Last October, I made a playlist on Spotify called " brood, think about boys. I named the playlist "brood, think about boys" because that's what I was doing a lot of at the time, on my walks around my neighborhood in my light jackets. You can brood in any weather, but light-jacket weather is especially conducive for walking around, listening to a curated list of nostalgic bangers, and luxuriating in your feelings. I went through a breakup at the end of last summer that left me truly single for the first time in my adult life. In high school and college, it was easy to quickly jump into a new relationship to cushion the blow of each breakup. But last summer's breakup was the first one I had in a new city where I hardly knew any boys at all, much less any I could start dating to soothe the sting of the loneliness. Days before things ended, when it was still hot and sweaty outside, I sat in a cool, air-conditioned subway car with a friend and confided that I was terrified to leave the relationship I knew was already over. That it felt like I was about to jump into the deep end of a dark swimming pool being fully single as an adult in New York and it's not that I was unsure of my swimming abilities, it was more that I wasn't even sure what the water would feel like.
“Chelsea Hotel #2,” Leonard Cohen
Breakups suck. But the one unappreciated benefit of having your heart completely ripped from your chest? The good news: We have a playlist scientifically proven to cure your broken heart. Allow me to explain:. Michael Oehler, a German music psychologist who helped craft this playlist. Which is why he and the other scientists curated a four-hour playlist that hits all four stages of sadness after a breakup: sadness, denial, acceptance, and moving on. You to your breakup by the end of the four hours: Look at me now, bitch. Help save lives. United States. Type keyword s to search.
Listen to the Ultimate Breakup Playlist
Sounds weird but it feels like such a relief. Nothing releases the feeling of raw heartache then belting out an earth-shattering love song. Cue Jen Hud and this absolute blinder of a ballad.
Getting over a breakup is different for everyone. But other people prefer to go into hibernation and listen to the best breakup playlist on repeat while watching Law and Order. And that's OK too. Well, that's up to you, but there are a few reliable places to turn to. For example, music can do us a lot of good when we're in emotional pain. Here are 11 of the best breakup playlists, no matter what your post-split mood is.