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. πŸ™‚

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

(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. πŸ˜‰


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

Baby Don’t You Break My Heart Slow – MYMP

Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis

Can’t Let You Go – Cueshe

Come Round Soon – Sara Bareilles

Decisions – Ne-Yo and Brandy

Don’t Speak – No Doubt

Here Without You – 3 Doors Down

I Don’t Want You to Go – Lani Hall

If I Didn’t Love You – Tina Arena

If You Ever Come Back – The Script

In My Place – Coldplay

Linger – The Cranberries

Little Miss Obsessive – Ashlee Simpson

Littlest Things – Lily Allen

Love Will Lead You Back – Kyla

One Last BreathΒ  – Creed

Our Love (Don’t Throw it All Away) – Jennifer Love-Hewitt

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing – Jack Johnson

Still Loving You – Scorpions

Talking to the Moon – Bruno Mars

Torete – Moonstar 88

Tuliro – Sponge Cola

Wherever You Will Go – The Calling

Wish You Were Here –Β  Incubus

You Belong with Me – Taylor Swift

You Were Meant for Me – Jewel


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

Apologize – One Republic

Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik

Because of You – Kelly Clarkson

Fuck It – Eamon

Fuck It – Eamon (Girl Version)

Fuck You – Lily Allen

Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects

H.A.T.E. – Plain White T’s

Heartless – Kanye West

Hush Hush – Pussycat Dolls

I Don’t Want to be Your Friend – Nina

I Never Really Loved You Anyway – The Corrs

Jaded – Aerosmith

Just Like a Pill – Pink

King of Anything – Sara Bareilles

My Happy Ending – Avril Lavigne

Numb – Linkin Park

Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Stronger than Me – Amy Winehouse

That’s it, I Quit, I’m Moving On – Adele

Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

Vindicated – Dashboard Confessional

Walang Kadala Dala – Sandwich

Wasting My Time – Spice Girls

You’re so Gay – Katy Perry

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

4 in the Morning – Gwen Stefani

Back to You – John Mayer

Calling Your Name Again – Richard Carpenter

Can We Still Be Friends? –Β  Mandy Moore

Can You Help Me? – Usher

Emotion – Destiny’s Child

I Miss You – Blink 182

I Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

If I Never See You Again – Wet Wet Wet

Last Chance – Allure

Lie Low – Plumb

Long Gone and Moved On – The Script

Missing You- Case

Nothing Compares to You – Sinead O’Connor

Oo – Up Dharma Down

Stay – Lisa Loeb

The Man Who Can’t be Moved – The Script

The One that Got Away – Katy Perry

Unforgivable Sinner – Lene Marlin

What Can I Do? – The Corrs

What if? – Babyface

When Love and Hate Collide – Def Leppard


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

All Apologies – Nirvana

All by Myself – Celine Dion

Alone – Heart

Ang Pag-ibig Kong Ito – Moonstar88

Another Used to Be – Usher

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

Breakdown – Mariah Carey

Burnout – Sugarfree

Butterly – Mariah Carey

Chasing Pavements – Adele

Creep – Radiohead

Exit Wounds – The Script

First Cut is the Deepest – Sheryl Crow

It Ends Tonight – All American Rejects

Jealous – Nina

My Immortal – Evanescence

Never Ever – All Saints

On My Own – Les Miserables

One Last Cry – Brian McKnight

Only Reminds Me of You – MYMP

Out of Reach – Gabrielle

So Far Away – Carole King

So Sick of Love Songs – Ne-Yo

Stop Crying Your Heart Out – Oasis

Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

What Hurts the Most – Danny Gokey

When You’re Gone – The Cranberries

You Got it Bad – Usher


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

All Behind Us Now – Patti Austin

Alright – Darius Rucker

An Updated Version of Me – KC Concepcion

Beautiful Things – Andain

Better in Time – Leona Lewis

Concerto #1 in E Major Spring – Antonio Vivaldi

Cool – Gwen Stefani

Everybody’s Changing – Keane

Feeling So Good – Jennifer Lopez

Get it Right – Lea Michele

I Used to Love You – John Legend

Just Fine – Mary Blige

Kaleidoscope Heart – Sara Bareilles

Learning to Breathe – Switchfoot

Lesson Learned – Alicia Keys

Life Goes On – Leann Rimes

Lovely Day – Bill Withers

Maling Akala – Brownman Revival

Move Along – All American Rejects

Nothin Hill – Trevor Jones

One Step at a Time – Jordin Sparks

Over You – Daughtry

Perfectly Lonely – John Mayer

Rollerblades – Eliza Doolittle

Shake it Off – Mariah Carey

Smile – Lily Allen

Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

Tattoo – Jordin Sparks

Today My Life Begins – Bruno Mars

With a Smile – Eraserheads