Hi, Your Sad Girl Playlist Needs These 23 New Weep-Worthy Songs (2022)

As much as the world needs fun pump-up songs and sappy love songs for those times when ya need a pick-me-up, it’s also important to have music on deck for whenever you’re due for a cathartic cry sesh. ’Cause truly, what’s better than throwing on some sad tunes and having a good sob? The answer: nothing!! And while we were gifted some truly heart-wrenching ballads in 2021, the best sad songs of 2022 may just have ’em beat. No matter your current mood (or relationship status), they are must-listens for when you’re feeling weepy.

From Shawn Mendes’s heartbreaking hit about his real-life split from Camila Cabello to Lauren Spencer-Smith’s viral breakup anthem that’s all over TikTok, this year’s saddest songs perfectly encapsulate feelings of loss, loneliness, and unrequited love—and damn, do they hit hard. While listening to them may just break your heart in two, these songs will also remind you that you’re not *totally* alone in how you feel, which is somewhat reassuring, no? Ahead, all the best heartbreak and breakup songs from 2022 that’ll get you right in the feels.

1

"complex (demo)," by Katie Gregson-MacLeod

Let's begin with the obvious: the song that infiltrated every corner of TikTok for months, inspiring other songwriters on the app to duet the original chorus with musings of their own.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: I need him like watеr / He lives on a landslide / I cry in his bathroom / Hе turns off the big light

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2

"Better Version," by FLETCHER

The most heartbreaking track off FLETCHER's debut album, Girl Of My Dreams, "Better Version" explores the most painful all-too-relatable aspect of a breakup: watching someone else get the "better version" of the person you lost.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: It's always the next person / That gets the better version / 'Cause baby, I loved you at your worst / And I fixed your heart, but mine still hurts / And now some other person / Is gonna get the better version of you

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3

"And i'd go a thousand miles," by Montell Fish

Montell Fish's latest album, JAMIE, is full of sad tracks from start to finish, no skips. The entire album is a processing of grief, and when you realize that, this track is even more devastating.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: And I still can't find you / Where did you go? / And my feet so tired / But this love I hold

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4

"LET THE GRASS GROW," by Ruel

This one is sad, but not breakup sad. It's more of a "the planet is burning and I'm feeling hopeless" sad.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: There's nothing to fill this void / Start turning into sorrows / So I lay here soaking the sand in my bed / What a day to regret

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5

"In The Kitchen," by Reneé Rapp

Broadway alum and breakout star of HBO Max's The Sex Lives of College Girls, Reneé Rapp dropped two new singles this year, one of them being this breakup ballad that hurts so good.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: So I'll dance with your ghost in the living room / And I'll play the piano alone / But I'm too scared to delete all our videos' / Cause it's real once everyone knows

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6

"Matilda," by Harry Styles

Play it louder for the sad kids in the back! The most somber track off Harry Styles's latest album, Harry's House, "Matilda" was inspired both by the classic novel Matilda and by a person Harry knew who struggled with a less-than-loving family.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: Nothing about the way that you were treated ever seemed especially alarming 'til now / So you tie up your hair and you smile like it's no big deal

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7

"Something In The Orange," by Zach Bryan

This breakup track brought Zach Bryan from #9 to #1 on Billboard's "Emerging Artists" chart and, like any great tearjerker, has grown legs on TikTok.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: There's orange dancin' in your eyes from bulb light / Your voice only trembles when you try to speak / Take me back to us dancin', this wood used to creak

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8

“The 30th,” by Billie Eilish

If you’re looking for a sad song that will take you on a journey through a specific story, look no further. Billie’s newest song is about coping with a friend’s terrible car accident.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: And I know you don’t remember calling me / But I told you even then you looked so pretty / In a hospital bed / I remember you said you were scared / And so was I.

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9

"Nostalgia," by Suki Waterhouse

This is for the one you still can't get over.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: I talk about the past like I talk about you / I leave out every little thing that I don't like remembering / I miss you more than I say I do

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10

“Glimpse of Us,” by Joji

Guarantee you’ve heard at least a few bars of this on TikTok, but take a moment to listen to the whole song through and you’ll be a puddle on the floor.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: Tell me he savors your glory / Does he laugh the way I did? / Is this a part of your story? / One that I had never lived.

