Earlier this week, in the wee hours of the morning, I was pulling onto my street after dropping my toddler off at day care when I heard the familiar screech of electric guitar crashing into ticking time-bomb drums at the start of Hole’s “Violet.” Granted, like so many women, I was exhausted. Did I already say it was early? Did I mention I have a toddler? Anyway, within seconds I was no longer just a Hudson Valley mom screaming “You should learn how to say NO” at the top of her lungs at 7:30 A.M., while wildly drumming the dashboard of her recently serviced Subaru Outback. I was also teen me, eyes closed, arms crossed, feet planted in the middle of a ’90s mosh pit.
It was a blessed respite from the otherwise unrelenting hail storm of alarming news that hits me from all angles, all day long. In other words, it helped. So much so that I was inspired to pull together a list of songs with similarly satisfying displays of female anger unleashed, songs that display the full range of feminine rage, from X-Ray Spex’s defiant, sax-filled 1977 screamathon “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” to the boiling-over wrath of Beyoncé, holding a baseball bat and wondering “What’s worse, looking jealous or crazy?” Rage on, sisters. —Melissa Giannini
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- 10 Angry Breakup Songs To Help You Forget About Him
- 1. “The Boys” by Nicki Minaj ft. Cassie
- 2. “Ex-Girlfriend” by No Doubt
- 3. “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake
- 4. “F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back)” by Eamon
- 5. “Caught Out There” by Kelis
- 6. “Wake Up Call” by Maroon 5
- 7. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
- 8. “So What” by P!nk
- 9. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
- 10. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
- 11 Angry Breakup Songs To Crank When You’re Never Getting Back Together
- “You Oughta Know” — Alanis Morissette
- “Before He Cheats” — Carrie Underwood
- “So What” — P!nk
- “Caught Out There” — Kelis
- “Smile” — Lily Allen
- “Shut Up and Let Me Go” — The Ting Tings
- “DONE” — The Band Perry
- “Picture To Burn” — Taylor Swift
- “Same Old Love” — Selena Gomez
- “Fire Burns” — Nicki Minaj
- “Sorry” — Beyoncé
- These Are the Best Songs to Help You Get Over a Breakup
- “Call Out My Name,” The Weeknd
- “Chelsea Hotel #2,” Leonard Cohen
- “Stay,” Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
- “Heartbeats,” José González
- “Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber
- “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Bill Withers
- “Skinny Love,” Bon Iver
- “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” Bob Dylan
- “Someone Like You,” Adele
- “Stitches,” Shawn Mendes
- “Back to Black,” Amy Winehouse
- “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye
- “Let Her Go,” Passenger
- “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
- “Irreplaceable,” Beyoncé
- “I Fall Apart,” Post Malone
- “New York,” St. Vincent
- “Happier,” Ed Sheeran
- “Fix You,” Coldplay
- “Retrograde,” James Blake
- “What About Us,” P!nk
- “Praying,” Kesha
- “Dreaming with a Broken Heart,” John Mayer
- “Fireworks,” First Aid Kit
- “Act III: The Reason,” Dennis Lloyd
- “Green Light,” Lorde
- “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
- “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
- “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!),” Blu Cantrell
- “New Rules,” Dua Lipa
- “Survivor,” Destiny’s Child
- “Dancing On My Own,” Robyn
- Breakup Songs For Dudes: 18 Go-To Tracks That Will Help You Get Over Your Ex
- 1. “Stay,” by Rihanna (2012)
- 2. “Someone Like You,” by Adele (2011)
- 3. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith (2014)
- 4. “Best Thing I Never Had,” by Beyoncé (2011)
- 5. “Take Care,” by Drake & Rihanna (2011)
- 6. “Love You Goodbye,” by One Direction (2015)
- 7. “I Will Always Love You,” by Whitney Houston (1992)
- 8. “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Gotye & Kimbra (2011)
- 9. “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez (2016)
- 10. “Everytime,” by Britney Spears (2003)
- 11. “Wrecking Ball,” by Miley Cyrus (2013)
- 12. “Don’t Speak,” by No Doubt (1995)
- 13. “Say Something,” by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera (2014)
- 14. “All Too Well,” by Taylor Swift (2012)
- 15. “It Must Have Been Love,” by Roxette (1980)
- 16. “Shake It Out,” by Florence + The Machine (2011)
- 17. “Need You Now,” by Lady Antebellum (2010)
- 18. “For the First Time,” by The Script (2010)
- 19. “Fix You,” by Coldplay (2005)
- 20. “Running Low,” by Shawn Mendes (2015)
- 21. “Dreaming with a Broken Heart,” by John Mayer (2006)
- 22. “Ex’s & Oh’s,” by Elle King (2015)
- 23. “It Ain’t Me,” by Kygo with Selena Gomez (2017)
- 24. “How to Save a Life,” by The Fray (2005)
- 25. “Let It Go,” by James Bay (2015)
- 26. “Irreplaceable,” by Beyoncé (2006)
- 27. “Exhale,” by Whitney Houston (1995)
- 28. “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” by Bonnie Tyler (1983)
- 29. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” by Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift (2017)
- 30. “Please Don’t Leave Me,” by P!nk (2011)
- 31. “Not Over You,” by Gavin DeGraw (2011)
- 32. “Let Her Go,” by Passenger (2012)
- 33. “When Can I See You Again,” by Babyface (1993)
- 34. “Leave (Get Out),” by D-Money and JoJo (2009)
- 35. “Since U Been Gone,” by Kelly Clarkson (2004)
- 36. “Big Girls Cry,” by Sia (2014)
- 37. “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” by The Script (2008)
- 38. “Love Me Now,” by John Legend (2016)
- 39. “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s ‘When I’m Gone’)”, by Anna Kendrick
- 40. “Maggie May,” by Rod Stewart (1971)
- 41. “Water Runs Dry,” by Boyz II Men (2009)
- 42. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” by Kelly Clarkson
- 43. “Cry Me a River,” by Justin Timberlake (2002)
- 44. “We Belong Together,” by Mariah Carey (2006)
- 45.”Shake It Off,” by Mariah Carey (2006)
- 46. “It Ain’t Me Babe,” by Bob Dylan (1964)
- 47. “Heartless,” by Kanye West (2008)
- 48. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” by Taylor Swift
- 49. “Love the Way You Lie,” by Eminem featuring Rihanna (2010)
- 50. “Why Don’t You Love Me,” by Beyonce (2008)
- 51. “Apologize,” by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic (2007)
- 52. “Tattoo,” by Jordin Sparks (2007)
- 53. “The One that Got Away,” by Katy Perry (2010)
- 54. “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” by Toni Braxton (1996)
- 55. “Survivor,” by Destiny’s Child (2001)
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10 Angry Breakup Songs That Will Help You Move on and Move Fast
In times of heartache, a good workout will help clear your mind and unload all the antsy energy and angst that can well up inside. Moreover, a sweat session will keep you looking your best, which will come in handy when you next brave the romantic fray.
In this playlist, we aim to make a similar exhange by highlighting songs that will help you convert relationship drama into physical fitness. (Meanwhile, you can punch out your aggression and Get a Knockout Body with this Boxing Workout.)
