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100 Best Songs About Anger

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Although anger is a negative emotion that is destructive, we all tend to get angry over someone or something. It is wiser to vent out negative feelings rather than suppress anger and hold grudges against someone. When you express feelings of negativity, it actually makes you feel a lot calmer and thereby helps you find a solution for your problem. Musicians from different genres have expressed different aspects of anger, pain, and frustration in a breathtakingly beautiful way.

Anger is a popular theme because it reflects a diverse range of negative emotions that are experienced by people in life. In art, literature, and music, anger and its many negative emotions manifest in contrastingly different ways. The pain and frustration that comes with manic bouts of rage is exquisitely expressed in the form of stories in songs. The feelings associated with anger and pain is portrayed with angst and hate in lyrics by certain singers and songwriters. Anger is also showcased as the centrifugal element to convey a broad spectrum of negative traits such as revenge, hate, and frustration.

Although anger in general is viewed by modern psychologists as a natural and normal extension of mature human emotion, it’s the physical and mental consequences of uncontrolled anger and depression that are often portrayed conceptually and thematically in different genres. The loss in self-monitoring capacity caused by spontaneous or uncontrollable fits of rage is often showcased in music videos through dark fantasies and dreamlike expressions.


What Does Anger Symbolize in Songs?

In songs from different genres, anger symbolizes a wide spectrum of negative emotions. The inner turmoil a person with anger issues deals with is thoughtfully expressed in certain songs. Certain singers and songwriters describe how family and friends of a person with regular temper tantrums are affected emotionally. The wrath or rage a person feels when triggered with an uncomfortable situation or non-cooperative response to a threat, hurt, or perceived provocation is thoughtfully brought to life in lyrics.

The hate, resentment, and aggression that one feels when their partner has deliberately done them wrong in a relationship are uniquely portrayed through lyrics of betrayal songs. The negative attributes of uncontrollable anger are often explained with adverse effects on personal or social well-being. Behavioral traits, psychological suffering, and cognitive processes are aesthetically showcased in songs about anger towards someone. In many songs, different forms of passive anger, aggressive anger, and assertive anger are expressed in a figurative manner to covey suppressed feelings. In songs, different expressions of anger may symbolize

  • Obsessive Behavior
  • Dispassion
  • Threats
  • Bullying
  • Psychological Manipulation
  • Emotional Blackmail
  • Blame
  • Defeatism
  • Vengeance
  • Secretive Behavior
  • Vandalism
  • Discrimination
  • Sabotaging Relationships
  • Evasiveness
  • Grandiosity
  • Punishment
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Selfishness
  • Mistrust
  • Unpredictability
  • Violence
  • Hurtfulness
  • Breakup
  • Jealousy
  • Betrayal

The list below showcases a collection of rock songs, pop songs, country songs, R&B songs, folk songs, hip hop songs, alternative songs, indie songs, reggae songs, disco songs, EDM songs, and dance songs about anger. If you have a view, opinion, or song suggestion, let us know in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Songs About Anger

  1. “IDGAF”—Dua Lipa
  2. “I Hate Everything About You”—Three Days Grace
  3. “Love the Way You Lie”—Eminem
  4. “Everything About You”—Ugly Kid Joe
  5. “Bad Guy”—Billie Eilish
  6. “Killing in the Name”—Rage Against the Machine
  7. “One Step Closer”—Linkin Park
  8. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”—Nirvana
  9. “You Don’t Own Me”—Grace featuring G-Eazy
  10. “Before He Cheats”—Carrie Underwood


11. “Rolling in the Deep”—Adele

12. “Chop Suey!”—System of a Down

13. “Bury a Friend”—Billie Eilish

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14. “This is America”—Childish Gambino

