music The Best Break Up Songs of All Time

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List Rules Vote for the breakup songs that you enjoy the most, whether they're sad, angry, hopeful or anything else.

When you're feeling low after splitting up with a partner, break up songs always seem to help you get back on your feet. Sometimes it's a song about leaving and feeling empowered again that give you strength, while other times it's a sad breakup song that helps you cope with the loss. This is a ranked list of the best breakup songs, as voted on by music fans like you. The songs below are about leaving, saying goodbye, being dumped and everything else that comes with a bad breakup, and include both girl and boy breakup songs. It isn't easy getting over ending your relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend, but the music below might help.

Music isn't typically categorized by the meaning of the words, so this list is a great way to find some solid songs about breaking up that are thematically similar. Some of the songs included below may have the words "breakup" in the lyrics or title, while others are only about breaking up as a subject or theme. Vote for the leaving songs that you enjoy the most, and downvote ones if you think they're not worthy of being high on the list. If one of your top songs is missing, add it to the list so others can vote for it too. Many genres of music are featured below, including rock, pop, folk, metal, and more.

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Think of Me Jackie Evancho

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Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac

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Don't Speak No Doubt

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Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson

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Cry Me a River Justin Timberlake

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Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton

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Maggie Mae Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck

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Bye Bye Bye 'N Sync

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Irreplacable Beyonce Knowles

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Far Away Nickelback

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Nothing Sinéad O'Connor

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One More Night Phil Collins

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I'll Be Edwin McCain

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Burn Usher

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Already Gone Kelly Clarkson

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White Flag Dido

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Mine Taylor Swift

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Goodbye In Her Eyes Zac Brown Band

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Irreplaceable Beyoncé Knowles

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Back To Black Amy Winehouse

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The Hardest Thing 98 Degrees

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And The Beat Goes On The Whispers

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You Don't Know Me is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Break Up Songs of All Time
You Don't Know Me Regina Spektor, Ben Folds

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Wait for You Elliott Yamin

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Send in the Clowns Judy Collins

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Think for Yourself The Beatles

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Gone Forever Three Days Grace

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I Want You Back The Jackson 5