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52 Songs About Haters, Bullies, and Other Mean, Jealous People

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Mean people can ruin your day, your week, or worse -- but only if you let them.
Mean people can ruin your day, your week, or worse -- but only if you let them. | Source

Haters & Bullies: People Who Try to Break Your Spirit

Whether on the playground or in the boardroom, in the neighborhood or even at church, bullying is the most common form of violence in the United States.1 Bullies, haters, and other jealous jerks spread their contempt and disgust through...

  • threats and intimidation
  • teasing
  • harassment and
  • physical aggression.

If you identify with having one of these soul-sucking, spirit-shattering, and self-esteem destroying haters in your life, stay strong and tell your story. (Haters prefer that you suffer in silence.) And if you witness it happening, do the right thing and speak up.

These rock, pop, country, punk, and R&B songs can help you create a playlist of songs about bullying and standing up to the haters in your life. They represent all perspectives: victim, bystander, and even the bully.

Remember, you are not alone.

Bullying Knows No Boundaries

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Half of all kids encounter bullying at some point during their school careers, according to research.  One in 10 are the targets of chronic bullying.Girls are more likely to bully in groups and use more indirect, verbal, and emotional forms of bullying.  Boys use more direct and physical forms.Teachers intervene in only 1 in 25 bullying incidents.  Gay teens are three times more likely to experience bullying than heterosexual teens.Stop teasing the cat that way.  Cats have feelings too, you know.  And claws.
Half of all kids encounter bullying at some point during their school careers, according to research.  One in 10 are the targets of chronic bullying.
Half of all kids encounter bullying at some point during their school careers, according to research. One in 10 are the targets of chronic bullying. | Source
Girls are more likely to bully in groups and use more indirect, verbal, and emotional forms of bullying.  Boys use more direct and physical forms.
Girls are more likely to bully in groups and use more indirect, verbal, and emotional forms of bullying. Boys use more direct and physical forms. | Source
Teachers intervene in only 1 in 25 bullying incidents.  Gay teens are three times more likely to experience bullying than heterosexual teens.
Teachers intervene in only 1 in 25 bullying incidents. Gay teens are three times more likely to experience bullying than heterosexual teens. | Source
Stop teasing the cat that way.  Cats have feelings too, you know.  And claws.
Stop teasing the cat that way. Cats have feelings too, you know. And claws. | Source

The Best Book On Dealing With Difficult People That You'll Ever Read

Dealing with People You Can't Stand, Revised and Expanded Third Edition: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst
Dealing with People You Can't Stand, Revised and Expanded Third Edition: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst

There's a reason this book is a global bestseller. This updated version carries all the examples on types of difficult people you'll encounter. It provides solutions and advice in a humorous manner (really), and it's exactly what you need to stop suffering and start flourishing. It's the go-to book that I personally recommend to all my friends!

 

1. "Mean" by Taylor Swift

Leave it to Taylor Swift to turn a performance debacle into a personal and professional win. When she performed poorly at the Grammys singing with legendary superstar Stevie Nicks, Taylor was lambasted with negative reviews. Some people even predicted it would be the end of her music career.

But Taylor wouldn't be shamed. She shot back with this 2010 anti-bullying anthem about an especially nasty critic. Describing him as "mean and a liar and pathetic and alone in life," the singer called him out on his "wildfire lies" and his words which were "like knives and swords and weapons."

Take that, you bully!

2. "How Do You Like Me Now?" by Toby Keith

Do you remember that guy in high school who desperately tried to get your attention? Of course not, but he remembers you.

And he still harbors a 20-year grudge, the same kind that Toby Keith is singing about in this 1999 song about a boy who was overlooked in high school by the perfect girl, the pretty valedictorian. She mocked the poor fella for his dreams of music stardom, and he just couldn't forget it.

Now he's famous, and she's trapped in an unhappy marriage. So who's the bully these days? (Hey, Toby, at least in high school she could blame it on being young and immature.)

3. "One Of These Days" by Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw tugs at the heartstrings in this 1997 song about a regretful bully. The song's narrator recalls the red-headed, freckled-faced boy on the playground that he pushed, shoved and picked on. He also remembers the jilted teenage girl whom he (ahem) didn't treat respectfully.

As an adult, he realizes that underneath it all is his own self-loathing and that one of these days he'll learn to love and accept himself.

