Summer 2015 has been the season of celebrity breakups. Splits include Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, and even Kermit and Miss Piggy have agreed to go their separate ways this summer. Some may turn to music to help get them through this difficult time in their lives. With that being said, here are 10 breakup songs spanning several genres they can turn to.
1. Alanis Morrisette – "You Oughta Know"
Actor David Coulier learned the hard way in 1995 not to wrong Alanis Morrisette. Morrisette’s “You Oughta Know,” off of “Jagged Little Pill,” fired shots at Coulier for being unfaithful. “And every time you speak her name/Does she know how you told me/You'd hold me until you died /'Til you died, but you're still alive,” she sang. The song, which featured Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, earned Morrisette two Grammy awards in 1996 for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
2. Adele – "Someone Like You"
Already taking the airwaves by storm with “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele found even more success in 2011 with the release of “Someone Like You,” which is about her coming to terms with a broken relationship. The Brittish pop artist sings, “Nevermind I’ll find someone like you/I wish nothing but the best for you,” on the track off 2011’s “21.” The song went on to reach number 1 on several charts, while earning five-time platinum status and a Grammy for Best Solo Pop performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2012.
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me A River"
Justin Timberlake took on the theme of breakups on 2002’s “Cry Me A River.” Timberlake wrote the song about a girl he caught cheating (rumor has it Britney Spears) and then turned around and left her. “Girl, I refuse, you must have me confused/With some other guy/The bridges were burned/Now it's your turn to cry,” Timberlake sings on the track produced by Timbaland. The song was on Timberlake’s debut solo album “Justified,” and reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
4. No Doubt – "Don’t Speak"
Gwen Stefani, who ironically is going through a breakup herself this summer, wrote the song in 1995 about the split between her and bandmate Tony Kanal after dating for seven years. “Don't speak/I know just what you're saying/So please stop explaining/Don't tell me 'cause it hurts,” Stefani sang. Off of 1995’s diamond-certified album “Tragic Kingdom,” the song went on to reach number 1 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart in 1996.
5. Kanye West – "Heartless"
Kanye West wrote an entire album based around the idea of heartbreak in 2008 with his fourth album “808’s and Heartbreak.” “Heartless” sums up the idea of the album as Kanye sings about a cold woman. “In the night I hear them talk/The coldest story ever told/Somewhere far along this road/He lost his soul/To a woman so heartless/ how could you be so heartless.” Kanye has rebounded since putting out this song. In 2014 he married Kim Kardashian.
6. Eminem – "Superman"
In one of his angriest raps, Eminem unleashes an all-out attack on an ex and easy women. “I do know one thing though b---h they come, they go, Saturday through Sunday, Monday through Sunday yo,” Eminem sings throughout the song, while taking out his anger in each verse. The song, which features Dina Rae, appeared on Eminem’s 2002 release “The Eminem Show.”
7. R.E.M. – "Everybody Hurts"
R.E.M. captured both the feelings of being hurt, while remaining hopeful on one of the band’s most powerful ballads and hits “Everybody Hurts.” The song is off their 1992 hit album “Automatic for the People” and has been featured in many movies and TV shows, like “A Night at the Roxbury.” Lead singer Michael Stipe assures the listener “Don't let yourself go/'Cause everybody cries/And everybody hurts sometimes.”
8. Three Days Grace – "I Hate Everything About You"
Off their debut self-titled album in 2003, Three Days Grace burst onto the scene with this hate-love single. “I hate everything about you/ why do I love you,” lead singer Adam Gontier sings, capturing the feeling of wanting to hate someone, but still loving them at the same time. The song clicked with a lot of people and it reached number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in 2003.
9. Gotye – "Somebody That I Used To Know"
The 2012 smash-hit off his third album, “Making Mirrors,” took the radio by storm in 2012. The song, which was certified platinum eight times, is a song about a breakup and the aftermath that comes with it. “But you didn't have to cut me off/Make out like it never happened/And that we were nothing/And I don't even need your love/But you treat me like a stranger/And that feels so rough,” he sings over a mid-tempo beat. The video for the song has over 667 million views on YouTube.
10. Keith Urban – "You’ll Think Of Me"
If you’re ever looking for breakup songs, the one genre that has tons of them is country. One in particular that’s noteworthy is Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me.” Urban sings about trying to move on from an ex who has found someone new. He sings “Take your records, take your freedom/Take your memories I don't need 'em/Take your space and take your reasons/But you'll think of me.” The song, off 2002’s “Golden Road,” reached number 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 2004.