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Nobody feels good after a breakup. Whether you’re the person ending it or you’re the one feeling blindsided, many emotions come with returning to single life. Everyone has their post-separation ritual to help get them back on their feet and back in the dating world. Some people get into the gym, while others take an improv class or cut their bangs at 3 a.m. in the bathroom sink. Whatever your coping mechanism is after a big breakup, one universal truth unites everyone who’s ever had their heart broken. Music can help make everything better.
Seriously, is there anything more cathartic than jumping in your car and blasting the radio at full volume while screaming your favorite breakup song? No. There really isn’t. It’s just one of those things that you know will always help you feel better when you’re down in the dumps. And when it comes to music about having your heart torn in two – nobody has more songs to choose from than Taylor Swift. From carefree optimism to soul-crushing regret and almost everything else, she’s covered every musical genre and relationship mood imaginable.
So, whether you’re still wishing on a star for your true love to return, finally starting to get over your loser ex, or still crying your eyes out wondering what went wrong, these are the songs you’ll want to add to your ‘sad girl hours’ playlist.
Read on to find which Taylor Swift song you should listen to based on your zodiac sign.
Aries: "Getaway Car" — reputation
When it comes to love, Aries can be very impulsive. You fall in love fast and move on from break-ups even faster. Ruled by Mars, the planet of action, you're known for your ambition and confidence, along with your prideful side and hot temper. If you feel like you're not being respected in a relationship or there's someone better out there, you'll be the first to call things off. And since you like being the person who wins the break-up, you're usually the first to find a new lover. What can you say? Life isn't meant to be lived in the past!
That's why we think you'll relate most to "Getaway Car" from reputation, a song about what happens when you jump into something too soon and need a way out. The heart wants what it wants – and you're the type to act on emotions over logic. From the catchy lyrics to the heart-pumping beats – it’s the perfect song to scream in your car while you drive off into the sunset and leave your old life far behind.
Saddest lyrics: “I'm in a getaway car / I left you in a motel bar / Put the money in a bag and I stole the keys / That was the last time you ever saw me.”
Taurus: "Maroon" — Midnights
Taurus is the sensual lover of the zodiac. Ruled by Venus, the planet of romance and beauty, you're someone who seeks out deep connections in life. You like to take things slow – but once you've fallen head over heels, you'd do just about anything for the other person. Loyalty is everything for you. And you're looking for a forever kind of love. So there's nothing sadder in your mind than watching something special slowly fade away because of things outside of your control.
You're also not the type to get back together once something's over. You prefer to reminisce on what could have been before moving on for good. For all these reasons, we've selected the longing and nostalgic vibes in "Maroon" as the best choice for you. You know those relationships you have to move on from, even though you don't want to? That's exactly what this slow-burn ballad about love not being built to last is all about.
Saddest lyrics: “You were standin' hollow-eyed in the hallway / Carnations you had thought were roses, that's us / I feel you no matter what / The rubies that I gave up.”
Gemini: "All Too Well" (10 Minute Version) — Red (Taylor's Version)
Gemini is the flexible and freedom-loving flirt of the zodiac. You don't settle down for just anyone – and you like to keep your options open. As an air sign, you approach dating from a logical standpoint. You’re usually able to sense whether or not your relationship is a smart decision – but that doesn’t stop you from getting yourself into messy situations from time to time. And when it is time to call it quits, you’re the sort of person who needs to go over all of the details about what went wrong.
That’s why it’s only fitting for you to get the longest (and most iconic) break-up song of the bunch – "All Too Well" (10-Minute Version) – because when a relationship ends, you're definitely going to have a lot to say about it. Depending on how long you were together, it might take time to really sort out all the mess. That's why this sprawling epic of a song is exactly what you need to help get all your feelings out.
Saddest lyrics: "You call me up again just to break me like a promise / So casually cruel in the name of being honest / I'm a crumpled-up piece of paper lying here."
Cancer: "Cornelia Street" — Lover
Cancer is the sweet and sensitive lover of the zodiac. You're not really the type to date casually; you like to go big in relationships and put your heart into everything you do. Blame it on your planetary ruler, the Moon, which explains why you feel everything so deeply. It's also why you prefer to keep things guarded at first until someone earns your trust, but once they do – you consider them family. And that's what makes break-ups so hard for you. It feels like losing more than a lover; it feels like losing a friend.
