Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’, Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ are the top songs Brits listen to when they come out of a relationship, according to research.
Ariana’s Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ and Boyz II Men’s ‘End of the Road’ also featured in the top 30.
This comes as a study of 2,000 adults who have been in a long-term relationship and gone through at least one break-up revealed that listening to music is their preferred coping mechanism following a break-up.
And despite almost half of those polled saying they listen to sad music when heartbroken, break-up songs aren’t all melancholic.
More than four in 10 opt for empowering and happy music such as Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ and Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’, which also featured in the list alongside Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’.
Music to help the heart through
The playlist was curated by eharmony, whose relationship expert Rachael Lloyd has unveiled the seven stages of a breakup, including disillusionment, doubt, denial, anger, relapse, acceptance and happiness – and shared her tips about how to approach them in a healthy way.
She said: “Going through a breakup brings out all sorts of emotions all at once, which can be overwhelming.
“Other times we might go on autopilot and block out difficult feelings. Listening to music can help unlock them and allow us to grieve our losses properly.”
It also emerged a third of heartbroken women focus on self-care practices to get them through a breakup, while only a quarter of men do.
Letting loose on a big night out also appeared to be equally popular for 24 per cent of singles.
Overall, men are least likely use any coping mechanisms (24 per cent) such as eating comfort food, watching sad rom-coms or exercising to recover from a