Divorce / Break Up

The songs in this list touch on lyrical themes of divorce and break up…and the instrumentals in this list have a sad, reflective, lost vibe that works well during scenes of relationship turmoil and loss.

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Sabrina Duke (Sabrina Duke)
The song is a soft ballad, using some aspects of soul, with the main use of acoustic guitar. This song goes through five questions about the love that just left. This can be used for a scene after a break-up or after a huge fight between the couple.
Egon and the Slimers (Blow Up The Sun)
Blues tinged hard rock song with abstract lyrics that rather effectively mark the end of a relationship.
Sabrina Duke (Sabrina Duke)
The song has a funk groove, but adds in some soul. The song talks about a break up and that this loss has to be put away and forgotten. This can be used for a scene after the splitting-up of a couple and they have to forget what happened to their relationship, to continue on with their lives.
Sad and elegant piece that would work well in a romantic or somber scene. Character could be pining over a lost love or dealing with a tragic situation.
SM2 (Strange Symmetry)
A sad song of being the object of someones affection only when the person THEY love is not treating them right. Rebound love, wanting something you can not have. Slow acoustic ballad with piano. Sounds like John Mayer, Coldplay
Somber, ambient piece that would be perfect for any scenes needing a serene or subdued vibe. Would work well for dream or nature scenes as well.
Nearly York (Time Alone) ** instrumental version **
Atlernative rock with chugging guitars, atmospheric keyboards, and a driving rhythm section. Dramatic music for lifechanging scenes!
Nearly York (Time Alone)
Atlernative rock song with chugging guitars, atmospheric keyboards and harmonies. Ponders how to stay grounded after losing the stabilizing force in his life: "I don't wanna know where I will float to without you to Anchor Me Down"
Soft, acoustic song about the ones that got away. Would work great in scenes where a character is reminiscing about a lost love.
Energetic adult alternative. About writing a song as the best way to say "I love you." Would work for any scene that conveys a character struggling to make his/her feelings known especially if that person is a writer of sorts.
Sherri Mullen (Fearless)
"Don't try to fix me, it's YOU whose broken"! Empowering and sassy
Sabrina Duke (Sabrina Duke)
A soulful ballad about the power of love and the desire to make it through anything life has to offer!
Dynamic rock breakup song. Switches between sad, subdued, acoustic guitar to defiant, determined, hard rock. Could work in any scenes of unrequited love, breakups, or separations. A modern day "Free Bird".
Sherri Mullen (Rise)
Etherial, haunting, Pink Floyd-esque song with echoing vocals, pulsating piano, droning strings, and an emotive, crying electric guitar providing the backdrop for thought provoking lyrics about courage, spirituality, and believing that even in the darkest of times, we are not alone . . .
This spacey song features lyrics about regret and lots of vocal harmony. It's a laid-back electronic jam, perfect for scenes about relaxing or reflecting.
Sheridan Ave (Our Love) Courtesy of: VALE Records
It's the name of the girl and the name of the city? A fun, energetic pop-rock tune about a poisonous relationship in the big city.
Christy Jefferson ** instrumental version **
Pensive, elegant music. Subtle builds of tension give the music a sense of anticipation which could really accent scenes of hope and desire.
Catchy funk rock song about the grass always being greener. Perfect for any scenes where the character wants what he or she can't have or is disappointed with the prize they coveted.
Sherri Mullen (Mask)
Love gone bad,she had the fairytale and then he left her,Cinderella doesn't live here anymore
Slow acoustic country ballad yearning for the one who got away. Describes the pain of seeing him with someone else and reflects on what has been lost. A sure tear jerker, a fit for any scenes of unrequited love.
Sherri Mullen (Fearless)
Girl leaves go of boyfriend and pines for him to come back. Not able to let go of a relationship.
