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.
“Chelsea Hotel #2,” Leonard Cohen
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Heartbreaks and breakups are earth shattering and painfully hard for anyone and especially for the person on the receiving end. Sometimes it feels like your heart has been ripped out of your chest or split in two. But everyone, everyone goes through it. This certainly does not make it any easier. However, thankfully we have many very talented musicians and song writers that have poured their hearts out into their work. Whether you're looking to identify with others who have been there, prefer this kind of music as an anti-Valentine's day alternative to the tracks circulating this time of year , or you're just curious about this kind of music, we have done the search for you. Here are the top 35 songs about love gone bad. Tired of all this sad music?
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Each song on this list is included based on its lyrical content, and most of them celebrate the darker side of love: heartaches, breakups, lying, cheating, unhealthy obsessions and general relationship dysfunction.