The Mean Girl Brigade

Maybe you know these gals.  Maybe you've tangled with them.  Maybe you see yourself.
Maybe you know these gals. Maybe you've tangled with them. Maybe you see yourself. | Source

4. "Haters" by Hilary Duff

With lyrics that could be straight out of high school, Hilary Duff shames the haters in this in-your-face 2004 song. She accuses her haters of

  • disliking who they are
  • being superficial
  • lying
  • merely pretending to be nice
  • feeling jealous and angry and
  • breaking promises and treaties.

Although some people assumed that the song was about Lindsay Lohan (whom she was feuding with at the time), the singer denied it.

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5."Bully" by Shinedown

Alternative rock band Shinedown offers this powerful anti-bullying song (2012) that recounts how it feels to be picked on unfairly:

It's 8 a.m., this hell I'm in
Seems I've crossed a line again
For being nothing more than who I am
So break my bones and throw your stones.
We all know that life ain't fair
But there's more of us we're everywhere.

The song then imagines righting the bully's wrong through vigilante justice. Shinedown says its lyrics do not condone violence but rather convey a symbolic message about standing up for oneself when you're being picked on.

Ready to Rumble

This is one dude you don't want to tangle with.  Get out of his way before he messes you up.
This is one dude you don't want to tangle with. Get out of his way before he messes you up. | Source

6. "Don't You Just Hate Those People?" by Jennette McCurdy

When you're recovering from heartbreak, seeing couples in love publicly displaying affection can turn you into a grump and a hater. Sadly single, Jennette McCurdy (2011) hates to be reminded of that fact in this country song. They make her want to scream.

7. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera

Betrayal has unleashed the fighter in Christina Aguilera. This 2002 song tells what it is like have someone you trust backstab you and then play the victim. Instead of crying, however, she's thankful for the experience because it's made her stronger, more resilient, and a fighter. You go, girl!

8. "Shame Shame Shame" by Shirley and Company

Haters shame people, but the only reason Shirley and Company is dishing out shame in this fun 1974 disco classic is if you can't dance.

The narrator is looking for a dance partner, and her mate is less-than-willing. So she threatens to go find her someone else who can dance the night away. Do you think she shamed him into partying with her?

9. "Buzzkill" by Luke Bryan

The heartless ex-girlfriend in Luke Bryan's 2013 song is nothing but a downer, and he tells her so. She's one of those mean people, and she makes him feel like

  • an insufficient funds notice
  • cops knocking on the door at the start of a party
  • a dark rain cloud over his boat and
  • a fumble on the one-yard line.

So why is she still coming around? And why does he keep allowing her to ruin his day?

A connection exists between bullying and exposure to violence.
A connection exists between bullying and exposure to violence. | Source

10. "H.A.T.E.U." by Mariah Carey

Sometimes it's difficult to let go of a relationship that has ended when all you're left with is emotional baggage. In this 2009 song by Mariah Carey, the protagonist can't wait to hate her lover. She's changed her number and has contemplated moving away. The emotional bully in her wants to break him down just to see him suffer.

Snarl Like a Pro!

If you're going to snarl, at least be good at it.
If you're going to snarl, at least be good at it. | Source

Hey, Hater! Five Steps to the Perfect Snarl

  1. Think mean thoughts.
  2. Lightly crinkle your eyebrows as if you're confused.
  3. Part your lips and bare your teeth. (No smiling!)
  4. Wrinkle your nose in a one-sided "disgust" look as if someone just farted.
  5. Glare at your intended target.

Didn't that take a lot of work? It's easier to simply smile.

11. "Mean Girls" by Rachel Crow

Rachel Crow connects with every school girl who's been belittled, picked on, or marginalized by the "in" crowd in this 2012 song. Labeled as an outcast for some real or imaginary fault, the girl in the song must suffer through eating lunch alone and name-calling. But then she resolves that bullying is not okay: "You no longer run my world."

12. "Nothing to Lose" by Billy Talent

There weren't enough caring souls to save the suffering schoolboy in this song by Canadian punk rock group Billy Talent (2004).

Other kids made him feel miserable. Teachers dismissed his sadness as a phase, and his parents were completely in the dark. When he died at 17, no one knew his name. Then at 17 years old, he was gone, leaving behind a notebook that described his experience.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

If you or someone you know is suffering, get help. Don't wait. Don't let them become a sad statistic.

13. "Outcast" by Kerrie Roberts

Imagine proudly embracing your status as a social reject. In this positive song with a message, Kerrie Roberts (2010) refuses to be shamed for being different:

I'm not good enough, I'm not what they want
But let me tell you what: I know who I am
So just throw me out for not fitting in
I will stand my ground and be an outcast... .

