Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' & More Exceptional Songs About Exes


Ariana Grande dropped the brand new track “Thank U, Next” on Saturday, channeling all her feelings into an inspiring anthem for the brokenhearted. In the track, she name-drops her exes -- together with former fiancé Pete Davidson and the late Mac Miller -- and admits that she’s in a brand new relationship now... solely this time, it’s with herself. “Thank U, Next” is a proclamation of self-love and the teachings that may be discovered from even the messiest of breakups.

Inspired by Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” Billboard compiled an inventory of 13 breakup songs that musicians have written about their exes. From the uplifting to the downright imply, these songs flip the breakup blues into chart-topping gold.

“Thank U, Next" - Ariana Grande
While some breakup songs could be a messy airing of soiled laundry, Grande chooses to take the excessive highway, thanking her exes for all that they taught her about relationships and about herself. 

“Green Light” - Lorde
Written after her breakup with photographer James Lowe, Lorde turns her emotions into an all-out energy anthem. She embraces being the “drunk lady on the occasion dancing round and crying about her ex-boyfriend who everybody thinks is a multitude,” Lorde revealed in an interview.

“Cry Me a River” - Justin Timberlake 
Timberlake wrote “Cry Me a River” after his high-profile relationship with Britney Spears ended, accusing her of dishonest within the scathing track.

“I Don’t F--- With You” - Big Sean
In “IDFWU,” Big Sean explicitly slams Glee’s Naya Rivera after the 2 broke off their engagement in 2013. Coincidentally, Sean is talked about (by title!) in Grande's latest track.

“We Are Never Getting Back Together” - Taylor Swift
What’s an inventory in regards to the airing of breakup grievances with out Taylor Swift? While some retailers reported that “We Are Never Getting Back Together” was impressed by ex Jake Gyllenhaal, Swift herself has by no means confirmed the track's muse.

“Much Better” - Jonas Brothers
Two can play this sport. After Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift broke up, the JoBros reportedly penned this track about Swift, even instantly referencing her breakout track “Teardrops on My Guitar.”

“Don’t” - Ed Sheeran 
There are rumors that Ed Sheeran’s harsh and unapologetic “Don’t” supposedly calls out Ellie Goulding, however whoever he's singing about, that refrain is fairly clear: "Don't f--- with my love."

“Smile” - Lily Allen
Deceptively written as an upbeat bop, “Smile” is about Lily Allen’s ex-boyfriend, DJ Lester Lloyd. In the track, Allen relishes in her ex’s ache after he tries to win her again.

“Wrecking Ball” - Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus’ highly effective ballad is the singer’s emotional response to the top of her relationship with  Liam Hemsworth, gifting followers with a belt-worthy breakup anthem for the ages. This one has a contented ending, although: Cyrus and Hemsworth are again collectively.

“Breaking the Girl” - Red Hot Chili Peppers
This melancholy rock ballad references Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis’ tumultuous relationship with former girlfriend Carmen Hawk, throughout a time when the singer famously struggled with drug and alcohol addictions. 

“Sorry” - Justin Bieber 
Breakup songs don’t get extra apparent than Justin Bieber’s 2015 hit “Sorry.” In the track, Bieber apologizes for the entire errors he’s made, doubtlessly alluding to his on and off relationship with Selena Gomez.

“Same Old Love” - Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez had some phrases of her personal to say about an ex on "Same Old Love," calling him out for the best way he handled her by singing, “You can't take again what you stated, I do know/ I've heard all of it earlier than, no less than one million instances.”

“Shout Out to My Ex” - Little Mix
This empowering breakup bop is believed to be about Perrie Edwards’ break up with Zayn. The track was launched after the 2 ended their engagement and Zayn started courting Gigi Hadid.