In the face of emotional loss, breakup songs can offer incomparable solace. Whether someone is in need of a pep talk on survival from Gloria Gaynor, or a bitter tell-off courtesy of Bob Dylan or unadulterated anguish out of Sam Cooke, breakup songs say it all for us, providing space to wallow and, eventually, motivation to move on.
A growing body of research also indicates that listening to breakup songs isn’t just a self-indulgent exercise in sappiness. Music doesn’t just go in one ear and out the other — it actually possesses pain-mitigating properties.
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