14. "Hate On Me" by Jill Scott

This 2007 R&B song is a strong anti-bullying anthem, for which Jill Scott earned a Grammy nomination. In the song, she urges her haters to go ahead and hate on her because her mind is free and she's fearless.

Haters Gonna Hate

He looks like he has a bad case of constipation.
He looks like he has a bad case of constipation. | Source

15. "Dem Haters" by Rihanna

Rihanna (2006) recommends that you exclude two-faced people from your inner circle before they wreak further havoc on your trust with their lies and jealousy. She was reportedly a target of school bullies while growing up in Barbados. They targeted her for her light skin complexion.

16. "Independence Day" by Martina McBride

When this powerful Martina McBride was released in 1994, it stirred some controversy for its strong and tragic symbolism. The song tells the story of domestic abuse from the perspective of a child, concentrating on one woman who chose to deal with her abuser violently in order to save herself and her daughter.

17. "I Saw It" by the Barenaked Ladies

Told from a bystander's perspective, this rock song by the Barenaked Ladies (2010) is an example of how people are moved to action after a peer is bullied on the playground in front of them. Even though they didn't do the right thing at first, they commit to not allowing the situation to recur:

You think you deserve it
And I won't stand and observe it
From this point on
We won't allow this, brother
If we don't end this now
There'll be others ... .

You Don't Have to Put up with Bullies

Whether it's in the classroom or the boardroom, there's always that someone who thinks they're better, smarter, funnier, more popular, more talented, and more deserving.
Whether it's in the classroom or the boardroom, there's always that someone who thinks they're better, smarter, funnier, more popular, more talented, and more deserving. | Source

18. "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam tells the dark story about inflicting cruelty upon a fellow classmate, Jeremy, who was quiet and different. Unaware that he was deeply troubled, the kids tormented him, and Jeremy struck back in a way that would scar them all forever.

19. "Shake Them Haters Off" by Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland (2010) knows that haters never take a vacation. But she's not worried because she uses their negative energy to fuel her desire to climb even higher. She just shakes them haters off.

Academically gifted students, particularly those with high verbal aptitude, are frequent targets of bullies.
Academically gifted students, particularly those with high verbal aptitude, are frequent targets of bullies. | Source

20. "Hater" by Isyss

In this song, it looks like the former girlfriend is the jealous one. This 2002 song by Isyss (short for "Intelligent Sexy Young Soul Sisters") is told from the hater's perspective.

She disses the new girlfriend's attire and engages in nasty name-calling, intent on breaking up the new lovebirds. Girl, move on! All that negative energy is making you ugly.

Outrageously Happy Kitten

Why are you so mean?  Did someone pee in your slippers this morning?
Why are you so mean? Did someone pee in your slippers this morning? | Source

Okay, Now It's Confession Time (Don't Worry, We Won't Tell)

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21. "Jealous" by Nick Jonas

Beware of the possessive boyfriend who wants to control your behavior. It may start with telling you what to wear, what to post online, or who to hang out with. The attention he's giving you may be flattering at first, but it'll get old real soon. He's a bully underneath. Nick Jonas (2014) covers the not-so-lighthearted topic in a lighthearted way.

22. "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift

With three songs on this song list, this girl knows what she's talking about!

Taylor Swift (2014) turns the tables on all her haters who criticize her love life, her dancing, and everything else about her. She sends a fun message to the liars, cheats, and fakers: she's just gonna shake it off.

23. "Leave" by Michael W. Smith

Contemporary Christian singer Michael W. Smith (2010) describes the desperation of a child abused at the hands of his father and bullied by schoolmates. Others who could help him pretend they don't notice his pain, and he wishes to escape by simply leaving.

Mean Sign: Seriously, Do Not Park Here

I was okay until the line about no one talking to me at parties.  That's just mean.
I was okay until the line about no one talking to me at parties. That's just mean. | Source

24. "Mean People Suck" by NOFX

Punk rock group NOFX released this 1989 song which simply repeats the lyrics "mean people suck." Ah, simplicity.

25. "Coward of the County" by Kenny Rogers

How far would you go to protect the people you love? Kenny Rogers (1979) tells the story of the county coward named Tommy, whose father died in prison and on his deathbed encouraged the boy to walk away from trouble when possible.

Tommy was known as the coward of the county until a group of three bullies assaulted his wife, Becky. Then, the coward could no longer turn the other cheek. He unleashed everything he had in her defense.

