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27 Songs About Déjà Vu

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

Make a playlist with pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about that unnerving feeling that you've already lived this moment before.

Make a playlist with pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about that unnerving feeling that you've already lived this moment before.

Déjà Vu Feels Like a Glitch in the Matrix

Have you been here before in this moment? Do you already know what comes next? (Probably not.)

Like a computer glitch that causes only a temporary disruption in one's processing of reality, déjà vu is that unsettling, split-second feeling that you've already lived an experience before. It's named after a French phrase literally meaning "already seen."

Déjà vu is a phenomenon that is most typically strikes during times of high stress and exhaustion. Multiple explanations exists for the disquieting feeling that resembles a glitch in the matrix. They range from a minor brain circuit malfunction to a memory storage or recall snafu to split perception. (Whatever the case, use the experience as another sign that your body is telling you to take care of yourself and pay attention.)

If you've ever had the uncanny notion that you've lived a situation before, then make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about the subject. We have a long list to start you off.

1. "Déjà Vu" by Olivia Rodrigo

If you've ever looked up a previous lover on social media and realized that they had a type (and it was you!), then this haunting 2021 indie-rock tune will surely resonate. The song narrator confronts an ex-lover about his new girlfriend who is stunningly similar to her. The new gal pal is cut out of the narrator's mold, an actress who even sounds the same as her.

The former boyfriend seems to be reliving their time together. He employs the same jokes on his new love interest that he used on the narrator, taking her to the same places and failing to create new memories. This is a recycled romance.

The narrator taunts him, "Do you get déjà vu when she's with you?" and asks whether there is confusion regarding calling her by the wrong name. The song ends with the man dating a different girl, presumably also similar to the narrator. I don't know who is creepier here—the ex-boyfriend who can't move on to a new type of girl or the narrator who knows all the details of her ex-boyfriend's love life? Evidently, a lot of folks identified with this song because it became a worldwide hit.

2. "Déjà Vu" by Dionne Warwick

When the lady in this Grammy-winning R&B ballad from 1979 exchanges a mere greeting with a stranger, an uncanny feeling strikes her. She has loved this dude in a past life. (Chills.)

The dreamy feeling of déjà vu overtakes her, leaving her elated as she suspects that she has finally reunited with a lover from another time and place. Does he feel the same overwhelming connection? We'll never know.

3. "Déjà Vu" by Wengie

It's likely that most Americans have never heard her name, however the popular YouTuber Wengie (aka Wraya) is red-hot in Australia and other parts of the world. In 2018, she self-released this pop song, and its video scored more than 10 million views on YouTube. Her song concerns having fun with a boyfriend, sharing secrets together with him, and feeling so comfortable with one another that it's like déjà vu when they are together.

4. "One Mississippi" by Kane Brown

The couple in this 2021 country ditty just can't seem to get their off-and-on relationship right. Instead, they play a game of lonely drunken déjà vu with their hearts.

"One Mississippi" refers to a way of informal timekeeping, and that's what the man in this song resorts to as he sidles up to the bar and downs his whiskey. He's pining for his ex to tap him on the shoulder and kiss him so they can leave the bar and make a little magic between the sheets.

Although they swear they must stop the game playing, somehow they always wind up back where they start—alone. This is a sadly toxic couple that was never meant to last.

5. "Déjà Vu (I've Been Here Before)" by Teena Marie

Teena Marie's poetry about living past lives was the basis for this 1979 R&B single. You may wonder what she's smoking as she recounts being a white gazelle in one previous existence. In another life, she claims to have been a queen on an island full of loving and gleeful "rainbow-colored people."

The narrator describes how she is certain that she has been reincarnated. As she looks around, she knows she's been here before. Based on what she has gleaned from previous experiences, she cautions you that if your life is full of sin you're coming back here again. She doesn't want to return here in her next life.

6. "You Remind Me" by Usher

Some heartbreaks continue to follow a person to future relationships, much like a shadow. In this chart-topping R&B tune from 2001, a woman has caught the eye of the song narrator because she demonstrates a curious resemblance to the malignant ex-partner who cheated on him and did him dirty. She looks like his old flame and even smiles like her too. Perhaps they are doppelgangers?

