Whether you’re on good terms or you can’t even stand to be in the same room as one another, your former S.O.s always act as reminders of what could’ve been, had things turned out differently. And while you might struggle to think fondly of any of your exes, you can still find ways to recover and cope with your feelings about any breakup. Our favorite method, obviously, is through the power of music.
Since you probably can’t be totally upfront with any of your past flings, keep scrolling for 10 songs you wish you could send your ex.
‘It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay’ by Whitney Houston
For: The ex who cheated on you
An oldie but a goodie, “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” is an empowering anthem about moving on after being cheated on. Even though it seems like the end of the world, it’s a totally survivable situation. Plus, your betrayed emotions can seek some solace in the fact that the queen herself Whitney Houston was cheated on, proving that some people are just trash.
‘Almost Lover’ by A Fine Frenzy
For: The ex you never actually dated
Ugh, the ex you never really dated—we all have at least one. While it feels odd to mourn a relationship that never really happened, “Almost Lover” by A Fine Frenzy is the perfect tune to capture those complicated feelings.
‘The Harold Song’ by Kesha
For: The ex who broke your heart
Unfortunately, there are times when getting over your ex isn’t as easy as simply breaking up and moving on. “The Harold Song” captures all the frustrating thoughts that come along with heartbreak, and the feeling that you’ll never recover from these painful emotions. If you need a little time to just wallow in your feels, this is the song for you.
‘Green Light’ by Lorde
For: The ex you can’t help but miss
This powerful song by Lorde perfectly captures the up and down post-breakup feeling of hating your ex and simultaneously missing everything about them. After all, it’s okay to miss someone who was a big part of your life, and it’s also okay to acknowledge that the relationship wasn’t the best thing for either of you.
‘Songs Like This’ by Carrie Underwood
For: The ex you literally can’t stand
Let’s be honest—some exes just aren’t worth thinking positively about. Thankfully, this country tune by Carrie Underwood captures all the feels that go along with thinking about an ex you just can’t stand.
‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Keane
For: The ex you want to reconnect with
While we’re not big fans of getting back together with your exes, even we have to admit that there’s always the ex you low-key want to reconnect with. For those relationships, “Somewhere Only We Know” is the perfect song to capture your feels. It’s not too emotional, but it’s a sweet reminder of memories you can only share with one specific person.
‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ by Gotye ft. Kimbra
For: The ex you feel pretty neutral about
While the immediate aftermath of any breakup is probably filled with lots of emotion, as time passes everything just kind of settles into a neutral “meh” zone. “Somebody That I Used to Know” captures this feeling, as it discusses the highs and lows of a breakup, while simultaneously communicating that none of it really matters anymore.
‘Shout Out to My Ex’ by Little Mix
For: The ex you’re grateful for
Sometimes your feelings for your ex are complicated. Thankfully, this upbeat tune by Little Mix captures the odd feeling of saying goodbye to someone you care about and still being grateful for the relationship. All your exes make you who you are, so you can still be grateful for them, even when you’re having trouble letting go.
‘Really Don’t Care’ by Demi Lovato ft. Cher Lloyd
For: The ex you couldn’t care less about
Some breakups end in overwhelming feelings of heartbreak, but other relationships end with a sense of joy and freedom. This tune is the perfect singalong for that ex who you honestly never even think about anymore because you just really don’t care.
‘Miss Movin’ On’ by Fifth Harmony
For: The ex you’re ready to move on from
This powerful tune from Fifth Harmony (RIP) will give you all the encouragement you need to pull it together and wave goodbye to that ex you’re finally ready to let go of.
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