70 Songs to Leave Someone to
When Love Is Gone
Lovers stray. Romance grows cold. Trust is shattered. Sometimes two people simply grow in different directions. If the passion that began as goo-goo eyes and sexy kisses has disintegrated into a pattern of angry accusations, arguments, and the silent treatment, then it may be time to move on. Breakups can be angry door slamming confrontations or sorrowful acknowledgments that this is just not working for either partner.
Whatever the case, find a song to see you on your way or make an entire playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs to leave your lover to. We have a long list to start you out!
1. "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé
In this iconic pop song from 2006, Queen Bey's narrator tells her cheating lover to take his stuff and get the hell out. Cold as ice, she directs the loser to keep his hands off what she paid for.
To the left, to the left
Everything you own in the box to the left
To the left, to the left
Don't you ever for a second get to thinking
You're irreplaceable ... .
There's not an ounce of regret here. Take notes. This is how you kick a cheating lover to the curb.
2. "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
Not all breakups are angry, door slamming screaming matches. Some are regretful decisions of last resort. The woman in this 2013 pop song leaves her lover because she's had enough, yet she plaintively appeals for him to utter some kind of statement —anything—that would change her mind. Sadly, he's not up to the task.
3. "My Give a Damn's Busted" by Jo Dee Messina
What do you tell your lying, no good lover who is up to his old tricks again? If you're the narrator in this 2005 country song, you tell him that you're done, no do-over.
This brassy lady describes how it just doesn't matter what her man does any longer. He can't change her mind. Whether he apologizes, cries and makes excuses, or blames someone else, she's just not feeling the sympathy. Her give a damn is busted. Is yours?
What's the worst part of breaking up?
4. "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon wrote this well-recognized 1975 rock song after a divorce from his first wife, and it was his only number one hit. The song describes a woman who is encouraging her lover to leave by suggesting various ways he might do so:
Just slip out the back, Jack, make a new plan, Stan
Don't need to be coy, Roy, just listen to me
Hop on the bus, Gus, don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee, and get yourself free.
5. "Already Gone" by Kelly Clarkson
The woman in this 2009 pop song acknowledges that she and her partner were never meant to be. They once shared built a relationship filled with such promise. However, poison has infiltrated their love affair, and now she has concluded that somebody has to go. She has decided to move on.
6. "Leave (Get Out)" by JoJo
The woman in this 2004 pop tune tosses her significant other out of the door on his ear. She has been waiting all evening for her boyfriend, but when he finally shows up it's evident that he's been unfaithful. The narrator can't wait for him to be gone. He has lied, cheated, mistreated her, and wasted her time. Don't let the door hit you in the rear, dear. This relationship is history.
7. "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi
Ah, this 1986 song is from the glory days of '80s hair metal music. With more than a sting of resentment, the narrator tells her that when it comes to love, she's false advertising. She plays the role of an innocent, but her love is lethal, like a loaded gun. It's the perfect way to tell a partner you're leaving that they damage everything they touch (plus, the breakup is all their fault):
Shot through the heart
And you're to blame
Darlin', you give love a bad name
An angel's smile is what you sell
You promise me heaven, then put me through hell.
Cue the footsteps and the closing door. This is you walking away.
8. "You've Got Five Minutes" by Lorrie Morgan
Fed up to her blond highlights with being neglected, the fiesty lady in this 1990 country song has her suitcases packed and waiting by the door. She's given the man in her life an ultimatum. Now he has five minutes to tell her what she wants to hear, five minutes to change her mind, else that gal is outta here. The taxi's been called and it's on the way. Almost single!
9. "Problem" by Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea)
Perhaps it's the mere thought of your lover that you cherish more than their actual presence. They make your heart skip a beat, but they're no good for you. If so, be on your way and use this contagious 2014 pop song to let them know that you're giving them up like the bad habit that they are.
Have fun letting them know, "I got one less problem without ya" by letting Ariana and Iggy be your messengers:
I got ninety-nine problems
But you won't be one.
10. "Happier" by Marshmello (featuring Bastille)
On some level, most people realize when a relationship has run its course. Knowing what to do about it is the more daunting task. Should you try to save it or go your separate ways?
