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100 Best Songs About Exes

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After a breakup, life seems unforgiving, especially when you are not able to get over that someone you loved. While you try every possible way to get over your boyfriend or girlfriend, memories of your ex become overwhelmingly vivid. Why is getting over someone after a breakup an emotionally painful process? Moving on after a relationship is never easy when you get plagued with bitter memories of the past. Listening to songs that make references to the difficulties faced in getting over an ex help immensely to emerge stronger after a breakup.

Does Listening to Songs About Exes Actually Help?

Listening to songs that make references or address an ex actually helps people in their ordeals of moving on after a breakup. Certain songs that showcase the harsh realities and unpleasantness associated with getting over a love interest help listeners in similar situations to analyze and introspect. Examining your own thoughts in new light makes the entire process of moving on after a breakup a little easier.

While many seek escapism from unpleasant realities with entertainment and fantasy as a means of distraction to supplement emotional well being, it is not the right way to deal with things. The best way to break from the shackles of a breakup is facing the situation instead of running away from it. When you listen to songs about broken relationships certain instances and happenings mentioned in the lyrics relate to your life. When you feel connected with songs that enlighten your mind, you feel proactive with your thought process.


What Do Songs About a Former Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Husband, or Wife, Symbolize?

Songs about exes may showcase diverse aspects of a breakup. While certain songs narrate the difficulties of moving on, many songs express the emotions of still being in love with the person after the relationship has ended. Certain songs metaphorically highlight resentment and ill feelings towards a former love interest with a sense of dark sarcasm. The lyrics in certain songs are a mournful lament pleading an ex to get back. Singers and songwriters often describe character traits of a former, boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, husband, or wife, while expressing a feeling of pensive sadness. Certain tunes lyrically outline the maturity of individuals as they try and cope up with a breakup.

In songs from different genres, singers and songwriters poetically describe the feeling of being used in a relationship. The inability to deal with situations after a relationship ends is thoughtfully described in certain love songs. A number of songs express the root cause of having trust issues through a bitter breakup experience. Singers and songwriters may showcase their relationship with an ex in a positive manner or negative manner. Certain songs about splitting up showcase the misery and fury of being cheated in a relationship. The lyrics in certain love songs about parting ways describe the cordial relationship a person shares with a former boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, husband or wife. Songs about exes may portray a wide spectrum of attributes associated symbolically with

  • Character
  • Relationship
  • Cheating
  • Bitterness
  • Disgust
  • Hopelessness
  • Suspicion
  • Anger
  • Jealousy
  • Forgiveness
  • Mistrust
  • Hate
  • Resentment
  • Doubt
  • Awkwardness

The list below showcases an epic collection of rock songs, pop songs, country songs, R&B songs, folk songs, alternative songs, indie songs, hip hop songs, jazz songs, blues songs, and dance songs about a former, boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, husband, or wife. If you have view, opinion, or song suggestion, let us know in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Songs About Exes

  1. “Good 4 U”—Olivia Rodrigo
  2. “Someone Like You”—Adele
  3. “Love Yourself”—Justin Bieber
  4. “When I Was Your Man”—Bruno Mars
  5. “Lose You to Love Me”—Selena Gomez
  6. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”—Taylor Swift
  7. “Since U Been Gone”—Kelly Clarkson
  8. “Habits (Stay High)”—Tove Lo
  9. “Call Out My Name”—The Weeknd
  10. “Green Light”—Lorde


11. “Don’t”—Ed Sheeran

12. “Shout Out to My Ex”—Little Mix

13. “We’re Good”—Dua Lipa

14. “Be Alright”—Dean Lewis

15. “I Will Survive”—Gloria Gaynor

16. “Rolling in the Deep”—Adele

17. “Drivers License”—Olivia Rodrigo

18. “Problem”—Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea

19. “Somebody That I Used to Know”—Gotye

20. “Cry Me a River”—Justin Timberlake


21. “Hot n Cold”—Katy Perry

22. “Jar of Hearts”—Christina Perri

23. “All Girls are the Same”—Juice Wrld

24. “Really Don’t Care”—Demi Lovato featuring Cheryl Lloyd

25. “Irreplaceable”—Beyonce

26. “Thank U, Next”—Ariana Grande

27. “Un-Break My Heart”—Toni Braxton

28. “You Oughta Know”—Alanis Morissette

29. “Lost Cause”—Billie Eilish

30. “Same Old Love”—Selena Gomez

31. “Dreaming with a Broken Heart”—John Mayer

32. “Wrecking Ball”—Miley Cyrus

33. “New Rules”—Dua Lipa

34. “Let Her Go”—Passenger

35. “Without Me”—Halsey

36. “Somebody Else”—The 1975

37. “We Don’t Talk Anymore”—Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez

