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49 Songs About Changing Your Mind

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Celebrate the freedom to change your mind in work, love, and how you live your life. Create a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about changing your mind.

Celebrate the freedom to change your mind in work, love, and how you live your life. Create a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about changing your mind.

The Freedom to Change Your Mind

People change their minds regarding who they love, where they work or live, and the details of how they live their lives. They even change their minds regarding what they call themselves. Annually, an estimated 50,000 Americans change their first names, petitioning the court for a new one. (At least it's more say than you had in the matter the first time around, right?)

Whether you're stubborn and decisive or you change your mind easily, celebrate the freedom to change your mind with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs on the topic. We have a long list to start you off.

1. "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar)

When it comes to hot and cold relationships, nobody does it like Taylor Swift. In this contagious 2014 pop track, the narrator and her frenemy had good times until the fake friend tried to write her off and stabbed her in the back. As a result, the narrator changed her entire point of view. She insists that the two now have unsolvable problems and a simple "sorry" couldn't fix the transgressions.

Although Swift never confirmed who her "Bad Blood" song was about, many posited that its subject is Katy Perry. The two divas began their feud when Perry attempted to hire some of Swift's background dancers away for Perry's Prism tour. Swift told Rolling Stone in 2014 that the two were "straight-up enemies." They finally buried the hatchet in 2018 when Perry sent her former friend an actual olive branch. It's good to know they changed their minds again and are back to being BFFs.

2. "If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher

There's nothing like loneliness to clarify what you want. Feeling contrite, the narrator in this 1989 pop song has changed her mind about the hurtful way she behaved in the moment. She regrets the angry words she hurled at her significant other as well as her inability to apologize:

I don't know why I did the things I did
I don't know why I said the things I said
Love's like a knife, it can cut deep inside
Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes.

Now the narrator wishes she could push rewind so that her lover might change his mind and return to her. Speaking of turning back time, it's hard to believe that Cher was 43 when she filmed that corresponding film video. She was old enough to be those sailors' mother.

3. "I Hate U I Love U" by Gnash (featuring Olivia O'Brien)

Does this lady love him, hate him, or both?

If you've ever been involved in an unhealthy—or toxic—love relationship, then you understand the complexity. The dejected woman in this 2016 pop song misses her former lover who now has another girlfriend. They didn't have a clean break, and she still has strong feelings for him. Although her ex still misses her, he accepts that love and trust are gone. As a result, his head is in a different place regarding whether they belong together.

4. "Change Your Mind" by Sister Hazel

If you're in a poor state of mind, fighting battles with yourself, then listen up. Dance in the rain, slow down, take a moment to thank the sun. You have the power to change your mind. This upbeat 2000 rock song conveys an empowering message that if you're battling inner demons, you can change your mind and therefore your life.

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5. "What Goes Around . . . Comes Around" by Justin Timberlake

Aww, it's terrible when someone does you dirty like this. Justin Timberlake followed up his 2002 song "Cry Me a River" with this 2006 pop hit. He claimed this sequel isn't about Britney, but you be the judge.

The song refers to a serious love relationship that went off the rails when the narrator's sweetheart changed her mind and stepped out on him with another man. Her betrayal left him confused, depressed, and just sick, but now he cautions her to beware because what goes around comes back around. As it turns out, her new man is a fickle mind-changer, too.

6. "Hello" by Adele

This soulful 2015 pop song is about attempting to reconnect with a past love when both of your lives have lurched in different. Your minds and hearts have changed.

The narrator has tried many times to reach out to an old flame whose heart she once broke. But while she has spent time ruminating over their broken relationship, he has moved on. The emotional tune was both a global #1 hit and a Grammy Award-winning Song of the Year.

7. "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum

Girl, don't do it. It ain't worth it. Just put down the phone and sleep this off.

When they broke up, the woman in this 2010 country tune told her ex that she wouldn't be talking to him anymore. Seems legit, right? However, now it's 1:15 a.m. and she's totally soused on whiskey, looking at photos of the two of them scattered on the floor in front of her.

Having clearly changed her mind about hearing her ex's voice again, the lady drunk dials her former lover. She wants to know if he thinks about her because she needs him now. She'll regret this in the morning.

8. "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera

This mournful ballad features a lover who expresses intractable pain regarding a frayed relationship. The slow, searching tune was an international hit in 2013 and won a Grammy Award. The narrator implores their lover to say something—anything—to change their mind and make them stay. But the silence is deafening, and the effect is heartrending.

9. "Harden My Heart" by Quarterflash

The woman in this 1981 rock ditty has been lied to yet again and left to wait in the rain for that weasel of a man who doesn't show. But this time is different. She has finally changed her mind about their relationship.

