41 Songs About Lying, Liars, and Deception

Songs About Lying, Liars, and Deception

Are you healing from a break-up or experiencing injustice at work? We all experience the damage of dishonest people. Discover the following songs about lying, liars, and deception to soothe, motivate, or inspire you to deal with the bullies in your life.


1. He’s Fine by Secret Sisters

Song year: 2017

This melodic duo presents a sweet, melancholy song depicting when a relationship ends in infidelity. You get the sense this song is autobiographical, as the singer so eloquently describes the loneliness and confusion when a partner cheats.

The Secret Sisters’ folksy harmonies are unbeatable, lending an angelic quality to this sad tune. Put this song on for a true tear-jerker to soothe a broken heart.

2. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele

Song year: 2016

Adele knows how to empower and comfort the brokenhearted. This empowering break-up song delivers the perfect response to your ex when you’ve moved on. Adele offers feedback to her ex in this song, instructing them to treat their new partner better than she experienced. When you’re ready to move on, this song helps you take the first step.

3. Wish Me Well (You Can Go to Hell) by Bouncing Souls

Song year: 1999

Looking for a song to rage-dance to? “Wish Me Well (You Can Go to Hell)” by Bouncing Souls illustrates an uncomfortable conversation between two partners in a relationship. As the title suggests, this punk song is best for when you’re in the anger stage of grief. Choose this song for the hilarious spoken section at the end for some needed comic relief.

4. When Did Your Heart Go Missing? by Rooney

Song year: 2007

Another upbeat song, this old-school rock band kicks off with a snarling guitar riff and thrilling drum beat. You can’t help but dance along to this catchy song, where a confused lover desperately seeks answers. This song is perfect for those restless nights early in a breakup. Stream this one and dance to heal your broken heart.

5. Stripes by Brandy Clark

Song year: 2013

The women of country-western music rule when it comes to darkly comedic songs about those cheating men. Brandy Clark’s “Stripes” offers a morbidly funny explanation for why she decided to not kill her husband.

The lyrics detail that Clark’s least favorite color is orange, and she doesn’t look good in stripes. So she decides she won’t kill her husband. This feels like an “if you know, you know” moment, right?

6. Jolene by Dolly Parton

Song year: 1973

This song, famously written on the same day as the iconic “I Will Always Love You”, offers a unique spin on the cheating heart storyline. In this tune, Dolly appeals directly to the other woman, threatening to lure Dolly’s man away. Come for the relatable lyrics; stay for Dolly’s signature voice and catchy beat.

7. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight by The Postal Service

Song year: 2003

Maybe you’re reading this as someone who suspects their partner is lying. This lead song from The Postal Service’s legendary album Give Up describes that situation perfectly. The singer talks about reuniting with a lover after a long separation and feeling that the relationship has changed. If you are starting to feel like an outsider within your partnership, check out this techno-pop tune.

8. All I Ask by Adele

Song year: 2015

The second Adele song on this list, “All I Ask,” illustrates that heart-wrenching feeling of knowing you are experiencing those “lasts” with your partner. Adele begs her partner to make their lasts as memorable as possible. The final line of this song may be the only thing that soothes a freshly broken heart. This song is a must for any break-up playlist.

9. Changing Your Mind by Bob Schneider

Song year: 2007

This mellow indie song from singer-songwriter Bob Schneider opens with a meditative piano melody. But this sweeping song delivers an emotional arc, with a pleading middle section that repeats the title with increasing urgency. The end wraps up similarly to the beginning, making it a truly satisfying song while running or driving.

10. Picture To Burn by Taylor Swift

Song year: 2006

Another woman of country-western music makes the list, with “Picture to Burn” from Taylor Swift. Of course, Taylor makes this list! No one does a break-up song better than Swift, including this early country song. If petty revenge and ceremonial fires appeal to you, blast this up-tempo, twangy song.

11. People Change by Mipso

Song year: 2018

Friends, lovers, or family members feeling abandoned will find solace in “People Change” by Mipso. This gentle bluegrass song combines sweet lead vocals and lush strings throughout. This song is a welcome comfort for those coming to terms with letting go of a relationship.

12. Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright by Bob Dylan

Song year: 1963

Not every song is about a jilted lover picking up the pieces after a lost relationship. Sometimes the person harmed by dishonesty can walk away. If that sounds like you, this classic song from Bob Dylan comforts with a simple, relatable goodbye to the deceptive people in our lives.

13. I Dreamed a Dream by Les Miserables Cast

Song year: 2012

For when you just want to let it all out, choose the classic melodrama of the musical Les Miserables. This song, performed by the emaciated Fantine, describes the regret of losing the life she dreamed of. When looking for a good drama, choose this song – Anne Hathaway’s performance of it won Hathaway an Oscar in 2013.

14. No Room in Frame by Death Cab for Cutie

Song year: 2015

“No Room in Frame” represents the second song from songwriter Ben Gibbard. The previously mentioned “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” song was written by the same person, coincidentally on a similar topic. Choose this song when you’re experiencing anticipatory grief of a relationship.

15. Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys

Song year: 2006

This Arctic Monkeys song talks about a relationship fizzling out. The vivid imagery of lyrics describing both the good days and the slow dissolve of love are so relatable. Enjoy the addictive guitar licks and danceable beat in this mid-tempo Brit-rock song.

16. Hologram by Katie Herzig

Song year: 2008

This frantic indie song perfectly illustrates the anxiety of being in a relationship that is not right with you. Sometimes the deception begins with someone in the partnership lying to themselves. Herzig captures this feeling by singing reflective lyrics with her clear, pleading voice. If you liked “Bulletproof” by La Roux, you would like “Hologram.”

17. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire

Song year: 2010

Does the daily grind feel like it’s no longer working for you? Turn on “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” to work through your existential angst. This electro-indie song by Arcade Fire combines insightful lyrics about modern life with a relentless bass line for poignant contrast.

18. Truth Hurts by Lizzo

Song year: 2017

This song directly addresses the liars in our midst. Lizzo’s creative and sassy lyrics empower us to challenge those who deceive and exploit while owning their power. Choose this infectious hip-hop song first thing in the morning to start your day with confidence.

19. The Eye by Brandi Carlile

Song year: 2014

For those with a loved one suffering from substance abuse, explore “The Eye” by Brandi Carlile. Oftentimes, addiction encourages deceitful behavior. Carlile addresses how it feels to be on the outside of a natural disaster watching it happen. This slow bluegrass song provides comfort along with intricate harmonies and instrumentation.

20. Written in the Sand by Old Dominion

Song year: 2017

One of the more lighthearted songs about lying on this list, “Written in the Sand” by Old Dominion, describes the experience of meeting someone new and not understanding their intentions. If you can’t quite read your new crush, check out this beachy country song.

21. You Lie by The Band Perry

Song year: 2010

As the title explains, this The Band Perry song delivers an in-your-face response to liars. This country-rock band made of three siblings is known for up-tempo, sassy country songs. Sing and nod along with lyrics comparing your ex to other things which lie, like rugs and old dogs – classic country vibes!

22. Fancy by Reba McIntire

Songs about lairs

Song year: 1991

For a fresh twist on deception for this list, Reba weaves the incredible story of Fancy. Fancy is a young girl sold into sex work by her mother to escape a future in poverty. The song describes her entrance into this industry and eventual wild success. Reba’s signature voice powers this unlikely empowerment song about a lovable liar.

23. Kate by Johnny Cash

Song year: 1972

Johnny Cash is known for his straightforward lyrics challenging expectations. This lesser-known song “Kate” tells the story of an adulteress. Cash immediately kills her as the song begins, then continues to blame her for his jail sentence and execution. If you are intrigued by songs about an anti-hero, this one may be worth a listen.

24. (If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here by Shania Twain

Song year: 1995

Shania Twain can always be counted on for a sassy, upbeat song about deception. If you’re new on the dating scene and tired of lame pick-up lines, sing along to Shania’s lyrics. So many of Twain’s songs about deception speak truth to unfaithful lovers and male strangers who assume too much. You will want to roll your eyes along with her, which can be a very satisfying feeling!

25. Lips Are Movin by Megan Trainor

Song year: 2014

One of Megan Trainor’s earliest hits, “Lips are Movin” showed off Trainor’s clever lyrics and soulful voice. She even delivers a sassy middle section anyone could imagine repeating to the person who deserves it. For those who can’t take the lies anymore, this dance-pop song helps you leave all your feelings on the dance floor.

26. Take It on the Run by REO Speedwagon

Song year: 1980

“Take it on the Run” remains one of the biggest hits from this 1980s classic rock band. The signature nasal voice of the lead singer confronts his girlfriend to see if the rumors about her cheating are true. He tells her if it’s true, she can just go.

This song rises to a satisfying crescendo, just like so many famous rock songs from that era. Turn this one up loud on a long drive.

27. Trouble by Iggy Azalea

Song year: 2015

Like our number 20 song on this list, “Trouble” by Iggy Azalea describes being wary of the trustworthiness of a new crush. Azalea spits rap verses about the threats and allure of the bad boys, knitted together with soulful choruses sung by the incredible, Oscar-winning Jennifer Hudson.

This under-the-radar song expertly illustrates what it’s like to internally battle with the people we can sense aren’t good for us.

28. Slide by Calvin Harris

Song year: 2017

This slinky R&B/dance song calls out those who want to infiltrate the lives of the rich and famous. While not everyone understands buying Picassos and diamonds, everyone knows a fishy person who tries to be everyone’s friend a little too quickly. Enter your little world with this sexy, mid-tempo dance beat.

