The 100 Best Songs About Jealousy

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What would love be without a doubt? Only half the battle probably. Like any other great emotion, jealousy has inspired generations of artists and helped them reach the heights of the charts.

The following ranking shows that the “dagger in the heart” can be handled excellently, at least musically.

(You can find a Spotify playlist at the end of the article.)

1. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley


The album “From Elvis in Memphis”, released in 1969, has become one of the legends of show business. The single “Suspicious Minds” was originally just a Cover song from B. J. Thomas, but brought the King a million hit. The message: the dilemma of interpersonal relationships in which trust is (irretrievably) destroyed.

The time to record this song was not chosen by Elvis by chance. 1969 was a turning point in the life of King. Professional and musical reorientation had become necessary. However, the success of his show in Las Vegas also marked the end of his marriage to Priscilla, which he contracted in 1967.

When jealousy and distrust are the order of the day, the end of love may not be far away. To land a musical world hit, which outlasts the decades, can be perhaps only a weak consolation for it, a place for the eternity would be won all the same.

2. Jealous Guy – John Lennon


Even the truly great among us succumb to jealousy now and then. Great feelings were certainly at play with John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, numerous photo series from their time together still prove it today. As part of the 1971 released cult album “Imagine” the jealous guy immediately stormed the charts and especially the hearts of his (female) fans.

Imagine” still proves that great feelings can also lead to great successes. It graces place 80 of the 500 greatest albums of all time of the strict Rolling Stone Magazine. What is often not known: Beatles colleague George Harrison gave John Lennon musical support for the recordings of “Imagine”. He was inspired, on the other hand, by the grueling arguments with Paul McCartney, who could not cope with the end of the Beatles.

To put so much jealousy, envy, and hurt feelings on one album shows true (musical) greatness.

3. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield


The song, which should hardly be missing on any 80s pop-rock compilation, describes romantic feelings for the boyfriend’s girlfriend. The situation picture that – as Springfield himself acknowledged in an interview – can happen to most people at least once in their lives – probably became a hit in part because of its recognizability. The song was released in 1981 on the album “Working Class Dog” and made number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

For his album “Karma” Rick Springfield recorded an acoustic version of his classic in 1999, which is well worth listening to, not only in case of lovesickness.

4. My Best Friend’s Girl – The Cars


Similar to what happened to Rick Springfield in the 80s, the “Cars” are in love with their best friend’s girlfriend in 1978, but she used to be theirs originally. Also, this one for the late 70s typical pop song must not be missing on any best-of album. In the USA the single was a modest fighter in the charts, but in England, it reached number 3.

5. Alarm – Anne Marie


All alarm bells should ring at the latest when your own guy smells like another woman. Anne Marie concludes “Karma is a bitch” and stays alert in any case. The 2016 techno-pop song captivates with its explicit lyrics as well as the aesthetically very successful official music video.

The English singer was able to catapult her debut album “Speak Your Mind” into the charts and help herself to an international breakthrough. If you see similarities to the 1996 movie “Romeo + Juliet” in the video, you’re right: the movie served as inspiration.

6. Where did you sleep last night? – Nirvana


An American Folk Song of the late 19. The song “Romeo + Juliet” became a Nirvana super hit in 1993 due to its live Performeration on MTV Unplugged.

Based on the 1964 version by bluegrass icon Lead Belly, the grunge version to international fame, not least through its use as an advertising jingle for a galactic chocolate bar. The song appears under various names, such as z. B. “In the Pines” or “My Girl”. The album “MTV Unplugged in New York” was released in 1994 and went platinum.

The cardigan that Kurt Cobain wore during the now-legendary performance was recently sold for more than 300.000 Euros auctioned. For this, it is worthwhile to spend a night outdoors, in search of the renegade lover.

7. Jealousy – Bryan Adams


On the album “You want it you got it” from 1981 “Jealousy” was a little bit lost. After all, already the second studio album of the Canadian rocker, the soft Rock songs at least in Europe not really convincing.

Lucky for him that three years later the album “Reckless” brought the “Summer of ’69” in the music world.

8. I Saw Red – Warrant


Hardly known in Europe anymore, Warrant deserves a place in the hearts of all (soft) hard rock fans of the late 1980s and 90s. The song, which describes the moment of truth when the first-person narrator sees red when he catches the beloved in flagrant with another man, appeared on the second studio album “Cherry Pie” from 1990.

The album was the most successful and best-selling of the American rockers from California and reached number 7 in the Billboard 200.

9. Revenge – Pink feat. Eminem


Even though no one would seriously doubt that Pink perfectly masters every genre, including rap, she still pleasantly surprises with her performance in this song. With the help of Eminem, the grandmaster of hurt feelings and suppressed aggression, Pink details her revenge plan on the unfaithful ex in “Revenge”.

