The 30 Best Songs About Moving On To Help You Get Over A Breakup

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Music is among the best kinds of medicine for healing a broken heart.

When your relationship has ended and your heart is breaking, having a playlist full of songs you can cry to, laugh to, dance to, and do whatever you need to do to is key.

Luckily, making music is part of the recovery process for many musicians, which means there's no shortage of songs about moving on and picking up the pieces for you to choose from.

Sad songs can be great — to an extent.

But if you don't want to end up wallowing in self-pity for too long, what you really need is breakup songs about moving on to bigger and better things.

So open up Spotify, Amazon, Pandora, or whatever music app it is you love most and make yourself a playlist using the list of songs below. Then you can play it on shuffle and repeat whenever you feel the desire to call your ex or when it feels like you the pain is just too much to bear.

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As the artists who wrote these songs prove, you can and will find a better, truer love in the (nearer than you may believe) future.

Here are 30 of the best breakup songs about moving on to lift you up and help you focus on what lies ahead.

1. "Better In Time" by Leona Lewis

"Even though I really love you /'m gonna smile because I deserve to"

This song will put things into perspective by reminding you that your heartbreak won't last forever. One day, you might even be thankful for the experience.

2. "Tears Dry On Their Own" by Amy Winehouse

"We could've never had it all / We had to hit a wall / So this is inevitable withdrawal"

If your tears can dry on their own, your heart can heal on its own, too. It may take some time, but the body and heart are self-healing.

3. "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie

"And I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket / But I've got to move on with my life"

A reminder that breakups can be for the better even when they're tough. And you can get through it, because you're a big girl.

4. "Don't Bother" by Shakira

"I'm really a cat, you see / And it's not my last life at all"

Be like Shakira and refuse to change yourself for anyone, your ex included. If they couldn't appreciate you for who you are, they weren't the one for you after all.

5. "Someday You Will Be Loved" by Death Cab for Cutie

"You'll be loved, you'll be loved / Like you never have known / And the memories of me will seem more like bad dreams"

You can pretend you're the woman with "eyes like the summer" that Ben Gibbard is singing to. Because some day, you will be loved again, and it will be even better than last time.

6. "New Rules" by Dua Lipa​

"Don't let him in / You'll have to kick him out again"

Repeat these lyrics to yourself before it gets tempting to let your ex back into your life. You know you're only asking for trouble if you do.

7. "Apologize" by Timbaland ft. One Republic

"And to say sorry like the angel heaven let me think was you / But I'm afraid it's too late to apologize"

This one's for when your ex tries to win you back with an apologetic gesture. Actions speak louder than words, especially if those words are "I'm sorry."

8. "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé

"I could have another you in a minute / Matter fact, he'll be here in a minute, baby"

For the same purpose, but with more sass. Nobody can lift your spirits after a breakup like Beyoncé.

9. "Silver Lining" by Rilo Kiley​

"I was your silver lining but now I'm gold."

You may have been each other's silver lining, but now you're gold. And there's more gold to come in your post-breakup life.

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10. "Song for the Dumped" by Ben Folds Five

"So you wanted to take a break? / Slow it down some and have some space? / F— you too"

Folds' fixation on the shirt his ex still has will give you the good laugh you need during this tough time. It will also validate all your rage, even toward the little things.

11. "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton

"I hope life treats you kind / And I hope you have all you've dreamed of / And I wish you joy and happiness / But above all this I wish you love"

Let this classic ballad teach you how to make peace with your breakup. No hard feelings here — you can move on and retain love for your ex, as a friend and as a person.

12. "Dammit" by Blink-182

"And it's happened once again / I'll turn to a friend / Someone that understands / Sees through the master plan"

This fast-tempo yet melancholy song will simultaneously take you back to the 90s and remind you that you're "growing up." It might even bring you back to your first breakup. If that was for the better, this one can be, too.

13. "Merry Happy" by Kate Nash

"I can be alone, yeah / I can watch a sunset on my own"

This breakup song is the perfect combination of angry and adorable. You'll get lost in the story of how the couple in the song met, and your heart will break all over again when they part ways.

14. "You Learn" by Alanis Morissette

"You live you learn, you love you learn / You cry you learn, you lose you learn / You bleed you learn, you scream you learn"

Alanis Morissette's words of wisdom will help you move on from just about anything. No matter what hardship you're going through, you can always learn from it.

