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The Best Songs About Rejection 

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Updated May 16, 2020 3.6k votes 1.1k voters 89.4k views 39 items

List Rules Songs with rejection in the title are fair game, but this list focuses mainly on songs about being rejected as a subject.

It never feels good to be told “not interested” by someone you want to be with. Fortunately, there are rejection songs to help cope with that. Songwriters are no strangers to heartbreak, disappointment, and rejection. In Radiohead’s “Creep,” Thom Yorke encapsulates the angry side of feeling isolated from the one you love and society as a whole. In “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt, Gwen Stefani illustrates that gut wrenching moment right before a relationship ends. The songs on this list feature people who are feeling dejected, denied, or just upset from being rejected. Rejection music doesn't necessarily always spawn from being denied by a person - you could be rejected by college, a sports team, a club, or anything.


If you're down in the dumps from a recent rejection, this list features songs that can score your melancholy. Vote for the rejection songs that you enjoy the most, and reject the ones you don't like by downvoting them. If the top song off your personal rejection playlist 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. “Irene Wilde” and “Hard Habit to Break” are included on this list, along with many more.
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Radiohead
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Linkin Park
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Cee Lo Green
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No Doubt
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Simple Plan
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Kate Kavanagh added Bonnie Raitt
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Idfc is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Rejection
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Avril Lavigne
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Adele
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Biz Markie
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Willie1019 added The Beatles
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Beck Hansen
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ChaseSawyer added Journey
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Taylor Swift
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Simon and Garfunkel
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My Chemical Romance
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Bon Iver
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Fleetwood Mac
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A Perfect Circle
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So Sick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Rejection
bcomalley added Ne-Yo, Shaffer Smith
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Tom Islava added ABBA
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Amy Jolliffe added Generation X

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