20 Best Songs About Revenge

By Nico Gonzalez

20 best songs about revenge – Most of these 20 songs are about getting back at someone by using the most powerful weapons known to mankind: song lyrics… and catchy hooks. Songs about revenge are “payback songs” in which one party aims to make the other party suffer. Songs about revenge can be used by anyone, whether it is an individual targeting another person or a group wanting to punish an entire nation/empire/people.

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We have the 20 best songs about revenge.


Here Comes Revenge – Metallica

Metallica: Here Comes Revenge (Official Music Video)

This song off of Metallica’s newest album looks into the theme of revenge through the eyes of a soldier returning home after experiencing war. The song makes us think about all of the soldiers returning home to face new struggles and challenges, some that are completely unexpected. The song is an interesting change after hearing Metallica’s classic sound on their first few albums. Before the song was released, Kirk Hammett said this about the song:

“It’s a very dark song. The first verse is basically someone talking to the person they are going to kill. The rest of it is them killing that person.” When asked about what inspired the lyrics he responded, “I watched a lot of war movies before writing it, and also I was influenced by Odin by Enslaved. Lyrically, it’s very dark.”

Get Outta My Way – Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way (Official Video)

This song is about getting revenge after the end of a relationship. Kylie sings, “I’ve learned to say ‘goodbye’ and I’m gonna make you see/that we’re not what we used to be.” The lyrics suggest that Kylie knows she has moved on and is ready to get out there again. And her ex-boyfriend is in for a surprise after he starts to think that they can just go back to how things used to be. Furthermore, this song was written by Minogue before she ended her relationship with her fiancé. And, as the lyrics suggest, she started dating model Andrés Velencoso soon after.

Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives

The Hives - Hate to Say I Told You So

The Hives are known for their energetic live shows and this song is no different. What makes the song so perfect is the bass line, guitar licks, and the drums. The song is about a person getting revenge on someone who has hurt them. It is a good “get out of my way” anthem. Since the song came out in 2002, it has been one of the best songs about revenge. Also, the music video for this song is hilarious.

Maneater – Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado - Maneater (US Version) (Official Music Video)

This is a great song about revenge that was written after Nelly Furtado ended her engagement with rapper Lil’ Wayne. Because of this, many of the lyrics in the song are about revenge. In addition, the song is about a girl who was once in love but realizes that her partner isn’t right for her. The lyrics suggest that she wants to break free and be with someone new.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Jet

Jet - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (Official Video)

This song was written after the band Jet saw another band perform while on tour. As the story goes, all of the members of Jet went to see another local Australian band called Wolfmother play a show. That night the lead singer for Wolfmother said that he thought that Jet was “just okay.” After hearing this, Jet wrote and recorded “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” in less than 24 hours. The song is about the lead singer for Wolfmother and how he should put his money where his mouth is by paying Jet to play a show with them.

Devil’s Haircut – Beck

Beck - Devils Haircut (Official Music Video)

This song is about the actions of the devil himself. It appears that this person has been wronged in some way and they are out for revenge. The lyrics suggest that this person wants to take their time with getting revenge on the person or people that wronged them. Beck also makes us think about how we should be careful who we mess with and not piss off the wrong person.

Walk This Way – Aerosmith and Run DMC

RUN DMC - Walk This Way (Official HD Video) ft. Aerosmith

This song is one of the best songs about revenge. It tells a story of getting revenge on someone who has hurt you in some way. This song talks about building up the courage to confront this person or people who have wronged you and get your revenge. The song was written by Steven Tyler after Joe Perry, the original guitarist for Aerosmith, left the band because he thought that Steven and Joe were fighting too much. Also, Aerosmith opened up for Run DMC six times before “Walk This Way” was written.

Bad Company – Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch- Bad Company

This song is about standing up for yourself, knowing that you can take care of any problem, and getting revenge on anyone who tries to hurt you. Five Finger Death Punch is one of the best bands around today because they make great songs about different types of revenge. “Bad Company” is just one example of their music that talks about revenge in some way. While the song talks about revenge, it is also a call-out to anyone who has ever doubted the band.

Can’t Be Touched – Roy Jones Jr.

