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Top 20 Bitter Or Angry Breakup Songs

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As part of a new series of playlists I was asked to create, my first endeavor shall be “Bitter or Angry Breakup Songs”. By no means is this complete but it is 20 popular songs you’ve probably heard before, all compiled along with their music videos.

Some people simply enjoy the sound, others are actually going through the emotions, and yet others are contemplating it. Here is a small selection. Please keep in mind some of these songs have explicit lyrics, so turn off your speakers if you’re at work.

For the next list, I’ll be going with songs with a positive message.

These are in no particular order.

Ben Folds Five – Song for the Dumped
Well this one is straight up a breakup song. GIVE ME BACK MY STUFF!

Kelly Clarkson – Since You’ve Been Gone
This is the “I’m better off now without you…but first I’m tearing your place apart” song

Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
It’s funny how this song can be used in the context of great times and bad times. Good Riddance is right.

Eamon – Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back)
An extremely immature highschool type of song with plenty of F-Bombs for good measure, hey sometimes it is just plain immature.

Alicia Keys – Karma
The you dumped me – I had a hard time – Now I’m okay – Now you want me back – Too bad for you! Song. Karma sucks.

Third Eye Blind – How’s It Going To Be?
This one is for being right on the verge of stepping off that cliff. Contemplating what it’ll be like. Classic Third Eye Blind.

Beyonce – Irreplaceable
After Independent Woman, how can you not expect this? Beyonce being a class act.

Frankie J – Don’t Wanna Try
It’s funny how so many people think this is such a beautiful cheery song. Perhaps you should pay more attention to the lyrics.

The Killers – Mr Brightside
Don’t you just hate that? Pitfalls of optimism.

Michelle Branch – Are You Happy Now?
A miniature version of Alanis

Alanis Morrisette – You Oughta Know
Gives us a little too many details, but hey don’t piss a girl off.

Ne-Yo – So Sick
Maybe not so sick of the other person, but definitely sick of all the reminders.

Beck – Lost Cause
Scathing, in a down tempo kind of way.

Maroon 5 – Harder To Breathe
Pure rage driven lyrics.

Jimmy Eat World – Pain
Finally free…or are you?

Sum 41 – Pieces
Better of on your own.

No Doubt – Don’t Speak
I don’t need any of your explanations, reasons or anything else. Just shut up.

The Used – Taste of Ink
I’ve got the power to leave. I’m taking the opportunity. Goodbye!

John Legend – Used To Love U
Go look for your money elsewhere gold digger!

Avril Lavigne – My Happy Ending
Oops my bad.

BONUS: Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
What list is complete without this gem.

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23 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Gravatarsandrar

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  2. GravatarJulie Grave

    Like the list of songs.
    But I have to point out that The Taste Of Ink is far from a break up song.
    The Used is my absolute favourite band. This song is actually about their breakthrough and how they’ve managed to escape the life of living on the streets and pan handling, and made something for themselves.

  3. That’s true and actually a few other songs aren’t about actual breakups. It was a list compiled where the content of the song itself wasn’t so much an emphasis as much as the songs themselves being great songs for those bitter and angry breakups.

  4. It is very interesting for me to read the post. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

    Truly yours

  5. GravatarJojo

    Not a very good list in my opinion sorry to say.. Where’s the Three Days Grace? They’re great for angry breakups

  6. Remy Zero’s song Bitter from album The Golden Hum… well that’s probably one of the best.

  7. Gravatartaylorswift#1fann13

    I love almost ALL those songs!! Here are some of my favs:
    Picture To Burn – Taylor Swift
    Should’ve Said No – Taylor Swift
    You Don’t Know Me – Allison Iraheta
    Friday I’ll Be Over U – Allison Iraheta
    Forever & Always – Taylor Swift
    The Story Of Us – Taylor Swift
    Better Than Revenge – Taylor Swift(this is kinda for a guy who cheated on you & your taking revenge on the girl he cheated on you with.:])
    Grow A Pear – Ke$ha
    Blind – Ke$ha (kindaa like a sad breakup) (but i still <3 it.)
    C U Next Tuesday – Ke$ha (look at the initials of this song :D)

  8. GravatarKaitland

    Bayside-cold and blue and lifeless. Great angry break up song, most of their stuff is!

  9. GravatarKate

    i don’t think you can have a complete list until something from Matthew good’s Hospital Music is on it. Like maybe I’m not Safer than a Bank or She’s in it for the Money.
    And almost definitely Champions of Nothing. Best break up song EVER!

    Fuck You – Cee Lo Green
    Get Gone – Fiona Apple
    There There, 15 step, Knives out – Radiohead (so very many)
    Foolish Love – Rufus Wainwright

  10. GravatarMetfan

    Where’s “Ain’t My Bitch” by Metallica?

  11. Gravataranna

    i don’t care – apolcalyptica feat adam gontier from three days grace

    “Just don’t deny it,
    Don’t try to fight this ,and deal with it
    and that’s just part of it,

    If you were dead or still alive
    I don’t care, I don’t care
    Just go and leave this all behind
    Cause i swear (i swear),i don’t care”

  12. Gravatarmike

    sublime summertime best one for me 🙂

  13. GravatarKev

    eminem- superman, probs the best

  14. GravatardeADROse

    my last serenade – killswitch engaged. the first part isnt that great, but if you blast it and hang on through the chorus this is an amazing song.

  15. GravatarStephenie McD

    I would suggest adding a few songs to this list….
    Britney Spears – Womanizer
    Miranda Lambert – White Liar
    Gretchen Wilson – The Other Side of Me

  16. GravatarAthena

    I didn’t find any of these angry or bitter. Just sad and depressing. There should be more “I’M GOING TO BEAT YOU IN THE FACE WITH A BAT” sort of songs. XD

  17. GravatarShayla

    You forgot two must-haves for a list like this:
    No Children – The Mountain Goats
    Radio – Alkaline Trio

  18. GravatarTara

    Living without you by Mona Lisa Overdrive XD

  19. GravatarBob the Builder

    Nothing else worked, great job!

  20. GravatarSquirell's

    Best I Ever Had by Vertical Horizon!

  21. GravatarMs. Anne Thrope

    Surprised “Caught Out There” by Kelis didn’t make this list. It’s a SUPER pissed-off song.

  22. Gravatarshivam

    hey!!!! you forgot the most deserving song!!! SNUFF… slipknot!!! it must be on the list!!

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