This poignant 2019 pop song about an unraveling love affair was an international favorite. The narrator mourns an unhealthy relationship that has deteriorated with to a mere flicker because of constant conflict. Although he loves his sweetheart, he knows there are some words between them that can never be unsaid.
The man realizes that his partner will be happier without him. They both will actually. This is the beginning of the end for them as a couple, but perhaps they'll be friends one day.
Know that means I'll have to leave
Lately, I've been, I've been thinking
I want you to be happier, I want you to be happier
So I'll go, I'll go.
11. "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban
It's 4 a.m., and the man in this contemplative country/pop crossover hit from 2004 cannot sleep. His lover's infidelity is crushing and too much to take. He demands that she leave. As he lists all the things that she should take with her—from her records to her cat—the narrator asserts that he'll be fine. He predicts, however, that she will one day be haunted with memories of him and thoughts of what might have been.
12. "Miss Movin' On" by Fifth Harmony
Resolving never to be that sad, broken girl again, the narrator in this 2013 pop song has had enough. After hitting rock bottom, she's now breaking free from this dysfunctional relationship:
My innocence is wearing thin
But my heart is growing strong
So call me, call me, call me
Miss movin' on, oh oh oh.
13. "Baby Bye Bye" by Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Their love was once like the morning sun, bright and clear, but now the narrator in this enthusiastic 2015 R&B-tinged song is ready to be on his way. Although they have good memories together of laughing and talking, their passion died on the vine. This relationship ends in a whimper instead of a bang in spite of what the video portrays.
14. "I Can't Do This" by K. MIchelle
Thank goodness that the woman in this 2010 R&B tune is finally conceding defeat and ready to walk away from her unhealthy dating relationship. The couple has been caught in a desperate cycle of overeager attempts to please, bad behavior, then begging for forgiveness. She plays the victim while he drinks too much and womanizes. Not a great mix.
As she throws her hands up in distress, she tells him:
Know I love you
And I care about you
But you keep hurting me and I keep forgiving you
I just can't do this
Boy, I just can't do this.
Okay, girl, just turn around and walk. You got this.
15. "Apologize" by Timbaland (featuring OneRepublic)
For some betrayals, "sorry" just won't cut it. Everyone has their personal limits when it comes to love. Where do you draw your "red line"? This 2007 R&B ditty was an international chart-topper that mournfully describes a lover whose apologies ring hollow. The narrator's trust has been shattered, and he can't risk repeating being deceived again.
16. "I Hope You're Never Happy" by Dolly Parton
To hell with fond farewells and taking the high road. In this 1985 country song, Dolly Parton tells it like it is and offers a swift punch to the gut as she and her honey part company. What could he have done to merit such feelings of reprisal?
I hope you're never happy with anybody but me
And every face you look into, I hope you're haunted by me
Yes, I'm possessive and jealous; at least I speak honestly
I hope you're never happy with anybody but me.
17. "My Life" by Billy Joel
If you've been part of an unhappy relationship for too long and you're tired of taking direction, strike out on your own with this 1978 rock song as your anthem. The narrator expresses his frustration with being told what to do. He's asserting his personal freedom.
Although it could relate to a number of personal circumstances, the song is perfect for a broken romantic relationship:
I don't need you to worry for me 'cause I'm alright
I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home
I don't care what you say anymore this is my life
Go ahead with your own life leave me alone.
18. "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" by Pink
Both partners in this faltering relationship have had an unusually bad day, and the woman in this 2012 pop song is throwing in the towel (and snapping it at her soon-to-be-ex). She describes the emotional desperation that has led her up to this point in their relationship no return. Now she's walking away from their love-turned-toxic:
I think I've finally had enough
I think I maybe think too much
I think this might be it for us
Blow me one last kiss.
If you can identify with being in a broken relationship, make a playlist of songs about toxic love relationships.
19. "Bye Bye Bye" by NSYNC
The guy in this pop song from 2000 is tired of being lied to and playing the role of the fool. He's calling it quits because now he realizes that being treated so poorly isn't right. Adios to the game playing and hello freedom.
