The Rejected Playlist Songs About Handling Rejection

Rejection has always been a hard pill to swallow, especially if it came from a person you really care about. It leaves us feeling insecure about ourselves, and not worthy of affection and effort or that we’re just not enough. Everybody’s been there—those beauty queens, celebrities, models, rich people, kind people, our friends, our relatives, even our parents. There is no exception to this as it is part of the package that every one of us have availed called “life”. But do you know what helps? Music.

Music and it’s therapeutic effects

Whenever you hear your favorite song on the radio, how does that make you feel? Whenever you walk past a store playing a song you used to hear when you were still little, does it make you remember your childhood days? There have been a lot of studies on how music effectively affects people’s moods and emotions. Some studies even suggest music helps people with autism. With this said, I think that listening to music would help with coping up with a lot of things, most especially rejection.

Here, I present you the Rejected Playlist—and no, this is not to make you feel even worse, but this is made up of songs about handling rejection and pain, ones that helped me feel better after being rejected, helped me get back on my feet. So, open your Spotify if you have one, music players, or even your YouTube applications, and let’s play some tunes, shall we?

Sad song picks:

Here is an unpopular opinion that works on my opinion: it is helpful to acknowledge the pain at first, make sure you get everything out of your chest—cry if you need to, be alone if you do not feel like interacting with other people, be sad if you feel sad. You do not need to force yourself to be happy if you don’t feel like it. What you need is to let out all the pain, frustration, but remember, the goal of this playlist is to help you get out of the “feeling-rejected” state, so although I would recommend listening to this pile not too much.

  • The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and “Break Even” by The Script

These songs are sure to be the go-to songs of people going through rejection.

  • So Sick” by Ne-Yo

This also a good track to listen to even when you aren’t rejected in any way actually. It just really is a sad song where the artist talks about how he is missing his partner after calling it off with them.

  • Talking to the Moon” and “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars

This can surely make any grown man going through a sad break-up cry. Bruno Mars is not only known for releasing songs you can dance to, but give these songs a listen, and you will surely recognize this artist’s versatility.

  • Happier” by Ed Sheeran

Listening to this just breaks any person’s heart that I think it is safe to call him a lyric genius for all the songs he has written, this one being one of the most painful. This song talks about seeing the person he has broken up with happy with another person. I would have closed my eyes if I were him in this song.

Happy song picks:

This part of the playlist aims to get you back on track, help you feel better about yourself and back to that happy state. These songs are mostly tracks you can dance to (which is sure to improve your mood, by the way), but the lyrics they have are also a good reason why I chose them. So, you can bring up a browser, search for the lyrics, play these happy songs about handling rejection, and sing along!

  • Shout Out To My Ex” by Little Mix

Of course, I needed to include this song on this list. If you haven’t seen the music video yet, it shows the members of the girl band called Little Mix say goodbye to their exes, and finally let go and decide that they are better off without them.

  • New Rules” by Dua Lipa

On this single, Dualists down three rules, and very helpful ones I might add.

  • Irreplaceable” and “Best Thing I Never Had” by Beyoncé

The one and only Queen B surely has some hit singles about her own take when she got rejected, and these are just some of them!

  • Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson

The first-ever American Idol sings her heart out on this track where she says that she is better after the break-up. You go, girl!

  • Forget You” by Cee Lo Green

This song throws shade at Cee Lo Green’s ex-lover and is a song so good you might even have it on repeat after listening to it.

  • Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber

One of Justin Bieber’s most laid-back songs. This talks about how someone from his past wasn’t the most supportive. With Ed Sheeran’s help, this song topped charts as expected.

  • Thank You, Next” by Ariana Grande

Ariana’s name drops some of the exes on this one, but thanks them for all the things that they have taught her. And for us, we thank Ariana for this song!

  • I’m Good” by Wafia

This dance/electric, a pop song by Wafia has a different feel to it. The chorus basically says everything, “without you, I’m good”. After being fooled more than once, she definitely is better off on her own.

Hopeful song picks:

And of course, as helpful it is to acknowledge the pain that we feel, it is equally important to remember that after hitting rock bottom, there is no other direction to go than up. So, on this Rejected Playlist I thought it would be a good idea to include tracks that spark hope. These could be the game-changer in this list of songs about handling rejection.

  • Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé

Talking about how he understands the relationship cycle—falling in love and then falling out of love—Michael sings about how things are going to be once he has found that person he would be spending his life with. I give this an A+!

  • Make It to Me” by Sam Smith

Sam Smith lovingly sings to that person he is meant to be. It’s a really romantic idea, to write a love song for someone you haven’t met yet, but you are to meet and love you.

  • Rise Up” by Andra Day

Well, the title really says it all. Andra Ray sings about how she knows she will get through the curve balls life would throw at her. That is a strength!

  • Crying Over You” by Honne

This one is a personal favorite. The two-man band called Honne talks about two people who are drifting away from one another, but they both know that they will end up alright. Give this a listen and tell me what you think!

  • Someday” by Leanne and Naara

This is originally sung by an artist named Nina which talks about getting through the hurt that she was feeling. I like how Leanne and Naara made a version of there, saying that they might not be in the best position right now, but one day they will be—a really good mindset, the type that would really benefit everyone.

Here are some other songs you might want to listen to:

  • “Take a Bow” by Rihanna
  • I’m Gonna Find Another You” by John Mayer
  • Honestly” by Hot Chelle Rae
  • We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth
  • Problem” by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
  • Ms. Moving On” by Fifth Harmony
  • Bye-bye bye” by NSYNC
  • Go on, Girl” by Ne-Yo
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
  • Too Little Too Late” by Jojo
  • It’s Alright, It’s Okay” by Ashley Tisdale
  • Priest” by Julia Michaels

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