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The Saddest Breakup Songs Ever Written 

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Updated July 19, 2019 1k votes 159 voters 3k views 36 items

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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I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton
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No Doubt
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Kelly Clarkson
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Lady Antebellum
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Slipknot
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Set Fire to the Rain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Saddest Breakup Songs Ever Written
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Love Hurts Nazareth
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James Blunt, Monalisa
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Pearl Jam
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Dune, The London Session Orchestra, Airliner SRS
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Toni Braxton
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LeAnn Rimes
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Boyz II Men
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Sinéad O'Connor
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We Don’t Talk Anymore
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Sarah McLachlan, Macy Gray
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Roy Orbison
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Mariah Carey
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Florence and the Machine
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Love Me Now John Legend
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Taylor Swift