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The Best Breakup Songs
Angry, Empowering, and Sad Songs to Help You Mend

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hat’s the best therapy a nasty breakup? A date with Jack Daniels? No, that’s a bad idea. A date with Ben and Jerry? A slightly better idea, but still a bit on the self-destructive side. Instead, drown your sorrows with that age-old, alcohol and calorie free remedy– the breakup song. Make yourself a mix CD or an iPod mix and blare the heck out of it in your car or on the treadmill.

Breakup songs are not hard to find. When you think about it, there’s probably more of them out there than romantic love songs for weddings and such. Here’s an eclectic list of breakup songs for you to choose from to suit your mood.

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Angry Breakup Songs. We all have those moments when we blare angry music at full volume on our stereo in an attempt to release those toxic feelings. Here are some awesome angry breakup songs:

• Tori Amos– Precious Things
• Pat Benatar– Love is a Battlefield
• Ben Folds Five– Song For the Dumped
• Black Eyed Peas– Shut Up
• Ray Charles– Hit the Road Jack
• Sheryl Crow– Anything But Down
• Ani DiFranco– Outta Me, Onto You
• Elton John– Love Lies Bleeding
• Evanescence– Call Me When You’re Sober
• Fleetwood Mac– The Chain
• Fleetwood Mac– Go Your Own Way
• J Geils Band– Love Stinks
• Green Day– Good Riddance
• Greg Kihn– The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)
• Avril Lavigne– So Much For My Happy Ending
• Alanis Morisette– You Oughta Know
• Pearl Jam– Black
• Tom Petty– You Got Lucky
• The Police– Can’t Stand Losing You
• The Postal Service- Nothing Better
• REM– The One I Love

Sad Love Songs. Sometimes you just want to cry and feel sorry for yourself after a breakup. That’s probably not a good long term habit, but we’ve all been there, and a pity party now and then never hurt anyone. Here’s some fabulously sad and pathetic breakup songs when you just want to feel down for awhile:

• The Beatles– Yesterday
• Michelle Branch– Goodbye to You
• Toni Braxtron– Unbreak My Heart
• Coldplay– The Scientist
• Neil Diamond– Love On the Rocks
• Guns N Roses– November Rain
• Lauryn Hill– Ex-Factor
• Thelma Houston– Don’t Leave Me This Way
• Jewel– You Were Meant for Me
• Carole King– It’s Too Late
• Barry Manilow– Can’t Smile Without You
• Sinead O’Connor– Nothing Compares 2 U
• Righteous Brothers– You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling
• Roxette– It Must Have Been Love
• Roy Orbison– Crying
• Elvis Presley– Heartbreak Hotel
• U2– With or Without You
• Usher– Burn
• Wham!– Careless Whisper

Empowering Songs. These are the inspirational songs you play yourself when the initial pain has subsided and you’re trying to make sense of things. The message of these songs is, "You hurt me, but ha! I’m strong and I don’t need you." Here’s some great empowering breakup songs:

• Cher– Believe
• Cher– Strong Enough
• Christina Aguilera– Fighter
• Destiny’s Child– Survivor
• Lara Fabian– I Will Love Again
• Gloria Gaynor– I Will Survive
• M People- Moving on Up
• Scandal– Goodbye to You
• Nancy Sinatra– These Boots are Made For Walkin’

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By Naomi Rockler-Gladen

Writer/Journalist

1 comment to “The Best Breakup Songs”
  1. Sasha Says:

    Great list. Two favs are Take The Box and Back To Black by Amy Winehouse. That girl knows how to write great break-up songs!

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