Breaking up is hard to do, as is widely noted. I try to avoid all love songs during withdrawal. But there are some popular songs that definitely lift my spirits and help me move forward with a breakup when it's called for. Maybe there are some songs that lift your spirits too and help you move forward.
Some are more appropriate for women intent on breaking free from a man
Some are more appropriate for men trying to break free from a woman.
Gay people can add their favorites too.
Please feel free to add your favorites:
I have one of mine on auto-play right now: It's from the straight male perspective. Ladies please add your favorites.
A note to non-native speakers of English. I would be happy to help you understand the lyrics of this or other songs here. I understand that it is extremely difficult to understand a song's lyrics, slang, colloquialisms, etc.
Hi All, here are a few songs that help me keep going. It’s a mix of songs that help me and my journey to loving myself, dealing with withdrawals, or keeping strength and hope through recovery.
Dua lipa- new rules Betty Who- Old Me Jess Glynne- don’t be so hard on yourself Nappy Roots- Good Day Alicia Keyz- Girl on Fire Mabel- Ok (Anxiety Anthem) Surfaces- Sunday Best Lizzo- good as hell Jordan Sparks- one step at a time Solonge- Feel Good Song Quinn XCII- Right Where you Should be Lizzo- soulmate Leona Lewis- happy Olivia O’Brien- love myself Bea Miller- it’s not you it’s me Demi levato- I love me Birdy- keeping your head up Kehlani- Alive Mart Lambert- Secrets Dua Lipa-Idgaf Halsey- you should be sad Kesha- Woman Haliee Stenfield- Loving Myself Kelly Clarkson- Stronger Anne Marie- Perfect to Me Hey Violet- better by myself Sabrina Claudio- Confidently Lost Healy- Unwind Corrine Bailey Rae- Put your record on Andy Grammar- Keep your head up Max Frost- Good Morning Ingrid Michaleson- Be Ok
Painful love songs can compulsively fill my head and drag me down. Singing "It's Too Late Baby" by Carole King to myself on repeat is a powerful antidote.
… Stayed in bed all mornin' just to pass the time There's somethin' wrong here, there can be no denyin' One of us is changin', or maybe we've just stopped tryin' … And it's too late, baby, now it's too late
Though we really did try to make it Somethin' inside has died And I can't hide and I just can't fake it Oh, no, no, no, no, no (No, no, no, no)
… It used to be so easy, livin' here with you You were light and breezy, and I knew just what to do Now you look so unhappy and I feel like a fool … And it's too late, baby, now it's too late Though we really did try to make it (we can't make it) Somethin' inside has died And I can't hide and I just can't fake it Oh, no, no
… There'll be good times again for me and you But we just can't stay together, don't you feel it, too? Still I'm glad for what we had and how I once loved you … But it's too late, baby, now it's too late Though we really did try to make it (we can't make it) Somethin' inside has died And I can't hide and I just can't fake it Oh, no, no, no, no
… It's too late, baby It's too late now, darling It's too late