Music Therapy: Theme Songs for the Five Stages of Loss

Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross had the theory on the five stages of grief and loss. It is not really a linear thing. One can jump from one stage to another, or even have them all at the same time. Anyhow, I have found these songs on my iTunes playlist that I believe depicts each of the stages. Most of the songs I placed here are ranked five stars on my playlist. I actually listen to all the songs and rank them so that I can easily find my favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

Music is very therapeutic. I hope you enjoy this list of songs as much as I have! ๐Ÿ˜‰

(If you have a hard time downloading the song, shoot me an email at and I will send you the Mediafire link or even the songs that you want, if email attachments allow it.)

Warning: If harboring suicidal tendencies, please don’t play the Depression Songs. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Stage 1: Denial (a.k.a. Please Don’t Leave Meeee!)

Baby Donโ€™t You Break My Heart Slow โ€“ MYMP

Bleeding Love โ€“ Leona Lewis

Canโ€™t Let You Go โ€“ Cueshe

Come Round Soon โ€“ Sara Bareilles

Decisions โ€“ Ne-Yo and Brandy

Donโ€™t Speak โ€“ No Doubt

Here Without You โ€“ 3 Doors Down

I Donโ€™t Want You to Go โ€“ Lani Hall

If I Didnโ€™t Love You โ€“ Tina Arena

If You Ever Come Back โ€“ The Script

In My Place โ€“ Coldplay

Linger โ€“ The Cranberries

Little Miss Obsessive โ€“ Ashlee Simpson

Littlest Things โ€“ Lily Allen

Love Will Lead You Back โ€“ Kyla

One Last Breathย  – Creed

Our Love (Donโ€™t Throw it All Away) โ€“ Jennifer Love-Hewitt

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing โ€“ Jack Johnson

Still Loving You โ€“ Scorpions

Talking to the Moon โ€“ Bruno Mars

Torete โ€“ Moonstar 88

Tuliro โ€“ Sponge Cola

Wherever You Will Go โ€“ The Calling

Wish You Were Here –ย  Incubus

You Belong with Me โ€“ Taylor Swift

You Were Meant for Me โ€“ Jewel


Stage 2: Anger (a.k.a. Go to hell, sucker!)

Apologize โ€“ One Republic

Barely Breathing โ€“ Duncan Sheik

Because of You โ€“ Kelly Clarkson

Fuck It โ€“ Eamon

Fuck It โ€“ Eamon (Girl Version)

Fuck You โ€“ Lily Allen

Gives You Hell โ€“ All-American Rejects

H.A.T.E. โ€“ Plain White Tโ€™s

Heartless โ€“ Kanye West

Hush Hush โ€“ Pussycat Dolls

I Donโ€™t Want to be Your Friend โ€“ Nina

I Never Really Loved You Anyway โ€“ The Corrs

Jaded โ€“ Aerosmith

Just Like a Pill โ€“ Pink

King of Anything โ€“ Sara Bareilles

My Happy Ending โ€“ Avril Lavigne

Numb โ€“ Linkin Park

Since Youโ€™ve Been Gone โ€“ Kelly Clarkson

Stronger than Me โ€“ Amy Winehouse

Thatโ€™s it, I Quit, Iโ€™m Moving On โ€“ Adele

Torn โ€“ Natalie Imbruglia

Vindicated โ€“ Dashboard Confessional

Walang Kadala Dala โ€“ Sandwich

Wasting My Time โ€“ Spice Girls

Youโ€™re so Gay โ€“ Katy Perry

Stage 3: Bargaining (a.k.a. One more chance…)

4 in the Morning โ€“ Gwen Stefani

Back to You โ€“ John Mayer

Calling Your Name Again โ€“ Richard Carpenter

Can We Still Be Friends? –ย  Mandy Moore

Can You Help Me? โ€“ Usher

Emotion โ€“ Destinyโ€™s Child

I Miss You โ€“ Blink 182

I Need You Now โ€“ Lady Antebellum

If I Never See You Again โ€“ Wet Wet Wet

Last Chance โ€“ Allure

Lie Low โ€“ Plumb

Long Gone and Moved On โ€“ The Script

Missing You- Case

Nothing Compares to You โ€“ Sinead Oโ€™Connor

Oo โ€“ Up Dharma Down

Stay โ€“ Lisa Loeb

The Man Who Canโ€™t be Moved โ€“ The Script

The One that Got Away โ€“ Katy Perry

Unforgivable Sinner โ€“ Lene Marlin

What Can I Do? โ€“ The Corrs

What if? โ€“ Babyface

When Love and Hate Collide โ€“ Def Leppard


Stage 4: Depression (a.k.a. It’s OVERRRRRRR. wahuhuhuhu)

