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100 Best Breakup Songs

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A Breakup is not the end, It's a new beginning

A Breakup is not the end, It's a new beginning

A breakup is not easy to deal with. However, the only way to overcome bitter memories is to move on. You cannot shy away from the truth. The bag of memories always remains with you. We have to take the bad memories in our stride and let time be the healer. For individuals that feel connected with music, songs play a pivotal role in different phases of life. After a breakup, individuals tend to stop listening to songs pertaining to heartache, heartbreak, and jilt. While it makes sense to take a break from songs that make you sad, the truth is listening to breakup songs also makes you a stronger person emotionally.

The list below showcases an epic list of breakup songs and heartbreak songs from different genres. If you have a view, opinion, or song suggestion, let us know in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Breakup Songs

  1. “Rolling in the Deep”—Adele (Soul/Pop)
  2. “Thank U, Next”—Ariana Grande (Pop)
  3. “Shake it Out”—Florence and the Machine (Alternative/Indie)
  4. “Call Out My Name”—The Weeknd (R&B/Soul)
  5. “Not Over You”—Gavin DeGraw (Pop)
  6. “Happy Now”—Zedd and Elley Duhe (Dance/Electronic)
  7. “What a Time”—Julia Michaels featuring Niall Horan (Pop)
  8. “You Should Be Sad”—Halsey (Pop)
  9. “I Knew You Were Trouble”—Taylor Swift (Pop)
  10. “I Miss You”—Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels (Dance/Electronic)

Does Listening To Breakup Songs Help?

Breakup songs help deal with the reality of our past in a lucid manner. Lyrics in songs that relate to our lives help us focus better. When we reflect upon a bitter episode as a song is playing, suppressed anger finds an outlet. When individuals go through a bitter breakup, anger and resentment builds up slowly. Listening to songs that remind you of your breakup helps you face the reality and move on in life.

When traumatic memories or sad memories come alive while listening to songs, you subconsciously drift away to your past, however, when you are done listening to a song that connects with your past, you emerge an emotionally stronger person. While heartbreak songs may make you feel down momentarily, in the long run they do help you deal will inner demons in a subjective manner.


11. “To Die For”—Sam Smith (Pop/Soul)

12. “Stay”—Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko (Pop)

13. “Tequila”—Dan + Shay (Country)

14. “Someone like You”—Adele (Pop/Soul)

15. “Falling Like the Stars”—James Arthur (Pop)

16. “New Rules”—Dua Lipa (Pop)

17. “Stay with Me”—Sam Smith (Pop)

18. “Hard to Forget”—Sam Hunt (Country)

19. “After You”—Meghan Trainor (Pop)

20. “Hello”—Adele (Soul/Pop)

What Songs Should I Listen To After a Breakup?

While there are different types of songs you can listen to after a breakup, it’s is wise to pick songs that are introspective. Listening to such songs helps you examine your thought in new light. Heartbreak songs from different genres evoke memories of different phases in a relationship. Lyrics of breakup songs do trigger dark moments in life, but they also help look at life with a brand new perspective. Songs about breakups may make you feel sad as you listen to them, however, when you are through with a session of these sad songs, you encounter every aspect of life positively.

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Songs about broken hearts connect intensely with listeners who have had painful memories in the past. Opt for songs that have a strong narrative. Lyrics that offer an emotional perspective through songs often help the listener emerge stronger with tears. Sometimes for the listener, it feels like the line in a song is speaking about what transpired in his/her life. In such moments, tears help ease the pain while releasing a flood of mixed emotions trapped inside.


21. “Call Me When It’s Over”—James Smith (Pop)

22. “Want Your Back”—5 Seconds of Summer (Pop/Rock)

23. “You Oughta Know”—Alanis Morissette (Rock)

24. “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored—Ariana Grande (Pop)

25. “Sing it With Me”—JP Cooper featuring Astrid S. (Pop)

26. “Good Together”—Shallou (Dance/Electronic)

27. “Back To Black”—Amy Winehouse (R&B/Soul)

28. “Apologize”—OneRepublic and Timbaland (Pop/Hip-Hop)

29. “Now You’re Gone”—Tom Walker (Alternative/Indie)

30. “We Don’t Talk Anymore”—Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez (Pop)

31. “Is it Really Me You’re Missing”—Nina Nesbitt (Pop)

32. “The Winner Takes it All”—ABBA (Pop)

33. “Foolish Games”—Jewel (Pop)

34. “Stitches”—Shawn Mendes (Pop)

35. “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”—Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus (Pop)

36. “Best Thing I Never Had”—Beyonce (R&B/Pop)

37. “Damn You for Breaking My Heart”—Caitlyn Smith (Pop)

38. “Your Name Hurts”—Hailee Steinfeld (Pop)

39. “Somebody Else”—The 1975 (Rock)

40. “Consequences”—Camila Cabello (Pop)

Move on! You deserve to be happy!