The list kicks off with a warning shot from Miranda Lambert and winds down with a sinister farewell from Lily Allen. In between, you’ll find the mega-hits you’d expect from Cee Lo, Beyoncé, and Gotye-in amped-up remixes that sound fresh and feisty. Lastly, when you’re ready to rachet things up a notch, press play on one of the brisk dismissals from Fall Out Boy, Elle King, or Boys Like Girls.
So, as soon as you’re ready to make a change, you’ll find everything you need to make lemonade from love’s lemons below. (And take comfort knowing that as a woman, you’ll recover from that broken heart faster than your ex anyway!)
Miranda Lambert – Mama’s Broken Heart – 112 BPM
Cee Lo Green – F**k You! (Le Castle Vania Remix) – 129 BPM
Boys Like Girls – Love Drunk – 150 BPM
Demi Lovato & Cher Lloyd – Really Don’t Care – 121 BPM
Fall Out Boy – Thnks fr th Mmrs – 155 BPM
Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Dave Aude Remix) – 127 BPM
Gotye & Kimbra – Somebody That I Used to Know (Tiesto Remix) – 129 BPM
Katy Perry – Part of Me (Jacques Lu Cont’s Thin White Duke Remix) – 130 BPM
Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s – 140 BPM
Lily Allen – Smile – 95 BPM
To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.
- By Chris Lawhorn
10 Angry Breakup Songs To Help You Forget About Him
Because everyone needs a good cry (or scream, for that matter).
Going through a breakup can bring forward a lot of emotions — especially anger — so there’s nothing better than finding that one song that just gets how you’re feeling. When you have a bad breakup, sometimes you need an anthem to get you through that difficult period. And some angry breakup songs just seem to be the perfect antidote to your broken heart.
Breakups happen to everyone, some worse than others. It’s nice to hear other people’s stories through songs. Plus, they are often empowering and make you feel like a badass (which you totally are!).
We’ve compiled a list of the absolute best angry breakup songs out there. Find which one speaks to you, and crank up the volume.
1. “The Boys” by Nicki Minaj ft. Cassie
Nicki ALWAYS knows how to hit below the belt with her rhymes, whether explicitly or in a hidden way where whoever it’s aimed at gets it. Basically, this song is about getting back at a cheating ex. It actually isn’t one of Nicki’s meanest songs, but it definitely gets the point across: STAY AWAY.
Lyrics to yell out: “I hope you have the time of your life / I hope I don’t lose it tonight.”
2. “Ex-Girlfriend” by No Doubt
It’s a sad realization when you find your relationship wasn’t right all along. If he wanted to go right whenever you wanted to go left, your breakup was inevitable.
Lyrics to yell out: “I kinda always knew I’d end up your ex-girlfriend.”
3. “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake
We all know this person — the one who completely, totally broke your heart. They cheated on you, you found out, and you had your share of tearful nights. Then weeks, months, who knows how long after, they’re hitting you up and trying to get you back. Think again! You’re a stronger person now. SEE YA.
Lyrics to yell out: “Your bridges were burned, and now it’s your turn to cry. Cry me a river.”
4. “F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back)” by Eamon
Who can forget this one hit wonder from 2003? This is anger at its best, hidden under some rhythmic, smooth R&B beats. You can smile while singing these angry words as if you’re not swearing with every other word. The ultimate FU.
Lyrics to yell out: “F*ck you, you hoe, I don’t want you back.”
5. “Caught Out There” by Kelis
So, her milkshake brought the boys to the yard, and it seems that one of those men ended up hurting her. Now she’s singing a song for all the girls out there who have been lied to by their men (as she states in the song’s intro). This song is the classic “caught your man cheating and now you need to scream” song.
Lyrics to yell out: “I hate you so much right now.”
6. “Wake Up Call” by Maroon 5
So much cheating. (Who would ever cheat on Adam Levine?!) The catchy beat and double meaning of the title of this song ropes you in, and then gets you thinking — wait, this song isn’t just catchy, it’s SAD! Now you’re angry.
Lyrics to yell out: “Don’t you care about me anymore? Don’t you care about me? I don’t think so.”
7. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
We all know that T-Swift has like, a zillion breakup songs, so it was hard to pick just one. But we think this one earns a top spot. It’s so relatable, and it’s something we all have to tell ourselves after one (or five) too many times of getting back with the same damn ex. Time to move on and stop repeating past mistakes.
Lyrics to yell out: “We are never, ever, ever getting back together.”
8. “So What” by P!nk
Breakups can bring out a totally different personality in us that we didn’t know existed. Life as a woman in a relationship vs. being a single woman (especially a newly single woman after a very long relationship) is very different. P!nk shows that we can go out and have tons of fun to help get over a devastating breakup.
Lyrics to yell out: “And I don’t need you / and guess what / I’m having more fun / and now that we’re done / I’m gonna show you tonight.”
9. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
The ultimate, country, angry breakup song. We all need to vent after a breakup, and sometimes words just aren’t enough. Sometimes, you just need to BREAK sh*t.
Lyrics to yell out: “Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats.”
10. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
Oh, Alanis. So much anger. So much love for independent, badass babes. We love you. But this song shows some of the insecurities we all have once we see our ex with a new beau. We know we’re better off without them, and we’re better than their new chick, but sometimes we gotta let these things out of our system.
Lyrics to yell out: “And are you thinking of me when you f*ck her?”
Never Liked It Anyway is the eBay for breakups — a place to buy, sell and tell all things ex. It’s cheeky, positive and the number one place to get you back to fabulous.
This article was originally published at Never Liked It Anyway. Reprinted with permission from the author.
11 Angry Breakup Songs To Crank When You’re Never Getting Back Together
Honestly, is there anything more therapeutic than cranking an aggressive tune when you’re pissed off? There’s something innately cathartic about belting your heart out, especially when the lyrics perfectly capture all of your complicated emotions. It’s something to keep in mind after a relationship ends because there are so many angry breakup songs worth listening to, whether you’re feeling vengeful, resentful, or just straight-up pissed.
It’s safe to say that many songs about breakups err on the side of sad. But there’s no one right or wrong way to feel after a split, so if you’re currently leaning more toward enraged than regretful, that’s totally OK. In fact, listening to a couple of fiery tunes may help you to process some of these feelings and even gain some much-needed perspective. Plus, reminding yourself that some of your favorite artists have felt the exact same way after their breakups may be super validating.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you were blindsided by the breakup or your ex betrayed you. What matters is that you allow yourself permission to feel the resulting anger, and putting together the perfect post-breakup playlist may prove helpful in that regard. So, whether you were together for three weeks or three years, make sure to crank these tunes whenever you need to release some healthy aggression.
“You Oughta Know” — Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette on YouTube And I’m here, to remind you / Of the mess you left when you went awayIt’s not fair, to deny me / Of the cross I bear that you gave to me.
Y’all, Alanis basically wrote the book up angry breakup songs with this 2007 hit, which is straight-up dripping with sarcasm.
“Before He Cheats” — Carrie Underwood
carrieunderwoodVEVO on YouTube I dug my key into the side / Of his pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive / Carved my name into his leather seats / I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights / I slashed a hole in all four tires / Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats.
