Leave Me the F*** Alone Music: 40 Songs to Fuel Our Hatred of the World

Updated on April 23, 2020
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Join us as Larry Rankin shares his own ideas and analysis on popular music of today and yesterday.


Do you ever want to be left alone? Some songs just scream get the hell away from me, and make for the perfect ambiance to our antisocial mood swings. The following list, which is in no particular order, crosses many decades and genres, but is an attempt to give you a sampling of great music for when a dark room, four fingers of bourbon neat, and a big ol’ platter of self-loathing is just what the doctor ordered…and if the doctor disagrees, well, he can just go f*** himself.

List Overview

1. Mind Your Own Business
Hank Williams Sr.
2. Everything About You
Ugly Kid Joe
3. I Hate Everything About You
Three Days Grace
4. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You
Louis Armstrong
5. Get in the Ring
Guns N' Roses
6. Tear Away
Drowning Pool
7. I Don't Care
8. Goodbye Earl
Dixie Chicks
9. And When I Die
Blood, Sweat & Tears
10. Creep
11. Numb
Linkin Park
12. Flowers on the Wall
The Statler Brothers
13. Sounds of Silence (original)
Simon & Garfunkel
14. Sounds of Silence (cover)
15. Paint it Black
The Rolling Stones
16. Make the World Go Away
Eddie Arnold
17. I Drink Alone
George Thorogood
18. Tainted Love
Soft Cell
19. Tainted Love
Marilyn Manson
20. Take This Job and Shove It
Johnny Paycheck
21. Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee
22. Cleaning Out My Closet
23. American Woman (original)
The Guess Who
24. American Woman (cover)
Lenny Kravitz
25. You're No Good
Dee Dee Warwick
26. Leave Me Alone
Michael Jackson
27. These Boots are Made for Walkin'
Nancy Sinatra
28. Hit the Road Jace
Ray Charles
29. No Time
The Guess Who
30. Sam Hall
Johnny Cash
31. Here's to Us
32. Weak
33. Another Brick in the Wall
Pink Floyd
34. I'm Alright
Kenny Loggins
35. You Don't Love Me Anymore
Weird Al Yankovic
36. Break Stuff
Limp Bizkit
37. A Place for My Head
Linkin Park
38. Stronger
Britney Spears
39. My Life
Billy Joel
40. Missing You
John Waite

1. Mind Your Own Business—Hank Williams Sr. (1949)

Old Hank, is there any better drinking music in the world? Though the majority of his songs have the effect of making one want to eat a bullet, this angry little ditty projects the hatred outward.

Mind Your Own Business

2. Everything About You—Ugly Kid Joe (1991)

Just a gloriously fun hate song. It is like an anthem of sorts for a country of antisocial misfits.

Everything About You

3. I Hate Everything About You—Three Days Grace (2003)

A song with a name like this and well over 100 million hits, it’s almost validating. It doesn’t make you weird, bad, or even original to occasionally want to forsake the whole damn universe and be alone for a few minutes.

I Hate Everything About You

4. I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead, You Rascal You—Louis Armstrong (1929)

A funny, sarcastic, callous song that some of you may remember from a sampling in the Grumpy Old Men movie series. Believe it or not, one of the first performances of this song accompanied a Betty Boop cartoon! Can you imagine a child’s cartoon accompanied by a song about hatred and marital infidelity in this day and age?

The roaring 20s must have been one heck of a time to live!

I'll Be Glad When You're Dead

5. Get in the Ring—Guns N’ Roses (1991)

From the standpoint of pure anger, this foul piece of music is one of the most spiteful things ever written. Leave it to Guns N’ Roses to find a way to harness the descriptive potential of a yeast infection.

6. Tear Away—Drowning Pool (2002)

“I don’t care about anyone else but me!” Self-indulgent much? I think all of us can find it therapeutic to summon our inner sociopath on occasion.

Tear Away

7. I Don’t Care—Apocalyptica (2008)

“If you were dead or still alive, I don’t care.” Well, there’s a Get Well Soon card you’ll probably never see.

I Don't Care

8. Goodbye Earl—Dixie Chicks (2000)

One of the most memorable videos you’ll ever see. Dennis Franz stars as a wife beating creep whose better half and best friend murder.

Maybe this song is a bit of a cheat for the list because it involves two women working together, but I think in certain instances antisocial behavior can be a group endeavor.

