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15 Angry Breakup Songs for Spurned Lovers

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There’s nothing quite like a great breakup song to get all the tears and anger out of your system. If you’re still reeling from an ugly breakup and want a good song to thrash around to, this playlist has you covered!

Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know

We’ll start off this list with the angry anthem of women who were scorned in the 90s. You Oughta Know is an angry message from a woman to her ex. Think of it as the 90s version of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain, except just a lot more bitter. The song is allegedly about actor Dave Coulier, who dated Alanis when she was 17 or 18 and he was 33.

Angry breakup lyrics: You seem very well, things look peaceful

I’m not quite as well, I thought you should know

Did you forget about me, Mr. Duplicity?

I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner



It was a slap in the face

How quickly I was replaced

And are you thinking of me when you fuck her?

 

Pink – So What

During a breakup, you go through several stages of grief – from denial in the line “I guess I just lost my husband, I don’t know where he went” to acceptance in the line “So what? I’m still a rock star, I got my rock moves, and I don’t need you!” So What was actually inspired by Pink’s breakup with then-husband Carey Hart, a motocross racer, who was allegedly unfaithful to her.

Angry breakup lyrics: So so what?

I’m still a rock star

I got my rock moves



And i don’t need you

And guess what

I’m having more fun

And now that we’re done

I’m gonna show you tonight

I’m alright, I’m just fine

And you’re a tool

So so what?

I am a rockstar

I got my rock moves

And i don’t want you tonight

 

Gotye – Somebody that I Used to Know

Somebody that I Used to Know was inspired by Gotye’s breakup with a girlfriend five-six years ago. Though the breakup itself wasn’t nasty, he does admit that they hurt each other more than they needed to as it wasn’t a clean break. In the song, you can see examples of insidious means of hurting someone such as cutting each other off, pretending the other person doesn’t exist, and changing numbers.

Angry breakup lyrics: But you didn’t have to cut me off

Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing

And I don’t even need your love

But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough

No you didn’t have to stoop so low

Have your friends collect your records and then change your number

I guess that I don’t need that though

Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

 

Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

You know at least one of Taylor Swift’s songs would make it to this list, and we’ve chosen one of the most iconic breakup songs in her discography. This song is about that tug-of-war that happens right before the final breakup. You know the one where one of you makes a promise to change, then getting back into the same old routine, and then trying to break up again. Well, Taylor’s song was made to put an end to that with her final word on the matter.

Angry breakup lyrics: I used to think that we were forever ever, ever

And I used to say, never say never

Huh, so he calls me up and he’s like, I still love you

And I’m like I just I mean this is exhausting, you know, like

We are never getting back together like, ever

best angry break up songs

Lily Allen – Smile

Don’t let the title fool you, because this isn’t some happy bubblegum pop song about smiling. The song is about Lily’s ex, DJ Lester Lloyd, as he tries to wiggle his way back into her good graces despite how badly he treated her. So in the song, Lily expresses just how gleeful she feels when she sees him crying and begging her to take him back.

Angry breakup lyrics: At first when I see you cry

It makes me smile

Yeah, it makes me smile

At worst I feel bad for awhile

But then I just smile

I go ahead and smile

 

No Doubt – Ex-Girlfriend

You know that feeling when you just know your relationship with someone isn’t going to last, and at best things will get messy? This is the song for that feeling. Ex-girlfriend is a song about the idea of an impending breakup and what’s bound to happen when her guy leaves her for someone new. There’s a line in the song that goes, “You say you’re gonna burn before you mellow,” which is a reference to a song by Bush. Bush is fronted by Gavin Rossdale, a man whom Gwen would marry and divorce fitting for the premonition-like vibe in this song.

Angry breakup lyrics: I kinda always knew I’d end up your ex-girlfriend

I hope I hold a special place with the rest of them

And you know it makes me sick to be on that list

But I should have thought of that before we kissed

 

Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone

Sometimes, anger at a breakup gets replaced by thankfulness that the thorn in your side is finally gone. In this song, Kelly sings about a guy who seems to have been suffocating her while they were together. But now that she has broken away from him, he’s back trying his best to get back with her.

Angry breakup lyrics: But since you been gone

I can breathe for the first time

I’m so moving on

Yeah, yeah

Thanks to you

Now I get what I want

Since you been gone

 

The Band Perry – DONE.