Have the urge to break or burn your ex’s belongings? You can live out that revenge fantasy through this country-rock jam.
“So What” — P!nk
PinkVEVO on YouTube So what? / I’m still a rock star / I got my rock moves / And I don’t need you.
When you’re getting ready to go out with your squad, turn up this tune to remind yourself that A) your ex is a tool, and B) you’re just fine.
“Caught Out There” — Kelis
KelisVEVO on YouTube So sick of your games, I’ll set your truck to flames / And watch it blow up.
In the intro to this 2009 R&B tune, Kelis tells listeners it’s for “all the women out there that been lied to by their men.” Also, the post-chorus consists of her yelling “I hate you so much right now.” ‘Nuff said.
“Smile” — Lily Allen
Lily Allen on YouTube At first when I see you cry / It makes me smile.
Don’t be fooled by the upbeat tempo and cheerful title of this song — it’s actually about taking pleasure in watching your ex come crawling back to you after mistreating you, and realizing you DGAF.
“Shut Up and Let Me Go” — The Ting Tings
TheTingTingsVEVO on YouTube This hurts, I told you so / For the last time you will kiss my lips / Now shut up and let me go.
The title of this catchy electro-pop song says it all. And luckily, it offers plenty of opportunities to shout precisely that satisfying phrase in every chorus.
“DONE” — The Band Perry
TheBandPerryVEVO on YouTube You crossed the line too many times / I’m gonna put you in your place / You play with dynamite don’t be surprised when I blow up in your face.
When all you wanna be is done, rock out to this sassy little country number. Honestly, there are so many standout lyrics in this one, but here’s another one worth highlighting: “Mama always told me that I should play nice / But she didn’t know you when she gave that advice.” #Micdrop.
“Picture To Burn” — Taylor Swift
TaylorSwiftVEVO on YouTube There’s no time for tears / I’m just sitting here / Planning my revenge.
Taylor Swift has quite an arsenal of epic breakup songs (see: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”), but this lesser-known song from her early career is worth a listen when you’re feeling especially salty toward your ex.
“Same Old Love” — Selena Gomez
SelenaGomezVEVO on YouTube I’m so sick of that same old love, my body’s had enough.
This song strikes a powerful balance between angry and vulnerable. But ultimately, it’s Selena Gomez’s delivery that gives it an aggressive edge. Fire this one up when you’re feeling oh so over the heartbreak.
“Fire Burns” — Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj – Topic on YouTube I hope you lay down in your sleep and you choke on every lie you told / And when you’re reaching out for me, you’ll see you reap everything you sow.
Hell hath no fury like Nicki Minaj scorned, and this bitter ballad is proof.
“Sorry” — Beyoncé
BeyoncéVEVO on YouTube Middle fingers up, put them hands high / Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye.
This anthem has so many lyric gems, including the famous: “He better call Becky with the good hair.” Beyoncé perfectly sums up the way you feel after being repeatedly wronged by an ex — and finally coming to the realization that you’re going to be better off without them. As Queen Bey sings, “Let’s have a toast to the good life,” eh?
Going through a breakup brings out a lot of emotions—anger being one of them. There’s nothing better than finding that one song that just gets your breakup and you listen to on blast and on repeat. Here we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the angriest breakup songs out there. Find which one speaks to you, and crank up the volume!
- Nicki Minaj, Cassie – The Boys
Ok, so Nicki always knows how to hit below the belt with her rhymes, whether explicitly or in a hidden way where whoever it’s aimed at gets it, although it may not be so obvious on the surface. Basically, this song is getting back at a cheating ex. It actually isn’t one of Nicki’s meanest songs, but it definitely gets the point across. Stay. Away.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “I hope you have the time of your life/I hope I don’t lose it tonight.”
- No Doubt – Ex-Girlfriend
The sad realization where you knew the relationship wasn’t right all along. He wanted to go right whenever you wanted to go left. It was an inevitable breakup from the beginning.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “I kinda always knew I’d end up your ex-girlfriend”
- Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River
We all know this person—the one who completely, totally broke your heart. They cheated on you, you found out, and you had your share of tearful nights. Then weeks, months, who knows how long after, they’re hitting you up and trying to get you back. Think again! You’re a stronger person now. See ya later.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “Your bridges were burned, and now it’s your turn to cry, cry me a river”
- Eamon – F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)
Who can forget this one hit wonder from 2003? This is anger at its best, hidden under some rhythmic, smooth R&B beats. You can smile while singing these angry words as if you’re not swearing with every other word. The ultimate F U.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “F**k you, you hoe, I don’t want you back”
- Kelis – Caught Out There
So, her milkshake brought the boys to the yard, and it seems that one of those men ended up hurting her. Now she’s singing a song for all the girls out there who have been lied to by their men (as she states in the song’s intro). This song is the classic, caught your man cheating and now you need to scream song.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “I hate you so much right now”
- Maroon 5 – Wake Up Call
So much cheating. (Who would ever cheat on Adam Levine?!) The catchy beat and double meaning of the title of this song ropes you in, and then gets you thinking—wait, this song isn’t just catchy, but sad! Now you’re angry.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “Don’t you care about me anymore? Don’t you care about me? I don’t think so”
4.Taylor Swift- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Ok, we all know that T-Swift has like, a zillion break up songs so it was hard to pick just one. But we think this one earns a top spot. It’s so relatable, and it’s something we all have to tell ourselves after one too many (or five too many) times of getting back with the same damn ex. Time to move on and stop repeating past mistakes.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “We are never, ever, ever getting back together”
- P!NK – So What
Breakups can bring out a totally different personality in us that we didn’t know existed. Life as a woman in a relationship vs. being a single woman (especially a newly single woman after a very long relationship) is very different. P!NK shows that we can go out and have tons of fun to help get over a devastating breakup.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “And I don’t need you,/and guess what/I’m having more fun/and now that we’re done/I’m gonna show you tonight”
- Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats
The ultimate, country, angry breakup song. We all need to vent after a breakup, and sometimes words just aren’t enough. Sometimes, you just need to break shit.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats”
- Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
Oh, Alanis. So much anger. So much love for independent, bad-ass babes. We love you. But this song shows some of the insecurities we all have once we see our ex with a new beau. We know we’re better off without them, and we’re better than their new chick, but sometimes we gotta let these things out of our system.
Lyrics to Yell Out: “And are you thinking of me when you f**k her?”
These Are the Best Songs to Help You Get Over a Breakup
So you’re going through a breakup. The bad news: it’s never easy. The good news: you’re not alone with your aching heart. If the music we listen to is any indication, then breaking up, feeling down about it and hopefully finding the courage to move on are some of the most common shared human experiences. As centuries of forlorn singletons have learned and generations of songwriters have mastered, one of the best cures for heartbreak is the balm of music that speaks to our souls — or maybe helps us rationalize away the tears.
“Heartache is what motivates many artists to write songs in the first place,” explains Spotify’s trends expert Shanon Cook to TIME; there are over half a million breakup-themed playlists on the platform alone. “Some people might not want or know how to articulate how they’re feeling during a rough time,” Cook adds. “Maybe it’s nice to let Sam Smith or Kelly Clarkson express it for you.”
