Here are 17 songs for getting over heartbreak when you have no reason to be super angry or bitter, or for when you’re done being angry and bitter and want to be able to appreciate whatever fond memories may remain. They’re for looking back on love and feeling OK—not like Beyoncé–Robyn–Taylor Swift “I don’t need you” defiant, but not quite full of regret either. They start a little more melancholy and end almost triumphant, with a new understanding that what happened happened the only way it possibly could have.


Illustration by Minna.