Roy Jones - Can't be touched

This song is one of the funniest and catchiest songs ever written about revenge. The chorus alone will be stuck in your head for days after listening to it. The song was written by Roy Jones Jr. and he wrote it as a warning to anyone who wanted to go up against him in a fight. Although the lyrics talk about revenge, they are mostly just a warning not to mess with Roy Jones Jr. because he can’t be touched when it comes

Better Than Revenge – Taylor Swift

Better Than Revenge

This song is about a girl who realizes that her ex-boyfriend is dating someone new and decides to get revenge on this person for going out with the guy she once loved so much. Since Taylor Swift was a teenager, she has written many great songs about revenge. Although she is the biggest celebrity in the world right now, her music will always be some of the best ever written. Also, her songs are a great way to express your feelings about wanting revenge on someone or something.

Cry-Me-A-River – Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River (Official Video)

This song is about getting revenge on one of your ex-boyfriends or girlfriends after you have broken up. The lyrics talk about how this person does things to hurt the song’s protagonist and how they are now having fun by getting revenge on this person. The lyrics also say that the protagonist is better off without their ex. After hearing this song, it’s easy to tell that Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson were inspired by the song and some of its lyrics when writing “Scream.”

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

This song is about getting revenge on someone who has recently broken up with you for another person, or cheated on you in some way. The lyrics say that this person broke her heart and left her life in tatters but she will survive. She realizes that there are other people in the world who don’t treat you like they did, so she is glad that they broke up because now she has a chance to find someone new. This song was written during the disco era and it quickly became one of the most popular songs of all time.

I Feel So Good – Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson - I Feel So Good

This song is about how it feels great to finally get revenge on the people who have hurt you in some way throughout your life. Although “I Feel So Good” was written as a blues song, it has been one of the most popular songs to cover ever since it was written. It is one of the most famous blues songs and many different musicians have tried to turn it into something they can call their own. After listening to this song, it’s easy to tell that it is one of the best songs ever written about revenge.

I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble

This song is about how someone gets revenge on their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend after they have cheated on them with somebody else. The lyrics say that the protagonist knew there was “trouble” (cheating) in the relationship but they stayed anyway because they hoped their partner would change. After this person cheated on her, many different emotions are stirred up inside of her. She wants revenge but she doesn’t want to get back with him or be his friend again.

Unstoppable – Disciple

This song is about getting revenge on the people who have hurt you and tried to bring you down. Instead of becoming a victim, the protagonist decides to become “unstoppable.” There are many different lyrics that talk about how the person has been wronged in some way but they aren’t going to let it get them down anymore. Furthermore, the lyrics say that the protagonist is even more determined to succeed with their goals and not let anyone hold them back.

Not Ready to Make Nice – Dixie Chicks

The Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice (Official Video)

The song is about how the Dixie Chicks are not going to “be nice” anymore after many country radio stations refused to play their music because they said they were against President Bush. They realized that people only wanted to hear their songs if they were singing something pro-war or pro-Bush, but they didn’t want to sing anything like that. To summarize, this song is about getting revenge on the people who made them feel like they weren’t as good as everyone else because of their political views.

Hate You – King’s X

This song is about how the protagonist wants to get revenge on someone who has hurt them in some way, either emotionally or physically. The lyrics are very similar to “Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads because they both discuss how the protagonist wants to hurt someone who has hurt them. The song was written by a Christian rock band and it is very different than most of their other songs. Then again, many of their songs are about revenge or getting even with someone.

Sweet Revenge – Motörhead

Motörhead - Sweet Revenge

This song is about how the protagonist has been wronged in some way or cheated on by a former lover, and now they want to take their revenge on them. The lyrics say that the protagonist knows what they’re going to do in order to get revenge on the person who cheated on them. They will “burn down your city” and make sure that you know what it feels like to be wronged.

Songs for The Dumped – Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds Five - Song for the Dumped

This song is about how someone gets revenge on their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend after they have been dumped by them. The lyrics ask the question, “How does it feel to be dumped?” and then say that you can probably find out by listening to the song. It also talks about how great it feels to dump someone who doesn’t treat you right and then realize that other people are just better for you. Because of this, the protagonist wants to give all of their exes this feeling so they will get revenge.

If You – Harem Scarem

Harem Scarem - If You

The protagonist of the song wants to get revenge on their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend because they are now with someone else. It is an emotional song, similar to “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks, where the protagonist is angry but they are also sad because their relationship didn’t work out. At the same time, they realize that this other person is not good to them and want some form of revenge.

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