Hardening her heart, the lady has resigned herself to the fact that their relationship is built on a foundation of lies. It's reached a dead end. Thus, the narrator makes the rational decision to ghost her lover boy, to give him the cold shoulder, to give him the old heave-ho.

10. "When You Love Someone" by James TW

This stirring pop song from 2016 represents a conversation that a father has with his son about families breaking apart. It describes how divorces are about moms and dads changing their minds on living together and being in love. The father encourages the young boy to understand that their decisions are for the best.

11. "Stay" by Sugarland

Inspired by Reba McEntire's classic number, "Whoever in New England," this powerful 2006 country track is about infidelity from the perspective of the mistress. The song begins with an emotionally broken woman pleading with her lover to stay in her bed, even if his wife should call. She is tired of living the lonely life of a side chick.

Then the mistress brings up the married man's empty promises regarding leaving his wife. Undoubtedly, this is a sore point between them. In a moment of clarity, the narrator wonders the following:

I can't take it any longer, but my will is gettin' stronger
And I think I know just what I have to do
I can't waste another minute
After all that I've put in it
I've given you my best
Why does she get the best of you?

The narrator changes her mind and now tells her lover that next time he wants to leave his wife's bed for hers, just stay.

When nothing goes right, go left.

When nothing goes right, go left.

12. "Take This Job And Shove It" by Johnny Paycheck

Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more
My woman done left and took all the reasons
I was working for
You better not try to stand in my way
'Cause I'm walkin' out the door ... .

After 15 years of working the same old factory job, the blue-collar worker in this iconic 1977 country ditty has changed his mind about working there. He's outta here, done, D-O-N-E.

Supporting his wife was the only reason he continued plugging away at the job he despised. But now that his old lady has split, so are all his reasons for working. He burns his bridges on his way out because why the hell not? The guy calls the foreman a "dog," refers to the big boss as a "fool" and even makes fun of the bossman's haircut. It's clear that he ain't coming back to this miserable joint.

13. "Two Dozen Roses" by Shenandoah

The pitiful fella in this 1989 country tune was fool enough to have done his partner wrong. (Chances are, he cheated.) Having been abjectly rejected as a result, Romeo seeks to change his ex's mind any way he can. He tosses out some ideas for winning back her love:

If I had two dozen roses, and an old bottle of wine
If I really could've hung the moon, would it change your mind?
If I could cry a little harder, and get a little less sleep at night
If I had two dozen roses would it change your mind?

14. "Change Your Mind" by Jack Vallier

Water is a symbol of healing and transformation and that's where the man in this 2017 alternative rock song beckons his lover to meet him: the river. They've been apart, and he misses her wildly. The sorrowful narrator hopes that he can change her mind.

15. "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars

The remorseful narrator in this 2012 love ballad didn't share enough of his time or feelings with his sweetheart and took her for granted. She changed her mind about whether their relationship was worth her investment.

Another man has stepped up to capture her heart, giving her what she needs. The narrator thus recognizes that it's too late to apologize, too late to change her mind back, too late to make things right with her. The lonely man can only relive all the things he didn't do.

16. "Change Your Mind" by Tori Kelly

Fathers often believe that no man will be good enough to marry their daughters, and the dad in this touching 2019 tune is no exception. His baby girl has fallen in love with a guy he thinks is wrong for his princess.

The song is presented from the daughter's perspective. She is determined to change Daddy's mind because she maintains that she has found "the one":

No one ever said it was easy
And I love him, you gotta believe me
No, it don't seem right
But I'll change your mind, mind, yeah
Trust in me, I'mma need your blessing
Oh, I love him, yeah, I'm confessing
If it takes my life
I'mma change your mind (mind).

17. "Daddy's Come Around" by Paul Overstreet

Daddy was once the man about town, carousing and having fun while Mama stayed home and tended the little ones. But this catchy 1990 song shows that Daddy's mind got changed. You see, Mama changed the locks on the door and had a come-to-Jesus meeting with him about those all night drinking episodes. She laid down the law, and word is he's now a changed man. They're even expecting to expand the family.

Musicians Who Changed Their Names

Names affect identities. If these musicians had stuck with their original names, would you think about them differently?