15. “Irreplaceable”—Beyonce

16. “Caught Out There”—Kelis

17. “Fighter”—Christina Aguilera

18. “Kim”—Eminem

19. “Picture to Burn”—Taylor Swift

20. “Somebody That I Used to Know”—Gotye featuring Kimbra


21. “Mama’s Broken Heart”—Miranda Lambert

22. “Praying”—Kesha

23. “So What”—Pink

24. “March of the Pigs”—Nine Inch Nails

25. “Forget You”—CeeeLo Green

26. “Don’t”—Ed Sheeran

27. “Sorry Not Sorry”—Demi Lovato

28. “Down With the Sickness”—Disturbed

29. “Black Skinhead”—Kanye West

30. “St. Anger”—Metallica

31. “Look What You Made Me Do”—Taylor Swift

32. “Hit ‘Em up Style”—Blu Cantrell

33. “Don’t Look Back in Anger”—Oasis

34. “Never Again”—Kelly Clarkson

35. “Bitch”—Meredith Brooks

36. “In the End”—Linkin Park

37. “Best Thing I Never Had”—Beyonce

38. “Masters of War”—Bob Dylan

39. “Hate Me”—Ellie Goulding and Juice Wrld

40. “The Way I Am”—Eminem


41. “Bust Your Windows”—Jazmine Sullivan

42. “Without Me”—Halsey

43. “Ring the Alarm”—Beyonce

44. “Bad Blood”—Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lemar

45. “Suicidal”—YNW Melly featuring Juice Wrld

46. “Really Don’t Care”—Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd

47. “Get in the Ring”—Guns N’ Roses

48. “Love on the Brain”—Rihanna

49. “Hell No”—Ingrid Michaelson

50. “Song for the Dumped”—Ben Folds Five

51. “Dyers Eve”—Metallica

52. “Party Up (Up in Here)”—DMX

53. “Issues”—Julia Michaels

54. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”—Pink

55. “Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To…)”—Queen

56. “Envy Me”—Calboy

57. “Too Close”—Alex Clare

58. “FU”—Miley Cyrus featuring French Montana

59. “Done”—The Band Perry

60. “I Hate Myself for Loving You”—Joan Jett and the Blackhearts


61. “Never Be Like You”—Flume ft. Kai

62. “I’m Upset”—Drake

63. “How to Be Lonely”—Rita Ora

64. “The Red”—Chevelle

65. “All the Girls Are the Same”—Juice Wrld

66. “Are you Happy Now?”—Michelle Branch

67. “Break Stuff”—Limp Bizkit

68. “The Kill (Bury Me)”—Thirty Seconds to Mars

69. “Dreamin”—The Score featuring Blackbear

70. “Hold Up”—Beyonce

71. “Basket Case”—Green Day

72. “You Oughta Know”—Alanis Morisette

73. “99 Times”—Kate Voegele

74. “What Goes Around…Comes Around”—Justin Timberlake

75. “Nothing Left Inside”—Black Flag

76. “Sabotage”—JoJo featuring Chika

77. “Hurt”—Christina Aguilera

78. “Don’t Check on Me”—Chris Brown featuring Justin Bieber and Ink

79. “Cold”—Maroon 5 featuring Future

80. “Hate the Way”—G-Eazy featuring Blackbear


81. “Get Outta My Way”—Kylie Minogue

82. “Look Back in Anger”—David Bowie

83. “Bitches Broken Hearts”—Billie Eilish

84. “Since U Been Gone”—Kelly Clarkson

85. “F**king Hostile”—Pantera

86. “I Bet”—Ciara

87. “Gives You Hell”—The All-American Rejects

88. “Cry for Me”—Camila Cabello

89. “Smile”—Lily Allen

90. “I Hope Ur Miserable Until Ur Dead”—Nessa Barrett

91. “Leave Me Alone”—Flipp Dinero

92. “Pray for You”—Jaron and the Long Road to Love

