No one wants to be cheated on. It’s possibly one of the worst feelings in the world to be betrayed by the one you love. But alas, people cheat for all sorts of reasons. I’ve you’ve been on the receiving end of this betrayal of trust, you’ll want to tune in to these following songs. And conversely, you may also want to know the point of view of the person cheating on you, so we’ve included a couple of songs that convey the feelings of the cheater as well.
Songs About Being Cheated On
1. Sam Smith – I’m Not the Only One
As the title may suggest, Sam knows he’s not the only in his beau’s life. This heartbreaking ballad perfectly captures the feeling of knowing that he’s not quite enough for the one he loves, and so he has doubts. It’s later on that he admits that even though he should end it, his partner still has his heart.
Heartbreaking lines: You’ve been so unavailable, now sadly I know why. Your heart is unobtainable, even though lord knows you kept mine. You say I’m crazy, ‘cause you don’t think I know what you’ve done. But when you call me, I know I’m not the only one.
2. Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River
This song was released just after JT’s breakup with Britney Spears, which then sparked rumors that Britney may have been the one to ruin the relationship. This song talks about the heartbreak he went through after being cheated on. However, the cheater is back looking for a second chance, which was ruthlessly denied.
Heartbreaking lines: You don’t have to say what you did. I already know from him. Now there’s no chance for you and me, there’ll never be. And don’t it make you sad about it.
3. Beyonce – Irreplaceable
Irreplaceable is possibly the best power anthem for all of those who have been cheated on and were able to kick your ex-partner out of the house. It speaks volumes to all the cheaters out there who think they can just crawl back into your arms as if nothing happened. Well, as this song says, don’t you ever for a second get to thinking you’re irreplaceable.
Heartbreaking lyrics: Go ahead and get gone. Call that chick and see if she’s home. Oops, I bet you 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, drop them keys, hurry up before your taxi leaves.
4. Rihanna – Take a Bow
Yet another powerful song about finding out that you’ve been cheated on and getting the chance to rub it in your ex-lovers’ face. The line “take a bow,” is about how RiRi wants her man to take a bow for his theatrical performance in lying. For that, he deserves a standing ovation as he walks himself out.
Heartbreaking lyrics: And the award for the best lie goes to you for making me believe that you could be faithful to me, let’s hear your speech.
5. Dolly Parton – Jolene
If you were cheated on, would you even consider speaking to the other woman your man loves without flying into a rage? Dolly Parton’s tragic song is about pleading with the other woman to not take her man. She lowers her pride and admits that the other woman is more beautiful, and that she can have any other man, but she begs the other woman to let her have her man back.
Heartbreaking lyrics: Your beauty is beyond compare, with flaming locks of auburn hair, with ivory skin and eyes of emerald green. Your smile is like a breath of spring. Your voice is soft like summer rain. And I cannot compete with you, Jolene.
Songs About Cheating on Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend
6. Hinder – Lips of an Angel
Lips of an Angel is Hinder’s most popular song, and perhaps the only song that made it to the charts. It’s about a man talking to his mistress while his girlfriend’s in the next room. His mistress, who is incidentally in a relationship too, is someone that he used to be in a relationship with but never really got over. He even goes as far to say that it’s so hard to be faithful when his mistress keeps calling him.
Dirtbag lyrics: My girl’s in the next room, sometimes I wish she was you. I guess we never really moved on. It’s really good to hear your voice saying my name, it sounds so sweet. Coming from the lips of an angel, hearing those words it makes me weak. And I never want to say goodbye, but girl you make it hard to be faithful with the lips of an angel.
7. Little Mix feat. Jason Derulo – Secret Love Song
This duet is about a pair of star-crossed lovers who can’t be together because they’re with other people. They talk about keeping everything behind closed doors and how it’s so hard that they can’t shout their love from the rooftops. There’s a mention of why they can’t be together, and it’s because the man isn’t ready to settle down. But he does ask the girl if she’d be with him if he were ready.
Dirtbag lyrics: When you’re with him, do you call his name like you do when you’re with me? Does it feel the same? Would you leave if I was ready to settle down, or would you play it safe and stay?
8. John Legend – She Don’t Have to Know
Yet another song about two people hooking up while their significant others remain clueless. Behind the upbeat, jazzy tune are lyrics about sneaking away to the other side of town and hiding their illicit relationship from others. Near the end of the song, he admits that even though she gives him a lot of love, he knows he’s not the only “other man” in her life.
Dirtbag lyrics: I know you got a little secret of your own, sneaking out with me while your man’s at home. You know you’re wrong, but it’s so strong still carrying on. I go to the other side of town, so I will never risk the chance of catching her eye. ‘Cause she don’t have to know. She don’t have to know.
9. Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You
The first time you hear this, you might think that it’s just about a girl saving all her love for when her man comes around. But upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that the woman singing is the mistress. She fantasizes about running away with her man, but she knows at the back of her mind that her man has a family of his own.
Dirtbag lyrics: It’s not very easy living all alone. My friends try and tell me, find a man of my own. But each time I try, I just break down and cry. ‘Cause I’d rather be home feeling blue, so I’m saving all my love for you.
10. Carly Rae Jepsen – This Kiss
This catchy pop song might be something you want to dance to, but the lyrics are more insidious that you may initially think. It’s about a girl (who happens to have a boyfriend) hooking up with a guy who has a girlfriend of his own. She dismisses these details because the boy is just so irresistible to her.
Dirtbag lyrics: You know you’re just my type, and your eyes are lock and key to my heart. Tempting my confession, and you’re a real hot thing. But you know I’ve got a boy somewhere, so can you feel the tension?
Cheating, painful and messy as it may be, is becoming quite a common topic in songs. So the next time you feel like singing any of these upbeat or romantic-sounding songs to your significant other, take a good look at the lyrics in case they’re about infidelity!