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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r-gold added Think of Me Jackie Evancho

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Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson

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Don't Speak No Doubt

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ravi2 added I Will Survive Cake

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Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler

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Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac

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Cry Me a River Justin Timberlake

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Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton

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Tom Islava added Against All Odds (take a Look at Me Now Phil Collins

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Maggie Mae Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck

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Tom Islava added How to Save a Life The Fray

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You Keep Me Hangin' On is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Break Up Songs of All Time
MatthewHowell added You Keep Me Hangin' On The Supremes

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Tom Islava added One More Night Phil Collins

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Ahmed Maklad added Far Away Nickelback

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Bye Bye Bye 'N Sync

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ahmed-maklad added I'll Be Edwin McCain

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LeAnna Jackson added Burn Usher

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MatthewHowell added I Can't Make You Love Me Bonnie Raitt

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Nothing Sinéad O'Connor

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MatthewHowell added Ain't No Sunshine Bill Withers

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Irreplacable Beyonce Knowles

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Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added How Am I Supposed to Live Without You Laura Branigan

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Already Gone Kelly Clarkson

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White Flag Dido

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Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Where Does My Heart Beat Now Celine Dion

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Tom Islava added Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Elton John

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MatthewHowell added Careless Whisper George Michael, WHAM!

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MatthewHowell added Boys Don't Cry The Cure

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Back To Black Amy Winehouse

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Ahmed Maklad added Break Up in a Small Town

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Ahmed Maklad added Mine Taylor Swift

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Goodbye In Her Eyes Zac Brown Band

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MatthewHowell added Gone Daddy Gone Violent Femmes

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The Hardest Thing 98 Degrees

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MatthewHowell added Photobooth Death Cab for Cutie

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Irreplaceable Beyoncé Knowles

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Think for Yourself The Beatles