While the upbeat melody on "Cornelia Street" might sound like a hopeful note for the future of this relationship, the lyrics are about as devastating as they come. This song is about two people who can’t seem to get it right – and the home they shared that brought them together (and tore them apart). And for someone like you, Cancer, who places such a huge emphasis on building a life with the person you love – the thought of never returning to the place you once shared with your love is enough to make you cry!
Saddest lyrics: “And baby, I get mystified by how this city screams your name / And baby, I'm so terrified of if you ever walk away / I'd never walk Cornelia Street again."
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Leo: "august" — folklore
A Leo in love is a very powerful thing. As a fire sign, you’re very bold with your affection and don’t hold back from sharing your feelings. You like the chase – and will go to any lengths to win over whichever lucky person catches your eye. Leos are stubborn and loyal. You’ll stand by your partner through just about anything – unless they screw up in a major way, like cheating or lying. Even then, you’re quick to forgive and find it hard to move on quickly. But when you finally reach the breaking point, there’s no going back.
People assume that breakups don’t affect you, given your prideful ways and poker face. And while it’s true that you’ll never let an ex see you cry over losing them – you need some time to process your heartbreak just like everyone else. Because you’re the type of person who needs to feel all the feelings before you can finally move on, you like breakup songs that help you unpack your relationship baggage. And we think "august" from folklore is the perfect song to escape away into and feel your emotions.
Saddest lyrics: "So much for summer love and saying "us" / 'Cause you weren't mine to lose / You weren't mine to lose, no."
Virgo: "The Story Of Us" — Speak Now (Taylor's Version)
Virgo might seem guarded on the surface, but that’s just a cover for your sappy romantic side. You’re an independent person who doesn’t need anyone else. And you keep your standards high until someone proves they’re serious. For Virgo, the first few years of dating are just the beginning chapters of an epic lifelong romance. It’s important for you always to feel like you’re on the same page as your partner. And when it doesn't work out – you are usually left wondering if the story is really over or if it's time to move on.
That’s why we think "The Story Of Us" from Speak Now (Taylor's Version) is the breakup song that will speak to you the most. This song is full of longing lyrics and questions, wondering what went wrong in an otherwise perfect relationship. Virgos are the type who can’t move on from a past relationship without clarity – and for those times that life doesn’t give you closure – screaming this song at the top of your lungs feels amazing.
Saddest lyrics: "This is looking like a contest / Of who can act like they care less / But I liked it better when you were on my side"
Libra: "I Wish You Would" — 1989
Libra is one of the most romantic signs of the zodiac. Ruled by steamy and sensual Venus, you have a way of charming people and making them fall hard for you. It’s important for you to date someone who understands what a catch you are and showers you with affection and attention. Libras will work hard to keep a relationship going, and you’ll bend over backward to keep your partner happy. And if things don’t work out in the long run, your diplomatic side likes to stay on good terms with your exes.
You're a big believer in the "right person, wrong time" thing. That’s why the best break-up songs for you are the ones that remind you how crazy love can be – and that it’s never really over until it’s over. "I Wish You Would" is for all those times you wish your ex would drive by your place to apologize for all the boneheaded things they did to screw you over and ask you for another chance – whether or not you actually want them back.
Saddest lyrics: “I wish we could go back / And remember what we were fighting for / Wish you knew that / I miss you too much to be mad anymore."
Scorpio: "You're Not Sorry" — Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Scorpios are very intense when it comes to love. Sure, you like to date casually and use your alluring aura to have some fun. But when it comes to being vulnerable and open with people, you're very selective about who gets access to your inner circle. When it comes to choosing a partner, nothing is more important than whether or not you can trust their word. Scorpios believe in honor and loyalty in love. So it's not going to work for you if you know you can't believe anything your partner says.
Your best break-up song is "You’re Not Sorry" because you often feel betrayed by romantic partners when they don't value your effort, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. You’re the type of person who will try anything to make a relationship work. And let’s be honest – you give more second chances than you probably should. That’s why when your ‘situationship’ finally shows you that they’re not willing to put in the work to make things last – you’re happy to ghost them for good.