Sherri Mullen (Rise)
Edgy relationship song, in the style of Adele/Melissa Etheridge, about jumping back into a situation that caused you harm in the past. "Your cotton candy words. . .they must have made me high"
Melancholy guitar jam with shades of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Evokes the feeling of having to leave someone you care deeply for. Would be great for breakup scenes, funeral scenes, or any scenes involving a taxing moral dilemma.
Conjures up a vision of a girl running through the streets crying, trying to escape the pain. She finds a calm, secluded place to sit and reflect.
Christy Jefferson ** instrumental version **
Wistful piano takes you back to the old days, reflecting on what was great and what could have been better. Nostalgic. Provides a sense of looking forward at a new future.
Kali Rodgers (The Deepest Blue)
A ballad about falling in love with the wrong person. Features a horn section and jazz scatting.
SM2 (Strange Symmetry)
Male and Female vocals. Country with some rock edge. Sounds like Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum
Sherri Mullen (Fearless)
Girl finds out that ex boyfriend is getting his due. Karma is a bitch! What goes around comes around harder!
Kali Rodgers (Single)
Bluesy rock song about yearning and fighting for love.
duet between two ex-lovers recalling all the good times before their lives took them in different directions and separated them. Any scenes where characters are missing each other would be perfect for this song.
MILEUNDER (Bedtime Stories)
This GNResque power ballad is the perfect goodnight kiss to say farewell before riding off into the night. "I'll see you in my dreams..."
Kelly Hoppenjans (Simple Thing.)
Hoppenjans puts on a sultry performance in this bass-driven song about playing the field and keeping potential lovers from getting too close. It really sets a mysterious mood and could be a great addition to anything resembling a James Bond movie.
Fast paced rock song with a country vibe and electronic elements. Lyrics musing upon how things have changed since a breakup ultimately deciding "maybe this road is winding downwards, lucky for me I can fly"
Pop/Rock about that feeling of trepidation you get in the pit of your stomach when a big change is coming in your life and is utterly unavoidable. Could be something good like getting married, or something bad like a family member dying. This song is perfect for any scene depicting big changes in a character's life.
Sherri Mullen (Rise)
A delicate and sad acoustic guitar accompanied by a haunting flute, this song is about courage and hope in the face of change.
Sherri Mullen (Shadows)
This song is a calming, but uplifting ballad that shows that even though there are problems that need to be faces, we can still overcome them and be free. It can be either used for someone coming out of their shell and being who they are or about someone that is forgetting the past and looking forward to their future.
Lucas Gienow (Falling Apart)
Featuring electronic artist Cam Alexander, Falling Apart shows the struggle of aging and realizing that some dreams take longer to come true. Provides a feeling of reflection on who the person has become based on the trials and tribulations they have faced.
Sam Machin (In the Stars)
A deeply personal and reflective song that allows the listener to reminisce on days gone by and truly wonder about if "Living Happily Ever After" is truly a fairytale.
With her looping device, a guitar, and her own voice as her weapons of choice, Angela Sheik pours forth an anthem for anyone who has ever felt they were destined for something more. The instrumentation mixed with the lyrics provides a solid environment for someone who can't seem to get it right, but can be seen working hard to change the alignment of their stars.
The Noisy Soul (The Noisy Soul)
Electronic tinged pop-punk/emo song that bids goodbye with very catchy melodies, infectious grooves, and a unique mixture of acoustic guitars and synths. "Go find somebody else!"
The Noisy Soul (The Noisy Soul)
Stripped down acoustic version of The Noisy Soul's very catchy "GO!" The song takes on a more wistful vibe with the much calmer and quieter arrangement.
Sabrina Duke (Sabrina Duke)
Rock song intermixed with soul, giving the song an attitude of a scorned woman getting back at her ex by showing what he is missing. The song can be used in a scene, where a woman either gets revenge on her ex or if the male wants to come back, that she does not accepts his apology.
Dreary indie song that contemplates settling down and moving on. With a very detached and numb sounding vocal that drips out over a somber and dreamlike musical bed.