Don’t you just love the finality of that title? DONE. is a song about getting fed up with someone whom you’ve given everything to, and yet can’t be bothered to reciprocate. Aren’t those kinds of relationship a little too familiar? In the end, there’s only one way to deal with the situation, and it’s to call it quits without looking back.

Angry breakup lyrics: Mama always told me that I should play nice

She didn’t know you when she gave me that advice

I’m through, with you

You’re one bridge I’d like to burn

Bottle up the ashes, smash the urn

I’m through with you, la ti da

I don’t wanna be your just for fun

Don’t wanna be under your thumb

All I wanna be is done, done

 

Beyonce – Irreplacable

No breakup playlist is complete without this classic hit from Beyonce. Irreplacable is the story of a woman breakup up with a man who dabbled with side chicks while using her car. Her response? To box up all his belongings, call him a cab, and tell him to stay out of her sight because guys like him don’t take much effort to replace.

Angry breakup lyrics: You must not know about me, you must not know about me

I could have another you in a minute

Matter of fact, he’ll be here in a minute, baby

You must not know about me, you must not know about me

I can have another you by tomorrow

So don’t you ever for a second get to thinking

You’re irreplaceable

 

Rihanna – Take a Bow

Here’s another RnB song about breaking up with a cheating scrub. Rihanna’s Take a Bow is about how she’s telling her ex to take a bow because his acting is top-notch. He’s a slobbering idiot trying to apologize for his cheating ways, and all she can say is that he should take a bow because his award-winning act of trying to get back with her is just pathetic.

Angry breakup lyrics: Don’t tell me you’re sorry ’cause you’re not

Baby when I know you’re only sorry you got caught

But you put on quite a show

Really had me going

But now it’s time to go

Curtain’s finally closing

That was quite a show

Very entertaining

But it’s over now (but it’s over now)

Go on and take a bow

Little Mix – Shout Out to My Ex

This empowering breakup song goes out to all the exes out there who graciously moved out of our way so we can move on to bigger and better things. In the song, the ex broke her heart and immediately moved on to his next victim. And the girls’ response is to completely erase him from her life so that she can be completely free.

Angry breakup lyrics: Shout out to my ex, you’re really quite the man

You made my heart break and that made me who I am

Here’s to my ex, hey, look at me now

Well, I, I’m all the way up

I swear you’ll never bring me down

 

Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball

Though Miley didn’t write the song, the way she sings it has some real inspiration behind it – her rocky relationship with actor Liam Hemsworth. The song was written by MoZella, who had just broken off her wedding the week prior. Though frail and nearly unable to make the session, she was still able to create a song that addressed her toxic relationship and how she can overcome it.

Angry breakup lyrics: I came in like a wrecking ball

I never hit so hard in love

All I wanted was to break your walls

All you ever did was break me

Yeah, you wreck me

 

Adele – Rumor Has It

In this song, Adele is bitter about a recent breakup with a guy who replaced her with someone half her age. What’s worse is that he’s been going around telling lies about her. This song is Adele’s way of addressing all those rumors and telling him that she’s got someone else now and that she has no time for his childish games.

Angry breakup lyrics: Bless your soul, you’ve got your head in the clouds

You made a fool out of me

And, boy, you’re bringing me down

You made my heart melt, yet I’m cold to the core

But rumor has it I’m the one you’re leaving her for

 

Travis Tritt – Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares

There’s nothing quite like a southern insult in a country song to set the record straight. In this song, Travis’ ex comes back to say that she was wrong to leave him and that she’s lonely. But he quickly rebuffs her by giving her a quarter and telling her to go call someone who cares.

Angry breakup lyrics: Call someone who’ll listen, or might give a damn

Maybe one of your sorted affairs

But don’t you come ’round here handin’ me none of your lies

Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares

 

Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walking

The best way to make an ex understand that you no longer give a damn about him is by walking away, simple as that! These Boots Are Made for Walking is the epitome of grace during a breakup. Instead of yelling, crying, and cursing your ex, your best bet for a graceful exit is by walking away and letting him know what he’s missing.

Angry breakup lyrics: Call someone who’ll listen, or might give a damn

Maybe one of your sorted affairs

But don’t you come ’round here handin’ me none of your lies

Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares

 

Whether you’re a bitter ex, a thankful ex, or an ex who’s just done with the drama, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect song in this playlist!

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