Best Breakup Songs

They say that breaking up is hard to do – and they are right. But sometimes having the right musical accompaniment can make all the difference.

Lots of songs denote the anger felt when you are heartlessly dumped (or they don’t have the decency to dump you and move on before you even know there is a problem). Rihanna did a fantastic job of mixing classy with heartfelt yet strong in Take A Bow. You’re lucky if she’s like Rihanna – Bust Your Windows (Out Your Car) by Jasmine and Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood show some girls can get physically irate when cheated on. My favorite of the anger ballads is Gives You Hell by the All American Rejects. It highlights how we feel when we are doing all right and just want the former love to know we never really needed them anyway.


I also love this happy little number on how breaking up can actually be a victory. This guy can’t be hurt – he’s Already Gone.


This is how it feels when you are still in love when the breakup takes place. The Scripts – Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)


And also, Rascall Flats What Hurts the Most


I saved the best for last, folks. Can any song be more heart wrenching than this lovely breakup piece, At This Moment by Billy Vera?


What is your favorite broken heart song?

– Maggie AAR

17 thoughts on “Best Breakup Songs

  1. DabneyAAR

    The most heartbreaking broken up song I know of is by Beth Nielsen Chapman’s Avalanche. These lyrics, every time I hear them, put a lump in my throat.

    I wasn’t ready for the avalanche
    When we let things slide
    I’d always hoped that we would have the chance
    At least to say we tried
    So I went sifting though my old mistakes
    On the day you left
    And I decided to forgive myself
    The heart can only take so much regret

    You’re all I’m aching for
    And yet
    I don’t want this pain no more
    And Yet
    My heart won’t lock that door
    I wasn’t ready for the avalanche

    I wasn’t ready for the words you chose
    When you said goodbye
    Or just how suddenly the roads could close
    Between your life and mine
    So I went looking for the reasons why
    And I got so lost
    And I decided I would have to try
    To live without your love at any cost

    You’re all I’m aching for
    And yet
    I don’t want this pain no more
    I can’t get
    My heart to lock that door
    And I wasn’t ready for the avalanche

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  2. maggie b,


    That reminds me of another great song, Landslide by Stevie Nicks.

    Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
    Can the child within my heart rise above?
    Can I sail through changing ocean tides?
    Cam I handle the seasons of my life?

    Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
    Caus I’ve built my life around you
    But time makes you bolder
    Even children get older and I’m getting older too

    Just reminds you how I long term relationship changes you and the breakup does as well.

    Go Your Own Way is another good breakup song by Fleetwood Mac.


    I had completely forgotten about Eyes without a Face. Good song.

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  3. maggie b.


    I heard a clip of Billy singing live and thought he was amazing. I am jealous you got the chance to see him :-)


    I can’t believe I forgot The Winner Takes It All. I Love that song!


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  4. Victoria S

    I grew up listening to Jazz and R&B before I knew there was any other type of music. That’s all that played in my house, as my parents were huge jazz fans. So when I think of songs that fit the tracks of my life I almost always go “old school”. So with the exception of 4 new songs, I always go back to oldies.
    Mary J. Blige– Not Gon’ Cry
    Enough Cryin’
    Carrie Underwood –Before He Cheats
    Beyonce– Irreplaceable
    Nancy Wilson–You Can Have Him
    Aretha Franklin– Ain’t No Way
    Baby I Love You
    I Never Loved A Man
    Sweet Baby Since You’ve Been Gone
    Until You Come Back To Me ( this one may have been why stalking laws were enacted–she’s kinda intense)
    Temptations–The Tracks of My Tears
    And another favorite–A House Is Not A Home. This one has been covered by almost everybody with a mike

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  5. Leigh

    I lost my post from yesterday, but I remember most of my break up. Like you Victoria I tended to listen to Soul/Jazz – such as songs by Gladys Knight and the Pips like Neither One of Us. I must have bought a new tape because on one breakup I played that over and over along with Letter Full of Tears.

    I rarely listen to them now, because they remind me of my stupidity (grin).

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