Top 30 Break Up Songs – How Many of These Do You Know?


Recently, I had a senior colleague who was pouring all his depression on me over his recent breakup. I tried to console him with everything I have (through text, because it’s just so awkward for me to be consoling someone eight years my senior without the expertise on the field of breakups). Unfortunately, despite the two months that have passed after the breakup, no amount of words could help him move on and get over the phase. I felt sorry for him, because he deserves so much better, but at the same time, I also felt that justice is being served (this senior colleague had a history of cheating).

I was stumped. I don’t know how to help anymore. So I thought, “Maybe I should give him a Break Up Mix” and I listed down all the nice break up songs of our time, because most of the lists online are old songs I can’t relate to anymore. :(

This is for everyone who has had their hearts broken. I’m hoping you can relate to these songs I’ve compiled. If you have any awesome suggestions, some more songs I missed, feel free to comment below. :)

The Top 30 Break Up Songs in no particular order:

1. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

/ Picture perfect memories scattered all around the floor
Reachin’ for the phone ’cause I can’t fight it anymore
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind
For me it happens all the time /

2. The Script – Breakeven

/ They say bad things happen for a reason
But no wise words gonna stop the bleeding
‘Cause she’s moved on while I’m still grieving
And when a heart breaks, no it don’t breakeven, even, no

What am I gonna do
When the best part of me was always you
And what am I suppose to say
When I’m all choked up and you’re okay /

3. John Mayer – Dreaming With a Broken Heart

/ When you’re dreaming with a broken heart
The waking up is the hardest part
You roll outta bed and down on your knees
And for the moment you can hardly breathe
Wondering was she really here?
Is she standing in my room?
No she’s not, ’cause she’s gone, gone, gone, gone, gone…. /

4. Katy Perry – The One That Got Away

/ Talk about our future like we had a clue
Never plan that one day I’d be losing you

And in another life I would be your girl
We keep all our promises, be us against the world
And in other life I would make you stay
So I don’t have to say you were the one that got away
The one that got away /

5. NSYNC – I Drive Myself Crazy

/ Lying in your arms
So close together
Didn’t know just what I had
Now I toss and turn
Cause I’m without you
How I’m missing you so bad

Where was my head
Where was my heart
Now I cry alone in the dark /

6. Nelly – Just a Dream

/ she was so easy to love
but wait, i guess that love wasnt enough
i’m goin through it every time that i’m alone
now i’m wishing she would just pick up the phone
but she made a decision that she wanted to move on
cuz i was wrong

i was thinkin about her
thinkin about me
thinkin about us
where we gunna be
open my eyes…
it was only just a dream /

7. The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

/ Some try to hand me money, they don’t understand
I’m not broke I’m just a broken hearted man
I know it makes no sense, but what else can I do
How can I move on when I’ve been in love with you /

8. Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts

/ And don’t you know I’m not your ghost anymore?
You lost the love I loved the most

I learned to live, half-alive
And now you want me one more time

And who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart /

9. Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

/ I’m gonna hold on to the times that we had
Tonight, I’m gonna find a way to make it without you

Have you ever tried sleeping with a broken heart?
Well, you could try sleeping in my bed
Lonely, own me, nobody ever shut it down like you /

10. Three Doors Down – Here Without You

/ I’m here without you baby
But you’re still on my lonely mind
I think about you baby
And I dream about you all the time

I’m here without you baby
But you’re still with me in my dreams
And tonight girl it’s only you and me /

11. Boyz II Men – End of the Road

/ Said we’d be forever, said it’d never die
How could you love me and leave me
And never say good-bye?

When I can’t sleep at night without holding you tight
Girl, each time I try I just break down and cry
Pain in my head oh I’d rather be dead
Spinning around and around

Although we’ve come to the end of the road
Still I can’t let you go
It’s unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you /

12. Brian McKnight – One Last Cry

/ One last cry, before I leave it all behind
I’ve gotta put you outta my mind this time
Stop living a lie
I know I’ve gotta be strong
‘Cause round me life goes on and on and on
And on

I’m gonna dry my eyes
Right after I had my one last cry /

13. Freestyle – Half Crazy

/ I spent every minute asking myself
What went wrong
Can’t we try to talk it over baby
Come back home

‘Cause I’m half crazy
Feelin’ sorry for myself
Half crazy
Worried you’d find someone else to love
But baby there is no-one else
Half crazy
For everything you saying
Half crazy
No one else could love you like I do /

14. Toni Braxton – How Could An Angel Break My Heart

/ Because that lullaby was mine
I heard he sealed it with a kiss
He gently kissed her cherry lips
I found that so hard to believe
Because his kiss belonged to me

How could an angel break my heart
Why didn’t he catch my falling star
I wish I didn’t wish so hard
May be I wished our love apart
How could an angel break my heart /

15.  Michael Bolton – How Am I Supposed To Live Without You

/ So tell me all about it
Tell me ’bout the plans you’re makin’
Tell me one thing more before I go

