Facebook Already Knows What You'll Be Listening to the Next Time You Get Dumped

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Facebook knows when you've met someone and it knows when you break up. We tell Facebook these things. For some, a relationship doesn't officially start until it's reflected in the Relationship field on Facebook, and it's not really over until Facebook says it is.

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The data team at Facebook can see this data for hundreds of millions of people, and as of late last year, it started letting people share their listening activity through the social network.

Mashing these concepts together (relationships and music), the Facebook data team was able to track which songs people in new relationships are most likely to play, as well as the songs they cue up following a breakup.

The song most associated with new relationships was "Don't Wanna Go Home" by Jason Derulo.

On the other hand, breakers-up tended to listen to "The Cave" by Daniel Ek fave Mumford & Sons.

Here are the complete lists of the most popular music amongst the freshly lovestruck or lovelorn, just in time for Valentine's Day, along with corresponding Spotify playlists created by Facebook's data team:

Songs people listen to when entering into a relationship (listen on Spotify):

"Don't Wanna Go Home" by Jason Derulo
"Love On Top" by Beyoncé
"How to Love" by Lil Wayne
"Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
"Good Feeling" by Flo Rida
"It Girl" by Jason Derulo
"Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine
"Criminal" by Britney Spears
"No Sleep" by Wiz Khalifa
"Free Fallin'" by John Mayer

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Songs listened by people after ending a relationship (listen on Spotify):

"The Cave" by Mumford and Sons
"Crew Love" by Drake
"All of the Lights" by Kanye West
"Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
"Take Care" by Drake
"It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars
"We Found Love" by Rihanna & Calvin Harris
"Call It What You Want" by Foster the People
"Love You Like a Love Song" by Selena Gomez and the Scene
"Without You" by David Guetta featuring Usher

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michaelbusuttil
Michael Busuttil

Was going to try an "in before "I don't listen to any of that crap, if you can even call it music"", but clearly I was beaten to it.

My iPod currently has 1 "new relationship" versus 2 1/2 "break-up" (I've got a Coldplay cover of the Rihanna song), which probably explains why I'm 20 and thus far permanently single.