Goodbye Earl

9. And When I Die—Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)

“Give me my freedom for as long as I be. All I ask of livin’ is to have no chains on me.” I don’t know what else to say besides this song is just brilliant. It has seen me through many a foul humor, and for its time has to be one of the most blasphemous things ever written.

And When I Die

10. Creep—Radiohead (1992)

“I don’t belong here.” A sentiment we have all felt at one time or another.


11. Numb—Linkin Park (2003)

Numb, is there any better description for depression? Sometimes the numbness is unnerving, unwanted. We just want to feel again. Sometimes the numbness is something we bring about ourselves because it just hurts too bad to feel anymore.


12. Flowers on the Wall—The Statler Brothers (1965)

Yes, a whimsical, fun song, but just think about it. “Counting flowers on the wall, it don’t bother me at all.” There’s a darkness there.

Flowers On the Wall

13. Sounds of Silence (original)—Simon & Garfunkel (1966)

Just a wonderful and cryptic song. Sometimes it seems darkness is our only friend.

Sounds of Silence (original)

14. Sounds of Silence (cover)—Disturbed (2015)

If you like the original, you should really give this remake a listen. It is wonderful. I wouldn’t have included it if it wasn’t.

Sounds of Silence (cover)

15. Paint it Black—The Rolling Stones (1966)

“I’ve seen jelly beans and wished that they’d turn black.” Wow, that’s dark…oh that’s not how it goes? Still, be dark if it was.

Sorry, a bit of silliness to break up the monotony of all this darkness. Another great song when we want to leave it all behind.

Paint it Black

16. Make the World Go Away—Eddie Arnold (1963)

The title says all that needs to be said.

17. I Drink Alone—George Thorogood (1985)

Alcoholic much? If you need the definition of the word, this song sums it up quite nicely.

18. Tainted Love—Soft Cell (1981)

This song actually existed for 16 years before a band was able to make it popular.

Tainted Love

19. Tainted Love—Marilyn Manson (2001)

If I’m honest, I like the Marilyn Manson version better than the Soft Cell one. Maybe “Tainted Love” is just a song that continues to improve over time?

Tainted Love

20. Take This Job and Shove It—Johnny Paycheck (1977)

I was surprised to learn it was actually David Allen Coe who wrote this song. He has certainly went on to have a more fruitful career than the one hit wonder Johnny Paycheck.

This is the perfect song for after a long day’s work.

Take This Job and Shove It

21. Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee—Canibus (1999)

This is a remix, rap version of “Take This Job and Shove It,” and though I love to pay homage to originals, I actually like this better than the original. Some of you might recognize this song from the cult classic film Office Space.

Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee

22. Cleaning Out My Closet—Eminem (2002)

The poor guy just has mommy issues.

Cleaning Out My Closet

23. American Woman (original)—The Guess Who (1970)

The Canadian band The Guess Who, not to be confused with the English band The Who, had some good songs, but although they wrote this ditty, I think the guy below is the one who made it blow the roof off the dump.

American Woman (original)

24. American Woman (cover)—Lenny Kravitz (1999)

Mr. Kravitz, I envy you. I’ve never had the luxury of having to beat the women back with a stick.

American Woman (cover)

25. You’re No Good—Dee Dee Warwick (1963)

Another song that was written by another and sang by many, but all due respect to Linda Ronstadt, Dee Dee Warwick did it best.

You're No Good

26. Leave Me Alone—Michael Jackson (1989)

The title says it all.

Leave Me Alone

27. These Boots are Made for Walkin’—Nancy Sinatra (1966)

A classic leave me the f*** alone song.

These Boots are Made for Walkin'

28. Hit the Road Jack—Ray Charles (1961)

“I guess if you say so, I’ll have to pack my things and go!” Ray Charles, a true master of the craft.

Hit the Road Jack

29. No Time—The Guess Who (1969)

“On my way to better things. I found myself some wings!” The second time for The Guess Who on our list; in this case they sing the definitive version. A wonderful way to tell someone they are no longer needed.

No Time

30. Sam Hall—Johnny Cash (1965)

An absolutely irreverent, mean, even evil song. If you’re in the right temperament, it’s just wonderful.

Johnny Cash sings this tune just beautifully, but believe it or not, the original version is an Old English folk song dating back to the early 1700s.

Sam Hall

31. Here’s to Us—Halestorm (2013)

Another wonderful song for after a hard day’s work. Might I suggest the unedited version. The obscenity really adds a layer of depth that just isn’t present in the clean recording.

Here's to Us

32. Weak—Seether (2000)

“I just want to be alone!” Preaching to the choir, brother!