26. "Baseball Cap" by Faithless

Faithless (1996) describes a 14-year-old boy who was accosted by a group of thugs for his treasured baseball cap. The boy stews over the incident and is ready to retaliate. Upon telling his uncle how upset he is, the teen gains necessary perspective. Things can be replaced; just be glad you're still alive.

27. "Stand Tall" by Lauren Irwin

Lauren Irwin (2010) tries to bring hope to those feeling shoved around and marginalized. She emphasizes the value of uniqueness and urges people to stand tall, be firm, be heard, and unite.

When girls bully, their tactics tend to be verbal.  Boys use more physical intimidation and threats.  Bullying was involved in two-thirds of the cases of school shootings reviewed by the Secret Service.
When girls bully, their tactics tend to be verbal. Boys use more physical intimidation and threats. Bullying was involved in two-thirds of the cases of school shootings reviewed by the Secret Service. | Source

28. "Cold as Ice" by Foreigner

Bullies and mean people aren't always strangers. Sometimes they are our lovers and closest confidantes, making them doubly dangerous. Foreigner (1977) reminds us of the dangers of a lover with a heart as cold as ice.

29. "Hater" by Miranda Brooke

Miranda Brooke acknowledges she's a hater in this 2010 song. Her lover has become a new, improved version of his cheating self and left her for another woman.

30. "Nothing In Between (B*tch)" by Meredith Brooke

In this popular song, Meredith Brooke (1997) reminds us that we're not always good or bad, victim or bully. Sometimes we're both.

I'm a b*tch, I'm a lover
I'm a child, I'm a mother
I'm a sinner, I'm a saint
I do not feel ashamed.
I'm your hell, I'm your dream
I'm nothing in between
You know you wouldn't want it any other way... .

31. "Hey, Bully" by Morgan Frazier

In this 2013 song, Morgan Frazier takes the perspective of the bully's target who doesn't understand why she is being picked on. She tries to get the bully to empathize with the level of pain and isolation that she experiences from the teasing. "Did someone hurt you—make you feel small? " she asks.

Many bullies have also been victims themselves at some point. In the long run, such "bully-victims" fare worse psychologically than other victims, as they are at higher risk for:

  • depression and anxiety

  • high-conflict relationships

  • substance abuse

  • hyperactive behavior and

  • school truancy.

32. "Don't Laugh at Me" by Mark Willis

Mark Willis (1998) reminds us all that in God's eyes, we are all perfect. Whether we're the kid with braces or glasses, the teenage mother, the homeless man, or anyone in between, each of us puts our pants on one leg at a time.

Will Her Face Freeze Like This?

Bullying occurs anywhere there is a large difference in power dynamics.  If someone was bullied in school, it is likely that they will be bullied in the workforce.
Bullying occurs anywhere there is a large difference in power dynamics. If someone was bullied in school, it is likely that they will be bullied in the workforce. | Source

33. "Frenemy" by Laure Milan

In this R&B song, Laure Milan (2010) says goodbye to a fake friend, as some betrayals cut so deeply they can't be reconciled.

34. "Mean B*tch" by Taddy Porter

When you're caught between two lovers, there comes a point when you'll need to choose. In this rock song by Taddy Porter (2010), the narrator finds himself at that crossroads and warns his lover that the other woman is a real nasty lady.

35. "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift

Watch out, backstabbing ex-boyfriends of Taylor Swift: If you cross her, she will go all gangsta on you by writing a song about you. (That's kinda mean, isn't it?)

This song documents an old flame who "made a really deep cut" then made it worse by rubbing salt in the wound. Now they've got bad blood that can't be undone. Isn't it so much fun guessing who her songs are about?

Haters: Don't Fall For Their Tricks and Traps

Overly-permissive or aggressive parenting styles and exposure to violence have been associated with bullying.  Also, among school age bullies, there is a link between bullying and vandalism, shoplifting, truancy, and substance abuse.
Overly-permissive or aggressive parenting styles and exposure to violence have been associated with bullying. Also, among school age bullies, there is a link between bullying and vandalism, shoplifting, truancy, and substance abuse. | Source

Even More Songs About Bullies, Haters and Mean People

Song
Artist
Year Released
36. Luka
Susanne Vega
1987
37. She's So Mean
Matchbox Twenty
2012
38. I Told You I Was Mean
Elle King
2015
39. Hopeful
Bars & Melody
2015
40. Sharks in the Swimming Pool
Clairity
2015
41. DNA
Clairity
2015
42. Bully
Three Days Grace
2009
43. Ghost
Jake Miller
2014
44. Invisible
Hunter Hayes
2014
45. Sierra
Maddie & Tae
2015
46. Nothin' Grows in Shadows
Jake Owens
2009
47. Haters
Korn
2013
48. You Had to Pick on Me
Matt Kennon
2011
49 They Don't Understand
Sawyer Brown
2005
50. Dare to be Different
Rachael Lynne
2013
51. Alyssa Lies
Jason Michael Carroll
2006
52. No Money
Galantis
2016
Got a suggestion about a hater or bully song (that's fairly clean with its lyrics)? Please leave us a suggestion in the Comment Section below!

