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8 Essential Mariah Carey Breakup Songs

Updated

Whether you’re celebrating the end of a relationship or absolutely crushed about it, Mariah Carey has a song to get you through it.

Carey, who recently ended her engagement to James Packer, is deeply acquainted with the drama of love as it ebbs and flows, so she sings about it soulfully and truthfully. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if Carey were listening to these songs on loop as she moves on from this latest heartbreak.

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1. When You’re So, So Not Over It (and Can’t Stop Texting Him): “Heartbreaker” (1999)

Choice lyric: “But I just keep on coming back incessantly / Oh why, did you have to run your game on me / I should have known right from the start / You’d go and break my heart.”

2. For When You Secretly Have Faith You’ll Get Back Together: “I Still Believe” (1999)

Choice lyric: “And after all this time / You’d think that I / Wouldn’t feel the same / But time melts into nothing / And nothing’s changed.”

3. For When Your Ex Is Still All Over You: “Obsessed” (2009)

Choice lyric: “Last man on the earth, still couldn’t get this”

4. For When You’re Losing It: “Breakdown” (1997)

Choice lyric: “Well I guess I’m trying to be nonchalant about it / And I’m going to extremes to prove I’m fine without you / But in reality I’m / Slowly losing my mind”

5. For When You’re Trying to Move On: “Butterfly” (1997)

Choice lyric: “But I will stand and say goodbye / For you’ll never be mine / Until you know the way it feels to fly”

6. When You’re Angry as Hell: “Up Out My Face” (2009)

Choice lyric: “If you see me walking by you / Boy don’t you even speak / Pretend you on the sofa / And I’m on the TV”

7. When You Are Waiting for Your Heart to Fill With Hate: “H.A.T.E.U.” (TK)

Choice lyric: “I can’t wait to hate you”

8. When You’re Not Over It and Want to Torture Yourself: “We Belong Together” (2005)

Choice lyric: “When I said I didn’t love you / I should have held on tight / I never shoulda let you go / I didn’t know nothing”