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105 Songs About Break Ups, Heartbreak, and Divorce

Updated on July 2, 2017
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FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

The Bitter End: When Love Is Finally Over

When the love has fizzled, will you walk away with your head down, go cry in your beer, or hold your head high and just move on?  Here are songs to help get you through.
When the love has fizzled, will you walk away with your head down, go cry in your beer, or hold your head high and just move on? Here are songs to help get you through. | Source

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

It was all fast heartbeats and goo-goo eyes in the beginning, but now you're left with that sinking feeling that you're all alone again.

Some people brood and get stuck pressing replay on all those old memories, reliving what went wrong. (Sorry, but you can't go back.)

Others reach deep down for their survivor spirit. What will you do?

Here's a winner's playlist of songs showing a variety of reactions to break-ups, broken hearts, and relationship bust ups. Have fun listening and go get your inspiration!

When Love Or Something Like It Has Disappeared

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Gone are the arguments, heated exchanges, the silent treatment, and glares.  In their place, you have your freedom.  Remember what you've traded in!Several studies suggest that men handle break-ups worse than women do, experiencing anxiety, anger, and depression."Did you hear ANYTHING I just said?""Michael, I'm just not that into you anymore."
Gone are the arguments, heated exchanges, the silent treatment, and glares.  In their place, you have your freedom.  Remember what you've traded in!
Gone are the arguments, heated exchanges, the silent treatment, and glares. In their place, you have your freedom. Remember what you've traded in! | Source
Several studies suggest that men handle break-ups worse than women do, experiencing anxiety, anger, and depression.
Several studies suggest that men handle break-ups worse than women do, experiencing anxiety, anger, and depression. | Source
"Did you hear ANYTHING I just said?"
"Did you hear ANYTHING I just said?" | Source
"Michael, I'm just not that into you anymore."
"Michael, I'm just not that into you anymore." | Source

1. "I'm Moving On" by Rascal Flatts

In this emotionally raw song, contemporary country group Rascal Flatts (2001) describes a man who has faced personal demons in his past and has come to realize that his life is passing him by in his current relationship. He has packed up his belongings and is leaving town, hoping to find forgiveness down the road.

2. "Tears Dry On Their Own" by Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse (2006) sings about a love affair that has run its course. Although she knows she'll be some other man's lover soon, she regrets the end of their strained relationship. There is a poignant contrast in how they immediately handle the break-up:

He walks away, the sun goes down
He takes the day but I'm grown
And in your way in this blue shade
My tears dry on their own.

Pressing Replay On the Past?

Alone with your thoughts, will you replay what went wrong in the relationship or find a way to focus on you, moving forward?  How you cope is up to YOU.
Alone with your thoughts, will you replay what went wrong in the relationship or find a way to focus on you, moving forward? How you cope is up to YOU. | Source

3. "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson

In this 2004 rock song, Kelly Clarkson describes a girl who is relieved that her relationship is over. The couple began as friends, and their romance became intense. Now she is free and feels like she can breathe for the first time in a long time. And yes, she is glad he's miserable.

4. "What Goes Around" by Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake released this 2006 song as a sequel to "Cry Me A River" which was rumored to be about his break-up with Britney Spears. It's a can't-let-it-go song about a guy who was in love with a woman and ready to marry her.

However, she went and cheated on him. The brokenhearted Romeo reminds her that karma has a way of coming back around and kicking you in the backside. Ease up, Justin. She ain't worth it.

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You Gonna Mope? Nope. Get Out There And Love Again

Give yourself time to be sad over a broken relationship.  Then work on bouncing back from disappointment or betrayal.  Love is waiting out there. Yep, it'll happen again.
Give yourself time to be sad over a broken relationship. Then work on bouncing back from disappointment or betrayal. Love is waiting out there. Yep, it'll happen again. | Source

5. "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye, featuring Kimbra

Blame and miscommunication are flying in this 2011 song. The man in the relationship tells his side of the story -- that he felt lonely in the relationship and glad when it was over. He didn't understand why his old lover cut him off completely and treated him like a stranger.

6. "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" by Beyoncé Knowles

In this unforgettable 2008 number, Beyoncé Knowles sings about a girl who has just broken up with her boyfriend of three years. On the rebound, she now has all the male attention she can handle, and it's driving her ex-boyfriend crazy.

