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48 Songs about Cheating to Heal and Help Ease the Pain

Have you been cheated on? If music can ease the soul, have we got a playlist for you! Here are our top 48 songs about cheating.

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Cheating… We’ve all been there! Whether you’re the one doing the bad deed or the one getting screwed over, cheating is the absolute worst. That’s why we’re looking at 48 iconic songs about cheating, no matter which side you’re on.

Cheating is unfortunately a common occurrence in relationships, whether they’re long term or have only just begun. That’s why we’re using music to ease the soul. From 90’s classics to new age hipster tracks, we’ve got an extensive list of songs about cheating, those being cheated on, and even songs for the other lover on the side. You wanna hear it? We’ve got it listed!

Songs for those being cheated on

Whether it’s physical, emotional, or both: Cheating happens all around us. For those on the receiving end of the hurt, it’s a real heartbreaker. Whether you’re sad or just plain furious, we’ve complied these 15 songs to narrow down exactly how you might be feeling right now.

#1 “Tell Me Everything” – Adam Cohen

“Have you fallen for her, I mean really fallen for her. Tell me now, have you fallen for her? Just like I have, you know I. Losing a friend is hard enough, I want to know have I lost my love?”

#2 “Only One Week” – The Honorary Title

“Have your lips graced another’s yet or am I the only one? Every time I try to speak to you, those are the thoughts that run. Say something else, girl, I don’t want to have to leave. Our communication is hardly what it used to be.”

#3 “Cry Me a River” – Justin Timberlake

“You don’t have to say, what you did. I already know, I found out from him. Now there’s just no chance, for you and me, there’ll never be, and don’t it make you sad about it. You told me you loved me, why did you leave me all alone? Now you tell me you need me when you call me, on the phone. Girl I refuse, you must have me confused with some other guy. Your bridges were burned, and now it’s your turn to cry. Cry me a river.”

#4 “Litost” – X Ambassadors

“What have I done, with my heart on the floor? I must be out of my mind. To come back begging for more. But if you stay, and if you just stay for the night. Swear that I’m yours, and I’ll prove that I’m right.”

#5 “Miserable at Best” – Mayday Parade

“Let’s not pretend like you’re alone tonight, I know he’s there and, you’re probably hanging out and making eyes, while across the room he stares. I’ll bet he gets the nerve to walk the floor and ask my girl to dance, and she’ll say yes.”

#6 “Say my Name” – Destiny’s Child

“What is up with this, tell the truth, who you with? How would you like it if I came over with my clique? Don’t try and change it now. See you’ve gotta bounce, when two seconds ago, said you just got in the house. It’s hard to believe that you are at home by yourself, when I just heard the voice, heard the voice of someone else. Just this question why do you feel you got to lie? Getting caught up in your game, when you cannot say my name.”

#7 “Take Another Little Piece of my Heart” – Janis Joplin

“Didn’t I make you feel like you were the only man? And didn’t I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can? Honey, you know I did! And each time I tell myself that I, well I think I’ve had enough. But I’m gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough.”

#8 “Apologize” – Timbaland/OneRepublic

“I’d take another chance, take a fall, take a shot for you. And I need you like a heart needs a beat, but it’s nothin’ new. I loved you with a fire red, now it’s turning blue, and you say “Sorry,” like the angel heaven let me think was you, but I’m afraid… It’s too late to apologize.”

#9 “Walking on Broken Glass” – Annie Lennox

“And if you’re trying to cut me down, you know that I might bleed. ‘Cause if you’re trying to cut me down, I know that you’ll succeed. And if you want to hurt me, there’s nothing left to fear. Cause if you want to hurt me, you’re doing really well my dear.”

#10 “Who’s Been Sleeping Here” – The Rolling Stones

“Tell me baby, who’s been sleeping here. What you say girl, who’d you see that night. I was doing, doing something right. Oh the soldier, the sailor then there’s the three musketeers. Yes, they’ll now tell me now, who’s been sleeping here.”

#11 “Screaming Infidelities” – Dashboard Confessional

“I’m cuddling close to blankets and sheets. I am alone in my defeat I wish I knew you were safely at home. Your hair, it’s everywhere. Screaming infidelities, and taking its wear.”

#12 “Heart’s a Mess” – Gotye

“Your heart’s a mess, you won’t admit to it. It makes no sense, but I’m desperate to connect. And you can’t live like this. Love ain’t safe, you won’t get hurt if you stay chaste. So you can wait, but I don’t wanna waste my love.”

#13 “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye

“I bet you’re wondering how I knew ‘bout your plans to make me blue, with some other guy you knew before. Between the two of us guys, you know I loved you more. It took me by surprise I must say, when I found out yesterday. Don’t you know that I heard it through the grapevine? Not much longer would you be mine. I heard it through the grapevine. I’m just about to lose my mind.”

#14 “I Don’t Want You Back” – Eamon

“See I don’t know why, I liked you so much. I gave you all of my trust, I told you I loved you. Now it’s all down the drain, you put me through pain.”

