40 Best Songs About Toxic Relationships

Written by Harini Natarajan

Getting out of a toxic relationship is never easy. It can take months, even years, to come to terms with the fact that you may need to end things at the earliest. During this time, there’s often an internal dialogue where you try and convince yourself why staying in the relationship is good for you.

In such situations, discovering songs — that reassure you that you are not the only one going through it — can make a significant difference in your emotional well-being. In this article, we have listed 40 songs that may help you get through a toxic relationship. Scroll down to take a peek!

Signs Your Relationship Is Toxic

If you are not sure if the relationship with your significant other is toxic, here are some signs:

  • You always feel like you have done something wrong when your partner gets angry with you. Similarly, they feel like they can never do anything right in your eyes either.
  • Your partner doesn’t realize that their actions have consequences. They engage in risky behaviors and blame you when something goes wrong.
  • You don’t feel comfortable being vulnerable with your partner because they always seem to use this against you.

If you can relate to these signs, these songs may help you out! 40 relatable songs about unhealthy relationships:

1. Love On The Brain – Rihanna

The lyrics of the song seem to be describing the singer’s life. The narrator is drawn to a lover who wounds her and then mends her.

2. Irresistible – Fall Out Boy

The lyrics describe a coercive relationship in which the victim finds “undeniable.” Bassist Pete Wentz said it reminded him of a scene in which Sid Vicious beat his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

3. Mad Love – Jojo

Sometimes, the feelings are so powerful that you stay in the relationship because it is so thrilling. You get passion and craziness, even though it may not be beneficial to your health. It is so profuse and tremendous that you think you can fix everything.

4. Fancy – Iggy Azalea Ft Charli XCX

This song is about a white girl who constantly questions her relationship with a poor black guy, even though she likes him. It is also about being insecure because he comes from a different background.

5. Closer – The Chainsmokers Ft Halsey

The song is about a couple who rekindle their romance after being separated for four years. It is dedicated to those who reconnect with their ex and remember the reasons for their breakup.

6. Cold – Maroon 5

The song is about a relationship that has gone sour. The couple isn’t sure how it started, but they know that something is wrong and that they can’t pretend anymore.

7. Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

A man living his life not paying attention to his partner and not caring about it: He describes moments where he gets too happy and free that he ends up feeling guilty because of their relationship. But he can’t help himself anyway.

8. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – Zayn, Taylor Swift

The song describes a toxic relationship on both sides. Both have their own issues to deal with, which makes it hard for them to be together. One of the two is always more invested, causing the other one to feel suffocated.

9. Bad Things – Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello

The song paints a dark picture of a toxic relationship by describing physical and sexual abuse. The victim is unable to leave although she knows that the situation is hurting her.

10. Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran

The protagonist is trying to break up with someone they have met at a bar. They spend an amazing night. However, she attempts to break it off, saying she doesn’t know him well to be in a relationship like this.

11. Toxic – Britney Spears

This song is about a girl who is addicted to a guy. He’s not good for her and makes her feel bad about herself. She doesn’t take any of that into consideration because he’s the only one making her feel alive.

12. Love The Way You Lie – Rihanna Ft Eminem

The girl became used to negative relationships, and she preferred them in some ways. She has been dating someone who appears to abuse her often. However, she finds him ‘amazing’ for his lying abilities.

13. Hotter Than Hell – Dua Lipa

The narrator and her lover embrace each other’s worst qualities. She says, “This is not love; it’s an intense attraction that is both dangerous and fascinating.”

14. Unfaithful – Rihanna

The lyrics are about a lady who is cheating on her partner and discovers that he has found out. Seeing what it’s doing to him, she begins to regret the affair.

15. Numb – Linkin Park

The narrator is in a terrible state of mind due to the pressure from his parents. He lacks the bravery to speak with them about the problem. However, his dissatisfaction is apparent since his parents see that he isn’t who they want him to be.

16. Stitches – Shawn Mendes

The narrator’s ex-girlfriend shattered his heart; he was in the worst condition imaginable. The singer compares the situation to severe knife cuts, which have physically exhausted him.

17. I Hate U, I Love U – Gnash Ft Olivia O’Brien

A couple has parted ways. Their love for one another, however, is not totally gone yet because their affection for each other hasn’t fully died away. They are angry at each other, yet they are still in love.

18. Butterfly – Mariah Carey

Mariah wrote “Butterfly” about herself, not about someone else. It’s the song she wished her ex-husband would sing to her. She thought they would get back together at the time but later decided that they could never reunite.

