Breaking up with someone is hard to do…especially when you’re the one that has to break the news. You have to find the right words to fit the situation, maintain your honesty, and be easy on their feelings at the same time. Talk about pressure!
Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. Along with our favorite Twitter followers, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Break-Up Songs of Our Generation that you can borrow words from.
Check ‘em out below!
10. “Burn,” by Usher
Lawd, Usher broke a heart with this one!
9. “Slow Dancing In a Burning Room,” by John Mayer
This is for the situation when you both know it needs to end. Just let it go because it’s gonna happen soon anyway.
8. “Where I Wanna Be,” by Donell Jones
You could probably use these words if you’re convinced that you want to break up, but you don’t want them to know you’ve made your mind up just yet because you feel bad about it. SMH!
7. “Pretty Wings,” by Maxwell
This is that break-up song that sounds so good that you forget that he’s talking about a break-up!
6. “Cry Me a River,” by Justin Timberlake
This song is perfect for when your lover’s side boo told you all the stuff they’ve been doing. Ouch!
5. “Take A Bow,” by Rihanna
Has your lover been putting on a show? Borrow the chorus from RiRi’s 2008 hit below.
4. “Call Tyrone,” by Erykah Badu
Did she or did she not read her man for filth in this song?! Not only did she tell him they were over and he needed to go, she told him to call his homeboy to help him get his shit…but not on her phone! If your man is a deadbeat and using you for money, please take a cue from Ms. Badu.
3. “Say Goodbye” by Chris Brown
If you’re really at a loss for words, you can pretty much read off the lyrics to this song.
2. “Irreplaceable,” by Beyonce
This was the female break-up anthem when it first came out, but ironically it was written by a man! Bey had all the women reminding men that they come a dime a dozen too.
1. “Not Gon’ Cry,” by Mary J. Blige
This has to be the best break-up song EVER, forget during our generation. In this track, Mary talks about all the things she has gone through with her man and coming to the realization that she should have left his ass a long time ago…now who hasn’t been there before?
Other break-up songs we love but didn’t make the list either because they didn’t quite fit the theme of the list or because we don’t consider them in our generation:
“Ex-Factor,” by Lauryn Hill
“Un-Break My Heart,” by Toni Braxton
“Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart,” by Alicia Keys
“Shot 4 Me,” by Drake
“Somebody That I Used To Know,” by Goyte
“We Can’t Be Friends,” by Deborah Cox & RL