No one knows the pain of being cheated on quite like a songwriter. Over the years, they have penned hundreds of tracks about the heartache and betrayal that comes with being cheated on.
In this blog post, we will take a look at 73 of the best songs about cheating and being cheated on. From country to rap, these songs cover every emotion associated with this topic. If you have ever been cheated on, or know someone who has, then you need to listen to these songs!
A Woman Knows by Kenny Chesney.
This heartbroken ballad tells the story of a man devastated by his partner’s betrayal.
He painfully reflects on all the signs he missed that she was cheating and how he can’t believe he didn’t realize sooner.
Kenny Chesney’s pained delivery of this song ensures it will stay with you long after the music is over.
Another Dumb Blonde by Hoku.
This song follows the story of a woman whose boyfriend has been unfaithful to her. She realizes that she was just another “dumb blonde” in his eyes, and acknowledges that she should have seen it coming.
The lyrics invoke emotion through their imagery of the hurtful situation. This song serves as an anthem for anyone who’s ever been cheated on and wishes to move on.
Babe by Sugarland ft. Taylor Swift.
This song was released in 2018 and talks about a woman who has been cheated on by her partner. The song is an anthem for those who have had their hearts broken, as it speaks of the hurt, anger, and sadness that come with betrayal.
It’s sweet, sad, and empowering all at the same time. The lyrics talk of how the betrayed lover has been holding onto hope that the situation would change, and now she’s ready to walk away.
The chorus says “I don’t have to take this anymore / I’m stronger than I’ve been before / This is my fight song / Take back my life song”. These powerful lyrics suggest a newfound strength and determination that comes with accepting the situation and moving on.
This song can be seen as a reminder to those who have experienced betrayal not to stay down, but instead to use the hurt and anger to become stronger.
Beautiful Liar by Beyoncé and Shakira.
This song is all about a woman who’s been cheated on by her man. She confronts him and sings, “It’s not what you did, I’m just mad that I bought into your Beautiful Liar.”
This song has an irresistibly catchy beat, making it the perfect anthem for anyone who’s ever been duped in a relationship.
Been Caught Cheating by Stereophonics.
This song is about being caught cheating and feeling guilty for it. The lyrics of the song describe the person in the song coming to terms with what they’ve done, and how there’s no going back now that they’ve been caught.
The singer realizes that there’s no way to make up for their mistake, so they just have to accept it and move on. The song is a cautionary tale to anyone who’s thinking of cheating, that it might not be worth the consequences.
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood.
Released in 2006, this iconic country song is about a woman scorned, who takes out her fury by destroying her cheating partner’s car with a Louisville Slugger.
The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Underwood Grammy nominations for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and for Song of the Year at the 2007 ceremony.
Between the Cheats by Amy Winehouse.
This song is all about the pain of betrayal and being cheated on. She talks about how she can’t stand to see her partner with someone else and it makes her feel a deep sense of shame and hurt.
The chorus captures the idea of wanting to be in control but realizing she can’t stop what’s happening: “Between the cheats, all I do is loose. Between the cheats, I’m so confused.” It’s an ode to heartache and the struggle of dealing with a partner who is unfaithful.
Bust Your Windows by Jazmine Sullivan.
This song is about a woman who takes out her frustration on her cheating boyfriend’s car by busting its windows.
She sings about how she knows the truth and won’t take it anymore, so she decides to take matters into her own hands.
The chorus of the song further emphasizes this point with lines like “I bust the windows out your car/ No, it didn’t make me feel no better/ But I did it anyway.”
This song is an anthem of strength and empowerment for anyone who has been wronged by cheating.
Call Out My Name by The Weeknd.
This song encapsulates the confusion and hurt of being cheated on. It talks about how The Weeknd is trying hard to move on from his ex, but still holds out hope that she’ll come back and make things right.
In the chorus, he croons “Did I almost feel a little bit too much?/And did you almost feel a little bit too close?/And did I almost let it get to me?/And did you almost make a mess of me?”
These lines perfectly capture the conflicting emotions that one may feel when they’re cheated on. This song is a great reminder that everyone deserves love and respect, and no one should be taken for granted.
Call Your Girlfriend by Robyn.
This song is about a woman who has been cheated on, and explains how she is coming to terms with the fact that her lover has been seeing someone else.