While some classics remain timeless in their appeal — songs like Beyoncé‘s “Irreplaceable,” Adele‘s “Someone Like You” and Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since U Been Gone” remain the top three most popular additions to breakup-themed playlists on Spotify, for instance — 2018 and recent years have their own new music to throw into the heartbreak-and-recovery mix. There’s The Weeknd‘s appropriately dejected songs from his new EP My Dear Melancholy, for instance, and some powerful tunes from the past year by pop queens St. Vincent, Lorde, Kesha and P!nk, to name just a few.
As Cook notes, you can pretty much slot breakup songs into two categories: “raw, tender tracks that tap into the fragility of the human heart” (think: Adele), or “dismissive, I-don’t-care-I’m-so-over-you type of songs” (here’s where Clarkson would come in). “Interestingly, a great many of the popular songs in break-up-themed playlists are pop songs and the artists, for the most part, are big celebrities,” Cook continues, suggesting that we often turn to familiar, beloved artists when we’re going through a rough time.
Below, TIME has pulled together a list of some of the most popular breakup songs on those Spotify playlists, as well as some under-the-radar favorites that might just come in handy when dealing with a broken heart. Here’s to moving on — eventually.
“Call Out My Name,” The Weeknd
When The Weeknd dropped an EP My Dear Melancholy in March 2018, he had not one but two breakups to pour out into his dark, moody R&B. On “Call Out My Name,” his raw heartbreak comes through loud and clear. “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life / Guess I was just another pit stop.” At least we can commiserate with The Weeknd, who’s going through it right alongside the rest of us.
“Chelsea Hotel #2,” Leonard Cohen
Some heartbreak is predicated on just a few powerful moments. “You got away, didn’t you babe?” Cohen recalls in this simple, poetic ode to a love affair gone awry. “I never once heard you say, ‘I need you.’” Time marches on, the moment passes, and we’re left with Cohen’s evocative memories.
“Stay,” Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
As it turns out, Rihanna can turn on the tears just as well as she can pump up the party. “Stay,” her 2012 collaboration with singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko, is an aching, searching ballad that lets her lead in an expressive push and pull duet. “The reason I hold on / ’cause I need this hole gone
/ Funny you’re the broken one / but I’m the only one who needed saving,” they join together to sing — an apt description of how we can get it twisted.
“Heartbeats,” José González
Sweet and dreamy, González’s “Heartbeats” sounds like what a warm bath feels like at the end of a long, hard day. Let his subtle guitar and rolling voice take you away.
“Love Yourself,” Justin Bieber
It was a song that ruled airwaves — and, in its simplicity of construction and catchiness of refrain, remains timeless. When you’re ready to move on, “Love Yourself” should be on repeat. Because as Bieber tells us, “And now I know, I’m better sleeping on my own.”
“Ain’t No Sunshine,” Bill Withers
This Bill Withers classic tells it like it is, in signature blues style with its haunting instrumentation. “Only darkness when she’s gone,” he croons. “And this house just ain’t a home any time she goes away.”
“Skinny Love,” Bon Iver
For a little bit of folk salvation, turn to Bon Iver, whose evocative strums and lilting voice speak straight to the soul. “I tell my love to wreck it all
/ Cut out all the ropes and let me fall,” he mourns. “And now all your love is wasted / And then who the hell was I?” Sometimes we can’t be the people we want to be in love; sometimes they can’t be the people we want them to be, either.
“Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” Bob Dylan
A little harmonica, a little Dylan poetry, and you’re well on your way to recovery. Some things just aren’t meant to be. “It ain’t not use in turning on your light, babe / I’m on the dark side of the road,” he shrugs. Go ahead, shrug it off with him.
“Someone Like You,” Adele
Sit down. Grab the Kleenex. Cue up “Someone Like You.” This is the ritual of heartbreak. Adele’s range evokes every shade of pain, regret and nostalgia. “For me, it isn’t over,” she admits. And yet: “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you,” she fights on.
“Stitches,” Shawn Mendes
When you’re still in the thick of it, turn to young crooner Mendes, who sings like he means it. “Just like a moth drawn to a flame, you lured me in, I couldn’t sense the pain,” he sighs. Yet stitches suggests that things are soon to be on the mend.
“Back to Black,” Amy Winehouse
The jazzy swing of “Back to Black” belies the darkness of Winehouse’s challenging mixed emotions. “We only said goodbye with words / I died a hundred times,” she croons. Some failures hurt every time.
“Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye
Given a little time and introspection, perhaps the relationship wasn’t so perfect after all. That’s what Gotye and Kimbra are here to tell us on the insidious and light 2011 breakout hit “Somebody That I Used to Know.” “Told myself that you were right for me / But felt so lonely in your company / But that was love and it’s an ache I still remember,” Gotye sings: even the frustrations come with their lingering appeal, despite it all.
“Let Her Go,” Passenger
Passenger has a sweet, light touch on “Let Her Go” that will be soothing to anyone mourning a relationship’s end. “‘Cause you only need the light when it’s burning low / Only miss the sun when it starts to snow / Only know you love her when you let her go,” he sings. Yes: we always want what we can’t have. That bittersweet truth is something we just have to sit with.
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
After a breakup, it might not be a bad idea to just play both of Sam Smith‘s albums on back-to-back repeat for a few days — if your heart can handle it. That’s what the British crooner is best at: tapping into that emotional ache and wringing every bit of beautiful sound out of it. When you’re still in the thick of the regret stage, turn to “Stay With Me” to say in song everything you want to say out loud. The melody is so pretty that humming along might help you feel just a little better.
“To the left, to the left / everything you own in a box to the left.” In this 2006 classic and breakup mainstay, Beyoncé wrote the playbook on kicking someone out — and when the Queen speaks, it’s worth listening. The gentle R&B ballad is a reminder to value yourself first; let the partners make their own mistakes.
“I Fall Apart,” Post Malone
Post Malone’s big hit may be titled “rockstar,” but it turns out that the bulk of his work is actually not about living the good life. Instead, the Texan singer-songwriter has a knack for setting his heartbreak and emotional vulnerability to music. Exhibit A: “I Fall Apart,” a warbling, raw slow-jam that falls somewhere between ballad and R&B: “Try to brush it off but it keep on goin’ / All these scars can’t help from showing,” he sings, a reminder that self-medication is not always an answer.
“New York,” St. Vincent
Indie darling St. Vincent knows how to hit the emotional pain points on “New York,” her balladic ode to a relationship long gone, and the city that’s changed around her. “New York isn’t New York without you love,” she admits. “I have lost a hero / I have lost a friend / But for you, darling I’d do it all again.” For anyone who’s stayed in place while others have moved on, the soaring, simple tune should hit home.
“Happier,” Ed Sheeran
Turn to Ed Sheeran for that moment when you know your lover has moved on. And it’s a good thing. And yet. “Ain’t nobody hurt you like I hurt you / but ain’t nobody need you like I do,” he reflects on this down-tempo ballad. It’s a moment of resigning yourself to fate, but also accepting that feelings remain.