Synth Pop / Rock song that's very cinematic. Has a modern Alan Parsons Project feel. Lyrics about dreaming about the one that got away, only to have her torn away again by waking up.
Acoustic breakup song reflecting on the end of a relationship.
Tangello Blue (Freshly Squeezed)
Song about still being in love with someone who has walked out of your life or who is bad for your life. Very Kurt Cobain "esque" sound
Nearly York (Time Alone) ** instrumental version **
Wistful piano melodies adorned with atmospheric guitars and strings. Evokes feelings of loss and redemption.
Sherri Mullen (Fearless)
Sad ballad about holding on to a doomed relationship...desperate and lonely
A gentle guitar ballad that conjures up feelings of reflection and contentment. Good for a scene where a character is embracing a bright future, looking into their past, or walking next to a babbling brook as they experience natures beauty and solitude.
Henry Devorick (Nelson Umbrella)
This dreamy, sexy love song can put you in the mood. Great music for a love scene in a movie.
Sherri Mullen (On The Edge)
About the trials and tribulations of life. What does it take to make it through? "How Fast Can We Dance?"
Fun, uptempo modern take on the old school Motown sound. With lyrics about not caring what others think about you, this is the perfect sassy song for a character to get the point across that they're feeling good, confident, and that no one or thing will bring them down!
The Noisy Soul (The Noisy Soul)
Wistful keyboards, slow grooving drum machines, and yearning vocals that lament having to get going without resolution. The electronics build up with angst as the song crescendos for a final plea "I Don't Wanna Leave"
The Noisy Soul (The Noisy Soul) ** instrumental version **
Starting with a climbing electronic keyboard, the bass and beats slowly build up and calm down before erupting into an emotional and cathartic release with robotic melodies and explosive percussion!
With an arrangement and style that would be right at home at a Renaissance Fair, Jon puts his guard up against strangers. The lyrics describe the lonely feeling of preemptively rejecting potential friends before they can reject you in the future.
Soulful and sexy, this R&B infused track contemplates a relationship that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. She knows she ought to leave, but that doesn't mean it's an easy decision. This song would fit any scene that needs a complicated relationship song, or anything with a smooth R&B vibe.
An electronic ballad about a journey in love.
Soft, dreamy ballad about being lost and trying to find oneself. Would work well in any scene that depicts loss or heartache.
Soft, dreamy ballad about being lost and trying to find oneself. Would work well in any scene that depicts loss or heartache.
Sherri Mullen (Shadows)
This calming, gentle, medium-paced song that reflects on the times where there is a moment of calm and clarity about a difficult situation. This calm and clarity will show that people need to push through and stay the course that they are on, leading them to get it done and everything will be fine.
Upbeat country with attitude, about falling for "Mr. Wrong" and wishing you had the strength to stop the disruptive relationship!
Latin tinged song about someone who's a bit of a Debbie Downer / contrarian type: pulls the fourth leaf off a four leaf clover, burns flowers from her boyfriend, rejects the singer's fashion sense. And yet the singer can't help but still care for her and want to be kept posted on how she's doing.
Sabrina Duke (Sabrina Duke)
Funky, soulful song that describes a women's hardship after a rough relationship with her lover ends. This can be used in either for a break up/fight scene or for a couple that is going through a divorce, where there is a feeling of remorse.
This singer-songwriter love song features sincere and romantic lyrics. The dreamy acoustic guitar part and duet vocals are perfect for sweet, romantic movies.
November Lounge (Therapy)
After messing up their relationship, he begs for her to take him back in an uptempo jam featuring saxophone.
Sherri Mullen (Rise)
Haunting bluesy vocals layered on top of a single acoustic guitar and bass, with piano highlights added in for good measure . . . this song is all about never quitting and making the best out of your current situation. "I'm down but I'm not out, yeah I can take it . . . cause life is what you make it!".
