Heartbroken and looking for a playlist to ease the pain? Little Mix and Beyoncé are the faces of the revenge song right now, but they're not the only ones. Everyone from Ed Sheeran to No Doubt have been churning out break-up classics for decades, and we’ve rounded up some of the most empowering to get you through the heartache.
Beyoncé - Lemonade
We can’t pick just one song on this album, but is there anything more memorable than Beyonce smashing up cars with a baseball bat in this yellow dress? We would not like to be on her bad side.
Little Mix - Shout Out To My Ex
Little Mix’s much anticipated Zayn diss track debuted on The X Factor, with ex-fiancé Perrie and co belting out lyrics like ‘I hope she gettin’ better sex/ Hope she ain't fakin’ it like I did, babe’ and ‘Ain't sure I loved you anyway’. Ouch. In case you were in any doubt, the track makes numerous references to Perrie’s relationship with Zayn, thanking him for the tattoos and four-year relationship… This Tweet sums up how the song will be used to help the heartbroken.
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Taylor Swift – Better Than Revenge
It’s no secret Tay pens most of her hits using her love life as inspo (you can catch up on Taylor Swift’s boyfriends here), so there are tons of tracks to choose from her back catalogue. I Knew You Were Trouble, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and Better Than Revenge are our picks.
Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
If you’re wondering who exactly is so vain… so are we, but we’re not holding our breath to find out. To be honest, we just like blasting it at old flames who loved themselves more than us.
Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
Britney and Justin were the Disney dream, but things didn’t go so smoothly with their relationship – rumour has it Cry Me A River and What Goes Around…Comes Around are both about Britney, with Justin admitting the songs helped him ‘deal with a couple of things’. Best for when you’re so over the drama.
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Eamon And Frankee – I Don’t Want You Back/ FURB
Throwing things back to the early ‘00s, Eamon and Frankee’s musical back-and-forth was the 2003 equivalent of an all-out Twitter war. Just in case you need a reminder, these lyrics are NSFW.
Ed Sheeran – Don’t
Ouch, who thought nice guy Ed Sheeran could be so cruel?! The song talks about a real-life situation with another singer who cheated on Ed - on the same hotel floor. Sources linked Ellie Goulding to the track, with Ellie’s single On My Mind said to be a comeback. They’ve both denied the rumours.
No Doubt – Don’t Speak
There’s nothing more awkward than being in a band with your ex, right? Well, maybe if you write a hit single about your break-up… Gwen penned Don’t Speak after her split from bassist Tony Kanal.
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
In Adele’s own words, Rolling In The Deep is ‘my reaction to being told my life was going to be boring and lonely and rubbish’. This song, and most others, were inspired by Adele’s break-up, but what happens now she’s in love?!
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Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
One for the emotional phase… Alanis has never revealed the true heartbreak behind this song, but we’re so glad it’s in our life.
Feeling better yet?