The 30 Best Breakup Albums of All Time

Sometimes, a simple song helps fuel your rage and channel your heartbreak. Other times, you need a little more. Like, an entire album more. Years ago, after the collapse of a four-year relationship with my college boyfriend, I listened to Adele's 21 and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors on repeat for two months straight. Nothing made me feel more understood, more vindicated, and more justified in my sadness and anger than hearing the words of people who'd gone through something similar. I laughed, I cried, I healed.

Sometimes an artist's greatest work comes from their darkest times, but through the lyrics and music, we can all feel a little less alone. Here are the best breakup albums ever, in no particular order. Get in the car, turn these up, and let it all out.

01
Adele — 21

Adele — 21

02
Ryan Adams — Heartbreaker

Ryan Adams — Heartbreaker

03
Kanye West — 808s & Heartbreak

Kanye West — 808s & Heartbreak

04
Bon Iver — For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver — For Emma, Forever Ago

05
Amy Winehouse — Back to Black

Amy Winehouse — Back to Black

06
Alanis Morissette — Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette — Jagged Little Pill

08
Joni Mitchell — Blue

Joni Mitchell — Blue

09
Fleetwood Mac — Rumors

Fleetwood Mac — Rumors

10
Beck — Sea Change

Beck — Sea Change

11
Ryan Adams — Prisoner

Ryan Adams — Prisoner

12
Robyn — Body Talk

Robyn — Body Talk

13
Elliott Smith — Either/Or

Elliott Smith — Either/Or

14
Dashboard Confessional — The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most

Dashboard Confessional — The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most

15
The Mountain Goats — Get Lonely

The Mountain Goats — Get Lonely

16
The Weeknd — Trilogy

The Weeknd — Trilogy

17
Kelly Clarkson — Breakaway

Kelly Clarkson — Breakaway

18
Nas — Life Is Good

Nas — Life Is Good

19
Blur — 13

Blur — 13

20
Björk — Homogenic

Björk — Homogenic

22
Beach House — Teen Dream

Beach House — Teen Dream

23
Frank Sinatra — In the Wee Small Hours

Frank Sinatra — In the Wee Small Hours

24
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds — The Boatman's Call

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds — The Boatman's Call

25
Banks — Goddess

Banks — Goddess

26
Jhene Aiko — Souled Out

Jhene Aiko — Souled Out

27
Fiona Apple — The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple — The Idler Wheel

29
The Cure — Disintegration

The Cure — Disintegration

30
Liz Phair — Exile in Guyville

Liz Phair — Exile in Guyville

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