50 of the Best Breakup Songs to Heal Your Heartbreak

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A woman sits on a wooden pier by the lake deep in thought.

We all know that even though not every relationship is meant to last, the end can still be extremely painful, even if it was a toxic relationship that you knew needed to end. That’s where listening to the best breakup songs can help; sometimes it just helps to know we aren’t alone with our heartbreak.

We’re sorry you’re hurting, but you can feel better by listening to some of the best breakup songs ever written. Some are classics, some are newer, all are essential breakup music staples that help to soothe the soul after a bad breakup.

These aren’t in any particular order or rank; they all deserve a spot on this list of the 50 best breakup songs to heal your heartbreak.

Best Breakup Songs to Help Heal Your Heartbreak

A person holds a broken heart.

  1. Someone Like You by Adele
  2. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
  3. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt
  4. Foolish Games by Jewel
  5. Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
  6. Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
  7. Dosed by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. All By Myself by Celine Dion
  9. Kerosene by Miranda Lambert
  10. Don’t Speak by No Doubt
  11. Since You Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson
  12. It’s Too Late by Carole King
  13. This Year by The Mountain Goats
  14. Irreplaceable by Beyonce
  15. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
  16. Roses by Outkast
  17. Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
  18. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor
  19. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
  20. Bullet With Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins
  21. Borderline by Alison Krauss
  22. Believe by Cher
  23. You’re So Vain by Carly Simon
  24. True Love Waits by Radiohead
  25. Yesterday by The Beatles
  26. We Belong Together by Mariah Carey
  27. Take A Bow by Madonna
  28. Purple Rain by Prince
  29. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
  30. End Of The Road by Boyz 2 Men
  31. Hurt by Johnny Cash
  32. I’m Goin’ Down by Mary J. Blige
  33. Only The Lonely by Roy Orbison
  34. It Must Have Been Love by Roxette
  35. I’ll Never Love Again by Lady Gaga
  36. Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye
  37. Rolling In The Deep by Adele
  38. Nobody Knows by The Tony Rich Project
  39. If You See Her, Say Hello by Bob Dylan
  40. The Winner Takes It All by ABBA
  41. Goodbye To Love by The Carpenters
  42. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  43. Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson
  44. Stay by Rihanna
  45. Crazy by Patsy Cline
  46. Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley
  47. Black by Pearl Jam
  48. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
  49. Stay With Me by Sam Smith
  50. Who’s Sorry Now? by Connie Francis

It doesn’t matter if you missed All of the Red Flags or if it was just time to amicably split ways: breakups hurt. Whether you need to sob-sing your sadness or rage-sing your anger, hopefully, there will be plenty here in this list of the best breakup songs that are perfect for you.

A Few Words of Encouragement

A woman looks up to the sky with a smile on her face.

Keep your head up! Relationships are hard, but with every single one, you gain valuable insight into who you are and what relationships are all about. Spoiler alert: it includes hard work, but it is very meaningful hard work and the Return on Investment is *Chef’s Kiss*

In the meantime, you can check out some tips for how to mend your broken heart and get over your breakup. Be gentle with yourself, give yourself time to grieve, but keep moving forward… you’ve got this!

P.S. If you’d like to stay in the Wallowing Stage a bit longer, put on a romantic movie and let the emotions flow. As Lorelai Gilmore so wisely told Rory post-breakup: You need to wallow.

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