Have you ever been betrayed by someone you love? It’s one of those feelings that cut deep and leave you reeling from the pain. If you’re in need of a good cry after finding out that you’ve been betrayed, these songs are for you.
Rihanna – Take a Bow
Let’s start off this list with one of Rihanna’s biggest hits. In Take a Bow, Rihanna waits for her lover to confess and apologize for cheating on her. However, instead of even considering to forgive him, she instead gives him a round of applause for his superb acting skills. She knows he’s only sorry he got caught, so as a final blow of humiliation, she mocks him.
Betrayal lyrics: Don’t tell me you’re sorry ‘cause you’re not
Baby when I know you’re only sorry you got caught
Kanye West – Heartless
While never explicitly stated that this song is about being betrayed by a lover, Kanye sings it in such a way that convinces you that this heartless woman practically put him through hell. In this song, he talks about a woman whose heart is so cold that he almost lost his soul trying to love her. In the end, he finally realizes he’s better off without this woman who’s driving him up the wall.
Betrayal lyrics: In the night, I hear ’em talk
The coldest story ever told
Somewhere far along this road, he lost his soul to a woman so heartless
How could you be so heartless?
Oh, how could you be so heartless?
Beyonce – Irreplaceable
It’s a tie between this song and Take a Bow for the best blowback against a cheating lover who’s trying to act dumb about what he did. Irreplaceable is about a woman who’s telling her man to pack up all his stuff because she knows about all the shenanigans he’s been up to. And to make it even worse, she’s telling him to take a cab because she wants her car back. Ouch!
Betrayal lyrics: So go ahead and get gone
And call up that chick and see if she’s home
Oops, I bet ya thought that I didn’t know
What did you think I was putting you out for?
Because you was untrue
Rolling her around in the car that I bought you
Baby you dropped them keys
Hurry up before your taxi leaves
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
Have you ever met someone so toxic that she practically ruins the idea of love for you? Well Bon Jovi seems to have met the woman who’s perfect for the role. In You Give Love a Bad Name, Bon Jovi describes who seems so angelic, but once you get to know her, she’s as dangerous as a loaded gun. Rumor has it that the woman being described in the song is actually Bon Jovi’s ex-wife, actress Diane Lane, though these rumors have never been proven.
Betrayal lyrics: An angel’s smile is what you sell
You promise me heaven then put me through hell
Chains of love, got a hold on me
When passion’s a prison you can’t break free
You’re a loaded gun, yeah
There’s nowhere to run
No-one can save me, the damage is done
Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River
This might just be one of the best pop breakup songs ever written, partly because it was inspired by true events. Back in the early 2000s, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake seemed like the perfect pop couple. However, when Britney allegedly cheated on Justin, he just had to write a song to pour out all his feelings. The result was this song about a relationship going bad because of betrayal, and the guy moving on and coming out better than ever.
Betrayal lyrics: You don’t have to say, what you did
I already know, I found out from him
Now there’s just no chance
With you and me
There’ll never be
Don’t it make you sad about it?
Blu Cantrell – Hit ‘Em Up Style
Unlike many of the songs in this list where the one being betrayed either confronts the cheating partner or laments the ruined relationship, Blu Cantrell’s song is about getting sweet, sweet revenge. When she finds out that her man is cheating, she goes out and uses his credit card on a huge shopping spree. She finishes the song by saying that when your man wants to go buck-wild, hit up his cash because that’s what’s going to hurt him the most.
Betrayal lyrics: 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
Adele – Cold Shoulder
Most of the songs on this list are about revenge and getting even, but here’s one song with an entirely different sentiment – envy. In this song, Adele wishes she was the other woman who has captured her man’s heart. Whenever her man is with her, Adele only gets the cold treatment from him, and yet she is content with playing the fool because she loves him so much.
Betrayal lyrics: When you grace me with your cold shoulder
Whenever you look at me I wish I was her
You shower me with words made of knives
Whenever you look at me I wish I was her
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Isn’t it just the absolute worst feeling when you’re the last to know that you’ve been made a fool of? In this song, Marvin confronts his cheating girlfriend. He tells her that he has heard rumors about her cheating ways, and while he’s open to giving her the benefit of the doubt, he can’t help but cry about how he’s been betrayed.
Betrayal lyrics: I bet you’re wonderin’ 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
Oh I heard it through the grapevine
Oh I’m just about to lose my mind
Bruno Mars – Grenade
How often do you get a guy to tell you that he’s willing to risk bodily harm for you? In this song, Bruno Mars is the unlucky guy who gives all his love who refuses to do the same for him. She’s the kind of woman who gives the promise of love and the ditches you the minute she finds someone better – that’s the kind of woman who would betray you even if you give her all your love!
Betrayal lyrics: Easy come, easy go
That’s just how you live
Oh take, take, take it all but you never give
Should’ve known you was trouble from the first kiss
Had your eyes wide open
Why were they open
Gave you all I had and you tossed it in the trash
You tossed it in the trash, you did
To give me all your love is all I ever ask
Sam Smith – I’m Not the Only One
Sam Smith hit the nail on the head when he wrote this song about the ultimate betrayal. I’m Not the Only One is about a man who learns that all his suspicions were correct – his partner is cheating on him. He describes how he had always had his doubts, and then one day realizing that his hunch was correct.
Betrayal lyrics: You say I’m crazy
‘Cause you don’t think I know what you’ve done
But when you call me baby
I know I’m not the only one
All the pain might seem like it will never go away, but if you take a page from these betrayed lovers, you too can rise up and let go.