“Shout Out to My Ex” by Little Mix
Perfect for: Finally getting over an ex and feeling better than ever.
There’s no doubt that “Shout Out to My Ex” is an empowering breakup anthem, but what we really want to know is: Is it a dig at Zayn Malik? Well, the lyrics say it all! “Guess I should say thank you for the ‘hate yous’ and the tattoos,” the lyrics go, a reference to that tat Zayn Malik had done on his bicep of his ex-fiancée, Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards—which he has since covered up. Perrie also sings “took four long years to call it quits,” and guess how long she dated Zayn?
But this line is perhaps the biggest burn in the song: “I hope she gettin’ better sex, hope she ain’t fakin’ it like I did, babe.” Ouch.
“Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar
Perfect for: Longing for an ex post-breakup.
Adam Levine and company team up with rapper Kendrick Lamar for this lighthearted lament about trying to numb the pain of missing an ex. The music video leaves out Lamar’s verse, but it’s still an awesomely silly treat worth watching, with the band as Pokémon Go-inspired characters and cameos by Sarah Silverman, Ed Helms, and Vince Vaughn peppered in.
“By Your Side” by Jonas Blue feat. Rye
Perfect for: Going on a joyride with the windows cranked down.
The British producer behind “Perfect Strangers” dishes another earworm that blends euphoric classical instrumentation with dance-ready electronic goodness. Play the preview below for a taste of its sweet, soaring EDM vibe.
“Super Powers” by Terror Jr
Perfect for: Late-night lounging in your room in your underwear.
The mysterious poptronica trio that has just been confirmed to be actually fronted by Kylie Jenner! They just released their debut album Bop City, and it’s filled with sexy, glitchy, low-key jams that are perfect company for those nights you don’t feel like dealing with anyone else. Stream “Super Powers” below to see what we mean.
“Brightside” by Icona Pop
Perfect for: Cheering up a loved one who’s down in the dumps.
The Swedish electropop duo behind 2012’s monster banger “I Love It” shelves the manic energy of their earlier hits for a sweet, mellowed-down sound. Sing along to the saccharine chorus and watch that frown turn upside down.
“Versace on the Floor” by Bruno Mars
Perfect for: A sensual night in.
From Bruno Mars’s latest album 24K Magic comes a sultry slow jam straight out of the ‘90s R&B scene. “Oooh I love that dress, but you won't need it anymore… Let's just kiss 'til we're naked, baby,” Bruno coos. He certainly doesn’t beat around the bush on this one!
“Thick of It” by Mary J. Blige
Perfect for: When you’ve absolutely had enough of your good-for-nothing boyfriend.
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is set to release her 13th studio album Strength of a Woman soon, and she gives fans a teaser of what to expect with “Thick of It,” a ‘60s soul-channeling breakup ballad that she has admitted is about her divorce from ex-husband Kendu Isaacs.
“Holy War” by Alicia Keys
Perfect for: Wanting to heal the ills of the world.
In this track off her latest album Here, AK calls out what’s wrong with the world right now: that “war is holy and sex is obscene.” In the chorus, she roars, “Maybe we should love somebody, instead of polishing the bombs of holy war.” Woke AF.
“Fake Love” by Drake
Perfect for: Dealing with “plastik” people.
On the day of Drizzy’s birthday last October 24, he premiered four new tracks as a gift for fans. One of these is the “Hotline Bling”-recalling “Fake Love,” which calls out all those people who pretend to be real friends when in fact, they’re not.
You can listen to it on Spotify.
“Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga
Perfect for: When he wants to break up with you, but you still love him so. :(
Gaga goes senti in this cut from her new album Joanne, a country-inspired effort which offers a heartbreaking snapshot of the end of a relationship. “I've got a hundred million reasons to walk away / But baby, I just need one good one to stay,” Gaga pleads. Hand us the Kleenex, please.
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