If you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it
Oh, oh, oh.

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7. "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars

In this 2012 song, Bruno Mars' special lady now belongs to another guy. Having a major case of the coulda-woulda-shouldas, all he can do is ruminate over what he did wrong:

... I should've bought you flowers
And held your hand
Should've gave you all my hours
When I had the chance
Take you to every party
'Cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby's dancing
But she's dancing with another man.

8. "Burn" by Usher

The relationship is coming to an end, and Usher delivers the final blow in this 2004 song. Even though he's the partner who is terminating the love relationship, he grieves the end of their romance.

He hates the thought of his ex-lover with someone else, even long after they have split. But hey, he lit the match that burned the bridge.

Does Your Heart Feel Like A Crumbled Cookie?

Broken hearts can heal.  Give yours time.
Broken hearts can heal. Give yours time. | Source

9. "Straight Tequila Night" by John Anderson

The lonely, heartbroken lady in this John Anderson song (1996) is friendly and fun when she's sipping Chablis. But when she's downing straight tequila, don't mess with the broad. That's when she's got her ex-lover on her mind. Baby, that's when she's a train wreck looking to tear up some tracks. Toot, toot!

10 Things Not To Do When Drinking and On the Rebound

You'll be sorry if you ...
1. Tweet, update your Facebook status, or post messages on Internet message boards.
2. Call up your old flame to discuss unresolved relationship issues. Or show up at his/her apartment.
3. Call up your ex-lover's new romantic interest to give them the scoop on what Mr. or Ms. Right is really all about (or to wish the new couple well).
4. Try to find a new partner -- especially if that partner is also drunk and/or on the rebound.
5. Get a tattoo, cut your own hair, or both.
6. Profess your love to anyone.
7. Tell the world what you think of your ex through spraypaint.
8. Discuss your troubles with any and all who will listen.
9. Upload photos and videos to the Internet.
10. Re-enact any dramatic breakup music videos. (e.g., Single Ladies)
Okay, maybe you could get by with #10. But don't document your fun.

10. "My Give A Damn's Busted" by Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina is all fired up and tired of her man's lame excuses. She's kicking the no good buzzard to the curb in this 2005 country number. He's filled her head with lies, manipulated her, and used her. Ole' Jo Dee is DONE.

11. " I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

It's an old tune (1978), but if you need a high-spirited, pick-me-up song after a break-up, then Gloria Gaynor delivers! She describes a woman who has been left by her lover and was dejected -- a hollow shell of a human being:

At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side.

Later, however, the ex-lover returns to find a brand new version of his former sweetheart: strong, full of herself, and more than willing to toss him out:

Go on now, go walk out the door
Just turn around now
'Cause you're not welcome anymore.
Weren't you the one who tried to break me with goodbye?
Did you think I'd crumble?
Did you think I'd lay down and die?
Oh no, not I
I will survive ... .

Are You An Angry Bird? Did the Break-Up Ruffle Your Feathers?

Don't bottle up your anger.  The best revenge is to be happy.
Don't bottle up your anger. The best revenge is to be happy. | Source

12. "Best Days Of Your Life" by Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler wants to rub her ex-boyfriend's face in his mistake. The cheater broke her heart and is now marrying someone else, but she reminds him that she will always be there in the back of his mind as the one who got away.

Does it surprise you that Taylor Swift co-wrote this 2008 song?

I heard you're gonna get married, have a nice little family
Live out my dreams with someone new
But I've been told that a cheater is always a cheater
So I've got my pride and she's got you. ...

13. "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green

This 2010 R&B song has two versions: the sanitized one and the naughty one, called "F*ck You." Cee Lo Green sings about the pain of being in love with a gold digger; she's left him for deeper pockets.

14. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor

This song was written by Prince, although Sinéad O'Connor made it famous throughout the world in 1990. She describes feeling empty, and she counts the days since her lover left her.

Although she now has the freedom to do anything she wants, her sleeping is interrupted, she's having crying jags, and she's gone to see a doctor to no avail. She's even willing to give their disintegrated relationship another try. The song paints the picture of a broken woman.

15. "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum

One of the unhealthiest combinations is a broken hearted lover who's been drinking and has access to a phone late at night. It inevitably leads to the drunk dial. This is what Lady Antebellum is contemplating in this 2010 song.

