Break ups and broken hearts are a sad fact of life and although few experiences are as crippling as a broken heart, time does heal all wounds. Making it through to the other side a little stronger and a lot wiser is an empowering rite of passage most of us endure. When your white picket fence dreams have just been dashed, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Music is the great unifier—certain songs seem to tap into your soul, they let you know someone else feels what you’re feeling and help you express your grief in a viscerally cleansing way.

It’s okay to let yourself wallow for a little while—spend a weekend in your pajamas crying over Lifetime movies, drowning your sorrows in pints of ice cream and sad tunes. Then it’s time to move on—take a shower, go shopping for something frivolously luxurious, and have a little fun with your girlfriends. So flip to the B-Side and start cranking the girl power megamix.

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Here is the perfect soundtrack for mourning your bad romance and rebuilding your bruised psyche—go to Spotify or iTunes and let the healing begin!

Sinead O’Connor • Nothing Compares 2 U
Liz Phair • Explain it to Me
Edwyn Collins • A Girl Like You
Katie Webster • Pussycat Moan
NRBQ • Ridin’ in my Car
Tina Turner • A Fool in Love
Lady Gaga • Bad Romance
Hank Williams • Cold, Cold Heart
Arthur Alexander • Every Day I Have to Cry Some
Sade • Love is Stronger than Pride
Hall & Oates • She’s Gone
Pino Daniele • Quando
Kiri Te Kanawa • Un Bel di Vedremo

The Five Stairsteps • Ooh Child
Liz Phair • Go West
The Velvelettes • Needle in a Haystack
Dominik Hauser • Wonder Woman Theme
Helen Reddy • I am Woman
Goo Goo Dolls • Never Take the Place of Your Man
Toni Childs • I’ve Got to Go Now
Eartha Kitt • I Want to Be Evil
Joan Armatrading • Willow
Sinead O’Connor • Troy
Cowboy Junkies • Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning
Gloria Gaynor • I Will Survive