Lying and liars can be found everywhere and you don’t even have to look very far. Have you ever been cheated on? Have you ever had someone just lie to your face about something you knew was not true? Have you ever felt like you had your truth that you couldn’t keep inside anymore?
Have you ever had an internal battle with yourself wondering what part of yourself you should keep in? Maybe you’re the one that’s at fault and you need some self-reflection. Have you been unfaithful to someone and now you don’t have their trust? Or is it time to confront someone about their lying and cheating?
Sometimes the best way to express our inner turmoil, anger, or other frustrations is to listen to lyrics and belt out words to songs that understand us best in these moments. Songs have been written about liars and lying for many, many years, and these songs cover a wide variety of genres.
Take a look at this list of twenty of the Best Songs about Liars and Lying, and with this variety, you’ll be able to find just what you need for what you’re going through.
1. “Beautiful Liar” by Beyonce and Shakira
The first song on this list of liars and lying is an example of how music often tells stories about women being lied to by attractive men whom they think they can trust but wind up being untrue. “Beautiful Liar” is a catchy duet that perfectly blends Beyonce’s hip-hop and R&B style with Shakira’s Latin and Arabic style.
The song tells the story of two women being lied to by the same attractive man after realizing they’re both being cheated on, instead of being angry at each other or being vengeful towards each other, they both conclude that the “beautiful liar” is not worth their time or the drama.
The music video for this one is worth checking out too. Both women tell an incredible story through dance and movement.
2. “Lies” by The Black Keys
If a rock and bluesy sound is more to your taste, then The Black Keys have you covered. This song with simple lyrics tells of people spreading lies faster than they can take them back. It is a catchy tune that will get the point across and likely get stuck in your head.
3. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood has been hitting us with great country songs since her American Idol win and “Before He Cheats” is no exception.
Expert Tip: The song tells of the protagonist getting revenge on her lying and cheating ex-boyfriend by destroying his “pretty, little, suped-up,four-wheel-drive” while her now ex-boyfriend is cheating on her with another woman saying “he’s thinkin’ he’s gonna get lucky”.
Carrie Underwood ensures that he will think twice before cheating again even if she is not the one taking him back.
4. “Jive Talkin'” by The Bee Gees
“Jive Talkin'” is beat was inspired by a car ride, and the original title was “Drive Talkin'”. During recording, Barry Gibb heard himself singing over the rhythm “J-j-j jive talkin'” because he was thinking of the dance with the same name.
The title was then changed to “Jive Talkin'” and the original lyrics also had “you dance with your eyes” instead of “you lie with your eyes”. But after being told that “jive talkin'” was a phrase used to express when lies were being told or when stories were being exaggerated. Barry Gibb changed the lyrics to what they are now, which are “you lie with your eyes”.
The song’s lyrics tell about a woman embarrassing the singer and telling him lies. The music still has a catchy, upbeat sound to it. so it might be safe to say that all is forgiven between them.
5. “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Eminem and Rihanna in this collab brought us a powerful hip-hop ballad in 2010 that showed the emotional back-and-forth of an abusive and a love-hate relationship between the two. Relationships are often difficult and sometimes messy, but “Love the Way You Lie” really shows the dangerous cycle that abuse can be.
Both the music video and the song are powerful illustrations of just how destructive some relationships can wind up.
6. “Honesty” by Billy Joel
“Honesty” speaks about lies from the perspective of someone giving a plea. Billy Joel sings of wanting honesty from someone he cares about in this slow-paced, soulful song. It doesn’t seem like he’s speaking of a lover of a family member, but it’s still very applicable to all types of relationships.
He speaks of sympathy being easier to find than sincerity because everyone around him is so untruthful.
7. “A Beautiful Lie” by Thirty Seconds to Mars
Sometimes we are the ones telling lies to ourselves. Some lies are not ugly and they are meant to hide our truth for the sake of ourselves or others. Thirty Seconds to Mars expertly expresses the struggle between truth and the lies we tell ourselves with the alternating soft and heavy sounds in this alternative rock song.
8. “Lyin’ Eyes” by The Eagles
Songs about infidelity are found in every genre because unfortunately, it does happen. In this folksy tune, a younger woman leaves her lover for a man on “the cheatin’ side of town”, and both the one she’s cheating on and the one she’s cheating with know that she is not truthful or faithful to them.
They both know she is cheating and can see the truth in her “lyin’ eyes”.