38. “Go You Own Way”—Fleetwood Mac

39. “Already Gone”—Kelly Clarkson

40. “Wide Awake”—Kate Perry


41. “Everytime”—Britney Spears

42. “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”—Adele

43. “Heartbreak Anniversary”—Giveon

44. “Don’t Speak”—No Doubt

45. “You’re So Vain”—Carly Simon

46. “Trust My Lonely”—Alessia Cara

47. “Ex’s and Oh’s”—Elle King

48. “It’s Too Late”—Carole King

49. “Used to Love You”—Gwen Stefani

50. “Tequila”—Dan + Shay

51. “Dancing On My Own”—Robyn

52. “I Hit It First”—Ray J featuring Bobby Brackins

53. “7 Things”—Miley Cyrus

54. “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”—Phil Collins

55. “Wasted on You”—Morgan Wallen

56. “Reminds Me”—Kim Petras

57. “Forever & Always”—Taylor Swift

58. “No Broken Hearts”—Bebe Rexha featuring Nicki Minaj

59. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”—Pink

60. “Not Ok”—Kygo and Chelsea Cutler


61. “Praying”—Kesha

62. “Better Now”—Post Malone

63. “We Belong Together”—Mariah Carey

64. “Heartless”—Kanye West

65. “Because I Had You”—Shawn Mendes

66. “All I Want”—Kodaline

67. “Miss Movin’ On”—Fifth Harmony

68. “Blame Game”—Kanye West featuring John Legend

69. “The Tears of a Clown”—Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

70. “Best Thing I Never Had”—Beyonce

71. “Miss Me More”—Kelsea Ballerini

72. “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”—The Script

73. “Stay”—Hurts

74. “Be Careful”—Cardi B.