#15 “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”- Nirvana

“My girl, my girl, don’t lie to me. Tell me where did you sleep last night?”

Songs for those doing the cheating

You naughty, naughty boy… or girl! Did you know that 57% of men and 54% of women have admitted to committing infidelity in their relationships past? It seems men and women aren’t all that different, after all! Regardless of the facts, if you’re a dirty cheater, these songs are for you.

#16 “Borrowed” – LeAnn Rimes

“I know you’re not mine, only borrowed, ‘cause you already belong to her, at least you said so, but I’m starting to believe it ain’t the whole truth. As we’re lying side by side, I get the whole you.”

#17 “Magnets” – Disclosure ft. Lorde

“Never really felt bad about it, as we drank deep from a lie. ‘Cause I felt melting magnets, babe, the second I saw you through half-shut eyes. Smoke and sunset, off Mulholland, he was talking, I was wondering ‘bout you and that girl, she your girlfriend? Face from heaven, bet the world she don’t know. Pretty girls don’t know the things that I know.”

#18 “Something to Do with My hands” – Her Space Holiday

“I’ll do my best to keep you, keep you sleepy as the south. With my old watch on your wrist and my thumbs inside your mouth. Suck on my fingertips until’ you kill all my prints. So your boyfriend has no clue of how much I’ve been touching you.”

#19 “Unfaithful” – Rihanna

“And I know that he knows I’m unfaithful, and it kills him inside. To know that I am happy with some other guy. I can see him dying.”

#20 “Backstreet Boys” – The Call

“Listen, Baby, I’m sorry. Just wanna tell you don’t worry, I will be late don’t stay up and wait for me. I’ll say again you’re dropping out my battery is low. So you know we’re going to a place nearby. Gotta go.”

#21 “Another Love” – Tom Odell

“And I wanna kiss you, make you feel alright, I’m just so tired to share my nights. I wanna cry and I wanna love, but all my tears have been used up on another love.”

#22 “Kiss ‘n Tell” – Kesha

“Never thought that you would be the one, acting like a slut when I was gone. Maybe you shouldn’t, kiss ‘n’ tell. You really should’ve kept it in your pants, hearing dirty stories from your friends. Maybe you shouldn’t, kiss ‘n’ tell.”

#23 “How to Be Dead” – Snow Patrol

“Please don’t go crazy, if I tell you the truth, no you don’t know what happened and you never will if, you don’t listen to me while I talk to the wall. This blanket is freezing, it’s been out in the hall. Where you’ve had me for hours, ‘till I’m sure what I want, but darling I want the same thing that I wanted before, so sweetheart tell me what’s up I won’t stop no way.”

#24 “Lips of an Angel” – Hinder

“It’s funny that you’re calling me tonight, and, yes, I’ve dreamt of you too. And does he know you’re talking to me, will it start a fight? No, I don’t think she has a clue. Well my girl’s in the next room, sometimes I wish she was you, I guess we never really moved on.”

#25 “Your Cheatin’ Heart” – Patsy Cline

“Your cheatin’ heart, will make you weep. You’ll cry and cry, and try to sleep. But sleep won’t come, the whole night through. Your cheatin’ heart, will tell on you.”

#26 “Bring Back the Sun” – Our Lady Peace

“Living by the hour, this grass wasn’t greener I found. I wanted you to know, well I dug you up a rainbow. The mystery’s gone, so bring back the sun. We’ll bury this hate, and build it with love. And I know, I know I failed you, and I hope, I hope we get through, sunny days again.”

#27 “Perfect Little Secret” – Snow Patrol

“In the blinding darkness, of the night it seems simple. All I know is that, I love you here right now. It’s not as if I wanted, to fall so hard for you, or even understand these woken feelings.”

#28 “Confessions Pt. 2″ – Usher

“Now this gon’ be the hardest thing I think I ever had to do. Got me talkin’ to myself askin’ how I’m gon’ tell you, ‘bout that chick on part one I told ya’ll I was creepin’ with. Said she’s three months pregnant and she’s keepin’ it.”

Revenge Songs

While some people respond to cheating bastards with tubs of ice-cream, never-ending tears, and girl’s nights, others prefer a more… creative way to get out all of that hurt: Revenge. Here’s some songs about cheating for those looking to show their cheater who’s really boss. And cheaters? Payback’s a bitch. [Read: 12 devious ways to be the crazy ex and get your revenge]

#29 “F*ck You” – Cee Lo

“Yeah I’m sorry, I can’t afford a Ferrari, but that don’t mean I can’t get you there. I guess he’s an Xbox and I’m more Atari, about the way you play your game ain’t fair.”

#30 “Better than Revenge” – Taylor Swift

“She’s not a saint, and she’s not what you think. She’s an actress, she’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress. Soon she’s gonna find stealing other people’s toys on the playground won’t make you many friends. She should keep in mind there is nothing I do better than revenge.”

#31 “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood

“I dug my key into the side of his pretty little supped up 4-wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats. I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights, slashed a hole in all four tires. Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats.”

