10 Good Breakup Songs

Compiling a list of 10 good breakup songs means you can opt for songs to help you through the pain of a breakup or songs that remind you of the good times you had before the breakup or songs that celebrate the new opportunities that await you after the breakup. This list of 10 good breakup songs has some of each.

  1. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." An unlikely acoustic and heartfelt song from a guy trying to be cool about the breakup with his girl. Since the song was by Green Day, there's still a punk edge to it all, but this song has become one of the great montage soundtracks of all time.
  2. "One." A single line in this U2 song sums up the empty feeling that accompanies a breakup: "You gave me nothing, now it's all I got."
  3. "Love Stinks." When you just want to lash out at love after your heart is broken, this J. Geils Band song says it all.
  4. "You Oughta Know." Alanis Morissette raised a few eyebrows by dropping an F-bomb in this angry song from a woman who's not at all happy her boyfriend found someone new.
  5. "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better." This song, first recorded by the Byrds and later by Tom Petty, is a pretty cynical take on romance. Clearly the guy in the song has had it with his girlfriend when he sings, "I'll probably feel a whole lot better when you're gone."
  6. "Heart of Glass." Blondie's first big hit in 1979 is filled with lines that most of us have experienced when we start to think about what we've just gone through during a breakup. Take, for example, the line, "Once I had a love and it was divine; Soon found out I was losing my mind." Relationships can make everyone a little crazy, but it isn't always obvious until the breakup.
  7. "One Week." The 1998 Barenaked Ladies hit tells the story of a temporary breakup from the point of a guy who's struggling to save face, even though he's at least partly to blame.
  8. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." In one of the great breakup songs ever, Bob Dylan pulls no punches even as he tries to let his ex-lover off the hook, a little, with lines like, "You coulda done better, but I don't mind; You just kinda wasted my precious time; Don't think twice it's alright."
  9. "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)." Travis Tritt has one of the great tell-her-off lines in music history with, "Call someone who listens and might give a damn; Maybe one of your sordid affairs."
  10. "I Will Survive." First recorded by disco diva Gloria Gaynor, the song got a new spin with the cover by the alternative band Cake. No matter who sings it, there's something empowering about being able to tell someone off after the breakup and do it with so much confidence.
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