The Essential ‘Five Stages Of Grief’ Break-Up Playlist

It’s been a while since Valentine’s Day, and while we’re certain that there are many happy new couples, it definitely hasn’t ended well for everyone. Don’t worry – we’re here with you all the way.

1. DENIAL

Jackson 5 – I Want You Back

Maybe you made a catastrophic mistake by telling that special someone that you were done with them?

Oh baby, give me one more chance
(To show you that I love you)
Won’t you please let me back in your heart
Oh darlin’, I was blind to let you go

Toni Braxton – Un-break my heart

Or maybe it’s their fault for messing things up in this relationship, and all you want to do is curl up into a ball and wait for them to come back to you.

Un-break my heart
Say you’ll love me again
Undo this hurt you caused
When you walked out the door

Mariah Carey – We Belong Together

Whatever it is, you know that the two of you are made for each other.

Who else am I gon’ lean on when times get rough?
Who’s going to talk to me on the phone ’til the sun comes up?
Who’s going to take your place? There ain’t nobody better
Oh, baby baby, we belong together

2. ANGER

Big Sean – I Don’t Fuck With You

This is the perfect hype song to get dolled up to before you hit the club with your best friends – they stuck around through all of this.

I don’t fuck with you
You little stupid ass bitch, I ain’t fuckin’ with you
You little, you little dumb ass bitch, I ain’t fuckin’ with you
I got a million trillion things I’d rather fuckin’ do
Than to be fuckin’ with you

Eamon – Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back)

And if you need to verbalize it in a slightly (not by much) more thought out manner.

See, I don’t know why I liked you so much
I gave you all, of my trust
I told you, I loved you, now that’s all down the drain
Ya put me through pain, I want to let you know how I feel

Ciara – I’m Out

You know you’re going to be in the middle of the dancefloor when this one comes on.

Celebratin’ our breakin’ up, oh whoa
Bartender go ‘head and pour me a little more
Tonight we gon’ have us a good time
Let’s have a toast to our goodbyes, oh whoa

 

3. BARGAINING

Gnash – I Hate You I Love You

We’ve all been there before – sometimes you just can’t stand someone, but you care so much about them.

I hate you, I love you
I hate that I love you
Don’t want to but I can’t put nobody else above you

Charlie Puth – Attention

But it’s time to cast some doubt into your potpourri of feelings, right about now.

You just want attention, you don’t want my heart
Maybe you just hate the thought of me with someone new
Yeah, you just want attention, I knew from the start
You’re just making sure I’m never gettin’ over you

 

4. DEPRESSION

Adele – Someone Like You

Just because you’ve internalized the pain,  doesn’t mean that it isn’t sad anymore.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited but I
Couldn’t stay away I couldn’t fight it
I had hoped you’d see my face
And that you be reminded that for me it isn’t over

Wet – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl

And it’s always difficult thinking about the last happy memories you shared with your significant other.

Look at you, you look right through me
Tell me one more time before I go

The 1975 – Somebody Else

What if they found a new partner, and you’re still grieving?

I don’t want your body
But I hate to think about you with somebody else
Our love has gone cold
You’re intertwining your soul with somebody else

 

5. ACCEPTANCE

Usher – U Don’t Have To Call

And that’s it. You’re done with all that sadness – it’s time for you to style on them.

Gonna boogie tonight
Cause I’m honestly too young of a guy
To stay home waitin’ for love
So tonight I’m gonna do what a single man does
And that’s party

Kodaline – High Hopes

It’s definitely not the end of the world, and you’re going to pick yourself up.

High hopes, when you let it go, go out and start again
High hopes, ooh when it all comes to an end
But the world keeps spinning around

Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself

Remember, the only person you’ll always have is yourself.

I’ll take it nice and slow
Feeling good on my own without you, yeah
Got me speaking in tongues
The beautiful, it comes without you, yeah

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