33. Another Brick in the Wall—Pink Floyd (1979)

“Hey teacher, leave them kids alone!”

Another Brick in the Wall

34. I’m Alright—Kenny Loggins (1980)

A fun, smooth song often associated with the comedy classic film Caddyshack, but don’t be fooled by its gentle flow, the song is definitely about being left the hell alone.

I'm Alright

35. You Don’t Love Me Anymore—Weird Al Yankovic (1992)

Like all Yankovic songs, this one is meant to be funny, but the love interest’s continual attempts to murder the gentleman suitor certainly conveys a darkness worthy of our list.

You Don't Love Me Anymore

36. Break Stuff—Limp Bizkit (2002)

Where are they now? Limp Bizkit’s music in the early 2000s gave no sign of a man who would later become a preacher.

Break Stuff

37. A Place for My Head—Linkin Park (2002)

Linkin Park knows angry.

A Place for My Head

38. Stronger—Britney Spears (2000)

Yes, the girl known for bubblegum pop actually did sing a song with a little anger in it.


39. My Life—Billy Joel (1978)

For those of you that remember Bosom Buddies, the crossdressing based sitcom starring Tom Hanks from the early 80s, you’ll remember this soft, yet rebellious tune, as the show’s theme song.

My Life

40. Missing You—John Waite (1984)

Yes, the underlying sentiment of this song is that Mr. Waite is missing her, but the overt sentiment is that he is not.

Missing You


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Author’s Note:

Ironically enough, this list, of all lists, was collected collaboratively with my wife. So I’d like to thank her for being patient enough to work alongside me.

I would also like to extend a thank you to Flourish Anyway, an absolute master of the song list. This being my first song list, I asked for her assistance regarding a few technical questions, and she was generous enough to provide assistance.



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      2 months ago

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Linda: thanks so much for dropping by.

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      Linda Robinson 

      2 years ago

      Good Morning Larry wow I know you received help from your wife, but what an excellent, interesting hub from beginning to end. You brought light on the subject in ways that most of us I am sure never looked at it quite the way you portrayed it. Loved the read. Linda

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Mmmhh...A nice glass of 20 year old Glenrothes:-)

      I really enjoyed the comment.

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      3 years ago

      funny thing is...I like some of those songs and never gave thought to the meaning on some...it would be 3 finger scotch for me...cheers

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Nadine: I think it's part of the human condition. Most of us like to play rebel sometimes.

      Thanks for dropping by. I always like to hear from you.

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      Nadine May 

      3 years ago

      Wow why would songwriters be inspired by such negative titles? It's the same what people sometimes were on a T shirt. Really.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Always glad to hear from you, Alicia:-).

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've chosen an unusual and interesting theme for a playlist article, Larry. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

    • Larry Rankin profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Mel: that's certainly a good one! Glad you dropped by. We had a lot of fun putting this list together.

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      I prefer my self-loathing on tiny Hors d'oeuvre dishes, not big platters. You've compiled quite an impressive f*** you list here. I think my favorite is I Drink Alone, because as old Lonesome George says, when I drink alone I definitely do prefer to be by myself.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Jill: I definitely had humor in mind when I wrote this. I pepper a bit of humor in most things I do.

      I'm happy you enjoyed it, and I appreciate your help on tracking copied hubs.

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      Jill Spencer 

      3 years ago from United States

      Should this have made me laugh? OMG what a fun hub.

      It's already been copied, you know. I'll send you the link to the site, Larry, in an email.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      FlourishAnyway: My wife and I were really going for a list that had at least a song everybody could identify with.

      I love the Johnny Paycheck song, but I also enjoy the rap take on it an awful lot.

      Thanks so much for the kind words:-)

    • Larry Rankin profile imageAUTHOR

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Bill: I think we all have a little something rebellious in us. Probably is more of an end of the day type of article, lol.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Read Mike: my wife and I really had fun putting this list together. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      3 years ago from USA

      Truly original! I love the topic and the fact you included everyone from Johnny Paycheck (love his "Take This Job .. " song) to hard rock. The commentary was colorful too. Fun stuff!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maybe I shouldn't have started my day with this read. LOL I don't know what it means, but I recognized almost all of those songs. :)

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      3 years ago

      I really enjoyed this. I give you credit for originality and creativity. This was an interesting take on these songs. Good work.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Jodah: thank you for dropping by.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      An incredible list of songs, Larry, and many I am familiar with. When I saw the title I thought it was going to be a hub by Flourish Anyway..but got a surprise. Well done.


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