It's a quarter after one
I'm all alone
And I need you now
And I said I wouldn't call
But I'm a little drunk
And I need you now.

N-o-o-o-o! Don't do it! Nothing good comes from the drunk dial. Just sleep it off, or go write a song.

16. "Never Ever Getting Back Together Again" by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift sings about an on-again/off-again love affair in this 2012 Grammy Award nominated song that was inspired by her ill-fated relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal (of Brokeback Mountain fame). There's frequent picking of fights, screaming, gossiping with friends. It doesn't sound like these two need to get back together. Sound familiar?

Facts About Divorce & Singledom

  • Did your parents divorce? This makes you up to 4 times more likely to get divorced yourself.1
  • The odds of first marriages succeeding are about 1 in 2. The odds of second marriages succeeding are about 1 in 3. Third marriages? Almost 1 in 4.
  • The number of divorce filings tend to rise dramatically each January. There's even an unofficial "Divorce Day," the Monday after Christmas break when divorce attorneys return to their offices to LOTS of inquiries.
  • The third full week in September is National Unmarried and Single Americans Week.2

Is it the bitter end in your romantic relationship?  Looking for ways to call it quits?
Is it the bitter end in your romantic relationship? Looking for ways to call it quits? | Source

17. "You Don't Even Know Who I Am" by Patty Loveless

Relationships don't always end in verbal flame throwing and slammed doors. Sometimes they just die on the vine, as in this 1994 song by country singer Patty Loveless.

She describes a wife who realizes she and her husband have fallen out of love long ago. The wife leaves her wedding ring and a note on her pillow that says the following, and husband calls her to say he feels the same way:

You don't even know who I am
You left me a long time ago
You don't even know who I am.

18. "Apologize" by Timbaland

Timbaland (2006) describes the emotional torture that plagues some relationships as they die off.

He is a lover who desperately loves his sweetheart. However, she plays with his heart, letting him dangle "10 feet off the ground" ... seemingly for the fun of it. He finds that there are some things you can't take back, and it's too late to apologize.

Alone Doesn't Have To Mean Lonely

You can be lonelier in an unhappy relationship than being single.
You can be lonelier in an unhappy relationship than being single. | Source

19. "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" by Train

Train brings rare humor to grieving the loss of relationship in this 2012 song. Left by his lover, a snarky man refuses to tell his friends the truth about the demise of their affair. Instead he tosses out suggestions of what happened to her. What great ways to say, "You are both gone and forgotten."

20. "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon

If your love relationship has ended but you haven't technically broken up yet, Paul Simon offers some advice on how to become officially single again in this fun 1975 classic:

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be Coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free.

There are lots of ways to leave your lover.  Climb out of the winda, Linda.
There are lots of ways to leave your lover. Climb out of the winda, Linda. | Source

10 More Ideas for Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"

You Could ...
1. Become a fella, Stella.
2. Stow away on a plane, Elaine.
3. Pretend to be dead, Ned.
4. Fail to make bail, Mikail.
5. Tell it like it is, Liz.
6. Join the CIA, Ray.
7. Become a nun, hun.
8.Move out of state, Nate.
9. Hide under a rock, Jacque.
10. Claim to have ebola, Lola.
Just get yourself free.

21. "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John

In this upbeat 1983 rock number, Elton John informs his cold-blooded ex-lover that threats and emotional manipulation are not enough to take him down. He's still standing, stronger than ever before. So take that!

22. "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus shed her Disney Hannah Montana image like a snake discards its skin. By 2013 she was sporting a bleach blonde pixie cut, twerking with Robin Thicke on the VMA Awards, and announcing the break-up of her wedding engagement.

Although she didn't write this song, the emotional upheaval seems to fit her. People who have been through a tumultuous relationship can identity:

I came in like a wrecking ball
Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung
Left me crouching in a blaze and fall
All you ever did was break me
Yeah, you, you wreck me. ...

Parting Ways

Parting ways isn't always easy.  Be kind to yourself.
Parting ways isn't always easy. Be kind to yourself. | Source

23. "Someone Like You" by Adele

Adele shows up out of the blue to remind an ex-boyfriend that although he married is to someone else now, moving on is not so easy for her. Unable to stay away, she relives their old times, even if it's just in her memory.

