Sheryl Crow once sang, “The first cut is the deepest,” and TBH, she had it right. Your first serious romance can be immensely impactful, not only on your overall outlook on love, but also how you approach future relationships. That means that ending it with your first love can have an equally powerful effect. You may be left feeling wounded, grateful, regretful, and everything in between. And while there are a number of different strategies you can adopt to manage this emotional rollercoaster, these songs to listen after your first relationship ends demonstrate that music can be one of the most healing.
Crafting the perfect post-breakup playlist can take some careful consideration. After all, depending on the nature of your split and your current emotional state, you may be more inclined to wallow in your sadness, or to seek out some uplifting tunes that lend some much-needed hope. If, for example, you’re still aching for your ex, you may benefit from a song that validates those feelings. Or, if you’re finally accepting the fact that perhaps you and your previous bae simply weren’t meant to be, a song that revolves around closure and appreciation might resonate with you more.