We thought our clients would appreciate a light-hearted reprieve from the weight of divorce. Things seem colossally off-balance during and after divorce. Some of the best songs ever made were written after a breakup or divorce So, we’ve compiled a list of the best songs to celebrate your divorce.
10. “All the Single Ladies” – Beyonce
Okay, so Beyonce’s never been divorced. She’s still married to Jay-Z, thus proving that when both people have hundreds of millions of dollars in their own accounts, marriage can work. That doesn’t stop her from lighting up the club every night with this timeless anthem for empowerment and self-esteem. And guys – don’t worry. You can still do the dance.
9. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
Going all the way back to the 70s, Gloria Gaynor lit up the disco era with her fiery proclamation of surviving a breakup. “I Will Survive!” This is obviously hit and absolute must for best divorce songs. Gaynor was smart to eschew disco conventions that make a lot of the music from that era sound cheesy; here, Gaynor is soulful and emphatic, which is what makes this song truly timeless.
8. “Ramblin’ Man” – The Allman Brothers
Only someone who’s been divorced six times could write such a timeless hit about freedom. Greg Allman took his love woes one step further by deciding to marry Cher, the notorious diva of the Sonny & Cher divorce. There are more than a few hits in the Allman Brothers solid oeuvre that’d work here, but it’s best to pick the one without a 9-minute guitar solo.
Let’s be honest here: “Don’t Stop Believin'” is a great song, but have you ever listened to the lyrics? Whirlwind romance works for a night, but there’s a reason small-town-boy and lonely girl never got a sequel song. “Separate Ways” is far more accurate, and carries on the immense vocals and hard-hitting guitar Journey is known for. It’s a definite favorite of Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who plays the hit with extra aplomb now that he’s been divorced four times.
6. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” – Pink
Not many artists deserve two entries on this list, but then again, not many artists are Pink. Even the title makes a direct statement, with its clever use of parenthesis to show what Pink really thinks of her long-ago lover. This is a song that really cuts to the heart of the matter, leaving one feeling completely confident in their choices, especially knowing Pink’s right there with them.
5. “Roses” – Outkast
There’s a lot of similarity between this song and Cee-Lo’s. Both are undeniably catchy tunes with a bit of fun vulgarity thrown in, none of which stopped them from becoming the top radio hits of their day. Singer Andre 3000 coats his disses in metaphors so hilarious that they have to be heard to be believed. It’s a song that you’ll be singing long after you’ve kicked them to the curb.
4. “F*** You” – Cee-Lo
The title is unpublishable. The artist isn’t the stereotypical pop star. And the song itself is way more upbeat than anyone would have expected. And yet, Cee-Lo’s “F*** You” was the runaway hit of 2010, coming off the artist’s hiatus following the break-up of his group, Gnarls Barkley. It also happened to follow his divorce, which is probably no coincidence.
3. “We Are Never Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has never been married, although at 25 she has plenty of time left to make that mistake. Still, the country-pop darling has had plenty of breakups in her past, at least one of which inspired her to write this anthem for the newly liberated. Maybe it’s that chorus that has made it so ubiquitous – sometimes you just have to yell the title to remind the world that your decisions are final.
Pink had just separated from her boyfriend of 7 years when she released the chart-topping hit “So What.” We can all relate with the aggressive melody and lyrics like “I’m not gonna pay his rent, I got a brand new attitude.” It’s no wonder why this song remains Pink’s top-selling single, and a definite favorite.
1. “Stronger” – Britney Spears
Britney Spears knows a thing or two about divorce. After a 2-day marriage to a backup dancer, she infamously married the utterly trashy Kevin Federline. Following her cringeworthy marriage, Britney’s rebounded completely, becoming a host on the X-Factor and going on a series of record-breaking tours. This Britney song, from her second album, encompasses everything she must have learned about life following her breakup.
So, friends, crank up your radio and take a gander at the brighter side of things. Even filthy rich musicians have felt what you feel.