Move on! You deserve to be happy!

Songs about heartbreak gained prominence through jazz in the ‘40s and ‘50s and since this trend of balladry has gained popularity in different genres over the years. While many teenagers globally love listening to breakup songs, these songs are also popular with older adults.

Over the years, songs about breakups have become rather popular in genres such as, rock, pop, R&B, soul, country, alternative, indie, and heavy metal. Many singers and songwriter encompass moments of life through lyrics of songs and that’s the reason why we feel a peculiar warmth and nostalgia when we sit down listening to sad songs. The lyrics of breakup songs connect with events in our life.


41. “Million Reasons”—Lady Gaga (Pop)

42. “Gives You Hell”—All-American Rejects (Rock)

43. “Love in the Dark”—Jessie Reyez (Pop)

44. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”—Taylor Swift (Pop)

45. “Be Careful”—Cardi B. (Hip-Hop/Rap)

46. “Handmade Heaven”—Marina (Pop)

47. “Dreaming with a Broken Heart”—John Mayer (Blues Rock)

48. “Quite Miss Home”—James Arthur (Pop)

49. “Big Girls Cry”—Sia (Pop)

50. “Dancing with Your Ghost”—Sasha Solan (Pop)

51. “Cry Me a River”—Justin Timberlake (Pop/R&B)

52. “The One”—The Chainsmokers (Dance/Electronic)

53. “Stab You in the Heart”—Green Day (Alternative/Indie)

54. “Part of Me”—Kate Perry (Pop)

55. “Selfish”—Madison Beer (Pop)

56. “Wrecking Ball”—Miley Cyrus (Pop)

57. “Goodbye My Lover”—James Blunt (Pop/Rock)

58. “Against All Odds (Take A look at Me Now…)”—Phil Collins (Pop)

59. “Only You”—Cheat Codes and Little Mix (Dance/Electronic)

60. “Good Thing Gone”—Elle King (Alternative)

You will find light in dark times

You will find light in dark times

Dedicating Breakup Songs to Your Ex Boyfriend or Ex Girlfriend

Dedicating a playlist of breakup songs to your ex boyfriend or ex girlfriend has become the new norm in recent years. Teenagers in particular love to make dedication playlists for their ex because it empowers them to emerge stronger after a failed relationship. Majority of individuals love listening to heartbreak songs on weekends.

Is there some sort of a connection with breakup songs and weekends? While answers to this question may not be of relevance to many, it may well sum up the lives of many newly single on weekends. Not everybody may like listening to sad songs, however, songs about heartbreak, heartache, jilt, breakups, and pain will always be the closest to our heart and mind.


61. “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over”—Jeff Buckley (Rock)

62. “Trust My Lonely”—Alessia Cara (Pop)

63. “Green Light”—Lorde (Pop)

64. “Forever”—Lewis Capaldi (R&B/Soul)

65. “What If I Told You That I Love You”—Ali Gatie (Pop)

66. “Half a Man”—Dean Lewis (Pop)

67. “Too Good at Goodbyes”—Sam Smith (Pop)

68. “Let it Go”—James Bay (Pop)

69. “We Belong Together”—Mariah Carey (R&B)

70. “Maybe it Was Me”—Sody (Pop)

71. “Like I Used To”—Tinashe (R&B/Pop)

72. “Big Girls Don’t Cry”—Fergie (Pop)

73. “IDGAF”—Dua Lipa (Electropop)

74. “Maggie May”—Rod Stewart (Pop/Rock)

75. “It’s your Eyes I See”—Hanne Leland (Pop)

76. “Go Your Own Way”—Fleetwood Mac (Rock/Pop)

77. “Because I Had You”—Shawn Mendes (Pop)

78. “Lose You”—Noah Gundersen (Rock)

79. “Shout Out to My Ex”—Little Mix (Pop)

80. “Ex-Factor”—Lauren Hill (R&B/Soul)


