If you are tired of scrolling through Instagram story after Instagram story of happy couples and pictures of candlelit dinners and roses...same. Valentine's Day, the day celebrating couples and relationships, can just feel like another reason to rub it in your face that you're single. And while you may be hate-scrolling through socials today, I beg you to log out of Instagram and into Spotify.
We're not alone here. According to Spotify statistics in 2023, Spotify listeners created over 200,000 "break-up" playlists—which they streamed the most on Valentine’s Day 2023. Their breakup-centered playlists like Anti-Valentines Day, Sad hour, Sad Bops, Text Me Back , Scorned, crying on the dancefloor, and villain mode will be streamed countless times.
My favorite breakup playlists are ones you can cry and scream to, but you leave feeling better after the songs are done. That's why I've curated a complete playlist filled with songs that I tirelessly listen to (even when I'm not feeling heartbroken). Breakup anthems can be therapeutic confidence boosters, great to uplift you at any moment.
So, if you don't have date plans tonight or just want to hear some great breakup bangers...let's get listening!
"You're So Vain" - Carly Simon
Carly Simon was the blueprint for Taylor Swift in terms of writing insanely witty breakup songs. Hailed as one of the most iconic songs for singles of all time, you've heard Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey duet this in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days. It's a song about many men in Simon's life who have hurt her, but she taunts them with "you're so vain, you probably think this song is about you,"
So turn the volume up and scream along with Carly about the narcissists in your life. It's a timeless classic to start the best breakup playlist of all time.
"Karma" - Mod Sun
"I hope you choke on every lie you said to me/ I hope you move out of this city suddenly," starts Mod Sun's iconic breakup anthem. Written about none other than influencer Tana Mongeau, this upbeat, angry rock song summarizes that anger you feel towards an ex who did you dirty.
Unfortunately, I've spent too many hours screaming this song at the top of my lungs in my car. It'll get you up and moving, and I guarantee it's a future staple on your playlist.
"Happier Than Ever" - Billie Eilish
Can't have a breakup playlist with Billie's ultimate breakup song. Billie and her brother Finneas are masters at creating and producing music (from their own homes), going even so far to have Billie screaming as the background vocals of the song. With lyrics like "I don't talk shit about you on the internet" and "You ruined everything good/ Always said you were misunderstood", you can't deny it's the perfect song to let your emotions out.
Almost two songs at once, "Happier Than Ever" starts slow and vintage. Billie's voice flirts softly around the story of her breakup before delving into sheer anger. It's perfect every time.
"Be Careful" - Cardi B
Despite her rocky relationship with Offset (I think they're together right now, but who knows?), Cardi B actually makes a scathing rap dissing him after he cheated. It's just burn after burn, bar after bar. So, if you want to hear Cardi really go off, listen to "Be Careful."
"FU (feat. French Montana)" - Miley Cyrus
There are few artists who were as honest in their delivery and songwriting as Miley Cyrus during her Bangerz era. Which brings me to the next song on this playlist, "FU." Yes, Miley Cyrus is angry, she's actually fuming, basically telling everyone to F off.
If you want to just be mad at your ex, and don't want to think about love or Valentine's Day in any capacity- here's your song. It's a therapeutic scream session you didn't know you needed.
"Josslyn" - Olivia O'Brien
A song about being completely finished with a person you were dating because they've betrayed you, "Josslyn" has been one of my favorites forever. It's brutally honest, it's about none other than Logan Paul, and it's repeat-worthy.
Olivia O'Brien is one of the most relatable songwriters, and her hit song "Josslyn" is a certified breakup banger. Detailing a situationship where the other person sleeps with another girl, O'Brien goes off. It's the perfect song to dance to with your friends during Galentine's.
"Hurts Like Hell (feat. Offset)" - Madison Beer
An unlikely collaboration in Madison Beer and Offset actually works really well. "Hurts Like Hell" is my favorite song to play when getting ready for a night out. It's punchy, with Madison taking us through a breakup where she wishes nothing but the worst for them.
A good song to feel empowered by being single, Madison Beer wants you to think of her and it hurt like hell. It's a song laying out what you'd say to your ex if you had the chance...one that makes you realize all your self worth and that, maybe, it is their loss.
"Norman f****** Rockwell" - Lana Del Rey
Few songs can evoke such melancholy sorrow and emotion like this one. Lana Del Rey knows how to capture an emotion with her music, which is why "NFR" is such a masterpiece. One of the best breakup songs because it encapsulates her sadness and contempt with lyrics like "why wait for the best when I could have you?"
Recently viral on TikTok before UMG took their artist's music down, "Norman f****** Rockwell" is one of Lana Del Rey's best. Lamenting how all men do is let her down, Lana croons about a "god damn man child" and how, at the end of the day, this behavior is just how men are. I listen to this song once a day for clear skin.
After Universal Music Group, the largest record label in the industry, took all their artists' music off TikTok after failure to reach an agreement on AI usage of their artists and safety...people are now more than ever looking into how artists are treated on platforms where their music is the main focus. For TikTok, it's detrimental- they tried to punish UMG, and now they're paying the price.
At the 2024 Grammy Awards this Sunday, there were tons of controversial moments: should Taylor have brought Lana Del Rey onstage, should this person have won, what was that person wearing? But one of the more subtle digs was taken by host Trevor Noah, who commented on the UMG-TikTok battle by including another well-known streaming platform,
"Shame on you, TikTok, for ripping off artists. How dare you do that? That’s Spotify’s job!”
