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51 Songs About People Who Feel Broken

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

If you feel burned out, emotionally damaged, or like you've lost your way, you're not alone. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about people who feel broken. Remember that you're never beyond repair.

If you feel burned out, emotionally damaged, or like you've lost your way, you're not alone. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about people who feel broken. Remember that you're never beyond repair.

Broken but Not Beyond Repair

Life has a way of knocking us around—a painful slap in the face here, a punch to the gut there. We take it on the chin, double over in agony. Some of us might even get knee capped if we aren't careful. The difficulties encountered due to job losses and financial devastation, lost loved ones, and personal illness can take each their toll, emotionally and physically. They wear us down. We can break from the strain.

But people are strong. The human spirit can find a way to rise up from such brokenness with resilience and grace. Don't ever believe you are beyond repair. For those who feel a brokenness within, you are not alone. Make a playlist of songs about people who feel broken. Here is a list of pop, rock, country, metal, and R&B songs to start you off.

1. "Broken" by Lovelytheband

The narrator in this catchy 2017 indie pop tune finds an instant connection with a stranger he meets at a party when he recognizes that her brokenness mirrors his own. She appears lonely and out of her element, just like him. To boost his flagging confidence, the woman grasps his face in her hands and reassures him that she likes that he's emotionally damaged goods. So is she. Beware, however, the overly familiar.

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2. "Girls Like Us" by Zoe Wees

The insecure girl in this 2021 pop song reaches out to other young women who lack the self-confidence to see themselves as worthy and beautiful. Instead, they place misguided trust in the hands of loved ones and others who repeatedly betray them with impossible standards of beauty. What leaves these girls feeling isolated, hurt, and devalued are the notions that love and acceptance have conditions.

3. "Broken People" by Logic & Rag'n'Bone Man

Logic the rapper and British singer Rag'n'Bone Man belt out this 2017 anthem for the disenfranchised: burned out, cold, bleeding, and yes, broken people who are striving to upgrade their lot in life. The song celebrates the valiant struggle among people of color who seek to be equal. It expresses confidence that they will somehow succeed in the future. They fight an oppressive system of injustice and endeavor for better lives in the names of those who came before them as well as those who follow.

4. "Heavy" by Linkin Park (Featuring Kiiara)

Problems sit upon the narrator's mind like a 400-pound man. His fragile soul grows ever desperate as heavy personal burdens stack up, pulling him further into the dark recesses of his own mind.

The guy in this 2017 alternative metal song obsessively believes everything is about him. Unfortunately, we all know how this ended for Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. The heaviness of his burdens fatally broke him when he died by suicide in July 2017.

5. "Broken" by Lund

To say that the angry and vengeful man in this 2016 electro-pop song has issues is an understatement. He is still seething over a failed romance that has ended because both he and his partner were unfaithful. At first, the broken man considers death to alleviate his misery. However, he subsequently does an about-face upon realizing that it won't fix anything. Dude, get help or you'll break everything and everyone you touch.

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6. "Broken" by Lifehouse

The lead singer of rock band Lifehouse wrote this emotional 2008 song after visiting a friend who needed a life-saving kidney transplant. The tune describes someone who feels as if they are falling apart. Their heart is broken and they are in such desperate shape that they are barely breathing.

However, the song narrator hangs on another day because their friend assures them that they will make it through. While they feel as if they've lost their way in life, all they can do right now is hold on to someone who can be there for them. Hopefully, help is on the way for this broken person.

7. "Broken & Beautiful" by Kelly Clarkson

Being broken doesn't have to feel depressing. In this upbeat pop empowerment anthem from 2019, Kelly Clarkson searches for unconditional acceptance. The song appears on the soundtrack for the movie Uglydolls with a story line that advocates the value of being perfectly imperfect.

Clarkson's track explains that she doesn't need handouts or pity. Rather, she just wants to be held and supported. The girl, albeit broken, is strong. and she can meet this challenge.

8. "You Broke Me First" by Tate McRae

The ex-lovers in this 2020 pop tune haven't simply damaged each other emotionally. They've broken one another. The narrator describes their toxic romantic entwinement. The woman's partner moved on super quick after their relationship was over. Now he wants her back, but her vindictive response is, "I don't really care how bad it hurts when you broke me first." Ouch.

9. "A Broken Wing" by Martina McBride

This 1997 country song describes the heartbreak of an emotionally abusive relationship. A wife devotes herself selflessly to her husband, sharing her thoughts and dreams with him. In return, he ruthlessly crushes her spirit, bringing her to tears. In vain, he then attempts to erase the cruelty he's inflicted.

The constant torment becomes too much for her so that one day the husband finds a note and an open window symbolizing her flight, either by suicide or by leaving. The abused woman is an angel with a broken wing.

10. "Worthless" by eli.