Quotes About Bullying, Haters, Creeps, Jerks, and Mean People

"Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated." - Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Don’t hate what you can’t imitate!" - Unknown

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady and diplomat

"Haters are my motivators." - Nicki Minaj, American rapper and singer-songwriter

"Hatred makes us all ugly." - Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer

"Haters never win. I just think that's true about life because negative energy always costs in the end." - Tom Hiddleston, English actor

"There's a certain logic to avoiding haters, but as a strategy, it's utterly flawed. When you turn off the feedback, you lose the benefits as well as the drawbacks. It's like having a sore finger and cutting off your arm." - Rob Manuel, American digital artist

"The haters always scream the loudest." - Tucker Max, American Author

"Something about winning attracts losers with opinions." - Unknown

"Haters are cowards. When confronted, they often back down. We must resist haters." - Janet Reno, former U.S. Attorney General

"I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him." - Booker T. Washington, American author and civil rights leader

"Make your supporters proud and your haters jealous." - Unknown

"It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel because they don't think it will come back." - Maya Angelou, American writer

"An open enemy is better than a false friend." - Greek proverb

"Always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself." - Richard M. Nixon, 37th U.S. President

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

A Bully By Any Other Name Is Still Just A Bully

Other Words For Bullies
 
Tormentor
Creep
Tyrant
Goon
B*itch
Hater
Jerk
Thug
Persecutor
Malefactor
Office Mean Girl
Oppressor
Harasser
Antagonizer
Hoodlum
Scoundrel

Smile Like You Mean It and Don't Let Anyone Steal Your Joy

Only you get to define who you are.
Only you get to define who you are. | Source

Characteristics of Bullies and the Bully-Prone

Risk Factors for Being Bullied at School
Risk Factors for Being Bullied at Work
Risk Factors for Bullying Others
Noticeable rejection and isolation by peers
Very competent and job, receives a lot of positive attention
Raised in a family environment characterized by conflict and poor parenting
Experiencing difficulties with solving social problems
Perceived as well-liked and popular
Alcohol and substance abuse problems
Physical weakness (thinner, smaller, shorter, less muscular, etc.)
New employee or new to the department
Mental healh problems
Academic difficulties
Non-confrontational, less assertive
Has negative attitudes and beliefs about self and others
Special needs (physical or mental disability)
Noticeably different (e.g., accent, attire, less attractive, LGBT)
Poor performer
LGBT or perceived as such
Has a disability
Poor social problem-solving skills
Why do people have to be haters?
Why do people have to be haters? | Source

What's In a Name? Locations With Names Associated with Haters, Bullying, and Mean People

show route and directions
A markerMean, Spain -
Meán, Spain
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B markerSnarl Peak, Canada -
Snarl Peak, Banff National Park, AB, Canada
get directions

C markerHate, Ethiopia -
Hate, Ethiopia
get directions

D markerBully, France -
Bully, France
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E markerBitchy Lake, Canada -
Bitchy Lake, BC, Canada
get directions

F markerCoward, South Carolina -
Coward, SC, USA
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G markerCry, France -
Cry, France
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H markerIsolation Peak, Colorado -
Isolation Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA
get directions

I markerMt. Torment, Washington -
Mount Torment, North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA
get directions

J markerTease, Ghana -
Tease, Ghana
get directions

Notes

1Cohn, Andrea, and Andrea Canter. "NASP Fact Sheet - Bullying." National Association of School Psychologists. Accessed November 15, 2015. http://www.naspcenter.org/factsheets/bullying_fs.html.

2 Dewar, Gwen. "Bully-victims: Bullies who get bullied by others." Parenting Science. Last modified 2008. http://www.parentingscience.com/bully-victims.html.