20. "Gives You Hell" by Great American Rejects
If there's bad blood between you and your significant other, you're probably not up to pretending to wish them well as you split up. Instead, use this 2008 pop song to hope that they regret all their evil ways. Hopefully, one day you'll be a hotshot celebrity and they'll be miserable and jealous:
When you see my face
Hope it gives you hell
Hope it gives you hell
When you walk my way
Hope it gives you hell.
If vengeance is burning a hole in your mind, make a fun playlist of songs about revenge. Use it to wish the one who is hurting you an awful life.
Even More Songs to Leave Someone to
Song & Year Released
Favorite Leaving Lyrics
21. This Is Me Leaving You (2001)
Mary Chapin Carpenter
This is your voice of reason / This is your voice of calm / This is your heart that's speaking / Don't look back, just keep on going / This is me leaving you
22. After the Love Is Gone (1979)
Earth, Wind & Fire
Somethin' happened along the way / What used to be happy was sad / Somethin' happened along the way / And yesterday was all we had
23. So Done (2006)
I'm so done / And there's nothing you can do / I'm better off without you
24. You Don't Even Know Who I Am (1995)
You don't even know who I am / You left me a long time ago / You don't even know who I am / So what do you care if I go?
25. Already Gone (2018)
Bye bye, I'm already gone / Bye bye, I'm already gone / So pay the rent, don't leave no evidence / I'm history; I can't get free
26. Baby I'm a Leavin' You (1996)
I like moonlight, simple things / Now you want a diamond ring / I got news for you / Baby I'm a-leaving you
27. Hurts Like Hell (2016)
I loved and I loved and I lost you / And it hurts like hell
28. You're No Good (1974)
You're no good / You're no good / You're no good / Baby, you're no good
29. Somebody Should Leave (1985)
Somebody should leave / But which one should it be / You need the kids and they need me
30. Bye Bye (1998)
Jo Dee Messina
Bye bye love, I'll catch you later / Got a lead foot down on my accelerator / And the rearview mirror torn off -- I ain't never lookin' back / And that's a fact
31. It Is What It Is (2010)
Too long we've been denying / Now we're both tired of trying / We hit a wall and we can't get over it / Nothing left to relive, / It's water under the bridge / You said it, I get it, / I guess it is, what it is
32. Leaving You (2013)
Audien (featuring Michael S.)
No, I never, never met nobody, body like you / That ain't no compliment, that's the truth / You're nothing but a cold heart covered in gold / That's why, that's why, that's why, that's why I'm leaving you
33. Blame It on Your Heart (1993)
Well all I wanted was to be your one and only / And all I ever got from you was being lonely / Now that dream is laid to rest / 'Cause you have failed the test / So blame it on your lying, cheating, cold dead beating / Two-timing and double dealing / Mean mistreating, loving heart
34. I Will Survive (1978)
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive / I've got all my life to live / And I've got all my love to give / And I'll survive I will survive
35. Really Don't Care (2014)
Demi Lovato (featuring Cher Lloyd)
But even if the stars and moon collide / I never want you back into my life / You can take your words and all your lies / Oh oh oh I really don't care
36. Leave U (2009)
Whatever it took to get me, boy / Oh, you gotta keep it up to keep me around / Whatever it took to get me, boy / Well, you know, you gotta double up now / Because I'm 'bout to leave (leave) u (u)
37. Gotta Go My Own Way (2007)
Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens
I've got to move on and be who I am / I just don't belong here I hope you understand / We might find our place in this world someday / But at least for now I gotta go my own way
38. Already Gone (1974)
I'm already gone / And I'm feelin' strong / I will sing this vict'ry song
39. Love Is Gone (2007)
David Guetta & Chris Willis
What are we supposed to do / After all that we've been through / When everything that felt so right is wrong / Now that the love is gone?
40. Better As a Memory (2007)
I'm honest to a fault, it's just who I am / I'm better as a memory than as your man
41. I Hate This Part (2008)
The Pussycat Dolls
I can't take it any longer / Thought that we were stronger / All we do is linger / Slipping through our fingers / I don't wanna try now / All that's left is good-bye / To find a way that I can tell you
42. Stay (2007)
I'm so tired of bein' lonely / You can't give me what I need / When she begs you not to go / There is one thing you should know / I don't have to live this way / Baby, why don't you stay?
