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15 Best Songs About Getting Revenge

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Revenge is a dish best served cold. But in our case, it’s best served on an awesome playlist.

The music industry is in no short supply of great revenge tracks. Artists and songwriters have found it to be such an inspirational topic that so many songs talk about or at least allude to revenge in some way. Perhaps that’s because it’s such a strong and complex feeling to want revenge on someone.

So we’ve made this playlist for all you people out there who are out for revenge. Whether you want revenge in the form of destruction of property, humiliation, or just plain old payback, we’re sure you’ll find a song here that’s right for you!

All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell

Okay, so maybe the “revenge” isn’t really played out in this song. But it’s a musical way of giving someone the finger. According to Ritter, the song is about a guy you gives you a hard time about everything, and the best part is that he’ll never know the song is about gloating about his misfortunes. Oh, and a little piece of trivia: the backing vocalists are practically screaming the lyrics because the band wanted them to actually sound like drunk assholes.

Revenge lyrics: Now you’ll never see

What you’ve done to me



You can take back your memories

They’re no good to me

And here’s all your lies

You can look me in the eyes

With the sad, sad look

That you wear so well

When you see my face

Hope it gives you hell



 

Florence + the Machine – Seven Devils

Florence Welch says the song (and the album, Ceremonials) is about an ecstatic exorcism. When asked what is being exorcised in the song, she says, “Self-doubt. Guilt. Pain. And constant questioning of who I am and where my morals lie.” So in a way, the song is taking revenge on a past that has dragged her down, and she’s now exorcising all that negativity to be more in control of herself. Pretty deep stuff,

Revenge lyrics: Seven devils all around you

Seven devils in your house

See I was dead when I woke up this morning

I’ll be dead before the day is done

Before the day is done

 

Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know

Now we’re moving onto songs that are more relatable. In You Oughta Know, Alanis sings about an ex-lover who has scorned her in some way. While she doesn’t go on a roaring rampage of revenge, she does go on a screaming songfest of revenge by releasing this song directed at a specific person from her past. The song itself is her revenge for a man who hurt her when she was younger.

Revenge lyrics: ‘Cause the joke that you laid on the bed that was me

And I’m not gonna fade

As soon as you close your eyes and you know it

And every time I scratch my nails down someone else’s back

I hope you feel it, well can you feel it?

 

Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around Comes Around

In this song, Justin Timberlake decides to let karma do the dirty work instead of exacting revenge. In What Goes Around Comes Around, he sings about a woman who cheats on him and ends up being miserable. Rumors say that it’s about Justin’s ex, Britney Spears. However, he has explained that the song is written for his best friend whose girlfriend cheated on him with a guy who crashed at their place.

Revenge lyrics: You spend your nights alone

And he never comes home

And every time you call him,

All you get a busy tone

I heard you found out

That he’s doing to you

What you did to me

Ain’t that the way it goes

When you cheated, girl

My heart bleeded, girl

So keep going without saying

That ya left me feeling hurt

Cee Lo Green – Forget You

It’s easy to think that this song was inspired by a lady who didn’t want to be with “The Lady Killer” before he became famous. But in reality, it’s a song Cee Lo Green wrote for Elektra Records because of their creative differences. He had recorded up to 70 songs for the label, and they didn’t seem to agree with which songs to include in his album.

Revenge lyrics: 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

I pity the fool that falls in love with you

Oh shit she’s a gold digger

 

Beyonce – Irreplacable

Queen Bey’s song about a cheating ex has become an anthem to all the scorned ladies out there. In Irreplacable, she sings about a man who tries to weasel his way back into their home. But Beyonce has packed his bags to show him that she’s done with him. She’s also telling him to go get in the cab because she wants her car back. While harsh, this revenge song is an empowering one that might inspire some ladies to leave their cheating boyfriends.

Revenge lyrics: So go ahead and get gone

Call up 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

Rollin’ her around in the car that I bought you

Baby drop them keys

Hurry up before your taxi leaves

 

Taylor Swift – Dear John

Taylor Swift is known for basing her songs on her ex, and in Dear John she has chosen John Mayer to be her muse. In the song, she sings about how she was so love struck and willing to handle his whims. While not exactly a revenge song when you listen to the lyrics, it has become a controversial song in Taylor’s career because of how overtly obvious it is that John Mayer is the subject. The song’s reputation has, in turn, become her ultimate revenge.

