Like the jaded evil twins of love songs, breakup anthems run the full gamut of emotion. Sadness and grief, sure, but like the events that inspire them, breakup songs come in all flavors. Some are rightous cries of joy following the end of a rough union. Others are pensive meditations on human connection. And some just want to burn the very concept of love to the ground.
The best breakup songs distill raw, universal human emotions into symphonies of sonic catharsis. On this list, you'll find wounded soul singers and divas walking confidently from the ashes of bad relationships. There are indignant rappers and spiteful rockers. Adele is lurking in the shadows of her ex's place, as she is wont to do. And among the 50 greatest breakup songs of all time, you're certain to find something to relate to. If not, well, we've got a list of pick-me-up songs ready for you to queue up to help the healing begin.