In 2011, she was famously brought to tears performing the song at the Royal Albert Hall.

24. "You'll Think Of Me" by Keith Urban

In this country ballad, Keith Urban grieves the end of his romance as his cheating girlfriend leaves him for someone else. He tells her to take what she feels she needs to -- it's only stuff. He is confident that while she is sleeping with her pride, he will long linger in the back of her memory.

25. "Baby Come Back" by Hall & Oates

This song is vintage Hall & Oates (1977) about a man who is desperate to see his sweetheart return to him:

Baby come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong and I just can't live without you.

If you've never heard it -- for example, because it was released before you were born -- do yourself a favor and go listen!

26. "So What" by P!nk

P!nk has just lost her husband in this 2008 song, but you won't catch her crying on anyone's shoulder. She's sporting a new attitude. Look out because she also plans on drinking his rent money, starting fights, and living it up.

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Be honest: Have you ever done the following after a break up?

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You Creepin'?

With social media, you can monitor an ex-partner's new relationships.  Just because you can doesn't mean you should.  Not judging.
With social media, you can monitor an ex-partner's new relationships. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Not judging. | Source

Have you used social media to monitor a former romantic partner's new life or had it done to you? Tell us in the Comments Section below.

Is Your Ex Creeping On You?

Facebook might make it harder to get over a breakup in a healthy way.

According to one study, 88 percent of Facebook users employed the social media site to monitor their former romantic partners' new lives.3 Such surveillance activities were associated with increased levels of distress.

Seventy percent of Facebook users in the study acknowledged using a mutual friend's profile to secretly monitor the ex-lover. Nearly 75% used Facebook to conduct research about their ex-partner's new love interest, and 50% were still Facebook friends with their ex.

27. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson (2011) describes an empowered woman who has noticed that since her break-up, she is freer than ever before. The bed is warmer, she dreams in color, and she's found personal strength in flying solo.

28. "What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts (2006) sings this song of regret about a man who kept quiet instead of saying what needed to be said. The woman he loves has left, and all the words he meant to say won't help him now.

What's In A Name? Locations With Names Associated With Relationship Breakups

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A markerAngry Mountain, Washington -
Angry Mountain, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington, USA
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B markerBye, Sweden -
Bye, Sweden
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C markerCry, France -
Cry, France
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D markerCrying Creek, Tennessee -
Crying Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA
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E markerForget, Candada -
Forget, Ontario, Canada
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F markerGone, Chad -
Gone, Chad
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G markerMad River, Ohio -
Mad River, OH, USA
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H markerRecovery Road, Arkansas -
Recovery Road, Marshall, 72650, USA
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I markerRegret, France -
Regret, 55100 Arrondissement of Verdun, France
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J markerSad, Slovenia -
Sad, Slovenia
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29. "Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman

This 1995 Grammy-award winning song by Tracy Chapman describes the painful end of a relationship. The woman in the song tell her partner that she is leaving. Pained, she implores her lover: "give me one reason to stay here, and I'll turn right back around."

30. "I'm Gonna Miss Her" by Brad Paisley

The lady in Brad Paisley's life misjudged him. In this tongue-in-cheek country song (2001), a man recounts how his sweetheart gave him an ultimatum: it was either her or fishing. Unfortunately for love, he chose to go to the lake.

31. "Rumor Has It" by Adele

Like a cat toying with a mouse, the confident woman in this 2011 Adele song reminds her ex-lover that what you do to others is gonna get done to you. He had left the song's narrator for a woman half her age and was cold-hearted in doing so.

In a winning psycho ex-girlfriend move, she gives him the same treatment. Schwing!

Rely On Your Friends When You're Hurting

Is the pigeon there to poop on his head or listen to his troubles?  You decide.
Is the pigeon there to poop on his head or listen to his troubles? You decide. | Source

32. "Princess of China" by Coldplay

When a lover skips out on you and takes your heart with them, they can leave you with a lingering heartache, noticeable by "oooh oooh oooh you really hurt me" in the lyrics of this song.

Coldplay (2011) reminisces about how the couple used to be on the same side. The woman in the song could have been his princess if he hadn't gone and ruined it. Oddly, the song features Rhianna as the Chinese princess. Sometimes you just have to make believe.

