It’s no secret that music is a powerful thing. When you’re in love, it makes you want to run around the city, singing and handing flowers to random passersby. When you’re heartbroken, it inspires the urge to curl up in a ball and rock back and forth while cradling a bar (or two) of chocolate.
We get that there’s a certain comfort in a song that so perfectly describes the current stage of your relationship you can’t help but think it was written exactly for you. We also get that scouring your not-been-cleaned-out-since-ninth-grade iTunes playlist for that ideal ditty can be a major mood killer.
So instead of sitting through hours of unfruitful song searches, let us provide you with the soundtrack to your relationship — each and every stage of it.
You’re Single — and Hating It
All of your friends are in a relationship, your parents just celebrated their umpteenth wedding anniversary and even your little cousin found love on the playground. You’re simply looking for someone to love. Is that too much to ask? Cry it out, girl, and indulge in your sadness for a night.
“All By Myself” by Eric Carmen
“Just Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé
“Someone Else’s Star” by Bryan White
“The Lonely” by Christina Perri
You Met Someone
Thank your lucky stars! That little punk cousin of yours and her “boyfriend” can quit their teasing because you’ve nabbed a cutie, and you’re ready to gush about it to anyone who’s willing to listen. Shout it from the rooftops. Write it in your diary. And listen to these songs.
“Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson
“Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat
“I’ve Just Seen a Face” by The Beatles
You Can’t Keep Your Hands Off Each Other
So you’re out of the puppy love stage that comes with having a new crush and into the gotta-have-you-right-now stage. You’re holding in hands in public, even sneaking a kiss or two (gasp!). You’re that PDA-obsessed couple everyone loves to hate. Pop on some music and get lovin’.
“Naughty Girl” by Beyoncé
“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
“Push Up On Me” by Rihanna
“Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
You’re Truly, Madly, Deeply in Love
He’s become the yin to your yang. The peanut butter to your jelly. The frosting to your cupcake. Your lust has blossomed into a deep and understanding romantic friendship. The days of yearning for a love like this are so far behind, you can’t even remember how you survived without him. Light some candles and press play.
“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
“How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes
“Lucky by Jason Mraz” (feat. Colbie Caillat)
“The Power of Love” by Céline Dion
You Broke Up and You’re Heartbroken
Uh oh. You broke up. The day you thought would never have to come came and went in a flurry of tears and emotional goodbyes. How will you ever get through these dark, depressing funk you’ve suddenly found yourself in? Put on a sad song — at least someone knows how you feel.
“Un-Break My Heart” by Toni Braxton
“Someone Like You” by Adele
“Better that We Break” by Maroon 5
“Teardrops on My Guitar” by Taylor Swift
How dare he break your heart like that? You’re over him (so you say), but what he did to you? You’ll never forgive it. You’re contemplating using voodoo magic to teach him a lesson. But forget it. Too much of a hassle. Place these tunes on repeat and feel the fury of a woman scorned.
“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
“You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
“You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi
“F**k You” by Cee Lo Green
You’re Single — and Loving It
Ahh, finally. You’ve moved on (really), and accepted your singledom. Believe it or not, it feels great. Who needs a relationship to be happy? Not you! Embrace your time alone, as you should, and treat your ears to these feel-good tracks.
“I Don’t Need a Man” by the Pussycat Dolls
“Single” by Natasha Bedingfield
“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” by Eurythmics
“Single Ladies” by Beyoncé