The Most Popular Breakup Songs Include Taylor Swift and The Weeknd Ballads

published Feb 13, 2021
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Valentine’s Day weekend might be reserved for romance films and love songs, but Pandora knows love isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. That’s why the music streamer recently debuted a list of the most popular breakup ballads on its platform. More specifically, Pandora broke down the breakup stats of former musician lovers to determine which heartbreak anthem generated the most listeners and “thumbs up” in listeners’ libraries. 

So, which tracks came out as the top breakup song? No surprise here, but Olivia Rodrigo’s breakout hit “Drivers License” emerged as one of the top breakup tracks. The heartbreak ballad beat out “Anyone Else” by Joshua Bassett, her rumored ex-boyfriend that fans have speculated “Drivers License” to be about, by more thumbs ups.

“Drivers License” is followed by “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd (analyzed with ex Selena Gomez’s “Souvenir”); “Forever and Always” by Taylor Swift (analyzed with Joe Jonas’ “Much Better”); “Sorry” by Beyoncé (analyzed with husband Jay-Z’s “4:44”); “Two Ghosts” by Harry Styles (analyzed with Swift’s “Out of the Woods”); “Shout Out to My Ex” by Little Mix/Perrie Edwards (analyzed with Zayn Malik’s “Fool For You”); and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber (analyzed with Gomez’s “The Heart Wants What it Wants”). 

Pandora’s remaining list of popular breakup songs are as follows:

  • “Dear John” by Taylor Swift
  • “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “Obsessed” by Mariah Carey
  • “Got My Name Changed Back” by Pistol Annies
  • “I Need a Girl Part 1” by P. Diddy (feat. Usher and Loon)
  • “Used to Love You” by Gwen Stefani
  • “Still Feel Like Your Man” by John Mayer
  • “Don’t” by Ed Sheeran
  • “Put a Little Love on Me” by Niall Horan
  • “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake

Need a Valentine’s playlist this weekend? Check out Pandora’s Love Songs Radio, Love Radio, Love Stinks Radio, Break-Up Songs Radio and Infamous Breakup Songs Playlist.