Despite being hurt, she tells her boyfriend not to worry about hurting her anymore, as it’s over between them now. The chorus of the song encourages people in similar situations to be strong and let go of their former lovers.
The song encourages people to move on, and not be afraid to make changes in their lives for the better. It’s a reminder that cheating isn’t okay, but it’s possible to get through it if you have the courage and strength.
Careless Whisper by George Michael.
This classic pop song expresses the guilt of being unfaithful and covers the internal struggle of wanting to stay with a partner, but inevitably straying away.
The lyrics talk about how Michael was unable to resist temptation and followed his feelings without thinking of the consequences.
The chorus goes “I’m never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm, though it’s easy to pretend.”
This song has stood the test of time, and remains a popular choice for those looking to explore cheating in music.
Case Of The Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do) by Mya.
This single from Mya’s 2000 album Fear of Flying encapsulates what it’s like to come face-to-face with your partner’s ex.
The lyrics touch on the hurt and confusion associated with seeing the one who wronged you, yet still having feelings for them.
This song is an anthem for anyone dealing with a complicated post-breakup situation. It serves as a reminder to take the high road and keep your head up in spite of the pain.
Caught Out There by Kelis.
This song is all about feeling betrayed by someone you love. The singer is hurt and angry, and she expresses her feelings with defiant lyrics like “you ain’t gonna do me right, so why should I stick around?”.
It’s a great anthem for anyone who has ever been cheated on and wanted to take their power back.
Cold Shoulder by Adele.
Released in 2008, this song is about a woman who discovers her partner has been unfaithful.
She uses the song to express her hurt and anger at being cheated on, singing “I don’t understand why you wanna throw it all away, I gave you everything that I had to give/ So why did you choose to go astray, knowing I was blind to your betray.”
Adele conveys her pain and sadness, but also her strength at standing up for herself in the face of infidelity.
Confessions Part II by Usher.
This classic R&B song is about the emotional cost of cheating and being cheated on. Usher reflects on the turmoil he feels as he contemplates whether or not to tell his lover what he has done, all while singing a beautiful melody over a smooth beat.
The chorus says it all: “My confession’s gonna be different/I need some time just to get it together/I’m confessing my sins, oh/My confession’s gonna be different”.
Usher bravely takes ownership of his actions and expresses the great relief he feels in making his honest confession.
Even though Confessions Part II is a sad song, it serves as an ode to the importance of being honest with yourself and the people you love.
There’s no easy way to repair a broken relationship, but at least Usher is taking the first step by being honest.
Creep by TLC.
Released in 1994, TLC’s hit single Creep is all about the emotional roller coaster experienced when someone cheats.
With lyrics like “I creep and no one knows it but me” and “Everyone thinks that we’re so happy/ They have no idea/ That coming from you is like living with a shadow over me,” Creep paints a vivid picture of the pain that comes with being cheated on, and how it can affect every part of life.
The song focuses not only on the hurt, but also on the fear of being exposed as someone who is being taken advantage of.
It’s an emotional plea to get away from the situation and make it known that it’s not okay. It is a powerful and moving song that speaks to the heartbreak of being cheated on, as well as the strength and resilience it takes to move past it.
Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake.
The song’s lyrics serve as the perfect reminder that it’s OK to feel angry and frustrated when someone cheats on you.
The chorus of “Cry me a river, cry me a river/I cried a river over you” paints an evocative image of being overwhelmed by emotions.
Even if there is no closure after being cheated on, this song helps you express your feelings in a powerful way.
Dilemma by Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland.
This song talks about the difficulty in deciding whether or not to stay in a relationship when your partner has cheated on you.
Nelly raps “I don’t wanna leave, but I got to go / Should I keep holding on, should I let it go? / And what if he steps up and changes his ways? / Then would it be okay to stay?” Kelly Rowland answers those questions in her verse, singing “I don’t know if I should stay or just keep on walking / Could I forgive him and not just keep on talking / Is the love really strong enough for me to stay?”
This song reflects on the confusion that people feel when they’re faced with a situation like this, and it provides an outlet to express the pain and heartache that comes along with cheating.
Driver’s license by Olivia Rodrigo.
The lyrics of this song reflect the emotions of being cheated on, and longing for the other person to acknowledge their wrongdoing.
