"The Night We Met" by Lord Huron
This one's for: The one you can't forget
This folk-rock ballad talks about losing someone and the constant yearning to bring back the past. It’s for those time when you'd do anything just to have a time machine and start all over again with your ex.
Sing it: I don't know what I'm supposed to do/Haunted by the ghost of you/Take me back to the night we met
"All I Want" by Kodaline
This one's for: The first night post-breakup (probably)
Maybe it still hasn't sunk in, or maybe you already saw it coming. You know deep down you'll (probably) get through this somehow—but until then, take it all in with this slow and steady song brimming with different emotions.
Sing it: 'Cause you brought out the best of me/A part of me I'd never seen/You took my soul wiped it clean/Our love was made for movie screens
"These Days" by Rudimental (feat. Macklemore, Jess Glynne, and Dan Caplen)
This one's for: The one that got away
Maybe in another universe, you two would have stayed together and lived happily ever after. But in this universe, all you can do is wish them the best and hope your paths will cross again someday.
Sing it: Think about you like a past time/I could cry you a river, get you baptized or/I wasn't ready to act right/Used to always think I'd get you back, right
"Without You" by Avicii (feat. Sandro Cavazza)
This one's for: Your first post-breakup GNO
Breakups suck but you know what doesn’t? Going out with your girl friends on a Saturday night and discovering what you're missing out on now that you're single.
Sing it: I'm done sitting home without you/I'm going out without you/I'm going to tear this city down without you/I'm going Bonnie and Clyde without you
"Burning" by Sam Smith
This one's for: When you just want to cry it all out
Arguably the King of Modern Day Sad Songs, Sam Smith goes on about the self-destructive feeling post-breakup. We've all had those times when we would do almost anything just to numb out the heartache.
Sing it: Such a burden, this flame on my chest/No insurance to pay for the damage/Yeah, I've been burning up since you left
"I'll Still Have Me" by CYN
This one's for: That boy who made you feel not enough
Ever been with someone who took you for granted, made you a rebound, had you questioning your self-worth… but also made you feel alive and special? Then girl, do we got a song for you.
Sing it: I broke my back 'cause/I thought you would too/I'd run in circles/I thought you would too
"Ugly Heart" by G.R.L.
This one's for: That #DoucheyAF ex
You knew he was bad news from the start—all the red flags were right in front of you. Yet you couldn't help but be fascinated by him, his pretty eyes, and dazzling smile, could you? Oh well, at least now you know better.
Sing it: Okay you're pretty/Your face is a work of art/Your smile could light up New York City after dark
"You're Not Good Enough" by Blood Orange
This one's for: That ex you weren't really ~*that*~ into
You can't tell what it is, but there was something about this guy that reeled you in. Even if you knew you could do better.
Sing it: You keep on coming back/I keep letting you in/I never was in love/You know that you were never good enough
"thank u, next" by Ariana Grande
This one’s for: All the boys you loved before
What makes this song such a bop is that it's all about taking the high road and learning to love and put yourself first. Say what you will about your exes, but you can’t deny the difference they made in your life––for better or for worse.
Sing it: I've got so much love/Got so much patience/I've learned from the pain/I turned out amazing
"In the Arms of a Stranger" by Mike Posner
This one's for: Your rebound phase
Poetic-sounding title aside, this song doesn't shy away from the fact that it's essentially a rebound song. After all, they do say the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.
Sing it: In the arms of a stranger, pretending it's love/Holding her closely, remember your touch
"Show Me What I'm Looking For" by Carolina Liar
This one's for: Your sappy damsel-in-distress moments
Because there will be days when you just want a knight in shining armor to rescue you from your sadness, or an adrenaline-obsessed bad boy to make you feel alive again… or at the very least, someone to help you figure out what you really want now.
Sing it: Save me, I'm lost/Oh lord, I've been waiting for you/I'll pay any cost/Save me from being confused
"IDGAF" by Dua Lipa
This one's for: When you're trying not to be marupok
Whether or not you really do want to get back together with your ex, there'll be moments when you'll wonder, what if? This song is your friendly reminder not to entertain such thoughts.
Sing it: So I cut you off/I don't need your love/'Cause I already cried enough