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If the music we listen to is any indication, then breaking up, feeling down about it and hopefully finding the courage to move on are some of the most common shared human experiences. As centuries of forlorn singletons have learned and generations of songwriters have mastered, one of the best cures for heartbreak is the balm of music that speaks to our souls — or maybe helps us rationalize away the tears.
Vincent , Lorde , Kesha and P! Below, TIME has pulled together a list of some of the most popular breakup songs on those Spotify playlists, as well as some under-the-radar favorites that might just come in handy when dealing with a broken heart.
Some heartbreak is predicated on just a few powerful moments. As it turns out, Rihanna can turn on the tears just as well as she can pump up the party. Let his subtle guitar and rolling voice take you away. It was a song that ruled airwaves — and, in its simplicity of construction and catchiness of refrain, remains timeless.
This Bill Withers classic tells it like it is, in ature blues style with its haunting instrumentation. For a little bit of folk salvation, turn to Bon Iver, whose evocative strums and lilting voice speak straight to the soul. Go ahead, shrug it off with him. Sit down. Grab the Kleenex. Yet stitches suggests that things are soon to be on the mend. Some failures hurt every time.
That bittersweet truth is something we just have to sit with. The melody is so pretty that humming along might help you feel just a little better. Instead, the Texan singer-songwriter has a knack for setting his heartbreak and emotional vulnerability to music. Indie darling St. Turn to Ed Sheeran for that moment when you know your lover has moved on.
And yet. Thankfully we have the soothing chords of Coldplay to wash over us. Is it a love song or a song of yearning? Maybe a bit of both, but dark enough to match a heartbreak mood anyway. What about the plans that ended in disaster? What about trust? What about us? At least his warm, soothing voice is right there with you. In fact, suggests Israeli singer-songwriter Dennis Lloyd, feel free to put it all on the other person. Swift knows a thing or two about moving on. In this Red album classic, she channels her relatable experiences into the talk-singing that made it a hit. Listen, memorize and apply to your own life as needed.
Does she love you better than I can? Dance on your own. Who needs anyone else, anyway? Love hurts, but dancing heals. Write to Raisa Bruner at raisa. By Raisa Bruner. Related Stories. Already a print subscriber? Go here to link your subscription. Need help? Visit our Help Center. Go here to connect your wallet.Songs about being left for someone else
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