The narrator starts off by admitting that she had a few too many drinks, but it’s not enough to stop her thoughts running wild about how the relationship ended in betrayal.
She talks about how they used to drive around together, listening to music and singing along, but now she’s alone in her car, driving around with a license that has his address on it.
The song carries an air of sadness and longing for things to be the way they were before the infidelity.
Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye.
This classic song from the ’60s is about a man who finds out his lover has been unfaithful. The lyrics perfectly capture the heartache of betrayal and make this one of the most memorable songs about cheating ever written.
Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) by Blu Cantrell.
This song is about finding out that your significant other has been cheating on you. It follows the story of a woman who discovers her man was unfaithful and how she responds.
The chorus of the song is packed with attitude as Blu Cantrell sings, “Hit ’em up style, oops! Up side their heads, oops!” This song is a great way to express the anger and pain of being betrayed.
Hold Up by Beyoncé.
The song has a playful tone, but it holds some serious undertones. It’s about catching a cheating partner and calling that person out in the process.
Beyoncé sings “Hold up, they don’t love you like I love you,” which speaks to how her partner moved on too quickly from their relationship. She then goes on to say “What’s worse, looking jealous or crazy? Jealous or crazy?”
These lyrics suggest that her partner is trying to make her look bad in the eyes of others and by doing so, they are invalidating her emotional response.
In other words, Beyoncé is calling out her partner for cheating on her and then trying to make it seem like she’s overreacting.
It’s a powerful song that speaks to the feeling of betrayal and the strength it takes to move on after an affair.
How Could You by Mario.
This song is about Mario’s girlfriend cheating on him. He sings that he thought she was different from the other girls, but that she ended up hurting him. The lyrics make it clear that he feels betrayed and hurt by her actions.
He questions how she could do such a thing to someone who cared about her so much. It serves as a warning to other men not to trust a woman who could be capable of such deceit.
It also serves as an emotional release for the singer, letting him express his hurt and sorrow over the situation.
Although it may not always feel this way, Mario’s song is a reminder that it’s possible to move on after being betrayed by someone you love.
How Long by Charlie Puth.
How Long by Charlie Puth is an emotionally powerful song about being cheated on and having to come to terms with it.
Written from the perspective of a heartbroken lover, the lyrics express feelings of betrayal and confusion as they try to make sense of their partner’s infidelity.
The song begins with a melancholic musical intro that creates an atmosphere of foreboding, as the protagonist begins to piece together the clues and slowly comes to terms with the fact that they have been cheated on.
The chorus is full of anguish and pain, as Puth sings “How long has this been going on?/ You’re telling me that nothing’s wrong” while questioning why their partner would betray them in such a way.
The song’s simple yet beautiful melody combined with Puth’s haunting vocals creates a stirring and heartbreaking track that anyone who has experienced being cheated on can relate to.
I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye.
This classic soul song is a cautionary tale about infidelity, as it tells the story of a man who hears through the grapevine that his lover is cheating on him.
The narrator in the song expresses disbelief and disappointment at being wronged by his partner.
While I Heard It Through The Grapevine conveys sadness and betrayal, it also serves as a warning about the consequences of being unfaithful.
I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry.
This song is about a woman’s experience of cheating on her boyfriend with another girl. The lyrics portray the thrill she feels from breaking out of traditional boundaries and exploring something new, ultimately acknowledging that although it felt good at the moment, it was wrong to do so. “I kissed a girl just to try it/I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it/It felt so wrong, it felt so right/Don’t mean I’m in love tonight.”
At the end of the song, she makes a decision to stay faithful and resist the temptation. “I kissed a girl and I liked it/The taste of her cherry chapstick/I knew the risks, now I face regret/So much for my happy ending.”
This song is an anthem of sorts, reminding people that it’s not worth it to cheat and that staying true to your commitments is the better choice.
I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! at the Disco.
This song is about a couple who are at their wedding and the groom finds out that his bride has been cheating on him.
The song is from the perspective of the groom, feeling betrayed and embarrassed in front of all their guests.
He wishes he could just write off the whole ceremony as a sin instead of an unforgettable tragedy.
If Your Girl Only Knew by Aaliyah.
