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37 Best Songs for Broken Hearts and Sad Breakups

Here’s the best music for healing a broken heart – these songs will help you get over a break up and survive heartache. Broken hearted songs are ones that meet you where you’re at, whether you’re furious, defeated, crushed, or just so sad because you feel like you’re missing a big piece of yourself.

broken hearted songsAlbums like Taylor Swift’s 1989 are good songs for broken hearts because they’re distracting, which can be healthy. Healing after heartbreak isn’t just about moving “onwards and upwards” — it’s about saying good-bye to your old way of life and starting a new chapter.

“Divorce is like amputation,” says Margaret Atwood. “You survive, but there is less of you.” But when it comes to hearing words of comfort when my heart is broken, I like the “Golden Oldies” because they’re familiar and comforting. Certain songs resonate with my soul — which is what music that heals heartache is all about.


Here, I’ve rounded up the best CDs and songs that will help you heal heartache, from Michael Buble to Avril Lavigne…

Breakup Playlist

  1. Survivor” – Destiny’s Child
  2. Happy” – Pharrell Williams
  3. Hayling” – FC Kahuna
  4. Feeling Good” – Nina Simone
  5. Freedom ‘90” – George Michael
  6. Back to Black” – Amy Winehouse
  7. Shake It Out” – Florence + The Machine
  8. Albert’s Shuffle” – Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper
  9. I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  10. Fistful of Love” – Antony and the Johnsons
  11. “Wake Up” – Arcade Fire
  12. “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” – Bob Dylan
  13. “I’m Not Crying” – Flight of the Conchords
  14. “Fighter” – Christina Aguilera
  15. “Groove is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite
  16. “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  17. “Beautiful Day” – U2
  18. “Shake it Off” – Taylor Swift
  19. “Your Ex-Lover is Dead” – The Stars
  20. “Solsbury Hill” – Peter Gabriel
  21. “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye Tiesto Remix
  22. “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
  23. “I’ll Rise” – Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
  24. “You Get What You Give” – New Radicals
  25. “It’s My Life” – Bon Jovi
  26. “Loser” – Beck
  27. “Boom Boom Pow” – The Black Eyed Peas
  28. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
  29. “We Found Love” – Rhianna
  30. “Run the World (Girls” – Beyonce

– From How to Break Up With Anyone by Jayme Waxman.

Broken Hearted Songs

What stage of heartbreak are you at? If you’re still crying and healing, then you may want to listen to Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” or Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me.” Those breakup songs are definitely music for healing a broken heart.

broken hearted songs

Best Songs for Broken Hearts

If you’re ready to survive heartbreak and let go of someone you love, then you might be ready for Nancy Sinatra’s “These Books Were Made for Walking” or Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” Those are different types of breakup songs — but they’re still music that heals heartache!

Destiny’s Child: Survivor/Independent Woman – This one of the best breakup songs ever because it’s all about how much smarter, wiser, richer, more successful, better, and more free she is. The best CD for a broken heart is one that focuses on the future. Hope, faith, sunshine, and blue skies ahead…

Avril Lavigne’s My Happy Ending – “So much for my happy ending” sings Lavigne. We’ve all been there baby — but have you ever heard this saying? “One tear met another tear floating down the river. Said the first tear, ‘I’m the tear of the woman who lost her lover.’ The second tear said, ‘I’m the tear of the woman who found him.'” To help you let go of someone you love, remember that whoever found him is probably shedding tears, too! Anyway, Lavigne’s breakup song is music for healing a broken heart.

If you can’t stop thinking about your ex, read How to Let Go of Someone You Love. Don’t worry about broken hearted songs; start thinking about healing.

Jewel’s You Were Meant for Me –  Sometimes you don’t want a breakup song that reminds you of the future and happiness without your partner…sometimes you want to cling to the hope that you’ll be together again. Jewel’s breakup song is music for healing broken hearts, because it focuses on the certainty that you’re meant to be together.

Toni Braxton’s Un-Break My Heart – This is another great song that helps you get over a broken heart by encouraging the tears to flow. “Un-Break My Heart” is a breakup song – definitely music for healing a broken heart because it lets you immerse yourself in sorrow, which sometimes you have to do in order to heal.

Best Songs for Broken Hearts

37 Best Songs for Broken Hearts and Sad Breakups

Songs for Broken Hearts

I updated this blog post — there are many more broken hearted songs on Songs About Breaking Up With Someone You Love. I compiled all the reader comments from here, and put them into a song list on Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships.


Christine Aguilera’s Fighter – The opposite of encouraging tears to heal, Aguilera’s “Fighter” is all about getting stronger, working harder, getting faster, being wiser, and growing a thicker skin. The song lyrics focus on “thanks for making me a fighter” – which is a great way to heal a broken heart and let go of someone you love.

Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares to You – This isn’t exactly the most empowering song, but it could be a good breakup song because it lets you soak in your misery (which isn’t always a bad thing). “It’s been so lonely without you here,” sings Sinead. “Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling.” Yes, I recommend letting yourself wail and weep and mourn what you’ve lost – it’s music for healing a broken heart.

Lara Fabian’s I Will Love Again – This is a great song for a broken heart because Fabian acknowledges the pain (“Though my heart is breaking”) and vows to love again. She sings of moving on, breathing again, feeling again, and loving again…even if it takes a lifetime.


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If you’re struggling to let go of someone you love, read How to Heal a Broken Heart – Go On a Safari to Remember.

What broken hearted songs mean the most to you? Comments welcome below…

May your broken heart heal, and open up to love again.

xo

87 thoughts on “37 Best Songs for Broken Hearts and Sad Breakups”

  1. Gil, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and pray you find Twoo Wuv again soon. I was so moved by your experience because I can relate to your ex. I have singlehandedly sabotaged many truly beautiful chance at love because of my own fear. Years of childhood abuse beginning at age 4 until 14. I very rarely share this with anyone but your experience touched me because of how you explained her actions and what she was going through.

    *Sometimes it barely even registers. I’m ok. I see the relationship for what it was — an emtional rollercoaster with deeply wounded and angry person that was doomed from the start — I wanted so bad to help her heal, to show her she could believe in love and that I would never do anything to hurt or betray her. But she couldn’t — too many years of abuse, a childhood that destroyed parts of her before she ever even had a chance — I was never going to change a lifetime of mistrust and a pattern of repeating the same trauma over and over in her head and sabotaging everything good that came her way. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out what I was up against until my heart was in it down to the very foundations and that was when she was in the pre-paranoia fledgling trust where she began to open up and let me see bits of her past and the hell she had not really survived.
    So I hate what she did to me but can never really hate her because she was and is in more pain than I can ever know. She must truly believe that her destruction of love is necessary for her own survival. So I got through it and moved on.

    I’v never ever seen this side, everything my actions had caused and/or truly hurtful painful things I had put them all through. I just want to call and write them all I’m sorry notes and send I’m sorry flowers. How I am even this fortunate that they are all still in my lives. Never quite being my friends. All like big Brothers and Gaurdians to reassure me that even though it didn’t work out with them. I don’t need to feel scared that everyone is out to get me and run and destroy everything I’ve worked so hard for. I never realized this till I read your comment. GIL!!!!!! YOU JUST CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!! I
    Owe you, and if someday I get to give you a hug and see you. You don’t know what you’ve helped me see and open my eyes to. Thank you for being so respectful to your ex and not putting her down when that’s all we really know. I hope this world blesses you with so much happiness. Thank you.
    Linda Marusak.
    Arizona

  2. Wow — the comments are full of such great songs, my heartbroken sisters (and a couple brothers)! Well, it’s been more than two years since my heart was first shattered and a year and a half since she came back to finish me off bc I guess she figured she hadn’t broken me enough the first time. So I grieved, I fell to pieces and then I slowly began to let go and finally got to the point where I didn’t think about her every day — not that she doesn’t still cross my mind every day, but I don’t *think*about her when something g reminds me of her, I just move on to the next thought. Sometimes it barely even registers. I’m ok. I see the relationship for what it was — an emtional rollercoaster with deeply wounded and angry person that wS doomed from the start — I wanted s bad to hel her heal, to show her she could believe in love and that I would never do anything to hurt or betray her. But she couldn’t — too many years of abuse, a childhood that destroyed arts of her before she ever even had a chance — I was never going to change a lifetime of mistrust and a pattern of repeating the same trauma over and over in her head and sabotaging everything g good that came her way. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out what I was up against until my heart was in it down to the very foundations and that was when she was in the pre-paranoia fledgling trust where she began to open up and let me see bits of her past and the hell she had not really survived.
    So I hate what she did to me but can never really hate her because she was and is in more pain than I can ever know. She must truly believe that her destruction of love is necessary for her own survival. So I got through it and moved on.
    …..But that doesn’t mean that when I found my old iPod and discovered a hundred photos of us looking as dazed and joyful in love as two doomed teenagers in a Shalespearean tragedy that I was immune to the flood of memories that wShed through me. I spent hours looking through those snapshots and afterwards regretted it because I wasn’t ready to see them again. Three days later I have a nostalgia hangover that weighs on me like a — like a shattered romance.
    So the song gong through my head for the past two days is one I first heard in the days of my first glimpses of love– the Pet Shop Boys’ “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” It may be a cheesy 80’s oldie, but the lyrics are good and except for the part about the job being backwards, it fits to a T. Give it a listen and thanks for all the other songs!!! We will all find love again when we’re ready. And hopefully we’ll make different mistakes then, and learn from them as well, and work our way towards real… Twoo Wuv, as the old guy said in that wonderful movie. Cheers.

  3. Enya- Orinoco Flow
    Native American flute
    very calmIng…very few words allows your mInd to not focus on thoughts, They are great for artistic creatIon an also.

  4. my story is a little diff, im married w two young kiddos and a great husband. sadly ive never forgotten and probably wll never forget my first love. I disagree w infidality thus is the reason we stoped talking all together jst two days ago. It was a mutual agreement. he told me it hurts him to talk to me and know there can never be anything. and i care too much for him to keep hurting his feelings so i am finally now accepting that nothing will ever happen between him and i..not even friendship. I miss you it jst wasnt meant to be. There are so many songs that remind me of us but the best one I can think of at this moment is…………..

    Green Day – Good Riddance

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