49 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.
How easily do you change your mind?
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.
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.
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 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
Famous Name / Birth Name
Famous Name / Birth Name
Famous 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.
Even More Songs About Changing Your Mind
22. Baby Come Back
The Band Perry
24. Change Your Mind
25. Change My Mind
26. Last Name
27. My Life
28. Here's a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares
29. Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)
30. A Little Bit Stronger
31. By the Time I Get to Phoenix
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
36. Change Your Mind
37. If You Ever Change Your Mind
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
44. Take a Chance On Me
45. It's Too Late
46. Make Your Mind Up
47. Change My Mind
48. Always a Woman
49. Don't Take the Girl
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