One of the most iconic songs about cheating is Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl Only Knew”. This song details a girl who finds out her boyfriend is being unfaithful, and confronts him about it in an unapologetic way.
The chorus speaks to the guilt that many experience when they find out their significant other is cheating, asking “If your girl only knew/she wouldn’t want you no more, would she?”
The song emphasizes the feeling of betrayal that comes with being cheated on and the strength that it takes to move on from an unfaithful partner.
I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith.
A heartbreaking song about being cheated on and the pain that comes with it. The lyrics are an honest take on being betrayed by someone you love and trying to make sense of it all.
Sam Smith’s smooth vocals add a level of emotion that really amps up the impact of this powerful track. It’s a must-listen for anyone experiencing a similar situation.
Irreplaceable by Beyoncé.
An anthem of empowerment and taking back control after being cheated on, Beyoncé declares she’s no longer accepting her partner’s excuses and that he can “take the best of me and go.”
Other major tracks from this era such as “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and “If I Were A Boy” further illustrate her feelings of being wronged.
It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy.
This song is from 2000 and it tells the story of a man who was accused of cheating on his partner but claims he didn’t do it.
He keeps repeating “it wasn’t me” throughout the song in an attempt to convince her that he is innocent.
While this track does not explicitly address being cheated on, it still serves as an anthem for those who are falsely accused of infidelity.
It’s Not Right but It’s Okay by Whitney Houston.
Houston’s classic song about a woman scorned who is willing to accept her lover’s infidelities has become an anthem for women everywhere.
The lyrics are empowering, showcasing the power of self-love and independence even in the face of betrayal. It’s a reminder that sometimes it takes walking away from someone to find true happiness.
Jolene by Dolly Parton.
This classic country song tells the story of a woman begging Jolene not to take her man away from her. The singer pleads with Jolene, singing “Please don’t take him just because you can”, showcasing the pain and hurt of being cheated on.
Although Parton has stated that she wrote this song based on an experience she had with a real woman who was trying to steal away her man, the song has become an anthem for those who have been cheated on and left feeling powerless.
Last Time by Trey Songz.
This song is all about being cheated on and the pain of betrayal. Trey Songz’s soulful lyrics express his regret for trusting someone who didn’t have his best interests at heart, pleading for one last chance to make things right.
The chorus leaves a lasting impression as it carries the message of how love can sometimes be taken for granted: “When you gonna give me my last time? You took my love and gave it away, ooh I, never thought that you would ever do me wrong.”
He ultimately comes to terms with the situation, realizing that sometimes things just don’t work out in the end. It is a powerful reminder of how hurtful betrayal can be, making it an important song for anyone dealing with a similar experience.
Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor.
This song details the ups and downs of a relationship where one partner is cheating. The narrator in the song has had enough, but can’t seem to leave despite being hurt.
She keeps coming back, hoping that maybe this time it will work out differently, only to be disappointed yet again.
The lyrics speak of her ongoing struggle with wanting her partner’s love, yet knowing that he’s not faithful. Meghan Trainor captures the complexity of a relationship where one partner is cheating and being cheated on perfectly in this song.
Lipstick on your collar by Connie Francis.
Released in 1958, Lipstick on Your Collar is a classic cheating song. The narrator has caught her partner in the act, as they have lipstick on their collar.
The catchy chorus of “Lipstick on your collar / Tellin’ me the story / Of a quick goodbye kiss / That made my heart so sore” speaks to the betrayal and hurt of being cheated on.
The narrator is shocked to see her partner’s indiscretion, but eventually moves on from the heartache into a new relationship.
Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac.
Released in 1977, Little Lies is a classic song about the pain of being cheated on. The narrator of the song has just found out that their partner has been unfaithful and they can’t help but feel betrayed and hurt.
Despite trying to put on a brave face for their partner, the narrator’s emotions are so strong that they can’t help but express how much they’re hurting. The song is a perfect reflection of what it feels like when someone you trust betrays you and the heartache that follows.
Love The Way You Lie by Eminem ft. Rihanna.
This song is about a tumultuous relationship and the power dynamics between two people. It speaks to the emotions of being in an abusive relationship and how it can lead to cheating.
Rihanna’s part portrays her as someone struggling with her own conscience, trying to make sense of why she stays in such a destructive situation.
Eminem’s rap paints him as an emotionally volatile person who is also trapped in the cycle of the relationship.
