The Break-Up Playlist


It’s the holiday season; a time for giving, holiday cheer and the highest number of break-ups. In the face of break-up, you’re bound to be feeling a lot of things – sorrow, anger, even relief.

I’ve always found that music helps me get through all the emotions. So, I’ve compiled a list of songs that have helped me come out of adversity with strength, confidence and a new outlook.

For the Heart: (Go ahead & shed some tears)

“Cup of Coffee” Garbage


“Run” Nicole Scherzinger


“Russian Roulette” Rihanna


“Only Love Can Hurt Like This” Paloma Faith


“Linger” Cranberries


“Wide Awake” Katy Perry


“Love Will Remember” Selena Gomez


“Precious Illusions” Alanis Morissette


“Time Stood Still” Madonna


“What Now?” Rihanna


“Shattered Dreams” Johnny Hates Jazz


“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” The Bee Gees

For the Hopeful: (Maybe it’ll work out)

“Let Me Go” Avril Lavigne


“All I Want” Toad the Wet Sprocket


“Only Human” The Human League


“Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You” Connie Francis



For the Angst: (Let that anger & frustration out)

“Black” Pearl Jam


“Mudshovel” Staind


“Figured You Out” Nickelback


“Call Me When You’re Sober” Evanescence


“Special” Garbage


“I Don’t Care Anymore” Phil Collins


“Too Blind to See It” Kym Sims


“I Hate Everything About You” Three Days Grace


“Fuck You” Lily Allen


“Can’t Rely on You” Paloma Faith


“If Your Lips Are Movin'” Meghan Trainor


“I Don’t Want to Go On With You Like That” Elton John


“There Must Be Some Misunderstanding” Genesis


For Rebuilding: (Now get yourself together & get back out there)

“One Less Problem” Ariana Grande


“Princes Familiar” Alanis Morissette


“Bitter Tears” INXS


“All This Time Still Falling Out of Love” Erasure


“Soldier of Love” Sade


“Better Now” Collective Soul


“Blank Space” Taylor Swift


“What Goes Around” Justin Timberlake


“No Regrets” Robbie Williams


“Take Me to Church” Sinead O’Connor


“Find You’re Gone” Wolfsheim


“Sound of a Woman” Kiesza


“Stand Up” Berlin


“This Grudge” Alanis Morissette


“Don’t Look Back” Boston

For Confidence: (Need a boost?)

“Looking Hot” No Doubt


“Fast Love” George Michael


“Brand New Lover” Dead or Alive


“Secrets” Mary Lambert


“Rockstar” Rihanna


“I’m Still Standin'” Elton John



The Give-ins: (Yep, you will probably have these on repeat on the Jukebox at your favorite local bar)

“Shake it Off” Taylor Swift


“You Oughta Know” Alanis Morissette


“If I Can’t Have You” Yvonne Elliman


“MacArthur Park” Donna Summer


“I’m Coming Out” Diana Ross


“Walk Away” Kelly Clarkson


“Crazy” Patsy Cline


Did we miss something? What songs get you through a break-up?