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Break Up Songs: 200 of the Very Best

June 8, 2009

Break up songs have a way of helping heal that broken heart, whether you’re in the mood for something sad to wallow in, need an angry song to express your angst, or looking for something to cheer you up and bring you out of your misery.

We all have our break ups. Sometimes they’re for the best, sometimes they can be avoided or you have hope and can get back together. (Really – if you want to get back together, then you need to Read This)

But, if you’ve given up hope (though you really don’t have to – me and my husband are proof you can get back together with your ex) – then what you need are some good old fashioned break up songs to help you with mending that broken heart of yours.

There are probably thousands of break up songs out there in all genres – indie, alternative, rock, country, easy listening – and of course there’s also always been heartbreak through the decades – lots of great songs have been written through the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Coming up with this list of break up songs wasn’t easy! I had planned originally to do a “top 100 breakup songs list” as I have done with my previous list of 100 Sad Love Songs – but found that 100 just wasn’t enough as I was leaving out some very good ones. Even with a list of 200 I know that after I publish this post many of you will leave suggestions and favorites that will make me realize a few great ones I had forgotten!

There are all kinds of songs on this list, and I’m excited to finally have a good excuse to list Lynard Skynard’s “Freebird” – which is the often disputed “best song ever, period”. I’ve also included a few that are just plain out silly or funny, like Jay Z’s “99 Problems”. There’s also a few that are embarassing to admit you’ve listened to at some point, but seeing as how Some of these songs on here are ones I personally have used to get over a few too many bad relationships I couldn’t neglect to include them here as well.

So without further ado, here is the official playlist of 200 break up songs as well as a list of song titles and their artists.

Warning: Some of these songs may have offensive language as many are fueled by deep rooted anger – so if you take offense to strong language or may be listening to this around those who would be offended, you may want to proceed with caution.