Together, the two voices create a powerful song about cheating and being cheated on. The chorus sums up their plight with the repeated words “just gonna stand there and watch me burn”, signifying both of their seemingly futile attempts to escape their situation.
The intensity of the song makes it a modern classic when it comes to talking about cheating and being cheated on.
Lyin’ Eyes by Eagles.
In this classic country song, the narrator is an outsider looking in on a cheating couple. He can tell by the way they look at each other that they’re up to no good.
The song was released as a single in 1975 and topped the charts for two weeks. It also won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
Marvins Room by Drake.
This song is about a woman that Drake has been seeing, who is interested in other men. He expresses his anger, sadness and confusion as he wonders why she would be willing to cheat on him.
He also implies that despite this situation, he still loves her and wants her back. This song serves as an example of the emotions someone might feel when they are cheated on by someone they care about.
It also demonstrates the difficult choice of whether to stay in a relationship or end it after betrayal.
Maybellene by Chuck Berry.
This classic rock song is one of the earliest in the genre and speaks to entering a relationship with false expectations. The singer laments being “cheated just like a fool” by his love interest who went off with someone else, despite him having done nothing wrong.
He calls out his partner for betraying their bond and makes it clear that he is well aware of what she’s done. With its twangy guitar sound and Berry’s signature vocals, it’s easy to hear the hurt in this song – a universal feeling many listeners can relate to.
Me and Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul.
This classic 1972 song tells the story of a man who is in an illicit affair with a married woman, Mrs. Jones. He meets her every day at the same café and they both know their relationship should never be.
Despite this understanding, he continues to come back for more, showing his deep love for her despite the risks involved.
It’s a powerful song about how the heart can sometimes overcome reason, and serves as an important reminder that no matter how strong our feelings are, sometimes it’s just not worth it.
Misery Business by Paramore.
This rock anthem tells the story of a teenage girl who was cheated on by her boyfriend. She reflects on how she was taken advantage of, and despite being hurt, she acknowledges that at least she had the guts to be honest about her feelings.
The song serves as an empowering reminder for anyone who has been betrayed in a relationship. It encourages them to put their faith in themselves instead of relying on other people.
The song also serves as a cautionary tale, warning listeners to pay attention to the signs and not let themselves be used again. It is one of Paramore’s most well-known songs, and its message resonates with many people who have gone through similar experiences.
Moral of the Story by Ashe.
Moral of the Story by Ashe is a popular song about cheating and being cheated on. In the song, Ashe talks about her relationship with someone who was unfaithful to her.
She talks about how she loved him despite his actions and stayed in the relationship, only to find out later that he had been lying to her. The chorus of the song says, “Maybe it’s a lesson, maybe it’s a spark.
Maybe it’s too late, but I know that love is not an easy game to play. Oh, you can win or lose, and I just lost my way. That’s the moral of the story.” The lyrics of the song emphasize the message that although love is complicated and difficult, it’s important to learn lessons from heartache and betrayal.
Even though Ashe was hurt in her relationship, she still has hope for a brighter future and uses the experience to grow. The story told in this song serves as an example of how even though cheating can be devastating, it can also be a learning experience.
It can teach us to have stronger boundaries, communicate better, and find partners who truly value our worth. Moral of the Story by Ashe is an empowering song that encourages listeners to learn from their mistakes in order to make healthier relationship choices in the future.
Mr Brightside by The Killers.
Released in 2003, this classic rock anthem is a mix of despair and paranoia over a partner being unfaithful. The lyrics describe a protagonist who knows that his girlfriend is cheating on him but he still loves her anyway.
He also expresses feelings of anger and betrayal as he watches the other man take away his love. The chorus includes the words “I’m coming out of my cage and I’ve been doing just fine”, which is a metaphor for the protagonist finally finding strength to face his pain and move on.
The song has been covered by many artists since its release, making it one of the most recognizable songs about being cheated on in popular music.
None Of Your Concern by Jhené Aiko ft. Big Sean.
This song describes a situation in which one person is feeling betrayed by their significant other for cheating. The singer expresses that the person responsible should not be too concerned about how their partner feels because they don’t deserve it.
She goes on to say that she won’t let her heart get broken and will keep moving forward, no matter what. The chorus features Big Sean singing “None of your concern, I don’t care if you did me wrong.”
