No matter how, when or why they happen, breakups almost always suck! There’s a lot of reminiscing, wallowing, and self-care that goes into bouncing back from the pain of heartbreak.
And did we mention the tears and eventual anger that precede the stage of acceptance?
Healing and moving on is a long winding process, and Bollywood gets it. Whether you’re looking to shed the pain with your tears, or need encouragement to get back on your feet, here are some of the best Bollywood breakup songs to help you through the sorrow.
Related: Your Heartbreak Survival Guide: Don’t Let that Breakup Break You
1. Agar Tum Saath Ho, Tamasha
Is it even a surprise that this heart wrenching classic is where we’ve chosen to begin? I don’t know about you, but even in regular non-heartbreak circumstances, this melancholic track always has me bawling. “Pal bhar theher jao, dil yeh sambhal jaaye. Kaise tumhe roka karun?” Isn’t this how we all feel in the immediate aftermath of a painful breakup?
2. Tujhe Bhula Diya, Anjaana Anjaani
Speaking of heartbreak classics, there was a time when every heartbreak was graced by this relatable AF breakup song on repeat. And we knew those lyrics, Punjabi and all, by heart!
3. Bin Tere, I Hate Luv Storys
While the jury’s still out on the likeability of this film, it sure gave us this bittersweet melody to hum as we woefully stare out the window and ponder over our luck with love.
4. Tu Jaane Na, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Of unrequited love, heartbreak and questions left unanswered, Atif Aslam nailed this song which gives us all the feels.
5. Kahin To Hogi Woh, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Ahh, if you want to embrace the post-breakup wishful thinking, this beautiful song is the way to go.
6. Tu Hi Re, Bombay
If there’s anyone who has truly mastered the art of expressing and emoting through music, it’s the brilliant A.R. Rahman. Add Hariharan and Kavita Krishnamurthy’s soulful voices and you’ve got yourself the perfect dose to kickstart the waterworks.
7. Sach Keh Raha Hai Deewana, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
Yet another masterpiece by Rahman, this song encapsulates the hopelessness and betrayal that one feels in the aftermath of being jilted. I mean, what could have encapsulated it better than “Jhoothe hain yaar ke vaade saare, jhoothi hain pyaar ki kasmein”?
8. Tum Hi Ho, Aashiqui 2
There was no way this fervent track was going to escape our minds when speaking of Bollywood breakup songs. And who can forget the iconic forehead kiss under a jacket in the rain?
9. Tune Jo Na Kaha, New York
Those post-breakup flashbacks hurt the most. Thinking about the happily-ever-after future you’d planned in your head is what this song is all about.
10. Channa Mereya, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
If there was to be a Bollywood breakup anthem for all of Gen Z and even some millennials, this would be it. Oh, and while we’re at it, Arijit Singh and Ranbir Kapoor seem to be worthy of being called the kings of heartbreak.
11. The Breakup Song, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Alright, so if you’re done with the grieving bit and ready to get back on your feet, let’s get you started now. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil gave us two completely different, yet equally iconic, Bollywood breakup songs — one to wail to, and another to groove to.
12. Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai, Tamasha
Here’s a peppy track that basically encapsulates the essence of what heartache feels like for a lot of us. If nothing else, this song is bound to remind you that you’re not alone in your struggle to overcome the pain.
13. Dooriyan Bhi Hai Zaroori, Break Ke Baad
This track will be your jam once you’ve finally accepted that sometimes it’s simply just not meant to be.
14. Move On, Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Exactly what the title says. Soon enough, you’ll realise that your badass self is the only one who’s truly deserving of all your love and efforts, and then there’s just no turning back.
Bonus Track: Emotional Attyachar, Dev D
And once you’re all done with the tedious getting over and healing yourself bits, and finally at a stage where you’re ready to laugh at your past predicaments, here’s how you do it!
So, there you have it. A truly diverse list of Bollywood breakup songs to croon, cry, and even dance to. Oh, and if you’re the type who likes to break a sweat to get over a broken heart, here’s the perfect Bollywood workout playlist for you.
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