“Fix You,” Coldplay
Chris Martin kicks things off with a gut punch: “When you try your best, but you don’t succeed / When you get what you want, but not what you need / When you feel so tired but you can’t sleep / Stuck in reverse… When you love someone but it goes to waste / Could it be worse?” Not by much, no. Thankfully we have the soothing chords of Coldplay to wash over us.
“Retrograde,” James Blake
James Blake’s haunting hum of a voice on “Retrograde” and the staticky buzz of the production in the background feels like a hymn. Is it a love song or a song of yearning? Maybe a bit of both, but dark enough to match a heartbreak mood anyway. “We’re alone now,” he intones. “Ignore everybody else, we’re alone now.”
“What About Us,” P!nk
P!nk has always made big, stadium-ready anthems. “What About Us” is that, but for the outcasts and the lovelorn, a purely beautiful melody amped up by her powerful voice and insistent questions. “What about us? What about the plans that ended in disaster?” she wonders. “What about love? What about trust? What about us?” She may not have the answers, but her music is a good place to start.
Few songs of 2017 pack as much emotional wallop as Kesha’s powerful comeback ballad. “You brought the flames and you put me through hell, I had to learn how to fight for myself,” she admits. But ultimately it’s a song of redemption and healing — with a whistle note good enough to break glass.
“Dreaming with a Broken Heart,” John Mayer
Mayer’s sweet piano ballad is a masterful ode to the broken-hearted. “Is she standing in my room? No she’s not, cause she’s gone, gone, gone, gone,” he sighs. At least his warm, soothing voice is right there with you.
“Fireworks,” First Aid Kit
“Why do I do this to myself?” croon the Swedish folk-singing sisters of First Aid Kit. “Every time, I know the way it ends.” Their song is a lullaby and a balm: we may not learn from our mistakes, but at least we’re not alone in making them.
“Act III: The Reason,” Dennis Lloyd
Don’t blame yourself for what went wrong. In fact, suggests Israeli singer-songwriter Dennis Lloyd, feel free to put it all on the other person. “Act III: The Reason” has an unbeatable, just-dark-enough electro-pop beat and a refrain that bears repeating once you’ve washed your hands of someone who’s done you wrong: “I’m not the reason that you walk away / baby I’m not / I’m not the reason / take all your bags and get the hell away / baby I’m not the reason.”
“Green Light,” Lorde
Lorde balances anger and confidence in equal measure on “Green Light,” an exuberant dance anthem that comes out of a dark place. She’s mad, but she’s over it, just waiting for her spirit to catch up with her mind. “Did it frighten you / How we kissed when we danced on the light up floor?” she taunts her ex. Lesson learned: if you can’t keep up with Lorde, don’t even try to date her.
“Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
Clarkson’s classic pop-rock breakup jam is the ultimate I’m-over-it-now singalong song. If you haven’t rocked out to the chorus at full volume at least once in your life, well, you’ve probably never had your heart broken and made it to the other side.
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
Swift knows a thing or two about moving on. In this 2012 Red album classic, she channels her relatable experiences into the talk-singing that made it a hit. Shout it from the mountaintops along with her: “You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me, but we / are never ever ever getting back together.”
“Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!),” Blu Cantrell
R&B singer Blu Cantrell takes no prisoners on her memorable 2009 jam “Hit ‘Em Up Style.” It’s as good of an after-breakup playbook as any — if your situation suggests it’s time to get even, instead of getting sad (or mad). “There goes the love we had, but you cheated on me, and that’s for that now,” she chants. “For all the lies you told, this is what you’re owed.” Payback hurts.
“New Rules,” Dua Lipa
“One, don’t pick up the phone / he’s only calling cause he’s drunk and alone.” On her breakout hit, Dua Lipa laid down the law about how to get over someone who is lingering in your life — even though you know it’s high time they hit the road. Listen, memorize and apply to your own life as needed.
“Survivor,” Destiny’s Child
It’s time to pick your head up. From the opening strains of “Survivor,” Destiny’s Child proves that they have made the enduring after-breakup-anthem that the world needs. Take it away, Beyoncé: “Now that you’re out of my life, I’m so much better / You thought that I’d be weak without you, but I’m stronger / You thought that I’d be broke without you, but I’m richer / You thought that I’d be sad without you, I laugh harder.” And repeat.
“Dancing On My Own,” Robyn
“Somebody said you got a new friend. Does she love you better than I can?” iconic Swedish pop singer Robyn wants to know. But follow Robyn’s advice: dance all night. Dance on your own. Who needs anyone else, anyway? Love hurts, but dancing heals.
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Breakup Songs For Dudes: 18 Go-To Tracks That Will Help You Get Over Your Ex
When Lamar calls, Khloe comes running. James Harden learned that lesson the hard way this week, when the former L.A. Laker was found unconscious in a legal Las Vegas brothel called the Bunny Love Ranch.
News of KhloMar’s reunion quickly hit the ‘net, but James put on a brave face in the midst of getting dumped, hitting Instagram with a subliminal message for the kurvaceous reality TV star.
James isn’t the only guy who’s found himself on the wrong end of a high-profile breakup this year. Kourtney Kardashian let her relationship with Scott Disick burn, Miss Piggy chucked the deuces at her longtime love Kermit the Frog, and though Safaree Samuels supposedly broke up with Nicki Minaj, let’s be real, SB’s the one who got dumped in that situation.
Breakups are hard. So, I did some research on the songs guys listen to when they’ve had their hearts torn to pieces these days. What I came up with is this: With rare exception, guys pull no punches when it comes to spewing hatred at their exes.
Go On Girl – “Ne-Yo”
Ne-Yo’s “Go On Girl” is a favorite amongst the fellas.
Quotable Lyrics: “I can’t get it back, but I don’t want it back/ I realized that she don’t know how to act/ Never been a dumb dude, no I’m not dense/ I just had a slight lack of common sense”
“She at the bar getting drinks from many men/ I’m in the house, thinking she’s with her girlfriends/ Just not knowing, truly not knowing/ I look back now like, man, I was open…”
Lil Wayne – “I’m Single”
Live vicariously through Weezy, because he knows how to break up.
Quotable Lyrics: “Now she hear I’m with them other bitches/ I told her mind her fucking business/ Shit, she probably out here fucking n*ggas/ I’m fucking her friends, now her friends ain’t even fucking with her/ She texts me all day and night/ So pissed off, she ain’t even spelling shit right/ I text her back, and tell her “It’s life”/ Now somebody tell them hoes, I’m single for the night!”
“Yea I’m single/ N*gga had to cancel that bitch like Nino/ I ain’t trippin’ on nothing/I’m sippin’ on something/ And my homeboy say he got a bad bitch for me tonight!”
Usher – “Burn”
If you’re willing to admit you are partly to blame for your breakup, Usher is your man.
Quotable Lyrics: “Sending pages I ain’t supposed to/ Got somebody here but I want you/ Cause the feeling ain’t the same/ Find myself calling her your name/ Ladies, tell me, do you understand?/ Now, all my fellas, do you feel my pain?/ It’s the way I feel/ I know I made a mistake, Now it’s too late/I know she ain’t coming back/ What I gotta do now, to get my shorty back?/ Oh oh oh oh…”
Big Sean Feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
This one definitely speaks for itself. Big Sean knew what he had on his hands with this one here.
