That man is at it again. Seems like he has no act-right in him and this time, it’s really done or maybe you did the messing up or maybe the reasons aren’t so cut and dry and there’s enough blame to spread to both parties. Whatever happened, we’ve all been there. Break-ups are awful, tortuous painful events. Luckily, we have music to get us through the different stages of emotions that a break-up dumps on us (pun intended). Old school legends, new school entertainers and some of those great artists from the 90’s we never heard from again are all here to help us. We present to you the Ultimate Break-Up Playlist:

Stage 1: Utter And Complete Sadness

After your girls have been trying to call you 10 times in a row with no answer and they finally just show up at your door, this is typically the stage you are in when they get to you. This is that initial sledge-hammer to the chest when you feel physically exhausted from grief. Don’t deny yourself sadness. It’s normal to feel that way.

1. “I Never Loved A Man”- Aretha Franklin
2. “Giving Up”-Donny Hathaway
3. “Cause I Love You”- Lenny Williams
4. “I Never Dreamed You Would Leave In Summer”- Stevie Wonder
5. “Some Type of Way” (Interlude)- Marsha Ambrosius

Stage 2: Reminiscing And Thinking About Fixing Things

After that first big tsunami of sadness subsides, you are still left with some pretty raw emotions. Regardless of who did what or how good or bad the relationship was, you will often find yourself reminiscing on the good times, wondering if you could have done anything differently to salvage things and kinda hoping that he’s going through the same emotional torture.

6. “Anytime”- Brian McKnight
7. “The Whole Town’s Laughing At Me”- Teddy Pendergrass
8. “Everybody Knows”- John Legend
9. “Ex-Factor”- Lauryn Hill

Check out the rest of the playlist at Madame Noire.


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