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Playlist: Breakup Songs for Fives Stages of Grief

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Breakups—we’ve all been through them. But it hurts every time. We need music to get through such tough time. And even when I’m not going through a breakup or a tough patch in a relationship, I sometimes feel like listening to sad songs. So here are my favorite breakup songs, categorized by Kübler-Ross model of five stages of grief. But listen to them at any stage of grief as you like.


It is hard to let go of all the feelings. You want to hold on, even when you know it’s not working out.

Jessie Reyez – Figures

You know they’re not good to you, but you still love them and you want to stay.

John Mayer – Slow Dancing In a Burning Room

“Slow dancing in a burning room” is a perfect way to

Daughtry – Over You

Miley Cyrus – Goodbye


After denial comes anger. You feel resentment. After all you’ve done for them. Maybe you are angry at yourself.

Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts

“Who do you think you are?” is a question I would love to ask some of my exes.

Eminem – Love the Way You Lie (ft. Rihanna)

Nothing says “anger” like Eminem’s rap.

Kelly Clarkson – Because of You

Sometimes you need to blame your ex. Whether the sentiment is justified or not matters not because they’re gone anyway. It’s important to take responsibility for your part in the failure of a relationship, but when you’re still in anger stage, you are still trying to process your emotions.

Bad Bunny

“I am worse because of you”


You will think, “It would be different if we could get back together.” While this is a stage of breakup we’re bound to go through, it’s better to keep it short as staying in the bargaining stage can keep you from moving on. So only two songs for this stage.

Taylor Swift – Back to December

Miley Cyrus – Scars


In my opinion this is the most important stage of breakup. You need to feel out all the feelings so you can move on. You need to wallow.

Gilmore Girls I'm ready to wallow now

Hey Violet – Hoodie

김사랑 – 떠나

Shontelle – Impossible

This is a real tearjerker.

Avril Lavigne – When You’re Gone


You wallowed enough, now it’s time to say, “It’s okay, I’m better off alone.”

Becky G

Ariana Grande – Problem ft. Iggy Azalea

“I have one less problem without you.”

Ailee – I Will Show You

Congrats, you made it to the end. Living your best life is the best revenge for your ex! So go on and be happy now.

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