Breaking up is hard to do. But it’s a part of life. We’ve all gone through a breakup at some point in our life. You’ve probably listened to AT LEAST one of these songs during that painful time in your life.
This list has 25 songs to get you through your breakup although we know there are probably 100’s. Feel free to list your favorite songs in the comments below.
1. “Set Me Free” by Mary J. Blige
When a man (or woman) cheats, there should be a special place in hell for them.
2. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston
There’s still no answer to the famous question Whitney posed over 20 years ago, but it hasn’t made us love this classic any less.
3. “Ex-Factor’ by Lauryn Hill
Lauryn really outdid herself on this one. We might have all been “miseducated” on love back then, but Ms. Hill sure set us straight.
4. “Unbreak My Heart” by Toni Braxton
Toni sang this song so well it made women all over the world line up for a cure. Sadly, there is no cure for a broken heart, but this song is definitely the next best thing.
This instant classic had women worldwide sending brothers headed “to the left, to the left.”
6. “Tyrone” by Erykah Badu
When Erykah sat on the live stage and performed this song it became an instant and iconic hit. The phrase “I think you better call Tyrone” took on a new meaning for all of us.
7. “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan
For the times you’re so hurt you don’t want to be the better person.
This song alone dried up tears around the world. It was the beginning of a new era of breakup music where women didn’t get mad, they got even.
9. “(My Lovin’) Never Gonna Get It” by En Vogue
A song for the times he had “so many chances to make change, but the only thing he changed was love to hate.”
10. “Officially Missin You” by Tamia
It’s official, we miss this song! It was so honest, so raw, and so sweet all at the same time.
11. “Brokenhearted” by Brandy
Brandy’s teenage ode to recovering from heartache helped many young women also get past their pasts.
12. “Anytime” by Brian McKnight
We could listen to this bittersweet tale of love gone wrong “anytime.”
Whether you’re a fan of the artist or not, there’s no denying this song is one of the best sassy send-offs of all time. Deuces!
14. “Epiphany (I’m Leaving)” by Chrisette Michelle
This track has inspired many a girl-power moments for women so over their man’s B.S.
15. “After The Love Has Gone” by Earth, Wind and Fire
There isn’t a soul in the room who doesn’t want to raise a hand in the air and sing along to this one as Earth, Wind, and Fire take us to church.
16. “Aint No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
The words to this classic are some of the best known breakup lyrics of all time. Do you know anyone who doesn’t know the words? Right, we don’t either.
If we didn’t love them, they couldn’t hurt us, Ms. Headley so wisely points out. The most memorable line on this track? “I wish I could go back to the day before we met.” Ouch!
18. “I Never Loved A Man” by Aretha Franklin
This song’s for all the times your friends tried to tell you the guy you’re dating is just no good. But you didn’t listen because you loved him so. Aretha, we’ve all been there.
19. “Free Yourself” by Fantasia
“If you don’t want me then don’t talk to me,” a soulful Fantasia belted out as she made this track one a broken heart will not soon forget.
20. “Me, Myself and I” by Beyoncé
Beyoncé reminds us that loving yourself is the most important relationship you’ll ever be in.
Before Bey was sending men off “to the left, to the left”, Ms. Peniston told them to “keep on walking” right on past her door.
22. “Where I Wanna Be” by Donell Jones
As Donell puts it: “When you love someone you just don’t treat them bad.” Enough said.
23. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
Classic. Ladies. Breakup. Anthem!
24. “Sorry” by Beyonce
Beyonce survived and she ain’t sorry. You shouldn’t be either.Tell that Boy Bye!
25. “End of the Road” by Boys II Men
Finally, we’ve come to the end of the road with Boys II Men.
We KNOW this is not a complete list, there are so many good breakup songs. What song would you add to the list?
Inspired by ESSENCE 25 Songs to Get You Through Your Breakup in 2015.