Revenge lyrics: You are an expert at “sorry”

And keeping lines blurry

Never impressed by me acing your tests

All the girls that you’ve run dry have tired lifeless eyes

Cause you’ve burned them out

James Brown – The Payback

Now let’s move on to a funky and soulful song about revenge. The song is actually a threat directed at a man who stole his money and his girlfriend. It’s not clear what he’s about to do, but you can hear just how angry James Brown is – he’s screaming and hollering, and his lyrics are almost fragmented. It’s the perfect arrangement for a song about an extremely angry man looking for payback!

Revenge lyrics: Lord, lord, you took my money, you got my honey

Don’t want me to see what you doing to me

I can get back I gotta deal with you, gotta deal with you

Gotta deal with you, I gotta deal with you

 

Sublime – Santeria

Santeria is such a fun and catchy song that you wouldn’t initially notice how violent and revenge-filled it is. Santeria is about a guy thinking of using black magic (in this case, through Santeria) to get his girlfriend back. However, she has been stolen by some “Sancho” or “other man” in Spanish slang. The singer also sends out a warning to the “Sancho” to go run and hide because he now has a gun.

Revenge lyrics: I don’t practice Santeria

I ain’t got no crystal ball

Well, I had a million dollars but I, I’d spend it all.

If I could find that Heina, and that Sancho that she’s found

Well, I’d pop a cap in Sancho and I’d slap her down

 

Blu Cantrell – Hit ‘Em Up Style

Blu Cantrell’s revenge song for a cheating ex is something that many of us want to resort to if we’re not the violent type. Hit ‘Em Up Style is a shout out song to all the ladies who finds that their boyfriend is cheating. Instead of trashing his car or trying to beat him up, Blu’s advice is to go get his card and cash and spend it all on a shopping spree!

Revenge 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 my way I grabbed Sole and Mia

And as the cash-box rang I thought everything away

 

Lily Allen – Smile

Don’t let the title and the tune fool you, because this song is all about getting back at a horrible ex. Allen has stated that the song is actually meant for her ex-boyfriend, DJ Lester Lloyd, who treated her horribly while they were together. However, he still had the gall to want to get back together with her! So every time she sees him crying, all she can do is smile.

Revenge lyrics: At first when I see you cry

It makes me smile

Yeah, it makes me smile

At worst I feel bad for awhile

But then I just smile

I go ahead and smile

 

Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

If you want a song about walking all over a guy who treated you badly, this is it. In this song, Nancy sings about a man who’s been messing around with other women. So she puts on her big girl boots and starts walking away. She leaves him with a threat that one day she’ll be walking all over him and there’s nothing he can do about it.

Revenge lyrics: You keep lying when you oughta be truthin’

And you keep losin’ when you oughta not bet

You keep samin’ when you oughta be a-changin’

Now what’s right is right, but you ain’t been right yet

Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue

For a moment, let’s move away from songs about revenge in a relationship. In A Boy Named Sue, the Man in Black sings about a kid whose deadbeat father left him with nothing but the name Sue. So he grows up to be big and mean, looking for revenge on the man who gave him such a horrendous name. Simply reading the lyrics is nothing compared to the experience of hearing Johnny Cash’s expressions as he sings this song!

Revenge lyrics: Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad

From a worn-out picture that my mother’d had

And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye

He was big and bent and gray and old

And I looked at him and my blood ran cold

And I said: “My name is ‘Sue!’ How do you do!?

Now you gonna die!”

Yeah that’s what I told ’em

 

Eamon – F*ck It

And after that short interlude, we’re back at it again with a relationship revenge song. Eamon’s song is all about saying “f*ck it* to everything he shared with an ex who cheated on him. We suppose one of the best ways to exact revenge on someone is to just stop caring.

Revenge lyrics: You thought, you could, keep this shit from me

Yeah, you burnt bitch, I heard the story.

You played me, you even gave him head

Now you’re asking for me back? You’re just another hack

Look elsewhere, cause you’re done with me

 

Carly Simon – You’re So Vain

It’s one of the music industry’s biggest questions – who is this song about? Carly has admitted that part of it is about Warren Beatty. And in line with the song’s theme of vanity, Warren Beatty has gone on believing that the entire song is about him. The song, the mystery, and the subsequent self-fulfilling prophecy is enough revenge for Carly, we think!

Revenge lyrics: You’re so vain

You probably think this song is about you

You’re so vain, you’re so vain

I’ll bet you think this song is about you

Don’t you? Don’t you?

So which songs on this list perfectly fit your idea of revenge? Share them with us below!

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