A part of life we wish we could all avoid, heartbreaks can make you feel like it’s the end of the world, and sadly there’s no fast hack or trick to lessen a heartbreak. However, it’s important to keep in mind that no matter how much it hurts, it will pass. And fortunately, you are not the only person to suffer a heartache – nearly everyone does at some point of their lives.
Below are the top songs inspired by a heartbreak, and which are guaranteed to lift you spirits, even just slightly.
I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
If there ever is a song to listen to after a heartbreak, this is it. An oldie but a goldie, this power anthem holds a single, strong message – that whatever happens, you will survive. This 80s tune documents the ugly truth of a “broken heart” breakup, but also promises that not only will you survive it but you’ll end up stronger than ever. The song promises hope for any and all broken hearts – “I’ve got all my life to live, I’ve got all my love to give/ And I’ll survive”.
Bust Your Windows, Jazmine Sullivan
Okay, while we’re definitely not advocating breaking your ex’s car windows, listening to a song on the subject of it is mighty satisfying. While not only serving a good dose of memories from season one Glee (who could forget that short-lived Mercedes and Kurt romance), the song also provides a great 2000-est belter.
Thank U Next, Ariana Grande
We can’t get enough of this song and judging by the nearly half a billion views it has on YouTube, we’re not the only one. Ariana brings an unusual perspective to the heartache music trope, instead appreciated what she learned from each relationship, and subsequent breakup. The very title of the song, Thank U Next, shows the message it is trying to convey – acknowledge the past, but move on and embrace the future.
Forget You, Cee Lo Green
This song will have you bobbing your head along to the upbeat tune in no time. It’s only natural to get obsessed with the past, and the relationship you had with a certain person. The easy rhythm of this song reminds you of a lesson we should all heed, eventually you have to let go of the past and move on. With lines like “Although there’s pain in my chest / I still wish you the best with a … / ‘Forget you!’ what’s not to love?
Bulletproof, La Roux
An electro-pop tune that will give you some serious vibes from the 2000s, Bulletproof is a high energy song which will be stuck in your head for days. With a chorus composed solely of the line “This time, baby, I’ll be bulletproof”, it’s meaning, combined with the singer’s strong vocals will leave you feeling unstoppable and one of the ultimate songs to get over heartbreak.
Lizzo has seemingly conquered the music industry with the sole mission of promoting body positivity and self-confidence, with Juice being a prime example of her message. No matter how low you feel, one listening of Juice will leave you feeling positive, and maybe even leave you dancing on your bedroom floor. Opening with the lines “Mirror, mirror on the wall / Don’t say it ‘cause I know I’m cute” the song, with a strong 80s musical vibe, will pick your mood up within one listening.
Good as Hell, Lizzo
Yes, another song from the queen of self-love. Just like Juice, this song is encouraging self-worth and love. While listening to the song it almost feels as if Lizzo is addressing the listener herself, and definitely gives off big-sister advice vibes. With lyrics like “Come now, come dry your eyes/ You know you a star, you can touch the sky” and a chorus of “Baby, how you feelin’? (Feelin’ good as hell)”, the song will leave you feeling unstoppable.
You Should See Me in a Crown, Billie Eilish
The edgy vibe of this song, along with Billie Eilish’s soft yet cold vocals, combines to create a truly uncaring tone. While undoubtedly creepy, there’s also the message that you are unstoppable, and that you deserve a crown. Plus, with the song being inspired by a line from Moriarty, it gives you a much-needed excuse to binge watch BBC’s Sherlock all over again.