9 K-Pop Songs To Get You Through Heartbreak
Everyone experiences heartbreak at some point in life, and while everybody 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 is no shortage of empowering break-up tracks to keep you standing tall after getting hurt. Here are nine K-pop breakup songs to help you get over heartbreak!
1. EXID – “L.I.E”
EXID’s “L.I.E” remains one of the most memorable breakup songs by K-pop artists, and for good reason. With lines like “I pray that you keep this up until you die, go to hell,” and “oh baby you, you should have never been born,” sung to a former lover with sweet, bright smiles, EXID is sure to have you feeling a sense of catharsis after a bitter heartbreak.
2. SHINee – “Don’t Call Me”
While SHINee is known for their sweet, devoting love songs, 2021’s “Don’t Call Me” sees the veteran group taking on a darker, more aggressive sound. The members snarl through the lyrics, which speak of kicking a stubborn ex to the curb without mercy in this angst-ridden track. If you’re having trouble expressing 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 on someone who is simply unequipped to value your worth. This playful, uplifting number bursts with energy and is a surefire way to have you back on your feet in no time!
4. Ailee – “I Will Show You”
Starting off with a slow, smoldering piano instrumental, Ailee’s voice swells and soars in this iconic breakup hit, promising to rise stronger than ever, even in the face of abandonment. With its countless powerful high notes, “I Will Show You” is perfect for belting your lungs out in a karaoke room for some much-needed emotional release. Yes, this has been personally tried and tested.
5. Dal Shabet – “Someone Like U”
Dal Shabet is painfully underrated, and so is this delightful bubblegum retro-pop track. “Hey, go meet someone stupid like you!” they shout at one point, fed-up with games and lies. This song is as spiteful as it is adorable, which somehow just makes it all the more addictive.
6. Yubin -“Thank U Soooo Much”
A charismatic disco number, former Wonder Girls member Yubin is sassy and confident in “Thank U Soooo Much” as she waves away the excuses and explanations her ex tries 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 itching to dance along for days!
7. BLACKPINK – “See U Later”
“Kill This Love” and “How You Like That” are BLACKPINK’s more known kiss-off tracks, and let’s be real, everybody has heard those songs. Here’s one for those who may be unfamiliar with their b-sides, from the girl group’s “SQUARE UP” mini-album! Bidding farewell to an undeserving former love, BLACKPINK is sure to help you remember your true worth in “See U Later.”
8. WOODZ – “I hate you”
Where would K-pop be without a little pop-punk angst every now and then? Thanks to WOODZ, we don’t have to find out. “I hate you” is all about living your best life even if you’re all alone, and its crashing electric guitars makes it stupidly fun to rock out to in your bedroom.
9. ITZY – “SWIPE”
“Sorry, next,” ITZY chants in this bouncy hip hop dance track inspired by dating apps. Refusing to conform to the standards of an over-controlling ex, the girl group are more than glad to cut loose and go their own way. ITZY offers up some of the best rap lines in their discography in this vibrant, carefree number, and its hook makes for a truly unshakeable earworm.
What other K-pop songs would you put on your breakup playlist? Tell us in the comments below!
Gladys Yeo is a longtime 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. Feel free to hit her up on Instagram or Twitter to chat about dramas, music, and life!