81. “Forget You”—Ce Lo Green (Pop)

82. “Love Will Tear Us Apart”—Joy Division (Rock)

83. “What About Us”—Pink (Pop/Dance/Electronic)

84. “I Fall Apart”—Post Malone (Alternative Hip-Hop/R&B)

85. “Pictures of You”—The Cure (Rock/New Wave)

86. “New York”—St. Vincent (Alternative/Indie)

87. “Happier”—Ed Sheeran (Pop)

88. “Naked”—James Arthur (Pop)

89. “Before He Cheats”—Carrie Underwood (Country)

90. “Space Cowboy”—Kacey Musgraves (Country)

91. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”—Al Green (Soul)

92. “Used to You”—Ali Gatie (R&B/Soul)

93. “You Don’t Do It for Me Anymore”—Demi Lovato (Pop)

94. “Truth Hurts”—Lizzo (Pop)

95. “Ignore Me”—Betty Who (Pop)

96. “Good Cry”—Noah Cyrus (Pop)

97. “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”—Jimmy Ruffin (Soul)

98. “Your Side of the Bed”—Loote (Pop)

99. “You Were meant For Me”—Jewel (Pop/Folk)

100. “I Can’t Fall in Love Without You”—Zara Larsson (Pop)

Other Notable Breakup Songs

  • “When I Was Your Man”—Bruno Mars (Pop)
  • “Skinny Love”—Bon Iver (Indie Rock/Folk/Indie Folk)
  • “Black”—Pearl Jam (Alternative/Grunge)
  • “Wide Awake”—Kate Perry (Pop/Dance Pop)
  • “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”—Pink (Pop/Electropop)
  • “Thinkin Bout You”—Frank Ocean (R&B)
  • “Sometime Love Just Ain’t Enough”—Patty Smyth and Don Henley (Pop/ Rock)
  • “Rootless Tree”—Damian Rice (Folk/Indie Folk)
  • “The Last Time”—Taylor Swift featuring Gary Lightbody (Alternative Rock)
  • “She Used To Be Mine”—Brooks & Dunn (Country)
  • “Total Eclipse of the Heart”—Bonnie Taylor (Pop/Rock/Soft Rock)
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart”—Miranda Lambert (Country/Pop)
  • “Irreplaceable”—Beyonce (Pop/R&B)
  • “Dancing on My Own”—Robyn (Electropop)
  • “Come Pick Me Up”—Ryan Adams (Rock/ Alternative Country/Folk)
  • “Already Gone”—Kelly Clarkson (Country)
  • “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You”—Michael Bolton (Pop)
  • “You Give Love a Bad Name”—Bon Jovi (Rock)
  • “Need You Now”—Lady Antebellum (Country)
  • “Bulletproof”—La Roux (Pop)
  • “Take a Bow”—Rihanna (Pop)
  • “Don’t Gotta Work it Out”—Fitz and the Tantrums (Neo Soul)
  • “Consider Me Gone”—Reba McEntire (Country)
  • “Here Comes Goodbye”—Rascal Flatts (Country)
  • “All by Myself”—Eric Carmen (Pop)
  • “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”—Kelly Clarkson (Pop)
  • “It’s a Heartache”—Bonnie Taylor (Country/Soft Rock)
  • “7 Things”—Miley Cyrus (Pop/Rock))
  • “Rewind”—Paolo Nutini (Pop/R&B/Soul)
  • “Always On My Mind”—Willie Nelson (Country)
  • “Yesterday”—The Beatles (Rock)
  • “Jar of Hearts”—Christina Perri (Pop)
  • “Love Hurts”—Nazareth (Rock)
  • “Ain’t No Sunshine”—Bill Withers (Soul/ R&B)
  • “Crying In the Rain”—The Everly Brothers (Pop)
  • “Unchained Melody”—Righteous Brothers (Pop)
  • “The Blowers Daughter”—Damian Rice (Folk/Indie Folk)
  • “Torn”—Natalie Imbruglia (Pop)
  • “Still Got The Blues”—Gary Moore (Blues Rock)
  • “Tears in Heaven”—Eric Clapton (Rock)
  • “I Can’t Make You Love Me”—Bonnie Raitt (Country)
  • “Don’t Speak”—No Doubt (Pop)
  • “He Stopped Loving Her Today”—George Gones (Country)
  • “How Do I Live”—Leann Rimes (Pop/Country)