Mean people suck.  Yes, they do.
Mean people suck. Yes, they do. | Source

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FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA Author

colleen - Aww, are you one of her haters? There were so many other songs and artists on that list.


colleen 4 weeks ago

taylor swift is pathetic


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FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA Author

nayy - I hope that you can see past all the hating and bullying to a brighter day. You don't have to have proof in order to tell an adult that you feel you are being bullied. It's not a courtroom. Don't let bullies hide; shine the light on their ways.


nayyy 3 months ago

i get verbal taunting or teasing a lot once she said while i was walking by her really loud was don't you hate fake people in this school and she looks and me and also the group but ignore and walked away bc i was gonna get late for class yea me and friends were best friends in the past and one day i was talking bad about her bc she thinks she the bomb and my ex got mad at me bc i broke up with him and screenshoted and told her everything isn't wasn't a good day at all and now she just bullies me and doesn't stop until she see me i would tell teachers or staff but i don't have proof and maybe she will about me saying bad stuff and my life is the worst never talk bad in text only to a person bc then they will come up to u and say did u talk bad about me and u can say no bc they have no text message or screenshot and her friends talk bad about me last year on of her friend came up to me and told me "thanks for blocking me on instagram #ilovemyhaters" i block the bullies obviously bc i don't want them commenting of looking at my pics .


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FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA Author

Bullied - His mother probably made him the man that he is. I'm glad he's not taking it out on all of you. I do wonder who is getting the brunt of his anger now.


Bullied 3 months ago

I had this kind of person in my work enviroment. One day we gathered all the 8 people who had their lifes made hell by him. We asked him to stop or we will give him the same drink x8.

He apologised and the same day he destroyed our tires. Next day he was in hospital. His mother had learned what he had done and beat the crap out of him. Now we feel sorry. He is 47 and still gets beaten by his mother. Sweet revenge.


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FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA Author

HaterHater - Thank you for your awesomeness! Update has been made.


HaterHater 4 months ago

"Hater" by Isyss was actually released in 2002, not 1990!


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FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA Author

Safira - I especially liked "Sharks in the Swimming Pool." What an appropriate metaphor, and anyone who has ever felt bullied can identify with it. I've added both songs to the list. Thank you for the additions and for stopping by. Stay strong!


Safira 4 months ago

Another good song about bullying:

Sharks in the Swimming Pool by Clairity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ISe-o4pJwI

Clairity is a new artist, and this song is only about a year old. This song is about being bullied, and how she just wanted to fit in. There is a very inspirational part near the end where she says:

"I tell my heart, listen to my head

You don't have to fit in.

Don't worry,You're not one of them,

you don't have to blend in."

It's the first song she ever released. Another song of hers about Bullying is called "DNA". DNA is about her exploring the question "why do people bully?"

Clairity says she started writing poems in 8th grade about bullying. She was reading a book on Einstein when a girl in her AP English class came up and asked "What are you reading". The girl then pulled the book out of her hands and smacked her in the head without and yelled "NERD". Clairity likes to sing about inspirational songs and I am obsessed with her. I love every song she has released!


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA Author

LU - What a great addition. Thank you!


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FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA Author

Shyron - That's terrible that they'd gang up on you like that. I've had my share of such experiences, too. I like your Suess quite!


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago

Yes, I was bullied as a child by 4 grown women. No they were not provoked. They wanted my purchase.

This is a great hub and this is my favorite saying, "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.


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FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA Author

Catherine - Hats off to you! I couldn't do what you do, receiving the hater and bully comments. Your hubs certain seem to draw in a lot of comments and attention. Thank you for stopping by!


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CatherineGiordano 16 months ago from Orlando Florida

Your playlists are so much fun even tho they remind me of how out of touch I am with pop culture. I see you have found your niche. I made a beeline for this hub about haters and bullies because since I have started writing about religion I have had to deal with that a lot. I've had to develop a thick skin and remember to be patient and kind (definitely hard to do.) Sometimes I try to ignore them and then they bully and bait me into responding. I wish I had found a fun niche like yours. Anyway thanks for another great playlist hub. I especially liked your quotes since I collect quotes. Voted up++


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA Author

Savvy - Haters often like to capitalize on others' sense of shame, insecurity, and fear of not-good-enough. Thanks for stopping by check out these songs. Have a wonderful week.


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA Author

ArtDiva - Frenemies! Ah, yes!


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savvydating 22 months ago

This struck me: "(Haters prefer that you suffer in silence.) And if you witness it happening, do the right thing and speak up.) I'll have to give this sentence more thought. I am quick to defend others, but not myself. Hmmm. This article is serious food for thought. The playlist is great, by the way. I was surprised that Toby Keith is still carrying a grudge from high school? I mean, who cares! He's famous, but more importantly, I hope he is himself, but I wonder..... Also, I got a kick out of the song, Shame, shame shame. I hadn't listened to the lyrics before---who knew she just wanted to dance. :)

Great job....as always. Up & very Useful.


