Looking for songs about cheating to help you get over your heartbreak? Here you’ll find ten of the best in the classic rock and country genres, with songs perfect for those trying to forget a cheating lover, as well as some songs for those doing the cheating. So whether you’re experiencing heartbreak or breaking a heart or two, there’s sure to be some great country and classic rock songs about cheating on this list perfect for you:
“Lyin’ Eyes” by The Eagles – Here’s one of the best classic rock songs about a cheating spouse, and a warning to all men with money out there: you may be able to pay a beautiful woman to play wife by day, but when night falls, she’ll want to go out and play.
“Hey Hey What Can I Do” by Led Zeppelin – This is one of the best classic rock songs about a guy with a “little woman who won’t be true”. But what can a guy head over heels for a cheating lover do? Apparently the best way to avoid heartbreak is to just leave her where the guitars play (it’s probably also a good idea avoid falling in love with a “street corner girl”).
“Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix – This is one of the darkest songs about cheating, and one that I hope no spurned lover is inspired by. As much heartbreak as cheating can cause, it’s best to just listen to Jimi and his guitar tell this cautionary tale in one of the best songs of all time.
“Back Door Man” by The Doors – And here’s one of the few cheating songs here for those looking to celebrate their philandering ways. I don’t condone being a “back door man” for all the desperate housewives in your neighborhood, but since Jim Morrison always sounds so good, I’ll forgive him for tempting all the taken ladies in town.
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye – Those who think they can get away with cheating, beware; the grapevine is always there to ensnare you in your lies. But if you experience heartbreak due to sneaky cheating like the kind that goes on in songs like this, hopefully you can pluck those sour grapes right from the vine and turn them into wine by getting over your cheating lover.
“Take a Letter Maria” by Johnny Rivers – Songs like this could help you look at the bright side of cheating after you get over the heartbreak. In the song, a workaholic discovers that his wife is cheating on him and has his secretary write a letter to her saying he’s going to start a new life. And while his wife’s infidelity is definitely not easy to deal with, it does make him realize that he might spend a little too much time at work (where he also might have found true love in the form of his faithful secretary).
“Maybellene” by Chuck Berry – When it comes to classic rock songs about cheating, this is one of the best, full of references to hot rods and heartbreak. So beware of falling for a girl that loves fast cars; maybe it’s Maybellene.
“Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams – And here’s one of the best country songs about cheating ever written. Hank tells it like it is, letting those with cheating hearts know that it’s only a matter of time before their guilty consciences get the better of them. And if that’s not punishment enough, karma also plays a part in getting back at a cheating heart; those that cause the heartbreak will eventually experience it themselves.
“Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes – When it comes to songs about cheating, this one definitely has the happiest ending out of any on this list. When both members of an unhappy couple decide to try cheating through placing personal ads in the paper, they are pleasantly surprised when they meet their perfect matches. The moral of the story here? Before you cheat, at least try to get to know your significant other a little bit better.
“Jolene” by Dolly Parton – This is one of the best country songs about a different type of cheating: the emotional kind. While Dolly Parton doesn’t ever say that her man has gone astray with the beautiful Jolene in the physical way, she does notice that he’s thinking quite a bit about her romantic rival. So if you’ve ever experienced that painful pang of jealousy when you realize your man has another woman on his mind, this is one of the best songs to help you through such a troublesome time.
So whether you can’t get over the pain of being cheated on; are trying to move on; or are cheating yourself (shame! shame!), there’s sure to be some songs on here to help you get over your heartbreak (or make you realize the pain you’re causing someone else).