60 Empowering Breakup Songs (To Help You Feel Happy It's Finally Over)

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Breakups are always tough, no matter how happy or relieved you feel that the relationship is finally over.

Your emotional state is usually in shambles, and it may take a lot of effort to adjust to your new life without the person you once loved and thought you might even spend forever with.

That said, breakups aren't always a bad thing.

Finding release from toxic people and situations can even make you feel strong, as listening to the best breakup songs often reminds us. There are plenty of different breakup songs for girls and empowering breakup songs for him.

Starting over while you're getting over someone may make your life temporarily more chaotic, but that's just a natural part of the change; it leads you to better things

Music has a way of getting straight to the deepest part of ourselves, so good songs to listen to at this time are those that don't drag on about endless tears and depressing thoughts.

Instead of pulling up a playlist that will only leave you wallowing in sadness, certain songs may express feelings of regret, but more than that, they celebrate the moment you regain the freedom to live life on your own terms, the exhilaration of being single again, and the realization that you are complete in yourself.

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What's a good song for someone going through a breakup?

Good songs for someone going through a breakup can be sad, angry or happy; they can even be love songs that leave them hopeful for the future. But the best song for a broken heart is one where you can sing your heart out. Even celebrities and singers have experienced painful breakups and have given us great songs as a result.

After a breakup, in order to be mentally strong you need to give yourself time to grieve and heal, but don't wallow in your own self-pity. Try out different coping habits and spend time with friends who can help you. 

The music you should listen to after a breakup includes songs that are relatable; it's like having a friend to talk to! Music can heal broken hearts with time, but some songs bring back memories, so it's best to stay away from those songs until you're able to reclaim them in your head without thinking of your ex. 

So, get ready to put that smile back on your face!

Here's our playlist of the 60 best empowering breakup songs to help you not only get over someone, but feel genuinely happy again.

1. "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

No matter what happens, you must live on. You have to find your own happiness, regardless of it all.

I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my life to live
And I've got all my love to give, and I'll survive

2. "Stronger" by Britney Spears

This is one of the best badass breakup songs, and Britney will definitely make you feel stronger after your breakup. 

Stronger than yesterday
Now it’s nothing but my way
My loneliness ain’t killing me no more
I’m stronger
Than I ever thought that I could be, baby

3. "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift

You are so much more than the people you’ve dated. Learn from Taylor Swift: Don’t let your exes get you down.

'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

4. "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol

Now’s the time to have fun with yourself. Don’t stop dancing just because you don’t have anyone to dance with. Being single is more fun than you think.

Well, there's nothing to lose
And there's nothing to prove, well
Dancing a-with myself

5. "Tonight I’m Getting Over You" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Get over it and move on, that's the best you can do. It’s the quickest way to get your life back on track.

Tonight I'm getting over
Meditate and do my yo-ger
Then I pull up to the club in a Rover
A Celine bag on my shoulder
I said rr', cock that revolver
Rr' rr' that's that nostal-ger

6. "I Don’t Miss You At All" by Selena Gomez & The Scene

They probably didn’t deserve you anyway, so don’t waste your emotional energy grieving over them. There's so much to live for!

It doesn't hurt
When I think of you
And all the things we'll
Never get to do
I don't dream at night about the way we were

7. "Sinead" by Within Temptation

This song always fills us with the hope that things will work out for the best. You just have to start believing it.

Oh Sinead
For the first time
Love is gonna turn around
I'm telling you
You will like it, I know

8. "Shut Up And Let Me Go" by The Ting Tings

Sometimes you’re ready to move on, but the other person isn’t. Don’t make that your business. It's not your fault if the other person can't let go.

For the last time you will kiss my lips
Now shut up and let me go

9. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera

This song will remind you that you’re worth the fight, and that you have to fight for your own happiness. Learn from the past to be a better person.

'Cause it makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter

10. "Bye Bye Bye" by NSYNC

Goodbyes don’t always have to be sad. Period.

Don't want to make it tough
I just want to tell you that I've had enough
It might sound crazy but it ain't no lie
Baby bye bye bye

11. "Best Thing I Never Had" by Beyoncé

Things could have got so much worse. Be glad you opted out.

Thank god you blew it
I thank god I dodged a bullet
I'm so over you
Thank god I found the good in goodbye

12. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift

This is a reason to celebrate. Maybe throw a party? Get all your girlfriends together for a major hangout sesh.