33. "We Just Disagree" by Dave Mason

Irreconcilable differences. No assignment of fault or blame. That's what Dave Mason regrets in this 1977 soft rock classic:

There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy,
There's only you and me and we just disagree.

Still, it doesn't make a relationship bust-up hurt any less.

34. "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonie Raitt

A one-sided romance is one of the loneliest places on earth. Bonnie Raitt sheds all pride in this poignant 1991 song as she bares the raw vulnerability in loving someone who doesn't return the feelings.

35. "Here's A Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares" by Travis Tritt

In this 1991 country hit, Travis Tritt takes the tough love approach. The woman has lied, cheated, walked out ... and now wants reconciliation?!? Huh! He ain't having it:

You say you were wrong to ever leave me alone
And now your sorry, you're lonesome and scared
And you say you'd be happy if you could just come back home
Well here's a quarter, call someone who cares.

I can't remember the last time I've used one of these.  Can you?
I can't remember the last time I've used one of these. Can you? | Source

Pay Phones ... Remember Them?

What was Travis Tritt referring to when he said, "here's a quarter; call someone who cares?"

Before cell phones, there were coin-operated telephones, often found in public places such as malls, convenience stores or street corners. In 1960, there were 1 million telephone booths, and by 2000 there were double that number.4

The cost of a call was

  • 5 cents in 1948
  • 10 cents in 1951
  • by 1984 in many places it was a quarter
  • by 2002 many people were paying 50 cents (or using a calling card).

Prices typically varied by state. When was the last time you used a pay phone or even saw one?

Grieve Your Loss Then Move On

It's not unusual for men to take longer to process their grief over a lost relationship and to express it differently, through actions rather than verbally.
It's not unusual for men to take longer to process their grief over a lost relationship and to express it differently, through actions rather than verbally. | Source

36. "Just When I Needed You Most" by Randy VanWarmer

Although this soft rock song was released in 1979, it's just as relevant today. It recounts the pain of being left alone, still loving the one who went away and yearning helplessly for their comfort.

37. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye

This Marvin Gaye classic (1968), which made the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, is about a devastated man who hears gossip about his woman's plans to leave him for another man. Confused, he confronts her.

38. "Angry All the Time" by Tim McGraw

Disillusioned and emotionally spent by the tolls wracked up by marriage, the husband in this Tim McGraw song (2001) is walking away from his family. He provides a sad explanation of why he feels he cannot stay.

39. "You Give Love A Bad Name" by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi (1986) describes the woman in this song as having an angel's smile. But beware, she is "a loaded gun" -- a game-player -- and she shoots him in the heart.

40. "Leaving You A Better Man" by Clint Black

This is a philosophical way to look at the end of a relationship. In this 1989 song, Clint Black considers the value of knowing his sweetheart, although their relationship ultimately fizzled. Now that she is gone, he sees that he is a better man for knowing her. How very mature!

Heartbreak is something you learn to live with rather than forget.
Heartbreak is something you learn to live with rather than forget. | Source