Famous Name / Birth NameFamous Name / Birth NameFamous Name / Birth Name

Sting / Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

Randy Travis / Randy Bruce Traywick

Shania Twain / Eilleen Regina Edwards

Wynonna Judd / Christina Claire Ciminella

Bob Dylan / Robert Zimmerman

Tina Turner / Anna Mae Bullock

Bruno Mars / Peter Gene Hernandez

George Michael / Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou

Jason Derulo / Joel Desrouleaux

Cher / Cherilyn Sarkisian

Johnny Paycheck / Donald Eugene Lytle

Patsy Cline / Virginia Patterson Hensley

Faith Hill / Audrey Faith Perry

Stevie Wonder / Stevland Hardaway Judkins

Conway Twitty / Harold Lloyd Jenkins

Elvis Costello / Declan Patrick MacManus

John Denver / Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

Elton John Reginald / Kenneth Dwight

Joni Mitchell / Roberta Joan Anderson

John Legend / John Roger Stephens

Tim McGraw / Samuel Timothy Smith

Kid Rock / Robert James Richie

Calvin Harris / Adam Richard Wiles

Katy Perry / Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

18. "Hot n Cold" by Katy Perry

Some people would rather waffle than make up their minds, and the girl in this 2008 pop tune is mired in a dysfunctional romance with one of them. Her on-again/off-again boyfriend is completely unreliable and inconsistent about his feelings, particularly about their future together. Rather than putting his feelings out there, he wimps out, speaks cryptically, and takes her on an emotional roller coaster. Make up your mind, guy.

19. "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Ray Orbison

A beautiful woman bee-bops on down the sidewalk, walking past the narrator in this classic 1964 rock ditty. It's love at first sight. He calls out to her, asking whether she is lonely like him, beckoning for her to smile and perhaps stop and talk. In spite of his friendly cajoling (some might call it harassment), the woman continues on her way. But then she changes her mind and turns around, heading back towards him. Mercy! His heart is alight.

20. "As Good as I Once Was" by Toby Keith

It happens to the best of us. The guy in this humorous 2005 country song used to be a legend in his own mind. However, now, thanks to age, he's a little more realistic in his self-appraisal when it comes to pleasing the ladies in the bedroom and helping out a friend in a bar fight. Today his body wants to tell him to act his age, but his hubris changes his mind, telling him to go for it.

In order to change the world, you must first change your mind.

In order to change the world, you must first change your mind.

Even More Songs About Changing Your Mind

Know a song that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. "GTFO"

Mariah Carey


22. "Baby Come Back"



23. "Done"

The Band Perry


24. "Change Your Mind"

The Killers


25. "Change My Mind"

One Direction


26. "Last Name"

Carrie Underwood


27. "My Life"

Billy Joel


28. "Here's a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares"

Travis Tritt


29. "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)"



30. "A Little Bit Stronger"

Sara Evans


31. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"

Glen Campbell


32. "If I Could Change Your Mind"



33. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"

The Righteous Brothers


34. "You've Got to Change Your Mind"

Bobby Byrd & James Brown


35. "Mind"

Talking Heads


36. "Change Your Mind"

Neil Young


37. "If You Ever Change Your Mind"

Crystal Gayle


38. "Amie"

Pure Prairie League


39. "Change the World"



40. "Baby Don't Change Your Mind"

Gladys Knight & The Pips


41. "Just in Case"

The Forester Sisters


42. "If I Can't Change Your Mind"



43. "Hold On"

Wilson Phillips


44. "Take a Chance On Me"



45. "It's Too Late"

Carole King


46. "Make Your Mind Up"

Moon Taxi


47. "Change My Mind"

John Berry


48. "Always a Woman"

Billy Joel


49. "Don't Take the Girl"

Tim McGraw


© 2020 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 09, 2020:

Rajan - Thank you for the kind comment. Have a wonderful week ahead and take care of yourself.

Rajan Singh Jolly on August 07, 2020:

It's good to read about the stories and thoughts behind these changing your mind songs. You really have a penchant for locating songs on very diverse topics. Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 25, 2020:

Anupam Mitu - I'm glad you enjoyed this. Much luck to you!

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 24, 2020:

Getting inspired from you I am going to make such lists in Hindi. It's amazing dear. How much you have really worked for this list! It all shows your passion for music. I don't know anything about music but music is life for me too.


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 01, 2020:

bhattuc - Thank you

bhattuc on June 01, 2020:

Exhaustive compilation. Nice one.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 28, 2020:

Joey - Thank you! You have made my day!

joey summers on May 28, 2020:

I come by this site often and have read hundreds of articles. I think yours are my favorite! Just thought I'd let you know.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 25, 2020:

Genna - I love her, too. I especially liked this time of her career. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 24, 2020:

Hi Flourish --

What a great title and subject. I think Cher's song (I love this woman), sang it perfectly: "If I could turn back time...." I think there is at least one time in our lives when we could have wondered the very same. Thank you for the music. :-)

Robert Sacchi on May 21, 2020:

You're welcome.

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

Bob - Thank you. The phrase is right in the lyrics!

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

Dora - I loved that one too! There's always a way out of a situation. You just have to be clever enough to find it.

