Top 10 Angry Breakup Songs

Script written by Tiffany Ezuma. Crying over your ex? Don’t waste your tears; get angry! For this list, we’ve picked what we felt were some of the most rage-filled or revenge-seeking tracks that really capture the feeling of saying good riddance to an ex. If you didn’t see a song you think should be on the list, be sure to check out our Top 10 Sad Breakup songs list. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top10 angry breakup songs. Special thanks to our users roxy, Jimmy Washington and Mikewayne for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Tiffany Ezuma.

Crying over your ex? Don’t waste your tears; get angry! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top10 angry breakup songs.

For this list, we’ve picked what we felt were some of the most rage-filled or revenge-seeking tracks that really capture the feeling of saying good riddance to an ex. If you didn’t see a song you think should be on the list, be sure to check out our Top 10 Sad Breakup songs list.

#10: “Before He Cheats” (2006)
Carrie Underwood

She may be a Southern belle, but that doesn’t mean Carrie Underwood is always a prim and proper lady. In this country rock and pop number, Underwood avoids crying over her loss and instead glorifies the act of revenge, which she does by destroying all of her two-timing partner’s belongings. Calling for a tit-for-tat sense of justice, “Before He Cheats” also made history when it became the first country tune to sell over 2 million digital copies.

#9: “You’re So Vain” (1972)
Carly Simon

Ever since this soft rock number was released, we’ve been wondering who Carly Simon is singing about. And that’s just the way the singer-songwriter likes it. Regardless of the mystery man’s identity, “You’re So Vain” has become her most well-known and successful song. With scathing words describing a vain former lover, it’s hard to not relate – and not to love – a song that sticks it to that ex that just can’t get over himself.

#8: “Love Stinks” (1980)
The J. Geils Band

Never has a song about unrequited love been so accurate. While describing how it feels to love someone who loves another, the J. Geils Band really sounds like they do know what it’s like when “you just can’t win.” The “love stinks yeah yeah” chorus may be simple but truer words have never been spoken. Thanks to its fun and catchy sound, the song has been covered by multiple artists and even found a home in pop culture.

#7: “Cry Me a River” (2002)
Justin Timberlake

Reportedly about his breakup with Britney Spears, this song is a power anthem for those who are done with relationship antics. While its R&B rhythm, beat boxing and synthesizers give the track an addictive quality, JT’s power vocals add a somber tone to the piece and highlight the sentiment that he’s done with his ex’s excuses. “Cry Me a River” helped solidify his solo career and won him the Grammy for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

#6: “Used to Love Her” (1988)
Guns N’ Roses

The guys of Guns N’ Roses take their need for revenge against a vindictive ex to the next level here. In this Izzy Stradlin and Axl Rose-penned number, Axl sings about the need to “put her six feet under.” Harsh! This killer tune may not have actually been inspired by any of the band members’ exes but there’s no question that “Used to Love Her” fits the bill when it comes to an angry breakup song.

#5: “Go Your Own Way” (1977)
Fleetwood Mac

Despite the harmonic vocals and the easy listening beat, the words of “Go Your Own Way” certainly have a bite to them. Written by Lindsey Buckingham about his relationship with Stevie Nicks, the hard rock number is truly one of the standout pieces from their iconic Rumours album. With lyrics just as complex as their relationship, the single also became Fleetwood Mac’s first American top 10 smash.

#4: “Since U Been Gone” (2004)
Kelly Clarkson

Known for her powerhouse vocals and self-empowering anthems, Kelly Clarkson really knows how to bring a bad breakup song to life. Instead of moping about her former lover, she proudly proclaims that she “can breathe for the first time.” Besides its pop rock and power pop flavors, “Since U Been Gone” really showcases Clarkson’s outrage and sense of freedom and even nabbed the American Idol’s album a Grammy.

#3: “You Oughta Know” (1995)
Alanis Morissette

Known as her mainstream breakthrough, “You Oughta Know” also marked Alanis Morissette’s departure from her nice girl rep to angsty alt-rocker. With the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Dave Navarro contributing bass and guitar, the Grammy-winning single charted within the Billboard Top 10 and let us see a different side of the Canadian singer-songwriter. By digging into an ex she gave everything to, Morissette scorches everything their relationship ever was.

#2: “I Will Survive” (1978)
Gloria Gaynor

As one of disco’s most recognizable anthems, it’s fitting that this song about surviving a tumultuous relationship has so successfully stood the test of time. “I Will Survive” has become synonymous with self-empowerment and it’s also something of a gay anthem. In 1980, it received the Grammy for Best Disco Recording, which was the only year that award was given. But it’s the rousing lyrics and Gaynor’s confident vocals that have made it such an enduring and highly covered tune.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “So What” (2008) Pink
- “Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back)” (2003) Eamon
- “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968) Marvin Gaye
- “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2012) Taylor Swift
- “Heartbreaker” (1979) Pat Benatar
- “Irreplaceable” (2006) Beyoncé

#1: “Fuck You” (2010)
Cee Lo Green

Never has an “f-you” sounded so upbeat! Using soul, pop and R&B videos, Cee Lo Green speaks to those who are finally ready to forget about an ex who was too materialistic and phony to see a person’s real worth. Accompanied by a flashy and memorable video, the sensational song had to be edited for airplay in certain areas, but this doesn’t take anything away from its mood and message. The song also reached Billboard’s second spot and attained much critical and commercial success.

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