3 Songs to Celebrate Your Breakup (Or, Is This for Katie Holmes?)

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I will never forget the night I finally broke up with a terrible, terrible boyfriend. After taking a few deep breaths—and realizing I could breathe again—I marched straight to my favorite bar, slugged some quarters in the jukebox, and danced it out.

Because when you finally get out of a bad relationship, you need a soundtrack, you know? You need some ass-kicking tunes that will support your big move.

I’ve been thinking about this recently because, you know… Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are splitsville. I don’t know them, and I have no idea what happened between them, but I do know that public opinion is on Katie Holmes’ side. People are posting pictures of Katie looking happy and insisting it’s because she’s finally free. Apparently, even her parents are relieved.

So if that’s true, then Holmes might be looking for a few breakup anthems. And even if she isn’t, I’ll bet a lot of us are

If you need a hot hit to send you back to single living, then let me recommend the following…

(1) “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees

So… people gossip. If people whisper your honey is bad news, or if rumors convince someone you’re no good, then your life can get really annoying. Neon Trees feel your pain, and “Everybody Talks” is a kicky rocker about how people need to shut up.

But the way I see it, this song ALSO works if you just broke up with someone. After all, people are going to gossip about that, too. When you crank up Neon Trees, you can remember that rumors are inevitable, but your reactions aren’t. Everybody may talk, but you don’t have to listen. Especially not when you’re rocking out.

(2) “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay (Thunderpuss Mix)” by Whitney Houston

When I got out of that terrible relationship, this is the song I played first. (For real! Right there at the bar in New Haven!) You see, Whitney knows her man is a fool. She’s onto his games. But that’s okay, baby. He may be crazy, but she doesn’t have to stick around to watch. When she sings, “I’d rather be alone than un-ha-pee” I know she is singing the gospel truth.

I give bonus points to the Thunderpuss Remix because it includes that amazing power note at the end. That’s the sound of a diva who doesn’t need her man’s busted punk ass, and I PRAISE IT.

(3) “Titanium” by David Guetta feat. Sia

Sometimes, celebrating your breakup means chilling out—-getting your revenge by simply getting on with your life. On days like that, it’s time for “Titanium,” which is all about being “bulletproof” when someone tries to shoot you down, but which also has a dreamy, relaxed vibe.

Previously: Who Will Tom Cruise Marry Next?

Mark Blankenship tweets as @IAmBlankenship. For a short time, he listened to “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” every single day.