Although the innocent girl before him has done nothing wrong herself, this man has been too traumatized by memories of the hell his ex put him through to take a chance on dating this carbon copy. Her resemblance to his former flame is uncanny. It's like déjà vu when he looks at this girl. Sorry, this just won't work.

7. "Déjà Vu" by Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z)

High profile musical couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z have lived out their turbulent relationship through music. The couple first started dating in 2001, and despite a 12-year age gap, they tied the knot in 2008. Throughout their courtship and marriage the diva pop star and her rapper partner have collaborated musically, including on this 2006 R&B ditty.

This song describes the feeling of being so in love with someone that you're reminded of them everywhere you go. Jay-Z describes being transformed by meeting Beyoncé so that now "everything I see is you."

8. "Friends" by Marshello & Anne-Marie

What do you do when a friend who is more like a sibling looks at you with goo-goo eyes even though you've had the "just friends" talk? Spell it out.

In this catchy 2018 EDM-pop number, the narrator is yet again emphasizing to her male friend that he's going to push her away if he keeps talking romance because she totally doesn't like him like that. They've been down this path so many times before that it's like déjà vu ... and getting tedious. Maybe she needs to get rude in friendzoning him:

Haven't I made it obvious?
Haven't I made it clear?
Want me to spell it out for you?
F-R-I-E-N-D-S.

9. "Every Night" by Florida Georgia Line

Every single night. (That's gotta get old eventually.) The guy in this 2010 country song hooks up with his girlfriend every single damn night, and sometimes returns for seconds after dropping her off at home. Seriously? They are such busy energizer bunnies in bed that he even calls her "my little déjà vu."

If you're thinking that these two need to take their relationship to the next level, notice that the narrator doesn't say one peep about how he feels about his bed buddy. He just wants the taste of her kiss, his hands on her hips, and "do a little unzip."

10. "Stereo" by John Legend

There's a "crafty, bold, and beautiful" groupie at the center of this 2006 R&B song who makes it her priority to quickly seduce rich and famous celebrities like the narrator. Unfortunately, the strategic woman cares more about the narrator's fame than him as an individual. She flatters the man, name drops, and makes it feel like love. However, the guy has seen this before. Although this charming groupie is engaged in pure manipulation, the narrator is charmed by her and struggles with letting her go.

John Legend met model Chrissy Teigen while filming the video to this song. The two were married in 2013.

11. "Your Love (Déjà Vu)" by Glass Animals

Just because a relationship dynamic feels familiar doesn't mean it's healthy. Even if we don't realize it, many of us tend to seek out the type of dysfunction that we grew up with.

In this 2020 EDM song, a man finds himself addicted to the hot mess of chaotic interpersonal relationships. The narrator is inexplicably drawn to a lover who provides a temporary touch, connects with him like "a hit and run," and makes him feel like he is "being eaten alive." The man, however, sees this complex drama as love.

12. "Déjà Vu" by 3OH!3

The guy in this is 2010 electropop song is exhibiting an alcohol problem as they do a bar crawl and ask both a bartender and cab driver for help. At least he has the self-realization to know his behavior is a troublesome pattern. (And give him points for not driving.)

The whole scene is so familiar to the narrator that it seems like he's like he's lived it before. He can predict the conversations that will take place, where he will visit, and the type of trouble he will create because he's lived it all before.

13. "Déjà Vu" by Katy Perry

Somebody, please give the desperate girl in this 2017 somber dance track a neck brace to help her through her relationship whiplash. The gal is clinging to a man who apparently doesn't return the strength of her emotions. She sadly cannot see the truth.

When her boyfriend is drunk, he swears she's the one, yet his declarations of commitment begin to evaporate as the guy sobers up. He used to say "I love you," but now those words of sweet affection are mere echos between them. He has withdrawn his love, and they are running on a confusing loop. Each time this happens again, she wonders when it will end. It's like déjà vu all over again, you know?

14. "Pompeii" by Bastille

Although the name of this enthralling 2013 indie rock tune doesn't appear in the song itself, "Pompeii" is about the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The cataclysmic event obliterated the Roman city of Pompeii, burying everything in its wake.