75. “Illegal”—Shakira

76. “Too Much to Ask”—Niall Horan

77. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”—Kelly Clarkson

78. “Consequences”—Camila Cabello

79. “Always”—Bon Jovi

80. “Too Little Too Late”—JoJo


81. “Nothing Compares 2 U”—Sinead O’Connor

82. “You Should Be Sad”—Halsey

83. “Mama’s Broken Heart”—Miranda Lambert

84. “Hate Me”—Ellie Goulding featuring Juice Wrld

85. “Dry Your Eyes”—The Streets

86. “The Good Side”—Troye Sivan

87. “Big Girls Don’t Cry”—Fergie

88. “It Must Have Been Love”—Roxette

89. “Ex”—Ty Dolla Sign

90. “Rubberband”—Tate McRae

91. “What Goes Around…Comes Around”—Justin Timberlake

92. “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart”—Alicia Keys

93. “Love Takes Time”—Mariah Carey

94. “You’ll Think of Me”—Keith Urban

95. “All Your Exes”—Julia Michaels

96. “Miss U”—Aaliyah

97. “That Ain’t My Truck”—Rhett Akins

98. “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You”—Kellie Pickler

99. “Watching Airplanes”—Gary Allan

100. “Never Ever”—All Saints

Other Notable Songs About Exes

  • “All at Once”—Whitney Houston
  • “Stay”—Rihanna
  • “All Too Well”—Taylor Swift
  • “Sorry”—Beyonce
  • “Another Sad Love Song”—Toni Braxton
  • “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)”—Blu Cantrell
  • “Stone Cold”—Demi Lovato
  • “Can’t Let Go”—Mariah Carey
  • “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak”—Def Leppard
  • “Goodbye My Lover”—James Blunt
  • “My Happy Ending”—Avril Lavigne
  • “Sad Tonight”—Chelsea Cutler
  • “Come Back to Me”—Janet Jackson
  • “Brokenhearted”—Brandy
  • “Happy Now?”—No Doubt
  • “Dancing with a Broken Heart”—Delta Goodrem
  • “Sorry”—Halsey
  • “Behind These Hazel Eyes”—Kelly Clarkson
  • “Heaven Beside You”—Alice in Chains
  • “Should’ve Said No”—Taylor Swift
  • “Over It”—Katharine McPhee
  • “I Learned From the Best”—Whitney Houston
  • “Breakdown”—Mariah Carey
  • “My First Night Without You”—Cyndi Lauper
  • “Keep It to Yourself”—Kacey Musgraves
  • “Do You”—Ne-Yo
  • “Walking on Broken Glass”—Annie Lennox
  • “Call the Shots”—Girls Aloud
  • “Good Without”—Mimi Webb
  • “Heartbreak Hotel”—Whitney Houston featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price
  • “Burn”—Usher
  • “Come and Get These Memories”—Martha and the Vandellas
  • “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart”—Britney Spears
  • “Throw Your Love Away”—Little Big Town
  • “Spending My Time”—Roxette
  • “Breakeven”—The Script
  • “I Wish It Would Rain”—The Temptations
  • “Happy Without Me”—Chloe x Halle featuring Joey Bada$$
  • “Better off Alone”—Alice Deejay
  • “H.A.T.E.U.”—Mariah Carey
  • “On My Own”—Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
  • “Call Me When it’s Over”—James Smith
  • “How Am I Doin’”—Dierks Bentley
  • “Turning Tables”—Adele
  • “Goodbye to You”—Michelle Branch
  • “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone”—The Supremes
  • “Heartaches by the Number”—Guy Mitchell
  • “Suicidal”—YNW Melly
  • “Amnesia”—5 Seconds of Summer
  • “Brokenheartsville”—Joe Nicholas
  • “The Way You Felt”—Alec Benjamin
  • “Me & Ur Ghost”—Blackbear
  • “You Were Mine”—The Chicks
  • “Don’t Bother”—Shakira
  • “Back to December”—Taylor Swift
  • “Winter Melody”—Donna Summer
  • “How Could an Angel Break My Heart”—Toni Braxton
  • “Deal with It”—Ashnikko featuring Kelis
  • “To the Hilt”—Banks
  • “A Long December”—Counting Crows
  • “Songs About Rain”—Gary Allan
  • “IDGAF”—Dua Lipa
  • “Somebody Else”—Mario featuring Nicki Minaj
  • “Ex”—Kiana Lede
  • “Don’t Feel Like Crying”—Sigrid
  • “True”—Brandy
  • “Midnight Sky”—Miley Cyrus
  • “It’s You”—Zyan
  • “This Heartache Never Sleeps”—Mark Chestnut
  • “Happy Birthday Dear Heartache”—Barbara Mandrell
  • “Crybaby”—Mariah Carey
  • “Nothing Broken But My Heart”—Celine Dion
  • “One of Us”—ABBA
  • “In the Middle of a Heartache”—Wanda Jackson
  • “Marvins Room”—Drake
  • “Picture to Burn”—Taylor Swift
  • “Just Thought You Should Know”—Betty Who
  • “P.S. I Love You”—Robin Daggers
  • “Thru These Years”—LANY
  • “Why Does It Hurt So Bad”—Whitney Houston
  • “Sure Know Something”—Kiss
  • “Music’s Too Sad Without You”—Kylie Minogue and Jack Savoretti
  • “I Can’t Hate You Anymore”—Nick Lachey
  • “Officially Missing You”—Tamia
  • “Sunday”—Hurts
  • “We Can’t Be Friends”—Deborah Cox
  • “None of Your Concern”—Jhene Aiko
  • “I Hope”—Gaby Barrett
  • “A Little Bit Stronger”—Sara Evans
  • “Texas Size Heartache”—Joe Diffie
  • “Don’t Start Now”—Dua Lipa
  • “Song Cry”—Jay-Z
  • “The One I Gave My Heart To”—Aaliyah
  • “New Man”—Ed Sheeran
  • “It Makes No Difference”—The Band
  • “Laundromat”—Nivea
  • “So Sick”—Ne-Yo
  • “GTFO”—Mariah Carey
  • “I Miss You”—Haddaway
  • “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”—Blake Shelton
  • “The Story of Us”—Taylor Swift
  • “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”—Whitney Houston
  • “I Fall to Pieces”—Patsy Cline
  • “Back to You”—Selena Gomez
  • “Hard Habit to Break”—Chicago
  • “Never in a Million Years”—Laura Branigan
  • “Good Together”—Shallou & Ashe
  • “My Man”—Tamar Braxton
  • “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend”—Don Williams
  • “You Lost Me”—Christina Aguilera
  • “Best Days of Your Life”—Kellie Pickler
  • “Low”—Kelly Clarkson
  • “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”—Journey
  • “Tender Kisses”—Tracie Spencer
  • “Shimmer”—Fuel
  • “If You Were Here Tonight”—Alexander O’Neal
  • “Heartbreak”—M’Black
  • “Baby Come Back”—Player
  • “Teardrops on My Guitar”—Taylor Swift
  • “Out of Love”—Alessia Cara
  • “If You See Her, Say Hello”—Bob Dylan
  • “Don’t You Want Me”—The Human League
  • “Your Side of the Bed”—Loote
  • “Screaming Infidelities”—Dashboard Confessional
  • “What’s Left of Me”—Nick Lachey
  • “Inside That I Cried”—CeCe Peniston
  • “Time to Grow”—Lemar
  • “My World Is Empty Without You”—The Supremes

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