The pleasing chorus makes the song absolutely danceable, the crossover of two styles works perfectly here. The musical revenge fantasy was released in 2017 on the seventh studio album “Beautiful Trauma”.

10. My Name is not Susan – Whitney Houston


Luck with men had century voice Whitney Houston neither in real life nor in her music. The latter, after all, provided some top ten hits. “My Name is not Susan” is considered the anthem of all cuckolded women whose men embarrassingly betray themselves by mixing up the ladies’ first names. The single was the fourth release from Whitney’s third album, 1990’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight”.

The protagonist has reason to be jealous here because of her husband’s apparent inability to get over his ex Susan. She gives him an ultimatum: Show some respect! A piece of advice that Whitney should have taken to heart in real life.

11. Girl with one Eye – Florence + The Machine


Especially women don’t shy away from a fight when it comes to their own man. Florence Welsh would gouge out her opponent’s eye without hesitation if she didn’t keep her dirty fingers off her cake. The charismatic Englishwoman with flaming red hair is indeed not afraid of clichés.

And why in the 21. In the twenty-first century, only women are fobbed off with the cupcake comparison? The song is nevertheless absolutely worth listening to and brings the voice of the frontwoman to the fore like hardly any other. However, imitation of the described activity is not recommended! “Girl with One Eye” appeared on the debut album “Lungs” in 2009, which reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and number 14 on the US Billboard 200.

Lungs” was also very successful commercially, earning Florence Welsh flattering comparisons with Fiona Apple and Kate Bush, which is a real accolade in the field of sophisticated Brit-pop.

12. Bring me some Water – Melissa Etheridge


A little bit more than a sip of water a woman can take if she comes to her / her sweetheart on two tracks on it. This is what happened in 1988 with Melissa Etheridge, who in “Bring me some Water” equates the feeling of jealousy with that of being burned alive.

The song became a hit worldwide, the single stormed the Top 20 u. a. in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.

13. Jealous – Labyrinth


R&B at its best was delivered by the British electro-pop performance “Labyrinth” with the album of the same name released in 2014. The title of the song says it all, along with all the unpleasant overtones that jealousy can bring to a relationship.

Even the rain is envied by the first-person narrator, who is allowed to touch his beloved’s skin. The melancholy ballad is not for the faint of heart (=broken). However, if you’re not afraid of big feelings, you’ll be exceptionally well served here.

14. Jealous Bone – Patty Loveless


The topic of jealous love does not leave representatives of the country scene – like Patty Loveless – untouched. “Jealous Bone” portrays the archetype of the jealous guy who questions everything that the head cinema makes him suspicious of. The song appeared on the 1992 album “Up Against My Heart” and stayed on the Billboard Hot Country Singles for 20 weeks.

15. Every Breath You Take – The Police


The Police” is on the borderline of stalking with this super hit from 1983, released on the album “Synchronicity”. Composed by frontman and mastermind Sting, the mind-loop of a jealous lover who watches and follows his beloved at every turn became a super hit: eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and four weeks in the Top 10 of the UK singles chart were the reward for the sinister effort.

16. Ring the Alarm – Beyoncé


No facet of interpersonal love successfully set to music without Beyoncé. Doubt and jealousy also feed the queen of R&B, which she cleverly packages in a mix of rap and dancefloor. The single was released in 2006 on her second studio album “B’Day” and reached number 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club charts.

A piquant detail on the side: The woman who wants to steal the man away from the beautiful Beyoncé in this song is said to have striking similarities with Rihanna. This one reportedly got a little too close to Jay-Z – Beyoncé’s husband and sparring partner – in real life. Conclusion: The best hits are still written by life itself.

17. Mr. Brightside – The Killers


“It started out with a kiss – how did it end up like this?” “The Killers,” ask themselves again and again in this song from the year 2004. The story is about the silent suffering of a man who is secretly in love with someone else’s wife. Every look hurts, the thoughts are racing in his head, but he doesn’t let anything show, because he is “Mr. Brightside”.

If you like to hear men suffer on a high level, if you like guitar pop at its best and if you are not averse to a solidly rhymed, yet poetic text, you will be very well served by this musical confusion of emotions. The official music video also satisfies even discerning minds in terms of visuals and aesthetics. But even measured in numbers, the ear candy can be quite respectable: “Mr. Brightside” is still considered to be the single that lasted the longest in the UK singles chart, 242 weeks.

Not a bad start for a debut album with the title “Hot Fuss”.

18. Where do you think you’re going? – Dire Straits


Frontman Mark Knopfler suffers particularly impressively in this quiet, very soulful song by Dire Straits, which appeared on the second studio album “Communiqué” in 1979. The album received on average very restrained reviews, as compared to the debut “Dire Straits” could not spontaneously guarantee chart successes. The narrator wants to stop the woman from leaving him with all kinds of (flimsy) arguments.

