Guys, This Playlist Is Scientifically Proven to Cure Your Broken Heart

Hannah Smothers, Taylor Andrews
Photo credit: Katie Czerwinski

From Cosmopolitan

Breakups suck. They’re hard, sometimes messy, and absolutely gut-wrenching for anyone’s ego. But the one unappreciated benefit of having your heart completely ripped from your chest? A bangin’ breakup playlist.

You know it all too well (…pun intended for all of you T Swift fans out there): It’s a curated playlist filled with all the bops that harp on your post-breakup emotions—y’know, anger, sadness, jealousy, relief, etc. It’s the set of songs you’d never keep public on your profile because, duh, you’re doing “absolutely fine!”, yet you blast religiously in your apartment while you’re in the shower, eating pizza, and/or scrolling through their Instagram.

Maybe you’ve created this group of songs yourself, maybe you’re looking for some tunes to help you feel not like shit right now. The good news: We have a playlist scientifically proven to cure your broken heart. Allow me to explain:

A team of scientists and music psychologists worked with Amazon Music to create a breakup playlist curated for you and your recovery (I mean, the playlist is literally called “Heartbreak Recovery” because that’s what it’s designed to do).

“Music and all the elements of it—tempo, rhythm, and lyrics—has a strong emotional impact,” explains Dr. Michael Oehler, a German music psychologist who helped craft this playlist. Which is why he and the other scientists curated a four-hour long playlist that hits all four stages of sadness after a breakup: sadness, denial, acceptance, and moving on.

You can expect up-tempo, highly rhythmic songs for the "moving on" phase of the playlist, while the sadness and acceptance segments are filled with more melancholy, down-tempo songs.

Basically, prepare to listen to some Frank Ocean, mixed with some Ariana Grande, a side of Nelly Furtado, and some Dua Lipa too. You to your breakup by the end of the four hours: Look at me now, bitch.

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