Even More Songs About Break Ups, Heartbreak & Divorce

Song
Artist
Year Released
41. Have You Seen Her?
The Chi-Lites
1971
42. Amnesia
5 Seconds Of Summer
2014
43. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
The Righteous Brothers
1964
44. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?
Michael Bolton
1990
45. Story of Us
Taylor Swift
2010
46. I'm Not In Love
10cc
1975
47. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
Jessica Simpson
2005
48. Baby Bye Bye
Gary Morris
1984
49. Part of Me
Katy Perry
2010
50. You're So Vain
Carly Simon
1972
51. You Oughta Know
Alanis Morrissette
1995
52. Gives You Hell
The All-American Rejects
2008
53. Goodbye My Lover
James Blunt
2005
54. Say Something
A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
2013
55. Done
The Band Perry
2013
56. Not Coming Home
Maroon 5
2002
57. A Little Bit Stronger
Sara Evans
2011
58. Over You
Miranda Lambert
2012
59. Goodbye To You
Michelle Branch
2002
60. You Give Love A Bad Name
Bon Jovi
1986
61. You Ruin Me
The Veronicas
2014
62. I Miss You
Blink 182
2004
63. I Don't Know What To Do With Myself
The White Stripes
2002
64. What I Didn't Do
Steve Wariner
1985
65. Hell No
Ingrid Michaelson
2016
66. Just Give It Away
George Strait
2005
67. Staying’s Worse Than Leaving
Sunny Sweeny
2011
68. Does My Ring Burn Your Finger
Lee Ann Womack
2000
69. D-I-V-O-R-C-E
Tammy Wynette
1968
70. As Good As I Was To You
Lorrie Morgan
1997
71. Picture To Burn
Taylor Swift
2008
72. What Might've Been
Little Texas
1993
73. Somewhere On A Beach
Dierks Bentley
2016
74. It's A Heartache
Bonnie Tyler
1977
75. It Must've Been Love
Roxette
1987
76. Different For Girls
Dierks Bentley (featuring Elle King)
2016
77. Goin' Through the Big D
Mark Chesnutt
1994
78. Big Girls Cry
Sia
2014
79. Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kelly Clarkson
2004
80. Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You
Kellie Pickler
2006
81. As You Turn Away
Lady Antebellum
2011
82. Chainsaw
Nick Jonas
2016
83. The Harold Song
Kesha
2012
84. Consider Me Gone
Reba McEntire
2009
85. Truth
Jason Aldean
2009
86. Truthfully
DNCE
2016
87. My Immortal
Evanescence
2003
88. Easy Come, Easy Go
George Strait
1993
89. Can't Be Really Gone
Tim McGraw
1995
90. You Were Mine
Dixie Chicks
1998
91. Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Presley
1972
92. I Don't Love You Anymore
Real Friends
2014
93. Where Do I Fit In the Picture
Clay Walker
1993
94. What Mattered Most
Ty Herndon
1995
95. When I Call Your Name
Vince Gill
1990
96. Anymore
Travis Tritt
1991
97. I Wonder Do You Think of Me?
Keith Whitley
1989
98. Today My World Slipped Away
George Strait
1997
99. Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye
George Strait
1988
100. 21 to 17
Doug Supernaw
1999
101. Losing You
Alison Krauss
2017
102. I Cry
Westlife
2001
103. Just When I Needed You Most
Randy VanWarmer
1979
104. Love Triangle
RaeLynn
2016
105. You Don't Know Her Like I Do
Brantley Gilmore
2011
Do you have a suggestion that needs to be on our Break Up, Heartbreak & Divorce list? Tell us in the Comments Section below!

I'm So Over You

That's one way to get over a broken heart.
That's one way to get over a broken heart. | Source

Notes

1 Divorce Statistics. "Divorce Statistics and Divorce Rate in the USA." Last modified 2014. http://www.divorcestatistics.info/divorce-statistics-and-divorce-rate-in-the-usa.html.

2James, Larry. "National Unmarried & Single Americans Week." Celebrate Love & Relationships with Larry James. Last modified 2014. http://www.celebratelove.com/singlesweek.htm.

3Flacy, Mike. "Nearly 9 out of 10 Facebook users keep tabs on their exes." Digital Trends. Last modified July 18, 2012. http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/nearly-9-out-of-10-facebook-users-keep-tabs-on-their-exes/.

4Wordwizard. "Pay phone history." Last modified September 30, 2008. http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=20853.

The heart is fragile.  Handle it with care.
The heart is fragile. Handle it with care. | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      Boomer Music Man - A big thank you to you! I pour a lot of energy into my playlist hubs and appreciate the positive comment! Have a great July 4th weekend!

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      Boomer Music Man 13 months ago

      50 ways to leave your lover and You've Lost That love and feelin' are two of my favorite songs. I like the write up you did on these two songs. Your research and writing is just fantastic. Kudos.

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      swalia - Thanks for stopping by! Have a marvelous week ahead!

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      Shaloo Walia 16 months ago

      Great list! You have a great taste in music!

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      FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

      Shyron - Thank you for taking a look at this playlist and for voting, sharing, commenting. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Hi Flourish, you must know that I am a song lover, and this is awesome.

