We’ve all been there. You meet that boy and you’re Crazy in Love. For so long you’ve been Miss Independent, and you think, “I never thought I’d find Someone Like You.” You Open your Heart to that boy, and then you’re crushed to find that he was just a Heartbreaker all along.

After years of research, tears, and many glasses of Red, Red, Wine, I have compiled my list of the best songs to make you Stronger, so the next time you put your heart on the line, you’ll be Bulletproof

1. Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy

2. I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt

Now when we get our hearts broken, we can’t help but blame ourselves. We think that there must be something wrong with us. These first two songs let you wallow in your self-pity, while comforting you into a tear-soaked oblivion.

3. Paper Bag – Fiona Apple

4. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

After you’ve stopped crying, you start to think that maybe you weren’t the problem after all. Yeah, you texted too much, you didn’t play the game, you paid for one too many beers for him here and there, but the fact is you were chasing him, not letting him chase you. Fiona and TayTay start you on your journey of placing the blame on him, not on you. You start to think about all the things he did that were soooooo immature. You start to think, ‘I need a man, not a boy.’

5. Rolling in the Deep – Adele

6. Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin

7. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

No, you were never the problem. You see that now. It was him the whole time, he never gave you two a chance to succeed. He’s a good-for-nothing who will rue the day he messed with you, and after these three songs you’re ready to go, and you’ll never look back.

8. Freakum Dress – Beyonce

The 8 spot song is your JAM. That’s your song that’s going to get you out of your sweats, and into your freakum dress. You’re ready to go out, and you’re ready to make out. You’ve accepted that the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else, and you are on a mission.

9. Dancing on My Own – Robyn

You’re out with your girls, flirting, having a good time. That is until you see him, and he has a new flame. Not fair. You were supposed to move on first…

10. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

… then you relapse for a second.

11. Dog Days are Over – Florence + the Machine

12. Sunday Morning – No Doubt

But then it all becomes clearer than ever before. You don’t want him. In fact, you’re so much better off.

13. Single Ladies – Beyonce

14. I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan

You’ve accepted your state of single-hood, and you’re loving it. You don’t need someone else to make you happy. You make you happy, and you’re not looking for something else. You’re over him, and when he comes around again, you laugh in his face and remember that time he bought Magnum condoms when he DEFINITELY didn’t need them. What a chode.

15. Like I Love You – Justin Timberlake

Once you’ve finally let that boy go, this is the song for the man that deserves your heart. And hey, if you hit a couple more dummies along the way, just re-start that playlist, girl.

Mary Catherine Curran hails proudly from the DC area. She loves basketball, hip-hop music, Bryce Harper’s butt, and RG3. She will also put Old Bay on anything, and she means anything. Twitter: @yomarycatherine.

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