We have all wished revenge on someone at one point in our lives. More than likely, it's an ex. An ex-girlfriend or boyfriend, an ex-wife or husband, or just an ex-lover. There's been a couple ex-boyfriends that I wished bodily harm on or a big fat cow would fall out of the sky and smoosh them. But now that I've grown up and matured a little bit more (note to husband: quit laughing. I have, dangit!), I am a big fan of karma.
Here is my list of top 10 revenge songs. Enjoy!
10. Ugly Kid Joe: Everything About You
It may not be your typical revenge song. But then again, I'm not typical.
You know how when you first start out in a relationship? How everything is hunkey dorey? They can do no wrong...the sun rises and sets on them? Birds sing when they come around. Stuff like that? But then after a while reality sets in. And you start disliking them. Then the dislike turns to hate. Hate for them, for everything about them.
I love this song. I remember when it came out in 1992 and rocking out to it. I thought the guys were all so cute back then. I wonder what they look like now?
9. Florence and the Machine: Seven Devils
Wow. This song is powerful.
It has religious undertones, with lyrics such as: "Holy water cannot help you now" and "And now all your love will be exorcised" It's not a happy revenge song but it makes for one h*ll of a revenge song, I'll tell you what.
The song is also used on the HBO show Game of Thones, if you watch that show (I don't) and were wondering where you had heard it before.
8. Pink: So What
Don't lie. You totally sing along to the "na na na"'s. I'm not going to lie, I totally listened to this song three times just while writing this little bit. I love this song. I love Pink. Yes, she wrote it while her and Carey Hart were separated but I love how she had him in the video. Have you seen their baby? She.is.adorable! But totally off topic.
This is one of the more carefree songs. The more "I'll show you!" songs. I'm still a rock star! I don't need you!
Okay, make that four times I listened to it. I have no shame.
7. Pistol Annies: Trailer For Rent
I love this one. Makes me giggle.
Pistol Annies is a relatively new country group, composted of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley. Trailer For Rent was written by Lambert, Monroe, Presely, and also Blake Shelton, who is Miranda Lambert's husband.
I'm going to play this one when my husband is home and see if he pays any attention. See if he has any comments to it. Heh, I am evil sometimes.
6. The Dixie Chicks: Goodbye Earl
This has got to be one of the funniest videos, ever. Not making light about domestic violence, no, not at all, but the video is hilarious.
Honestly, if a man beat me like that? I'd probably do the same thing, if not beat him back even worse. I may be a small thing but I can pack a punch.
Of course, I really wouldn't have to do anything. All I would have to do is call my mom and she would send her flying monkeys right over. You think I'm joking...
5. Carrie Underwood: Before He Cheats
Who wouldn't like to extract a little violence on a mate that cheated on them? I know I would.
I think Carrie has the right idea. I'm not one to condone vandalism, let me go ahead and state that, but I would do something to get my point across.
And you can bet for dang sure that the next time he cheated, it WOULDN'T be on me. Once a cheater, always a cheater. Homey don't play that.
4. Miranda Lambert: Gunpowder and Lead
Another one about domestic violence.
He slapped my face and shook me like a rag doll/Don't that sound like a real man?
are my favorite only because (and this is my opinion) it takes a "real man" to lay hands on a woman.
I'm lucky enough to have a REAL man. Plus, he's scared of my Mama's flying monkeys ;)
3. Justin Timberlake: What Goes Around...Comes Around
A song about karma. As I said, I'm a big fan of karma. Karma, in Indian religions is the concept of "action" or "deed", understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect. According to the Jainism perspective, neither a God nor a guru have any role in a person's karma - the individual is considered to be the sole doer and enjoyer of his karmas and their 'fruits.' I believe, even if you don't pay for it down here on Earth, you will pay for it once you get to Heaven. But that's just me. I'm sure you have your own beliefs. And I'm not one to force my beliefs on others.