      Thumb-up UABI and shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Catherine - I remember that hub well! You're right that sad songs can help with sharing the misery but I hope folks don't get stuck there too long! Put on the old boots and get back in the saddle.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I love the first picture you used to illustrate this piece. I did a hub about "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" that you might enjoy. After a break-up I think it is good therapy to listen to a lot of sad songs about lost love so that you can wallow in your grief. Then after a good wallow you are ready to dust your self off, pick your self up, and plunge back into life.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      DDE - It's one of my favorites too! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great list here. I enjoy listening to music and ''Forget you,'' is one of my favorites.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      LadyFiddler - I agree. Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares To You" is one of my all time favorites. She sings it from such a lonely, desperate place. Thanks for reading, and have a great week.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      What a spectacular hub this must have taken a lot of time to do, but in the end it was worth it. Life is like drawing without an eraser so break ups do happen and there is nothing we can do to erase them, except try to move on , but the pass is always there to haunt us if we let them.

      SIGH!!! Just got to be strong to live with it , its certainly not a good feeling especially if you felt betrayed. Time after time we run into idiots who love breaking hearts.

      Sinéad O'Connor has really sang that song with deep emotions you can hear and feel the sadness in it.

      Thanks for sharing Flourish

      God bless U

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Fiddleman - Glad you enjoyed this. Break ups can be really uncomfortable and oh so memorable. Sometimes it's easier just to let it fade but some people don't get the hint. Have a great rest-of-your-week.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 2 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Mercy me!!! What a great hub. We have all been there. From our first "puppy love" to that "Dear John" many of us got when we were in the military. Rejection hurts but you have given some wonderful songs and tips to help with the emotional pain. Sometimes however, it never goes away which may or may not be a good thing. Enjoyed so much.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Audrey - Thanks for stopping by. I hope this never happens to you either!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      What a great list! Hope this never happens to me!!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Nell - That's a good one. I'm sure it's harder to give up cigarettes than it is some old lovers. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi, what a great list and I loved the emotion behind your words and the songs, I did smile when we got to Sinéad O'Connor's song, evidently it was not about love but about the fact that she was missing her cigarettes that she had given up! lol! wonderful hub, voted up!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Devika - Thank you! I appreciate your comments!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi FlourishAnyway, you did such a perfect hub. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      MsDora - Thanks so much for taking a gander. I'm glad you recognized a couple tunes. I wish we could turn back the dial on prices, too. (Gasoline would be nice.)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      You do a great job of song selections, according to the themes as you explain them. Number 36 and 37 are the only two I think I know. How do we get back the 1948 phone rates? Very entertaining!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oops! Meant ... " to leave your lover" : )

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Faith Reaper - Thank you so much for that lovely comment. I will definitely check that Lady Antebellum song out! Great group! I hope you are doing well!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Flourish,

      I read this the other day and went to Google a song by Lady Antebellum that I know the words to, but could not think of the correct title, then my hubby distracted me and I thought I had commented, but I see now I did not make it back! Forgive me! Oh, speaking of hubby, he just looooves Pink LOL ... ; 0

      Anyway, the song by Lady Antebellum is "Bartender" ... really pumps you up if you need it to get over that loser guy.

      But who am I to even comment here, as I have been married forever! I remember growing up and listening to that song by Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Your Lover" ... I remember taking notes just in case ... lol, thankfully, I never had to resort to using any of them.

      You have compiled and excellent list here of a lot of great music.

      Voted up and more and away

      Blessings always

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Ann - Thank you so much for your feedback! Have a terrific week!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Great selection and I love your comments and the 'extra' info. The first photo of the cat is priceless! And the owl. You've found some perfect illustrations.

      I like '50 ways to leave your lover' and 'I heard it through the grapevine' - 2 classics. Well done; a great read.

      Ann

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Savvy! He's a real good guy and has stuck through some very tough times. I hope you find someone awesome, too. Have a good night!

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      savvydating 2 years ago

      I hope I don't seem like a stalker, but I had to come back and say I loved the story about you and your husband. How cute that he had that country song in his mind. I love it!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Linda - Oh, they do, but I have found them to be a nice break. I've also learned some neat things doing the background research. Thanks for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Savvy - Aww, sometimes it's better to just put it out there and take the gamble. Right before my husband and I got married about 20 years ago we had broken up. We both remember the break up completely differently, but when HE came back to ME (haha) I found that "What Might Have Been" by Little Texas was deep in his thoughts. He didn't even like country music but that song had stuck with him. I hope you find the one you can't live without. Thanks for the kind compliments.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your song hubs must take you so long to compete! I only know two of the songs in this hub, but I appreciate your effort and the extra information that you've included.

