Songs The Best Songs About Rejection  

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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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117 49
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Cee Lo Green

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70 30
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No Doubt

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62 36
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51 27
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Biz Markie

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42 22
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Kate Kavanagh added Bonnie Raitt

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48 28
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Simple Plan

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49 33
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Avril Lavigne

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34 20
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Beck Hansen

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25 13
Idfc is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Rejection
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Adele

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26 20
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ChaseSawyer added Journey

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Simon and Garfunkel

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30 25
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Taylor Swift

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21 16
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Fleetwood Mac

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29 25
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Bon Iver

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6 2
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Willie1019 added The Beatles

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So Sick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Rejection
1508808263242 added Ne-Yo, Shaffer Smith

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A Perfect Circle

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My Chemical Romance

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15 17
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The White Stripes

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25 30
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Incubus

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2 4
Suicidal Tendencies - Nobody H... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Rejection
Mike De Torrice added

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London Quireboys - I Don't Lov... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Rejection
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Billy Idol

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Madonna

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P.O.D.

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Ben Folds Five

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7 16
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No Doubt

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4 13
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Ian Hunter

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7 17
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Toby Keith

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3 12
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Good Charlotte

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3 15
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Ben Folds Five