12 Songs for Each Kind of Breakup

Because music will always be there for you.

12. The resilient breakup song: “You Have Killed Me” by Morrissey

Kicking the list off with Mr. Misery himself, Morrissey. He has a song for every kind of heartbreak: unrequited love, loneliness, revenge, remorse, and accepting the inevitable.

“You Have Killed Me” is a straight forward breakup track about when you’ve been hurt so badly you feel as if you’ve been stabbed through the heart, but somehow you still find a way to walk around and continue with on.

Relatable lyric: As I live and breathe/You have killed me/Yet I walk around somehow/But you have killed me

11. The ‘stuck in denial’ breakup song: “I Don’t Want to Get Over You” by The Magnetic Fields

69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields is an album that consists of, well, 69 love songs. Some of the tracks are romantic, others sweet, and many endearing. Then there are songs about heartbreak, including this gem.

Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt’s sweet realism and honesty portrays the fragility of a recently ended communion.

Relatable lyric: I could leave this agony behind/ Which is just what I’d do/ If I wanted to/ But I don’t want to get over you

10. The apologetic breakup song: “So Sorry” by Fiest

When you’ve been the destructive one in the relationship, driving the other person away. The realizations of your actions are too late. You plead for things to be better and admit your faults. When you’re willing to try to make things work out “forreal, this time,” that’s what this song is about.

Leslie Feist’s delicate voice and sincerest admissions on this track portray someone who is genuinely regretful.

Relatable lyric: Two words I always think/ Oh after you’ve gone/ When I realize I was acting all wrong

9. The intoxicated breakup song: “The Poison” by Pedro the Lion

David Bazan of Pedro the Lion creates imagery with his lyrics that personify his dilemmas.”The Poison” is about the coping mechanism of drinking after the relationship ends, and the result is relatably chilling.

Relatable lyric: But now it’s over/ and I can’t stay sober

8. The jaded breakup song: “Landfill” by Daughter

Ever been with somebody who neglected you? Someone who mistreated you? inconsiderate? Selfish? Well, this one is for you.

Relatable lyric: Leave me at the altar/ Knowing all the things you just escaped

7. The ‘fed up’ break up song: “No Children” by The Mountain Goats

For when you’re feeling trapped, and when you’re so far down in the hole that you’ll never get out. You continue on for some reason, but it keeps getting worse until the resentment festers to the point of disrepair. And the feelings are mutual.

Relatable lyric: And I’d hope that if I found the strength to walk out/ You’d stay the hell out of my way

6. The revenge breakup song: “For What Reason” by Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie are known for writing a good song about heartbreak. Lyricist Ben Gibbard has always had a knack for writing about the things you were never able to put into words.

“For What Reason” is the bloodthirsty revenge breakup song. The good memories are gone and have been replaced with cynicism and resentment. The deceit you encountered make the relationship irreparable.

Relatable lyric: Brace yourself: I’m bent with bitterness. I can’t foresee.

5. The ‘I still can’t live without you’ breakup: “The Spells” by Mrs. Magician

The catchy melody will trick you, but this is not a happy song. This track is about how difficult it is to deal with the aftermath of the breakup. When you physically feel sick and you can’t imagine your life without that person.

Relatable lyric: Prescribe me some pills to mend my heart/Or to stop it completely

4. The ‘fuck you’ breakup song: “Super Rat” by Honeyblood

Basically, fuck you. You deserved this.

Relatable lyric: And I knew you were bad all along/But still I swam in to welcoming jaws

3. The breakup song about acceptance: “Your Ex Lover is Dead” by Stars

When you give yourself to someone, and you have nothing left to say. The relationship can’t be saved. You acknowledge that there was a thing in the past that didn’t work out. You’re not the same person you used to be.

Relatable lyric: There’s one thing I want to say, so I’ll be brave/You were what I wanted/I gave what I gave/I’m not sorry I met you/I’m not sorry it’s over/I’m not sorry there’s nothing to save

2. The unavoidable breakup song: “Apart” by The Cure

When your feelings evaporate and you begin to drift apart. Each person in the relationship wish the other one would do something, or say what they desperately want to hear, but they don’t say anything. Instead you wait and hope it happens, but it never does. Your love is gone, and you haven’t bridged the gap.

Relatable lyric: How did we get this far apart?/I thought this love would last forever

1. The gratified breakup song: “Better Off Without You” by Summer Camp

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. You were proactive and realized that breakups happen for a reason, and you know that everything is going to be okay.

Relatable lyric: I used to miss you all the time/ But now I think you’re not so fine


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