When in the midst of a post-breakup fog, it can feel like there's no end in sight. But deep down, we know it's always possible to heal and move on. We just have to grieve, process our feelings, and make it through.
Music is a damn good way to help that process along. If you're dealing with heartbreak (or just wanting to get your cry on), read on for some of the best breakup songs of all time.
Carole King's "It's Too Late" is one of the most iconic and beautiful breakup songs. The song is ultimately about accepting the ending of a relationship—and that there's just no going on together.
This 1965 hit is like a perfect piece of oldies ear candy. It's about the sadness of losing someone—and about how even if we put on a brave face, it still hurts.
Lord Huron's sweet and sorrowful song is sure to make you feel all the feels. Sometimes all we want is the chance to go back in time, and this song captures that perfectly.
There's really nothing not to love about this song. It's the ultimate breakup "goodbye" song.
If you're looking for a little more empowerment and a little less sadness, "Survivor" by Destiny's Child is a great option. It's just the right song for when we know that we're better off without our ex.
This is another damn good song for letting go and moving on. "You can go your own way" pretty much speaks for itself.
Who doesn't like Robyn? In this song, she captures that feeling when we're left behind for someone else. "Dancing On My Own" is a good choice if you're looking for catharsis.
"I Want You Back": We all know it. We all love it. Need we say more?
Adele is the queen of romance and breakup songs. And this song in particular is the breakup song to end all breakup songs.
In 1971, Bill Withers graced us with his simple but oh-so-true breakup lyrics, "Ain't no sunshine when she's gone; And this house just ain't no home; Anytime she goes away." "Ain't No Sunshine" is a real classic—and a keeper.
Oh, Alanis Morissette. This song might not be for everyone—but for the right mood, it's spot on.
No breakup playlist is complete without Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable." If this song doesn't make you feel empowered and ready to move on, then I don't know what will.
Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" is one of the purest and most gorgeous love songs in recent history. It'll hit you right in the gut.
Ever wanted to be with someone so badly—but knew it's better to be apart? That's this song in a nutshell—and Lauryn Hill does it oh so well.
Miley Cyrus. A hammer. A wrecking ball. 'Nuff said.
This song's another tear-jerker. If you want to sink deeper into your sadness, lie back and take in Bonnie Raitt's wonderfully wrenching voice.
Turn on Ne-Yo's "So Sick." Repeat 'til the end of time.
Thanks to this song, Kelly Clarkson and heartbreak are inseparable in our minds. Turn it up to full volume and belt out all those feels.
This Toni Braxton song seems like it was made to be sung in the shower. Enjoy its over-the-top emotionalism and sentimentality. After all, what else are breakups for?
This song is simple, sweet, and sad. Just what we need when we're letting go of love.
This song is the right choice for a driving-in-your-car, belting-with-your-friends, goodbye-for-good moment. It's impossible to listen to it and not feel at least a little better.
Ready to dance out your heartbreak? Put on Dua Lipa's "Break My Heart" and let it all go.
"Tears Dry on Their Own" is one of many magnificent songs that Amy Winehouse left us with. It's almost too good and will definitely help you through the healing.
Ready to add these to a playlist? Don't worry, we already did that for you. You take care of you, boo!