49 Songs About Fools
It's Okay to Be a Fool
There are two kinds of people: those who enjoy pranks and those who find no humor in such silliness. One of my favorite examples of April Fools pranks was the chicken buillion trick that my teenage daughter played several years ago while on a family vacation.
As a stunt intended for her younger cousins, my daughter unscrewed the shower head and loaded a handful of dry chicken buillion cubes. However, my no nonsense sister was first in line to the shower that morning, and it took her awhile to realize that she was marinating in a stream of concentrated chicken broth. (Anyone who has smelled its pungency can attest that it resembles strong B.O.)
Stern Auntie was horrified. She didn't understand what the pipes were spewing (sewage?), and when she discovered that it was a prank, Auntie went on a minor witch hunt to determine the culprit. Some people don't appreciate the fun in foolishness.
Whether you're an April fool, a crazy fool, a fool in love, or some other type, realize that we all play the role from time to time. In honor of April Fool's Day (or as a reminder that it's okay to be vulnerable) make yourself or a loved one a custom playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about fools. And don't be afraid to laugh on occasion, even when the joke is squarely on you.
1. "Just a Fool" by Christina Aguilera (featuring Blake Shelton)
The narrator in this 2012 pop song sits alone at the bar and slams back the whiskey, regretful that she expected her cheating lover to be true. She's doubly sorry that she confronted him about his wandering ways. The confrontation apparently didn't go well, and now she's single, drowning her tears at the local bar.
2. "Fool for You" by Zayn Malik
Smitten with the woman he loves, the guy in this pop ballad from 2016 says that their love is tainted and makes him feel like a helpless fool. He is in love with the things she does (hmmm), and she has him mesmerized. Aren't you wondering what those things are?
3. "Kissing a Fool" by George Michael
Gossip and others people's opinions influenced the narrator's lover to turn away from him. Now he feels like a fool for falling so hard for someone who doesn't love him back.
The brokenhearted guy in this 1988 ballad blames his lost lover for listening to naysayers. However, he claims that he'll wait for her as long as she lives. (And that might make him truly foolish.)
What kind of fool are you?
4. "Everybody's Fool" by Evanescence
We've all known someone who seems to be all buttoned up, yet inside they're a mess. They wear a mask, pretending to the world to be perfect.
In this 2004 song, the protagonist has seen through this woman's false persona, and he proclaims that she's actually the fool:
Look, here she comes now.
Bow down and stare in wonder.
Oh, how we love you.
No flaws when you're pretending.
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5. "Like a Fool" by Keira Knightly
The lady in this 2014 pop song loves a man who is a promise breaker, and he has left her feeling like a fool. He has blamed her, wasted her time, and has broken every rule in love. Now she needs to cut bait.
6. "Fool in Love" by Rihanna
No parent wants to hear their daughter defend a bad boy as her Prince Charming, as Rihanna does in this 2010 pop song. She claims to be a fool in love, completely taken with a man that her parents (and probably other people) objectively see as trouble. (Hey, Chris Brown, was she describing you?)
You'll see a monster
I see a smile
You say it's danger
And I'm in denial
But somehow I feel so safe right now.
7. "Fool's Gold" by One Direction
If you've ever been made a fool because you've been led by your heart (or loins), you're certainly not alone. This 2014 pop song is about a guy who is distracted by a beautiful girl. He behaves recklessly and foolishly for her approval.
Although he doesn't regret his feelings, he does realize that he's being used. Her love is fool's gold — inauthentic.
8. "Can't Help Falling In Love With You" by Twenty One Pilots
This song was famously recorded by Elvis Presley in 1961 and beautifully updated here in 2012 by American rock and indie duo Twenty One Pilots. The narrator defends his immediate love for his sweetheart by saying it wasn't foolish but instead meant to be, like a force of nature. He couldn't help himself from falling in love.
9. "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" by Chris Rea
This 1978 soft rock song was written in response to the singer's teenage sister breaking up with her first boyfriend. That can feel tragic and devastating to a young woman's heart, but the song's narrator encourages her to look at the lost love through fresh eyes, as being free again. She's a fool if she thinks her life is over because it's just begun; she has years and years of love ahead of her.
