53 Best Country Songs About Breaking Up

Breakups can be hard, but the right playlist can make it that bit less painful. Whether you’re looking for something to relate to, or music to better help understand your feelings, below are the best country songs about breaking up.


1. Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood

Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood

Song Year: 2005

Of all the breakup songs on this list, this one is the most vindictive.

In this song, the protagonist lists all of the vengeful measures she’s taken to prevent her now-ex from cheating on her again. She carves her name into his car, slashes his tires, and smashes his headlights, but in the end, she can’t stop imagining him with another woman.

This song is an excellent cathartic tune, allowing you to live out your revenge fantasies without getting into real trouble, and Carrie Underwood’s classic voice delivers it with style.

2. Die From a Broken Heart by Maddie & Tae

Song Year: 2020

This song describes a situation that is likely familiar to most. In Maddie and Tae’s Die From a Broken Heart, the protagonist describes turning to her mother for comfort after a breakup.

She asks for advice on taking care of herself, as she feels lost and all alone.

Maddie & Tae are singers, songwriters, and guitarists who are relatively new to the country music scene. Die From a Broken Heart became their top hit in 2020, reaching number one on the Billboard charts.

3. What Hurts the Most by Rascal Flatts

Song Year: 2006

When you’re going through a breakup, you can never predict what will be most painful. In this song, the famous country trio argues that what hurts the most in separation is the sudden departure of one’s partner. In their absence, there is only emptiness.

Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson originally wrote this song. The music was performed by the members of Rascal Flatts, which include Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney. It has a catchy tune and remains a popular karaoke song despite the group’s splitting in 2021.

4. Miss Me More by Kelsea Ballerini music

Song Year: 2017

This is a song that most people can relate to. Kelsea Ballerini’s hit song from her second studio album chronicles the changes a young woman has had to make to accommodate her partner’s insecurities. For example, she doesn’t wear heels because he doesn’t like it when she’s taller. Ultimately, she breaks up with him to find herself again, maintaining that she missed herself more than she missed him.

Kelsea Ballerini is a country and pop singer. She has released two studio albums to date.

5. Don’t Close Your Eyes by Keith Whitley

Song Year: 1998

Don’t Close Your Eyes is a classic story of a love triangle. In this song, Whitley croons about the love of his life who, despite being with him, is thinking of another lover. He bids her not to close her eyes and imagine her ex. The mournful song makes this song the perfect addition to the breakup playlist.

Keith Whitley was a country music singer known for his melodic voice. He died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 34.

6. You’ll Think of Me by Keith Urban

Song Year: 2002

This song is for you if you’ve ever stayed up all night thinking of a loved one. In You’ll Think of Me, Keith Urban sings through a breakup, mourning the loss of his loved one. He stays up through the night and drives around the city to clear his mind, but he cannot stop thinking of his ex with someone else.

This song was recorded in 20002 and peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It peaked at number 24 on the Hot 100 and remained on the charts for two weeks.

7. Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert

Song Year: 2011

This song won numerous awards, including the Academy of Country Music Award for Single of the Year and the CMT Award for Female Video of the Year.

Mama’s Broken Heart is Miranda Lambert’s classic breakup song. The song’s lyrics chronicle one woman’s rebellion following a restrictive relationship. She cuts her bangs, drinks heavily, and attempts to navigate her way through the aftermath of the breakup.

Miranda Lambert launched her debut in 2001 and has remained active as a country music singer ever since.

8. Cowgirls Don’t Cry (Feat. Reba McIntire) by Brooks and Dunn

Song Year: 2007

This beautiful song by Brooks, Dunn, and Reba McIntire covers the length of a young woman’s complicated life. The song chronicles her many heartbreaking experiences, including a divorce and the loss of her father, punctuated with a refrain that cowgirls don’t cry—no matter what.

The song features an upbeat melody with a compelling violin solo. Despite its somewhat depressing theme, it’s catchy and perfect to dance to.

9. Tomorrow by Chris Young

Song Year: 2011

Tomorrow is a song about an experience most people can relate to convincing oneself to leave an unhealthy relationship. In this song, Chris Young maintains that the relationship is nearing its end because the two aren’t suitable for one another. However, despite his doubt, he wants to try to make it work one last time.

The song’s tune is as sad as its lyrics, so it’s the perfect song to cry to without a loved one. Chris Young’s deep baritone complements the guitar and violin backtrack, making this one of the best songs on this list.

10. Tin Man by Miranda Lambert

Song Year: 2016

If you’ve ever seen The Wizard of Oz, you know that the Tin Man character is missing a heart. Miranda Lambert’s classic breakup song is addressed to the tin man. She maintains that he is lucky not to have a seat because they are bound to break. She envies him for his imperviousness to emotional damage.

The song features a mournful melody and poetic lyrics against a slow guitar backtrack. It’s a beautiful song—and one that most can relate to.

11. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain by Willie Nelson

Song Year: 1975

Fred Rose originally wrote this song for Roy Acuff, and it received considerable acclaim upon its first release. However, Willie Nelson’s version, cut by Hank Williams, remains the better-known version of this breakup ballad.

The song is an acoustic tune without a chorus that covers the many metaphors we attach to love and breakups. The singer asserts that the one thing he will never forget about his relationship is his lover’s blue eyes, crying in the pouring rain. This song touches on the timeless themes of love and heartbreak and fits neatly among others on this list.

12. The Dance by Garth Brooks

Song Year: 1989

This song touches on a rare theme amongst the songs on this list. Garth Brooks’ hit single touches on the end of a mourning period. The singer maintains that he has found peace from listening to a song about a breakup.

Garth Brooks is one of the most successful best-selling solo artists in history. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he entered the country music scene in the 1980s. Since then, he has earned numerous awards and sold over 170 million records.

13. Watching Airplanes by Gary Allan

Song Year: 2007

Everyone ruminates after the end of a relationship—but not all of us turn those ruminations into a song. Gary Allan did so, however, with great success. His music, Watching Airplanes, debuted at number 53 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It peaked at number two on the Hot Country Singles chart.

The song is about watching airplanes and contemplating losing a loved one. Brooks searches the sky, wondering which aircraft his ex might be in.

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