200 of the Best Break Up Songs (in no particular order)
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morrissette
Like A Drug – Queens of the Stone Age
She F***ing Hates – Me Puddle of Mud
Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong – Spin Doctors
Fight Song – The Appleseed Cast
Rootless Tree – Damien Rice
The Day You Went Away – Wendy Matthews
Song for the Dumped – Ben Folds
Good Riddance – Green Day
Thought I Knew – Weezer
Cocoon – Jack Johnson
I Will Survive – Cake
With or Without You – U2
So Long – Guster
Something I Can Never Have – NIN
Only You – Filter
I’m Not The Only One – Filter
Where Do We Go From Here – Filter
The Sign – Ace of Base
Don’t Turn Around – Ace of Base
Sleep To Dream – Fiona Apple
A Song About You – Elliot smith
Amsterdam – Guster
Through With You – Maroon 5
Ex Girlfriend – No Doubt
Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
Say Goodbye – Theory of a Deadman
Should’ve Known Better – Richard Marx
Don’t Leave Me – Blink 182
Used To Love Her – Guns n’Roses
I’m Not Crying – Flight of the Conchords
Look Away – Chicago
Please Don’t Go – Chicago
Freebird Lynard Skynard
Walk Away – Ben Harper
If You’re Gone – Matchbox 20
Leave – Matchbox 20
Untouchable Face – Ani Difranco
Your Ex Lover Is Dead – Stars
Your Dictionary – XTC
Wild World – Cat Stevens
Good Woman – Cat Power
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart – Wilco
Without You – Harry Nilsson
Blue Monday – New Order
Now You’re Gone – Whitesnake
Painted on my Heart – The Cult
You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
Black – Pearl Jam
I Hate Everything About You – 3 Days Grace
Pictures Of You – The Cure
Goodnight & Go – Imogen Heap
What Went Wrong – The Slackers
Wake Up Alone – Amy Winehouse
Better off Without You – The Clarks
Cheyanne – George Strait
Silent All These Years – Tori Amos
Tear In Your Hand – Tori Amos
All We Have Is Now – The Flaming Lips
No Need To Argue – The Cranberries
Add It Up – Violent Femmes
Please Do Not Go – Violent Femmes
Gone Daddy Gone – Violent Femmes
Come Pick Me Up – Ryan Adams
A Perfect Sonnet – Bright Eyes
You Could Be Happy – Snow Patrol
It’s Cool, We Can Still Be Friends – Bright Eyes
Lose You – Pete Yorn
Comfortable – John Mayer
I Dont Want You Back – Eamon
The One With ‘Kid’ – Local H
You Don’t Understand Me – The Raconteurs
Save Me – Unwritten Law
So I Thought – Flyleaf
‘Til I Hear it From You – Gin Blossoms
Say Hello Wave Goodbye – David Gray
If It’s The Beaches – The Avett Brothers
Popular – Nada Surf
So Broken – Bjork
Am I Wrong – Love Spit Love
Extreme Ways – Moby
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – LedZeppelin
You’re Gonna Miss Me – The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
How¹s it Gonna Be – Third Eye Blind
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Ann Peebles
Stay – Lisa Loeb
Guess I’m Doing Fine – Beck
Torn – Natalie Imbrulia
Gimme Back My Dog – Slobberbone
You Suck – Murmurs
Revenge Is Sweeter (Than You Ever Were) – The Veronicas
All Hail The Heartbreaker – The Spill Canvas
So What – Pink
Wandering – Ben Folds
Crying Like a Church on Monday – New Radicals
I’ll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me) – Expose
Break Even – The Script
Lesson Learned – Ray Lamontagne
You Can Bring Me Flowers – Ray Lamontagne
The Winner Takes It All – Abba
The Last Song I’m Wasting On You – Evanescence
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
Here Without You – Three Doors Down
The Best Thing You Never Had – Butch Walker
A Little Bit Of Soap – Drifters
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan
Picture – Kid Rock
The Breakup Song – American Hi-Fi
I’m Not Okay(I Promise) – My Chemical Romance
Hate (I Really Don’t Like You) – Plain White T’s
Violet – Hole
Hush – Automatic Loveletter
Let It Die – Foo Fighters
She Loves Me Not – Papa Roach
I Want To Hear You Sad – The Early November
I Never Really Loved You Anyway – The Corrs
Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan
I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About – Mayday Parade
Missing – Everything But the Girl
When It’s Over – Sugar Ray
Second Chance – Shinedown
Over You – Daughtry
Battlefield – Jordin Sparks
I Hate This Part – Pussycat Dolls
Can’t Go Back Now – The Weepies
Everything We Had – The Academy Is
Love Me Dead – Ludo
Nothing Better – The Postal Service
Shattered – OAR
We Might As Well Be Strangers – Keane
Never Gonna Fall In Love Again – Eric Carmen
How To Be Dead – Snow Patrol
Cheating on You – Franz Ferdinand
Where Did It All Go Wrong? – Oasis
Forgiven – Relient K
Gone For Good – Shins
What Went Wrong – Blink 182
So Sad to Say – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
99 Problems – Jay Z
Lost Cause – Beck
Cheers Darlin’ – Damien Rice
The Sharp Hint Of New Tears – Dashboard Confessional
Break Stuff – Limp Bizkit
F*** You Lucy – Atmosphere
Blown It Again – Daniel Bedingfield
Dry Your Eyes – The Streets
Broken – Seether
Breakdown – Seether
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Boy George
Cardigan Weather – Meg & Dia
You Were The Last High – The Dandy Warhols
Do Me A Favor – Arctic Monkeys
Where No One Knows Me – Jann Arden
Something I Said – Safetysuit
Good F***ing Bye – Matt Skiba
Cry On Demand – Ryan Adams
Dog Problems – Format
Wrecking Ball – Interpol
I Am The Cosmos – Chris Bell
Heartbroke – The Good Life
So Let Go – The Good Life
Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
The Things You Said – Depeche Mode
The Night I Lost The Will To Fight – Cursive
About Today – The National
Been Here Before – Jeremy Enigk
Miserable At Best – Mayday Parade
Woke Up New – Mountain Goats
Summer Wind Was Always Our Song – The Ataris
Honey Honey – Feist
Shespider – Mew
Second Best – Pedro the Lion
Carry You – Jimmy Eat World
Starving Your Friends – Envy On The Coast
Happy Alone – Earlimart
Pink Bullets – Shins
Gone Away from Me – Ray Lamontagne
Never Meant – American Football
No Distance Left To Run – Blur
The Damage Is Done – Foreigner
You’ll See – Madonna
Wish Me Well – Bouncing Souls
Love Stinks – J. Geils Band
Love Hurts – Nazareth
Heavy – Collective Soul
I Think Ill Disappear Now – Crash Test Dummies
I’m Not Over You – Scouting For Girls
Last Time – Fuel
Bed – Semisonic
Do You Sleep – Lisa Loeb
Pale Blue Eyes – The Velvet Underground
No One’s Gonna Love You – Band of Horses
I Don’t Feel It Anymore – William Fitzsimmons
Heart Of Glass – Blondie
This Is Where I Came In – The Bee Gees
Potential Break Up Song – Aly & AJ
Where We Went Wrong – The Hush Sound
Love Song – Sara Bareilles
Love Song – Five for Fighting

Whew! What a list! I know I am missing some here and I know that I would love to hear from all of you – what are some of your favorite break up songs? Any songs that helped you get through the end of a relationship? Share your comments below!

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