14 Broadway Songs for Getting Through a Breakup

Show-Score | By Samantha Dupler | Oct 14, 2016

Breakups suck. Musicals can help. Get ready to cry, sigh, and ultimately move on with these 14 Broadway tunes.

1. Send in the Clowns - A Little Night Music

What’s a list of Broadway breakup songs without the most classic of them all?

2. Burn - Hamilton

It’s time to erase yourself from the narrative—by which I mean deleting him from your Snapchat friend list.

3. Losing My Mind - Follies

One show brings us two ways to deal with a breakup. Sometimes, you’ve gotta just reflect and cry it out…

4. Could I Leave You? - Follies

…And other times, you’ve gotta make ‘em regret the day they messed with you!

5. I'm Not That Girl - Wicked

Elphaba (and later, Glinda) didn’t think they were “that girl” for Fiyero…but they got a pretty wicked friendship out of it anyway.

6. Forget About The Boy - Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sound advice if there ever was any!

7. Goodbye Until Tomorrow / I Could Never Rescue You - The Last Five Years

Just try to listen to this one without a piece of your heart breaking off a little. (Go ahead, I’ll wait.)

8. The Party's Over - Bells Are Ringing

Another entry for the "classic Broadway songs to cry to" category

9. Casualty of Love - The Wedding Singer

It’s just like Robbie says: “Love’s a trick, love’s a trap, love’s a hot chick with the clap!”

10. On My Own - Les Misérables

If you claim to have ever been a high school girl who didn’t empathize with Eponine's friend-zoned plight at least once: I don’t believe you.

11. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair - South Pacific

In these troubled times, just keep calm and put the OG 'movin’ on' song on repeat.

12. The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl - The Music Man

Because at first when you don’t succeed in love…try, try, and try again.

13. What Causes That? - Crazy For You

Tfw you lose the girl of your dreams by dressing up as a “fictional” alter ego who turns out to really exist so your dream girl ditches you for “you”, and there’s nothing left to do but sing a mopey-yet-upbeat duet with your romantic rival/identical twin. 

14. Time Heals Everything - Mack and Mabel

And lastly, when all else seems hopeless, just let these words from Bernadette Peters ring true: time really does heal everything.

  • Agree with our picks? Which other songs would you add? Let us know in the comments!