To borrow a phrase from Ariana Grande's new single, "we're so f--king grateful" for this new empowering anthem, a new classic for a generation to listen to for inspiration in a post-breakup funk. 

The 25-year-old pop star released "Thank U, Next" on Saturday night following her split with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, with the song quickly becoming a much-needed message of self-love and a damn good meme, too. 

When E! News talked to her brother Frankie Grande, he admitted, "I sobbed and I cried the first time she played it for me. When she said, 'I met someone else / And her name is Ari,' I wept."

Same, Frankie. Same. 

He continued, "The message is just so powerful. It's helping other people, too. Like, she's helping other people get through difficult times and difficult breakups!"

"Thank U, Next" joins an exclusive list of powerful breakup songs that have become staples over the years for those nursing heartache and/or in need of some inspiration. We've all known that feeling of just needing to blast a song and sing along to the lyrics before feeling like you're about to burst from your emotions. Consider these jams comfort food for your ears and emotions. 

Plus, artists like Ariana, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and more have used their lyrics as a way to spill the tea on their love stories without really getting any stains on their shirts. 

We've compiled a list of some of the best breakup songs ever, and included who they're (allegedly) about...

Ariana Grande, Thank U Next

Instagram

Kelly Clarkson, 2018 Billboard Music Awards

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Beyonce, Lemonade

HBO

Justin Timberlake, Cry Me a River

Taylor Swift Boyfriends, Taylor Swift, John Mayer

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Carrie Underwood

Randee St. Nicholas

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez

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Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez

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The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, NYFW 2017, Harpers Bazaar Party

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Charlie Puth, Selena Gomez

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Drake

ABC/Randy Holmes

Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus

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Christina Aguilera, MTV VMAs 2002, Worst Dressed

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Dave Coulier, Alanis Morissette

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Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Niall Horan

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Pink, Willow Sage Hart, Carey Hart, MTV Video Music Awards 2017

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Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, What's Left Of Me

VEVO

Katy Perry, Roar Video

Vevo

No Doubt, Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani, Adrian Young, Tom Dumont

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