By Amanda Wicks
The Internet has been collectively stunned by news that Angelina Jolie filed from divorce from her husband Brad Pitt after two years of marriage (but many more together). To help everyone ease their shock and pain, here are five great breakup songs to get us through a moment no one saw coming.
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5. “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette
Roxette hasn’t exactly stood the test of time as an artist, but her single “It Must Have Been Love” is such a quintessential breakup song that it lasted long past its 1992 debut. The lyrics are true of any painful breakup, “It must have been love, but it’s over now/ It must have been good, but I lost it somehow/ It must have been love, but it’s over now/ From the moment we touched till the time had run out.”
4. “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt
Who can forget those opening lyrics that claw at anyone’s heart who has experienced the pain of a relationship ending? “You and me/ We used to be together/ Everyday together, always,” Gwen Stefani sings, her voice beginning softly with the lead guitar, as she mulls over losing not only her lover but her best friend. The angst she conveys through her voice as the song builds is enough to pack a punch to an already broken heart.
3. “Marvin’s Room” by Drake
Drake is the king of being unable to let go, and he’s expressed his difficulty trying to get over relationships that left him broken throughout his entire repertoire. But nothing beats “Marvin’s Room.” Whether it’s Drake including a drunk dial on the song or the emotion he expresses when he’s had too much to drink, everyone can identity with a moment like this.
2. “Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé
Great breakup songs aren’t all about heartache. Sometimes they’re about showing the world that you’ll be fine and no one is going to keep you down (for long). Beyoncé has always exemplified a survivor mentality, and with lines 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/ You got me twisted,” she shows how no breakup will ever keep her from being fantastic.
1. “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele
Adele is one of the most well-versed contemporary artists when it comes to love and loss, and it all started with her hit “Rolling in the Deep.” Adele mourns the potential she saw in a failed relationship, crying over a lover who didn’t see what she did and therefore didn’t give it a chance. Between her strong vocals and the powerful way the song builds, this song evokes strength as much as it conveys heartbreak.