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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA Author

ologsinquito - Thank you on both accounts. Cats definitely convey all the emotions and they can be some of the biggest bullies when not spayed and neutered. They're so expressive. Have a great week and thanks for pinning! Glad you're still writing.


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ArtDiva 22 months ago from Yountville, CA

Wow! What a comprehensive list. Where do you find the time? There's an even more subtle form of bullying from "friends" that should be covered, and perfect for you to target, and I will be right there reading. Well done.


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ologsinquito 22 months ago from USA

I've been meaning to catch up with you. :) Congratulations on your recent HOTD. I also like your new narcissist article. I'm pinning this one again because I especially like the images. You definitely don't want to rumble with that mean gray cat.


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA Author

colorfulone - Thank you for voting and sharing. Have a terrific week and never let the mean people get you down.


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colorfulone 23 months ago from Minnesota

This is a whole lot of research on your part to put this together.

I love your message. Sharing and voting up!


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA Author

Patricia - Thank you so much for visiting, tweeting, voting, and sharing. It's so unfortunate that there are so many haters in the world today.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

Sadly haters single out those who seem the most defenseless.

Your article speaks volumes...not only the performers and their music but the quotes....the power of such words and songs is limitless.

Well said.

Voted up ++++ g+ tweeted and shared


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA Author

Devika - Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend.


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Greatly expressed! Every learning moment starts at home a child becomes someone from what they are taught from their parents. A problem that remains in society.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Martie - Yep, it looks a little ridiculous in writing, doesn't it? But people say that garbage all the time! Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

vandynegl - The Martina McBride song is so powerful, and the sacrifice that mother made is something else. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend.


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vandynegl 2 years ago from Ohio Valley

Very interesting read. I can remember the Martina McBride song so well and the video has stuck with me. I watched it again and was crying, since I have children of my own. I do not have an abusive spouse at all, but the video struck a nerve with me, since I am a mother who would do anything to protect her children.....whether it is from abuse, bullying, or any other hurt. It is hard for us to not want to put our children in a bubble! Growing up, I never tolerated those who picked on me, and I always stood up for those being picked on. I am passing that on to my children as well!

Thanks again for sharing a great article!


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

I am laughing so loud for that one answer 'I AM the bully, stupid!', giving a bully the opportunity to bully you on the spot, flourishanyway :)))

If I knew what I know today, I would not have been unhappily married for 20 years to a bully. Oh, he just loved to belittle and humiliate me, and especially when he had an audience. For some reason he thought he was just the man, and nobody - except me at the end - had the guts to tell him how mean, rude and nasty he was. I am still blaming his parents for not teaching him to consider the feelings of others.

This is an interesting take on bullies and meanness :)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Sassy - It's a shame but I do too! Woo hoo! Have yourself a fantastic weekend, girl!


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sassypiehole 2 years ago from the ATL

Shame, Shame, Shame... I frigging' LOVE that song! Great article, voted up! ;-)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Heidi - It was tough researching this one! Thanks for reading. You have a great weekend too!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Iris - Thanks for visiting. I love that song too! Have a great weekend!


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heidithorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

Okay, you stumped me on most of your list! I knew a few of them, though. Let's see... what would I add. Maybe Jay-Z's 99 Problems? Always enjoy your list posts. Have a great weekend ahead!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Dolores - Thanks for stopping by. It did take a lot of research! I would bet they have more than an inkling they're toying with someone but they discount the impact.


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Iris Draak 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

This is a really good article and I like that you added Merideth Brooke's song. It's so true. None of us are blameless. Great reminder to play nice!


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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

Whoo - a lot of work and research went into this one. Great list of songs. I have always wondered how the bully perceives himself. Do bullies realize they are bullies?


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Linda - I appreciate your visit and comment. Have a great week!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a great way to present a hub about bullying, Flourish. It's both entertaining and informative. Thanks for publicizing a very important topic in such a creative way.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Minnetonka Twin - Thanks for stopping by. Haters can have such a negative impact on self-image. Have a great week!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

MsDora - Thank you for reading. I hope it inspires the bullied and belittled to tough it out, as they are certainly not alone.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Sha - Taylor Swift does have a little formula going there, doesn't she? She's so young to have issues, but perhaps that's the secret of her success. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Can I just say, "Wowsa." What a comprehensive list of songs, quotes and stories that really make a powerful point. Excellent way to educate us all on the face of bullying. Thanks for such a well written and powerful hub; whether your the bully or the bullied.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

I'm sure that the hated and the bullied can find songs on your list to encourage them through their ordeal. These unfortunate individuals may comprise a larger part of the population that we know. How thoughtful of you to have them in mind.

