Valentine's Day

16 Essential Pop Breakup Anthems

If Cupid hasn't paid you a visit in a while, no worries. These anti-love songs from Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Robyn and more are here for you
 / February 12, 2013

Love Stinks!

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and that means one thing: Your Facebook feed is about to be inundated with photos of flowers. Maybe you'll be on the receiving end of one of those bouquets. If so, congratulations—this list is not for you!

If you're not on the receiving end of one of those bouquets, consider this your V-Day gift: a list of 16 essential breakup anthems from your favorite pop singers. Sure, confessing your undying adoration to your beloved via cheap cards and expensive chocolate has its perks, but the real fun happens when you're crying into a pint of ice cream and screaming along to Britney Spears, Amy WinehouseJustin Timberlake and more. Give it a try!

Kelly Clarkson, "Since U Been Gone"

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Perhaps the ultimate pop breakup power ballad, Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" will always be a favorite among the heartbroken. If you're not screaming along by the time the bridge hits—"YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE, YOU BLEW IT!"—maybe you've never been dumped.

Britney Spears, "Stronger"

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What happens when your loneliness ain't killin' you no more? Like Britney Spears, that means you're "Stronger"! And if you want to prove it to your dining room chair by writhing all over it (a la the video), more power to ya.

Adele, "Rolling In The Deep"

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They could have had it all, but thank God they didn't. No offense to Adele, but we're really glad her ex-boyfriend broke up with her. If he hadn't, we would have never gotten 2010's "Rolling in the Deep" out of it, and she might not have swept the 2012 Grammys. 

Beyonce, "Irreplaceable"

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Beyonce single-handedly changed the phrase from "I'm breaking up with you" to "To the left, to the left." Co-written by Ne-Yo (among others), B's B'Day anti-love song taught all the single ladies that they could have "another you in a minute."

Robyn, "Dancing On My Own"

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While being single might entail nights in with a box of macaroni and cheese and a Hoarders marathon on Netflix for you, Robyn puts on her party dress, heads to her nearest warehouse and dances her ass off... all by herself. Take notes.

Rihanna, "Take A Bow"

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If you can't think of anything better to say to your ex, just borrow the first line from Ri's Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded breakup jam, "Take A Bow": "You look so dumb right now." Boom. Roasted.

Amy Winehouse, "Tears Dry On My Own"

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The always-heartbroken Amy Winehouse broke our hearts when she passed away suddenly in 2011. But she left us with a catalog of beautifully crafted (and equally painful) sad love songs. 

Justin Timberlake, "Cry Me A River"

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When Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears broke up in 2002 (R.I.P.), JT took a very obvious dig at his ex in the "Cry Me A River" video. Besides hiring an exact Britney doppelganger, Justin also told us the entire story of their demise in the song itself—"It wasn't like you only talked to him, and you know it." Tsk, tsk, Brit Brit.

Pink, "So What"

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Not only did Pink write a bad-ass breakup anthem after she separated from husband Carey Hart, but she also put him in the video. Ruthless! The couple is back together now (and has an adorable baby daughter), but "So What" probably helped them get through some issues. Breakup anthem and reconciliation jam? Twofer!

The All-American Rejects, "Gives You Hell"

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There's just something about screaming "When you see my face, hope it gives you hell, hope it gives you hell" that's so therapeutic. It was probably pretty therapeutic for the band, too—the song was All-American Rejects' first No. 1 single. Sorry, Tyson Ritter's ex.

Alanis Morissette, "You Oughta Know"

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When Alanis Morissette broke out with this mega-hit in 1995, we were reminded just why hell hath no fury like a woman scorned... especially when scorned by Joey from Full House (Dave Coulier), the brunt of the song.

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift

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This one goes out to the on-again, off-again jerk in your life. If you've been given the run-around one too many times, do like T. Swift and put your foot down. You. ARE NEVER. EVER. Getting back together. (Like, ever.)

Destiny's Child, "Survivor"

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If the women of Destiny's Child taught us one thing, it's that no matter what happens after you break up with someone, do not diss them on the Internet. Your mama taught you better than that.

*NSync, "Bye Bye Bye"

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It doesn't always have to be a sad, overwrought affair when you're about to break up with someone. Put on *NSync's "Bye Bye Bye," plan some choreographed moves, and they'll be out the door like one, two, three.

Lily Allen, "Smile"

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That moment when you see your ex doing really horribly after you guys split—Lily Allen knows it. And loves it. 

Cee Lo Green, "F-ck You"

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'Nuff said.

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