36 Empowering & Relatable Songs For Your Breakup Playlist

36 Breakup Songs & Best Song Lyrics About Heartbreak For The Newly Single Woman
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Get ready to start calling yourself "Miss Movin’ On!"

No one wants to hear those four deadly words, “We need to talk.” It is the tip of the iceberg of rocky roads to come for any romantic relationship.

Feeling like you are unsatisfied by your partner like you just can’t get along to make things work, or that they are flat out incompatible with you is a tough pill to swallow. (And an even tougher pill to swallow if you are on the receiving end of this news from your partner.) You spend so much time and energy investing in someone only to find out it won’t be endgame.

A breakup, like any stark change in life, requires a certain grieving process for us to truly move onwards and upwards. “Recognize that there is a method and a structure of sorts to this chaotic grieving process,” states New York-based psychologist Suzanne Lachmann. “Knowing that you are not alone can help you ride it out.”

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Music can be a really cathartic tool to help you deal with the insane emotions that come up after ending a relationship. One minute you feel okay and ready to talk about where things went wrong and the next minute has you sobbing in a ball on the bathroom floor. Matching your music to your mood will make you feel like you have someone going through these emotions with you. “If you think about it, there’s practically a whole genre of music dedicated to breaking up,” writes Elite Daily’s Blair Thill. “That’s because there’s no better cure for heartbreak than a song that speaks to your soul.”

Naturally, you can’t be bothered to create the perfect breakup playlist in the midst of your breakup. You have to plan ahead! These break up songs and song lyrics about heartbreak will have your head cleared and your heart open to new opportunities in no time.

Throwback Songs That Feel Like A Hug

1. J.T. has the breakup vibe down.

“You told me you love me. Why did you leave me all alone? Now you tell me you need me when you call me on the phone.”Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake

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2. Even Queen Britney knows the pain you’re feeling.

“Every time I try to fly I fall. Without my wings I feel so small. I guess I need you, baby. And every time I see you in my dreams I see your face. You're haunting me. I guess I need you, baby” Everytime by Britney Spears

3. I can feel the sock hop breakup tension like it was yesterday with this tune…

“And all you'd ever hear me say, is how I picture me with you. That's all you'd ever hear me say, 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, since you been gone.” — Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

4. Get that man’s crap out of your space!

“You must not know 'bout me, you must not know 'bout me. I could have another you in a minute. Matter fact, he'll be here in a minute, baby.” — Irreplaceable by Beyonce

5. Treat yourself to some Yeezys and bump Kanye through the speakers.

“How could be so Dr. Evil, you bringin' out a side of me that I don't know. I decided we weren't goin' speak so why we up three a.m. on the phone? Why does she be so mad at me for? Homie I don't know, she's hot and cold I won't stop. I won't mess my groove up cause I already know how this thing go.” — Heartless by Kanye West

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6. If your relationship has turned into the most theatrical comedy, Rihanna’s got the perfect song for you.

“You look so dumb right now standin' outside my house tryin' to apologize. You're so ugly when you cry. Please, just cut it out. Don't tell me you're sorry 'cause you're not. Baby, when I know you're only sorry you got caught.” — Take a Bow by Rihanna

7. Were you really an emotional teen if you didn’t blast this on a CD player?

“I might have saved a little trouble for the next girl. 'Cause the next time that he cheats. Oh, you know it won't be on me! No, not on me.” — Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood

8. When you just can’t let them go...

“There's nothing you could say, nothing you could do. There's no other way when it comes to the truth. So, keep holding on. 'Cause you know we'll make it through, we'll make it through.” — Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne

9. Our hearts are still broken over Troy’s behavior.

“Just walk away! Ooh, and don't look back. Cause if my heart breaks, it's gonna hurt so bad. You know I'm strong, but I can't take that. Before It's too late, oh, just walk away!” — Walk Away from High School Musical 3: Senior Year

10. Grab a gal-pal and dance it out!

“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. Made me learn a little bit faster. Made my skin a little bit thicker. Makes me that much smarter. So, thanks for making me a fighter.” — Fighter by Christina Aguilera

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11. If Miley is allowed to dive off the deep end after a breakup, so are we.

“Don't you ever say I just walked away. I will always want you. I can't live a lie, running for my life. I will always want you.” — Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

12. Rather than texting your ex, just sing it to Rihanna

“Round and around and around and around we go. Oh now, tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know. Not really sure how to feel about it. Something in the way you move makes me feel like I can't live without you. It takes me all the way. I want you to stay.” — Stay by Rihanna

13. Warm-up your voice because this powerhouse ballad is going to take some raw emotion to do for shower karaoke!

“Say something, I'm giving up on you. I'll be the one, if you want me to. Anywhere, I would've followed you. Say something, I'm giving up on you.” — Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera

14. If only John Mayer could sing us to sleep every night we feel alone.

“When you're dreaming with a broken heart, the giving up is the hardest part. She takes you in with her crying eyes then all at once you have to say goodbye. Wondering, could you stay, my love? Will you wake up by my side?” — Dreaming with a Broken Heart by John Mayer

15. Sam Smith could sneeze and it would be beautiful enough to get us through a breakup.

“Why am I so emotional? This is not a good look, gain some self-control. And deep down I know this never works. But you can lay with me so it doesn't hurt.” — Stay with Me by Sam Smith

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16. This song really grasps that “U up??” culture.