I used to think that we were forever ever, ever
And I used to say, never say never
Huh, so he calls me up and he's like, I still love you
And I'm like I just I mean this is exhausting, you know, like
We are never getting back together like, ever

13. "Victoria’s Secret" by Sonata Arctica

These lyrics affirm that you should keep doing the things you love and live on your own terms. In fact, these lyrics are pretty motivational and give sound advice.

Dancing on the path and singing now you got away
You can reach the goals that you have set from now on, every day
There is no way you would go back now, oh no, those days are past
Life is waiting for the one who loves to live, and it is not a secret

14. "Better Off" by Jeremy Zucker ft. Chelsea Cutler

Because you’re better off when you’re not with people who can’t handle your awesomeness. Being alone has its fair share of benefits.

Maybe we're better off alone
Maybe we're better off
I can feel it in my bones
Running circles
'Cause you're all I know
And I feel it in my soul
If I'm honest

15. "Break Free" by Ariana Grande ft. Zedd

Just be happy that it happened. It's cliché, but it’s true. Sometimes you have to break free of other people's expectations and live the life you want.

I only want to die alive
Never by the hands of a broken heart

16. "Burning House Of Love" by X

Sometimes, things can get too heated. If you’re still scorched by the breakup, dance to this song.

Well I can still remember
A couple of years ago
When the smoke and flame called my name
It was a burning house of love

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17. "Days Go By" by Keith Urban

Life will always go on, so don’t waste your time moping over someone who isn’t coming back. You have so many other things to work towards.

And days go by
I can feel 'em flyin'
Like a hand out the window in the wind
The cars go by
Yeah it's all we've been given
So you better start livin' right now
'Cause days go by

18. "Survivor" by Destiny’s Child

Newsflash: no one's coming to save you. Save yourself instead of waiting for someone else to show up.

Now that you're outta my life, I'm so much better
You thought that I'd be weak without ya, but I'm stronger
You thought that I'd be broke without ya, but I'm richer
You thought that I'd be sad without ya, I love harder

19. "I Came Here To Get Over You" by Brandon Flowers

Do whatever it takes to move on. Just do it. You'll thank yourself later.

I made a lot of bad decisions
But tonight I’m breaking through
I came here to get over you

20. "Let Me Go" by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line, Watt

Your happiness is your first priority, always. Don't be in an unfulfilling relationship just because you feel obliged to.

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
I've been hoping
Someone will love you, let me go

21. "Just Another Girl" by The Killers

This song is a friendly reminder that there are always plenty of fish in the sea. The world is full of new and exciting people for you to meet.

All of my friends say I should move on
She's just another girl, don't let her stick it to your heart so hard
And of all my friends say it wasn't meant to be
And it's a great big world, she's just another girl

22. "So What" by Pink

So what, you broke up? The world hasn’t ended. You're still you and you're complete by yourself.

I'm still a rock star
I got my rock moves
And I don't need you
And guess what
I'm having more fun

23. "I'm Out" by Ciara

When your heart is broken and there's nothing else to do, it's best to just shake it off and dance it out.

Go and get your sexy on
If you know that you better
Than the new girl that he on
Go 'head and tell him now
You gon' miss me when I'm gone (I'm out)

24. "You Can Do Magic" by America

Don’t let a silly breakup destroy the belief in yourself. You are capable of extraordinary things.

You can do magic
You can have anything that you desire
Magic, and you know
You're the one who can put out the fire

25. "You Don't Own Me" by Grace ft. G-Eazy

Go at it alone. There’s nothing wrong or shameful or sad about it. No one should tell you how to live your life.

You don't own me
I'm not just one of your many toys
You don't own me
Don't say I can't go with other boys

26. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson

As they say, what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. This song is a reminder that this ancient wisdom is still as relevant.

You know the bed feels warmer
Sleeping here alone
You know I dream in color
And do the things I want

27. "Problem" by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea

Either you want it or you just playin'
I'm listening to you knowin'
I can't believe what you're sayin'
There's a million you's baby boo
So don't be dumb
I got 99 problems
But you won't be one

28. "Look At Her Now" by Selena Gomez

Add this to your playlist of songs about breaking up with someone you still love. Except, in the end, it was worth it. 

