Songs The Saddest Breakup Songs Ever Written  

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List Rules Upvote the biggest bummer songs about breaking that are good for a depressing breakup playlist.

If you’ve recently ended a relationship, you know sad songs about breakups can be downright therapeutic. Just knowing that someone out there wrote the lyrics that speak to your soul makes you feel a little less  lonely. If you're in need for some soulfully cathartic music and lyrics, the playlist below has you covered. Some of the most devastating breakup ditties are compiled here! 

Certain artists have an uncanny ability to tap directly into our emotions. Adele is famous for as much as many of her songs (especially those on her album 21) constitute the saddest songs about breaking up of all time. Other songs, like "I Will Always Love You," have been covered by a litany of artists across time because of their sheer ability to encapsulate heartbreak. While sitting around listening to depressing music may not seem productive, there is a time and place to wallow. If you've just undergone a rough breakup, browse this list for music recommendations that will help you process your feelings and get over it. And, feel free to add anything you think is missing. 

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Need You Now Lady Antebellum

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What It Takes Aerosmith

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Don't Speak No Doubt

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End of the Road Boyz II Men

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Love Me Now John Legend

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Love Hurts Nazareth

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We Don’t Talk Anymore

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Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O'Connor

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I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton

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Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton

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Because Of You Kelly Clarkson

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The Best Christmas Songs Written by Jewish Songwriters

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Black Pearl Jam

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When I Was Your Man Rod Stewart

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We Belong Together Mariah Carey

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Nothing Compares 2 U Dune, The London Session Orchestra, Airliner SRS

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Forever & Always Taylor Swift

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How Do I Live LeAnn Rimes

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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Goodbye My Lover James Blunt, Monalisa

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I Will Remember You Sarah McLachlan, Macy Gray

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Trouble Cat Stevens

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes The Platters

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Cosmic Love Florence and the Machine

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Crying Roy Orbison

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Snuff Slipknot

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Bad Liver And A Broken Heart Tom Waits

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You Took Him Off Of My Hands

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After the Storm Mumford & Sons

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It’s Too Late Carole King

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Love Will Tear Us Apart Nouvelle Vague

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Nobody Knows Kevin Sharp