Whether you’re single, dating someone or getting over a breakup, we all love a good breakup song. There are playlists on Spotify compiling hundreds of Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Adele breakup songs. Some will make you cry, and others give you the confidence you need to walk to class like you own Gonzaga’s campus. 

Every breakup is different — sometimes it’s mutual, messy or for the best. Here is a list of a few songs, new and old, that will help you move on.

“Since You’ve Been Gone,” 

by Kelly Clarkson

The 2000s queen herself has released songs that cover every feeling possible before, during and after a relationship. 

This song perfectly captures the feeling of being free from a relationship and finally breathing for the first time. The chorus drums and punk-rock vibes sound powerful and like gaining control. Clarkson’s voice is progressively louder and reflects the emotions of the lyrics. Toward the end of the song, her voice quiets down, as if she is finally moving on to the next stage. 

The lyrics capture the “Miss Independent” essence of not taking your ex back, and knowing you’re better off without them, saying, “You had your chance you blew it, shut your mouth, I just can’t take it.” 

More importantly, this is a song you can blast in your car or your headphones, and sing along to with friends and instantly feel badass.

“Go Your Own Way,” 

by Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac’s album, “Rumours,” is probably one of the best breakup/love albums of all time, spending 31 weeks at No. 1. 

It was truly difficult for me to choose just one song to represent the feeling of being torn, with a broken heart, but also knowing you must see that person, let alone make music with them. 

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac wrote and sang the song about fellow band member, Stevie Nicks. This song captures the feeling of loving a person but knowing it isn’t right.

“We are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” by Taylor Swift

Did they ever call you up and say they still love you? Did you respond by saying you are never, ever getting back together, like ever? Because Taylor Swift did just that, and she is a queen for capturing it in lyrically genius fashion. 

If you’re like me, I was in middle school when this was released and any relationship during that time was completely laughable and consisted of holding hands and supervised dates. But Taylor gave me this gem of a song, and I remember yelling it in my bedroom when I thought a boy (who was two feet shorter than me) broke my heart in the eighth grade. 

And guess what? I listened to it again my senior year, and again in college, and the song’s message still reigns true. There is a long list of love songs, and breakup songs written by Swift, but this one is arguably the most enjoyable to sing.

“Gives You Hell,” 

by All American Rejects

This song is the definition of petty. But hey, we’ve all been there. More than that, it reminds us that most of the time we’re better off without a person who didn’t realize what they had in front of them, and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. 

“And truth be told I miss you, and truth be told I’m lying,” is my favorite lyric, primarily because sarcasm gives me satisfaction. This song expresses hope that when your former lover sees you, they are reminded of the awful things they did and it “gives them hell.” 

While I don’t agree with the literal sense of these lyrics, sometimes you need a mean breakup song to listen to and sing along with in order to feel better.  

“Thank u, next,” by Ariana Grande

We can’t all be the classy and elegant Ariana Grande, but we can try our best to embody her positive attitude toward her past relationships reflected in this song. 

Ultimately, each relationship either ends, or lasts forever. But each one you has taught you a lesson about life, and for that, you should be thankful. Grande’s lyrics thank her exes who taught her love, patience and pain. 

Breakups can help you realize a lot about yourself, aid in remembering who you are and remind you to love yourself first. 

The lines, “I know they say I move on too fast/But this one gon’ last/ ‘Cause her name is Ari/and I’m so good with that,” reflect accepting the importance of self-love.

“Single Ladies,” by Beyoncé

After breaking up with someone, it can be difficult to join the dating scene again. It takes time and distance to regain confidence and the desire to love again. We sometimes forget that being single is fun too! 

This hit embodies the carefree feeling of being single with your friends, dancing it out and living like there is no tomorrow. Go do that thing you’ve been wanting to do but didn’t have the time or energy to do before.

Do your own thing, be independent and have a blast being single. If they like it, they will put a ring on it. 

If not, you have bigger and better things out there waiting for you.

Karlie Murphy is the opinion editor.

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