Saddest lyrics: "Looking so innocent / I might believe you if I didn't know / Could've loved you all my life / If you hadn't left me waiting in the cold."
Sagittarius: "I Almost Do" — Red (Taylor’s Version)
Sagittarius views love as the greatest adventure that life has to offer. You’re looking for a romance filled with fun, laughter, and spontaneity. As a fire sign, you’re someone who follows your heart wherever it leads you. You want to see and experience as much of the world around you as possible – which is why you’re not as quick to jump into serious commitments. If your love life can’t keep up with your never-ending energy and need to always be on the move, it could spell absolute disaster for your relationship.
You try to keep an open mind in breakups and stay open to new truths and lessons you can learn from the experience. However, you’re not someone who likes to live in the past. Sagittarius doesn’t like to waste time on old flames that fizzled out. That’s what makes "I Almost Do" from Red (Taylor’s Version) a great reminder not to act on the impulse to reach back out to your ex to reconnect. (Even if you dream about it from time to time).
Saddest lyrics: "It's probably better off this way / And I confess, babe / In my dreams you're touching my face / And asking me if I wanna try again with you / And I almost do."
Capricorn: "the 1" — folklore
Capricorn is the traditionalist of the zodiac. You like to do things in a certain way, and you don't make a habit of taking shortcuts. As an earth sign, you like to move slowly and build things that can stand the test of time. Capricorns approach dating with a cautious cynicism. You're not the type to show your softer side until the other person has put in the effort (and time) to deserve it. But when you do open up, your love is one in a million.
With all the effort and care you put into dating – it’s really hard for you to move on after a breakup, especially because you’re the type of person who gives 100% in everything you do, including love. "the 1" from folklore is a song that perfectly encapsulates a relationship that had all the potential of going the distance, but for whatever reason, whether it was timing or a change of plans, it didn’t quite make it.
Saddest lyrics: "I, I, I persist and resist the temptation to ask you / If one thing had been different / Would everything be different today?"
Aquarius: "Hits Different" — Midnights (Bonus Track)
Aquarius is the free-thinking rebel of the zodiac. You like living your independent lifestyle and won't settle down for just anyone. As an air sign, Aquarius needs novelty in life – so there needs to be something unique about the other person to catch your eye. The relationships that really light your fire are the ones that stand out from all the rest. There isn't one type you're attracted to – and in fact – you find yourself most interested in people who seem totally different than anyone else you've dated before.
You’re someone who prides yourself on ‘not being emotional’ – so it’s tough for you to admit when you’re down bad in your feelings. And when you fall, you fall hard. "Hits Different" is a breakup anthem for the Aquarius who can't get over that one ex that's always on your mind. If you're someone who's been caught up in a "will they or won't they" relationship, this is the song you need to rock out to. Whether you end up back together or move on for good, you'll be glad that you didn't hold back singing this one!
Saddest lyrics: "I heard your key turn in the door down the hallway / Is that your key in the door? / Is it okay? Is it you? / Or have they come to take me away?"
Pisces: "White Horse" — Fearless (Taylor's Version)
When Pisces falls in love, it’s an all-consuming feeling. You’re very giving and nurturing in your relationships. As a water sign, you go above and beyond to ensure the person you’re with feels taken care of physically, mentally, spiritually, and romantically. And while Pisces isn’t the type of person to keep score in love – you are looking for a partner who’s just as committed to your happy ending as you are. This can sometimes lead to you putting on rose-colored glasses in your relationship.
Of course, everyone can be a little blind to love, and sometimes your understanding and trusting nature can lead you to miss the obvious problems between you and your boo. Even if you knew the relationship wasn’t meant to last and or you were the one who ended things, you can’t help but feel a little jaded when the person you’re with takes advantage of your kindness. "White Horse" is for anyone who is sick of disappointment. And you’re not afraid to say so – or, in this case, sing so.
Saddest lyrics: “I was a dreamer before you went and let me down / Now it’s too late for you and your white horse / To come around.”
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