Everyone experiences heartbreak at some point in their life, and while everyone has their own methods of coping, music is one of the best ways to motivate yourself to keep moving forward. Luckily for K-pop fans, there’s no shortage of thought-provoking break-up tracks to keep you going after getting hurt. Here are nine K-pop breakup songs to help you through heartbreak!
1. EXID – “LIE”
EXID’s “LIE” remains one of K-pop artists’ most memorable break-up songs, and for good reason. With lines like “I pray you keep going till you die, go to hell” and “Oh baby you, you should never have been born,” sung to a former lover with sweet, bright smiles, EXID is sure to have you feel a sense of catharsis after bitter grief.
2. SHINee – “Don’t Call Me”
While SHINee is known for their sweet and devoted love songs, 2021’s “Don’t Call Me” sees the veteran group take on a darker, more aggressive sound. The members rumble through the lyrics, which talk about kicking a stubborn ex down the pavement without mercy in this angsty track. If you find it difficult to express your feelings of anger and disappointment, “Don’t Call Me” is the song for you.
3. PURPLE KISS – “Cast Pearls Before Swine”
In “Cast Pearls Before Swine,” PURPLE KISS reminds us all not to waste time with someone who is simply not equipped to appreciate your worth. This playful and uplifting number is bursting with energy and is a surefire way to get you back on your feet in no time!
4. Ailee – “I’ll Show You”
Beginning with a slow, smoldering piano instrumental, Ailee’s voice swells and soars in this iconic breakup hit, promising to soar stronger than ever, even in the face of abandonment. With its countless powerful high notes, “I Will Show You” is perfect for wearing out in a karaoke room for some much-needed emotional release. Yes, this has been personally tried and tested.
5. Dal Shabet – “Someone Like You”
Dal Shabet is painfully underrated, as is this delightful bubblegum retro-pop track. “Hey, go meet someone stupid like you!” they scream at some point, fed up with games and lies. This song is as mean as it is adorable, which makes it even more addictive.
6. Yubin – “Thank you very much”
A charismatic disco act, former Wonder Girls member Yubin is sassy and confident in “Thank U Soooo Much” as she brushes off the excuses and explanations her ex is trying to offer. With its upbeat retro sound and insanely addictive whistle loop, this song is sure to get stuck in your head and have you dancing for days!
7. BLACKPINK – “See You Later”
“Kill This Love” and “How You Like That” are BLACKPINK’s most famous tracks, and let’s face it, everyone has heard these songs. Here’s one for those who may not know their B-sides, taken from the girl group’s mini-album “SQUARE UP”! Saying goodbye to an unworthy former love, BLACKPINK is sure to help you remember your true worth in “See U Later.”
8. WOODZ – “I Hate You”
What would K-pop be without a little pop-punk angst now and then? Thanks to WOODZ, we don’t have to know. “I Hate You” is about living your best life even if you’re all alone, and its crashing electric guitars make it mindlessly fun to rock around your bedroom.
9. ITZY – “SLIDE”
“Sorry, next,” sings ITZY in this bouncy hip hop dance track inspired by dating apps. Refusing to conform to the standards of an overly controlling ex, the girl group are more than happy to break loose and go their own way. ITZY delivers some of the best rap lines from their discography in this vibrant, carefree number, and its hook makes for a truly unwavering earworm.
What other K-pop songs would you put on your breakup playlist? Tell us in the comments below!
Gladys Yeo is a lifelong K-entertainment fan and university student majoring in Media and Asian Studies. Outside of school and writing, she can be found listening to K-pop girl groups or trying (and failing) to control her two pet corgis. Do not hesitate to contact her on Instagram or Twitter to discuss drama, music and life!
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