29 Brutally Sad Breakup Songs For When You Just Need A Really Good Cry

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You'll get over it one day. But today, just let yourself feel it all.

So you're nursing a broken heart and you've got all this pent-up emotion that you're not quite sure what to do with. Don't sweep those sad emotions under the rug. It's okay to let yourself feel sadness. Listen to these break up songs that make you cry, find something good to binge on Netflix, wipe those tears away, pick yourself up, and remember: this too shall pass.

29 Break Up Songs That Make You Cry

1. "Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley

Just hear this and then I'll go
You gave me more to live for
More than you'll ever know

2. "You Have Been Loved" by Sia

You were my last hope
You took my very last hope away
Oh you, you have been loved by someone good
And you, you have been loved by somebody good

3. "Every Little Thing" by Dishwalla

I wish I could be 
Every little thing you wanted
All the time 
Some times

4. "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" by Wilco

I'd always thought that if I held you tightly
You'd always love me like you did back then
Then I fell asleep and the city kept blinking
What was I thinking when I let you back in?

5. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Prince

It's been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me, baby, where did I go wrong

6. "Beautiful Lies" by Birdy

Beautiful lies
Cover my eyes with your hands
Just pretend we're better
Turn out the light
There are no more surprises to come
Let's be numb together

7. "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith

These nights never seem to go to plan
I don't want you to leave, will you hold my hand?

8. "No Distance Left to Run" by Blur

When you see me
Please turn your back and walk away
I don't want to see you
'Cause I know the dreams that you keep is wearing me
When you're coming down, think of me here
I got no distance left to run

9. "Who Knew" by Pink

If someone said three years from now
You'd be long gone
I'd stand up and punch them out
'Cause they're all wrong
I know better
'Cause you said forever
And ever
Who knew

10. "I Can't Make You Love Me" by SOAK

I'll close my eyes, then I won't see
The love you don't feel when you're holding me

11. "Comfortable" by John Mayer

Our love was comfortable and so broken in
She's perfect
So flawless
Or so they say

Runner-up for this playlist of break up songs that make you cry: "Dreaming With A Broken Heart"

12. "Maps" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Wait, they don't love you like I love you
Wait, they don't love you like I love you

13. "You Lost Me" by Christina Aguilera

And though we tried
You can't deny
We're left as shells
We lost the fight

14. "Let It Die" by Feist

The saddest part of a broken heart
Isn't the ending so much as the start
The tragedy starts from the very first spark
Losing your mind for the sake of your heart

(You're halfway through our list of break up songs that make you cry — how are you holding up?)

15. "All I Ask" by Adele

It matters how this ends
'Cause what if I never love again?

16. "The Greatest Bastard" by Damien Rice

Some make it, mistake it
Some force and some will fake it
I never meant to let you down

17. "Stay" by Rihanna (feat. Mikky Ekko)

Funny you're the broken one but I'm the only one who needed saving
'Cause when you never see the light it's hard to know which one of us is caving.

18. "The Poison" by Pedro the Lion

And on the front porch, or on an aeroplane on vacation
Or out for dinner in a nearby town
I was so proud just to have you sitting with me
But now it's over and I can't stay sober

19. "Boston" by Augustana

Oh, dear, you look so lost
Your eyes are red when tears are shed
The world you must have crossed, you said

20. "Good Woman" by Cat Power

I want to be a good woman
And I want, for you to be a good man
This is why I will be leaving
And this is why I can't see you no more.

21. "Happier" by Ed Sheeran

'Cause baby you look happier, you do
My friends told me one day I'll feel it too
And until then I'll smile to hide the truth
But I know I was happier with you

22. "I Know It's Over" by The Smiths

I know it's over 
And it never really began 
But in my heart it was so real

23. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division

Why is the bedroom so cold
Turned away on your side? 
Is my timing that flawed,
Our respect run so dry? 

24. "All I Want" by Kodaline

But if you loved me
Why did you leave me
Take my body
Take my body

25. "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" by Dusty Springfield

And now that were through
I just don't know what to do

26.  "You Could Be Happy" by Snow Patrol

Somehow everything I own smells of you 
And for the tiniest moment it's all not true

27. "Youth" by Daughter

Well I've lost it all, I'm just a silhouette
A lifeless face that you'll soon forget
My eyes are damp from the words you left
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest

28. "Bluebird" by Sara Bareilles

I told him I saw this coming,
That I'd practically packed up my things.
I was glad at the time that I said I was fine but,
All honesty knows, I wasn't ready, no.

29. "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.

Sometimes everything is wrong
Now it's time to sing along
When your day is night alone
Hold on

Listen to the entire playlist of break up songs that make you cry here:

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