118 Songs About Cheating and Lying

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Being cheated on and finding out that your partner is cheating comes as a shock to most people. Being lied to and cheated on by the partner you share a bed with can be a real letdown.

Blossoming love, failed love, and unrequited love – there is a song for every romantic feeling. Of course, there are also songs that deal with the less popular sides of a relationship. There are guilt-ridden, relieved, and joyful songs sung by the cheaters themselves.

There are songs of the betrayed that are out for revenge or songs that focus on empathy.

Each song is unique and driven by emotion. Many cheated-on people feel the same emotions, which is why they can relate so well to the following songs.

Even singers are not spared from unfaithful partners. There are countless songs that sing about cheating. In our playlist, you will find 117 songs that deal with lies and infidelities.

(At the end of the article, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

Songs about cheating and lying:

1. Sam Smith – “I’m Not The Only One” (2014)


There are two things Sam Smith can’t stand: Sharing and being lied to. And it is exactly these two topics that the Briton dealt with in his song “I’m Not the Only One” released in 2014.

The artist sings from the perspective of a pitiful person who finds out about her unfaithful partner, but is fooled by the same and summarily labeled as crazy. But we and good Sam know better now! The track, which managed to ascend the throne in numerous European charts, was also accompanied by an iconic music video.

The victim is Dianna Agron, a caring housewife who is betrayed by her good-for-nothing husband in every possible way.

2. Rihanna – “Unfaithful” (2006)


In 2006, Rihanna revealed herself to be an unfaithful soul. While many artists in their songs about cheating always take the role of the cheated, the Barbadian showed us in “Unfaithful” what suffering the side jumpers themselves have to endure.

Mainly this agony consists of the sight of the betrayed partner. He knows exactly what cunning game his beloved is playing and therefore perishes more and more from the situation. Although the slow passing of the beloved tears the soul of the artist, she just can not help getting lost in the wrong bedroom.

The singer’s first ballad became a commercial hit, reaching second place in Germany and Great Britain, and first place in Switzerland.

3. Justin Timberlake – “Cry Me a River” (2002)


At the start of the millennium, Justin Timberlake was a man’s sex symbol made flesh. No fangirl on the planet would have ever let the former “NSYNC” member leave once she’d captured his heart. Unfortunately, the reality was quite different for poor Justin.

His partner at the time, Britney Spears, got into the box with her choreographer Wade Robson without further ado. In “Cry Me a River” the US-American then describes the pain he experienced during the Breakup had suffered through. Although the singer’s heart was broken by his ex-girlfriend’s nocturnal stray, he tries to look forward and musically come to terms with his past in this track.

The odyssey of Justin Timberlake was particularly well received in Australia and the United States, where it placed in the top three positions in the charts.

4. Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name” (1999)


In 1999, the US R&B girl group “Destiny’s Child” had only one simple request to a fictitious partner. In a musical phone call, the artists sang pleadingly into their sweetheart’s ear: “Just say my name.”But the much longed-for syllables just won’t come out of the lips of the person on the other end of the line.

The latter finds himself in the awkward situation that his secret affair is sitting by his side at the same moment. So it is difficult for the heartbreaker to pronounce the name of his second girlfriend without getting into trouble of explanation. The singing group, around superstar Beyoncé, really hit the big time with their song about cheating. “Say My Name” picked up two Grammys and went to number one in the U.S. and Australia.

The music video for the song was also honored with the “MTV Video Music Award” in 2000.

5. Carly Rae Jepson – “This Kiss” (2012)


The first glance at the title of the song is deceptive. This Kiss” is not about the romantic pleasures that come with the heavenly smooching of two lovebirds, but about the kisses that both partners secretly exchange with their affairs. Whether in the case of the Canadian artist it’s probably the guy from “Call Me Maybe” (2012)?

Anyway, the track couldn’t quite match the commercial success of its predecessor, reaching just #86 on the US “Billboard Hot 100”.

6. Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie” (2010)


And again Rihanna! Together with rap god Eminem, the Barbadian singer took the female part of a couple whose relationship is characterized by a kind of love-hate relationship in 2010. In his rap verses, “Slim Shady” accuses the artist of cheating on him, but at the same time, he just can’t let go of his partner.

In the chorus, Rihanna then conjures goosebumps on our pelts when she sings about the suffering that the heartbreaking liaison triggers in her with her crystal clear voice. The rendezvous of the superstars sold nearly 15 million copies and reached the twelvefold platinum status in America.

7. Maroon 5 – “Wake Up Call” (2007)


Never betray Adam Levine. The Maroon 5 frontman doesn’t take a joke and makes short work of it, at least musically.

In “Wake Up Call” from 2007, the singer catches his girlfriend in bed with another man. A little later he finds himself with a bullet between his eyebrows. The, admittedly drastic, reaction of the band sold solidly, however, without taking the very big laurels.

After all, it was still 19th in the U.S.

8. Taylor Swift – “Should’ve Said No” (2008)


Sam Armstrong made a mistake. Taylor Swift’s former high school crush cheated on his childhood sweetheart, denying himself life alongside a future superstar. The punishment followed on the foot, Taylor showed the unfaithful youngster in “Should’ve Said No” exactly in which moments he would have better taken a different turn.

Meanwhile, the instruction dressed in tones has sold more than 1.5 million copies.