This line is a powerful reminder to those who have been hurt in relationships that they can be strong and independent despite what has happened.
It’s a great song to listen to when feeling frustrated with a cheating partner, as it encourages the listener to move on and to take care of themselves, first and foremost.
Ocean Eyes by Billie Eilish.
This song captures the feelings of betrayal and heartache that come with being cheated on. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a relationship gone wrong, as Eilish sings about how she thought her partner loved her only to find out he was seeing someone else in secret.
As the song progresses, she discovers all the lies and secrets her partner kept hidden and realizes the depth of his betrayal.
The chorus reflects this realization as Eilish sings “Oh, I and I just know/ That you’re cheating on me now”. While it’s a heartbreaking song, it captures how devastating it can be to find out that someone isn’t being honest and is playing with your feelings.
One Last Time by Ariana Grande.
This heartbreaking song is about a relationship that’s come to an end because of infidelity. The narrator expresses her betrayal and heartache, but also acknowledges that she should have seen the signs earlier. She wishes one last chance to call out her partner before they go their separate ways.
Part of Me by Katy Perry.
This song is about a woman realizing that her relationship isn’t working out and she decides to move on. She acknowledges the pain of being cheated on, but also decides not to let it define her.
Instead of letting herself be consumed with sadness and anger, she moves forward in life with strength and dignity.
The overall message is clear: no matter how much love has been taken away, always try to find the courage within yourself to keep going. This is an uplifting song that gives listeners a sense of hope and encourages them to move on despite being cheated on.
Part Time Lover by Stevie Wonder.
This classic hit from 1985 tells the story of a man who finds out his lover is seeing someone else on the side. The song speaks to feelings of betrayal and heartache that come when someone you love has been unfaithful.
It perfectly captures the feeling of being cheated on and struggling with how to handle it. The lyrics, “So when I kiss you, it’s just a lie,” clearly depict the emotional confusion of being in a relationship when one person is unfaithful.
The song has been covered by numerous other artists, and its message still resonates with people today. It’s a timeless classic that will always remind us of the pain and confusion of cheating relationships.
Perfume by Britney Spears.
This song is an ode to the person who did Britney wrong and left her feeling broken. She expresses her pain over being cheated on and how she will never forget what happened, even though they are now apart.
The chorus of the song ends with an emphatic “You should have treated me right” which drives home the point that she will never forgive them for their actions.
The song paints a vivid picture of heartache and betrayal, making it an emotional anthem for anyone who has been cheated on.
Reckless by Madison Beer.
This heartbreaking ballad is about being cheated on and the lingering pain one feels even after a relationship ends. The song poignantly captures the internal struggle of wanting to move forward but also having difficulty letting go of the hurt that comes with betrayal.
With lyrics like “I’ll always be afraid / That I won’t ever find somebody who won’t treat me the same,” Madison conveys the raw emotion of being betrayed and the challenge of trusting someone new.
The acoustic guitar, piano chords, and Madison’s powerful vocals all come together to create a beautiful song that resonates with anyone dealing with heartache.
Revenge by Pink ft. Eminem.
This song is about a woman taking revenge on her cheating partner. The lyrics suggest that she has been betrayed in the past and decides to get even with her partner by finding someone else who will treat her better.
The song emphasizes the importance of learning from past experiences and not allowing yourself to be taken advantage of.
In the chorus, Pink sings, “You can take me in your arms, and show me all your charms, but I’m taking back my love, you ain’t gonna do me no harm.” This line shows Pink’s determination to take control of her life and not let her partner keep mistreating her.
Say My Name by Destiny’s Child.
This 2000 hit is probably the most iconic song about cheating of all time. The lyrics tell the story of a woman who suspects her lover of seeing someone else, and she confronts him to get the truth out. “Say my name, say my name / When no one is around you/ Say baby I love you/ If you don’t, then you don’t really love me.”
The song captures the emotion of being cheated on, the anger and betrayal felt by the woman in this situation. It’s a timeless classic that stands as a reminder of how painful it feels to be betrayed by someone you thought loved you.
She Don’t Have To Know by John Legend.
This song is about a man contemplating cheating on his girlfriend. He knows it’s wrong and decides to keep the secret from her, hence the title “She Don’t Have To Know”.
