Best Breakup Songs By Reason For The Breakup

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Breakup songs – the list of songs to help you survive a breakup is endless because there is no other way to say it, breakups suck. This continues to be one of the most requested playlists and while all of these songs don’t fit a performance on stage, they are sure to make you feel all of the emotions of what you are experiencing. Even if it was the right thing to do, it’s hard. There are a variety of reasons for breakups, timing, long-distance, not emotionally ready, afraid of commitment, toxic, cheating, incompatible on important topics, wanting different things for the future and the list goes on. But going through the process of ending a relationship, cutting someone out of your life, takes time and a grieving period. Artists have done a fantastic job of writing songs about heartbreak and getting over a broken heart. No matter what the reason is for your breakup, there’s a song you can relate to in some way.

The playlist of the best breakup songs below is broken down by theme to help you find the most relatable songs to your situation. There are a variety of songs from classics to pop, to ballads whose lyrics are so relatable to those going through a breakup. While some of these songs are from singer-songwriters you have heard of for years, others are from up-and-coming artists. And of course, you have some grammy award-winning artists who have an album or two dedicated to heartbreak. There are verses that will stick with you for a lifetime and a kick you to the curb anthem, and a duet or two.

This playlist continues to be updated on a weekly basis.

Breakup songs: I Don’t Want It To End

  • Hold On – Chord Overstreet
  • love, or the lack thereof – Isaac Dunbar
  • End of the Road – Boyz II Men

Breakup Songs: When They’ve Moved On

  • Drivers License – Olivia Rodrigo
  • Someone Like You – Adele
  • What We Had – Sody
  • Somebody Else – The 1975
  • You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are – Keaton Henson
  • happier – Olivia Rodrigo
  • Never Really Mine – Liz Longley
  • Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele
  • Beach Baby – Bon Iver
  • Jealous – Labrinth
  • Dancing On My Own – Callum Scott
  • Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix
  • Breakeven – The Script
  • Happier – Ed Sheeran
  • You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette

Breakup Songs: Trying To Move On

  • A Little Bit Yours – JP Saxe
  • Dancing With Your Ghost – Sasha Alex Sloan
  • I Miss You, I’m Sorry – Gracie Abrams
  • Ghost of You – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Get Me – Anna Clendening
  • If You Have To – Ella Langley
  • Remember That Night – Sara Keys
  • I Almost Do – Taylor Swift
  • Not The Sun – Morgan St. Jean
  • Hope Is A Heartache – LÉON
  • Can’t Let You Go – Ali Gate
  • A Little Too Much – Shawn Mendes
  • Too Much To Ask – Niall Horan
  • Past Tense – Amanda McBrayer
  • Falling – Harry Styles
  • 11 Blocks – Wrabel
  • I Found – Amber Run
  • Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  • What A Time – Julia Michaels, Niall Horan
  • How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – Michael Bublé (Bee Gees cover)

Breakup Songs: Moving On After A Toxic Relationship

  • Unlearn – Benny Blanco, Gracie Adams
  • Its Okay If You Forget Me – Astrid S
  • Lose You To Love Me – Selena Gomez
  • July – Noah Cyrus
  • Turning Tables – Adele
  • Moral of The Story – Ashe
  • Better Man – Taylor Swift
  • Let It Go – James Bay
  • Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl – Wet
  • 1 step forward 3 steps back – Olivia Rodrigo
  • favorite crime – Olivia Rodrigo
  • The Way I Loved You. -Taylor Swift
  • Selfish – Madison Beer
  • Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
  • Ex-Factor – Lauryn Hill
  • I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  • For Emma – Bon Iver

Breakup Songs: The Reality of No Longer Being A Part of Their Life

  • 21 – Gracie Abrams
  • Dust – Rebekah Fitch
  • Love Is Weird – Julia Michaels

Breakups Songs: The Couple That Keeps Hanging On

  • Blinding Spot – Maddie Zahm
  • Chasing A Feeling – LÉON
  • Circles – Post Malone
  • Mean It – Gracie Abrams
  • Skinny Love = Birdy
  • Walking Blind – Aiden Hawken
  • Exhale – Whitney Houston
  • Stay – Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
  • i love you – Billie Eilish
  • Deep End – Birdy
  • Unlove You – Jennifer Nettles

Breakup Songs: When There Is Someone Else

  • It Was Never Going To Be Me – Erin Kaith
  • Traitor – Olivia Rodrigo
  • Wrong Direction – Hailee Steinfeld
  • i hate you , i love you – Garret Nash, Oliva O’Brien
  • Hate To Be You – Lexi Jayde
  • Heather – Conan Gray
  • Be Alright – Dean Lewis
  • I Loved You First – Joan
  • Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  • Jolene – Dolly Parton
  • Cry Me A river – Justin Timberlake

Breakup Songs: Can’t Be Your Friend

Friend – Gracie Abrams


Breakup Songs: The One That Got Away

  • The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
  • Let Her Go – Passenger

Breakup Songs: I Can’t Be Replaced

  • Aftertaste – Shawn Mendes

Breakup Songs: I Messed Up

  • Mess It Up – Gracie Abrams
  • Sorry – Aquilo
  • Apologize – OneRepublic
  • Go Easy On Me – Adele
  • 7 Minutes – Dean Lewis

Breakup Songs: If It’s Meant To Be

  • Tell Me It’s Real – Seafret
  • Us – James Bay
  • see you later (ten years later) – Jenna Raine
  • Fall In Love with You – Montell Fish
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • Turning Page – Sydney Rose

Breakup Songs: Not Ready – You’re Not The One

  • Sorry – Halsey
  • If The World Was Ending – JP Saxe feat. Julia Michaels
  • All Too Well – Taylor Swift
  • Too Good At Goodbyes. – Sam Smith
  • I Fall Apart – Post Malone
  • Last Love Song – ZZ Ward
  • Maggie May – Rod Stewart
  • Fingers Crossed – Lauren Spencer-Smith
  • Superficial Love – Ruth B.

Breakup Songs – Over It

  • you broke me first – Tate McRae
  • You Should Be Sad – Halsey
  • You’re Not Sorry – Taylor Swift
  • Already Mine – Sam Short
  • I Wish I Missed My Ex – Mahalia
  • We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
  • Really Don’t Care – Demi Lovato
  • You Said – Connor Price
  • Survivor – Destiny’s Child
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • Go Your Own Way – Lissie (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
  • Love Yourself – Justin Bieber

Breakup Songs – I Miss You

  • Stay – Gracie Abrams
  • I Miss You – Clean Bandit, Julia Michaels
  • Lonely Year – AJ Smith
  • Half A Heart – One Direction
  • Bruises – Lewis Capaldi
  • Back To Friends – Lauren Spencer-Smith

Breakup Songs: When You Know Its Over

  • All I Ask – Adele
  • Wide Eyed – Billy Lockett
  • Break My Heart Again – FINNEAS
  • when the party’s over – Billie Eilish
  • Tolerate It – Taylor Swift
  • Better Off – The Fray
  • Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson
  • Love You Goodbye – One Direction

Breakup Songs: When You Wish You Could Try Again

  • The Scientist – Coldplay
  • If By Chance – Ruth B
  • i don’t want to the watch the world end with somene else – Clinton Kane
  • Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
  • Begining, Middle, End – Leah Nobel
  • Want You Back – Haim
  • WYD Now? – Sadie Jean
  • Always On My Mind – Wilie Nelson

What is your all time favorite breakup song? Leave a comment below.

More Songs By Theme: Here

Other Relatable playlists include Songs About Missing Someone You Love and Songs About Imperfect Relationships and the Frustration they Bring

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