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10 Songs About Breaking Up That Capture Every Emotion You’re Feeling

Breaking up with someone whom you cared for deeply can be devastating. It can seem like this is the end. That there’s nothing for you to look forward. It’s as if you’re in mourning, grieving the death of your relationship. As many people there are in this world, there are that many different ways of coping with a breakup. This depends on their personality, the circumstances surrounding the breakup, and the depth of the relationship.


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While some people need to let their pain out, shed buckets of tears, and vent their frustration and despair, others need to assert the fact that they’re not bothered by a breakup and are ready to get back on the horse  with the intention of living life to the fullest. And some others wallow in their pain alone, all while ruing the fact that it wasn’t meant to be, and even some others, get vengeful and nasty.

No matter how you deal with heartbreak, there’s music that caters to that particular emotion or stage in breakup that you’re going through. The following list of songs is sure to resonate with you and your overwhelming emotional outpourings during your breakup.

Suggested read: 10 breakup songs by Taylor Swift that capture your heartache perfectly

Let’s take a look at some songs about breaking up.

1. So What – Pink

If you know you’re a rock star but was dumped by a no-good piece of $#!@, and you want to pick a fight the jerk who broke your heart, then this song is for you, my friend.

Lyrics that touched us:

So, so what

I’m still a rock star

I got my rock moves,

And I don’t need you

2. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

If you’re totally, utterly, and completely devastated by the breakup, then this is sure be how you’re feeling.

Lyrics that touched us:

I came in like a wrecking ball

I never hit so hard in love

All I wanted was to break your walls

All you ever did was wreck me

Yeah, you, you wreck me

3. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

How can a list be complete without a song by breakup queen TayTay herself, eh? This is what you must sing when your on-again, off-again confused mess of a relationship comes to an end for the millionth time.

Lyrics that touched us:

Ooh, we called it off again last night

But ooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you

We are never ever ever getting back together,

We are never ever ever getting back together,

You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me

But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

4. Unfinished Sympathy – Massive Attack

This powerful yet haunting melody is the perfect song to relate to when you’re going through a breakup.

Lyrics that touched us:

Like a soul without a mind

In a body without a heart

I’m missing every part

5. Smile – Lily Allen

This is like a duck floating on water – churning underwater, calm on the surface. This is the singer wishing for violence and pain upon her former lover in the most twisted way.

Lyrics that touched us:

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

6. Part Of Me – Katy Perry

This is the perfect song for when you’re feeling broken up over your heartbreak as well as defiant. A perfect way to flip them the bird with lyrics.

Lyrics that touched us:

Now look at me I’m sparkling

A firework, a dancing flame

You won’t ever put me out again

I’m glowin’, oh, whoa

7. These Boots Are Made For Walking – Nancy Sinatra

What better way to get through a breakup than to shop till you drop, and nothing soothes a girl’s heart than a pair of boots that fit perfectly.

Lyrics that touched us:

You keep saying you got something for me

Something you call love but confess

You’ve been a’messin’ where you shouldn’t’ve been a’messin’

And now someone else is getting all your best

Well, these boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do

8. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

This disco classic of the 1970s has been empowering broken-hearted people all over the world, encouraging them to put their toxic relationship where it belongs – in the trashcan – and move on with their lives.

Lyrics that touched us:

At first I was afraid, I was petrified,

Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side

But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong,

And I grew strong, and I learned how to get along

9. Tears Dry On Their Own – Amy Winehouse

This song is perfect when you’re trying to understand where you went wrong and what your part was in the failure of the relationship.

Lyrics that touched us:

I knew I hadn’t met my match,

But every moment we could snatch,

I don’t know why I got so attached.

It’s my responsibility,

And you don’t owe nothing to me,

But to walk away I have no capacity.

Suggested read: 15 heartbreaking breakup songs that made us cry harder

10. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

This separation melody so perfectly captures your yearning for your former lover that it seems like it was written and sung just for you to express how you feel.

Lyrics that touched us:

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

It’s not warm when she’s away.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

And she’s always gone too long

Anytime she goes away.

For whatever reason your relationship met it’s death, there’s bound to be a song here on this list that strikes a chord, no? Which of these songs about breaking up did your heart resonate with? Tell us in the comments below.

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10 Songs About Breaking Up That Capture Every Emotion You're Feeling
No matter how you deal with heartbreak, there are songs about breaking up that cater to that particular emotion or stage in breakup that you’re experiencing.
Chaitra Ramalingegowda

Chaitra Ramalingegowda

I fell in love with storytelling long before I knew what it was. Love well written stories, writing with passion, baking lip-smacking-finger-licking chocolate cakes, engaging movies, and home-cooked food. A true work-in-progress and a believer in the idiom 'all those who wander are not lost'. Twitter: @ChaitraRlg