As it turns out, Rihanna can turn on the tears just as well as she can pump up the party. “Stay,” Rihanna feat. Talk about heartbreak. ", "Cause I am barely breathing / And I can't find the air / I don't know who I'm kidding / Imagining you care. “What About Us” is that, but for the outcasts and the lovelorn, a purely beautiful melody amped up by her powerful voice and insistent questions. “Just like a moth drawn to a flame, you lured me in, I couldn’t sense the pain,” he sighs. What about us?” She may not have the answers, but her music is a good place to start. Breaking Up Breakup Songs Breakups Broken Hearts Dating Getting Over Someone Heartache Heartbreak Love Music Relationships Song Lyrics Songs. When you’re still in the thick of the regret stage, turn to “Stay With Me” to say in song everything you want to say out loud. Below, TIME has pulled together a list of some of the most popular breakup songs on those Spotify playlists, as well as some under-the-radar favorites that might just come in handy when dealing with a broken heart. “It ain’t not use in turning on your light, babe / I’m on the dark side of the road,” he shrugs. As Cook notes, you can pretty much slot breakup songs into two categories: “raw, tender tracks that tap into the fragility of the human heart” (think: Adele), or “dismissive, I-don’t-care-I’m-so-over-you type of songs” (here’s where Clarkson would come in). “Stay,” her 2012 collaboration with singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko, is an aching, searching ballad that lets her lead in an expressive push and pull duet. Because as Bieber tells us, “And now I know, I’m better sleeping on my own.”, This Bill Withers classic tells it like it is, in signature blues style with its haunting instrumentation. “There goes the love we had, but you cheated on me, and that’s for that now,” she chants. / But it ain't workin' / Why put out a fire when it's still burnin' / Just when I think movin' on is gettin' closer. ", "I'm so tired but I can't sleep / Standin' on the edge of something much to deep / It's funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word / We are screaming inside, but we can't be heard. / But darling, stay with me. Take it away, Beyoncé: “Now that you’re out of my life, I’m so much better / You thought that I’d be weak without you, but I’m stronger / You thought that I’d be broke without you, but I’m richer / You thought that I’d be sad without you, I laugh harder.” And repeat. / We will never make it. Some things just aren’t meant to be. On “Call Out My Name,” his raw heartbreak comes through loud and clear. / Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart. ", "I can kiss somebody brand new / And not even think about you / I can show up to the same bar / Hear the same songs in my car / Baby, your memory, it only hits me this hard. / You got me crying / As was your plan. ", "So take a look at me now / Well there's just an empty space / And there's nothing left here to remind me / Just the memory of your face. For a little bit of folk salvation, turn to Bon Iver, whose evocative strums and lilting voice speak straight to the soul. A little harmonica, a little Dylan poetry, and you’re well on your way to recovery. ", "I won't give up on us / Even if the skies get rough / I'm giving you all my love / I'm still looking up. “Ain’t nobody hurt you like I hurt you / but ain’t nobody need you like I do,” he reflects on this down-tempo ballad. / I used to cry / now I hold my head up high. / Nothing at all to you. Some failures hurt every time. / I don't think I can change it. ", "It took so long just to feel alright / Remember how to put back the light in my eyes / I wish I had missed the first time that we kissed / Cause you broke all your promises. “I almost cut a piece of myself for your life / Guess I was just another pit stop.” At least we can commiserate with The Weeknd, who’s going through it right alongside the rest of us. All Rights Reserved. Country Living participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Seriously—it's science! And yet. And yet: “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you,” she fights on. The good news: you’re not alone with your aching heart. / Oh, I'd still make it with you / Over and over, again and again / Even though we break up in the end. ", "So since I'm not your everything (irreplaceable) / How about I'll be nothing? While some classics remain timeless in their appeal — songs like Beyoncé‘s “Irreplaceable,” Adele‘s “Someone Like You” and Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since U Been Gone” remain the top three most popular additions to breakup-themed playlists on Spotify, for instance — 2018 and recent years have their own new music to throw into the heartbreak-and-recovery mix. / We both know I'm not what you need. Adele’s range evokes every shade of pain, regret and nostalgia. That bittersweet truth is something we just have to sit with. Who Should Be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020? ", "Another shot of whiskey can't stop looking at the door / wishing you'd come sweeping in the way you did before. Kelly O’Sullivan is the content strategy editor for The Pioneer Woman and manages the website’s social channels, in addition to covering entertainment and lifestyle news. Let his subtle guitar and rolling voice take you away. ", "Oh, won't you stay with me? There’s The Weeknd‘s appropriately dejected songs from his new EP My Dear Melancholy, for instance, and some powerful tunes from the past year by pop queens St. Vincent, Lorde, Kesha and P!nk, to name just a few. “And this house just ain’t a home any time she goes away.”. / "I'll remember," you said. There's a song lyric for that. And it’s a good thing. “Did it frighten you / How we kissed when we danced on the light up floor?” she taunts her ex. Vote Now, Metal Monolith Discovered in Utah Wilderness, You can unsubscribe at any time. ", "And it's too late, baby now, it's too late / Though we really did try to make it / Somethin' inside has died, and I can't hide / And I just can't fake it. Given a little time and introspection, perhaps the relationship wasn’t so perfect after all. P!nk has always made big, stadium-ready anthems. The melody is so pretty that humming along might help you feel just a little better. Write to Raisa Bruner at email@example.com. / I would lie and say that you're not on my mind. “Is she standing in my room? What about the plans that ended in disaster?” she wonders. Instead, the Texan singer-songwriter has a knack for setting his heartbreak and emotional vulnerability to music. "Nobody said it was easy / Oh it's such a shame for us to part / Nobody said it was easy / No one ever said it would be so hard. ", "Our memories, well, they can be inviting / But some are altogether mighty frightening / As we die, both you and I / With my head in my hands, I sit and cry. “I never once heard you say, ‘I need you. It was a song that ruled airwaves — and, in its simplicity of construction and catchiness of refrain, remains timeless. “Ignore everybody else, we’re alone now.”. ", "Never mind, I'll find someone like you. She’s mad, but she’s over it, just waiting for her spirit to catch up with her mind. / Take you to every party 'cause all you wanted to do was dance. “To the left, to the left / everything you own in a box to the left.” In this 2006 classic and breakup mainstay, Beyoncé wrote the playbook on kicking someone out — and when the Queen speaks, it’s worth listening. If you buy from a link, we may earn a commission. / And I spent oh so many nights just feeling sorry for myself. Dance on your own. Yet stitches suggests that things are soon to be on the mend. / What about us? ", "I don't care what they say / I'm in love with you / They try to pull me away, but they don't know the truth. What about trust? / Should have gave you all my hours / When I had the chance. In fact, suggests Israeli singer-songwriter Dennis Lloyd, feel free to put it all on the other person. ", "Bittersweet memories / That is all I'm taking with me. / My friends told me one day I'll feel it too. “For all the lies you told, this is what you’re owed.” Payback hurts. / Come back baby, please / 'Cause we belong together. ", "You tell me that you need me then you go and cut me down. Whether you're looking for a breakup song that will drown out the sound of your tears, gut-wrenching lyrics about reconnecting with an old flame, or an empowering song that will make you forget your ex ever existed, there's something for everyone in this list of sad songs. No matter what kind of pain you're feeling, you'll be able to connect with (and cry to) one of their heartbreak songs. Sweet and dreamy, González’s “Heartbeats” sounds like what a warm bath feels like at the end of a long, hard day. A solid lineup of breakup songs can really help you get through the agony of a relationship split. But follow Robyn’s advice: dance all night.