The irrational thoughts and mistrust on both sides are accompanied by atmospheric guitar riffs, the typical Mark Knopfler sound. Towards the end, the quiet ballad turns into a pleasing rock song, an outro in typical Dire Straits style that impressively shows all the skills of the master of guitar solos.

19. That’s him over there – Nina Simone


Even icons of soul and blues like Nina Simone are not immune to disappointment on the love front. The gentle ballad tells of a spontaneous meeting of the artist with the man of her heart, together with a new woman at his side.

The song was released in 1959 on her second studio album “The Amazing Nina Simone”.

20. The Jealous Kind – Joe Cocker


The groovy ballad from a mixture of reggae and blues dates back to 1976 and was released on the album “Stingray”. It conveys the entire spectrum of feelings of doubt, fear and inferiority that jealousy can plant in an artist’s soul.

The song was composed by none other than Bobby Charles, who among other things was responsible for the hit of the century “See you later Alligator”.

The places 21-100 songs about jealousy:

№: Song: Performer: Listen:
21. Baby, I’m Jealous Bebe Rexha
22. Tell Me You Love Me Demi Lovato
23. Treat You Better Shawn Mendes
24. Aaliyah Katy B
25. You Belong With Me Taylor Swift
26. Odio Romeo Santos
27. Bad At Love Halsey
28. Green is the Colour Pink Floyd
29. All In White The Vaccines
30. I (Who Have Nothing) Ben E. King
31. In Your Shoes Beverley Knight
32. Your New Boyfriend Wilbur Soot
33. Bernadette The Four Tops
34. Our Lips Are Sealed The Go-Go’s
35. Nunya Kehlani
36. You Belong To Me The Doobie Brothers
37. Anyone But Him Mr. Hudson
38. Shock The Monkey Peter Gabriel
39. Jealous Beyoncé
40. Tell Her No The Zombies
41. Bird Dog The Everly Brothers
42. Old Skool Metronomy
43. Jealous Nick Jonas
44. True Colors Wiz Khalifa
45. Anyone Else Blake Shelton
46. The Asphalt World Suede
47. Jealous (I Ain’t With It) Chromeo
48. New Magic Wand Tyler, the Creator
49. David Watts The Jam
50. Send Them Off! Bastille
51. Possession Obsession Hall & Oates
52. Green Christmas Barenaked Ladies
53. Jealous Love Noah Gundersen
54. Blade Third Eye Blind
55. Hurt Oliver Tree
56. LoveHate Thing Wale
57. Eifersucht Rammstein
58. Payback Rascal Flatts
59. Really Don’t Like U Tove Lo
60. Don’t Cha The Pussycat Dolls
61. Rise Above Wiz Khalifa
62. Hold On 50 Cent
63. Jealous Lover Rainbow
64. Cheated On Me Gavin DeGraw
65. Lazy Susan Laura Nyro
66. Gold Rush Taylor Swift
67. Perfect Love…Gone Wrong Sting
68. Envy Buckcherry
69. If I Lost You Garbage
70. I Wish One Direction
71. S.O.S. (Let the Music Play) Jordin Sparks
72. Don’t Talk To Strangers Rick Springfield
73. Kate Ben Folds Five
74. Green Is The Colour The Coral
75. Jealousy Pet Shop Boys
76. I Know Shovels & Rope
77. Jealous of Your Cigarette Hawksley Workman
78. The Number Six Lamb Of God
79. Everybody Knows About My Good Thing Little Johnny Taylor
80. Who’s David Busted
81. Headphones Walk the Moon
82. {\a6}We’re Not Gonna Take It The Who
83. Genghis Khan Miike Snow
84. Serious Russ
85. I’d Be Jealous Too Dustin Lynch
86. No One Else Weezer
87. Jealousy Jennifer Nettles
88. Girl Crush Little Big Town
89. Satellite Of Love Lou Reed
90. Jealousy Best Coast
91. Hey Jealousy Gin Blossoms
92. Heather Conan Gray
93. When It Was Me Paula DeAnda
94. Who Is He (And What Is He To You) Bill Withers
95. You Can’t Do That The Beatles
96. I’ll Be Your Girl Carly Rae Jepsen
97. When I Was Your Man Bruno Mars
98. Jealousy Tom Odell
99. Jealous Again The Black Crows
100. She’s Got You Patsy Cline

Jealousy Spotify Playlist:

Jealousy as a source of inspiration

Like all great emotions, jealousy is an excellent way to initiate and ultimately accomplish great deeds. Also, the injuries, which can inflict heart and soul, can be processed artistically excellent. Most of the time things end well for all involved, sometimes it even ends with a hit of the century.

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