The chorus makes it clear that he is feeling guilty but still tempted by the idea of straying: “I don’t want to do wrong, but I’m tempted to tell her she don’t have to know.” Despite his guilt and inner struggle, he ultimately decides not to cheat.
Shirtsleeves by Ed Sheeran.
This soulful track describes a man admitting that he was being unfaithful to his partner, and how it breaks his heart to be the one who caused the hurt.
He attempts to make it up to her by saying “I’ll give you my shirt if I can have your heart” – a simple but romantic gesture.
Sheeran’s heartfelt lyrics and heartbreaking vocals make this song a must-hear tune for anyone who has gone through a tumultuous relationship.
Should’ve Said No by Taylor Swift.
Released in 2008, this hit single tells the story of a cheating partner and the heartache that follows. The song starts with the lyrics “I should’ve said no / Should’ve gone with my head instead of my heart.”
Taylor Swift sings about her regret for trusting someone who had been unfaithful to her, and how she’s determined to never make the same mistake again. The chorus sums up the song’s message, “I should’ve said no / I should’ve known better than to let you in.”
This single resonates with anyone who has experienced being cheated on and serves as a reminder that following our intuition can often be more important than giving into temptation.
Shout Out to My Ex by Little Mix.
Released in 2016, Little Mix’s song “Shout Out to My Ex” is a powerful anthem that celebrates the end of a relationship after being cheated on.
The lyrics address their ex directly and express how they no longer need them as they are now strong enough to get through anything. The chorus sings: “This is a shout out to my ex, heard he in love with some other chick/Yeah yeah that hurt me I’ll admit/Forget that boy I’m over it.”
The song ends with a declaration of strength: “I hope she gettin’ better sex/Hope she ain’t fakin’ it like I did, babe.”
This song is a great example of taking control of the situation and not letting someone else dictate your emotions or self-worth. A great anthem for anyone who has ever been cheated on and wants to move on with their lives!
Sorry by Beyoncé.
This single was released in 2016 and is featured on Beyoncé’s album Lemonade. The song talks about how the singer is sorry that her partner has been cheated on and how she sympathizes with them.
It also implies that the same person was guilty of infidelity as well, who she refers to as “him” throughout the song.
Tell Me Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Nirvana.
This song is about a lover who was cheated on and is asking their partner where they were the previous night. The singer conveys a sense of lost trust and betrayal with the line “tell me why did you sneak out last night.”
Despite the heartache, there is still hope for reconciliation as seen in the lines “Oh, darling I hope that, my own love don’t pass me by.” This song is a great one to listen to if you have ever been cheated on, as it conveys all the hurt and heartache that comes with it.
The Boy Is Mine by Monica.
Released in 1998, this duet between Monica and Brandy garnered a ton of attention for its controversial story of two women fighting over the same man.
The Boy Is Mine is one of the most popular songs about cheating and being cheated on, as it gives listeners insight into how relationships can be affected when someone has strayed.
This Kiss by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Released in 2012, this upbeat pop song tells the story of a girl who caught her significant other cheating and is now reflecting on why it happened.
The chorus includes the lyric “This kiss was never mine to give away,” which speaks to how even though she gave her everything, he still cheated on her.
Thru Your phone by Cardi B.
Cardi B’s song “Thru Your Phone” is about finding out that her partner has been cheating. The artist goes through the emotions of betrayal, anger and sadness as she discovers what’s been going on in their relationship.
She sings about snooping through her man’s phone to find evidence of his infidelity and how she doesn’t want to forgive him for it. With a catchy tune and meaningful lyrics, Cardi B has created an honest song about the pain of being cheated on.
The track serves as a reminder to always be vigilant and never take your partner’s loyalty for granted. This song is sure to resonate with anyone who has experienced heartache due to betrayal in a relationship.
Listen to this track and use it as a starting point to reflect on your own experiences with love, heartache and betrayal.
Traitor by Olivia Rodrigo.
This song was released in 2021 and is about being betrayed by your significant other.
It’s a heart-wrenching ballad with an emotional chorus, which speaks of the pain that comes from being deceived by someone you trusted: “And I can’t believe, how could you be so cruel? / Cheated on me and played me for a fool / I trusted in you, why’d you have to be such a traitor?”
