depressing songs

Newly single and still feeling the longing, overbearing loss that comes from the devastating effects of a traumatic breakup? It can be like a mourning period – someone you were once so close too is now like a stranger. Forgetting about them is a challenge that most take months to achieve. You can hide your ex on all of your social media, but it can sometimes be a bit tougher to erase them from your thoughts. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind might have been a good premise, but it isn’t a particularly realistic one.

To help you out, here are 15 depressing songs that will not help you get over your ex. We advise you to avoid them after a breakup at all costs – so block them from your Spotify, before it’s too late.

1. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: Why some people break up… I just can’t see you’d never do that to me.

No, Al, we are not staying together. We are past that stage, over it, and would rather not be reminded of it so you are getting deleted from any sort of playlist I have in the future. Thanks for the advice… but no, thanks. Bye!

2. Kelis – Caught Out There

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: I hate you so much right now, I hate you so much right now. Aaaaahhh.

Even the biggest yoga-obsessed zen-head would struggle to not join in with this anthem of absolute chaos and hate towards the fool who treated you terribly. Go for it – scream, throw a tantrum but make sure it isn’t in public. Don’t let your ex know that you’re that bothered about it.

3. Adele – Someone Like You

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: Never mind I’ll find someone like you, I wish nothing but the best for you.

Adele is a serial offender on any kind of dating list but this song really takes the biscuit. Nothing like wishing your ex well with his new bird so soon after a breakup, is there? Nope, not at all.

4. Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: You got a piece of me, and honestly, my life would suck without you.

Warning: Listening to this song may bring up feelings of pessimism about never having a un-sucky life again because the person who used to make it feel so good is now gone forever. Side effects include: crying, resentment and urge to send drunken text messages at 3 in the morning.

5. Usher – Confessions Pt II

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: Just when I thought I said all I can say, my chick on the side said she got one on the way.

There is no denying that this is an absolute belter of a song – let’s never forget that Usher was the coolest man alive in 2004. But it isn’t the best breakup song to pull out of the bag if you’re trying to get over an ex. Especially not if they’ve cheated. A woman (or man) scorned is a person not to be messed with, so we would recommend you don’t listen to this song if you don’t want your inner Hulk to emerge and smash everything in sight.

6. Jennifer Holliday – And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: I’m not livin’ without you, I don’t wanna be free.

This is a breakdown song if we’ve ever heard of one. If you sing this, you will probably fall to your knees in a fit of emotion and despair. Don’t try this lip-syncing to this song on a hard floor, because you will get bruised – and we aren’t just talking about the ones already on your heart.

7. Rihanna ft Micky Ekko – Stay

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: I want you to staaaaaaaaaaay.

Picture the music video scene: Rihanna is getting emotional in a bathtub and begging someone to stay. It’s the sort of simple scenario you could possibly recreate, but we imagine it won’t look as graceful as she manages to make it look so we suggest you turn the taps off, put the bubble bath down and just delete this song ASAP.

8. Natalie Imbruglia – Torn

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: I’m cold and I am ashamed, lying naked on the floor.

It’s been 20 years since this song first hit our Sony Walkman’s, but it still hits us as hard as it did then. Reflecting over a relationship to a person who turned out to be completely different from the one you thought you knew packs a heart-breaking punch. Cue lots of melodramatic imagery of lying around naked humiliated on various floors.

9. Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, only darkness every day.

Trying to get over a person? Don’t listen to Bill Withers then because he’ll just remind you that no matter how much you want to get over that person, the feeling of being without them is pretty damn rubbish.

10. Miley Cyrus – Seven Things

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: And the seventh thing, I hate the most that you do — you make me love you.

Before Miley got all loved up with the demigod Liam Hemsworth, she released Seven Things. It all seemed to be going so well as she listed the things she hates about her ex – but then, she has to ruin it and confess that the thing she hates the most is the way he makes her love him. We’re eye-rolling so hard, we’re surprised the equator hasn’t shifted slightly.

11. Panama – How We Feel

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: Stay tonight, it won’t change how we feel.

Panama is a fab, fab, fab group that will change your playlist for the better, but it may be best to avoid this song. Encouraging one last sex session with the ex? With the knowledge that this could potentially break your heart all over again? Stop it, Panama! Not the best way to go about getting over someone.

12. Gun N Roses – November Rain

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: Nothin’ lasts forever and we both know hearts can change.

Getting over someone is bad enough but it’s even worse when you know no matter how much you love one another, that you’re just not right for each other. #sadface. This rock classic will remind you of all those mixed feelings, so best to avoid this until you’re feeling like a strong-minded human being again.

13. The Smiths – Asleep

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: I don’t want to wake up on my own anymore.

Morrissey is quite possibly the most depressing man on earth anyhow, so The Smiths were never your go-to ‘getting over it’ bands. Lyrics of sleeping alone and never wanting to wake up are some of the most maudlin in record history so let’s just leave this in the dark corner of life and only speak of it again when you’re not feeling thoroughly miserable.

14. Rascal Flatts – What Hurts the Most

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: What hurts the most was being so close and havin’ so much to say and watchin’ you walk away.

Regretting things that could have been said and weren’t – it’s always going to be an emotionally charged punch to the gut. However, if you can’t resist this song, we would recommend you listen to the dancey Cascada version instead. Because if Europop can’t help you shake away sad feelings, what can?

15. Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans – I’ll Be Missing You

Key ‘I’m never getting over this’ lyric: What a bond to break, I’ll be missing you.

Admittedly, this song is a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G but the lyrics can feel raw to anyone in the midst of a new breakup. Getting over your ex will not be made easy by words of aching for the person you can’t get back.

Any more depressing songs you feel should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments below!

Lauren works as a professional writer and freelances in her spare time. She has spent a lot of time working and living in Asia and she is always keen for an adventure.

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