In the beginning, it was all fast heartbeats and crazy eyes, but now you’re left with that feeling of being alone again. In this article, we will list the best Hip hop R&B Breakup Songs of the 80s, 2000s, and old school whether it’s for guys, males or girls.
Some people reflect and get stuck clicking repeat on all those old memories, reliving what went wrong. (Sorry, but you can’t go back.)
Others reach the depths of their survivor spirit. What will you do?
Here’s a list of the winner’s songs, showing various reactions to breakups, heartbreaks, and relationship highs. Enjoy listening and get inspired!
Hip-Hop Breakup Songs
- Kanye West “Heartless” (2008). “Heartless” was released as a promotional single 20 days before the official release of 808s and Heartbreak and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts while topping both the Rhythmic and Hot Rap Songs charts. The single is certified 6x platinum and is Kanye’s third best-selling single, behind “Stronger” and “Gold Digger.”
- Childish Gambino “Heartbeat” (2011). Heartbeat” is a song about The One, and not being able to have or be with her. It expresses the complicated emotions that can occur when you’re sleeping with girls you don’t love and are still messing around with the ones you do.
- J. Cole “Nothing Lasts Forever” (2011). Left over track from J. Cole’s debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. This song finds Cole reminiscing over a relationship gone bad. This track samples They Don’t Care About Us, by the one and only “King Of Pop”, Michael Jackson.
- Jay-Z “Song Cry” (2001). Song Cry” is an emotional ballad in which Jay describes the pain of a long-term relationship ending, caused by his professional schedule and personal philandering. Since his pride and masculinity don’t allow him to visibly show his emotions, he employs the tear-jerking lyrics to do it instead.
- Ne-Yo “So Sick” (2005)
- Nas “Undying Love” (1999)
- Drake “Marvin’s Room” (2011)
- Tyler, The Creator “IFHY” (2013)
- Cardi B- Be careful
- Post Malone I Fall Apart
- TLC Creep
- Tyrese Gibson- How You Gonna Act Like That
- Chris Brown- Say Goodbye
- Jagged Edge- Goodbye
- Bow Wow- Outta My System
Old school R&B breakup songs from the 80s / 2021
- ‘Ex-Factor,’ Lauryn Hill. The second single off Ms. Hill’s classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The song is aimed at former Fugees bandmate, Wyclef Jean.
- ‘Can’t Let Go,’ Anthony Hamilton. Can’t Let Go” is an R&B–soul song written by American singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton and songwriter/producer Mark Batson for Hamilton’s third album, Ain’t Nobody Worryin’ (2005). Released as the album’s lead single in October 2005 and produced by Batson, it debuted at number seventy-six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs the week of November 5, 2005; there, it had a whopping sixty-eight-week chart run, peaking at number thirteen. On the Billboard Hot 100, where it entered at number ninety-three the week of March 18, 2006, the stay was much more brief (nineteen weeks), as was its peak position (number seventy-one)
- ‘Irreplaceable,’ Beyonce. “Irreplaceable” is the ultimate kiss-off song and ultimately Beyoncé at her peak. The lyrics were originally written by Ne-Yo from a male perspective but later changed when Beyoncé came on board. In it, she destroys some guy’s attempted manipulations of her. While she’s the irreplaceable Queen B, he’s just another disposable guy who she can replace in about 60 seconds, and she doesn’t take his crap about her. Released in 2006, the song was incredibly successful, topping charts worldwide, including in the US for ten weeks. This broke her previous record of nine weeks on top with “Baby Boy.” (Surprisingly, “Crazy in Love” lasted at #1 for only 8 weeks.) It was also the #1 song of 2007, although chart weeks mean that 2007 lasts from about October 2006 – October 2007. As of 2016, it’s still her longest-running number one.
- ‘Everybody Knows,’ John Legend. This song ‘Everybody Knows’ comes from Legend’s album Evolver. Generally, he’s talking about his relationship that is not the best, he wants to make it work but the girl wants to leave. She does leave and gets into another relationship quickly when he still wanted to work things out. He’s saying Everybody knows that there is No Perfect Relationship in existence. All will encounter problems but it’s up to the couple to pull through and work them out.
- ‘Un-Break My Heart,’ Toni Braxton. Un-Break My Heart” is Toni Braxton’s 2nd single released via LaFace Records off of her second studio album, Secrets, with Diane Warren as the writer of this ballad. Braxton, however, expressed dislike for this song, explaining that she didn’t want another “heartbreak track” even though it was a worldwide success, and won her a Grammy Award for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” in 1997. Producer L.A. Reid was able to convince Toni Braxton in the end to record and feature “Un-Break My Heart” in her album.
- ‘So Sick,’ Ne-Yo. Although many believe this to be Ne-Yo’s début single, it was in fact his second single released prior to his debut album In My Own Words, and was his breakthrough into the mainstream as a solo artist as the song peaked at number one in both the USA and UK.
- ‘Not Gon’ Cry,’ Mary J. Blige. “Not Gon’ Cry” went to #2 in the US in early 1996, held from the top spot by Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day”. It also reached the top 40 in the UK and New Zealand. “Not Gon’ Cry” was nominated for a Grammy but lost to Toni Braxton’s “You’re Making Me High”.
- ‘I Need You,’ Mayer Hawthorne.
- Mariah Carey- I Don’t Wanna Cry. The fourth & final #1 single from Mariah Carey’s self-titled debut album, released on April 25, 1991. Produced by Narada Michael Walden, it spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
- Brandy- Brokenhearted. This was one of the three tracks from Brandy’s self-titled album that made it to the Top Ten in the United States. The album version of “Brokenhearted” was written and produced by Keith Crouch and Kipper Jones for the singer’s self-titled debut studio album, “Brandy”.
R&B Male break-up songs
- Prince – I love U, but I don’t trust U anymore
- Ralph Tresvant – Do what I gotta do
- Johnny Gill – 2nd Place
- Teddy Pendergrass – Love TKO
- Boyz 2 men – Doin’ just fine
- Full Force – All in my mind
- New Edition – Leave Me
- Usher – Burn
- After 7 – ‘Til you do me right
- Commodores – Easy
- Jagged Edge –Girl It’s Over
- Milli Vanilli – Girl I’m Gonna Miss You
- Whistle – Whatever Happened 2 us