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Breaking up comes with its own set of problems beyond the break-up itself. From your own agony of “what do I tell my parents,” to the nosy neighbor asking, “why didn’t it work out,” sometimes you just need someone (or something) that understands. 

I am a firm believer that music is there when everything else fails, but when you’re in the break-up slumps, the last thing you want to do is be searching through every song on Spotify to find something that feels remotely close to your unique situation. To save you the trouble, I’ve compiled 15 songs that perfectly narrate 15 different break-up experiences. Sit down on your couch, accompanied by some Ben and Jerry’s, and listen away.


1. For the one that got away:

“I miss you, I’m sorry” by Gracie Abrams


2. For when you’ve fallen out of love:

“Fear of Being Alone” by Lennon Stella


3. For when you’re on and off (and you definitely need to be off:)  

“Limbo” by Emily Burns


4. For when they try to hit you back up:

“Is It Really Me You’re Missing” by Nina Nesbitt


5. For the one that’s bat **** crazy:

“Maniac” by Conan Gray


6. For when you see them again:

“Same Room” by JP Saxe


7. For the one you have hope for:

“New Recording 28 – Lions” by Chelsea Cutler


8. For when they blame you:

“Once” by Maren Morris 


9. For when you realize what a waste of time they were:

“Lost on You” by LP


10. For the freshest of break-ups:

“Breathe Again” by Sleeping At Last


11. For when they’ve found someone else:

“Pink” by LÉON


12. For the one who went from everything to nothing:

“Someone You Hate” by Sasha Sloan


13. For when you don’t want them to move on, but you also don’t want them for yourself:

“Somebody Else” by the 1975


14. For the one that wouldn’t settle down:

“Space Cowboy” by Kacey Musgraves


15. For when you’re beginning to see it for what it is:

“Happiness” by Taylor Swift 

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