Sherri Mullen (Mask)
We all have scars...this is about trying to find your way "back home"...back to the light that you know exists. Reflective and hopeful...good trying to overcome the darkness.
Egon and the Slimers (Blow Up The Sun)
A four minute epic, this song evolves greatly as it progresses. Features Moog synthsizers, distinctive vocal harmonies, and an explosive climax.
Lucas Gienow (Lost In The City - Single)
Featuring electronic artist Cam Alexander, Lost in the City is an upbeat yet reflective pop-electronic song about feeling lost, whether the feeling comes from romance, moving to a new place, or from life in general. With Zedd-esque builds and instrumental drops and a catchy chorus, this song is a great fit for all kinds of visual projects.
Elegant, soft piano ballad that would work well in any scene where a romance is flourishing.
SM2 (Strange Symmetry)
Song about lust and love and learning the difference. Bluesy up-tempo acoustic jam. Sounds like Bonnie Rait, Sheryl Crow.
Henry Devorick (Nelson Umbrella)
Henry Devorick sings a heart-wrenching tune about an old flame, Luna. This dreamscape piano ballad will have you longing for an unrequited love.
Kali Rodgers (The Deepest Blue)
Old lovers meet again after three years of silence and share a night of love one more time, marking the Marriott On East a memory of what was. Using guitar accompaniment, would work for somber break-up scene.
Sherri Mullen (Mask)
Wandering, longingly trying to figure out where you fit in this world, suffocated by the "mask" that you must wear with courage, and strength...trying to break free. Deep, reflective, isolated...reaching out for help.
Surreal Nation (Get a Little Closer EP)
Acoustic rock/alt folk song with fed up angsty lyrics that have had enough! Could be good for scenes of domestic spats
Simple piano with flute and guitar. Elegant and graceful.
Piano and synthesizers; graceful piece with a sad feeling.
Sherri Mullen (Mask)
Song full of faith, hope,and inner strength... about finding the inner strength to step out of the shadow of others and become your own person.
Upbeat song with spunk and attitude, ala Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Casey Musgraves. This woman knows what she wants in love, and is not afraid to make it crystal clear that this fellow has no chance of winning her heart!
Sabrina Duke (Sabrina Duke)
This song has a soulful groove, with some funk added in. The song is about a breakup between a man and a woman and the guy is trying to get back at his old girlfriend by dating another girl right in front of her. This can be used during a break up scene or either during a scene, where a man or woman are in another relationship, trying to make the other person from the last relationship jealous.
Definitely downtrodden and weary. Filled with major Downs and minor Ups, maintains a sense of defeat or death. Could be used as a tragic hero's "Last supper" theme, as he/she indulges in their favorite final meal before their foreseen demise.
SM2 (Strange Symmetry)
A sweet guitar ballad about the bad and the good that follows it. A hopeful anthem. A mix of country and the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood".
Sherri Mullen (Mask)
Retro rock song about all the good, bad, and ugly things love can do to you, yet still you take the chance and fall. Good for passionate scenes.
Nearly York (Time Alone)
A barrage of funk guitars, syncopated stop-start beats, and sidewinding keyboards cascade over a catchy melody about the frustrations of a "loves me / loves me not" relationship.
Starts off acoustic and simple before building up to a dramatic song about someone who feels they are past their prime or at least considered by others to be past their prime...
Sherri Mullen (On The Edge)
Scorned woman, throwing away cheating lovers possessions, making him hurt back, revenge
A light-hearted, almost comical combination of a story about a stalker or ex-lover coming to the singers house and a contrasting soft and jazzy instrumentation.
Sheridan Ave (Our Love) Courtesy of: VALE Records
This driving pop-rock song tells the story of a sultry affair.
Lucas Gienow Courtesy of: VALE Records
Featuring Electronic artist Cam Alexander, Lucas Gienow gives the Sheridan Ave song "Our Love" a synth-driven new sound.