This 2019 pop song epitomizes the angst of the millennial generation. The broken narrator feels disappointed in himself for the problems he experiences in getting along with others. Unintentionally he stirs up conflict in his social circle, and therefore, he is happier alone. While one inner voice chastises him for being worthless, prodding him to end the pain now, another voice is more hopeful and encouraging, emphasizing that someone needs him. Torn between the two messages, he questions why he exists.

11. "High Cost of Living" by Jamey Johnson

Some people learn life lessons the hard way, and the felon in this 2008 country ditty is one of them. From a prison cell he laments how he once had a normal, overly predictable life. Sadly, he didn't appreciate it until he lost his freedom on account of a drug conviction:

My whole life went through my head
Layin' in that motel bed
Watchin' as the cops kicked in the door

I had a job and a piece of land
My sweet wife was my best friend
But I traded that for cocaine and a whore.

Now a broken man behind bars, he sits and reflects upon all that he has lost. If only he could have that ordinary life back.

12. "Broken Together" by Casting Crowns

Marriage brings idealized hopes and expectations, but when the fairytale fades and everyday human vulnerabilities are revealed, that's when the real work starts. In this 2014 contemporary Christian rock ballad, a young couple struggles with balancing the fantasy with the scars, secrets, and battle lines created by marital conflict. They acknowledge their mutual brokenness and come to realize that the only way their marriage will survive will be to heal together.

13. "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt

What an achingly lonely song of unrequited love. In this 1990 blues-influenced ballad the narrator feels resigned and defeated after having given her lover everything she has. A broken woman, she'll never be enough for him. They share one last night before saying goodbye forever. In her heart, there is self-forgiveness for staying too long and forgiveness towards him for not granting her the love she needs in return.

Bonnie Raitt recorded this song in one phenomenal take. It is included on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

14. "Animal I Have Become" by Three Days Grace

Lead singer Adam Gontier's addiction to oxycontin inspired this 2006 alternative metal track. The song describes the brokenness of a narrator who lives inside a hellish nightmare. He feels fury, lack self-control, and hates himself for being such a liar. Pleading that his addiction isn't the real him, the man begs for help, seeks assistance in taming the wild animal that has control over him. Can he be put back together again?

15. "I'm a Mess" by Bebe Rexha

Thanks to her therapy, the young woman in this 2018 pop song accepts herself "as is" and possesses a sunny outlook on her future. Although her love interest doesn't return her feelings, she takes the romantic rejection in stride. The woman celebrates both herself and her imperfections as an example of low-key, broken awesomeness because why not?

I'm a mess, I'm a loser
I'm a hater, I'm a user
I'm a mess for your love, it ain't new
I'm obsessed, I'm embarrassed
I don't trust no one around us
I'm a mess for your love, it ain't new.

16. "We Are Broken" by Paramore

Speaking on behalf of teenagers, the broken narrator in this mournful 2007 pop song speaks to the deep struggle that some people have with themselves. She seeks comfort, restored innocence, to be made whole again. Having seen worlds she shouldn't have, the narrator cannot verbalize those experiences and does not understand why she has to live like this. She is broken.

17. "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi

Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi wrote this 2018 pop song about his beloved grandmother who died after a two-year battle with cancer. The emotional chart-topping tune describes the pain of living without a loved one who meant everything. The crestfallen narrator struggles with his loss, broken and unsure how to pick up the pieces of his life and move on: "I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved."

18. "Broken, Beat & Scarred" by Metallica

The guy in this heavy metal song from 2009 encourages the value of soldiering on. He struggles with adversity and learns life lessons the hard way, boasting how you need to wear your battle scars with pride. You've earned them. Life may break you and make you bleed, but don't ever surrender.

19. "Hurt" by Johnny Cash

Legendary country star Johnny Cash covered this industrial rock song by Nine Inch Nails in 2003 in the twilight of his illustrious career spanning five decades. The tune was an unlikely choice, but became a famous example of a cover song that was better than the original.

The Man in Black didn't disavow the missteps he had made in life. In fact, he had called himself "the biggest sinner of them all." After a life of drug addiction, alcoholism, and early philandering, the 71-year-old country singer was in ailing health and quickly coming to terms with his human frailty. Poignantly, the video was shot in the singer's home and museum, The House of Cash, which had fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair.

Three months after filming, his wife June Carter Cash would be dead. Seven months after filming, so would he. In spite of his Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame Awards, induction into multiple halls of fame, and sales of over 90 million albums, like the song says: "Everyone I know goes away in the end."

20. "Broken Home" by Papa Roach

Although divorce rates have fallen since the release of this 2001 rock track, an entire generation of kids grew up knowing that half of all marriages end in divorce. Like the narrator, they lived in broken homes, torn between fighting parents. The narrator isolates himself and bottles up his feelings, pushing them down. Unable to confide in anyone, the youngster sits alone and crying. As an adult, he himself will be statistically more likely to divorce.