#32 “Misery Business” – Paramore

“Whoa, I never meant to brag, but I got him where I want him now. Whoa, it was never my intention to brag, to steal it all away from you now. But God does it feel so good, ‘cause I got him where I want him now. And if you could then you know you would, ‘cause God it just feels so…It just feels so good.”

#33 “Blu Cantrell” – Hit ‘Em Up Style

“While he was scheming, I was beamin’ in the Beamer just beamin’, can’t believe that I caught my man cheatin’. So I found another way to make him pay for it all. So I went to Neiman-Marcus on a shopping spree, and on the way I grabbed Soley and Mia, and as the cash box rang I thought everything away.”

#34 “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Elliott Smith

“I had tender feelings that you made hard, but it’s your heart, not mine, that’s scarred. So when I go home I’ll be happy to go, you’re just somebody that I used to know.”

#35 “You Oughta Know” – Alanis Morissette

“You seem very well, things look peaceful. I’m not quite as well, I thought you should know. Did you forget about me Mr. Duplicity. I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner. It was a slap in the face how quickly I was replaced. Are you thinking of me when you f*ck her?”

#36 “Wake Up Call” – Maroon 5

“Wake up call, caught you in the morning with another one in my bed. Don’t you care about me anymore? Don’t you care about me? I don’t think so. Six foot tall. Came without a warning so I had to shoot him dead. He won’t come around here anymore. Come around here? I don’t think so.”

#37 “You Know I’m No Good” – Amy Winehouse

“I cheated myself, like I knew I would. I told you I was trouble, you know that I’m no good. Upstairs in bed, with my ex boy. He’s in a place, but I can’t get joy. Thinking on you in the final throes, this is when my buzzer goes.”

#38 “He Wasn’t Man Enough” – Toni Braxton

“Don’t you know that he was my man? But I chose to let him go, wo why do you act like I still care about him? Looking at me like I’m hurt, when I’m the one who said I didn’t want it to work. Don’t you forget I had him first.”

#39 “There You Go” – Pink

“Please don’t come around talkin’ bout how you changed, how you said good-bye to what’s-her-name. All it sounds like to me is new game. And I was right when I thought I’d be much better off without you, had to get myself from round you, ‘cause my life was all about you”

When you’re the other man/woman

Let’s face it, as much as it sucks to be the scorned long-time lover in a relationship, it ain’t no picnic being the other man/woman, either. We’re looking at songs about cheating for those left on the sidelines. It should come as no surprise that we’re sticking Sloan’s “The Other Man” at the top of this category. [Read: 10 painful realities of being the other woman]

#40 “The Other Man” – Sloan

“I know you’ve got a man in the picture, but it hasn’t stopped me yet. We’ve all been in one situation or another we regret. Now I’m the other man, no one’s rootin’ for me. If I’m the other man, nature will abhor me.”

#41 “Leave Your Lover” – Sam Smith

“You’ll never know the endless nights, the rhyming of the rain, or how it feels to fall behind and watch you call his name. Pack up and leave everything, don’t you see what I can bring?”

#42 “If Your Girl Only Knew” – Aaliyah

“If your girl only knew that you was trying to get with. If your girl only knew that you was dissin’ her to talk to me. She would probably leave you alone, she would probably curse you out and unplug her phone. I bet she’d be glad that you was gone, and then she wouldn’t have to worry”

#43 “Girlfriend” – Avril Lavigne

“So come over here, tell me what I want to hear, better yet make your girlfriend disappear. I don’t want to hear you say her name ever again. (Hey, hey! You, you!) I don’t like your girlfriend! (No way, No way!) I think you need a new one (Hey, hey! You, you!) I could be your girlfriend”

#44 “She Don’t Have to Know” – John Legend

“I know you got a lil secret of your own. Sneaking out with me while your mans at home. You know you’re wrong, but it’s so strong still carrying on.”

#45 “The Other Woman” – Lana Del Rey

“But the other woman will always cry herself to sleep. The other woman will never have his love to keep. And as the years go by the other woman will spend her life alone, alone.”

#46 “For Real” – Okkervil River

“If you’re really finally mine, I need to know that you’re not lying, and so I want to see you tried. And I don’t want to hear you say “it shouldn’t really be this way” because I like this way just fine.”

#47 “Picture” – Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

“I been waitin’ on you for a long time. Fuelin’ up on heartaches and cheap wine. I ain’t heard from you in three damn nights. I put your picture away. I wonder where you been. I can’t look at you while I’m lyin’ next to him.”

#48 “The Boy is Mine” – Brandy and Monica

“The boy is mine. You need to give it up. Had about enough. It’s not hard to see, the boy is mine. I’m sorry that you seem to be confused. He belongs to me, the boy is mine.”

No matter what cheating state you find yourself in: victim, cheater, or the other lover, we know this list will cover your pain! Have we missed out on songs about cheating? Let us know your most relatable, guilt-ridden, and downright dirty songs about cheating in the comments below.

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