Quotable Lyrics: “I don’t fuck with you/You lil’ stupid ass bitch, I ain’t fucking with you/ You lil’, you lil’ dumb ass bitch, I ain’t fucking with you/ I got a million trillion things I’d rather fucking do/ Than to be fucking with you/ Lil’ stupid ass”
Chris Brown Feat. Kevin McCall & Tyga – “Deuces”
Chris Brown will have you moving on quickly after listening to “Deuces” a few times. Chuck ’em & never look back.
Quotable Lyrics: “All that bullshit’s for the birds/ You ain’t nothing but a vulture/ Always hoping for the worst/ Waiting for me to fuck up/ You’ll regret the day when I find another girl, yeah/ That knows just what I need/ she knows just what I mean/ When I tell her keep it drama free”
Chris Brown Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga – “Loyal”
If your ex wasn’t loyal, what better way to call out her trifling ways than with Chris Brown’s “Loyal” anthem?
Quotable Lyrics: “Come on, come on, girl why you frontin’?/ Baby show me something/ When I call her, she gon’ leave/ And I bet that bottom dollar she gon’ cheat/ Come on, come on, girl why you frontin’?/ Baby show me something/ You done spent your bread on her/ And it’s all for nothing…”
Trey Songz – “Cheat On You”
When your ex needs to know about herself, sing along to Trigga’s cheating anthem, “Cheat On You.” All you need is the hook to get you right. Trey keeps it simple and sincere:
Quotable Lyrics: “I’m getting tired of the things you do/ To make me wanna cheat on you/ All I go through/ Make me wanna cheat on you/ When you act a fool/ You make me wanna cheat on you/ And I know it ain’t cool, but I’m gonna cheat on you…”
Ludacris – “Ho”
Bitter people big themselves up by putting others down. So, if you’re feeling bitter about your ex moving on, what better way to cheer yourself up than …
Quotable Lyrics: “Hooooooooo (Ho!)/ Youza Hoooooo (Ho!)/ Youza Hoooooo (Ho!)/ I said that youza hoooo!”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
If this is the worst feeling you’ve ever felt in life, and you can’t fathom recovering, Sam Smith is your guy.
Quotable Lyrics: “Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night stand/ But I still need love ’cause I’m just a man/ These nights never seem to go to plan/ I don’t want you to leave, will you hold my hand?”
“Oh, won’t you stay with me?/ ‘Cause you’re all I need/ This ain’t love it’s clear to see/ But darling, stay with me”
K Camp Feat. 2 Chainz – “Cut Her Off”
If you couldn’t care less about your girl using you and bouncing, but feel the need to express your disdain, this one is for you.
Quotable Lyrics: “It ain’t nothing to cut that bitch off/ It ain’t nothing to cut that bitch off”
“So what you saying, hoe?/ You Know I’m the man, hoe?/ Nothing but a bird, I’ma leave you where you stand, hoe/ Heard you got a man, hoe/ Hope he understand, though/ You ain’t nothing but a creeper, baby I’m just saying, though”
Joe Budden – “Off 2 The Races”
No one can deny Joe’s knack for writing a dope breakup song. He’s a ball of frustration on “Off 2 The Races” and his anger will help you get through the pain.
Quotable Lyrics: “Let her know I’m here if she ever need me to be with her/ As long as she know I can never be with her/ She asks you why, I just need you to keep it G with her/ Tell her I found the happiness that I could never see with her”
“But if happiness is the finish line, I beat you there/ So karma must be real cause since we broke up he ain’t treat you fair”
Joe Budden – “Ordinary Love Shit, Part 3”
When you have a Tahiry that you can throw in your ex’s face.
Quotable Lyrics: “Accusin’ me, but pretendin’ yourself/ I couldn’t catch it, too busy defendin’ myself/ Or was I wrong not seein’ a life without you/ Or takin’ everythin’ that you said to face value”
“Filed a restraining order so she couldn’t come near me/ The fuck else I do but go right back to Tahiry?/ I’m sleeping on her couch, not discussing shit/ Staring at the fattest ass not fucking it/ I guess despite everything that she showed me/ It felt good to be around a broad that really knows me”
Kanye West Feat. John Legend & Chris Rock – “Blame Game”
If you’re the dumpee, express your rage with these intense, vengeful Kanye lyrics. Your ex has to be Amber Rose-level though. #YeezyTaughtMe.
Quotable Lyrics: “You should be grateful a n*gga like me ever noticed you/ Now you noticeable and can’t nobody get control of you/ 1am and can’t nobody get a hold of you/ Calling your brother’s phone like ‘What was I supposed to do?’”
“And you ain’t finna see a mogul get emotional/Every time I hear bout other, nigga’s is stroking you/ Lie & say I hit you…He sitting there consoling you/Running my name threw the mud; who’s provoking you?”
Drake – “Marvin’s Room”
No one is saltier than Drake on “Marvin’s Room.” Sing along as he denounces his ex-girl’s new relationship in a drunken musical flood of hatred.
Quotable Lyrics: “Fuck that n*gga that love you so bad/ I know you still think about the times we had/ Fuck that n*gga that you think you found/ And since you picked up, I know he’s not around”
“I’m just saying you could do better…”
Drake – “Shot For Me” (Not The Official Video, But Enjoy 3 Min, 23 seconds of Meagan Good)
Drake isn’t always trying to get back with an ex. He flexed hard on “Shot For Me:”
Quotable Lyrics: “I’m the man, yea I said it/ Bitch I’m the man, don’t you forget it/ The way you walk, that’s me/ The way you talk, that’s me/ The way you got your hair up, did you forget that’s me/ And the voice in your speaker right now, that’s me…”
“I made it/Yea, I made it/ First I made you who you are, and then I made it/ And you’re wasted…with your ladies/ Yea, I’m the reason that you’re always getting faded/ Take a shot for me”
Donnell Jones – “Where I Wanna Be”
All these years later, classy guys still jam out to Donell Jones’ “Where I Wanna Be” while picking up the pieces of their broken hearts.
Quotable Lyrics: “But when you love someone/ You just don’t treat them bad/ Oh how I feel so sad, now that I want to leave/ She’s crying her heart to me/ How could you let this be?/ I just need time to see/ Where I want to be”
Future – “Throw Away”
Future got really vile on “Throw Away.” For the greater good, we left a lot of his recovery lyrics out.
Quotable Lyrics: “Does sexing on the late night mean that much to ya/ My love don’t mean that much to ya/ Fucking these hoes meant too damn much to you..”
Jay Z – “Song Cry”
Jay Z rarely gets sentimental, so this was definitely a special moment in his career.
Quotable Lyrics: “I can understand why you want a divorce now/ Though I can’t let you know it, pride won’t let me show it/ Pretend to be heroic, that’s just one to grow with/ But deep inside a n*gga so sick…”
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In the aftermath of a breakup, you want to take some time to heal and possibly cry your eyes out in your car listening to sad breakup songs. We get it. The heart wants what it wants, and sometimes it just wants to feel. As such, we’ve put together a playlist of some of the songs that will hit hit you straight in the heart. Here, you’ll find the saddest break up songs (with a few kiss-off tracks peppered throughout, for good measure). Hope you’ve got some tissues nearby! And please don’t text your ex. You’ll regret it.
