Dec 26

11 Songs About Divorce

Written by: Megan Dell


Many people can identify with the emotions related to divorce, and divorce happens frequently enough that movies, television, and music reference it all the time.

Here are 11 songs about divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, and child custody:

  1. “Family Portrait” by P!nk
    In this song, P!nk sings from the perspective of a child whose parents fight all the time, detailing her fear about the possibility of them divorcing.
  2. “Ms. Jackson” by OutKast
    With references to lawyers and a child custody “war,” OutKast describes how family members can complicate romantic relationships.
  3. “Papers” by Usher
    Many people who have resolved themselves that their marriage is ending can identify with the emotions Usher describes.
  4. “Divorce Separation Blues” by The Avett Brothers
    In this song, The Avett Brothers perfectly contrast the internal emotional response to divorce with the responsibility of life going on.
  5. “Give It Away” by George Strait
    Sometimes, as in this song, everyone is more ready to move on with their lives than they are willing to fight over their stuff.
  6. “Alimony” by Weird Al Yankovic
    Weird Al expresses frustration about having to comply with his alimony obligation in this parody.
  7. “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” by Tammy Wynette
    In this classic, Tammy Wynette sadly details how divorce is changing the lives of everyone in the family.
  8. “I Cried All the Way to the Bank” by Norma Jean
    Practicality wins over heartbreak in this 1965 song.
  9. “Got My Name Changed Back” by Pistol Annies
    In this recently released single, Miranda Lambert celebrates being free of her cheating ex-husband.
  10. “Highway 20 Ride” by Zac Brown Band
    Zac Brown’s sorrowful lyrics about having to split parenting time with his son are relatable for every parent going through a divorce.
  11. “He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad PaisleyBeing a stepparent is hard, and Brad Paisley recognizes and appreciates that in this song.