When you’re in a relationship that’s not quite right, it can be hard to see things clearly. All you know is that you deserve better. But how do you convince yourself of that when you’re stuck in a pattern of bad relationships?
One way to cope with the feeling of being stuck is to listen to songs that remind you that you deserve better. These songs will help you remember your worth and give you the strength to move on. If you’re ready to make a change, here are 20 songs to remind you that you deserve better.
1. “You Ruin Me” by The Veronicas
The first song on our list is “You Ruin Me” by The Veronicas. This song is all about recognizing that you’re in a toxic relationship and knowing that you need to get out.
It’s not an easy decision, but it’s one that you need to make for yourself. You can find it on their self-titled album released in 2014.
2. “Not Gon’ Cry” by Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige is a queen of R&B, and “Not Gon’ Cry” is one of her most iconic songs. It’s about a woman who has been hurt by her partner but refuses to cry over him.
She knows she deserves better and is determined to move on. You can find it on her Waiting to Exhale album. This track was nominated for various awards including a Grammy.
3. “Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé
Knowing your worth is an important part of moving on from a bad relationship. “Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé is all about knowing your own value and realizing that you don’t need a man who doesn’t appreciate you.
This song will help you remember that you’re better off without someone who doesn’t treat you right. You can find it on her B’day album and it remains one of her most popular songs.
4. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
Being together with someone who cheats can be one of the most painful experiences. If you’ve been cheated on, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood will give you tips on what to do.
This song is about a woman who left markings all over her partner’s truck so that his mistress would know he was taken. It’s a great song for anyone who wants to get revenge on a cheater.
5. “Grenade” by Bruno Mars
If you ever felt like you’re the only one trying in a relationship, “Grenade” by Bruno Mars is the song for you.
It’s about a man who is willing to do anything for the woman he loves, even if she doesn’t love him back. This was released in 2010 as part of his Doo-Wops & Hooligans album and is also one of the tracks that put him on the map.
6. “Rolling In the Deep” by Adele
From her award-winning album 21, “Rolling In the Deep” is a song about a woman who has been hurt by love and is ready to move on.
Adele’s powerful voice and emotion-filled lyrics make this an anthem for anyone who has ever felt used or taken for granted in a relationship. It was released in 2011 and can be streamed on all music platforms out there.
7. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift
You probably have had that experience of finally getting over someone who didn’t treat you quite right, and then suddenly, they want you back. It can be confusing, and sometimes it’s easy to fall back into the same pattern.
This Taylor Swift track is the perfect anthem for anyone who is struggling with that decision. It’s one of the tracks alongside “Love Story” that made her one of the most popular country-pop crossover stars.
8. “Leave (Get Out)” by JoJo
You can probably tell from the title that this one isn’t going to be a happy song. There’s nothing more rewarding than finally getting out of a situation or relationship that isn’t good for you, and this song by JoJo is the perfect way to celebrate that feeling. It was released in 2014 as part of her self-titled debut album.
9. “Don’t Say You Love Me” by Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony’s “Don’t Say You Love Me” is another track about getting out of a bad relationship. This time, it’s about someone who tries to hold on to you even after they’ve hurt you.
The song was released in 2017 as part of their self-titled album which can be streamed on all music platforms out there.
10. “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake
This is another great song about moving on from a relationship that didn’t work out. Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” was released in 2002 as part of his debut album, Justified.
The song is about Timberlake’s experience with infidelity and it’s something that many people can relate to. It has been nominated and awarded numerous times, including a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
11. “Happier” by Marshmello
This next song is about living in the moment and being content with what you have, even if it’s not exactly what you want. It’s a message that often gets lost in the shuffle of life, but it’s an important one nonetheless. It was released in 2018 and features the singer, Bastille.
12. “Bo$$” by Fifth Harmony
If you ever feel like you’re not good enough, or that you have to change who you are to fit in, this song will hype you up. It’s a reminder that you’re a boss, and you deserve the best of the best.
It was released in 2014 by the all-female group, Fifth Harmony. This now has over 260 million views on Youtube, making it one of their most popular songs.
13. “Part Of Me” by Katy Perry
Katy Perry’s song “Part of Me” is about owning your power and never letting anyone take advantage of you.
It’s a song about standing up for yourself, and it’s something we all need to hear from time to time. The song was released in 2012 and became one of Katy Perry’s biggest hits, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
14. “No Scrubs” by TLC
This next song will make you realize that you’re worth so much more than anyone who doesn’t treat you right.
“No Scrubs” by TLC is a song about not settling for less than you deserve, and it’s an anthem for anyone who’s ever been in a situation where they felt like they were being taken advantage of. The song was released in 1999 and quickly rose to fame, becoming one of TLC’s most popular songs.
15. “Done For Me” by Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth is known for his emotional lyrics, and this next song is no exception. “Done For Me” is a song about being in a toxic relationship and finally realizing that there are other people out there who will treat you better.
It’s a song about moving on and finding someone who deserves you. The song was released in 2018 and features the singer, Kehlani.
16. “Give You Hell” by The All American Rejects
Another song about being in a toxic relationship, “Give You Hell” by The All American Rejects is a song about finally getting out of a situation that’s not good for you.
It’s a song about finding the strength to move on, and it’s something we can all relate to. The song is the title track for their album released in 2008.
17. “Break free” by Ariana Grande
You may have heard this song a couple of times already, but it’s still worth mentioning. “Break Free” by Ariana Grande is a song about finally breaking free from something that’s been holding you back.
It’s a song about empowerment, and it’s something we all need to hear. The song was released in 2014 and quickly became one of Ariana Grande’s biggest hits.
18. “Stronger” by Britney Spears
From her Oops!… I Did It Again album, “Stronger” by Britney Spears is a song about getting through a difficult situation and coming out stronger on the other side.
It’s a song that we can all relate to, and it’s one that will help you get through anything life throws your way. It was released in 2000 and can be streamed on all music platforms out there.
19. “The One” by The Chainsmokers
The next song is one that’s perfect for anyone who’s gone through a break-up. “The One” by The Chainsmokers is a song about finally moving on and finding someone who’s better for you.
This song was released in 2017 as part of their Memories…Do Not Open album which can also be streamed on all music platforms.
20. “Good As Hell” by Lizzo
Wrapping up our list of songs about deserving better is “Good As Hell” by Lizzo. This song is all about self-love and empowerment, and it’s something we all need to hear.
It was released in 2016 and was featured in the movie “Barbershop: The Next Cut”, making it one of her most popular tracks to date.
When it comes to songs about deserving better, there are plenty of great options out there. If you’re looking for something to help get you through a tough break-up or just want to feel empowered, these songs are definitely worth a listen.
We hope you found our list helpful and that you’ll be able to find the perfect song for your situation. Thanks for reading!