42 Songs To Fit Your Feelings During Every Stage Of A Breakup

42 Songs To Fit Your Feelings During Every Stage Of A Breakup

It's a whirlwind of emotions, but there's a song for that.

Nothing but time can heal a breakup, but music sure can help. Whether you're feeling despair, anger, or just plain confusion, here are some songs that will feel like they read your mind, and might just help heal your heart.

1. For the moments when you really miss them and just need to cry about it

These are the songs we listen to when we're crying alone in our room, or staring dramatically out the window wondering why this world is so darn cruel.

"From Here To Eternity" by Frank Sinatra

"It Never Entered My Mind" by Frank Sinatra

"High Hopes" by Kodaline

"All I Want" by Kodaline

"If You Ever Want To Be In Love" by James Bay

"Let It Go" by James Bay

"Tonight I Wanna Cry" by Keith Urban

"Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss

"Broken" by Lifehouse

"Drowning Shadows" by Sam Smith

*silent tears*

"Regresa A Mi" by Il Divo

"After The Thrill Is Gone" by the Eagles

"The Scientist" by Coldplay

"Better Man" by Little Big Town

"Colder Weather" by Zac Brown Band


2. For when you feel nothing but angry at them for breaking your heart

These songs just make us feel so justified, so powerful. Would recommend listening to these while at the gym, because like working out, they remind us that we are strong, independent individuals who deserve better.

"The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac

"Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac

"Words Of Love" by The Mamas & The Papas

You ought to know by now...tell 'em, Mama Cass.

"Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood

Maybe this isn't the exact situation, but just listening to all the stuff she does to his car makes you feel avenged.

"Which To Bury, Us Or The Hatchet" by Relient K

"Sahara" by Relient K

"Lifeline" by Thousand Foot Krutch

"Hero" by Skillet

"I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift

"Picture to Burn" by Taylor Swift

Why does fire feel so good right now?!

"When We Were On Fire" by James Bay

"Don't" by Ed Sheeran

I personally think the clean version is angry enough; listeners beware.

3. And for when you finally decide they aren't worth the pain, you're better off without them, and you're finally ready to move on

"Don't Worry 'bout Me" by Frank Sinatra

"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac

"I Have Made Mistakes" by The Oh Hellos

"Let It All Out" by Relient K

"Moving On" by Matt Kearney

"Losing" by Tenth Avenue North

"Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban

"White Horse" by Taylor Swift

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2

"I Don't Need A Soul" by Relient K

"This Is The End" by Relient K

Honestly, this whole album is perfect; it runs the gamut of relationship emotions. It is the breakup album, after all.

"Heart Of Gold" by Neil Young

"Long As I Can See The Light" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

"Make Your Own Kind Of Music" by The Mamas & The Papas

"I Won't Let You Go" by Switchfoot

There's so much more to your life than the end of this relationship.

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To Percy Jackson, I Hope You're Well...

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus are both series which helped shape my life. I want to share my love for them here, with you.


Two days before I moved from New Jersey to California, I had a late night at a friend's house. Just a few miles outside of my small town of Morris Plains, his house was out of the way and a safe haven for myself and my mother during a harrowing and strenuous move. My father had been across the country already for almost two months trying to hold down his new job and prove himself. His absence was trying on me (at the tender young age of nine years old) and my mother, and we often spent time at my friend's home, as our mothers got along well.

That night came the time to say goodbye for the very last time, and as our mothers were tearfully embracing at the door, he ran up to me and shoved a book in my hands. Bewildered and confused, I tried to give him my thanks but he was already gone - running away in a childish fit that expressed his hurt at my leaving more than any words he could've said. I looked down at the book in my hands. It was a battered copy of Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief," with its binding bulging slightly out in a strange fashion, the cover slightly torn and bent, and quite a few pages dog-eared. The book wasn't in good condition, but I took the time to read it. I was ensnared and enchanted by the lurid descriptions of mythology, of the lovable characters of Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, and the upside-down world they lived in. Over the course of the move and our eventual settling into our new California home, I devoured the series adamantly, reading "The Battle of the Labyrinth" almost five times in the fifth grade and eventually finishing out with "The Last Olympian." The series accompanied me through a difficult move and a whirlwhind of early puberty; by that time, Percy and friends I knew intimately as my own companions. When the series ended, I happily parted with it, and began other literary conquests (namely in the realm of classics).

After an almost year-long break, I re-discovered the series in sixth grade. I hadn't realized that there was a companion series to the first, in fact, a continuation - The Heroes of Olympus. I lapped up "The Lost Hero" and "The Son of Neptune" with greed, and eagerly awaited the arrival of "The Mark of Athena" the following year.

One of my most vivid memories of middle school was sneaking downstairs the morning of the Kindle release of "The Mark of Athena", sneaking past my parents' bedroom as stealthily as I could in the wee hours of the morning to get my kindle and immerse myself in the world. I believe I finished it in about two days. For the next two books in the series, I followed the same pattern: get up early, read it as fast as I could get my hands on it. "The Blood of Olympus", the last book in the series, came out in my freshman year of high school. After finishing the second series, I shelved my much-loved paperbacks for good, and turned myself to other literary pursuits. I eventually relocated to Virginia, and went to college. Percy and friends were almost forgotten until my first year at the University of Virginia.

I was devastatingly alone my first semester at university. I didn't know what to do with myself, entombed by my loneliness. However, at the bottom of my suitcase, I found my old Kindle Paperwhite, with both of Percy's series neatly installed for me. I made a resolution with myself: I would reread both series, reading only at mealtimes where I sat alone. By the time I was finished, I wanted to see where I was compared to when I started.

Re-reading the series was like coming home. It was nostalgia, sadness, and ecstasy wrapped into one. I delighted in revisiting Percy's old haunts, his friends, his challenges. However, it was sad, knowing I had grown up and left them behind while they had stayed the same. It was a riveting memory train which made me look forward to meals, and eased my loneliness at school. Gradually, as the semester progressed, I was reading on Percy's tales less and less, as I found my friends, clubs, and organizations that gradually took up more and more time.

I still haven't finished my re-read, and am about halfway through "The Blood of Olympus". I've come a long way in the almost decade since I first received that tattered copy of "The Lightning Thief", and I still have some ways to go. So thanks, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Jason, Piper, Reyna, Nico, Frank, Hazel, Leo. Thank you for growing up with me. I'll never forget you.


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