1. “Stay,” by Rihanna (2012)
Rihanna may release club hit after club hit, but she really shines in her more vulnerable moments, like this pleading love song that is guaranteed to wreck even the strongest heart.
2. “Someone Like You,” by Adele (2011)
No list of sad love songs would be complete without the Queen of Heartbreak Ballads, the one and only Adele.
3. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith (2014)
British singer Sam Smith gives Adele a run for her money in the sad love songs department, and that’s really saying something.
4. “Best Thing I Never Had,” by Beyoncé (2011)
This breakup ballad leaves you feeling empowered and ready to move on with the fierceness and dignity that only Queen Bey can inspire.
5. “Take Care,” by Drake & Rihanna (2011)
When Drake and Rihanna team up, magic happens. “Take Care” is one of their best duets because we can all identify with its lyrics about loving someone through their personal pain.
6. “Love You Goodbye,” by One Direction (2015)
Perhaps it’s because it was released shortly before One Direction’s “hiatus,” but “Love You Goodbye” still makes us cry.
7. “I Will Always Love You,” by Whitney Houston (1992)
Dolly Parton wrote this legendary love song, but Whitney Houston made it very, very, very famous. It’s one of the most emotional, powerful songs of all time.
8. “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Gotye & Kimbra (2011)
Gotye and Kimbra’s duet was *everywhere * a few years ago — probably because so many people identified with its lyrics about failing to recognize the person you fell in love with.
9. “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez (2016)
“Even after all this time/I still wonder why I can’t move on/the way you did so easily,” Charlie sings, stabbing us in the heart every time.
10. “Everytime,” by Britney Spears (2003)
Some say Britney Spears’ most famous ballad was a reaction to Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” kiss-off. Whether or not this is true, “Everytime” is a go-to when you’re feeling sad and low.
11. “Wrecking Ball,” by Miley Cyrus (2013)
The sweeping breakup ballad “Wrecking Ball” is Miley’s masterpiece. She’s crying real tears in the video, and you probably will too.
12. “Don’t Speak,” by No Doubt (1995)
No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” is arguably the best pop song of the ‘90s, and for good reason. It’s a pretty perfect breakup ballad, and Gwen Stefani’s lyrics, based on her real-life split with bassist Tony Kanal, perfectly encapsulate the heartbreak of letting go.
13. “Say Something,” by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera (2014)
This slow burning, pleading ballad featuring the golden voice of Christina Aguilera is about how powerless you can feel in a dying relationship. Did it break your heart when you first heard it? Honestly, we’re still recovering.
14. “All Too Well,” by Taylor Swift (2012)
Taylor Swift knows her way around a love song. The mournful, nostalgic “All Too Well” showed us just how talented Tay is at writing about relationships … even the ones that end.
15. “It Must Have Been Love,” by Roxette (1980)
From Pretty Woman, this song still gives us all the feels.
16. “Shake It Out,” by Florence + The Machine (2011)
The pain and the regret are raw and real as Florence belts out “I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind. I can never leave the past behind. I can see no way.”
17. “Need You Now,” by Lady Antebellum (2010)
Soulful singing with a dash of twang makes this the perfect country break up song: “Picture-perfect memories scattered all around the floor. Reaching for the phone ‘cuz I can’t fight it anymore. And I wonder if I ever cross your mind? For me it happens all the time.”
18. “For the First Time,” by The Script (2010)
Brimming with breakup vibes, this pop rock hit perfectly captures the moments leading up to a br breakup: “She’s all laid up in bed with a broken heart while I’m drinking Jack all alone in my local bar and we don’t know how we got into this mad situation, only doing things out of frustration.”
19. “Fix You,” by Coldplay (2005)
Stuck in reverse? Lights will guide you home, and you can cry your eyes out as this song plays on repeat.
20. “Running Low,” by Shawn Mendes (2015)
This Shawn Mendes breakup ballad is about the slow decline of a relationship due to days on the road, and Shawn’s gorgeous voice only makes it more painfully beautiful.
21. “Dreaming with a Broken Heart,” by John Mayer (2006)
This one cuts deep: “You roll out of a bed, and down on your knees, and for a moment you can hardly breathe.” Yep, John. That’s exactly what the absolute worst breakups feel like at first.
22. “Ex’s & Oh’s,” by Elle King (2015)
On the sassy side of splits you’ll find “Ex’s and Oh’s.” This is the breakup song to sing when you’re not sorry in the least.
23. “It Ain’t Me,” by Kygo with Selena Gomez (2017)
When you’re ready to move on, press play on this Kygo hit. Boyce Avenue also does a breathtaking acoustic cover that’s also worth checking out.
24. “How to Save a Life,” by The Fray (2005)
No good conversation ever starts with “We need to talk.” This beautiful piano anthem plays homage to moment he goes left and she goes right.
25. “Let It Go,” by James Bay (2015)
Slow and chilling, Bay’s crystal voice will have you reaching for your tissues in no time. Cry it out, girl. Let it go.
26. “Irreplaceable,” by Beyoncé (2006)
If ever there was a breakup anthem that will make you happy it’s over, this is it.
27. “Exhale,” by Whitney Houston (1995)
Sometimes it’s wrong, sometimes it’s right. For the times it’s wrong, just exhale with Whitney.
28. “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” by Bonnie Tyler (1983)
Every now and then, we all fall apart.
29. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” by Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift (2017)
Wishing they’d call? Losing hope? Can’t sleep? Feeling like the world is cruel? This is your jam.
30. “Please Don’t Leave Me,” by P!nk (2011)
When it’s hard to deal and you wish you could just yell out “Please don’t leave me!,” P!nk’s got you covered. Press play on this track instead.
31. “Not Over You,” by Gavin DeGraw (2011)
If you’re the opposite of fine, and the harsh reality is you’re not over it, take comfort in this song that proves you’re not the only one that feels this way.
32. “Let Her Go,” by Passenger (2012)
Passenger perfectly captures the unique emptiness that a breakup feels like: “Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low, only hate the road when you’re missing home, only know your lover when you let her go.”
33. “When Can I See You Again,” by Babyface (1993)
Wondering if you’ll ever get over it? You will. But in the meantime, you’ve got the sweet stylings of the one and only Babyface.
34. “Leave (Get Out),” by D-Money and JoJo (2009)
With angst and attitude, JoJo almost makes you happy it’s over: “Get out, right now, it’s the end of you and me. It’s too late and I can’t wait for you to be gone. ‘Cuz I know about her and I wonder why how I bought all the lies. You said that you would treat me right, but you was just a waste of time.”
35. “Since U Been Gone,” by Kelly Clarkson (2004)
This song is meant to be blasted as you sing/cry/scream it out.
36. “Big Girls Cry,” by Sia (2014)
When your heart’s breaking, you cry. We all do. There’s no shame in it.
37. “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” by The Script (2008)
Feeling lonely? Missing the beautiful beginning of the relationship, long before it all went awry? If you’re finding it hard to move on, this is your soundtrack.
38. “Love Me Now,” by John Legend (2016)
When everything is falling apart and you don’t want acknowledge it, that’s the time to press play on this hit: “I know this will kill me when it’s over. I don’t want to think about it. I just want you to love me now.”
