Ah, post-breakup songs. I’m not just talking about the empowering post break up songs, I’m talking about the songs that we scream at the top of our lungs whilst drinking hard liquor straight from the bottle and agreeing with every lyric as if the lead singer is reading our minds. Admittedly there are the beautifully depressing classics like Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U or Yesterday by the Beatles that will always be able to reach into our soul and make us reminisce no matter what situation our love lives find themselves in.
But, post-breakup, these songs are bad for you. I repeat, bad for you! They won’t help you move on, trust me. If you hear one on Spotify or itunes press skip.
What you need is something empowering. Something that makes you want to grit your teeth and emphasise every lyric with conviction whilst squinting your eyes at the person who broke your heart (I’m clearly not bitter at all).
For this I present you with 5 empowering post-breakup songs to listen to when needed. Enjoy.
Alanis Morisette – You Oughta Know
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. No song gives a truer understanding to the famous William Congreve quote than this. I played this song on repeat after my break up. My favourite lyrics (hard to choose just one line); “And every time I scratch my nails down someone else’s back, I hope you feel it! Oh, can you feel it?”. Still sends a shiver down my spine at the thought of saying that to someone with gritted teeth. Ooh.
Ben Folds Five – Song For The Dumped
A bit more upbeat than Miss Morrissette. The killer chorus of “Give me my money back, give me my money back, you bitch” is something that I think most of us can relate to.
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
The mother of all empowering post break up songs. This should be sung at the top of your lungs with a smile on your face and a drink in your hand. Karaoke classic with lyrics like “It took all the strength I had not to fall apart. Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart. And I spent, oh, so many nights just feeling sorry for myself. I used to cry but now I hold my head up high”. Case in point.
Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
It’s not so much the “hit the road Jack” line that makes this song ooze brilliance. It’s the upbeat feeling that makes you feel like you’re singing it with a positive purpose. I sound too wanky? Maybe. But it’s still a classic.
Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
Ok, so this is where my street cred takes a running leap out the window, but “Cry Me A River” is a classic empowering post break up song based on revenge. Come on, who wouldn’t want to film themselves sleeping with a prostitute and leaving it to play on the TV for their cheating ex to find? Exactly.
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