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Adele demonstrates how sometimes, even she needs to hold onto her heart and cry.
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Adele’s music has been known to prompt spontaneous and intense bouts of emotion — perhaps most notably, wistful sadness over love.

So it’s no surprise that the Queen of Heartbreak has her own experience with the process. “I do embrace the fact that I’m heartbroken,” she told People. “I don’t move on quickly. I don’t know if that’s because it seems that I’m only really creative when I’m a bit momentarily depressed.”

But while the rest of us may listen to Adele in times of distress, Adele herself has to turn elsewhere for her catharsis. Here’s her go-to wallow playlist, so you can experience pain, regret and sadness just like the pros:

1. “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” by Bonnie Raitt

2. “After the Storm,” by Mumford & Sons

3. “Cosmic Love,” by Florence + The Machine

4. “This Year’s Love,” by David Gray

5. “Not Like the Movies,” by Katy Perry

6. “All I Could Do Is Cry,” by Etta James


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