Nothing helps dull the pain of a bad breakup like a gripe session about the ex and Carly Simons 1972 hit is just that. With bitterness in her voice (and Mick Jagger on backup vocals), Carly recounts a love affair with a narcissistic philanderer. From the picture she paints, you almost have to feel sorry for the unnamed (though undoubtedly well-known) cad who served as her inspiration.
2. Trouble in Mind - Various Artists
Unlike most blues songs, this one acknowledges that theres light at the end of the heartbreak tunnel. Trouble in Mind has been covered by dozens of artists since it was first recorded in 1926 by Bertha Chippie Hill. Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Nina Simone are just a few who've delivered the songs optimistic message: The sun is going to shine in my back door some day.
3. Kiss Off - Violent Femmes
What ranks this among the great breakup empowerment anthems is the mid-song countdown of why the ex can just kiss off into the air. Lead singer Gordon Gano ticks off ten reasons, including heartache, headache, loneliness and, of course who can forget: everything, everything, everything, everything.
4. You Keep Me Hangin On - The Supremes
As if getting dumped weren't bad enough, the ex who insists on checking up on you after the fact is just plain cruel. Diana Ross sings about the Aha! moment when she realizes her former flame is dangling his love in front of her simply to feed his own ego. Now that shes seen the light, she tells him confidently to take a hike so she can move on.
5. The Sign - Ace of Base
Ever waffle about a relationship until a defining moment pushes you over the edge? This is exactly what Swedish pop band Ace of Base refers to in their 1993 dance hit. We never find out exactly what the trigger point was, but we can imagine it was heavy. If you cant seek solace in the songs tempo, find it in the theme: Living well is the best revenge.