7 Songs That Can Help You Get Over An Ex

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A lot of things make the world go round and good songs are top on the list. Bob Marley, one of the greatest musicians to walk the earth once said “One good thing about music is when it hits you, you feel no pain.” And he’s right. The kind of songs we listen to can literally determine the way we feel at any point in time.

After splitting with your ex, you need not bother about uplifting your spirit with fake smiles or post break up misery when you can simply allow music change your mood.

There are a lot of songs out there that can help you pass through pain until you’re strong enough to dance and party the way only single people know how to. As such, ditch all those your sad songs by changing your playlist to something that will make you feel like the special person you are.

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I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
This song has been around for a while and it’s one of the best songs to listen to after coming out of a relationship. A lot of the time, exes try to come back into your life and the moment you realise you’re done with them, this song is the most liberating you can listen to.

With super words like “Go on now, walk out the door. Just turn around now, ‘cause you’re not welcome anymore. You’re the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye. Do you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die?”, Gloria Gaynor does it like not other.

You Don’t Own Me by Lesley Gore
The amazing thing about this song is how powerful and empowering the lyrics come out. The rhymes are upbeat enough and it comes off with words like “You don’t own me. Don’t try to change me in any way. You don’t own me. Don’t tie me down, ‘cause I’d never stay”. If there’s any song that can boost your confidence and make you love your single life more, this is it.

Not the Girl by Darey

This is one breakup song that has held it down for men for a long time. The lyrics and the instrumentals align to deliver a perfect emotional and uplifting blend. This song points closely to how much different your ex became from who they are and how much they’re going to regret letting go of you on the long run. The song comes off with good resolutions that will make you want to put your emotions in check as a means of protecting yourself from relationships in the future. This song is a masterpiece for relationships gone bad and should help you pick yourself up in a very short time.

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Irreplaceable by Beyoncé
The thing that makes this song stand out is its fast beat and exhilarating lyrics. If your past relationship was one where you were cheated on, this is the song for you. The lyrics go all out  to lash the ex with words like “Standing in the front yard telling me how I’m such a fool, talking about how I’ll never ever find a man like you.” In reality, your ex was probably right as you’d never find someone that would treat you as bad as they did.

The song goes on further to tell you you’re liberated with “You must not know ‘bout me. I could have another you in a minute, matter ‘fact he’ll be here in a minute, baby.” What more do you need at the moment?

Say My Name by Destiny’s Child
This old time classic was the go to breakup song of the 90s. The song is super catchy and has no holds barred with lyrics like “Say my name, say my name. You actin’ kind’a shady, ain’t callin’ me baby. Why the sudden change?”

Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye
The title of the song says it all doesn’t it? The lyrics go deeper to explain with how you probably felt with words like “You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness, like resignation to the end, always the end. So when we found that we could not make sense, well, you said that we would still be friends. But I’ll admit that I was glad that it was over.”

This song explores how your ex turned out to be someone they swore they’d never be. You’d gain reassurances in yourself by having this on your playlist.

Bibanke by Asa

The title when translated from Yoruba means ‘When I’m Crying’. This evergreen song talks about a man who’s heart has long left a relationship. It follows how the lady in the song was cajoled by sweet words and assurances which came to nought in the end. The chorus “When I’m crying, even if water is flowing, just leave me alone!” is one part of the song that encourages you to let the tears flow. It also says you’re strong enough to overcome the bad breakup.

As a bonus, a lot of songs by Taylor Swift can help you get over your ex. From ‘Picture to Burn’ , ‘Should’ve Said No’ to , ‘All You Had to Do Was Stay’, Taylor Swift provides some of the best songs to get over an ex.
It’s normal to be emotional after a breakup but sooner than later, you’d be better off without a care in the world about what your ex is up to.



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