20 Best Songs About Cheating

By Nico Gonzalez

You should listen to each of these 20 best songs about cheating. I am providing the lyrics of each song, as well as some other interesting information about each one. Songs are listed in no particular order.


Break You Off – The Roots

The Roots - Break You Off ft. Musiq

“Break You Off” is a song by The Roots, from their album “Things Fall Apart”. The song peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I’m not saying I’m cheat-proof / But I’m not going to let you cheat on me”.

This song was written by members of The Roots, Scott Storch, Malik B., and Dice Raw. The song is about a failed relationship.

Liar – Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas - Liar

“Liar” is a song by British singer Lianne La Havas, taken from her debut studio album “Is Your Love Big Enough?” Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I thought I knew you / But clearly I don’t / If you were cheating, you would tell me by now”.

This song was written by Lianne La Havas. Although La Havas is a singer, the song also features guitar and drums.

Stay – Sugarland

Sugarland - Stay (Official Video)

“Stay” is a song by American country music band Sugarland, taken from their fourth studio album “Love on the Inside”. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I guess you’re not my friend / Someone else has caught your eye / Look at me now I’m crying / You can’t say goodbye to yesterday”.

This song was written by Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush, and Bobby Pinson.

John, I’m Only Dancing – David Bowie

David Bowie – John, I'm Only Dancing (Official Video)

“John, I’m Only Dancing” is a song by David Bowie, released on his 1972 album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. The song was also released as a single. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “Don’t you want to use me? / Don’t you want to feel my body?”

This song’s lyrics were written by David Bowie and its music was composed by Mick Ronson.

Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop

5. Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around and Fell in Love

“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” is a song by Elvin Bishop, written by Willis Alan Ramsey. It was first released on Bishop’s 1975 album Struttin’ My Stuff. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I was fooled around and fell in love / I was fooled around, fell in love, with you”.

This song was written by Willis Alan Ramsey. Some releases of the song list Bishop as the writer. Also, the song was originally recorded by Ramsey.

Dalliance – The Wedding Present

The Wedding Present - Dalliance

“Dalliance” is a song by English indie rock band The Wedding Present, taken from their eighth studio album “Take Fountain”. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I know that you’re faithless / But I don’t mind / I’m just happy to have your dalliance”.

This song was written by David Gedge. Unlike most of the other songs on this list, “Dalliance” is a slow ballad.

You Make Loving Fun – Fleetwood Mac

You Make Loving Fun (2004 Remaster)

“You Make Loving Fun” is a song by Fleetwood Mac, written by Christine McVie. It was first released on the band’s 1977 album “Rumours”. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I had to have you / I couldn’t live without you / You were like a drug.”

This song was written by Christine McVie, who was married to bassist John McVie at the time it was written. Her husband also plays on the recording.

You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good

“You Know I’m No Good” is a song by British singer Amy Winehouse, from her 2006 debut album “Frank”. The song was written by Winehouse and Mark Ronson. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I cheated myself / Like I knew I would”.

This song was written by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson. It was produced by Ronson.

It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy

“It Wasn’t Me” is a song by Jamaican-American reggae artist Shaggy, featuring Ricardo “RikRok” Ducent and Sean Paul. It was released in December 2000 as the first single from his third studio album “Hot Shot”. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “She caught me red-handed / Creeping with the girl next door”.

This song was written by Shaggy, RikRok, and Sean Paul. “It Wasn’t Me” was the first reggae song to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lyin’ Eyes – The Dutch Eagles

The Dutch Eagles - Lyin' Eyes (DVD version)

“Lyin’ Eyes” is a song by the Eagles, written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey. It was first released on their 1975 album “One of These Nights”. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “Tell me you love me / Lie to me, make believe / That you never did, never will / Kiss another man”.

This song was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey. “Lyin’ Eyes” is the only hit single with Henley on lead vocals.

Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary MacGregor

Mary MacGregor - Torn Between Two Lovers (Lyrics)

“Torn Between Two Lovers” is a song written by Peter Yarrow and Phillip J. Labonte, first recorded by MacGregor in 1976. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I’m torn between two lovers / Feels like I’m going crazy”.

This song was written by Peter Yarrow and Phillip J. Labonte. MacGregor’s version was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Unfaithful – Rihanna

Rihanna - Unfaithful (Official Music Video)

“Unfaithful” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album “A Girl like Me” (2006). Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “You were always getting in my way / Now I know that nothing can come between us”.

This song was written by Evan Bogart, Ester Dean, Makeba Riddick, Mark Hill and Stargate. “Unfaithful” won the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance award at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl (Official Video)

“Jessie’s Girl” is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Rick Springfield. It was released in February 1981 as the lead single from his second album “Working Class Dog”. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I don’t want to be a fool for you / I don’t want to be your fool”.

This song was written by Rick Springfield. It was produced by Christopher Neil. “Jessie’s Girl” won the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the 1982 Grammy Awards, and the Single of the Year award at the 1981 American Music Awards.

Creep – TLC

TLC - Creep (Official HD Video)

“Creep” is a song by American R&B girl group TLC, from their third studio album “FanMail” (1999). Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I’ve been feeling you watching me / Wishing I could be that way for you”.

This song was written by Kevin Briggs and Organized Noize. “Creep” was the first single from “FanMail” to be released in the United States.

Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana (Official Video)

“Dirty Diana” is a song by American singer Michael Jackson, from his seventh studio album “Bad” (1987). Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “She was a dirty Diana / And she drove me all insane”.

This song was written by Michael Jackson. “Dirty Diana” was the fifth and final single from “Bad”.

You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

Jewel - You Were Meant For Me

“Foolish Games” is a song by American singer-songwriter Jewel, from her debut studio album “Pieces of You” (1994). Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “You were breaking all my rules / And I know that I was such a fool for you”.

This song was written by Jewel and produced by Ben Keith. “Foolish Games” spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel (Official Video)

“The Way You Make Me Feel” is a song recorded by American singer Michael Jackson, from his seventh studio album “Bad” (1987). Cheating is not referenced in the lyrics.

This song was written by Michael Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones. “The Way You Make Me Feel” was released as the third single from “Bad”.

Your Cheatin’ Heart – Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline - Your Cheatin' Heart

“Your Cheatin’ Heart” is a song written and originally recorded by country music performer Hank Williams. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “But now you’ve left me / You rolled right over me / And it’s gonna be your cheatin’ heart”.

This song was written by Hank Williams. Cline’s version was released as a single in March 1961.

Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats (Official Video)

“Before He Cheats” is a song recorded by American recording artist Carrie Underwood. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “He was always cheatin’ / And he always will be / Ain’t no tellin’ where he’s been”.

This song was written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear. It was produced by Mark Bright. “Before He Cheats” was released as the second single from Underwood’s debut studio album “Some Hearts” (2005).

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is a song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966. Cheating is referenced in the lyrics, with the lines “I heard it through the grapevine / Not much longer would you be mine”.

This song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. The version released by Motown’s Gladys Knight & the Pips won a 1969 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental. The song was also awarded two million US dollars in damages when Marvin Gaye successfully sued for infringement of copyright.