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10. "I Was a Fool" by Tegan and Sara
The woman in this 2013 pop song is a fool for love. She remains trapped in a toxic relationship, and instead of making a change, she simply enables her boyfriend's behavior. Foolishly she stays in the dysfunction relationship while repeatedly rescuing her lover, accepting blame, and allowing her lover to go off for weeks at a time.
11. "New Fool at an Old Game" by Reba McEntire
In this 1988 country song, Reba croons about a naive narrator who doesn't know the rules of the dating game or falling in love. Perhaps she is recently divorced?
Now she feels like she's about to get schooled by a smooth-talking man. She pleads with him to be gentle on her heart: "You've got to understand that I'm a new fool at an old game." I see heartbreak coming, but next time, she won't be nearly the fool she was this go around.
12. "The Fool" by Lee Ann Womack
The protagonist in this 1997 country song feels like a fool because she is in love with a man who is still smitten with his old lover. He even mentions the lady's name in his sleep. Hoping to put an end to the situation, the gutsy wife meets with the woman from her husband's past and explains her predicament.
13. "Fool to Love You" by John Mayer
It takes a fool to love the woman in this guy's life, but he swears that he's the man for the job. In this heartfelt 2012 song, the narrator confesses that it was love at first sight, and now he's a forever fool for the one he loves:
Fool me once, it's shame on you
But twice, it's shame on me
But fool me baby for the rest of my life
And I'll be happy, happy as a broken man can be.
14. "Today's Lonely Fool" by Tracy Lawrence
This 1991 country hit features a lonely fool who expresses remorse for his jealousy. Attempting to recapture his ex-girlfriend's affection he admits his foolishness for being jealous of the attention that other men gave her. He became mean and loud, and as a result he's now unhappily single. Jealousy that is controlling and confrontational, however, may be a warning sign of abuse, so his ex probably did the right thing. Let the fool stay single.
15. "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
Well, this is embarrassing! Unrequited love is one thing, but not understanding that your love interest doesn't love you back is a real predicament.
The man in this 1979 Grammy Award-winning soft rock song runs into an old love interest. Feeling nostalgic, he tries to restart their love relationship only to realize that the romance was entirely one-sided. Cue the face falm. What a fool believes he sees.
16. "Fool for Your Loving" by Whitesnake
Tired of being taken advantage of, the guy in this 1980 metal song has decided he's done. He won't be his love interest's fool any longer. Saying goodbye to the shame and the blame, this fool is moving on.
17. "Fool For You Cee Lo Green (featuring Melanie Fiona)
In this Grammy Award-winning R&B song from 2010, the narrator expresses utter devotion to the woman he loves. Regardless of any mistakes she might make, he loves her unconditionally with his body and soul, even if that makes him out to be a fool.
18. "Fool's Gold" by Jill Scott
The brokenhearted lady in this R&B tune from 2015 can't stand living without her former lover, although she knows he was a cheater and abused her trust. Now she finds herself anguished, wondering who the fool was:
I was living a dream believing things that just ain't true
Oh I can't believe I ever believed in you
You had me chasing fool's gold
I was chasing fool's gold.
19. "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I" by Bailley and the Boys
Although released decades earlier by Elvis Presley and other artists, this country version in 1990 is my favorite because of the female lead vocals simply float. The song features a protagonist who grows emotional upon parting from the man she still loves, even though they have broken up. She may be a fool, but she will love him until the day she dies.
20. "Famous Last Words of a Fool" by George Strait
As his partner left him, he told her not to let the door hit her in the behind. Who's the fool now? It's the lonely guy in this 1988 country song who couldn't muster the raw emotional energy to spill his guts to the woman who stole his heart. Fools usually don't learn their lessons, however.
Even More Songs About Fools
21. Don't Be a Fool
22. Nobody's Fool
23. Fool For You Anyway
24. Nobody's Fool
25. As Any Fool Can See
26. What Kind of Fool
28. I'm a Fool For Loving Her
30. Fool I'm a Woman
31. Nobody's Fool
32. Fool For You
Green River Ordinance
33. Fool's Gold
34. It's a Heartache
35. Pretty Faced Fool
36. You Fool You
37. Fool For the City
38. Fool Again
40. Victim or a Fool
41. April Fool
42. Once Upon a Fool Ago
45. Poor Little Fool
46. Fool Number One
47. Fool on the Hill
48. Why Do Fools Fall in Love
49. Everybody's Someody's Fool
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