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15 Heartbreaking Songs About Letting Someone Go


Letting go might be the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do, but it makes you a stronger person who knows your worth. Need a little help with letting go of someone who doesn’t deserve to be in your life? Here are some songs to help you make it through!

Frou Frou – Let Go

Let’s start off this list with a song that’s perfect for when you feel like you’re at the end of your rope. Let Go is a kind of motivational song that tells its listeners to just leave things to fate when you think everything’s going wrong. You’ve done what you can to salvage something – whether that’s a relationship, your goals, or just an overall bad situation. So once you’ve given it your all, it’s time to let go.

Letting go lyrics: So, let go, let go

Jump in

Oh well, what you waiting for?

It’s all right

‘Cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

So, let go, let go

Just get in

Oh, it’s so amazing here

It’s all right

’cause there’s beauty in the breakdown


Mikaila – The Art of Letting Go

Letting go is an art form and we can only hope to do it as gracefully as we can. In this song, Mikaila sings about getting rid of all the things that kept her hope of a reconciliation alive. She decides to unchain her heart from her past lover as she learns the art of letting go.

Letting go lyrics: Now here it comes

The hardest part of all

Unchain my heart that’s holding on

How do I start to live my life alone

Guess I’m just learning

Learning the art of letting go

Westlife – If I Let You Go

In this hit song by Westlife, the lads from Dublin consider letting go of their love for a woman. The woman is someone they consider to be unattainable, and yet they can’t shake her off their minds. So in a moment of contemplation, they weigh the odds of letting this love slide versus sticking around to see how things play out.

Letting go lyrics: But if I let you go I will never know

What my life would be holding you close to me

Will I ever see you smiling back at me

How will I know if I let you go


Passenger – Let Her Go

You know how people say that you only learn how much you love someone when they’re away? Let Her Go captures that feeling so precisely in this soft, soothing ballad. In this song, the protagonist can’t shake the thought of the woman he loves. Sadly, he only realizes how much he loves her when he has already let her go.

Letting go lyrics: Well you only need the light when it’s burning low

Only miss the sun when it starts to snow

Only know you love her when you let her go

Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low

Only hate the road when you’re missing home

Only know you love her when you let her go

And you let her go


The Corrs – I Never Really Loved You Anyway

What’s the easiest way to get someone out of your mind and heart? By recalling every awful thing about them until you realize you’re better off without them in your life. I Never Loved You Anyway is the epitome of a sour grapes song where the singer eases the pain of a breakup by focusing on how bad she had it when she was with her ex lover.

Letting go lyrics: You bored me with your stories

I can’t belive that I endured you for as long as I did

I’m happy, it’s over, I’m only sorry

That I didn’t make the move before you

Cee Lo Green – Forget You

Here’s a more modern sour grapes song for all of you who were left behind for a richer man or woman. Forget You is about a protagonist whose lover couldn’t be satisfied with the “change in his pocket,” so she shows her true colors and runs off with someone who can shower her with gifts. Because of this move, the protagonist decides to forget all about her because he has clearly dodged a bullet!

Letting go lyrics: I see you driving ’round town

With the grl I love and I’m like,

Forget you!

I guess the change in my pocket

Wasn’t enough I’m like,

Forget you, and forget her too!


Adele – Someone Like You

Adele may have been thankful for this experienced that launched her hard-hitting songwriting career, but we can’t deny the genuine pain we hear when she sings this. Someone Like You was a song Adele wrote for an old flame who was years older than her. They broke up on bad terms, leaving Adele devastated. But in this gut-wrenching song, she manages to find the strength to wish him well as she moves on.

Letting go lyrics: Never mind, I’ll find someone like you

I wish nothing but the best for you too

Don’t forget me, I beg

I’ll remember you said,

“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,

Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead


Beyonce – Irreplacable

When you let go of someone, you have to keep in mind that you’re opening up opportunities to find someone better. In Irreplacable, Beyonce kicks her man out when she finds out he’s cheating. And when he cries and begs for forgiveness, she reminds him that she can easily replace him.

Letting go 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


Michelle Branch – Goodbye to You

Michelle Branch’s goodbye song hits a little too close to home, especially for those who are breaking up while still in love. Goodbye to You is about a woman who has resolved to break up with a man whom she can’t be with for reasons unknown. And even though her thoughts are still filled with him, she musters up the courage to finally say goodbye.

Letting go lyrics: Goodbye to you

Goodbye to everything I thought I knew

You were the one I loved

The one thing that I tried to hold on to

The one thing that I tried to hold on to


A Fine Frenzy – Almost Lover

So many lovers have asked, “How can you let go of someone you never had?” And for them, this might be the perfect song to describe their situation. Almost Lover is a recollection of all the events two almost-lovers shared. And while there was no commitment or label for what you shared, that doesn’t make your feelings any less real.

Letting go lyrics: I cannot go to the ocean

I cannot drive the streets at night

I cannot wake up in the morning

Without you on my mind

So now you’re gone and I’m haunted

And I bet you are just fine

Did I make it that easy

To walk right in and out of my life

Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You

Finding the strength to let go of someone can turn that resolve into a destructive force. In this sad and angry song, the singer remains bitter as she adamantly tries to get over her lover. So what does she do? She goes off to party and find someone new to dance with throughout the night. It’s not exactly a healthy mindset, but when we’re crushed and heartbroken, we tend to be drawn to impulsive acts like this.

Letting go lyrics: We’re not lovers

But more than friends

Put a flame to every single word you ever said

No more crying

To get me through

I’ll keep dancing till the morning with somebody new

Tonight I’m getting over you


The Postal Service – The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

Have you ever had that feeling that your relationship with someone is bound to end? It’s not that you had a fight that drew you apart, it’s just that feeling that you’re just a temporary fixture in their life? In The District Sleeps Alone Tonight, the singer feels like he’s slowly being ejected from the life of the person he’s with. He takes this with grace, but he can’t help but feel like a temporary fix for someone he had hoped to be with in the long run.

Letting go lyrics: You seem so out of context in this gaudy apartment complex

A stranger with your door key explaining that I am just visiting

And I am finally seeing

Why I was the one worth leaving


Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye

Letting go doesn’t always have to be a bitter affair; sometimes, it’s taken with grace and acceptance. In this Jeff Buckley song, he says his final goodbyes to someone he once truly loved. There is no bitterness between them, only a kind of longing that he knows will fade away in time. Sadly, Jeff Buckley was no longer able to create more beautiful songs like this, as he passed away a few years after this song was released. Some people even say that this song was an omen.

Letting go lyrics: This is our last goodbye

I hate to feel the love between us die

But it’s over

Just hear this and then i’ll go

You gave me more to live for

More than you’ll ever know


Brian McKnight – One Last Cry

How do you know you’re ready to let go of someone? When you finally say to yourself that you’ve shed your last tears for them. In this song, the singer realizes that it’s time to let go when he sees his ex-lover with someone new. So when he goes home, he wills himself to let go of all his unrequited feelings as he sheds his last tears for her.

Letting go lyrics: One last cry

Before I leave it all behind

I gotta put you out of my mind this time

Stop living a lie

I guess I’m down to my last cry


Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

Let’s cap off this list on a high note as we sing the ultimate breakup survival song. Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive has been the anthem of broken-hearted people who want to find the will to get back up and reject the person who hurt them so bad.

Letting go lyrics: And you see me somebody new.

I’m not that chained-up little person still in love with you

And so you felt like dropping in,

And just expect me to be free

And now I’m saving all my loving for someone who’s loving me


Shed all that negativity and wash your hands of someone who doesn’t deserve you. You can make it through this ordeal with this playlist!


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