J and The 9s (Birth)
Hard rock song with female vocals that shuts down the hopes of any guy thinking he's got a shot with this woman. Features an aggressive rhythm section and an electrifying guitar solo.
Epic classic rock feel. A goodbye song featuring harmonies, synths, and lots of guitar!
A vulnerably sung acoustic song that suggests a resolution to relationship issues in the form of a letter. Rather than following a strict storyline, DeSantis paints a lyrical picture of tension and reflection that allows the listener to fill in the blanks with their own personal experiences.
Nearly York (Time Alone)
This beautiful mixture of acoustic guitar, male and female vocals, keyboards, and spacey sounds paints a delicate picture that mourns a loss and reflects on what was, what is, and what could have been.
SM2 (Strange Symmetry) ** instrumental version **
Sad, lonely acoustic guitar ballad with harmonica highlights that tug at the heart strings. Definitely a relationship song...you can feel the loneliness and longing in this one.
SM2 (Strange Symmetry)
A touching acoustic ballad about losing love. A relationship you thought would last forever ending. Sounds like a Rolling Stones ballad
MILEUNDER (Bedtime Stories)
Rock song exploring the cat and mouse dynamics of a relationship and the fight or flight feeling of needing to run, run, run away!
Sherri Mullen (Shadows)
Slow, melancholy piece that can play with the emotions. There is some hope near the end, but the song still has that overwhelming sad feeling. Can be used in a scene about a break-up of a long relationship or a marriage gone wrong.
Sherri Mullen (On The Edge)
Life has it's ups and downs, but this song is about finding a way to rise above the negativity and grab some satisfaction for yourself! Bluesy, high energy, and lots of attitude...plus some bad ass guitar solos after each verse!
Sherri Mullen (Shadows)
This is an emotional song that focuses on being lost in despair, not knowing what to do next and keep going backward and not forward. The can be used in a scene where someone has lost their way, physically and emotionally, and needs help out, but there is none.
Tangello Blue (Freshly Squeezed)
Boy gets into drugs,girl watching him fade away and contemplating leaving him. Thoughtful sad verses, from both boy and girl perspective, and soaring chorus in the style of Pearl Jam
Jazzy indie rock with a gradual build. There's a sense of urgency. Could work in scenes dealing with illness, death, hard times, etc.
Sherri Mullen (Shadows)
This light, calming song describes the feeling of someone becoming one with themselves, growing and conquering all of the fears that held them down before. This can be used in a scene where a boy or girl were in horrible situations growing up, but they overcame them and broke out to "stretch their wings."
Kelly Hoppenjans (Simple Thing.)
Soft, jazzy, reflective song that faces that sink or swim moment in an uncertain relationship.
Nearly York (Time Alone)
Modern jazz feel, this song paints a picture of spending time in Seattle, calling to mind the movie by the same title. Features a wonderful electric piano solo
Egon and the Slimers (Blow Up The Sun)
Energetic hard rock song that burns along at full speed with lyrics that may or may not be serious: "I'm a perfect person, I only hurt you 'cuz I meant to do so" are delivered with aloof detachment.
Donovan Rice brings us a tune that hits home with anyone who has been head-over-heels in love, then kicked to the curb by heartbreak. The hurricane of heartache and hope hurls the listener into the wind as Donovan relays his message to the 'one that got away'.
Egon and the Slimers (Blow Up The Sun)
Psychedelic blend of heavy electric guitars, trippy moog synths, pounding drums, and numb vocals to provide a multi-faceted kiss off!
Moody, driving, aggressive, trippy alternative rock touching on internal struggles of good and evil. Evolving instrumentation that builds up and then calms down with a very dramatic ending.
Nearly York (Time Alone)
Jazzy guitar and piano create a tense musical bed for this lyric lamenting the grounded feeling of being stuck in a rut in a humdrum existence. Worst of all "you stopped coming round to take me higher"
Starts off as an acoustic number before getting orchestral with strings and epic percussion. Lyrics about trying to understand each other.