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." - Ernest Hemingway, American author

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." - Ernest Hemingway, American author

Even More Songs About People Who Feel Broken

Know a song that should be on this playlist about people who feel broken? Leave us a recommendation in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Whiskey Lullaby

Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss


22. Save Me



23. Baby Come Back



24. 1-800-273-8255

Logic (Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)


25. Broken

Seether (Featuring Amy Lea)


26. All Out of Love

Air Supply


27. Goodbye (I'm Sorry)

Jamestown Story


28. What Now



29. She's Out of My Life

Michael Jackson


30. Broken

Anson Seabra


31. Jumper

Third Eye Blind


32. Your Glass House



33. Indiana Wants Me

R. Dean Taylor


34. Nothing Compares 2 U

Sinéad O'Connor


35. Just When I Needed You Most

Randy VanWarmer


37. The A Team

Ed Sheeran


38. I Am Broken Too

Killswitch Edge


39. Darkness



40. You Ruin Me

The Veronicas


41. Modern Loneliness



42. Runaway Train

Soul Asylum


43. I'm Broken



44. Numb

Linkin Park


45. Hate Myself



46. Broken People

Almost Monday


47. Be OK

Ingrid Michaelson


48. Just Give Me a Reason

Pink (Featuring Nate Ruess)


49. Shatter Me

Lindsey Stirley (Featuring Lzzy Hale)


50. Shattered

Linda Ronstadt


51. Killing Me Softly with His Song

Roberta Flack


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FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 27, 2021:

Umesh - Thank you.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on January 26, 2021:

Excellent compilation.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Linda - Most of us have felt like that and those who haven't eventually will. Thanks for the suggestion. I love that Roberta Flack song. I hope you are taking good care of you and yours.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Mary - Thank you. I hope they understand that they are not alone and that tomorrow is another day.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Peggy - It's one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite writers. Of course, we won't talk about how his life ended. We all go through trials, some of us more difficult than others. Never give up.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Heidi - Thank you for those two additions! Johnny Cash's version is so heartbreaking, especially the contrast of what he was in his prime and what his house and museum depicted there in that video. You'd think that someone would have boxed all that stuff up. Sadly, the place burned down in 2007, a couple of years after he died.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Pamela - The interesting thing now is that artists can now independently make quite a name for themselves on Spotify and YouTube first -- millions of hits on a specific song yet they may not be a household name. The game has really changed. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Bill - Thanks. Don't be embarrassed. I hope you're doing well and that your kitchen is done soon. My cats are nervous and therefore so am I!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Ajodo - I was wondering why she restricted it just to girls when these days it's everyone getting bad messages about themselves. Thanks for your comment. Be strong and positive about yourself.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Chitrangada - That's very kind of you. Thank you for taking a look. Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Liz - I appreciate your comment. Have a great day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2021:

Peg - Isn't she the best? Hope you're doing well. Thanks for stopping by!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 26, 2021:

Oh, dear. So much sadness. I think at one time each of us has felt "broken," defeated by life. Is it any wonder that the same song title is used again and again. I must admit that most of these (those written in the 21st century) I had not heard of.

May I suggest perhaps one more? I think "Killing My Softly" could fit the topic.

As always, you've created a great playlist, but I'll save it for a sunny day.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 26, 2021:

This is so apt for what is happening to many people these days. I hope that some of these songs give them relief and hope.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 26, 2021:

Many people, during this pandemic, are probably feeling broken. I like that Ernest Hemmingway quote you inserted in this article of songs. Just like steel, those who go through fire (crisis of one sort or another) can emerge stronger than ever. We will get through this!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 26, 2021:

I LOVE the versions of 'Hurt" from Johnny Cash and Nine Inch Nails.

Two that I would add are:

* Shatter Me by violinist Lindsey Stirling.

* Shattered by Linda Ronstadt (with her amazing voice that just melts butter).

Great list, as always!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 26, 2021:

This is an interesting topic for you song choices. I have to admit that I don't know over half of these groups. I do remember a few songs from familiar groups, thank goodness I am not totally out of the loop. This is another nice article, Flourish.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 26, 2021:

All I could think of was "Nowhere Man" by The Beatles. Weak attempt by me, no doubt about it. Then I saw your list and was embarrassed. :)

Ajodo Endurance Uneojo from Lokoja, Nigeria. on January 26, 2021:

Great list Flourish. I enjoyed the Girls Like Us. Maybe I should do a boys like us version. LOL.

Great collections!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 26, 2021:

Music has the power to heal. It’s amazing, how the right song comes to the mind, at the right moment, whether sad or joyful.

I am sure this list will prove to be soothing to many, when in need.

Thank you for sharing.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 26, 2021:

You have put together a comprehensive and interesting playlist.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 26, 2021:

Enjoyed this collection of broken songs. Loved quite a few of them in my days when things were tough. Bonnie Raitt can really belt out the blues.

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