All Apologies โ€“ Nirvana

All by Myself โ€“ Celine Dion

Alone โ€“ Heart

Ang Pag-ibig Kong Ito โ€“ Moonstar88

Another Used to Be โ€“ Usher

Back to Black โ€“ Amy Winehouse

Breakdown โ€“ Mariah Carey

Burnout โ€“ Sugarfree

Butterly โ€“ Mariah Carey

Chasing Pavements โ€“ Adele

Creep โ€“ Radiohead

Exit Wounds โ€“ The Script

First Cut is the Deepest โ€“ Sheryl Crow

It Ends Tonight โ€“ All American Rejects

Jealous โ€“ Nina

My Immortal โ€“ Evanescence

Never Ever โ€“ All Saints

On My Own โ€“ Les Miserables

One Last Cry โ€“ Brian McKnight

Only Reminds Me of You โ€“ MYMP

Out of Reach – Gabrielle

So Far Away โ€“ Carole King

So Sick of Love Songs โ€“ Ne-Yo

Stop Crying Your Heart Out โ€“ Oasis

Total Eclipse of the Heart โ€“ Bonnie Tyler

Under the Bridge โ€“ Red Hot Chili Peppers

What Hurts the Most โ€“ Danny Gokey

When Youโ€™re Gone โ€“ The Cranberries

You Got it Bad โ€“ Usher


Stage 5: Acceptance (a.k.a. I am so moving forward, for real!)

All Behind Us Now โ€“ Patti Austin

Alright โ€“ Darius Rucker

An Updated Version of Me โ€“ KC Concepcion

Beautiful Things โ€“ Andain

Better in Time โ€“ Leona Lewis

Concerto #1 in E Major Spring โ€“ Antonio Vivaldi

Cool โ€“ Gwen Stefani

Everybodyโ€™s Changing โ€“ Keane

Feeling So Good โ€“ Jennifer Lopez

Get it Right โ€“ Lea Michele

I Used to Love You โ€“ John Legend

Just Fine โ€“ Mary Blige

Kaleidoscope Heart โ€“ Sara Bareilles

Learning to Breathe โ€“ Switchfoot

Lesson Learned โ€“ Alicia Keys

Life Goes On โ€“ Leann Rimes

Lovely Day โ€“ Bill Withers

Maling Akala โ€“ Brownman Revival

Move Along โ€“ All American Rejects

Nothin Hill – Trevor Jones

One Step at a Time โ€“ Jordin Sparks

Over You โ€“ Daughtry

Perfectly Lonely โ€“ John Mayer

Rollerblades โ€“ Eliza Doolittle

Shake it Off โ€“ Mariah Carey

Smile โ€“ Lily Allen

Somewhere Only We Know โ€“ Keane

Survivor โ€“ Destinyโ€™s Child

Tattoo โ€“ Jordin Sparks

Today My Life Begins โ€“ Bruno Mars

With a Smile โ€“ Eraserheads




18 thoughts on “Music Therapy: Theme Songs for the Five Stages of Loss

  1. Wow! Ang dami. dami kayang songs dito nah nasa list ko rin. hehe. Gusto m rin ng Nirvana? hehe; Astig! at RHCP. galing ng pagka compile mo ah! Nice Helen. I like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. hahahaha actually yan lang yung nirvana song na nagustuhan ko pero parang ang ganda nga siguro magdownload pa ako ng ibang nirvana songs! I totally love RHCP! Lalo yung Zephyr Song. Shucks. <3

      Thanks so much!

  2. Weird lang, parang yung iba dito pinapakingan ko araw-araw. Unconciously kaya na nasa stage ako ng grief and loss. @__@

  3. natuwa ako sa list mo. talagang tiniyaga mo silang i-categorize ng ganyan ha. i downloaded some of the songs.

    i like “You’re So Gay.” haha! i actually remember someone exactly like it. =)

  4. Yung ibang songs dito pine-play ko nung highschool and college days ko (aka emo years LOL). Ngayon puro sexy songs nandito sa akin. Kaya pala hindi ako makagawa-gawa ng drama script ngayon LOL!

    1. wahahaha winner, mica, bakit sexy songs? preparation for pole dancing, is that you? bet ko yan mica! hahaha. gawa ka na lang ng sexy script. nyahahaha. ๐Ÿ™‚ but then, i think kahit wala sa emo years pwede pa ring magustuhan itong mga songs na iba, classic faves na kasi yung iba diba!

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