Piano pop ballad heavy on the electronics. Perfect for any scenes involving bad relationships or pining for one's ex.
Elegant and fancy piece that reminds one of a classic romance story.
Sabrina Duke (Sabrina Duke)
: Soulful song that has a funk aspect in it. This song describes a situation, where a man asks a former girlfriend to take him back, but she does not. This song can be used for break-up scenes or for scenes where the man comes back for forgiveness from the former girlfriend.
November Lounge (Therapy)
Mellow, lyric driven song about second chances and moving on.
Sherri Mullen (Mask)
Breaking free from a bad relationship - deciding to walk away
Slow, sensitive piano melody with sublte string accompaniment. Evokes the scene of one wandering listlessly, remembering the good old days with his/her now long gone love. But they'll always be together in the picture that commemorated that one perfect day...
Piano and subtle orchestration are featured in this somber piece of music. Sounds like the soundtrack accompanying the remorse and reflection following a terrible tragic event. Ideal for scenes to enhance the feeling of sadness, lost, and fading nostalgia
Sherri Mullen (Shadows)
Even though the relationship is done, there is still love there for the loved one that left inside. There is just a small glimmer of hope that the feeling of love will come back, but there might not be a chance.
Nearly York (Time Alone) ** instrumental version **
Dramatic piano and strings with an "overcoming the hard times" vibe, gradually erupting into a full band arrangement with a wistful but positive feeling.
Folky indie song demanding for some decisiveness! Bluegrassy like Mumford and Sons; poppy like Jason Mraz. Perfect for scenes about indecisive relationships that need a quirky song!
Sheridan Ave (Our Love) Courtesy of: VALE Records
This folky-alternative song prominently features acoustic guitar and a driving kick and snare groove. The singer is sitting on the beach somewhere and reminiscing about a lost love-interest.
Nearly York (Time Alone)
A fresh, radio ready, pop version of an angsty reflective song reminiscing about a lost love, arranged and performed by the hot new band "Nearly York".
Sabrina Duke (Sabrina Duke)
This song has a funky sound, with some soulful aspects. The song is about a female that wants to be in a relationship with her man, but he does not want to get to close. This song can be used in scenes that deal with a relationship in trouble or during a sensual scene where one of the characters does not want to continue.
SM2 (Strange Symmetry) ** instrumental version **
Soft, lonely piano ballad that builds from a gentle ballad to a Muse, Evanescense like rock song. Song kicks in with heavy drums and distorted guitar in the bridge. Has tension and would work for anything from relationship scenes, to loss, thought, travel, discovery, and more! You can feel the sadness...
Sabrina Duke (Sabrina Duke)
Soulful song with attitude. The song can be used in a scene that has a woman going up against the bigger male or female figure, where they stand up for themselves or others around them.
Aversion Theory (Welcome To Your Life)
Goth-like song about a love-hate relationship with a catchy electric guitar, steady drum beat, and embellishing industrial sounds.
Macrides French Music **Male Version**
Dramatic pop/R&B with lush piano and soulful vocals. Lyrically contemplates the "What If"s in a relationship and determines that even if the worst should come, "your love was worth it all". Will work perfectly for most romantic scenes, especially those with a "will they / won't they" vibe.
Macrides French Music **Female Version**
Dramatic pop/R&B with lush piano and soulful vocals. Lyrically contemplates the "What If"s in a relationship and determines that even if the worst should come, "your love was worth it all". Will work perfectly for most romantic scenes, especially those with a "will they / won't they" vibe.
Sam Machin (In The Stars)
Reflecting back on life's lessons that allowed you to become who you are today and allow you to recognize that life is a beautiful gift.
Egon and the Slimers (Blow Up The Sun)
Nirvana-esque rock that pleads for his lover to come back
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