“It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now. Said I wouldn't call but I lost all control and I need you now. And I don't know how I can do without, I just need you now.” — Need You Now by Lady Antebellum

17. Shawn has the perfect melody for the flame that just had to fizzle out.

“And I know you'll find someone who gives you the time I didn't give to you. I'm running low, I'm sorry, but I have to go. Woah, and maybe I will never feel you gave me something so real. I'm running low, I'm sorry, but I have to go.” — Running Low by Shawn Mendes

18. Fight the slide into a post-breakup depression with Amy’s powerhouse voice.

“We only said goodbye with words. I died a hundred times. You go back to her and I go back to black.” — Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

19. Pro tip: Sara Bareilles music is perfect for the soft and gentle cries. It’s like having a bestie right next to you, holding your hand.

“You hold me without touch. You keep me without chains. I never wanted anything so much than to drown in your love and not feel your reign.” — Gravity by Sara Bareilles

Songs To Scream In Anger To

20. One look at this music video and you’ll be transported back to your middle school bedroom. Channel that 12-year-old rage with this song.

“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.” — You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette

21. For the cheaters in our lives...

“Yeah I'm sorry, I can't afford a Ferrari, but that don't mean I can't get you there. I guess he's an Xbox and I'm more Atari. But the way you play your game ain't fair.” — Forget You by CeeLo Green

22. Sorry, the old you can’t come to the phone right now...

“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.” — We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift

23. Lizzo is out here asking the real questions… Why ARE men great ‘till they gotta be great?

“Why men great 'til they gotta be great? Don't text me, tell it straight to my face. Best friend sat me down in the salon chair, shampoo, press, get you out of my hair. Fresh photos with the bomb lighting. New man on the Minnesota Vikings. Truth hurts, needed something more exciting. Bom bom bi dom bi dum bum bay.” — Truth Hurts by Lizzo

24. Walk around with this song blasting in your ears and an awkward run-in with your ex will feel like a piece of cake.

“And truth be told I miss you, and truth be told I'm lying. When you see my face hope it gives you hell.” — Gives You Hell by The All-American Rejects

25. Take ownership in your ex’s… and let them free!

“Ex's and the oh, oh, oh's, they haunt me like ghosts. They want me to make 'em all. They won't let go. Ex's and oh's.” — Ex’s & Oh’s by Elle King

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26. Miley’s break up with Liam gave us the best breakup album of the century, and that is just a fact.

“Ooh it seemed like everything was going fine. I found the love that I thought was gonna last. Then I accidentally saw a few things in your cell. I even LOL'd. Man I should've known.” — FU by Miley Cyrus and French Montana

27. Sometimes the breakup ends up being the best thing to ever happen to you. Little Mix gives us that reminder

“Shout out to my ex, you're really quite the man. You made my heart break and that made me who I am. Here's to my ex, hey, look at me now. Well, I, I'm all the way up, I swear you'll never bring me down.” — Shoutout to My Ex by Little Mix

28. Don’t worry babe, that Revenge Bod will hit and they’ll be crawling back to you.

“Now I'm out here looking like revenge, feelin' like a ten, the best I’ve ever been. And yeah, I know how bad it must hurt to see me like this, but it gets worse.” — Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato

29. Adele helps us with more than just emotional ballads!

“Bless your soul, you've got your head in the clouds. You made a fool out of you, and, boy, she's bringing you down. She made your heart melt, but you're cold to the core. Now rumor has it she ain't got your love anymore.” — Rumor Has It by Adele

30. When you can’t take it anymore and just have to call it quits, P!nk is there to back you up!

“I think I've finally had enough. I think I maybe think too much. I think this might be it for us. Blow me one last kiss.” — Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by P!nk

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31. Every song from Bangerz is literally such a banger!

“Every single night and every single day, I'mma do my thing, I'mma do my thing. So don't you worry about me. I'll be okay. I'mma do my thing, 'cause I'mma do my thing.” — Do My Thang by Miley Cyrus

32. Taylor reminds us that there’s always someone else out there.

“My ex-man brought his new girlfriend. She's like, ‘Oh my God,’ but I'm just gonna shake it to the fella over there with the hella good hair. Won't you come on over, baby? We can shake.” — Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

33. Listen to TLC and get that negative energy out of your life!

“No, I don't want no scrub. A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me. Hangin' out the passenger side of his best friend's ride, trying to holla at me.” — No Scrubs by TLC

34. Dry those eyes, honey. Get yourself back out there and show off everything you got!

“You think that you'll die without him. You know, that's a lie that you tell yourself. You fear that you'll lay alone forever now, It ain't true, ain't true, ain't true, no.” — Crying in the Club by Camila Cabello

35. You are so much braver than you think! This breakup will just be a notch in your belt when it comes to the grand scheme of life.

“What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller. Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone. What doesn't kill you makes a fighter, footsteps even lighter. Doesn't mean I'm over 'cause you're gone.” — Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson

36. There is so much more you can do now that you are free of that toxicity! Congrats babe! You’ve moved on!

“I'm not the way that I used to be. I took the record off repeat. You killed me, but I survived, and now I'm coming alive.” — Miss Movin’ On by Fifth Harmony

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Madison Kerth is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.