“Call Out My Name,” The Weeknd
1. “Stay,” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko (2012)
Sometimes the best cure for a broken heart is to listen to a ton of heartbreaking songs. Seriously—it's science! One study found that listening to sad music "can lead to beneficial emotional effects such as regulation of negative emotion and mood as well as consolation. While no one deserves a broken heart , it happens to pretty much everyone—and has led to a lot of really great music over the years. Whether you're looking for a breakup song that will drown out the sound of your tears, gut-wrenching lyrics about reconnecting with an old flame, or an empowering song that will make you forget your ex ever existed, there's something for everyone in this list of sad songs. No romantic song lyrics here! From Adele to John Mayer to Kelly Clarkson, some of the greatest singers of all time have also written some of the saddest music of all time.
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Heartbreaks and breakups are earth shattering and painfully hard for anyone and especially for the person on the receiving end. Sometimes it feels like your heart has been ripped out of your chest or split in two. But everyone, everyone goes through it. This certainly does not make it any easier.