Though pop music boasts plenty of down-in-the-dumps dirges for the lovelorn, so-called "kiss-off" songs, like "Cry Me a River," are the especially for the most bitter and vengeful stage of any big break-up. Most Millennials will remember the cataclysmic separation of early 2000s pop royalty, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, and the subsequent trajectories of both stars -- Spears spiraled into an ill-advised marriage with Kevin Federline while Timberlake funneled his anger into a stellar solo album, Justified, and hit kiss-off single, "Cry Me a River."
In case Gomez is hoping to strike back with an I'm-so-much-better-off-without-you performance of her own, here's five more kiss-off songs for her to consider.
"Single Ladies" -- Beyoncé
Beyoncé recorded "Single Ladies" just after her marriage to Jay-Z, with her producer calling the song "the only public statement [the couple] ever made about marriage." Though the singer eventually did get "a ring on it," the lyrics tell of a woman, just out of a three-year relationship, asserting her right to dance with and meet new men: "You had your turn and now you're gonna learn, what it really feels like to miss me."
"You Oughta Know" -- Alanis Morrissette
As we all know by now, oft-scorned singer Alanis Morrisette wrote 1995's spiteful "You Oughta Know" about Dave Coulier, a.k.a. dopey Uncle Joey from "Full House." In the song, which includes details about a Coulier-Morrisette relationship you never wanted to know, the narrator wants to make sure that her ex-lover never forgets the damage he's done. "Every time I scratch my nails down someone else's back, I hope you feel it," she sings.
"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" -- Nancy Sinatra
Country singer-songwriter Lee Hazlewood actually wrote "Boots," about walking out on a liar and a cheater, but Nancy Sinatra's throaty, confident rendition is the best-known. In 2006, 40 years after its release, Pitchfork dubbed "Boots" the "finest bitchy kiss-off in pop history."
"F*** You" -- Cee-Lo Green
Cee-Lo Green's unexpectedly upbeat message to a gold-digging ex-girlfriend is one of pop music's catchiest kiss-off songs. Not only does Green go after the money-hungry habits of his former love, he takes on her new boyfriend too. Nothing says "I win" more than a profanity-laden hit single playing in every club.
"I Will Survive" -- Gloria Gaynor
Though Gloria Gaynor's self-empowering chart-topper first hit disco floors back in 1978, it remains one of pop music's most renowned kiss-off songs, especially for heartbroken women. "I Will Survive" describes a narrator who recovers from a harrowing break-up, only to discover strength she never knew she had.
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