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60 Songs About Fools

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Celebrate April Fool's Day with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about fools. Everyone plays the fool on occasion, right?

Celebrate April Fool's Day with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about fools. Everyone plays the fool on occasion, right?

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.)

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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.

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.

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.

Everyone plays the joker or fool from time to time.

Everyone plays the joker or fool from time to time.

Even More Songs About Fools

SongArtistYear Released

21. Don't Be a Fool

Shawn Mendes

2016

22. Nobody's Fool

Avril Lavigne

2012

23. Fool For You Anyway

Foreigner

1977

24. Nobody's Fool

Miranda Lambert

2011

25. As Any Fool Can See

Tracy Lawrence

1994

26. What Kind of Fool

Gary Allan

2004

27. Fools

Troye Sivan

2015

28. I'm a Fool For Loving Her

George Jones

1980

29. Fool

Shakira

2001

30. Fool I'm a Woman

Sara Evans

1998

31. Nobody's Fool

Brad Paisley

2011

32. Fool For You

Green River Ordinance

2013

33. Fool's Gold

Lee Greenwood

1984

34. It's a Heartache

Bonnie Tyler

1978

35. Pretty Faced Fool

Jewel

2015

36. You Fool You

Roy Orbison

1965

37. Fool For the City

Foghat

1975

38. Fool Again

Westlife

2000

39. Fool

Elvis Presley

1973

40. Victim or a Fool

Rodney Crowell

1981

41. April Fool

Collin Raye

1998

42. Once Upon a Fool Ago

Trace Adkins

2001

43. Change

Carrie Underwood

2009

44. Foolin'

Def Leppard

1983

45. Poor Little Fool

Ricky Nelson

1958

46. Fool Number One

Brenda Lee

1961

47. Fool on the Hill

The Beatles

1965

48. Why Do Fools Fall in Love

Diana Ross

1981

49. Everybody's Someody's Fool

Connie Francis

1960

50. Foolish Heart

Steve Perry

1984

51. Love Me

Justin Bieber

2009

52. Cool to be a Fool

Joe Nichols

2002

53. Tall, Tall Trees

Alan Jackson

1995

54. What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am

Lee Roy Parnell

1992

55. Chain of Fools

Aretha Franklin

1967

56. Every Time Two Fools Collide

Dottie West & Kenny Rogers

1978

57. Mirror, Mirror

Diamond Rio

1991

58. I'm a Sucker for You

Jonas Brothers

2019

59. What Kind of Fool Am I?

Sammy Davis Jr.

1962

60. Grand Piano

Nicki Minaj

2014

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Who sang the song with the lyrics, "I don't drink, I don't smoke, but I'm a fool about making love?"

Answer: Although there is nothing that rings a bell for me regarding these lyrics and my searches didn't turn up anything either, often with a little more information, other readers can help out. If possible, please provide:

1) the music genre (country, pop, rock, R&B, punk, etc.)

2) individual/group artist? male/female?

3) do you know how old this song is?

4) I assume this is an American song?

5) any plot or other details about the song that you recall

You can leave follow-up details in the "Songs About Fools" playlist Comments Section. Thank you!

© 2017 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 21, 2020:

Peggy - Thanks for the addition! I added, "What Kind of Fool Am I?"

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2020:

I am thinking of the song that has the lyrics "What kind of fool am I, who never fell in love..." by Sammy Davis, Jr. That is an oldie, but goodie!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 16, 2019:

Shawindi, Thank you for your kind comment.

Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on September 16, 2019:

a very interesting article !!!

great !

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 16, 2019:

Anonymous - I did a search on the lyrics in several databases and nothing came up. Perhaps a reader will be able to assist? If so, I hope they will leave a comment in the Comment Section.

Anonymous on September 16, 2019:

Who sung the song with the lyrics "Fool, after all this time, fool I still think you?"

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 08, 2019:

Anonymous - This song didn't show up in any searches of lyrics databases that I did and it's not familiar to me. I'm hoping a reader might know.

Anonymous on April 07, 2019:

Who sang a song that started with lyrics As I sit all alone by the firelight glow.Dreaming my dreams over long ago?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 24, 2017:

Jo - Thanks for the compliment. I haven't run out of ideas or songs yet! I have a goal for the number of playlist niche articles then I figure I'll move on to the next niche and expand that to the boundaries, or at least the best I can.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on March 24, 2017:

It seems your supply of songs is endless. I'm impressed.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2017:

Larry - Thanks - got it covered by #8 with the Twenty One Pilots version. I appreciate you stopping by!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on March 23, 2017:

Only fools rush in:-)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2017:

Nell Rose - I can only imagine coming back from vacation to a keyboard like that. Love it! Thank you for stopping by.

Nell Rose on March 23, 2017:

Love your list, and that keyboard with the plants in it...LOL! I was trying to think of some more, but so far my brain has stopped working, I will be back! LOL!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 22, 2017:

Rasma - Thank you! I appreciate your reading. It was an especially enjoyable article to research.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on March 22, 2017:

Just awesome. Well done and informative hub. Never realized there were so many songs about fools.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 22, 2017:

Shyron - You are a music library! Thank you for your suggestions! I've added Connie Francis at 49. Have a wonderful week.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 21, 2017:

I was sitting here answering comments and thought of another song that would really fit here I have the album that has this song on it.

