20 Great Breakup Songs

by Samantha Plotner

Not in the mood for a great love song? After all not all love stories have a happy ending, here are songs to listen to when you’re in that boat.

1)   “Gives You Hell” by All-American Rejects
Sample lyrics: “And truth be told I miss you/ And truth be told I’m lying”

2)   “Love Drunk” by Boys Like Girls
Sample lyrics: “I used to be love drunk but now I’m hung-over/ Love you forever, forever is over”

3)   “Stronger” by Britney Spears
Sample lyrics: “But now I’m stronger than yesterday/ now it’s nothing but my way”

4)   “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
Sample lyrics: “I might’ve saved a little trouble for the next girl/ Cause the next time that he cheats/ You know it won’t be on me”

5)   “What Hurts the Most” by Cascada
Sample lyrics: “What hurts the most/was being so close/and having so much to say/and watching you walk away”

6)   “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
Sample lyrics: “You tried to hide your lies/ disguise yourself through living in denial/but in the end you’ll see/you won’t stop me”

7)   “Mercy” by Duffy
Sample lyrics: “But you got to understand that I need a man/ who can take my hand”

8)   “You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes
Sample lyrics: “You don’t want me for yourself/so let me find somebody else”

9)   “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake
Sample lyrics: “You don’t have to say what you did/ I already know, I found out from him”

10)“99 Times” by Kate Voegele
Sample lyrics: “Don’t let me catch you following/don’t ask cause I’m not offering/ you’ve caused enough of my suffering”

11) “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry
Sample lyrics: “And you overthink/ always speak cryptically/ I should know that you’re no good for me”

12) “Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
Sample lyrics: “You had you’re chance, you blew it/ out of sight, out of mind”

13)“Everblue” by Mandy Moore
Sample lyrics: “Fought away the sleepless hours/ unsettled dreams will make you keep”

14) “If I Never See Your Face Again” by Maroon 5 featuring Rihanna
Sample lyrics: ”It makes you burn to learn I’m with another man/I wonder if he’s half the lover that I am”

15) “Bye Bye Bye” by Nsync
Sample lyrics “I don’t want to be you’re fool/ In this game for two/ So I’m leaving you behind”

16) “According to You” by Orianthi
Sample lyrics: “He’s into me for everything I’m not/ According to you”

17)“King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles
Sample lyrics: “You got the talking down/just not the listening”

18) “Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) by The Script
Sample lyrics: “What am I supposed to do when the best part of me was always you?”

19) “Don’t Bother” by Shakira
Sample lyrics: “And after all I’m glad that I’m not your type/Promise you won’t ever see me cry”

20)“Dear John” by Taylor Swift
Sample lyrics: “And I’ll look back and regret how I ignored when they said run as fast as you can”


Samantha is a sophomore at Barnard College and Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Nine Ways of Knowing.
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