Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo

22 Songs That Sound Like Your High School Break Up

These songs are a poignant reminder of that terrible relationship where you thought you were in love with your brace-faced, quarterback high school boyfriend. Whether the relationship ended when you left for college, because he cheated on prom night, or even if you’re still friends with your teenage lover, one of these songs is bound to hit home.

1. Fifteen by Taylor Swift

“Wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now.”

I literally thought this song was my entire life.

2. Complicated by Avril Lavigne

“You promised me I’m never gonna find you fake it.”

Avril Lavigne put into words the emotions of every sad teenage girl.

3. Leave, Get Out by JoJo

“You said that you would treat me right by you was just a waste of time.”

Girl power, for real.

4. F**k It by Eamon

“See, I don’t know why I liked you so much, I gave you all of my trust”

If this was your go-to break up song, there’s no way things ended well. But remember the rebuttal version by Frankee?

5. What Went Wrong by Blink 182

“I’m sick of always hearing sappy love songs on the radio.”

Tell me I’m not the only one who still shouts these lyrics in my car

6. Burn by Usher

“Think it’s best we go our separate ways.”

*Sobs uncontrollably while screaming LET IT BURN*

7. Like We Used To by A Rocket To The Moon

“Does he watch your favorite movies? Does he hold you when you cry?”

It’s about to get real emo up in here.

8. The Scientist cover by Willie Nelson

“Nobody said it was easy, it’s such a shame for us to part.”

For some reason, Willie Nelson’s version tugs at my heartstrings.

9. Lonely by Akon

“Can’t believe I had a girl like you and I just let you walk right outta my life.”

Talk about #sadboyproblems

10. Single Again by Trina

“And I don’t care what your friends say, what we had was like Jay and Beyonce.”

This is the jam for the independent gals who don’t need no man.

11. Skinny Love by Bon Iver

“Come on skinny love what happened here?”

Is it possible to listen to a Bon Iver song without crying?

12. The Breakup Song by Wale

“It’s over she got colder, now can’t locate where her heart is.”

This one kind of just goes without saying…

13. Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional

“I am seeing in me now the things you swore you saw yourself.”

Someone bring out a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and ‘The Notebook,” it’s about to get emotional.

14. Rain On Me by Ashanti

“I know this was not what love’s about.”

We should all aspire to be more like Ashanti.

15. That Should Be Me by Justin Bieber

“You said you needed a little time for my mistakes, it’s funny how you used that time to have me replaced.”


16. Someday by The Strokes

“See, alone we stand, together we fall apart.”

Just let it go.

17. I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys

“But we are two worlds apart, can’t reach to your heart.”

Where are my 90’s babies at?

18. If You Had My Love by Jennifer Lopez

“Tell me who can I trust if I can’t trust in you?”

90’s J. Lo was every thing.

19. U Remind Me by Usher

“You won’t believe all of the things she put me through. This is why I just can’t get with you.”

I had to add another Usher song, it just wasn’t an option.

20. All The Things She Said by t.AT.u

“And I’m all mixed up, feeling cornered and rushed.”

This song only has like 5 different lyrics, but that doesn’t make it any less emotional.

21. Picture by Kid Rock

“I put your picture away, sat down and cried today.”

Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. What could be better for your breakup tears?

22. My Immortal by Evanescence

“When you cried, I’d wipe away all of your tears.”

And you thought things couldn’t get any more emo.

Similar Reads👯‍♀️