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The Best Break-Up Songs | Rounds.com Blog

The Best Break-Up Songs

Music has always had an important role in society in helping to bring people together or else to express concepts that people can connect with on an emotional level. So with this plethora of resources, it would be nonsensical to actually use all the clichés you wanted in order to break up with your latest fling. Best to save energy and oxygen, and just let the music do the talking. Here are some of the best break-up song that can explain why you are breaking up with that not-so-special someone:


What’s a Girl to Do by Bat For Lashes

This song is a simplistic one. The song describes a relationship that has lost its spark.

The Stinger:

And when he asked me, do you still love me?
I had to look away
I didn’t want to tell him
That my heart grows colder with each day


Goodbye Earl by The Dixie Chicks

You could introduce this song as being a possible ending to your love affair if things don’t change. The menace of homicide is always a legitimate reason to stop going out with someone.

The Stinger:

Ain’t it dark
Wrapped up in that tarp Earl”


Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash

This song is an ultimatum that is meant to get things back on track. Furthermore, it’s a really upbeat and fun song. You can both dance through the tears!

The Stinger:

You’re happy when I’m on my knees
One day is fine, next day is black
So if you want me off your back
Well come on and let me know
Should I stay or should I go?


Tainted Love by Soft Cell

This relationship is fraught with problems, it will never work out. He doesn’t even want her to touch him: that’s pretty serious levels of disgust. This relationship is officially over.

The Stinger:

Now I know I’ve got to… run away,
I’ve got to… get away.
You don’t really want any more from me.


Not Big by Lily Allen

This song is brutal and very bitter – it is great if you are trying to destroy a guy.

The Stinger:

All the times that I said I was sober,
Well, I’m afraid I lied,
I’d be lying next to you, and you next to me,
All the while I was high as a kite.
I could see it in your face as you break it to me gentle,
Yeah, you really must think you’re great,
Well, let’s see how you feel in a couple of weeks,
When I work my way through your mates.


Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M

At first glance this song does not appear to be about breakups at all. However, if you have a flair for the dramatic, this song might be appropriate.

The Stinger:

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine


Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne

In order to explain that there is another lady in your heart who may or may not be the maternal figure of your former love interest, this song helps you out by stating clearly why your relationship will not work.

The Stinger:

Stacy can’t you see
You’re just not the girl for me.


Area Codes (Hoes) by Ludacris

If you would like to explain that you cannot be chained down, you should play this one. It shows that you are not prepared to be exclusive. No one can be mad at you about that! You are awesome and you cannot help it, anyone who does not like it is jealous.

The Stinger:

Is it cuz they like my gangsta walk?[gangsta walk]
Is it cuz they like my gangsta talk?[gangsta talk]
Is it cuz they like my handsome face?[handsome face]
Is it cuz they like my gangsta ways?[gangsta ways]


Bad Romance by Lady Gaga

If you would like to explain the destructiveness of your relationship, you can use this one:

The Stinger:

Caught in a bad romance


Take a Bow by Rihanna

It seems as though girls only ever break up when their boyfriend cheats so here are a few songs covering this type of breakup.

The Stinger:

Don’t tell me you’re sorry ’cause you’re not
Baby, when I know you’re only sorry you got caught.


To the Left by Beyoncé

This one is for a more advanced, cohabitational relationship. Now you have to go through the awkward moving day. This song might ease the process, just put it on repeat until the moving truck has taken off.

The Stinger:

So since I’m not your everything
How about I’ll be nothing, nothing at all to you
Baby I won’t shed a tear for you, I won’t lose a wink of sleep
‘Cause the truth of the matter is replacing you is so easy


Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats

This is for ladies who like to prove a point during the breakup by teaching the other party a lesson they cannot soon forget. This song could serve as an explanation after the fact, or a “How-to” guide on how to trash someone’s vehicle. For a more R’n'B version of this song, Jasmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows” should do the trick.

The Stinger:

I dug my key into the side
Of his pretty little souped-up 4 wheel drive
Carved my name into his leather seat
I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights
Slashed a hole in all 4 tires
And maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats


Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace

If you would like to go for the “Werewolf” angle you can use this song, it seems like this is what they are talking about. All you do is tell whomever it is that you are breaking up with that you got bitten by a werewolf and now you don’t want them to be a victim so it is best if you part ways. For tips read Harry Potter, Lupos does it well enough. Of course his girl eventually decides that she wants to help him get through him problems, but no one is like that in real life.

The Stinger:

So what if you can see the darkest side of me
No one will ever change this animal I have become


So, fellow cowards, you can break hearts without expending too much effort and let someone else do the talking by choosing the most appropriate song off the list.

You’re welcome.

Add your faves in the comments!

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  1. Bailey

    “(s)aint” by Marylin Manson is a great one.

  2. Misc

    What about “Fuck You” by Cee-lo Green?

  3. arron

    this is seriously the worst list of garbage.

  4. annon

    no “your time is gonna come” by led zeppelin?

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