39. “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s ‘When I’m Gone’)”, by Anna Kendrick
Like the lyrics say … he’s gonna miss you when you’re gone.
40. “Maggie May,” by Rod Stewart (1971)
You can’t help sing along to this classic rock hit: “Oh Maggie I wish I’d never seen your face. You made a first-class fool out of me. But I’m as blind as a fool can be. You stole my heart but I love you anyway.”
41. “Water Runs Dry,” by Boyz II Men (2009)
There’s the classic R&B version, and there’s also a stripped down, acoustic rendition from Boyce Avenue. Either way, this will give you chills.
42. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” by Kelly Clarkson
If you know, deep down, that you’re going to come out of this better and stronger, this is your anthem.
43. “Cry Me a River,” by Justin Timberlake (2002)
While Justin and Britney are long over, this song (allegedly inspired by Britney) lives on.
44. “We Belong Together,” by Mariah Carey (2006)
“We Belong Together” is Mariah’s sixteenth No. 1 hit, and it’s no wonder: the pain is real and raw in this anthem. Her angel voice
45.”Shake It Off,” by Mariah Carey (2006)
Like “We Belong Together,” this hit comes off “The Emancipation of Mimi” album. This song, however, is all about moving onward and upward. It’s the song to play when you’ve had it up to here and you just want to shake your ex (or soon-to-be ex) off.
46. “It Ain’t Me Babe,” by Bob Dylan (1964)
Throw it back with this quintessential ’60s hit: “Go away from my window, leave at your own chosen speed. I’m not the one you want, babe. I’m not the one you need.”
47. “Heartless,” by Kanye West (2008)
This will end up repeat when you’re in the anger phase: “They say that they don’t see what you see in me. You wait a couple months then you gon’ see. You’ll never find nobody better than me.”
48. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” by Taylor Swift
If you’ve had enough of an endless merry-go-round of breaking up and getting back together and are ready to break up one last time, this song is for you.
49. “Love the Way You Lie,” by Eminem featuring Rihanna (2010)
Anger means sadness in this unforgettable collaboration.
50. “Why Don’t You Love Me,” by Beyonce (2008)
Feeling underappreciated? Angry? Or just plain confused as to why your crush isn’t feeling you? Beyonce is singing your song: “Tell me baby, why don’t you need me? When I make me so damn easy to need. I got beauty, I got class, I got style, I got … And you don’t even care to care.” Preach.
51. “Apologize,” by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic (2007)
It’s too late to apologize, but it’s not too late to sing along with OneRepublic.
52. “Tattoo,” by Jordin Sparks (2007)
You know that feeling that your former flame has left a permanent imprint? Jordin gets it: “I loved you once, needed protection. You’re still a part of everything I do. You’re on my heart just like a tattoo. Just like a tattoo I’ll always have you.”
53. “The One that Got Away,” by Katy Perry (2010)
Feel all the nostalgia as your look back on first love and imagine what might have been.
54. “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” by Toni Braxton (1996)
Channel your inner diva and say goodbye and good riddance with Toni.
55. “Survivor,” by Destiny’s Child (2001)
We’ve got to leave this list off on good note. Chin up, you’re going to survive. And keep on surviving. And you can sing out “Survivor” until you start to believe it.
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Having an angry workout playlist is a great way to ensure that you can flip the switch and get in the mood to kill the weights, no matter what kind of day you’ve had. There are two genres that fit this bill: Rock and rap (specifically diss tracks). While other genres may pump you up, nothing matches these two in terms of sheer anger! Here are 30 songs to help build your angry playlist.
These tracks definitely show anger and can get you in the zone. These tracks aren’t in any specific order, so mix and match as you please!
Tupac – Hit ‘Em Up
Seen as one of the most violent diss tracks ever made, this Tupac track makes it easy to get mad at the weights! Just don’t try to enjoy the edited version.
NaS – Ether
A lyrical display from NaS that easily gets you pumped up after you analyze the lyrics … as long as you aren’t a fan of Jay-Z!
Ice Cube – No Vaseline
What most would call the original diss track, ‘No Vaseline’ is aggressive and a good mood-setter. It’s vulgar, just like your beast inside.
50 Cent – Back Down
From his first mainstream album, 50 Cent delivered aggressiveness with style across the album. ‘Back Down’ is no different.
50 Cent – Piggy Bank
More of a track that produces confidence and ego over anger, it’s still a great way to get into the right mindset.
Westside Connection – King Of The Hill
Another Ice Cube creation showing plenty of machismo. Being the King of the Hill in the gym is the goal of every wolf, so this is an obvious addition to the playlist.
Eminem – Go To Sleep
As aggressive as Eminem has ever been on a track. If you don’t like angry music, you won’t be liking this one!
DMX – Get At Me Dog
A DMX classic that many people still haven’t heard.
The Diplomats – Crunk Muzik
A great beat really drives the aggression with this track.
Ludacris – Move B*tch
Does anybody take your squat rack mid-workout? Simply put this song on repeat as loud as possible!
Tupac – Troublesome 96
Classic Pac with some amazing lyrics that drive anger and aggression. This is one you might queue up for your hardest set of the day!
Young Buck – Stomp
Get the original version with T.I. and Ludacris if you want even more anger in the track, since they are going at each other in their respective verses.
Crime Mob – Knuck If You Buck
Crime Mob made a gym classic with this track. A hype beat and confident lyrics.
Pastor Troy – I Want War
Great warm-up track to get you in the mindset to wage war on the weight room!
DMX – What’s My Name?
D-M-X! WHAT’S MY NAME?! This entire playlist could have been made with DMX tracks, but this is an easy standout.
Pantera – F*cking Hostile
Easily one of the best tracks that exist for a playlist like this!
Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
A classic from a classic group. This gets the blood boiling.
Slipknot – People = Sh*t
Another undisputed addition to the angry playlist. Listen and kill it!
Metallica – Dyers Eve
An older track here, but still fresh for those who need a boost before a big set.
Machine Head – Aesthetics of Hate
A song inspired by anger. Could there be a better fit?
Tool – Ænema
20 years old and still worth a listen to fuel the fire inside.
Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff
Maybe not a traditional rock band, but still an awesome addition to any gym playlist.
Slayer – Payback
Beat you till you’re just a f*cking lifeless carcass … yes, it’s intense.
Nirvana – Negative Creep
Another old track that still deserves to be in your rotation!
Mudvayne – Dig
A unique video accompanies this first successful hit from Mudvayne.
Nine Inch Nails – March of the Pigs
A short track that can be queued up for a heavy set for a few reps.
System of a Down – B.Y.O.B.
You have to enjoy the unique voice of Serj Tankian during a workout, it’s just a great fit!
Guns ‘N’ Roses – Get in the Ring
Music critics don’t like them? Pshhh, who cares!
Sepultura – Refuse/Resist
A metal track ready to raise the aggression deep down in you.
Marilyn Manson – The Fight Song
Every set is a fight in the gym if you are training hard, right?
There you have it – 30 tracks to provide plenty of anger and motivation for the monster you are willing to become! Add them to your playlist and enjoy.