The song is about coming to terms with the fact that someone close to you has betrayed your trust and moving on from it.
Unfaithful by Rihanna.
This song was released in 2006 and chronicles the feelings of guilt associated with cheating on a partner. Rihanna sings about her own experiences as she struggles to come to terms with what she has done while trying to make peace with herself.
The lyrics suggest that although the singer knows what she has done is wrong, she can’t seem to help it.
Wake Up Call by Maroon 5.
The lyrics of this song is about a person who realises that their partner has been cheating on them. They then try to save the relationship, but ultimately come to the conclusion that they need to leave and move on with their life.
The chorus, “Wake up call, it’s time I had a wake up call/I should have seen the signs, I should have known it all/This time I’m walking away, no more second chances/Gonna leave you in the past and take some answers,” reflects this sentiment.
The lyrics also feature various other references to cheating, making this song a great listen for anyone who has been cheated on or is worried about their partner being unfaithful.
Whatcha Say by Jason Derulo.
This hit single from 2009 has been a classic break-up anthem for years and it laments the pain of being cheated on. The song talks about not believing in what his girlfriend said and coming to terms with her lies.
It also speaks to how forgetful people can be after they find out that someone they loved has been unfaithful, asking “What did she say?” It’s a classic song about heartache and betrayal.
White Liar by Miranda Lambert.
This song tells the story of a woman who discovers her partner is cheating on her and decides to lie about it to protect her fragile, exhausted heart.
She sees the lies as a way out of the situation and knows that she will be able to go back to living life without worrying about being hurt again.
The lyrics are full of pain and sadness, yet she is determined to find a way out of the situation and protect herself. She knows that if she tries to confront her partner, it will only cause more damage, so instead she chooses to lie.
Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? by Shania Twain.
This song is about a woman who suspects her man of being unfaithful and asking him whose bed he’s been in if it wasn’t hers. Twain’s strong vocals convey the hurt and betrayal that come with being cheated on, making this one of the most iconic songs about cheating ever recorded.
The lyrics are full of pointed questions that many people in similar situations will relate to. The chorus is especially memorable, with Twain asking her man, “Whose bed have your boots been under?
Whose heart did you steal I wonder?” It’s a powerful reminder of the pain and confusion that often comes from being cheated on.
You Aint Woman Enough by Loretta Lynn.
This classic country tune is a straightforward answer to a man who thinks he can cheat and get away with it.
Loretta Lynn sings the lyrics: “You ain’t woman enough to take my man/ You ain’t woman enough to make him stay.” The song is seen as an anthem of female empowerment and strength in the face of cheating.
You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse.
This raw, soulful song is about cheating and the guilt that accompanies it. Winehouse has a unique voice that really conveys the emotion of the song.
The lyrics are incredibly honest and sad as she acknowledges her wrongdoings and apologizes for hurting someone else: “I’m no good at apologies / But I apologize to you”.
The song is an honest confession of someone who knows they have done something wrong and takes responsibility for it. It’s a powerful reminder that cheating has consequences and that sometimes, love isn’t enough to fix a broken relationship.
You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette.
This powerful song is all about Alanis’s former lover and the betrayal she felt after he moved on to another woman.
The lyrics are so raw and honest that you can feel her pain seeping through the speakers, with lines like “Did you forget about me Mr. Duplicity? I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner” reflecting her confusion and hurt.
Despite being about a painful experience, it’s an incredibly uplifting song that celebrates resilience in the face of heartbreak and shows how you can overcome betrayal to find inner strength.
It’s an anthem for anyone who has ever been cheated on, and it remains one of Morissette’s most beloved and enduring songs.
Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams.
Williams’ timeless classic is a song about a man who has been betrayed by his partner, and the sorrow and regret he feels as a result.
The narrator in the song recounts how he thought his partner loved him, only to find out too late that she was cheating on him and doesn’t care about their relationship anymore.
He wishes he had the courage to confront her while they were together and hopes that someone else’s heart won’t be broken in the same way as his.
The melancholic tone of the song reflects the pain of being cheated on, but ultimately speaks to the idea that it is better to come out of a relationship with your self-respect intact than to stay in it and suffer. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” is a powerful reminder that love doesn’t always last and can very quickly turn sour.