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Do You Have A Divorce Anthem?

By Tracey Gaughran |

This is, apparently, a thing.

One’s chosen Divorce  (or Break-Up) Anthem, as you might imagine, is usually a song about empowerment. These songs have rousing choruses and lots of affirmative “YEAH!”s in them, and they typically recall tales of underdog protagonists who – after being stepped on, misused and abused – fight back, cast off what’s been dragging them down, and in the end emerge battle-scarred but triumphant.

But they can also be songs of resilience, survival, sadness, and personal reckoning. It all depends on where you are in the process, I think.

I’ll fully and freely admit to indulging in a few myself, if none exclusively. Here are a few of them – my Top 6 Divorce Anthems. In different ways, each of these songs helped me get through the hardest time in my life:

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Do You Have A Divorce Anthem?

Elbow - Grounds for Divorce

"There's a hole in my neighbourhood/Down which of late I cannot help but fall..." Could there ever be a better description of what those first few weeks post-split feel like? No, there could not.

How about you, hmm? Do you (or did you) have a divorce anthem (or anthems)? What are they? Share in comments!

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16 thoughts on “Do You Have A Divorce Anthem?

  1. Andrea says:

    Granted, I have not been divorced but have experienced some very real and devastating heart break and my “divorce” anthem was “Get Gone” by Fiona Apple.

  2. Andrea – AWESOME. One of mine I left off this list is Fiona Apple’s “Oh Well.” :)

  3. Laina says:

    “Divorce Song” by Liz Phair. and “Fuck You” by Cee-lo. the latter has been more prominent on the list recently…

  4. Heidi T says:

    I am not divorced, but I would like to think I am classy and “Someone Like You” by Adele would be the one I would choose, but sadly, I am not and would probably pick “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morrissette.

  5. Sunday Stilwell says:

    When I went through my divorce I kept falling back on the song by Rascall Flats, “I’m moving on”…because really that is what I was doing. Moving on from the abuse, the pain, and the lack of respect and love.

  6. Lauri says:

    Untouchable face by Ani Difranco… you must go to you tube a listen

  7. Major Bedhead says:

    Slaid Cleaves – Broke Down. And I say this as someone who is not a country music fan. But that song makes me do the big, ugly cry thing.

  8. Lance says:

    I listened to “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Oasis so much when I got d’d up that I started talking in a Manchster, England accent and fist fighting my brother even though I don’t have abrother.

    good post

  9. Snarky Amber says:

    Yeah, “Grounds for Divorce” was in heavy rotation for me, as well as “Divorce Song” by Regina Spektor in the early stages, and now it’s “So What” by Ani Difranco. The entire song is incredible, but these lyrics in particular:

    “who are you now
    and who were you then
    that you thought somehow
    you could just pretend
    that you could figure it all out
    the mathematics of regret
    so it takes two beers to remember now
    and five to forget
    that i loved you so
    yeah, i loved you, so what.”

  10. Snarky Amber says:

    I meant “Ode to Divorce” by Regina Spektor, though Liz Phair’s Divorce Song was big, too. Also lots and lots of Fiona Apple, particularly “Get Gone” and “Oh Well.”

  11. Stella says:

    At the time of my divorce, long time ago, I played “Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E” BY TAMMY WYNETTE. SAD.

  12. Anonymous says:

    “A Little Bit Stronger” by Sarah Evans.

  13. Denise says:

    When I went through a divorce there were three songs I cried to almost every day. “Praise you in the Storm” by Casting Crowns; “Cry out to Jesus” and “Mountain of God” by Third Day.

  14. kathy says:

    “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi gave me the courage to take the next step, ask for the divorce, and move on!

  15. Jen says:

    “And So it Goes” by Billy Joel.

  16. Forgotten says:

    Stronger Than I Am by Lee Anne Womack

    This song broke my damn heart so many times…

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