Parting with your significant other is never easy. No matter how horrible the end may have been, there will always be something about your relationship that will make you sigh and wish everything worked out.
As you internalize the heartbreaking events that transpired and recall every little bittersweet detail, it’s best to have some of the best breakup songs playing in the background. These are the ten best heartbreak songs that will surely leave you longing:
1. I’ll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me by Exposé
The title alone seems clear enough why this song made it to this list of good breakup songs. There’s nothing more frustrating and heartbreaking than not being able to move on while your ex is gallivanting around town with all his good-time friends, seeming to have no care in the world that you’re no longer together.
Yet, no matter what you do, you can’t seem to rush yourself into forgetting all about him. After all, you’ve shared a lot of great memories. Well, that’s perfectly fine. Long all you want for now. However, don’t fall prey to the song and convince yourself that you’ll never get over him as long as the stars shine bright or as long as the rivers run to the sea. That’s a bit too much, wouldn’t you say?
2. Lips of an Angel by Hinder
Have you ever felt the urge to just pick up the phone and call your past lover in the middle of the night to hear his voice? Have you ever experienced trying to lower your voice when on the phone with an ex while your current sweetheart is sleeping only a few meters away?
If you have, then you’ll surely know what the rock band Hinder is talking about in this song. More than a mere phone call in the middle of the night, the lyrics of Lips of an Angel song about how one may long to be with someone from his past, yet, not able to do so because he’s tied to someone else in the present. Now, if that doesn’t ring a bell for you, nothing else will.
3. Leaving on a Jet Plane by Peter, Paul, and Mary
Who says heartbreak only comes from breaking up? It can also ensue from having a lot of miles separating you and your lover, which is evident in the lyrics of this heartbreak song. There’s nothing sadder than being left behind, even though you know that your honey truly wants to stay with you. Well, that’s life. As in the movie Armageddon, which made this song vastly popular, there may be an important and life-or-death mission your lover needs to accomplish before you can be together forever.
So as your boyfriend or husband packs his bags and leaves on a jet plane, you should kiss him and smile for him. Hopefully, he’ll be back in your arms soon enough.
4. All Out of Love by Air Supply
This is one of the best breakup songs to ever be written. You’ll never find a more suitable song for when you lick your wounds and heal your broken heart than Air Supply’s All Out of Love. You may have given everything to save your relationship and feel that you no longer have even just an ounce of love in you.
Though it may be hard to believe right now, when the hurt is still too much, there will come a time when you’ll open yourself up to love again. Yes, that sounds a bit far-fetched to you now, but you just wait and see. Greater things (and greater loves) are still on the way.
5. Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake
If you cheated on your sweetheart, then this song is for you. Sung by Justin Timberlake, Cry Me a River will remind you just how hard it may be to make up for the wrongs you’ve done. At the very least, you’ll have to cry hard enough to convince your ex that you’re sorry.
Even if you’re capable of crying an absurd enough amount of tears to form a river, getting back together may not be a guarantee. Sure, Justin sounds like an ice-hearted person in this piece, but try being the wronged party. You’ll probably be worse!
6. How Could an Angel Break My Heart by Toni Braxton
So the angel you thought was yours forever has found another. Right now, just like Toni, you’re probably thinking about all the things that he used to do for you – sing you a lullaby, kiss you, smile at you, laugh with you, and all the sappy yet sweet things he did to show his love. Well, wake up baby! He’s no longer yours. No matter how much you may long for him, he’s not coming back. At least not right now. So the best thing you can do about it is pick up the pieces, look forward, and search for an angel who, this time around, won’t cause your heart to break. He’s out there somewhere, and you won’t find him by sitting idly and mooning over someone who’s gone.
7. One Last Cry by Brian McKnight
When he sang about not being able to do anything while his former lover gets together with some other man, he really knew what he was talking about. Sometimes, there’s truly nothing you can do to bring back the past. Short of being a believer of time travel or selling your soul to the devil to turn back time, all you can really do is have one last cry and start anew. If Brian McKnight could do it, then so can you.
8. Miss You Like Crazy by Natalie Cole
Okay, the title of Natalie Cole’s song should be explanatory enough. However, before you drive yourself to the brink of insanity by missing your ex too much, think about all the reasons why you decided to go separate ways. Surely, those reasons were strong enough for the two of you to have parted. So hold on, and keep going on. No man is worth finding yourself locked up in an asylum.
9. You Don’t Love Me Anymore by Weird Al
Not every jilted lover loves to listen to sappy songs go on and on about how people can’t live without their other halves. This song by Weird Al definitely isn’t your usual, run-of-the-mill breakup song. After all, it is Weird Al. In fact, as you listen to the lyrics of this song speak about all the things a guy endured while in a certain relationship, like getting pushed down an elevator shaft and getting his face slammed down on the barbecue grill, you’ll find yourself laughing out loud at the absurdity of it all.
After you’ve wiped all your tears (from laughter) away, you’ll surely wonder if a guy as patient, as enduring, and as martyr-like as this one truly exists. And that’s where the yearning will start.
10. The Scientist by Coldplay
Another one of the best breakup songs to ever be recorded is Coldplay’s The Scientist. Even though you might not be able to detect the agony in the sweet voice of Chris Martin, the lyrics of the song speak volumes about how heart-wrenching a breakup can be. To paraphrase the message of The Scientist, no one ever said that breakups could be so hard. Now that you know how difficult it can be, maybe you won’t be so trusting with your heart. Hold out for someone who’ll make the hard times truly worth it.
Breakups can be painful to the point where you’ll want to do nothing but shut yourself off from the world and just listen to good breakup songs. It’s a good thing then that the music industry is so supportive and has produced these 10 best breakup songs!