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Here's The Ultimate Playlist To Get You Through The Stages Of A Breakup

Don't even think about texting your ex. We got this.

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1. "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" by Boyz II Men

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Because right after a breakup, the pain is so raw and so real, you wonder how you will ever get through it. The Boyz have got your back.

Lyric that punches you in the feels: "I thought we'd get to see forever, but forever's gone away. It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday."

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2. "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt

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Because you know deep down, you can't force someone to love you. No matter how hard you try.

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "I'll close my eyes, then I won't see the love you don't feel when you're holding me."

3. "You Were Mine" by Dixie Chicks

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Because nothing is worse than when your ex moves on while you're still in the devastation period.

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "Sometimes I wake up crying at night, and sometimes I scream out your name. What right does she have to take you away, when for so long you were mine?"

4. "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley

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Because nobody gets heartbreak the way Jeff Buckley gets heartbreak.

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "Just hear this, and then I'll go. You gave me more to live for, more than you'll ever know."

5. "Hurt" by Johnny Cash

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Because Johnny Cash covered Nine Inch Nails and broke your heart all over again.

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "I hurt myself today to see if I still feel. I focus on the pain, the only thing that's real."

6. "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton

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Because even though Whitney Houston's iconic version of this song is near-perfect, Dolly's original is so devastatingly intimate and heartbreaking. It's like discovering a whole new song that you already know the words to.

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "Bittersweet memories, that's all I am taking with me."

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7. "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" by Michael Bolton

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Because this one is meant for cry-singing at the top of your lungs. Yes, you can use your ice cream spoon as a microphone.

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "I don't wanna know the price I'm gonna pay for dreaming, oh, even now it's more than I can take."

8. "Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton

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Because sometimes you just wish there was some miracle that could take all of your pain away.

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "Don't leave me in all this pain, don't leave me out in the rain. Bring back the nights when I held you beside me."

9. "My All" by Mariah Carey

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Because you'd give anything for just one more moment, one more kiss, one more chance...

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "'Cause I've drowned in you, and I won't pull through without you by my side."

10. "All By Myself" by Celine Dion

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Because just when you think you're done with the devastation stage, you find yourself singing and crying in the shower. This is exactly the right song for that moment.

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "All by myself, don't wanna be all by myself, anymore."

11. "Someone Like You" by Adele

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Because you were just about to turn the corner out of the sadness, and you ran into your ex. Like Adele, you want to take the high road and wish them well, even if, for you, "it isn't over."

Lyric that gets you right in the feels: "Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead."

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12. "Song For The Dumped" by Ben Folds Five

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Because you're not sad anymore, you're PISSED. And you want all of your shit back.

Get fired up: "I want my money back, and don't forget to give me back my black T-shirt."

13. "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette

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Because it was all lies, and you want them to know what they've done.

Get fired up: "And every time I scratch my nails down someone else's back, I hope you feel it. Well, can you feel it?"

14. "Heartless" by Kanye West

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Because you don't know how you ever got mixed up with someone so cruel.

Get fired up: "You wait a couple months then you gon' see, you'll never find nobody better than me."

15. "Cry Me A River" by Justin Timberlake

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Because you're done remembering the good stuff, and now you remember what that monster did to you. Now it's their time to be sad.

Get fired up: "Your bridges were burned, and now it's your turn to cry. Cry me a river."

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16. "You Give Love A Bad Name" by Bon Jovi

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Because it's time for some cathartic karaoke, and the whole bar has got your back with this one.

Get fired up: "An angel's smile is what you sell. You promised me heaven then put me through hell."

17. "Everything About You" by Ugly Kid Joe

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Because you need a song to dance around your bedroom and rip up old photos and love letters to.

Get fired up: "You think it's sad, well that's too bad. 'Cause I'm havin' a ball hatin' every little thing about you!"

18. "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé

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Because you are amazing and you will easily find someone who truly deserves you.

Get fired up: "Baby I won't shed a tear for you, I won't lose a wink of sleep, 'cause the truth of the matter is replacing you is so easy."

19. "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood

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Because it's okay to fantasize about revenge. (But please don't mess with anyone's car. You're better than that.)

Get fired up: "I took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights, slashed a hole in all four tires, and maybe next time he'll think before he cheats."

20. "Breakin' Up" by Rilo Kiley

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Because this song is the ultimate IDGAF anthem.

Get fired up: "Did your heart break enough this time? Ooh, it feels good to be free."

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21. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera

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Because the ultimate "Fuck you" is to thank the one who hurt you for making you stronger. To get to the next stage, you gotta love yourself more than you hate your ex.

Get fired up: "'Cause if it wasn't for all of your torture, I wouldn't know how to be this way now, and never back down. So I wanna say thank you."

22. "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

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Because you have weathered the storm, and you are ready to move on.

You got this: "As long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive. I've got all my life to live and I've got all my love to give, and I'll survive."

23. "Survivor" by Destiny's Child

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Because they thought you'd never recover, but guess what? You're ready to SLAY.

You got this: "After all of the darkness and sadness still comes happiness. If I surround myself with positive things, I'll gain prosperity."

24. "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John

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Because this is a good one to sing along to in the car, on your way to a new, hot date.

You got this: "And I'm still standing after all this time. Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind."

25. "So What" by Pink

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Because you're ready to go out in the world and give zero fucks.

You got this: "I'm having more fun, and now that we're done, i'm gonna show you tonight, I'm alright."

26. "Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia

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Because this breakup did not break you. You can't be taken out that easy.

You got this: "You shoot me down, but I won't fall. I am titanium."

27. "Restart" by Sam Smith

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Because Sam Smith always knows how you're feeling. This time, forget "Stay With Me," you have found your new Sam Smith groove.

You got this: "And the truth is, I'm better on my own. And I don't wanna live in the past. So let me restart."

28. "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson

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Because this is the point where you start realizing how much better off you are. Seriously, you could make a list.

You got this: "But since you been gone, I can breathe for the first time. I'm so moving on, yeah yeah. Thanks to you, now I get what I want."

29. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift

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Because you've learned your lesson and you're never going back. Like, ever.

You got this: "We are never ever ever ever getting back together."

30. "Stronger" by Britney Spears

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Because you are ready to hit the dance floor with your squad.

You got this: "I'm stronger than yesterday. It's nothing but my way."

31. "Roar" by Katy Perry

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Because you are a fucking champion.

You got this: "I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire, 'cause I am a champion and your'e gonna hear me ROAR."

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