It was her first real lover
His too 'til he had another
Oh, God, when she found out
Trust levels went way down
Of course she was sad
But now she's glad she dodged a bullet
Took a few years to soak up the tears
But look at her now, watch her go

29. "Cry Me A River" by Justin Timberlake

Some people aren’t meant to stay, and it’s always difficult to get over it when your partner has cheated on you. But it’s more important that you do.

You don't have to say what you did
I already know, I found out from him
Now there's just no chance
With you and me
There'll never be
Don't it make you sad about it?

30. "Famous Last Words" by My Chemical Romance

Be comfortable with your own solitude and your happiness will not depend on other people. Love yourself and don't be afraid of the future.

I am not afraid to keep on living
I am not afraid to walk this world alone

31. "Tragedy" by The Bee Gees

Lyrically, this may seem like a sad song, but the upbeat music will make you want to dance. Seriously, just play it and your mood will automatically improve.

When the feeling's gone and you can't go on
It's tragedy
When the morning cries and you don't know why
It's hard to bear
With no one to love you
You're goin' nowhere

32. "Let It Matter" by Johnnyswim

The secret is to learn from past relationships and breakups; don’t cling to them for dear life. Allow yourself to cry for a bit, but then get up and smile.

So if it matters, let it matter
If your heart's breaking, let it ache
Catch those pieces as they scatter
Know your hurt is not in vain

33. "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers

This song is a reminder that you have to be optimistic. Things often may not work out, but that doesn't mean you should lose faith.

Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis
But it's just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
'Cause I'm Mr Brightside

34. "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé

Don't let your ex think that they'll never find someone as good as them. You will, and they are out there.

So since I'm not your everything
How about I'll be nothing
Nothing at all to you?
Baby I won't shed a tear for you
I won't lose a wink of sleep
'Cause the truth of the matter is
Replacing you is so easy

35. "Titanium" by David Guetta ft. Sia

Don’t forget that you’re stronger than you think. Seriously!

I'm bulletproof nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium

36. "Let It Go" by Idina Menzel

These lyrics make our favorite track from "Frozen" the perfect empowerment song after a breakup. Try singing along to it, as loud as you can!

It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me can't get to me at all
It's time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me, I'm free

37. "Harden My Heart" by Quarterflash

The jazz tones are sure to give you a self-confidence boost. This song teaches you that sometimes you need to be aloof and detached.

I've been waiting for a feeling that never, ever came
It feels so close, but always disappears
Darlin', in your wildest dreams, you never had a clue
But it's time you got the news
I'm gonna harden my heart

38. "New Romantics" by Taylor Swift

Life is chaotic and confusing, but there will always be good things and good people. Make it a point to spot them and celebrate them.

Heartbreak is the national anthem
We sing it proudly
We are too busy dancing
So get knocked off our feet
Baby, we're the new romantics
The best people in life are free

39. "Dark Paradise" by Lana del Rey

Sometimes you don’t want to forget a person, and that’s okay, as long as you're aware of your actions. When you remember the past, remember the happiness and be grateful for it.

All my friends ask me why I stay strong
Tell 'em when you find true love it lives on
Ah, that's why I stay here

40. "New Rules" by Dua Lipa

The times are always changing. Don’t let traditions and conventions dictate the life you want to live. Make your own rules.

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One, don't pick up the phone
You know he's only calling 'cause he's drunk and alone
Two, don't let him in
You'll have to kick him out again
Three, don't be his friend
You know you're gonna wake up in his bed in the morning
And if you're under him
You ain't getting over him

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41. "Walk Away Renee" by Four Tops

Sometimes you fight for your relationship. But other times you just walk away.

Just walk away Renee
You won't see me follow you back home
The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same
You're not to blame

42. "Ex-Girlfriend" by No Doubt

Your past relationships don’t define you. They never did. Learn from them and move on.

I kinda always knew I'd end up your ex-girlfriend
I hope I hold a special place with the rest of them
And you know it makes me sick to be on that list
But I should have thought of that before we kissed

43. "I Don’t Love You" by My Chemical Romance

Breakups don’t mean you have to automatically stop loving or caring. Draw strength from your past. You can always love someone without being "in love" with them.

And after all this time that you still owe
You're still the good-for-nothing I don't know
So take your gloves and get out
Better get out while you can
When you go would you even turn to say
I don't love you like I did yesterday

44. "Smile" by Lily Allen

When your ex cheats on you, you'll eventually find out that you're better off without them.