19. Love Lockdown – Kanye West

The singer was in a strong romantic relationship. Their union is causing him so much mental anguish that he feels moving on would be the best thing for both. He knows instinctively that he does not love her as much as she deserves from him.

20. Kill For You – Skylar Grey

Skylar is so besotted with her guy that she would be willing to murder someone for him. Eminem’s verse shows him to be ruthless, having brainwashed his girlfriend into becoming his accomplice in crime. The individuals they play are inspired by a 1930s criminal pair.

21. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

“Bad Romance” is about Gaga’s infatuation with individuals who can’t seem to find love. It’s about her preference for lonely relationships and her paranoia on the road.

22. Leavin’ – Jesse McCartney

“Leavin” was regarded as a departure from Jesse’s youth image as it had a more adult theme and sound. The lyrics describe Jesse looking at a woman’s posterior, intending to steal her away from her boyfriend.

23. Rolling In The Deep – Adele

The narrator is dealing with depression because her spouse betrayed her. She was abused by or self-hurt due to it but didn’t care since she loved him. He didn’t love her back.

24. Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz

It’s about breaking a woman’s heart unintentionally. Taio explains, “It’s more that I’m just a single guy who tries to be and remain single. When you are in that position, you may attract someone who wants to join what you are about. You aren’t ready for a relationship, and you can’t give them what they want.”

25. Playing With Fire – Thomas Rhett

It is about a guy and a girl who know their relationship is terrible. They enjoy this sort of discomfort that they inflict on each other. They love playing with fire, and the flame is both of them together.

26. I Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

This song is about a girl who falls for a terrible guy who does anything he wants with her, so she loathes herself because she can’t control him.

27. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

This song is straightforward and paints a vivid picture. She claims this love was the first time she just went in without thinking, which wrecked them both.

28. Don’t Hurt Like It Used To – Grace Carter

You may have been wounded and abandoned, but this does not negate your right to joy. You may have essentially destroyed everything, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rebuild.

29. Better by Myself – Hey Violet

For those weary of being used and mistreated physically, mentally, and emotionally, this song is for you.

30. Let It Be – The Beatles (Remastered 2009)

You just need to let things take their course. Let go of stuff that makes you unhappy, and sooner or later, you will be happy.

31. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber

The song is a wake-up call for anyone trapped in an abusive relationship. There is nothing to be gained from a connection that takes all of your energy.

32. Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.

Remember that the world is a big place, and someone, somewhere, feels the same way you do.

33. Stay – Rihanna Ft. MikkyEkko

It’s fine to weep your heart out while listening to this song. After all, if you genuinely want to move on, you must endure all of the sufferings.

34. We Are Never Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

The song is about a girl furious with an ex-boyfriend after a breakup. While love is at the heart of the tale, it emphasizes fortitude and the ability to let go.

35. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

This song is for anybody who wants to repair a broken heart but isn’t sure how. It’s as if it was created to help you in the process of mending, letting go, and moving on.

36. Ex Factor – Lauryn Hill

You keep hoping that things will get better and go back to how they were. However, they actually get worse. You feel you are stuck on this ride – without any clue of where, when, and how to leave.

37. Good Girls (Don’t Grow on Trees) – Cris Cab

This was the song that your ex would scream to himself for the rest of his life.

38. Insensitive – Jan Arden

Throughout the song, you hear a desperate inner pleading to forget all of their wonderful times together and a mental debate with someone seeking to resolve things.

39. Staind – Epiphany

It’s easy for us to hate people we care about, even if they aren’t doing anything wrong. Sometimes, the person we despise is ourselves because we can’t get rid of feelings for someone else, regardless of how much it hurts us.

40. Take A Bow – Rihanna

It’s difficult to force ourselves to despise someone when we really want to love them.

Music has the power to heal and inspire, but it can also provide a sense of comfort. If you are struggling with your toxic relationship or want to move on, you may want to listen to these songs.

If the story of your bad relationship still seems fresh in your mind, finding songs that speak to you will remind you that you are not alone and there is a better future ahead of you.

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As Chief Editor, Harini sets the tone and editorial direction for StyleCraze to deliver engaging, interesting, and authentic content revolving around women's health, wellness, and beauty. She has over 14 years of experience in content writing and editing for online media. She specializes in the areas of Beauty, Lifestyle, and Health & Wellness and is proficient in Medical Sciences (Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Biochemistry). Her background in Biomedical Engineering helps her decode and interpret the finer nuances of scientific research for her team. Harini is a certified bibliophile and a closet poet. She also loves dancing and traveling to offbeat destinations.