9. Katy Perry – “Thinking of You” (2009)


Where does cheating begin? In “Thinking of You” Katy Perry doesn’t physically throw herself at another man, but during the time she spends with her new partner she is always thinking about a past love. American woman’s thoughtful affair reached 29.

Charted number one in her home country and went platinum in three countries.

10. The Killers – “Mr. Brightside” (2004)


In 2004, The Killers gave the world a heartbreak anthem that has retained its timeless sound to this day. Brandon Flowers finds himself in the role of a man whose girlfriend regularly enjoys out-of-town trysts.

This boggles the mind of the cuckold, especially when he imagines the in-depth details of the unfaithful love affair. To date, the record has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. alone.

Places 11-118 songs on the theme of cheating and lying:

Each song is linked to its accompanying music video via its title.

Place: Song: Performer: Listen:
11. Upside Down Diana Ross
12. Problem Ariana Grande
13. She Don’t Have to Know John Legend
14. If Your Girl Only Knew Aaliyah
15. Back Door Man The Doors
16. Lies Marina and the Diamonds
17. In Love with Another Man Jazmine Sullivan
18. Criminal Fiona Apple
19. Baby Don’t Lie Gwen Stefani
20. A Woman’s Threat R. Kelly
21. Tainted Love Soft Cell
22. You Know I’m No Good Amy Winehouse
23. Lyin’ Eyes The Eagles
24. Between the Cheats Amy Winehouse
25. Take It on the Run REO Speedwagon
26. Don’t Bother Shakira
27. Same Girl Usher and R. Kelly
28. You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette
29. A Woman Needs Love Ray Parker Jr.
30. Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder
31. Betcha Gon’ Know Mariah Carey
32. Would I Lie to You? Eurythmics
33. Lips Are Movin’ Meghan Trainor
34. Hit ’em Up Style (Oops!) Blu Cantrell
35. Little Lies Fleetwood Mac
36. Kiss ‘n Tell Kesha
37. Sinners Lauren Aquilina
38. Cold Shoulder Adele
39. Irreplaceable Beyonce
40. Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing Chris Isaak
41. Confessions Part 2 Usher
42. 4:44 Jay-Z
43. Pale Blue Eyes Velvet Underground
44. Always the Last to Know Del Amitri
45. Secret Lovers Atlantic Starr
46. I Don’t Wanna Go on with You Like That Elton John
47. Creep TLC
48. Your Little Secret Melissa Etheridge
49. I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye
50. You Were Always On My Mind Willie Nelson
51. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? Shania Twain
52. Girlfriend Avril Lavigne
53. Grenade Bruno Mars
54. Keep on Loving You REO Speedwagon
55. Alison Elvis Costello
56. Don’t Know What Came Over Me Mike + The Mechanics
57. Don’t Lie Black Eyed Peas
58. Escape (The Piña Colada Song) Rupert Holmes
59. Und was ist Jetzt Curse
60. Back To Black Amy Winehouse
61. Leave Your Lover Sam Smith
62. My Best Friend’s Girl The Cars
63. Ding Seeed
64. What the Hell Avril Lavigne
65. It Wasn’t Me Shaggy
66. You’re No Good Linda Ronstadt
67. Picture Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow
68. Hell No Ingrid Michaelson
69. The Other Woman Nina Simone
70. Down Low (Nobody Has to Know) R. Kelly
71. Should’ve Said No Taylor Swift
72. If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night) Meshell Ndegeocello
73. You’ve Been Cheatin The Impressions
74. Honest The Chainsmokers
75. Where I Wanna Be Donnell Jones
76. Rumour Has It Adele
77. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You Heart
78. You Don’t Wanna Know Orianthi
79. Cuts Both Ways Gloria Estefan
80. Never Again Kelly Clarkson
81. Maybellene Chuck Berry
82. Jolene Dolly Parton
83. Your Cheatin’ Heart Hank Williams
84. Torn Between Two Lovers Mary MacGregor
85. Find What You’re Looking for Olivia O’Brien
86. As We Lay Kelly Price
87. Emo Blink-182
88. Mr. & Mrs. Smith Stereophonics
89. Call Your Girlfriend Robyn
90. Take A Bow Rihanna
91. Better Man Pearl Jam
92. Mama’s Broken Heart Miranda Lambert
93. Before He Cheats Carrie Underwood
94. Rosenkrieg Annett Louisan
95. Watching You Watch Him Eric Hutchinson
96. O.P.P Naughty By Nature
97. Careless Whisper George Michael
98. You Ruin Me The Veronicas
99. How Long Charlie Puth
100. Follow Me Uncle Kracker
101. Like The Way I Do Melissa Etheridge
102. Me and Mrs. Jones Billy Paul
103. Long Black Veil Johnny Cash
104. Mrs. All-American 5 Seconds of Summer
105. Fremdgehen K.I.Z.
106. Runaround Sue Dion
107. Lips of an Angel Hinder
108. Saving All My Love For You Whitney Houston
109. Run to You Bryan Adams
110. Jealous Beyoncé
111. Love Hurts Nazareth
112. Too Much Love Will Kill You Queen
113. I Know What You Did Last Summer Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
114. Hurt Timi Yuro
115. Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before The Smiths
116. Human Human League
117. She Holds a Key Gavin DeGraw
118. Who’s Making Love Johnnie Taylor

Cheating and lying Spotify playlist:

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