20 Best Songs About Deception

By Nico Gonzalez

How well do you know the people you love? Chances are, if you’ve been deceived by someone you thought was close to you, the answer is not as well as you’d like to think. Deception can come in many forms – from a spouse who cheats on you to a friend who borrows money and never pays it back. Sometimes, we’re the ones doing the deceiving, as in cases of infidelity or lying.

No matter what side of the deception coin you find yourself on, it’s always painful. These 20 songs explore the range of emotions that come with being lied to, cheated on, or otherwise betrayed. From heartache and anger to confusion and disbelief, these songs will make you feel all the feels.


I Love The Way You Lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna

Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna

“I Love The Way You Lie” is a song by Eminem featuring Rihanna. The song was released in 2010 and quickly became a hit, reaching the top of the Billboard charts. The song is about the cycle of violence in a relationship, and how even though it can be destructive, it can also be addictive. The lyrics describe how one person can hurt the other, and then the other person will forgive them and take them back, only to be hurt again. This cycle can repeat over and over until finally, the relationship explodes. The song is unique in that it offers no easy answers or solutions. Instead, it simply shows how difficult it can be to break out of this cycle of violence.

Bad Liar – Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez - Bad Liar

“Bad Liar” is a song by American singer Selena Gomez. The song was released on May 18, 2017, through Interscope Records. “Bad Liar” was written by Gomez, Julia Michaels, and Justin Tranter and produced by Ian Kirkpatrick. The song is about being in a relationship with a person who is a liar and cheats. The song’s lyrics are written from the perspective of someone who is tired of being lied to and cheated on. Gomez has said that the song is about her personal experience with liars and cheaters.

Love Lies – Khalid

Khalid & Normani - Love Lies (Official Video)

“Love Lies” is a song recorded by American singers Khalid and Normani. The track was written by Khalid, Normani, Jamil Chammas, Ryan Vojtesak, and Teddy Geiger, with the latter also producing the song. It was released on February 14, 2018, as the lead single from the soundtrack to the film Love, Simon. “Love Lies” is a mid-tempo song that infuses R&Bwith pop. The lyrics of the song are about deception in a relationship and feeling lost without your partner. The song received positive reviews from critics, who praised its production and lyrics.

Liar – Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello - Liar (Official Video)

Deception is an act of lying or withholding the truth in order to create a false impression. In relationships, deception can be used to gain power or control over another person. It can also be used to avoid conflict or to make someone feel better about themselves. Deception can be hurtful and destructive, but it can also be a harmless white lie. In the song Liar, Camila Cabello sings about the pain of being deceived by someone she loves. The lyrics describe the feeling of betrayal and heartbreak that comes from discovering that you have been lied to. The song is a reminder that deception can have a lasting impact on those who are deceived.

How Do You Sleep – Sam Smith

Sam Smith - How Do You Sleep? (Official Video)

Deception is a difficult thing to deal with. You can never really be sure if someone is being truthful or not, and it can often lead to feeling betrayed. This feeling of betrayal is explored in the song “How Do You Sleep?” by Sam Smith. The song talks about how someone has been betrayed by a former lover, and how that person is now trying to move on. However, they can’t help but wonder how that person can sleep at night, knowing what they have done. The song is a powerful exploration of the feelings that come with deception, and it shows how difficult it can be to move on from someone who has hurt you.

Lie To Me – 5 Seconds Of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer - Lie To Me

The song “Lie to Me” by 5 Seconds of Summer is a song about the deception that can occur in relationships. The lyrics talk about how someone can “lie through their teeth” and “look you in the eye and tell you they don’t love you”. However, despite the hurt that can be caused by these lies, the singer still wants the person who has lied to them. This shows that even though lies can cause pain, there is still a strong desire to believe them. The song speaks to the human need for connection and how even when we know we are being lied to, we still want to believe the lie.

Lies – Black Keys

The Black Keys - Tell Me Lies [Official Audio]

Deception is a theme that has been explored by many artists throughout history. In the song “Lies” by The Black Keys, the band uses clever lyrics and catchy melodies to explore the idea of deception in relationships. The song starts with the narrator asking his partner if she has been lying to him. He then goes on to say that he knows she has been seeing someone else. The chorus of the song features the repeating line “I can see your lies, they’re written all over your face.” This accusation is followed by a series of questions about what she has been hiding from him. 

Lie – NF

The song “Lie” by NF is about the dangers of deception. The song starts with the line “I can’t keep living like this” which sets the tone for the rest of the song. The speaker in the song is talking about how he has been lied to and how it has affected his life. He talks about how the person who lied to him made him feel and how it has changed his relationship with that person. The speaker then talks about how he doesn’t want to be a part of the lie anymore and how he wants to find the truth. The song ends with the line “I’m done living in a lie” which shows that the speaker has finally had enough and is ready to move on.

You Lie – The Band Perry

The Band Perry - You Lie

You Lie is a song by The Band Perry that was released in 2010. The song is about deception and the pain it can cause. The lyrics tell the story of a relationship that has been built on lies, and how those lies have eventually led to the breakdown of the relationship. The song is sung from the perspective of someone who has been lied to, and it’s clear from the lyrics that the singer is deeply hurt by the betrayal. You Lie is a powerful song that speaks to the hurt and pain that deception can cause. It’s a reminder that honesty is always the best policy, and that sometimes the truth can be painful but it’s always better in the long run.

