5 Pop Songs to Avoid at All Costs After a Break-Up

Splitting up is hard enough without songs like these to rub it in...

Breakups: they're the worst, right? Whether you're the dumper or the dumpee, somebody leaves with a broken heart. Music can do wonders to help heal that broken heart and help someone get over an ex — Lady Antebellum's "Bartender", anyone? — but there are also a dangerous number of romantic songs that can inflict further damage on an already-broken heart. Here's a list of five such songs below, all of which you should avoid at all costs if you're going through a break-up. (If that's you, feel free to click here and avoid this list altogether.)

5. Taylor Swift -- "Love Story"

Why you should avoid it:
If you know your Shakespeare, then you're aware that Romeo and Juliet is actually a tragedy. But that doesn't mean that Taylor Swift singing about her one and only Romeo in "Love Story" is any less painful after a break-up. Hey Taylor, maybe you should brush up on your classic literat... *buries head in pillow and cries*.

Sappiest lyric: I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress / It's a love story, baby just say yes...

4. Bruno Mars -- "Just The Way You Are"

Why you should avoid it:
There's nothing worse than having Bruno Mars all up in your grill telling you how perfect you are, when the one you love just threw you to the curb a day or two ago. Seriously, Bruno: STOP.

Sappiest lyric: When I see your face / There's not a thing that I would change / 'Cause you're amazing / Just the way you are...

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3. Katy Perry -- "Unconditionally"

Why you should avoid it: So your ex said that he or she would love you unconditionally, just like the Katy Perry song, huh? Don't press play unless you want to hear Katy repeat that lie over swelling, sweeping music.

Sappiest lyric: There is no fear now / Let go and just be free / I will love you unconditionally...

2. John Legend -- "All Of Me"

Why you should avoid it: John Legend's love song dedicated to his wife is gorgeous on paper, but listening to it post-breakup reinforces the fact that your own version of "All of Me" turned to "None of Me" in the blink of an eye. Zip it, John!

Sappiest lyric: 'Cause all of me / Loves all of you / Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections...

1. Ellie Goulding -- "How Long Will I Love You"

Why you should avoid it: We've got love for you, Ellie, but a sappy love song like this one is not OK right now. If you need us, we'll be overdosing on ice cream with the lights off in bed, thank you very much.

Sappiest lyric: How long will I love you / As long as stars are above you / And longer if I can...

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