At first when I see you cry,
Yeah, it makes me smile, yeah, it makes me smile
At worst I feel bad for a while
But then I just smile, I go ahead and smile

45. "What You Want" by Evanescence

Some people are unforgettable. Sometimes, that’s you.

Do what you, what you want
You don't have to lay your life down (Is it over?)
Do what you, what you want
'Til you find what you're looking for (Got to remember who you really are)

46. "Everyday I Love You Less And Less" by Kaiser Chefs

The hurt will stop. Maybe right now you're hurting so much that you find it impossible to believe this, but within a short while, things will get so much better.

Everyday I love you less and less
It's clear to see that you've become obsessed
I've got to get this message to the press
That everyday I love you less and less

47. "Believe" by Cher

What am I supposed to do
Sit around and wait for you?
And I can't do that
There's no turning back
I need time to move on
I need love to feel strong
'Cause I've had time to think it through
And maybe I'm too good for you

48. "Between Me And You" by Brandon Flowers

You will make mistakes. It’s natural and normal, so don’t berate yourself for it. Forgive yourself and let go.

And there's a power in letting go
I guess I didn't want to let you know
These hours I'm working ain't nearly enough
And sometimes its like a bullet came and blasted me right of out of the blue
But I'm doing my best to not let it get between me and you

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

Sometimes it’s best to let things take their course and slowly heal. Let Winehouse's soulful vocals sink in.

He walks away
The sun goes down
He takes the day, but I'm grown
And in your way
In this blue shade
My tears dry on their own

50. "Gives You Hell" by The All-American Rejects

The best thing to think of after a breakup is how much better you're doing than your ex, and hoping that them seeing you be your best possible self gets under their skin.

When you see my face
Hope it gives you hell
Hope it gives you hell
When you walk my way
Hope it gives you hell
Hope it gives you hell

51. "Miles Away" by Madonna

It’s their loss, not yours. Maybe they'll figure out what a mistake they did in letting you go.

I'm alright, don't be sorry, but it's true
When I'm gone you realize
That I'm the best thing that happened to you

52. "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette

This is the best song to listen to after a hard breakup where your ex has moved on. Channel Alanis' lyrics and use them to move forward.

And I'm here, to remind you
Of the mess you left when you went away
It's not fair, to deny me
Of the cross I bear that you gave to me
You, you, you oughta know

53. "Shake It Off" by Mariah Carey

Never hestitate to let go of someone who cheated on you. In a sense, shake it all off and get on with your life.

I gotta get this off of my mind
You wasn't worth my time
So I'm leaving you behind
'Cause I need a real love in my life
Save this recording because
I'm never coming back home
Baby I'm gone

54. "Nothing In My Way" by Keane

You will feel lonely, confused and not sure about what you want to do. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings as part of the healing process.

And why'd you say
It's just another day, nothing in my way
I don't wanna go, I don't wanna stay

55. "Burning Bridges" by Bon Jovi

Another song with cheerful sing-along music that will make you feel better about severing ties with certain people. You don't need toxicity in your life.

The stories I could write
I've seen a million faces
And I've lived a couple lives
Here's our history for all to see
The smiles and all the scars
First the rising then the falling
Call this chapter shooting stars
That must sound good from where you are

56. "Week Without You" by Miley Cyrus

Sometimes people grow apart when they don't feel the same love as they did at the start. It's best to walk away, even with a broken heart. 

I know that I gave you my heart
But you stomped it to the ground
And that's what got me wondering what it's like
To not have you around

57. "Most Likely You Go Your Way" by Bob Dylan

If you're not feeling confident that your partner loves you the same way you love them, you have to go your own way.

I just can't do what I've done before
I just can't beg you anymore
I'm gonna let you pass
And I'll go last

58. "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson

Your life doesn't have to revolve around one person. Do the things that make you happy.

But since you been gone
I can breathe for the first time
I'm so moving on, yeah yeah
Thanks to you, now I get what I want

59. "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" by Adele

When you're with someone who can't commit, why waste your time? Because it's not your fault, so don't dwell in it.

I'm giving you up
I've forgiven it all
You set me free
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We've gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain't kids no more

60. "Shake It Out" by Florence + the Machine

Life is full of ups and downs and is too short to be sad over petty things. So celebrate yourself, whenever and wherever you can.

And I've been a fool and I've been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I'm always dragging that horse around
All of his questions, such a mournful sound
Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
'Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
But it's always darkest before the dawn

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