Without artists and their music, there would be no streaming platform to be had...and Spotify knows that, which is why they've been tracking their royalty payments to the music industry though their Loud & Clear report. The Loud & Clear report comes out every March and shows exactly how Spotify pays it back. According to their site,
"Nearly 70% of that revenue is paid back as royalties to rights holders, who then pay the artists and songwriters, based on the agreed terms."
This means that whatever Spotify is making from these artists and labels, and their music, they're making sure it gets back to them. It should be a mutually beneficial experience: one where both the artist and their representation trust that their work will be valued and protected (and thus, properly compensated), and where the platform also gains traffic from an artist's fans.
Today, Spotify announced that they've paid labels over $9 billion to give us a glimpse of their Loud & Clear report. In an exclusive statement to Popdust, a Spotify spokesperson states,
"Spotify paid record labels and publishers – which represent artists and songwriters – more money than ever in 2023: $9B+. That figure has nearly tripled over the past six years, and represents a big part of the $48B+ Spotify has paid since its founding."
Is The Franchise Really Back?
Okay let’s just start off by saying that I do unironically enjoy Love Island.I love the chaos, the characters, and shameless self-promotion. Every season, two people on average fall in love while the rest compete for screen time to land brand deals. Isn’t all drama better served in a British accent?
While The Bachelorreigned in my childhood, it certainly dwindled in popularity over the years. Riddled with recent scandals, I thought they would cancel it entirely. However, the recent popularity of Gerry Turner in The Golden Bachelor launched us back in the rose ceremony swing.
So, here I am, watching another insufferable television show for the sake of my readers. And what’s better than a little live-action commentary?
Here is everything I thought while watching The Bachelor.
This year’s Bachelor is Joey Graziadei, hailing from Royersford, PA. Apparently he’s the bee’s knees. Personally, my ideal man won’t simultaneously date 30 other women, but whatever — I can only hope he’s an Eagles fan.
@annashellabella Girls r down bad tonight #boston #postgrad #girlsnight #thebachelor ♬ original sound - smiski
We begin this episode with the lovely group date, which is wedding-themed. The girls are dressed to the nines in wedding gowns, and only one of them is going to fake marry Joey. This will go swimmingly, I’m sure. I can’t imagine anything more torturous than putting women who all share a boyfriend in wedding dresses.
Oh my goodness, they’re making them play musical chairs and already we have a girl launching herself, linebacker-style, across the table to get into a seat. The only thing holding her back was her dress. Seriously, NFL agents, you’re missing out if you don’t sign Evalin.
Now we have a cheesy, yet eloquent speech from Rachel, who is an ICU nurse. She also gets to dance with Joey. The camera people, ready to instigate drama, keep zooming in on the other brides who are mentally murdering her as she leans in for the kiss.
Seriously, they keep kissing in front of everyone. I don’t know what I expected. I am surprised Evalin isn’t throwing herself over the table by now…I would be.
I need to be honest: at this point in the episode, I still don’t know anyone’s name. All of these girls could be named Jess and Lauren and I’d believe you. I’m trying, but I grow weary with every minute.
I’ve learned that one-on-one time during a group date is the equivalent of a Hail Mary in football. You’ve got about 10 seconds left on the clock, you need to do something borderline insane to win the prize (Joey). If you’re not sharing your sob story, you’re going in for the kiss.
And Joey always has the right thing to say, doesn’t he? Either he’s the best person ever or he’s been programmed by AI technology by ABC. I wouldn’t be shocked by either.
Maria sitting Joey down, “changing into something more comfortable”, and going in for the kiss is awesome. Joey is living the American dream right now.
@daisyykent I didnt know what i expected but taking it all in as the show goes on & remebering to be kind to myself. Bc we can be our biggest critic #thebachelor #bachelornation #realitytv ♬ original sound - Daisy Kent
Now, we have the one-on-one with Daisy, where they get to go to a pseudo-music festival and dance onstage in front of the crowd. The best part is when they have to act like they know a single song by these artists. Give me “Things I Could Never Do In Front Of A Large Crowd” for 100, please.
In potentially the busiest episode in Bachelor history, there is a second group date. How is Joey not exhausted and, also, does he really know their names yet? More torture, the women have to compete in bootcamp and a paint battle. At least they got to see Joey shirtless for like one unnecessary second.
This show has me questioning the things I’d do to find love. But then again, I’d probably run through a paint battle course for Harry Styles.
Inevitably, a bunch of women of any age shouldn’t live in the same house together and date the same man. Drama is bound to ensue. According to some women, Madina (first time hearing her name) thinks Maria made ageist comments against her…this totally won’t come up before the dreaded Rose Ceremony.
….And there it is. They’re all fighting the most ridiculous battle: did Maria call Madina an old hag who will never be loved by Joey or not?! Even Maria says this is dumb. I agree. I think everyone’s just bored at this point…including myself?
In the midst of it all, Lauren (who is here with her sister, no comment), declares she is leaving and she does not want to even speak to Joey because she’s in a bad mood. Poor Joey is apologizing for anything he’s done…and she’s throwing a fit because the cake she ordered was not red velvet? Wait, I need her gone, I’m getting anxious.
Honestly, everyone has gotten really invested in the matter of one episode. This is my level of delusion as well, so I can’t even judge them. Joey even says this is the first week of dating and we have girls clawing up the walls already.
To quote Madina, “This has been, like, emotionally taxing with everything that’s going on,”...I need a glass of wine after this.