Just like there is a time and place for everything in life, there is pretty much a song for everything too. Breakups are not an exception. And while there are plenty of songs that have lyrics to boost any type of post-breakup mood, there are a few that do the job especially well. The lyrics to the following songs are specific, daring, and supportive. Whether you need a confidence lift or a tear-inducing push, these songs are there to do the job.
Avril Lavigne – “I Can Do Better”
I’ve always loved Avril. She has awesome songs that will lift up anyone who has been down in the dumps due to a breakup. She has several kick-butt love songs, but she also has quite a few that will remind you that, really, you are better off without that person. “I Can Do Better” totally accomplishes that. “I’m better off without you, anyway. I thought it would be hard but I’m okay.” Those lyrics will boost up your confidence if that’s what you need. If that’s not what you need, they will really just make you feel much cooler. Click here to read them.
Shania Twain – “Nah”
Shania is a great artist who has songs empowering women. Have you ever listened to “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”? In “Nah,” Shania will make you feel that your past relationship was only okay, and if you were given the choice to have it again, you would simply reply with a very bored “Nah.” It’s like “Oh, thank you. But, no, thank you.”
Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know”
Dave Coulier really got a piece of Alanis Morissette’s mind when he broke up with her. This is one of those songs that says, “You dumped me and don’t you dare think I will let you forget it, you heartless piece of junk.” If you are in the mood to sulk in anger about how much your ex sucks, this is the song for you.
Plain White T’s – “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)”
You will not only be rocking out to this song, but as you sing along, you will realize that while you might think you miss your ex, you actually are glad he or she isn’t around anymore. “Good riddance” is what this song really says. The T’s will bring extra assurance that “now that it’s over, [you] don’t even know what [you] liked about [him/her].” Sing it, Tom!
Dashboard Confessional – “Screaming Infidelities”
Sometimes all we need is a good cry — a really long, loud, and cleansing wail filled with tears and short breaths with ice cream and Coca-Cola at reach. If that is what you need, Chris Carrabba is here to help. In this sad song, he painfully and excellently portrays what it’s like to lose the one you love and have such numbness and confusion overcome you. “I’m reading your note over again. There’s not a word that I comprehend except when you signed it ‘I will love you always and forever.'” Don’t you worry, Chris! Unlike her, your fans really will love you always and forever.
Dashboard Confessional – “The Best Deceptions”
Can you tell I’m a Dashboard fan? Chris knows how to mix it up with breakup lyrics. When you’re at the point of closure and moving on with confidence, this song will really increase that feeling. “So kiss me hard, ’cause this will be the last time that I let you.” That’s right, if you really want to say, “Your loss, moron. This sexy beast is no longer crying over you,” this is your song. Just like Chris says before performing it, it’s “a song about feeling bad and then feeling better.” Watch any live performance of this song and you will see an audience singing along with deep emotion and feeling. That’s what I call the Carrabba Consequence: Listen to his songs and you will find something to be sad about.
Britney Spears – “Stronger”
I almost forgot how much I love this album. Britney was really doing it big, especially with her self-empowering, ever renewing independence anthem, “Stronger.” It’s like “Oh, you’re with someone else now? Whatevs.”