Going through a heartbreak can take a serious toll on you, especially when it’s your first love or someone who you were in a relationship with for a long time. Everyone has their own way of dealing with the hurt and pain of a breakup, whether you choose to be angry, depressed or just don’t believe it when it happens. For most people, the quintessential breakup song is what gets us through the worst of our breakups, and we always remember the hurt and pain when we listen back to this song, even years later. Here are the top five breakup songs for every type of breakup.
The Scientist by Coldplay
When this song came out in 2003, it was immediately adapted as the breakup song of the year. The song itself was actually written by the lead singer of Coldplay, to a former love. With lyrics like “Nobody said it was easy, it’s such a shame for us to part. Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard”, you can feel the heartache and pain through his singing.
Someone Like You by Adele
Anyone who listens to this song can immediately relate to it, listening to the raw pain and emotion. Adele has produced a plethora of breakup songs, but nothing compares to this one. With just a simple piano in the background, Adele spills her heart singing about the boy who got away. “Never mind I’ll find someone like you, I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don’t forget me, I begged. I’ll remember, you said. Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.” If those lyrics don’t relate to a breakup you’ve encountered, I don’t know what will.
You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
So your relationship ended on a sour note, and you’re not as sad as you are pissed. This is exactly the type of emotion it took for Alanis Morissette to write ‘You Oughta Know’ about her breakup with Uncle Joey from Full House. Her lyrics were dark and angry and leads us all to believe that her breakup did not end well with him. “Does she know how you told me you’d hold me until you died, ’til you died, but you’re still alive. And I’m here, to remind you of the mess you left when you went away.” Anyone suffering from a bad breakup can find peace by listening to this song and screaming the lyrics at the top of their lungs.
Don’t Speak by No Doubt
There’s nothing like a song written fresh off a breakup. For many artists, their personal lives transfer over to their song writing, and fans get an inside look as to what happened in their favorite musicians love life. For Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, this is exactly how it played out with Don’t Speak. After dating bassist Tony Kanal for seven years, the relationship ended abruptly. The next step was to write out her feelings. “Our memories, well they can be inviting but some are altogether mighty frightening. As we die, both you and I, with my head in my hands I sit and cry.” This song hit home with a lot of fans and is one of the most listened to breakup songs of all time.
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
Finally, for the strong survivors of the painful breakups we experience in life, Gloria Gaynor tops the list with ‘I Will Survive’, an anthem for the strong women who won’t let this loss in their lives hold them back from bigger and better things. “Weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye? Do you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die? Oh no, not I. I will survive.” You can hear this song playing in every girl or woman’s room after a breakup when they’re ready to move on and feel strong enough to let go of the past.
These songs are familiar to anyone who’s ever had to go through a breakup, which is basically everyone. Regardless of what type of breakup it was that you went through, one of these five songs is bound to relate to how you’re feeling. Despite the age of some of these songs, they will always circle back around when you need them to help you drown your sorrows or overcome the heart break.