Every breakup needs a good playlist. And while it might be tempting to line up your favorite love ballads and listen to them until you've cried all your tears out, I recommend a different approach.
Take a page out of Selena Gomez's book and vindicate the situation for yourself. Gomez recently released an epic diss track with Kygo geared at ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, and it's freaking awesome.
Why not make a playlist for yourself of some of the most inspiring and satisfying tunes that'll help you get over your old flame and MOVE ON, girl?
Focus on songs that reflect self-love, independence and shaking off the haters.
To get you started, here are 12 awesome songs about forgetting your ex:
And here's why you need them in your life:
"Love Myself," Hailee Steinfeld
Your mantra: I love me, gonna love myself, no I don't need anybody else / I know how to scream my own name
Why you should listen to it: It reminds you of the importance of self-love, and honestly... masturbating. This song is literally about masturbating. Both SUPER GREAT things to do and think about after a breakup.
"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)," Adele
Your mantra: I'm giving you up / I've forgiven it all / You set me free
Why you should listen to it: You'll feel empowered, mature and strong, and it will help you realize you are better off without your deadbeat ex.
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift
Your mantra: We are never getting back together. Like, ever.
Why you should listen to it: IDK, CAUSE IT FEELS GOOD?! WHY DO ANY OF US EVER LISTEN TO T-SWIFT?! She's made a career out of breakup songs, so obviously she made this list.
"Love Yourself," Justin Bieber
Your mantra: Cause if you like the way you look that much / Oh, baby, you should go and love yourself / And if you think that I'm still holdin' onto somethin' / You should go and love yourself
Why you should listen to it: Because it's a subtle, little "fuck you" to your old flame, and celebrates being secure and confident in yourself.
"Fuck You," CeeLo Green
Your mantra: I'm like fuck you / and fuck her too
Why you should listen to it: Because shouting "FUCK YOU" at someone who hurt you feels great, obviously.
"With A Little Help From My Friends," The Beatles
Your mantra: I get by with a little help from my friends / I get high with a little help from my friends
Why you should listen to it: To celebrate the other amazing people in your life and reflect on how lucky and full your life is, regardless of if your ex is in it or not.
"Somebody That I Used To Know," Gotye
Your mantra: I guess that I don't need that though / Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Why you should listen to it: Because it's gritty and angsty, and probably reflects a lot of the feelings you have about your breakup. Plus, there is something really satisfying about minimizing an old lover to "somebody that you used to know."
"Bad Girls," M.I.A.
Your mantra: Live fast / die young / bad girls do it well
Why you should listen to it: For a dose of kickass girl power, strength and bad assery.
"Dog Days Are Over," Florence + The Machine
Your mantra: Leave all your love and your longing behind you / Can't carry it with you if you want to survive
Why you should listen to it: This song totally exemplifies the clouds parting and the sun coming in. The dog days are over, honey. MOVE ON.
"Independent Women," Destiny's Child
Your mantra: All the women who are independent / Throw your hands up at me / All the honeys who makin' money / Throw your hands up at me
Why you should listen to it: Because Destiny's Child knows you don't need anybody but yourself, queen. Feed off their fierceness, and be lifted by their strength.
"Tears Dry On Their Own," Amy Winehouse
Your mantra: I shouldn't play myself again / I should just be my own best friend / Not fuck myself in the head with stupid men
Why you should listen to it: Because Amy Winehouse exemplifies everything strong, powerful, brave and soulful. Follow her to emotional freedom, guys.
"Don't Hurt Yourself," Beyoncé
Your mantra: Who the fuck do you think I is? / You ain't married to no average bitch boy / You can watch my fat ass twist boy / As I bounce to the next dick boy
Why you should listen to it: I mean... how can you NOT listen to it to get over your ex? She says, "AS I BOUNCE TO THE NEXT DICK, BOY" STRAIGHT TO HER HUSBAND, JAY Z.
Hello? Confidence? Yes, please. It's also great to just feel some RAGE every now and then. (Also, this song is only on Tidal.)
"Sorry," also Beyoncé
Your mantra: Middle fingers up, put them hands high / wave it in his face, tell him boy, bye
Why you should listen to it: It totally summarizes what you're going through right now. Boyfriend? What boyfriend? Boy, be gone. We were mad before, but you're irrelevant now. You don't need this anymore and are moving on with Serena Williams and you bad ass posse.
Actually, just listen to the entirety of Lemonade by Beyoncé.
Because it is the cure for everything, but especially relationships gone wrong.