Valentine’s Day Playlist: Top 10 Breakup Songs

Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morrissette and more hold your hand through the roughest of splits.

Valentine’s Day — you either love it or hate it. It makes sweethearts swoon and others want to stab fat cherubs with a bow and arrow. Between the chocolate hearts, the red roses and the teddy bears shoved in our faces, the holiday stirs up a cocktail of emotions: happiness, despair, jealousy, grief, sadness, desire …

MTV News has all your mood swings covered. In honor of this beloved and dreaded holiday, we’re rolling out the Best Love Songs , Best Breakup Songs, Best Makeout Songs and Worst Love Songs in recent memory. It’s our Valentine’s Day gift to you, minus the dinner-and-a-movie part. So slip into something comfortable, and stay for a while.

Can we just be friends? After all the late-night phone calls, the love notes, the long talks, the weeks spent making promises, that’s all you get. Thanks a lot!

There’s no gentle way around it — breakups blow. When your heart (and ego) has been ripped to shreds, these artists offer some solace. Walk away from the Ben & Jerry’s and rock out to our “screw you” breakup ballads.


Gwen Stefani and crew visit the “woulda-shoulda-coulda” mentality that often rears its ugly head when a relationship kicks the bucket.


J.Lo shows her ex the door in this 2002 anthem. Nexxxxxt!


We couldn’t have said it better than the title, which is why we heart the Ting Tings.


Kanye asks the same question on all our minds: “How could you be so heartless?”


Channel all your anger through this 2007 breakup ballad. Just don’t follow Carrie’s lead by keying your ex’s car or slashing his or her tires. Restraining orders aren’t “sexy.”


Think of Pink as a burly high school football coach. In this song, she lyrically smacks your ass and tells you to get back in the game.


Long rumored to be about his famous ex Britney Spears, Justin doesn’t mince words: He’s pissed and he wants revenge. And after her last few turbulent years, something tells us Brit did a lot of crying.


Gather your strength and move on with the help of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. You will get through this.


Have they already forgotten about you and moved on? Alanis leaves a nasty reminder note in this ultimate breakup song.


This “American Idol” alum tells her ex to suck it! If this 2004 single doesn’t bring a smile to your face, nothing will.

Do you love it or are you just not that into our picks? Tell us why in the comment section below.

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