A list of 21 of some of the most painful songs about falling out of love with someone. This is the perfect list to get you in your feels. So grab some tissues and have a listen!
(Spotify playlist link included at the end with all songs included + more!)
- out of love with you – avery lynch
This heart-wrenching song by Lynch goes over the feeling of slowly falling out of love with your partner for no apparent reason at all and struggling to come to terms with those feelings, knowing it will break your lover’s heart.
“Something switched in me, you know
Push it away, I try to let it go
But these things never seem to go away
- new year’s day – taylor swift
A metaphorical song to discuss holding on to people and memories from both good and bad times. Taylor recognizes that when the ‘parties’ in her life are over and the ‘new year’ begins, such memories are all she will have left to hold on to and learn from.
“Don’t read the last page
But I stay when it’s hard or it’s wrong or we’re making mistakes
I want your midnights
But I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day”
- long sleeves – gracie abrams
The soft melodious song by Abrams recalls a memory of creating distance with another person and not being able to love them.
“And if you hear me leaving in the morning
Could you just pretend that it was only wind?
‘Cause I can’t love you even if I want to”
- when you love someone – james TW
James TW explores the topic of divorce in his catchy ballad, from the perspective of a father explaining the changes in their family to his son.
“Sometimes moms and dads fall out of love
Sometimes two homes are better than one
Some things you can’t tell your sister ’cause she’s still too young”
- supercuts – jeremy zucker
A catchy lighthearted beat describing the feelings of being in a toxic relationship and being too tired of the ups and downs to a point you no longer care.
“Well, I don’t
Don’t need a hand to hold
Don’t need you to console me
It’s honestly getting old”
- forever – lewis capaldi
Capaldi expresses that everything is temporary, like relationships or life itself, reassuring his lover that even though its over, at least they tried.
“Darling, nobody said that it would last forever
That doesn’t mean we didn’t try to get there
I never said that we would die together
That doesn’t mean it was a lie, remember”
- forever’s not our thing – lunadira
This soft and sorrowful song displays the singer not only moving on from the relationship but moving on from the breakup too, leaving behind all the good and the bad.
“I’ll fall in love with someone new
My love will change and so will you
We’ll never talk until we walk two different ways
Then maybe I will see you”
- bye. – mia smith
This slow and grievous song by Mia highlights the pain and longing she feels for her lost lover, but it is followed by acceptance of his departure and a heavy-hearted goodbye.
“I feel like I’m missing the other half of me
There’s a big empty space where you used to be
But it feels like you left a long time ago
I guess I thought it would be harder for you to let me go”
- polaroid boy – nicole zefanya
This song by Zefanya is about reminiscing how much her ex-lover hurt her and the struggles she faced when moving on from him along with a farewell.
“And you still hurt me
You hurt me
When I loved you
Well I wish you well”
- too good at goodbyes – sam smith
This beautiful piece by Sam Smith showcases the stages of a dying relationship where the more and more his lover hurts him the less and less Sam loves him.
“But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry
And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry
And every time you walk out, the less I love you
Baby, we don’t stand a chance, it’s sad but it’s true”
- emily – jeremy zucker & chelsea cutler
What if one of you fell out of love and the other simply couldn’t? “Emily” is a beautiful song exploring the embers of a dying relationship.
“So I’ll call you a liar when I am the one who’s been hiding things
And I’ll spill all your secrets to anyone listening
And then you complicate it by asking me if I could still believe”
- i don’t love you anymore – the honeysticks & rick montgomery
This seemingly light-hearted song has the take of waking up one morning and realizing you no longer love your partner and then deciding what plans to make next in life.
“I don’t love you– anymore
And it just dawned on me this morning
I don’t feel it anymore
I hope you don’t mind me leavin”
- a change of heart – the 1975
“A Change of Heart” details the stages of falling out of love with someone. When the infatuation fades, you see them for who they truly are, and not who you thought they were.
“You used to have a face straight out of a magazine
Now you just look like anyone
I just had a change of heart”
- better off – jeremy zucker & chelsea cutler
This melodious song is about a deteriorating relationship, sung about an affair in which the lovers strongly about their relationship, but eventually realized it morphed into something less desirable.
“I won’t turn my back
Now that you want to
And if there’s nothing left
Why does it haunt you?”
- don’t want it – zion goins
A somber song about moving on from a painful relationship and no longer wanting to be apart of it. Goins sings about teaching yourself to stop wanting things that are bad for you.
“No I don’t want it, don’t want it, don’t want it anymore
All these tear drops on the floor, I don’t want it anymore”
- july – noah cyrus
A beautiful and melancholy song about leaving a toxic relationship that has caused too much heartbreak.
“So tell me to leave
I’ll pack my bags, get on the road
Find someone that loves you
Better than I do, darling, I know”
- i’m in love without you – finneas
The solo song is described as a sincere and genuine outpouring of his heart, and in it he reflects on the consequences of ending a love that marked your existence.
“I’m in love without you
Please don’t still love me
I’m in love without you
But you still find a way inside my dreams”
- leave – gnash
A song laced with hopelessness and having given up on a toxic and rage-filled relationship and coming to terms with how its best if both parties simply walk away.
“I’m not saying I know how to save this
I’m just saying we’ve been here before
You say “Do the dishes”; I admit, I’m vicious
Now there’s broken dishes on the floor”
- not like falling out of love – nick wilson
A desperate song describing the surprise, panic and confusion the singer feelings slowly realizing that he no longer loves his partner.
““And where is the pain
That we’re meant to work through
Where is the version of me
That would run down the street
Screamin’ for you?”
- falling out of love with me – teen suicide
From the perspective of someone who’s lover is falling out of love with them, as they try their best to avoid the truth even though it’s always lingering close and deep down they know they can’t do anything to stop it from happening.
“Slowly glowing from the bloom
Let the light into the room
Lying in bed, March 26th
The way you run your hands all over my ribs
Oh, I guess this is heaven”
- one way to tokyo – honne
A light and airy tune, where one lover bids the other goodbye as they leave for Tokyo. He is struggling to say goodbye and deal with her leaving but at the same time he wishes her well.
“City lights will blind you
And I’m sure you’ll meet somebody
Who can take you everywhere you wanna go
But I hope you don’t forget me“
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