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11

“Family Line,” by Conan Gray

Conan Gray sure fed his fans an entire album’s worth of sad songs, but “Family Line” is the most heart-wrenching, and it’s deeply personal to the artist on top of being devastating.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: Oh, all that I did to try to undo it / All of my pain and all your excuses / I was a kid but I wasn’t clueless / (Someone who loves you wouldn’t do this).

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12

“Anybody Else,” by Faouzia

Faouzia’s beautiful song about love gone wrong really showcases her voice, which you can appreciate through your own sympathetic tears.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: Can we go back to a time when / You were just a stranger and my heart was strong? / It’s a cruel love, never-ending / Looking here for something, but it’s gone, gone, gone.

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13

“It’ll Be Okay,” by Shawn Mendes

Released following his split from Camila Cabello (nope, still not over it), this weepy song from Shawn Mendes hits HARD.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: Oh, the future we dreamed of is fading to black / Oh, there’s nothing more painful / Nothing more painful.

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14

“Doppelgänger,” by Joshua Bassett

There is literally no denying that this breakup ballad from Joshua Bassett is about Olivia Rodrigo (especially after you watch the music video).

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: I know we’re getting older / We’re moving on and over / But everywhere I go, I see your face.

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15

“Fingers Crossed,” by Lauren Spencer-Smith

This breakup anthem from American Idol alum Lauren Spencer-Smith went mega-viral on TikTok for a reason: It’s relatable AF.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: Making plans to travel round the world / Said we’d always put each other first / Old love songs we used to play to / Funny, now I hate you.

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16

“Hate Me if It Helps,” by Alexander 23

Cowritten by Olivia Rodrigo, Alexander 23’s latest single reflects on his own experiences with heartbreak, which is probs why it cuts so deep.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: Do you wonder if I’m with someone new now? / If her clothes are in the drawer you used to take up in my room? / Yeah, I bet you think I never think about / You anymore, and god, I wish that that were true.

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17

“Softly,” by Arlo Parks

Anyone who’s ever dealt with the confusion and desperation of a dying relationship will be able to relate to this devastating new single from Arlo Parks.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: If I upset you, could you maybe say so? / Has something changed, have I just missed the memo? / Tell me what I don’t know.

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18

“Invincible,” by Omar Apollo feat. Daniel Caesar

While the music video for Omar Apollo’s “Invincible” is delightfully trippy, the lyrics will definitely break your damn heart.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: I had to call you back to tell you that / You could have spared my feelings / I’m not invincible.

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19

“When You Look at Me,” by Sara Kays

Is there anything more devastating than realizing the person you love no longer feels the same way? Probably not, tbh (but fret not—Sara Kays feels your pain).

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: You keep saying you don’t remember / Hate that I have to tell you / How you told me I remind you of the moon / And you’d hold me and that now you never do.

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20

“Shadow of Mine,” by Alec Benjamin

Alec Benjamin’s latest is all about the challenges that come with learning to love yourself, including those dark parts you’d rather ditch for good.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: It goes everywhere I go / It won’t ever let me go / This shadow, this shadow of mine / We grapple, we battle, but we / Are shackled for eternity.

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21

“Out of Time,” by The Weeknd

The Weeknd’s latest album, Dawn FM, is chock-full of weepy songs, but “Out of Time” (which is all about the regret you feel when you lose the one) will really bring the tears.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: And I remember when I held you / You begged me with your drowning eyes to stay / And I regret I didn’t tell you / Now I can’t keep you from loving him, you made up your mind.

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22

“Birthday Cake,” by Dylan Conrique

Inspired by a friend who lost her mom to cervical cancer, Dylan Conrique’s “Birthday Cake” is a must-listen for anyone who’s ever lost someone they love too soon.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: Win or lose, she was always on your side / Never missed a match / And when you see the moon / Do you remember? / She loved you there and back.

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23

“If You Ever Change Your Mind,” by Calum Scott

Ya know that feeling when you never stopped loving someone and desperately want them back, even though it’s probs not gonna happen? Yeah, Calum Scott gets it.

Most Heartbreaking Lyric: And when I’m alone for long enough / And the rain hits the pavement and lights are like that / I think of you / And if I held you one last time.

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Corinne SullivanContributing WriterCorinne Sullivan is a digital writer and editor who covers a variety of beats, including lifestyle, entertainment, relationships, holidays and more.

Courtney YoungCourtney Young is a freelance writer covering all things entertainment and pop culture, having previously written for Betches, Mic, and The Cut.

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