Tell me how am I suppose to live without you?
Now that I’ve been lovin’ you so long
How am I suppose to live without you?
And how am I suppose to carry on?
When all that I’ve been livin’ for is gone /

16. Michelle Branch – Goodbye To You

/ Goodbye to you
Goodbye to everything that I knew
You were the one I loved
The one thing that I tried to hold onto /

17. Ella Mae Saison – Till My Heartaches End

/ I was afraid this time would come
I wasn’t prepared to face this kind of hurtin’ from within
I have learned to live my life beside you

Maybe I’ll just dream of you tonight
And if into my dream you’ll come and touch me once again
I’ll just keep on dreaming till my heartaches end /

18.  Mikaila – The Art of Letting Go

/ Put away the pictures.
Put away the memories.
I put over and over
Through my tears
I’ve held them till I’m blind
They kept my hope alive
As if somehow that I’d keep you here
Once you believe in a love forever more
How do you leave it in a drawer?

Now here it comes, the hardest part of all
Unchain my heart that’s holding on
How do I start to live my life alone?
Guess I’m just learning,
Learning the art of letting go.. /

19. MYMP – I’ll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me

/ I try to smile so the hurt won’t show
Tell everybody I was glad to see you go
But the tears just won’t go away
Loneliness found me, looks like it’s here to stay
I know that I ought to find someone new
But all I find is myself always thinking of you

No matter what I do
Each night’s a lifetime to live through
I can’t go on like this
I need your touch
You’re the only one I’ll ever love /

20. PINK – So What

/ You weren’t there, you never were
You want it all but that’s not fair
I gave you life, I gave my all
You we’re there, you let me fall

So, so what, I’m still a rock star
I got my rock moves and I don’t need you
And guess what, I’m havin’ more fun
And now that we’re done I’m gonna show you tonight

I’m alright, I’m just fine and you’re a fool
So, so what, I am a rock star
I got my rock moves and I don’t want you tonight /

21. Tamia – Officially Missing You

/ All I do is lay around, two ears full of tears
From looking at your face on the wall
Just a week ago you were my baby
Now I don’t even know you at all, I don’t know you at all /

22. Boyz II Men – 4 Seasons of Loneliness

When I get courage up to love somebody new
It always falls apart cause they just
Can’t compare to you
You love won’t release me
I’m bound under ball and chain
Reminiscing our love as I watch four season’s change  / 

23. Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart

/ Un-break my heart
Say you love me again
Undo this hurt you caused
When you walked out the door
And walked out of my life
Un-cry these tears
I cried so many nights
Un-break my heart /

24. Nina – Someday

/ But now
I know you can’t tell 
I’m down, and I’m not doing well 
But one day these tears 
They will all run dry 
I won’t have to cry  
Sweet goodbye /

25. Daughtry – Over You

/ Well, I never saw it coming, I should have started running
A long, long time ago
And I never thought I’d doubt you, I’m better off without you
More than you, more than you know

I’m slowly getting closure, I guess it’s really over
I’m finally getting better
And now I’m picking up the pieces, spending all of these years
Putting my heart back together

‘Cause the day I thought I’d never get through
I got over you /

26. The All American Rejects – Gives You Hell

/ Truth be told I miss you
Truth be told I’m lying

When you see my face
I hope it gives you hell, I hope it gives you hell
When you walk my way
I hope it gives you hell, I hope it gives you hell
If you find a man thats worth the damn and treats you well
Then he’s a fool you’re just as well hope it gives you hell
Hope it gives you hell /

27. Avril Lavigne – Wish You Were Here

/ All those crazy things we did
Didn’t think about it, just went with it
You’re always there, you’re everywhere
But right now I wish you were here

Damn, damn, damn
What I’d do to have you here, here, here
I wish you were here
Damn, damn, damn
What I’d do to have you near, near, near
I wish you were here /

28. Back To December – Taylor Swift

/ It turns out freedom ain’t nothing but missing you
Wishing I’d realized what I had when you were mine
I go back to December, turn around and change my own mind
I go back to December all the time /

29. JOJO – Too Little, Too Late

/ I was young
And in love
I gave you everything
But it wasn’t enough
And now you wanna communicate (You know it’s just too little too late)
Go find someone else
In letting you go
I’m loving myself /

30. The Script – Nothing

/ They say a few drinks will help me to forget her
But after one too many I know that I’m never
Only they can see where this is gonna end
But they all think I’m crazy but to me it’s perfect sense

And my mates are all there trying to calm me down
‘Cause I’m shouting your name all over the town
I’m swearing if I go there now
I can change your mind, turn it all around

I now that I’m drunk but I see the worst
If she’ll listen this time even though they’re slurred

So I dialed her number and confessed to her
I’m still in love but all I heard was nothing /

Any more suggestions? What’s your favorite breakup song? Let me know! – ED

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