We’ve all been there: the almost-depressed state you put yourself in because of a relationship gone sour. Classy co-eds know deep down how beautiful, intelligent and fabulous they are, but it can be hard to remember how truly great you are if you’re in a love rut! This CL playlist starts with some sad (and great!) heartbreak songs, but quickly moves to empowering, I-can-do-this songs. Click on the album art to listen to each song!
“Someone Like You,” Adele
Why I chose it: It’s quite possibly the saddest song from Adele, which is no small feat. After this song, here’s nowhere this playlist can go but up!
Best line: “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you, too.”
“Jar of Hearts,” Christina Perri
Why I chose it: Sad and heartfelt lyrics and singing. (And there’s a great Glee cover!)
Best line: “Who do you think you are, running ’round leaving scars?” (Bonus: Click on the picture for, in my opinion, one of the best music videos. It’s choreographed by Stacey Tookey from So You Think You Can Dance.)
“Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Fergie
Why I chose it: Fergie gets personal (and relates to many co-eds by doing so) in this song from her debut solo album The Dutchess.
Best line: “And I’m gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket, but I’ve got to get a move on with my life.”
“Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
Why I chose it: Enough with the sad songs! This anthem from the first winner of American Idol has been blared through girls’ speakers since 2004.
Best line: “Since you been gone, I can breathe for the first time. I’m so moving on, yeah, yeah.”
“So What,” Pink
Why I chose it: Pink is the quintessential tough girl, and she doesn’t disappoint with this song!
Best line: “So, so what, I’m still a rock star. I got my rock moves, and I don’t need you.”
“Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects
Why I chose it: The only song on this playlist sung by males. It was just too perfect not to put on here!
Best line: “Now you’ll never see what you’ve done to me. You can take back your memories, they’re no good to me.”
“Best Days of Your Life,” Kellie Pickler
Why I chose it: For you country fans out there, this heartbreak song by Kellie Pickler has just enough sass to make it playful and fun.
Best line: “Life with me was a fairy tale love. I was head over heels till you threw away us. And it’s just too bad you’ve already had the best days of your life.”
“King of Anything,” Sara Bareilles
Why I chose it: This song screams independence! Sara Bareilles writes all of her songs with a unique voice that smoothly blends honesty, vulnerability and independence together.
Best line: “I hate to break it to you, babe, but I’m not drowning. There’s no one here to save. Who cares if you disagree? You are not me. Who made you king of anything?”
“One Girl Revolution,” Superchick
Why I chose it: Now we’re getting to the you-are-awesome songs! This song is a pump-up song of mine – I love to listen to it when I run.
Best line: “And I’ll be everything that I want to be. I am confidence in insecurity. I am a voice yet waiting to be heard. I’ll shoot the shot that you hear round the world.”
“Firework,” Katy Perry
Why I chose it: If Katy Perry says you’re a firework, then you’re a firework! This song is all about recognizing your inner beauty and living it up.
Best line: “‘Cause, baby, you’re a firework. Come on show ‘em what you’re worth.”
“Who Says,” Selena Gomez
Why I chose it: This song took the summer by storm. Confession – it was really hard to pick a “best line,” so I chose two!
Best line: “But when it comes to me, I wouldn’t want to be anybody else.” and “Who says you don’t pass the test? Who says you can’t be the best? Who said, who said? Won’t you tell me who said that?”
What’s your go-to empowering song? Leave a comment with your favorite one! No judgement here at College Lifestyles.