9. “Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac
Another example of lying to yourself is found in this Fleetwood Mac song. “Little Lies,” tells the story of a fractured relationship, and the singer wondering if it’s time to call it quits. Sometimes the lie we tell to ourselves is that we can be suspended in disbelief for a little while longer while things are not as wonderful as they used to be. While we
10. “Liar” by Queen
In “Liar” a man is asking a priest for forgiveness for his past mistakes. Everyone thinks of him to be a liar, and no one believes him. He tells the priest he has stolen, raised his voice in anger, drank, and many other terrible things. Despite him asking and begging for forgiveness, the forgiveness that he seeks is denied to him.
11. “Your Love Is a Lie” by Simple Plan
Knowing your significant other is cheating on you is never an easy thing to find out. This softer, alternative rock song by Simple Plan, a band that was a staple in the alternative and emo scene, tells of a guy that knows his girlfriend is cheating on him despite her lying to his face saying that there isn’t anyone else in her life.
He wonders if when they kiss she thinks of him and he feels that their whole relationship is nothing but a lie since she’s been untruthful about so much.
12. “Lips of an Angel” by Hinder
Sometimes the one lying maybe you. Back in 2005 Hinder gave us “Lips of an Angel” which tells a different side of infidelity. While spending time with his girlfriend, the singer of the hard rock group receives a call from another lover.
The chorus tells how he wishes he were with the “other” girl rather than his girlfriend who’s close by in another room.
Expert Tip: Cheating is never good and even though “Lips of an Angel” is a great song, it’s never a good idea to be unfaithful.
13. “How Long” by Charlie Puth
“How Long” is from the point of view of someone being caught in their lies of cheating. Charlie Puth gives excuse after excuse for his cheating. He blames it on his head and being drunk. He promises that there were no feelings involved in the situation. He even promises that it “only happened once”.
But, his girlfriend has clearly had enough. She tells him “save your apologies” and just wants to know how long he has been cheating on her all the while calling her names like ‘baby’ and lying to her. Again, it’s never a good idea to cheat even if some of these songs are really catchy and fun to sing to.
14. “Liar Liar (Burn in Hell)” by The Used
If something heavier is more your style, then The Used has this song that is great for screaming and venting out your anger. Being lied to and feeling like the world is full of liars can make anyone angry, and this song is best on full volume when you can scream out your feelings.
Just make sure you’re not in mixed company with this one because the lyrics can get rather explicit with cursing.
15. “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy
Another song about making excuses for cheating behavior is “It Wasn’t Me”. Shaggy gives very clear indications that he’s sleeping around with “the girl next door” and then suddenly his girlfriend catches him in the act. While he is relaying the story to a friend about how he got caught in the act, his friend just tells him to deny everything by saying “it wasn’t me”.
Whatever the girlfriend confronts him about he just replies with “it wasn’t me”. The song may be good, but cheating in any relationship is not.
16. “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley
“Suspicious Minds” was originally written and recorded by American songwriter Mark James, but it never found commercial success. But in 1969 when it was covered by Elvis Presley, the song found major success. It even became one of the most memorable songs that Elvis ever recorded.
Expert Tip: The song tells of how relationships can’t work out well when suspicion and lies are in the mix.
17. “How Do You Sleep?” by Sam Smith
Sometimes the best revenge for a liar is karma and guilt. Sam Smith in “How Do You Sleep?” asks how their lover sleeps at night knowing that they are still in love with them and that they aren’t running around trying to find satisfaction in someone else. Staying true to yourself is always the better option, even if someone else is being a liar.
18. “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child
Confronting someone about their cheating and lying isn’t always easy but Destiny’s Child has the perfect song to help. Women groups are always great at making you feel empowered, and the ladies of this group go on to confront the man cheating.
They tell them how if no one is around then he should be able to express his feelings, but they know something is up. Some of the words like. “You’re actin’ kinda shady, ain’t callin’ me, baby. Why the sudden change?” are the perfect callout to a cheater that you know is up to no good.
19. “The Heart Won’t Lie” by Reba McEntire and Vince Gill
The heart wants what the heart wants, and even through tough times, it’s hard to lie to yourself about that. “The Heart Won’t Lie” is a country song that tells how even through a breakup your heart has a way of telling your truth even if it isn’t what you want to hear.
20. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus gives an emotional pop song about how our hearts just will not let us lie to ourselves about what we want. Even after working hard in a relationship to make things work, sometimes things just end badly despite wanting it to work out.
But, even after relationships end it’s often hard to lie to ourselves about our own truth about what we want.
There are many versions of lying whether it be infidelity (from both perspectives), lying to others for their own protection, or lying to ourselves for whatever reason. And, music is a great way to express those feelings. Sometimes you just need a good scream, to lay down, or just to cry.
Whatever you are going through, this list of twenty of the Best Songs about Liars and Lying has you covered and hopefully can get you through the rough times.