style, boy / I always been a sucker for a wild boy / I’m better than this, I know my worth”
Should’ve Said No – Taylor Swift
vibe: He acts like it was a one time mistake when what he should have done was v simple. The OG “he cheated” song from when Taylor Swift was still a country singer.
lyrics of note: “You shouldn’t be begging for forgiveness at my feet / You should’ve said no, baby and you might still have me / I can’t resist, before you go, tell me this / Was it worth it?”
FU – Miley Cyrus
vibe: Kissing his ass goodbye the second you find out about her.
lyrics of note: “I don’t really have much to say / I was over it the second that I saw her name”
I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
vibe: Being heartbroken after finding out that all your suspicions were right. Being cheated on during a long-term relationship.
lyrics of note: “I have loved you for many years / Maybe I am just not enough / You’ve made me realize my deepest fear / By lying and tearing us up”
Better Man – Little Big Town
vibe: Putting yourself first and knowing that he’s not good enough for you, but wishing that he was.
lyrics of note: “I see the permanent damage you did to me / Never again, I just wish I could forget when it was magic” … “Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I can feel you again / But I just miss you, and I just wish you were a better man”
two nights – Lykke Li, Aminé
vibe: The very moment you know that cheating is happening. Sad, dark, and deep.
lyrics of note: “Nobody else / You say there’s no one but I can tell / Why can’t you need me and nothin’ else?” … “I left all the lights on / I been sleepin’ with no clothes on / You never came home / Two nights in a row, where’d you go?”
Somebody Else – VÉRITÉ
vibe: Hating to see someone you care about be with someone else, even if you don’t want to be with them. V applicable when, after being cheated on, you want to leave them, but also hate to see them with someone new.
lyrics of note: “I start to believe in anything you’re sayin’ / I’m reminded that I should be gettin’ over it / I don’t want your body / But I hate to think about you with somebody else”
essentials: your middle finger held v high, if he cheated on you, one or two petty laughs at his expense, a best friend to prevent you from letting him in your life again if you consider going back
Tired of Talking – LÉON
vibe: Being done with the “let’s talk this out”s and moving on from a love that took your love for granted.
lyrics of note: “‘Cause I’ve been nothing but good to you / You’re howlin’ into the night won’t do” … “Get out the door and disappear / When you get home I won’t be here / Don’t act surprised as if you cared”
Hurts Like Hell – Madison Beer, Offset
vibe: Wishing someone feels every drop of regret after leaving you for someone else.
lyrics of note: “My baby’s all alone in his bed / Fingertips on the edge / He left me for a girl / But he regrets leaving me” … “You shoulda never let me go / I know I’m messing up your mind / The devil got you good this time”
If You’re Over Me – Years & Years
vibe: Running out of patience for a guy who plays you hot and cold.
lyrics of note: “You tell everyone our love went cold / Going around, spreading the word, it’s over / If that’s how you feel then you should go / Don’t come around saying, ‘I still want you'” … “Yesterday you said I’m the one / But now you say you’re done / Stop telling me what I need”
it’s not u it’s me – Bea Miller, 6LACK
vibe: Casting out a guy who was just a rebound, temporary, or someone you were just playing around with.
lyrics of note: “Your distractions were exactly what I needed / Now I see the truth / It’s not you, it’s me / I’m the only one I need”
Old Love / New Love – Twin Shadow
vibe: White knuckling your will not to return to an ex when you really want to, but know it would be terrible for you.
lyrics of note: “An old love called me yesterday / And she sounds so sweet / Why, she sounds so… / Drill me to the floor / This hurts even more than I expected it to do”
Low Blows – Meg Mac
vibe: When he comes back after completely crushing you, taking your friends, time, and hitting you with so many low blows.
lyrics of note: “Baby, I have nothing left / You took my money and you took my friends back” … “Low blows, man up
It’s all good, man up / ‘Cause I don’t say much when I don’t like it / But I don’t like it and I never liked it like that”
Really Don’t Care – Demi Lovato, Cher Lloyd
vibe: There’s nothing he can do that will bring you back because you are 100% over him.
lyrics of note: “I never want you back into my life / You can take your words and all your lies / I really don’t care”
Keep your head up, ladies. Breakups are part of the risk of dating and if you don’t embrace the risk you’ll never get the reward.