Breakups suck. But the one unappreciated benefit of having your heart completely ripped from your chest? The good news: We have a playlist scientifically proven to cure your broken heart. Allow me to explain:. Michael Oehler, a German music psychologist who helped craft this playlist. Which is why he and the other scientists curated a four-hour playlist that hits all four stages of sadness after a breakup: sadness, denial, acceptance, and moving on.
Last October, I made a playlist on Spotify called " brood, think about boys. I named the playlist "brood, think about boys" because that's what I was doing a lot of at the time, on my walks around my neighborhood in my light jackets. You can brood in any weather, but light-jacket weather is especially conducive for walking around, listening to a curated list of nostalgic bangers, and luxuriating in your feelings.
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There are different ways to handle a breakup , depending on the situation, of course. But whether you're wallowing in tears because you got blindsided or giving out high fives for finally letting go of the jerk, one thing's for sure: music makes it all better. This time around, we're leaving the makeout songs behind and listening to jams that will have anyone sailing through heartbreak. Whether you or a friend are dealing with the aftermath of a breakup, here are the best songs for every type of split. So have some tissues handy and crank up the volume.
If the music we listen to is any indication, then breaking up, feeling down about it and hopefully finding the courage to move on are some of the most common shared human experiences. As centuries of forlorn singletons have learned and generations of songwriters have mastered, one of the best cures for heartbreak is the balm of music that speaks to our souls — or maybe helps us rationalize away the tears. Vincent , Lorde , Kesha and P! 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. Some heartbreak is predicated on just a few powerful moments. As it turns out, Rihanna can turn on the tears just as well as she can pump up the party. Let his subtle guitar and rolling voice take you away. It was a song that ruled airwaves — and, in its simplicity of construction and catchiness of refrain, remains timeless. This Bill Withers classic tells it like it is, in signature blues style with its haunting instrumentation. For a little bit of folk salvation, turn to Bon Iver, whose evocative strums and lilting voice speak straight to the soul.