15. "So Yesterday" by Hilary Duff

"If it's over, let's go, and / Come tomorrow it will seem so yesterday"

Your relationship will one day feel as passé as Hilary Duff's music career. It's true, though — time heals all wounds.

16. "A Minor Incident" by Badly Drawn Boy

"There's nothing I could say to make you try and feel OK / And nothing you could do to stop me feeling the way I do / And if the chance should happen that I never see that again / Just remember that I'll always love you"

This song will remind you that the relationship served a purpose, and it was good and worthwhile while it lasted. Just because the relationship is over doesn't mean you can't look back on it fondly.

17. "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson

"How come I'd never hear you say, 'I just wanna be with you' / I guess you never felt that way."

No matter how bad it seems now, this breakup just might let you breathe for the first time. Hindsight is 20/20.

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18. "It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

"No, I don't wanna know / Where you been or where you're goin' / But I know I won't be home / And you'll be on your own"

If your ex comes crying back, remember: they're not your responsibility now. It may be painful to watch them struggle, but you've got to worry about yourself.

19. "Never Forget You" by Zara Larsson

"I will never forget you / And you'll always be by my side 'til the day I die"

This tear-jerker will make you appreciate the good times you had. It's also fun to dance to.

20. "Shout Out to My Ex" by Little Mix

"Shout out to my ex, you're really quite the man / You made my heart break and that made me who I am"

This one, on the other hand, will remind you why you're not together anymore. It can be easy to romanticize a relationship, but if you want to move on, it may be more useful to remember the bad stuff.

21. “Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso

"I've been hoping somebody loves you in the ways I couldn't / Somebody's taking care of all of the mess I've made / Someone you don't have to change"

A breakup can be just as bad when you're the one to initiate it. If you were the one to end the relationship, this song will remind you not to feel too bad, because someone will love your ex in the ways you couldn't.

22. "The First Cut Is The Deepest" by Sheryl Crow

"I would have given you all of my heart / But there's someone who's taken it apart / And he's taking it just that I had / But if you wanna try to love again"

No matter how many breakups you've been through, you'll never lose your ability to love again. This song will help put you in the mindset to get back out onto the field.

23. "Better" by Regina Spektor

"If I kiss you where it's sore / Will you feel better, better, better"

A reminder that your friendships will outlast your relationship, and you can count on your friends to help you move on. You can also count on Regina Spektor's angelic voice.

24. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" by The Ting Tings

"It's me that ought to be moving on / You're not adorable / I was something unignorable"

This song will make you want to get out of bed and jump up and down. It'll also make you determined to stop letting your ex rule your life.

25. "Smile" by Lily Allen

"At worst, I feel bad for a while / But then I just smile, I go ahead and smile"

Like Lily Allen, you'll be smiling again soon. In fact, this song itself may be enough to put a smile on your face.

26. "No Scrubs" by TLC

"See, if you can not spatially expand my horizon / Then that's you in the class with scrubs, never rising"

If your ex was a "scrub," you've dodged that bullet. And if they weren't, at least be glad you had the privilege of dating a decent person.

27. "Stronger" by Britney Spears

"You might think that I can not take it, but you're wrong / Cause now I'm stronger than yesterday"

It's thanks to this experience that you're stronger than yesterday. Take it from Britney: Her loneliness is no longer killing her.

28. "I'm Too Good to You" by Drake

"I'm way too good to you / You take my love for granted / I just do not understand it"

If you were too good to your ex, it's time to stop that and find someone who's equally good to you. Like Drake.

29. "Bye Bye Bye" by N'Sync

"I loved you endlessly / When you weren't there for me / So now it's time to leave and make it alone"

​What better way to say bye to your ex than to relive N'Sync's glory days? There's a comfort in knowing their music's appeal has outlasted your relationship.

30. "Survivor" by Destiny's Child

"You thought that I'd be weak without you, but I'm stronger / You thought that I'd be broke without you, but I'm richer"

Because you'll come out stronger, smarter, and better after this. That's the upside of a breakup: You get some time alone to rediscover who you are.

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Suzannah Weiss is a writer whose work has also been published in The Washington Post, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Paper Magazine, Bustle, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, and more.

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