Everybody's Somebody's Fool -- Connie Francis 1960.

Also, All Day Sucker - Liz Anderson 1970

Lyrics

From the first thing in the mornin' till the last thing in the night

Ev'ry hour and ev'ry minute I'm your fool

Anyway that I can please you I will try with all my might

I'm an all day sucker when it comes to you

Blessings my friend

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 21, 2017:

Peg - I love that long forgotten song. Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 21, 2017:

Linda - Thank you for your encouragement. It was a fun one to put together in short order! Hope you can find some inspiration for April Fool's Day.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 21, 2017:

Dora - That's one prank gone wrong! At least he had the dignity to apologize. Bless his foolish heart. Thanks for sharing that story!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on March 21, 2017:

I think we know we have reached a certain level of maturity when we can have a good laugh at ourselves. A good-natured sense of humor is so important. My fav above is "Fool's Gold." As usual, your music selections are terrific. Well done. :-)

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 21, 2017:

Love this playlist, Flourish. There are so many occasions to need these tunes. I'm listening to "Fool If You Think It's Over" and remembering back to days gone by. Great selections.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 20, 2017:

Interesting music and great photos of pranks, Flourish! This is an enjoyable article.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 20, 2017:

Great fools list. In Houston one year, a radio announcer played a prank announcing the time to be later than it was. Someone called in claiming that in her effort not be late (because of the time he announced) her speeding resulted in a traffic ticket. He stopped the prank and apologized continually, only to be told at the end of his show that he had been pranked. They played his apology over and over throughout the day.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2017:

Frances - Glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful week ahead.

Frances Metcalfe from The Limousin, France on March 19, 2017:

Another great well researched hub! Always good to read your witty prose. You certainly didn't fool around designing this hub!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2017:

Dicesi - Yes, it's just the type and magnitude (and whether we admit it)!

Dicesi from New York on March 18, 2017:

Great List. This is so interesting. I can assure you that we are all fools. Love the list!

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on March 18, 2017:

"and don't work so hard that K2 doesn't get his love!"

You know that that is not gonna happen LOL! You too have a great weekend.

Regards,

Suhail and K2

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:

Heidi - Thanks so much! I have Catherine to thank for the idea on this. Thank you for stopping by.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 18, 2017:

Great timing for this list with April 1 coming up! George Michael's Kissing a Fool and Ricky Nelson's Poor Little Fool rang up in my brain as soon as I saw the title of your post. Another great playlist! Happy Weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:

Kyriakyi - Thank you for your kind encouragement! I hope you are doing well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:

Efficient Admin - Hopefully you found some new songs to appreciate! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:

Linda - Thanks for the suggestion. Adding it! Hope your weekend is going well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:

Bill - Thank you for reading. The chicken bouillion trick was fun if it wasn't on you, I guess. The kids always have some trick up their sleeves. They have also fixed the sink sprayer so that when you turn on the faucet, it squirts automatically. Very messy. You really have to watch out near April Fool's Day. Have a terrific weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:

Catherine - A big THANK YOU for the idea for this playlist. I hope they don't snip the link to your article out. I appreciate you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:

Bill - This one was a lot of fun to put together. Looks like you need to brush up on your music, buddy!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:

Suhail - You're the one I thought about when I added the Whitesnake song! Have a great weekend and don't work so hard that K2 doesn't get his love!

Kyriaki Chatzi on March 18, 2017:

When I laid eyes on the title of this article, one song popped up into my head. And as always, Flourish, you went above and beyond to deliver a well-rounded playlist.

Thanks for sharing!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 18, 2017:

Another great list Flourish. Love the prank with the chicken bouillon although I can understand Auntie being upset :). I admire your creativity in coming up with these lists. Have a great weekend.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on March 18, 2017:

Who knew there were so many songs about fools? Not me. You have done a great job with this playlist.

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on March 18, 2017:

This shows how out of touch I am with the music scene - the only one I know in the Top 20 list is Whitesnake! Then David Coverdale got taken by Tawny Kitaen.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 18, 2017:

Who knew there could be so many songs about being a fool? You got the Doobie Brothers in there, so I'm happy. BTW I have one more for your list -- Fool on the Hill by the Beatles.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 18, 2017:

All I could think of was "Fools rush in" but I don't even think that was a song. LOL You stumped me on this one but it was still fun playing along.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on March 18, 2017:

FlourishAnyway,

I was looking for my favorite "Fool for Your Loving" by Whitesnake and I found it at 16.

Now I am getting back to work listening to your list songs one by one on youtube ha-ha.

Regards,

Suhail and my dog K2

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2017:

Syron - Thank you for the suggestions! Adding the first two (I did a shout out to Elvis in the text of #19). I appreciate you! Have a great weekend!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 17, 2017:

I love your April fool's list, these are the three that came to mind right away. Awesome hubs.

Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson 1958, was one that I loved.

Fool number one - Brenda Lee 1962

Now and then there's a fool such as I - Elvis 1970

If I think about it I am sure I could come up with more,

Blessings my friend.

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