29. Gold Digger by Kanye West

Song year: 2005

One of Kanye's most famous songs, “Gold Digger,” continues Calvin Harris’ theme about fame seekers. Jamie Foxx joins this thumping rap song for the chorus, performing in a throwback voice from his Ray Charles era. If you have feelings about greedy people or prenuptial agreements, be sure to check out this Kanye West rap.

30. Hold On, Hold On by Neko Case

Song year: 2014

This powerful indie song describes the anxiety the singer feels in social situations and around strangers. She describes the racing thoughts of her inner mind with clarity and a clear, resonant voice. For anyone who finds it hard to trust strangers and unfamiliar surroundings, Case’s song may appeal to you.

31. Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley

Song year: 1969

In a classic ode to infidelity, Elvis begs his lover to help them both escape the traps of their relationship. This iconic singer croons about mutual distrust in each other but the undeniable love they also share. Explore these complicated feelings through the incomparable voice of Elvis Presley in this classic ballad.

32. Anything Goes by Anything Goes Cast

Song year: 1934

This show-stopping Broadway number perfectly explains the seeming futility of telling the truth. At this point in the musical, several suspicious characters are revealing their schemes. This leads to the huge song-and-dance number “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter.

This song explains that the classic norms are out the window, and if you like green pears and back stairs, and even more nefarious things, it doesn’t matter. When you want to toss your hands up at injustice and tap your feet instead, try this tongue-twisting show tune.

33. Tainted Love by Soft Cell

Song year: 1981

You can probably recognize this song by its first synthesizer notes. This memorable 1980s hit depicts the pain of a deceptive relationship. The cathartic wails throughout the song truly demonstrate how the singer feels about this destructive partnership. Don’t miss Soft Cell’s music video for an amazing flashback to 80s style.

34. Jive Talkin’ by Bee Gees

Song year: 1975

Disco may sound carefree and bouncy, but this hit song from the Bee Gees shows that disco can also tackle complicated themes. In this song, the phrase “jive talkin’” means lying, and the singer confronts the person causing him so much pain. If you’re feeling like a fool in your relationship and are looking for inspiration to turn it around, check out this 1975 tune.

35. Sincerely Me by Dear Evan Hansen Cast

Song year: 2021

The overall theme of Dear Evan Hansen is duplicity, showing how unpopular kids will latch on to a fellow student’s suicide for social clout. “Sincerely Me” presents the only upbeat song in this musical, loaded with earnest ballads.

This pop song delivers a dark comedy atmosphere, detailing the lies necessary to keep these students popular. If you like a good villain song, “Sincerely Me” fits the bill.

36. Goodbye Earl by Dixie Chicks

Song year: 1999

The final country song on this list, “Goodbye Earl,” describes the lengths a woman will go to escape her abusive and deceptive partner. This song about lying also delivers morbidly funny lyrics along with impressive instrumentation. Celebrate a certain type of girl power with this silly storytelling country song.

37. Used To Love You by Gwen Stefani

Song year: 2015

After Gwen Stefani’s famous divorce, she released remarkable break-up songs. “Used to Love You” captures the eerie feeling when you first forget about the betrayal felt by the person you used to love.

Once someone who was your entire world fades away, this bittersweet space remains. Stream this sentimental love song on repeat and continue healing with this catchy, upbeat Stefani song.

38. Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel

Song year: 1970

While technically a song about fickle inspiration from St. Cecilia, the lyrics perfectly describe the feeling of being pulled around by a relationship. Paul Simon sings about the sadness of losing love, only to be cautiously joyful at its return.

The third track on the legendary album Bridge Over Troubled Water, Cecilia has an infectious melody guaranteed to help soothe those confusing feelings of love.

39. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

Song year: 1983

Another iconic song known instantly from its bass hook, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” tells an emotional story inspired by real life. The singer finds himself on the dance floor, confronted by someone who says she is the mother of his child.

According to Jackson, his brothers experienced women making false claims like this, which influenced his songwriting. He also strived to write a song around a bass line, resulting in the memorable hook throughout “Billie Jean.”

40. Say My Name by Destiny’s Child

Song year: 1999

The women of Destiny’s Child, the original vehicle for Beyonce, can see right through a man who won’t refer to their partner in public. This powerful R&B song ruled the early 2000s, with a classic empowerment song that demands representation and respect. If you need to listen to a song about liars to get clarity on your situation, this catchy anthem fits the bill.

41. Love the Way You Lie by Eminem

Song year: 2010

Eminem made his career spitting aggressive and often violent lyrics with his signature gruff voice. This Detroit rapper teams up with Barbados-born R&B singer Rihanna for this emotional and raw song about toxic relationships. This song is all about catharsis, so turn it on when you need to work through your most complicated feelings.

Top Songs About Lairs, Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, lies and deception are a part of life. Thankfully we all have music to help us cope. From country stars to rap icons and even famous Broadway show tunes, so much of our art revolves around lying. So whether you use these songs to rage, feel soothed, or maybe even celebrate a dastardly move, these songs about lying provide the perfect atmosphere.

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