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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Far Away Nickelback

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Bye Bye Bye 'N Sync

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One More Night Phil Collins

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Burn Usher

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I'll Be Edwin McCain

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Irreplacable Beyonce Knowles

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Nothing Sinéad O'Connor

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Ain't No Sunshine Bill Withers

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Already Gone Kelly Clarkson

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You Keep Me Hangin' On is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Break Up Songs of All Time
You Keep Me Hangin' On The Supremes

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White Flag Dido

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Careless Whisper George Michael, WHAM!

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Mine Taylor Swift

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Goodbye In Her Eyes Zac Brown Band

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Gone Daddy Gone Violent Femmes

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Back To Black Amy Winehouse

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Boys Don't Cry The Cure

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Photobooth Death Cab for Cutie

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Irreplaceable Beyoncé Knowles

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The Hardest Thing 98 Degrees

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Smile Lily Allen