  • “What Hurts the Most”—Rascal Flatts (Country)
  • “Halleujah”—Jeff Buckley (Alternative Rock/Folk Rock/Soul-Blues)
  • “Forever Blue”—Chris Isaak (Rock and Roll/ Rockabilly/Roots Rock/Country)
  • “Time After Time”—Cyndi Lauper (Pop)
  • “Who Knew”—Pink (Pop)
  • “River”—Joni Mitchell (Folk/Pop)
  • “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”—Neil Sedaka (Pop/Rock)
  • “Nothing Compares 2 You”—Sinead O’ Connor (Pop)
  • “Still Loving You”—Scorpions (Rock)
  • “It Must Have Been Love”—Roxette (Pop/Rock)
  • “I Will Always Love You”—Whitney Houston (Pop/R&B/Soul)
  • “Wicked Game”—Chris Isaak (Rock N Roll/Rockabilly/Roots Rock/Country)
  • “Sorry”—Beyonce (R&B/Pop)
  • “Love Yourself”—Justin Bieber (Pop)
  • “Needed Me”—Rihanna (R&B)
  • “I Will Remember You”—Sarah McLachlan (Pop)
  • “Everybody Hurts”—R.E.M. (Rock/Alternative Rock)
  • “November Rain”—Guns N Roses (Rock)
  • “End of the Road”—Boyz 2 Men (R&B/Pop/Soul)
  • “Ivy”—Frank Ocean (R&B)
  • “I Will Survive”—Gloria Gaynor (R&B/Soul/Pop)
  • “Headed For a Heartbreak”—Winger (Rock)
  • “Another Lonely Day”—Ben Harper (Soul/R&B/Blues/Pop)
  • “Whiskey Lullaby”—Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss (Country)
  • “I Could Use a Love Song”—Maren Morris (Country)
  • “Burning House”—Cam (Country)
  • “Please Forgive Me”—Bryan Adams (Pop)
  • “No Distance Left to Run”—Blur (Alternative Rock/ Britpop)
  • “Tears Dry on Their Own”—Amy Winehouse (R&B/Soul)
  • “When You Were Mine”—Prince (Pop)
  • “Somewhere on the Beach”—Dierks Bentley (Country)
  • “Black Sun”—Death Cab for Cutie (Alternative Rock/Indie)
  • “Unbreak My Heart”—Toni Braxton (Pop)
  • “Stone Cold”—Demi Lovato (Soul)
  • “Cuts Like A Knife”—Rockwell (Soul/R&B/Pop)
  • “Love Myself”—Hailee Steinfeld (Pop)
  • “Somebody That I Used To Know”—Gotye Featuring Kimbra (Pop/Indie)
  • “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”—Bee Gees (Pop)
  • “So Cruel”—U2 (Rock/Pop)
  • “That’s Why (You Go Away)”—Michael Learns To Rock (Pop)
  • “Goodbye”—Air Supply (Pop)
  • “Breakeven”—The Script (Pop/Rock)
  • “Where Did My Heart Go?”—James Ingram (R&B/Pop)
  • “Forever Don’t Last”—Jazmine Sullivan (R&B)
  • “10,000 Promises”—Backstreet Boys (Pop)
  • “Since U Been Gone”—Kelly Clarkson (Pop)
  • “Break Up in a Small Town—Sam Hunt (Country)
  • “It’s Too Late”—Carole King (Folk Rock/Soft Rock)
  • “You Ruin Me”—The Veronicas (Pop)
  • “The Music Played”—Matt Monro (Pop)
  • “Song for the Dumped”—Ben Folds Five (Alternative Rock/Power Pop)
  • “Tell Her”—Lonestar (Country/Pop)
  • “Say Something”—A Great Big World (Pop)
  • “Keep it to Yourself”—Kacey Musgraves (Country)
  • “All Too Well”—Taylor Swift (Country/Pop)
  • “Let Her Go”—Passenger (Folk Rock)

© 2015 Ansel Pereira


Ansel Pereira (author) on August 28, 2015:

November Rain does bring back memories. Don Henley has a voice that connects instantaneously.

Liv Carradine from Los Angeles, CA on August 28, 2015:

November Rain is definitely one of my favorites. I have 2 more that are not on the list: "Hear My Call" by Jill Scott (this one spoke my entire soul when I was going through divorce) and "The Heart of the Matter" by Don Henley

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