• Marissa Deville

Breakups + Music

Breakups suck right? We invest time and effort into a person and then we feel like it all went to waste in the end. Unpopular opinion: Breakups can be a good thing because it shows us that your significant other is not who you were meant to be with. But, they hurt, yeah? It’s okay to eat a gallon of ice cream and watch John Tucker Must Die. It’s okay to blast “I Don’t F**k With You” by Big Sean out of your car window. It’s okay to delete all those pictures off Instagram. No matter what your breakup ritual is at the end of the day, week, month, or year we know that we will feel better all said and done.

Music is a powerful appeal to our emotions. We play party anthems like “Sicko Mode” or “Mo Bamba.” when we go out on a Friday night. We play fun, bass boosted beats when we are in our happiest mindsets. Sometimes we blast out One Direction, Big Time Rush, or Jonas Brothers when we need a little boy band nostalgia (AKA my guilty pleasure). But what do you listen to when your heart is breaking? Sometimes we need those boy/girl bye songs and sometimes we need the songs that describe exactly what we are feeling at that second. Of course it’s so easy to find sad songs about breakups, but what about the upbeat breakup songs? Music artists have been through the same as us so they give us music we can (most of the time) relate to, especially the post-relationship vibes. Here is a playlist with a 140 songs mixed of all genres for all you heartbroken kids out there that need a some songs when you don’t want to cry anymore.

Breakup Pick-Me-Ups

“SAYONARA” by Aries

“Honestly” by Gabbie Hanna

“New Rules” by Dua Lipa

“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera

“Shout Out to My Ex” by Little Mix

“wish you were gay” by Billie Eilish

“Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato

“I Don’t F**k With You” by Big Sean

“Same Old Love” by Selena Gomez

“One Foot” by WALK THE MOON

“Without Me” by Halsey

“You Say” by Lauren Daigle

“Hard Times” by Paramore

“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele

“Too Good” by Drake & Rihanna

“Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber

“Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons

“Happier” by Marshmello

“Without You” by Avicii

“Can’t Be Friends” by Trey Songz

“Sorry” by Beyonce

“I Don’t Care” by Fall Out Boy

“Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects

“Boyfriend” by COIN

“My Favorite Mistake” by Sheryl Crow“

Spotlight” by Marshmello & Lil Peep

“Too Little Too Late” by JoJo

“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood

“Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

“Single Ladies” by Beyonce

“Dancing with a Stranger” by Sam Smith & Normani

“do re mi” by blackbear

“All My Friends” by The Revivalists

“IDGAF” by Dua Lipa

“IFHY” by Tyler, The Creator

“The Break Up” by Machine Gun Kelly

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

“Part of Me” by Katy Perry

“Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac

“Forget You” by CeeLo Green

“Singles You Up” by Jordan Davis

“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band

“break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” by Ariana Grande

“I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! At the Disco

“Colors” by Halsey

“Twice” by Catfish and the Bottlemen

“Never Forget You” by Zara Larsson & MNEK

“Australia” by Jonas Brothers

“Breaking Up” by Charli XCX

“I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself” by The White Stripes

“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson

“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

“Worst Nites” by Foster the People

“11 Minutes” by Halsey & YUNGBLUD

“Better Now” by Post Malone

“Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves

“Who Do You Love” by The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds of Summer

“Don’t” by Ed Sheeran

“Heartless” by Kayne West

“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye

“Raise Your Glass” by P!nk

“Sorry” by Ciara

“Miss Jackson” by Panic! At the Disco

“F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)” by Eamon

“I Will Survive” (Pink Ribbon Radio Mix) by Gloria Gaynor

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

“Peach (Lobotomy)” by Waterparks

“Nights with You” by MØ

“Broken” by lovelytheband

“Picture to Burn” by Taylor Swift

“Love It If We Made It” by The 1975

“Knee Deep” by Zac Brown Band

“Till I Forget About You” by Big Time Rush

“Ridin’ Solo” by Jason Derulo

“Stan” by Eminem

“Quit Breaking Up With Me” by Little Big Town

“That’s My Kind of Night” by Luke Bryan

“XO” by Kelsea Ballerini

“Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson

“Be Careful” by Cardi B

“When It Rains It Pours” by Luke Combs

“Spirits” by The Strumbellas

“Wasted Love” by City and Colour

“Paradise” by Coldplay

“100 Bad Days” by AJR

“Come As You Are” by Nirvana

“Yo Feelings” by Ty Dolla $ign

“Changing of the Seasons” by Two Door Cinema Club

“Know Ya” by Ty Dolla $ign & Trey Songz

“Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert

“No Air” by Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown

“Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC

“Elastic Heart” by Sia

“Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers

“The Breakup Song” by Greg Kihn Band

“Bulletproof” by La Roux

“Smile” by Lily Allen

“thank u, next” by Ariana Grande

“Bye Bye” by Jo Dee Messina

“Gone As Good” by Little Big Town

“Confident” by Demi Lovato

“Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks

“Gunpowder & Lead” by Miranda Lambert

“Irreplaceable” by Beyonce

“It’s Alright, It’s OK” by Ashley Tisdale

“I’m a Mess” by Bebe Rexha

“Switch Up” by R. Kelly & Lil Wayne

“How Do You Like Me Now?!” by Toby Keith


“Break Up Every Night” by The Chainsmokers

“Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani

“i miss the old u” by blackbear

“FDB” by Young Dro

“Loyal” by Chris Brown

“Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” by Fall Out Boy

“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” by P!nk

“Flawless” by Beyonce

“Solo” by Demi Lovato

“Kissing Strangers” DNCE

“Somethin’ Bad” by Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood

“F*** Apologies” by JoJo

“Ain’t Nothing” by Juicy J

“Woman” by Kesha

“F**k You” Lily Allen

“(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!” by Shania Twain

“Kiss This” by Aaron Tippin

“Tie Me Down” by New Boyz

“Cut You Off (To Grow Closer)” by Kendrick Lamar

“Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

“Good as Hell” by Lizzo

“So What” by P!nk

“High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco

“Stitches” by Shawn Mendes

“Drink About” by Seeb & Dagny

“Go F**k Yourself” by Two Feet

“No” by Meghan Trainor

“D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” by Tammy Wynette

“Learn To Let Go” by Kesha

“Ex’s & Oh’s” by Elle King

“Scared to Be Lonely” by Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa