Top 10 Best Break Up Songs

Break-ups can be a nasty phase.

Ask anyone who has ever been unfortunate enough to go through one what it was like, and you’ll have a plethora of sob stories to choose from.

It’s a brutal episode that’s physically, emotionally, AND mentally demanding, but some things exist to make it help you through it – Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, romantic-comedy scriptwriters, and classic break-up songs.

Some tunes know right where to hit you. A flick of a switch and you’re listening to people belt out tunes that you can swear was written for you in that right situation.

Nobody’s ever expressed such empathy but the people you hear singing out those lyrics you can relate to on so many different levels.

I, for one, find an appropriate playlist essential to every break-up.

It was very difficult for me to break them down to just 10, but these are some of my favorites, and some, I reckon, classics. The list is international, but if you understand the language, you’ll know what I mean by ‘absolutely essential for the broken-hearted’.

NOTE: Not in any order of preference.

10. We Belong Together by Mariah Carey

“Come back, baby, please ’cause we belong together…”

9. Take a Bow by Rihanna

“That was quite a show, very entertaining, but it’s over now… go on and take a bow.”

8. Doin’ Just Fine by Boyz II Men

“Time made me stronger, you’re no longer on my mind.”

7. End of the Road by Boyz II Men

“Although we’ve come to the end of the road, still I can’t let go…”

6. Happy Ending by MIKA

“… no hope, no love, no glory, no happy ending.”

5. So Sick by Ne-Yo

“And I’m so sick of love songs, so tired of tears, so done with wishing you were still here.”

4. When You’re Gone by Avril Lavigne

“When you’re gone, the pieces of my heart are missing you.”

3. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

“… as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive.”

**This one’s an old favorite at karaoke joints.

2. Irreplaceable by Beyonce Knowles

“I can have another you by tomorrow, so don’t you ever for a second get to thinking you’re irreplaceable.”

1. Burn by Usher

“… but you know that it’s over, let it burn.”

Do enjoy the video “Burn” by Usher below:

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What are your favorite break-up songs? Do feel free to comment… :)

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  1. my current favorite is ‘Mad’ by Neyo..

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    • @tipsgoda,

      All the top 10 songs by Anya is all my favorite song although i never encounter any break up before..hehehe…

      The most meaningful break up song among all is “I Will Survive”, all time favorite oldies by Gloria Gaynor…

      I believe break up song is one of the best remedy to overcome someone’s sadness or loneliness when he/she just break up…don’t you think so? :)

    • I Heart Ne-Yo. :D When You’re Mad is awesome… and so is ‘Because of You’ but off-topic because that’s not really a break-up song.

  2. I love “Lips of An Angel” by Hinder… hahhaa… very adulterous… =D

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  3. Mandy Chen says:

    i love rihanna and beyonce’s song…but why dont you try “Strong Enough” by Cher

    Now I’m strong enough to live without you
    Strong enough and I quit crying
    Long enough, now I’m strong enough
    To know you gotta go
    There’s no more to say
    So save your breath and walk away
    No matter what I hear you say
    I’m strong enough to know you gotta go

  4. i was reading through my old blog the other day,
    and through -the- break up, i posted a bunch of songs,
    but i think my favourites (besides the ones you’ve already mentioned) were:

    chris brown- say goodbye
    james blunt- goodbye my lover
    azyet- i don’t want to be lonely
    babyface- what if
    and my ultimate favourite:
    nelly furtado – in god’s hands

    I looked at your face I saw that all the love had died
    I saw that we had forgotten to take the time
    I, I saw that you couldn’t care less about what you do
    Couldn’t care less about the lies
    You couldn’t find the time to cry

    We forgot about love
    We forgot about faith
    We forgot about trust
    We forgot about us

    Now our love’s floating out the window
    Our love’s floating out the back door
    Our love’s floating up in the sky in heaven
    Where it began back in God’s hands

    You said that you had said all that you had to say
    You said baby it’s the end of the day
    We gave a lot but it wasn’t enough
    We got so tired that we just gave up

    ze’s last blog l*ve, you learn.

    • Oh no! I forgot about Az Yet.. that song would leave me on the verge of tears every single time. Without fail. Good call!

      Anya’s last blog post..MAY DAY!

    • @ze,

      I like say goodbye by chris brown too. :) The song is great and suit his current situation where media reported that his relationship with Rihanna ended apparently

  5. doobles says:

    some of my fav break up songs:

    1) Mika – Happy Ending
    2) Boyz II Men – Doin’ Just Fine
    3) Chris Daughtry – Over You
    4) Az Yet – I dont wanna be lonely
    5) Nicole Scherzinger – Happily ever after
    6) Rihanna – PS I’m still not over you
    7) Tamia – Officially missing you
    8) Tyrese – I miss you like mad
    9) Usher – Separated
    10) Usher – Burn

    you emo girl you.


    • Haha! I couldn’t understand why the smiley with the sunnies came out in the place of number 8, then I realized it was the thingie. The 8 and the ) makes 8). Random.

      And I remember ‘Separated’. A part from the cheesy line about love being a bird, it is very very emo.

      And hi, you’re emo too! :P

      Anya’s last blog post..MAY DAY!

  6. I know this is WAAAY late, but I’m going through a pretty tough breakup myself. I thought I’d throw a few songs out there that I’ve been listening to (I’m a hip hop fan):

    “Walking Away” — Brother Ali

    “Love The Way You Lie Part 2” — Rihanna ft. Eminem

    Peace and love to all, stay strong!

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