Music can be like a double-edged sword after a break up. Some of it can actually make you feel more depressed and some of it can actually empower you and make you feel stronger.
We’re going to look at 16 songs that will empower you, because we definitely don’t want to listen to anything that’s going to make you feel worse.
Some of these songs might be a bit cliche, but oh well.
As long as they help, right?
I will survive by Gloria Gaynor
You really can’t have a list like this without having what just might be the most well-known, cliche, and yet totally empowering post break up song ever.
These boots are made for walking by Nancy Sinatra
Here’s another throwback. To the 1960’s. This song still provides a sense of empowerment today, 50+ years later. Grab your boots!
You’re so vain by Carly Simon
This one’s good for remember just what he was really like … if he was the vain type. Even not, it still has that sense of moving on and realizing that he wasn’t perfect.
Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill
Think he was all about that thing and that thing only? This 90’s classic that blew up Lauryn Hill as a solo artist is a good one to listen to.
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
The title of the song alone says more than enough. Kelly Clarkson perfectly captured the feeling of empowerment post break up right here.
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
This is one of those songs that you can make about anything you want to feel empowered over. So why not direct it towards a break up?
Call me when you’re sober by Evanescence
On the surface this one might not seem like it belongs. But she’s clearly taking a stand. Which is most definitely empowering.
Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
Sometimes after a break up, especially a bad one, it’s hard to feel beautiful. That’s why this is a perfect song to add to your playlist.
I don’t need a man by The Pussycat Dolls
I think the title alone pretty much sums it up. Having that feeling of not needing a man in your life is certainly empowering.
No more drama by Mary J Blige
Miss Mary perfectly encapsulated that feeling when you are just done with all the drama. After all, drama just ends up being baggage that weighs you down and it’s just not worth it in the end.
Since you been gone by Kelly Clarkson
Another gem by Kelly Clarkson. Totally captures the feeling of life getting better post break up.
Respect by Aretha Frankiln
You can’t have a list like this without having this song on it. What’s it all about? R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And to have her perform it live with raw emotion? Even better.
A little bit stronger by Sara Evans
This is a good one because it starts off with that sad feeling and slowly gets a little more empowering. Which is kind of like the real life version of what it’s like to get over a break up. As she sings, “It doesn’t happen overnight.”
Roar by Katy Perry
Who doesn’t feel empowered when listening to this song? Even if you aren’t a fan of pop music, you can’t help but to like this one and feel BETTER after giving it a good listen. Go ahead and roar. It’ll feel good.
Life goes on by LeeAnn Rimes
Another one where the title basically says it all. Life goes on is a good motto to have when you are trying to get over a break up and move on with your life.
Fighter by Christian Aguilera
Everyone needs a bit of the “fighter” spirit when they are moving on after a bad break up. This is the “anthem” for that.
Use this page like a playlist. Or better yet, curate your own playlist of songs that inspire you and make you feel empowered. You’ll be glad you did. Just try to avoid the oh-so-many super sad love songs that’ll make you feel anything but empowered.
- I will survive by Gloria Gaynor
- These boots are made for walking by Nancy Sinatra
- You’re so vain by Carly Simon
- Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill
- Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson
- Fight Song by Rachel Platten
- Call me when you’re sober by Evanescence
- Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
- I don’t need a man by The Pussycat Dolls
- No more drama by Mary J Blige
- Since you been gone by Kelly Clarkson
- Respect by Aretha Frankiln
- A little bit stronger by Sara Evans
- Roar by Katy Perry
- Life goes on by LeeAnn Rimes
- Fighter by Christian Aguilera