93. “Misery Business”—Paramore

94. “Kiss This”—Aaron Tippin

95. “I’m a Mess”—Bebe Rexha

96. “Gunpowder & Lead”—Miranda Lambert

97. “I Hope You’re Happy Now”—Elvis Costello

98. “Until I Bleed Out”—The Weeknd

99. “Fake Love”—Drake

100. “Holdin On”—Flume

Other Notable Songs About Anger

  • “You Make Me Sick”—Of Mice & Men
  • “Platypus (I Hate You)”—Green Day
  • “Flag of the Beast”—Emmure
  • “Take a Bow”—Rihanna
  • “You’re Such A”—Hailee Steinfeld
  • “Breakin’ Dishes”—Rihanna
  • “Wake Up Exhausted”—Tegan and Sara
  • “Someone Like You”—Adele
  • “Heartless”—The Weeknd
  • “Black Me Out”—Against Me!
  • “I Hate Everybody”—Halsey
  • “Revenge I Seek”—Bleeding Through
  • “I Miss the Misery”—Halestorm
  • “Red High Heels”—Kellie Pickler
  • “How Do You Sleep?”—Sam Smith
  • “Seventy Times 7”—Brand New
  • “Don’t Think of Me”—Dido
  • “How You Remind Me”—Nickelback
  • “RIP to My Youth”—The Neighborhood
  • “Ignore Me”—Betty Who
  • “Here Comes Revenge”—Metallica
  • “From Me to You I Hate Everybody”—James Arthur
  • “Take the Power Back”—Rage Against the Machine
  • “You Don’t Bleed for Me”—Killswitch Engage
  • “Resentment”—Kesha featuring Brian Wilson, Strugill Simpson and Wrabel
  • “All I Do is Cry”—Kim Petras
  • “Unsteady”—X Ambassadors
  • “Piece of Me”—Britney Spears
  • “White Flag”—Bishop Briggs
  • “Traitor”—Flyleaf
  • “Your Time is Gonna Come”—Led Zeppelin
  • “I Never Cried So Much in My Whole Life”—Club Sport featuring Darren Hayes
  • “Hollywood Whore”—Machine Gun Kelly
  • “Prelude/Angry Young Man”—Billy Joel
  • “Mad Woman”—Taylor Swift
  • “Trailer for Rent”—Pistol Annies
  • “White Liar”—Miranda Lambert
  • “Angry Again”—Megadeth
  • “Hate You”—King’s X
  • “Payback”—Slayer
  • “Deal With It”—Ashnikko featuring Kellis
  • “Rootless Tree”—Damien Rice
  • “Having a Blast”—Green Day
  • “River”—Bishop Briggs
  • “Get Even With Him”—Brad Paisley
  • “Female Robbery”—The Neighborhood
  • “I’ll Get Even”—Megadeth
  • “Ten Cent Pistol”—The Black Keys
  • “Watch You Lose”—The Veer Union
  • “Someone Will Pay”—Justin Townes Earle
  • “I Don’t Love You”—Lindsay Ell
  • “A Little Reminder That I’ll Never Forget”—Lostprophets
  • “Never Go Back”—Dennis Lloyd
  • “Outta My System”—Bow Wow featuring T-Pain and Johnta Austin
  • “Jealousy, Jealousy”—Olivia Rodrigo
  • “Sweet Revenge”—Motorhead
  • “Don’t Bother Me”—The Raconteurs
  • “Hate You”—Ingrid Michaelson
  • “Like That”—Bea Miller
  • “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)”—Eamon
  • “You Ruined This”—The Audition
  • “Given Up”—Linkin Park
  • “I Hate You”—Simon Curtis
  • “Choke”—Kittie
  • “Beautiful Lies”—Jana Kramer
  • “Who Taught You How to Hate”—Disturbed
  • “Go to Hell”—Nav
  • “Hustle”—Pink
  • “I’ll Get Even With You”—Foreigner
  • “Emotionally Scarred”—Lil Baby
  • “Now or Never”—Halsey
  • “Dark Trip”—Tremonti
  • “Stronger”—The Score
  • “Looking Back Now”—Maggie Rose

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