43. Look It Up (2011)
I said go, goodbye, get lost, get out, get gone / The word is "over" / Look it up
44. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (1978)
Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
Too much, too little, too late to ever try again / Too much, too little, too late, let's end it being friends / Too much, too little, too late, we knew it had to end / And it's over, it's over
45. Watch Me (1992)
You don't even know you've lost me / You think I'll always stay / Oh, just watch me walk away
46. Go Your Own Way (1977)
You can go your own way / Go your own way
47. What Goes Around...Comes Around (2006)
What goes around, goes around, goes around/ Comes all the way back around
48. The One in the Middle (2007)
I would've given you the finger on my left hand / The one that you use for a wedding band / And now I'm givin' you the one in the middle
49. Undo It (2010)
You stole my happy / You made me cry / You took the lonely and took me for a ride / And I wanna un un un un undo it
50. Why Did I Ever Like You? (2008)
Why did I ever like you? / What did I see? / Whatever it was must have been some kind of illusion / A magic trick on me
51. DONE (2013)
The Band Perry
I'm through, with you / You're one bridge I'd like to burn / Bottle up the ashes, smash the urn / I'm through with you, la ti da / I don't wanna be part of your fun / Don't wanna be under your thumb / All I wanna be is done
52. Let It Go (2014)
Everything that's broke / Leave it to the breeze / Let the ashes fall / Forget about me
53. Staying's Worse Than Leaving (2011)
It's gotta get better, it can't get worse / Hope it's a blessing not a curse / I don't care who passes judgment on my reasons / I know staying is worse than leaving
54. Goodbye to You (1982)
These last few weeks of holdin' on / The days are dull, the nights are long / Guess it's better to say / Goodbye to you
55. Hit the Road Jack (1961)
Hit the road, Jack and don't you come back / No more, no more, no more, no more / Hit the road Jack and don't you come back / No more
56. Nothing Lasts Forever (2007)
It is so easy to see / Dysfunction between you and me / We must free up these tired souls / Before the sadness kills us both
57. These Boots Are Made for Walkin' (1965)
These boots are made for walking / And that's just what they'll do / One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you
58. Goodbye My Lover (2006)
It may be over, but it won't stop there, / I am here for you if you'd only care
59. Bad Blood (2015)
Now we've got problems / And I don't think we can solve 'em / You made a really deep cut / And, baby, now we've got bad blood, hey!
60. Walking Away (1988)
As the lights burn out / And nothing feels the same / I'm walking away, yeah
61. Let It Go (Disney Song) (2013)
It's time to see what I can do / To test the limits and break through / No right, no wrong, no rules for me / I'm free
62. Kiss This (2000)
Why don't you kiss, kiss this! / And I don't mean on my rosy red lips / And me and you / We're through / And there's only one thing left for you to do
63. The Veronicas (2014)
You ruin me / And later when the curtain’s drawn / And no one's there for you back home / Don't cry to me; you played me wrong / You ruin me
64. Would I Lie to You? (1985)
I've packed my bags I've cleaned the floor / Watch me walkin'' / Walkin' out the door.
65. You've Got Another Thing Comin' (1982)
If you think I'll let it go you're mad / You've got another thing comin'
66. Time for Me to Fly (1978)
Oh, I make you laugh / And you make me cry / I believe it's time for me to fly
67. It's Too Late (1971)
But it's too late, baby now, it's too late / Though we really did try to make it (we can't make it) / Somethin' inside has died, and I can't hide / And I just can't fake it, oh, no, no, no, no, no
68. Red Rubber Ball (1966)
Now I know you're not the only / Starfish in the sea / If I never hear your name again / It's all the same to me
69. She Let Herself Go (2005)
When he said he didn't love her no more / She let herself go / To Vegas once / Honolulu, New York City / Came back knocked-out pretty
70. Goodbye Cruel World (1961)
Oh, goodbye, cruel world, I'm off to join the circus / Gonna be a broken-hearted clown / Paint my face with a good-for-nothin' smile / 'Cause a mean, fickle woman turned my whole world upside down
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