2. Carly Simon: You're So Vain
You're So Vain is a song about a self absorbed lover who cares more about himself than his partner. Carly Simon said, before the song became a hit in 1972, that the song was about men in general...not a specific man.
Contrary to popular belief, this song is NOT about James Taylor, Carly Simon's ex-husband. She has never really fully come out and said who the subject of the song is. In February 2010, Simon told a magazine that the name of the subject was whispered backwards in a re-recording of "You're So Vain": "There's a little whisper -- and it's the answer to the puzzle." A representative for Simon confirmed that the name whispered during the song is "David." Popular guesses are David Geffen, her former boss at Elektra, but at the time she wrote You're So Vain, she hadn't met him yet.
1. Alanis Morissette: You Oughta Know
Ah, the ultimate revenge song for women everywhere. C'mon girls, you KNOW you sent this to your ex-boyfriends on a mix tape after you broke up in the 8th grade. Oh, that was just me? The mid-90s were an angry, angry time.
Little did I know in 1995 that this song was actually about Dave Couiler. *hears crickets* You know...Joey Gladstone (the blonde comic one) from the 90s TV show Full House. Yeah...kinda flips your wig that they dated, right? It was also rumored that Bob Saget was also the subject of the song but Dave Coulier has confirmed it was actually him.
There You Have It!
Those are my favorite revenge songs! What's your favorites? Which ones did I leave out?
© 2012 Jamie Sykes
mar on November 07, 2014:
Gladys Knight and the Pips
The end of our road.
Colleen Swan from County Durham on September 08, 2014:
Hi, Jamie. Entertaining list that brought a smile to me. I thought of the track by Nancy Sinatra. These boots are made for walking.
charliehustle14 from Long Beach, California on March 23, 2014:
Great list Jamie. Well thought of and equally informed. I look forward to following more of your stuff.
NW on September 30, 2013:
Seven Devils is also on the show Revenge on ABC, which I think would've been a more form fitting show to reference. Check it out, it's really good
aya on September 16, 2013:
A really good song that i like very much is:
Plain White T's - Revenge
Jamie Sykes (author) from Lewisville, North Carolina on July 12, 2013:
I have heard of The All American Rejects but I've never listened to their songs. I will check this one out, tho!
Stathis on July 12, 2013:
The only one revenge song is:
"The All American Rejects: Hope it gives you hell"
Jamie Sykes (author) from Lewisville, North Carolina on June 01, 2013:
Thank you very much, Shinkicker :)
The only one I didn't know was the Florence and the Machine one until it popped up on the Spotify radio channel I was listening to one day.
Shinkicker from Scotland on May 31, 2013:
Nice idea for a Hub. I don't know quite a few of the songs so I'll give them a whirl. But certainly Carly and Alanis made great revenge songs and I love Ugly Kid Joe
I would chuck in 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police.
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Jamie Sykes (author) from Lewisville, North Carolina on February 06, 2013:
Thank you, Alecia :) And I see you're a fellow NC-er. I'm in the middle of the state, tho, just outside of Winston-Salem. Would kill to be at the beach!!
Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 06, 2013:
Great list! I like a lot of these songs, "Before He Cheats" "So What" "What Goes Around" and "You're So Vain" "Goodbye Earl."
I might try some of the others as well.
Jamie Sykes (author) from Lewisville, North Carolina on June 01, 2012:
Tom, I don't remember that one right off hand...I'll have to look it up on Spotify when I'm fully awake!
And aw, thanks!! :)
Tom Koecke from Tacoma, Washington on June 01, 2012:
I read this hub this morning, but had to get ready for work. I was listening to an oldies' station, and heard Hot's "Angel in Your Arms" while I was driving around. It was covered by several other artists, but I thought of this hub when I heard it!
I look forward to reading more hubs by you!
Georgie Lowery from North Florida on June 01, 2012:
Awesome hub! I love the Ugly Kid Joe song!