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      savvydating 2 years ago

      Rascall Flatts, "What Hurts the Most" get me every time. (Sigh) Either I didn't say anything or he didn't say anything and there you go. Another love down the drain. The moral of my story is---sometimes it can't hurt to wear our heart on our sleeve ...a little bit. I should know, since I've got the walking away part nailed. Lol!

      Great article, as always. I love all that stuff you write as side notes too. Another awesome piece. Voting up & awesome.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Frank - Isn't she a hoot? She has some great songs. Have a good weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Heidi - I recall so many of the 70s love songs and think they don't always get enough play. Glad you enjoyed the throwback.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Velour - They can certainly help. Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Sharkeye11 - it's hard selecting those songs, isn't it? It took me awhile compiling these. Glad you enjoyed them!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Jackie - Glad you enjoyed this. Good to see you! Have a great weekend.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      what an entertaining hub.. and I enjoyed that Pink? video.. what a character she is.. love that style of music.. I think Ive heard of her.. but never listened to her music voted awesome

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      50 Ways to Leave Your Lover is the one that I always think of on this topic. But my fave is I Will Survive. Gettin' out my polyester and doin' The Hustle. Great playlist again!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Break up is very hard but songs can sooth the soul to a certain extent. Great list.

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      Jayme Kinsey 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Aw, man. I was just working on a hub about the same topic! I got stuck after 7 songs though, so I think you were really the one destined to write this! Great hub! So glad you include Paul Simon. That's a great song, whether you are breaking up or not! Voting and sharing!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great and so many good songs. Have to say though..Give Me One Reason beats it for me! ^+

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Writer Fox - Thank yo for the compliment and for pinning and bookmarking. It's funny that you don't realize how many songs there are on one topic until you compile a list like this one.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This is a humongous list of tearjerker songs. I don't know how you were able to find so many great ones for this collection. I'm bookmarking this and pinning. Voted up and awesome!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Marcelle - Thanks for the kind kudos. I love doing the playlists, although they are quite labor intensive! Have a great weekend!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      justthemessenger - Oooh, I like that one (Have You Seen Her)! Good one. Thanks for suggesting it and for reading. Have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Carrie Lee Night - Thanks for taking a look. Glad you found something you enjoyed here!

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Well done, Flourish! I'll be publishing a similar article after the holidays (closer to Valentine's Day) when I pull out my "break up" and "love" songs playlist for my spin classes. The folks in my classes love to see my songs published on here so. I really like the way you organized the article and added interesting information, lyrics, pictures, videos, and even a map! I always love to read your articles!

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      James C Moore 2 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Great list! Perhaps Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé should trade places though. "I will survive" is a breakup anthem. My personal favorite is "Have You Seen Her" (1970) by the Chi-lites. It's kind of a remorse about doing his ex wrong song. Check it out, it may shake up your list.:)

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      Kept private 2 years ago from Northeast United States

      Flourishanyway: This hub was awesome :) Thank you for compiling breakup mayhem :). Great work

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Sha - Yes, we all have our favorites! Have a great weekend, friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Bill - Glad you're happy and have no need for break up songs! Have a good weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You led off with my favorite, so you had me from the very beginning. Happily, I can report I don't need to listen to any of these. :) Fun list my friend. Now, have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Rachael - today's lyrics seem to be so much more transparent with feelings and such fun, too. Thanks for reading!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Great list, Flourish. I think we all have a song (or 40!) that reminds us of a breakup.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Oh I bet you had fun compiling this one...the plethora of choices is vast and your list is amazing. Although I can't hear the music, I can read the song transcripts and so many of the lyrics are so down to earth. We would never think to write songs with words like these back in the 40's and 50's...these were words we kept for diaries and journals. lol

      I loved this article. I was a fun read (yes, even your comments under pix!) and voted up, interesting and funny.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Bill -Thanks for stopping by. it was fun researching for those who have been run over by Cupid and are left limping. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Flourish. What a great list. I'm sure many a scorned heart has relied on these tunes for comfort. This was clearly a lot of work. Great job. Have a great weekend.

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