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15+ Best Songs About Moving On to Help You Get Over Your Ex

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Songs about moving on. Photo by Alex Duffy on Unsplash.

Breakups are never easy, and neither is moving on. Sometimes, songs about moving on can help begin the healing process and help you find a way to move forward without your ex.

Even if you didn’t recently break up with a loved one, moving on from a friendship or the death of a friend can be just as hard. No matter what you are trying to move on from, these 15 songs about moving on will help start the process.


18. “Not Sad Anymore” –Clara Mae

“Not Sad Anymore” is a song that can help jump-start the moving-on process. It’s got some hard-hitting truths, like the first lyric, which talks about getting rid of the stuff you still have from your ex. It’s a difficult song to listen to, but it really will help, we promise.


17. “Since U Been Gone”—Kelly Clarkson

No list of songs about moving on would be complete without a song from Kelly Clarkson. Known for her inspiring anthems about exes and moving on, “Since U Been Gone” is our favorite but you can also check out “Stronger” if you really need to listen to something uplifting.


16. “I Will Survive”—Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor, in her song “I Will Survive,” is here to give you the exact pep talk you need to move on. So, feel free to blast it or listen to it again and again until you feel ready to move on and take the world in stride.


15. “Coping”—Rosie Darling

Okay, admittedly, this song isn’t about moving on as much as it is about coping. But before you move on, you have to learn to cope. This song by Rosie Darling will help get you there.


14. “Puppet”—Faouzia

After a breakup, many people think that maybe if they change, their ex will take them back. This isn’t the truth. You should never sacrifice who you are just to please someone else. Faouzia delivers this exact message in her song “Puppet.”


13. “Happy Now”—Zedd

Seeing your ex or an old friend happy without you can be difficult. But you should wish them the best, which is exactly what this next song on our list of songs about moving on promotes.


12. “I am Not Nothing”—Beth Crowley

Sometimes, when a relationship ends, it can leave you feeling so worthless. When that is the case, pull up this anthem by Beth Crowley which will remind you that you are not nothing. It will also help guide you down the path to forgiving yourself and letting go of what happened.


11. “Forgiven”—Within Temptation

The only way to move on is to forgive yourself and those who wronged you. That is the exact message in the song “Forgiven” by Within Temptation. While this Dutch rock band is more known for their gothic metal songs, this power ballad will be suitable for anyone, no matter your music tastes.


10. “We Are Never Getting Back Together”—Taylor Swift

Good old Taylor Swift with our favorite in her songs about moving on. This song can help strengthen your resolve when you are thinking about going back to someone who is better left in the past.


9. “Good in Goodbye”—Madison Beer

Even the most toxic relationships can be difficult to move on from. In this song about moving on, Madison Beer helps to point out the good sides of leaving a toxic relationship to keep you looking forward and not back.  


8. “Someone Like You”—Adele

You didn’t think we would have a list of songs about moving on without Adele, did you? “Someone Like You” is another power ballad that is focused of respecting your ex, even while you resent them.


7. “Survivor”—Destiny’s Child

Admittedly, this song is a bit childish, but there’s something so gripping about the lyrics that it is definitely a go-to when you are trying to move on from an ex.


6. “Let it Be”—The Beatles

There are times in life when you just need to let a situation or person be. The Beatles understood just this and listening to their song “Let it Be” can help instill the same thoughts in your heart.


5. “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl”—Wet

The first step to moving on is saying what you are moving on to. While this song can get a little repetitive, it’s a great place to start with your moving on manifesting.


4. “IDGAF”—Dua Lipa

Are you looking for a song that literally has the lyrics moving on? Then Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF” is just the song for you.


3. “Stronger”—Brittney Spears

To be honest, we hate putting this song on the list. But there is something just so powerful about the chorus and knowing you are stronger than you were yesterday.


2. “Better in Time”—Leona Lewis

As sad as it is, the saying “time heals all wounds” is true, and in this pop ballad, Leona Lewis sings about just that.


1. “Wake Me Up When September Ends”—Green Day

As we mentioned at the start, you don’t always need to move on from just a relationship ending. Sometimes, the pain goes deeper because the loss is greater. Green Day is here to help with just that with this famous song.

What do you think of these songs about moving on? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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