Beautiful Liar – Beyonce and Shakira

Beyoncé, Shakira - Beautiful Liar

The song “Beautiful Liar” by Beyonce and Shakira is a song about deception. The lyrics tell the story of two women who are in a relationship with the same man. The man has been lying to both of them, and the women have finally found out about it. The song is about the hurt and betrayal that they feel as a result of his lies. The song is also about the strength of their friendship, and how they are able to overcome this difficult situation together. “Beautiful Liar” is an empowering song that speaks to the resilience of women and the power of friendship.

Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies (Official Music Video)

Little Lies is a song by Fleetwood Mac about the pain and hurt caused by deception. The song speaks to the idea that even the smallest lie can have a big impact on a relationship. The lyrics talk about how lies can build up over time and eventually lead to the end of a relationship. The song also talks about how it can be difficult to trust someone again after they have lied to you. Little Lies is a sad and beautiful song that captures the heartbreak of being betrayed by someone you love.

Lips Are Movin’ – Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin (Official Music Video)

Deception is a common theme in popular music, and Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin'” is a prime example. The song is about a woman who is trying to lie her way out of a relationship, and the lyrics are full of clues that she is not being honest. For instance, she claims that she “didn’t mean to kiss” her ex, even though it’s clear that she was the one who initiated the kiss. She also says that she was “just trying to be friendly,” even though it’s clear that she was flirting with him. In the end, the deception is uncovered, and the woman is left feeling embarrassed and exposed. The song is a reminder that honesty is always the best policy, even if it doesn’t always lead to the outcome we want.

Lyin’ Eyes – Eagles

Lyin' Eyes (2018 Remaster)

“Lyin’ Eyes” is a song by the American rock band Eagles. The song was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, and it was released in 1975 on the album One of These Nights. The song is about a man who is having an affair with a married woman. He knows that she is not being faithful to her husband, and he is aware of the lies she tells him. Despite all of this, he still loves her and can’t let her go. The song became one of the Eagles’ biggest hits, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and winning the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1976.

Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon - Take It On the Run (Official Audio)

Take It On The Run is a song by the American rock band REO Speedwagon. It was released in 1981 as the lead single from their album Hi Infidelity. The song was written by the band’s lead singer Kevin Cronin and is about the perils of deception. The lyrics tell the story of a man who has been betrayed by a woman he thought he could trust. Despite the fact that she has caused him pain, he still can’t seem to let her go. He knows that she is bad for him, but he can’t help but be drawn in by her charms.

Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons - Bad Liar (Official Music Video)

Deception comes in many forms. It might be a white lie told to spare someone’s feelings, or a more complicated scheme devised to gain an advantage. Whatever the reason for deception, it’s often fueled by fear or insecurity. The song “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons explores the inner workings of a deceptive mind. Over a moody, anxious beat, the narrator describes the lengths they go to in order to keep up the facade. They’re exhausted by the effort required to maintain the lie, but they can’t seem to stop themselves. Ultimately, the song is a warning against succumbing to the temptation of deception.

White Liar – Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert - White Liar (Official Music Video)

The song “White Liar” by Miranda Lambert is a catchy tune about the deceitfulness of a liar. The story told in the song is one that many people can relate to, making it a popular choice for karaoke and road trips. The lyrics paint a picture of a woman who has been lied to by her partner and is now seeking revenge. The chorus of the song is particularly memorable, with Lambert singing “Hey white liar, Hey white liar / You done me wrong and you made me cry / I’m gonna get even, I’m gonna get even / Gonna make you wish you’d never told a lie.”

Jive Talkin’ – The Bee Gees

Bee Gees - Jive Talkin'

The Bee Gees were a British pop music group formed in 1958, which consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio was successful for most of their decades-long career, but they reached new heights of popularity with their disco hits in the 1970s. One of their best-known disco songs is “Jive Talkin’,” which was released in 1975. The song is about a man who is trying to deceive his partner by talking jive or using empty words to make himself sound more attractive. The song became a huge hit, reaching the top of the charts in several countries. It remains one of the Bee Gees’ most iconic songs, and its timeless message about the dangers of deception is as relevant today as it was when it was first released.

Would I Lie To You – The Eurythmics

Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Would I Lie to You? (Official Video)

deception. Whether it’s a white lie told to spare someone’s feelings or a more significant act of fraud, deception is a common occurrence in everyday life. And while it may seem harmless at times, deception can actually have far-reaching consequences. The song “Would I Lie To You” by the Eurythmics explores the complex effects of deception in relationships. The lyrics tell the story of a relationship that has been built on lies and deceit, and the singer wonders if she can ever trust her partner again. The song highlights the pain and confusion that deception can cause, as well as the challenges of rebuilding trust after it has been broken.

Honesty – Billy Joel

Billy Joel - Honesty (Official Video)

Released in 1980, “Honesty” is a song by Billy Joel that addresses the issue of deception. The lyrics tell the story of a man who has been deceived by the woman he loves and is trying to make sense of what happened. Throughout the song, Joel conveys a sense of confusion and betrayal, ultimately asking the question, “Is honesty really the best policy?” While the answer to that question may be subjective, “Honesty” is a powerful song that highlights the hurt that can be caused by deception.

A Beautiful Lie – Thirty Seconds To Mars

Thirty Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie

“A Beautiful Lie” is a song by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. It was released as the second single from their second studio album, A Beautiful Lie (2005). The song was written by lead vocalist Jared Leto and produced by Josh Abraham. “A Beautiful Lie” is a piano-driven ballad that reflects on the theme of deception. The lyrics tell the story of a relationship that is built on lies and manipulation. The song speaks to the idea that sometimes people stay in relationships because they are afraid of the truth. “A Beautiful Lie” is a powerful reminder that honesty is always the best policy.