There’s nothing like a good breakup song to help mend a broken heart, but not every breakup has the same kind of vibe.Though most of us want to come out of the other side stronger, sometimes we just need to spend a day (or a week) in bed.
From The Smiths, who set the standard for broken-hearted hipsters, to Phoebe Bridgers, who’s sarcastic sadness is oh-so-relatable, these breakup jams are the best for every type of heartbreak.
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Boy Problems – Carly Rae Jepsen
For the breakup where: Your friends are sick of hearing you complain.
Emotion, Carly Rae Jepsen’s third studio album, is wrought with hip-shaking breakup songs. Few people can pen a heartbreak anthem like the Canadian songstress. While “When I Needed You” and “LA Hallucinations” balk at the idea of changing for a lover, “Boy Problems” is the clear standout. The song all-together dismisses the gut-wrenching pain behind a breakup, which in turn, proves to be the biggest burn of all.
Breakup songs have a history of being self-indulgent and melodramatic, but “Boy Problems” flips that tired trope on its head with lyrics like “I think I broke up with my boyfriend and I don’t really care / I’ve got worse problems.” It serves as a reality check for everyone who’s ever realized that constantly venting about your relationship problems can really, really start annoying your friends.