"Haters are my motivators." Wish there was a way to make it true for all of them. Thanks for your list.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I find it interesting how many times Taylor Swift shows up in this category. Sounds like she's got some issues.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Laura335 - You're right -- isolated and how authorities look the other way, ignorant of the abuse. Funny how common that is. We just don't want to call people out for their aggression upon others. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Frank - And peace be with you, my friend.


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Laura335 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

It's funny how isolated you can feel when you're being bullied, but these songs show how universal the problem is. Very interesting Hub.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

bless you dear one :)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

ologsinquito - Thanks so much for your support. I hope it helps build awareness.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Frank - Thanks so much for your insightful comment. No, you're not bullying my hub :-) In fact, your comment added quite a bit to it. You know, it would make such a great hub if you wrote about your school experience from a bully's perspective. You have such a talent that you could bring awareness, whether it was an autobiographical or fictional account. Have a wonderful week.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Buildreps - Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

schoolgirlforreal - That is mean because it can be confusing and appear to be love. Glad it was past tense for you and that it was only a boyfriend, not a husband. Thank you for sharing your experience.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Faith Reaper - Hugs to you. You're one-of-a kind yourself. Have a great week and thank you.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

Hey, this is great and I hope it's read by some child or teen (or even an adult) who's being bullied. I'm pinning this to a large group abuse awareness board.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

I love when you do these types of hubs.. and the bully portion made me think back of all the regrets.. yeah.. a bunch of us use to go around and pick on other students beat them up for no reason and take their lunch cards away so they wouldn't eat.. through college I felt the guilt.. and through counseling... and volunteering while going through college I talked about being bullied and bullying.. it didn't make up for what I did.. but I was hoping to help others who did what I did.. wow here am I am bullying your hub.. again love the hub...


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Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

Wow, what an amazing amount of information you gathered here, Flourish! Very well crafted s well. It's too much for me to read now. I bookmarked your Hub and promise to read it later.


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

My meanest bully was a narcissistic boyfriend I had!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Woo hoo, Flourish, another great list you have composed here of awesome music ... there is way too much hate going on and bullying needs to stop! Maybe all the haters and bullies will get the message eventually through these songs ...that it is not going to be tolerated. Jo made a valid point in her comment about them never growing out of it.

You are awesome and so are your hubs! You have a one-of-a-kind way of sharing a powerful message.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Bless you


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Rachael - Thanks so much for visiting. I'm glad you found it a good list.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Jo - They just seem to morph into bigger bullies with different tactics. Thanks for reading, and have a great week!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Bill - Thank you for stopping by. Bullies oftentimes simply don't feel good about themselves, but it's no excuse to ruin someone else's life.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Jackie - Thanks for the visit! This is quite a theme with Taylor. She's got 3 on this list; Shake It Off is hiding at 22 (the list isn't ranked). She seems to know a thing or two about bullying.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Bill - Thanks a bunch for reading and for following. I hope the message is impactful.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA Author

Colleen - Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Bullying often begins very early in school, and kids frequently learn it in the home.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Hey this was really fun!! Great entertainment girl! Taylor's Shake it Off would have been good too! Up and sharing.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

"Your face will freeze like that!" How many times I must have said that to one of my sons whose facial antics would make you belly over with laughter. This was a fun article, loved the photos (esp the cat and slippers caption). You should do more of these to drive home your message about bullies - it is an excellent format. You get to put your message in among the songs and photos and the reader still comes away with your intentions. Voted up, funny, interesting :)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Wow...another exceptional exposé. Bullies are cowards, they'll never get to the top by pulling others down. The sad thing is they never seem to grow out of it. Another fun look at a serious issue.

Brilliantly done.


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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Flourish. Another great list here. Some great songs on the list. Bullying is one thing that I have no patience for. I know it's prevalent everywhere and especially in our schools, sometimes with tragic consequences. You have a great series going with this theme. Looks like a lot of work but you've done a great job putting these together. Well done.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love these lists....and I love, even more, the message you've delivered. Keep delivering the message and I'll keep following you faithfully.


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Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

Brilliant article, hits the nail on the head. This subject of bullying is paramount in the overview of our childrens upbringing; So much here to bring on board.

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