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Don’t be sitting around all mopey! I know you’re mourning this break-up as the Ross and Rachel of all break-ups. What’s to get you through it? No, don’t put that rom com on. That’ll just make you feel worse. But what about listening to those artists who, at one point in their lives, must have felt the same pain as you do and are now documenting it through song? With a mix of all kinds of contemporary R&B/soul, you’ll vibe to these jazzy coffee shop-esque tunes and never go back to the break-up that was.

Amy Winehouse’s all-powerful soul is showcased in the contemporary R&B tune, Tears Dry on Their Own. Along with catching those post-break up feels, we are reminded of the 70s hit Ain’t No Mountain High Enough that provide for the song’s instrumentals. Following the late Winehouse is Tracy Chapman,who begins the those true, true blues with her trademark acoustic sounds in Give Me One Reason. 

90s British pop takes a non-Spice Girl route with a girl group (Everclear) take on R&B, with pleasant  and gospel-esque results. They speak to all the lonely hearts of the world in Never Ever: “I’m just waitin’/Cause I heard this feeling won’t last that long. Because it really won’t!

A sort-of newcomer and (to me, at least) onto the contemporary hip-hop and R&B scene is Aloe Blacc, whose Loving You is Killing Me gives a vintage fresh take the meaning of soul – neo-soul, if you will. Another neo-soul artist, John Legend takes the reigns in this next track, Save Room. His raw fervor for this genre is noted more than ever in his lyrics that “love hurts sometimes when you do it right.”

What I believe to be one of the most seminal combination of hard rock and oh-so sweet soul, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over by Lenny Kravitz proves to seamlessly work its way into this heavy R&B filled playlist. Kravitz’s genre combination, furthered his Jimi Hendrix and Prince influences, effortlessly pleases listeners of all kinds.

I’m not saying this is the mother of all break-up cures, but it sure would help listening to this playlist - not lazying around in your bed, but instead having a more get-up-and-go (to your local coffee shop) attitude! So, take a deep breath, order the yummiest drink on the menu without a guilty bone in your body, and listen to these break-up blues to get you through it all.

This playlist and accompanying piece was created by Alicia Hai, Music Blogger at Rhetoric Magazine. Come back for more every Friday!