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.
There is a song for every romantic feeling: blossoming love, failed love, and unrequited love. Of course, some songs deal with the less popular sides of a relationship, and the cheaters themselves sing guilt-ridden, relieved, and joyful songs.
There are songs of the betrayed out for revenge or themes that focus on empathy.
Each song is unique and driven by emotion. Many cheated-on people feel the same feelings to relate to the following pieces.
Even singers are not spared from unfaithful partners. Countless songs 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 good Sam, and we 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 her good-for-nothing husband betrays 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 artist’s soul, 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, 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 his ex-girlfriend’s nocturnal stray broke the singer’s heart, 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 exact 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 #86 on the U.S. “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 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, and a little later, he finds himself with a bullet between his eyebrows. However, the band’s admittedly extreme reaction sold solidly without taking the considerable 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 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 she always thinks about a past love when she spends with her new partner. 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 extramarital 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.
|11.||Upside Down||Diana Ross|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|40.||Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing||Chris Isaak|
|41.||Confessions Part 2||Usher|
|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|
|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|
|54.||Keep on Loving You||REO Speedwagon|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|107.||Lips of an Angel||Hinder|
|108.||Saving All My Love For You||Whitney Houston|
|109.||Run to You||Bryan Adams|
|112.||Too Much Love Will Kill You||Queen|
|113.||I Know What You Did Last Summer||Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello|
|115.||Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before||The Smiths|
|117.||She Holds a Key||Gavin DeGraw|
|118.||Who’s Making Love||Johnnie Taylor|