Robert Sacchi on May 20, 2020:

Another fun list of oldies and new hits. What about "Don't Take The Girl" by Tim McGraw and "I will survive" by Gloria Gainer?

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 20, 2020:

Love the quote: "When nothing goes right, go left." Funny and also deep. Great theme and some enjoyable lyrics.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 19, 2020:

BBYCGN - Thanks for stopping by. You're one who definitely changes your mind!

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on May 19, 2020:

Well, I thought about... no, that’s not what I meant... it’s just that I figured I could... oh, never mind... wait, on second thought... no, scratch that, all together.... ya, ummm... anyway, great list of songs about Changing Ones .... errrr... Mind... Where are all the ponies?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 18, 2020:

Heidi - That's a terrific throwback song. I'll add it! Hope you're continuing to stay healthy.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 18, 2020:

Pamela - I appreciate your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 18, 2020:

Clive - You say that like it's a bad thing.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 18, 2020:

You gotta wonder what would've happened if these artists kept their real names. Hmm...

Anyway, I'd only add Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman" since "she just changes her mind."

Have a lovely week!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 18, 2020:

This is a very clever topic, Flourish. I never would have this number of songs about changing your mind. I like all your write-ups and the song choices. I was surpirsed that I had heard most of them before. This is another interesting article.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on May 18, 2020:

Women always changing their minds...They will love this list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 18, 2020:

Linda - It might be a shorter list of who kept their original name!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 18, 2020:

Linda - You're such a kind soul, and I would never change my mind about that.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 18, 2020:

Peggy - There are some singers who couldn't use their real names because someone else was already using it, thus they had to change it! Thanks for stopping by!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 17, 2020:

You've created an interesting list, as always. The list of famous names and birth names is interesting as well. Some of the name changes are surprising.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 17, 2020:

I'm surprised at how many of these I know. Obviously, this is the background music for my life LOL. When I first saw the topic I thought this would be kinda funny/wacky but some of these songs are quite sad, longing, wistful. Love lost and all of that. I can't think of one that you missed. A fun read on this lovely Sunday afternoon. Thank you my dear friend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

Liz - I'm glad you found it an interesting list. Hopefully, there were some songs you enjoyed.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

MG - Thanks for visiting again!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

Bill - Some of us are more stubborn than others when it comes to changing our minds. Glad you liked the list. Continue to stay safe!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

Bill - I love Billy Joel. Glad you liked this list. I wish people would change their minds about refusing to wear masks.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

Devika -Thanks for your comment. Please continue to stay safe.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

MG - Thanks for visiting. Glad you enjoyed the list!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2020:

There were some familiar oldies here and some new songs that I had not heard. That list of people who changed their names was fun to read. John Denver rolls off the tongue easier than Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. I think that as a musician, he made a wise choice! These lists of songs and the other information you provide are always fun to read and also get to hear.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 17, 2020:

You have put together an interesting selection of songs. I hadn't realised that there were so many on this subject.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 17, 2020:

Changing mind about a GF? Can happen any time. Nice collection

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 17, 2020:

Another great list, Flourish. It’s just human nature to change our mind, whether it’s due to correcting a wrong path we’ve gone down in life or just on a whim for something that’s totally unimportant and related to personal preference. We all do it. Great list of songs. Have a great day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 17, 2020:

I knew there was one by Billy Joel, but I couldn't think of the solved that. Absolutely love "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum. In fact, I love a lot of songs on this list.

Happy Sunday my friend!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 17, 2020:

Great list of songs! You always surprise me with a new list of songs. I like this list and know more than I did before of songs with About Changing Your Mind.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 17, 2020:

Great selection of songs and believe me I am listening to all of them and my mood was on the up.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

Chitrangada - I appreciate your kind words. Thank you for reading.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

Kyriaki - It certainly can be a good thing! It's better to change your mind and your direction in life than keep doing the same things that don't work. I appreciate your chiming in. Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2020:

Shannon - Thank you for that suggestion which I'm adding. I hope you're doing well. Have a good weekend!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 17, 2020:

I liked the topic, you have chosen for this article. Your opening paragraph is insightful and well communicated.

The list of songs is also impressive.

I do believe in having an open mind. There should be flexibility in our thought process. We can't claim to know everything. As such, there may be a need to change the mind.

Thank you for sharing this interesting article.

Kyriaki Chatzi on May 17, 2020:

The way I see it changing your mind can actually a good thing (most of the times).

It means that you've grown out of certain behaviors and patterns and want to revamp yourself one decision at a time.

Now, if it's a song that pushes you take that step, even better!

Lovely list, Flourish! (As always)

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 16, 2020:

When I saw this list title the first song that came to my mind was "Change My Mind" by John Berry. This was fun, as always. Lots of good songs here, Flourish. :)

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