The songwriter imagined how boring it would be, stranded in a death pose for centuries mired in volcanic ash and pumice. He thus concocted a conversation between two buried bodies. They question if the long passage of time is déjà vu: "Does it almost feel like / You've been here before?"

15. "Drive By" by Train

Spotting a woman who looks just like a former love interest triggers a déjà vu moment for the narrator in this 2012 pop tune. He recalls how he unexpectedly fell in love with a woman with whom he had a one-night stand:

Oh, but that one night
Was more than just right
I didn't leave you 'cause I was all through
Oh, I was overwhelmed and frankly scared as hell
Because I really fell for you.

Unfortuately, the narrator's lady friend didn't share the intensity of his emotions. She moved out-of-state to escape his attention. Keep driving, fella, and stop staring at her double.

16. "Déjà Vu All Over Again" by Alesana

In this 2014 metal track we find a band of roving music makers raising their glass in tribute to hard driving rock and roll. As the band reflects on where they they've been and where they are going with their life on the road, the fast paced lifestyle reminds them of déjà vu. Performance venues may all seem similar, but the band relishes taking the stage, making the crowd's heart skip a beat, and hearing the audience sing along. Same songs, different cities.

Let's raise our glass to rock and roll
May we live fast and you die old!

17. "Listen Before I Go" by Billie Eilish

The depressed individual in this 2019 electropop tune has suffered a year-long headache and is imminently on the verge of dying by suicide. She's a jumper who hauntingly declares that she is "not okay" and cannot be saved.

The mentally anguished young woman references déjà vu as she issues last instructions to a loved to take her to the rooftop and say goodbye to her friends on her behalf. The narrator seems to want to leave the person she's addressing before they leave her once again—the final culmination of a traumatic pattern of abandonment. (I hope they call 9-1-1 to get her emergency help instead of complying with her wishes.)

18. "Who's Thinking About You Now?" by Jason Mraz

Curiously, Jason Mraz calls this 2012 pop tune a "baby-making jam," but I'm gonna mind my own business on that.

The song narrator has his heart set on a woman with whom he feels such a familiar connection with that it's "like a déjà vu." The loverboy has embraced romance and is ready to love and support her the best way he knows how. He wants her to know that he is everpresent in her life, always thinking of her.

If she'd just give him an opportunity, then he'd help alleviate her situation of "Mr. Loneliness living in the kitchen of your home." They could then live the rest of their lives happily together. Hold on. That's weird. Did this guy just say she was eating away her loneliness?

19. "Crash and Burn" by Thomas Rhett

Don't let the fun, unbeat tune fool you. This 2015 country pop crossover song is about a man who has once again failed miserably at love. As his lover walks out on him, slamming the door feels like déjà vu. Thomas Rhett is the son of country star Rhett Akins, best known for "That Ain't My Truck" (1995) and for his prodigious string of songwriting hits for other country artists.

20. "Déjà Vu" by Blood on the Dance Floor

Chills alert the guy in this 2012 electronica song to the presence of a loved one who has died, although he's not entirely sure whether their reappearance is his imagination or the eerie truth. Their memory taunts him, creeping up on him when he's all alone like déjà vu. Is this his mind playing tricks on him or a visit from the other side?

These experiences are more often associated with periods of high stress and extreme fatigue. They are more often reported by people of younger age, people of higher socioeconomic status and education, and those who travel frequently.

These experiences are more often associated with periods of high stress and extreme fatigue. They are more often reported by people of younger age, people of higher socioeconomic status and education, and those who travel frequently.

Even More Songs About Déjà Vu

Do you know a song that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Déjà Vu (All Over Again)

John Fogerty

2004

22. Places to Run

Jake Owen

2006

23. Alone Again

Kylie Minogue

unreleased

24. You Remind Me

Mandy Moore

2001

24. Déjà Vu

Crosby, Stills & Nash

1970

25. Kings and Queens

Aerosmith

1977

26. You Remind Me

Mary J. Blige (featuring Greg Nice)

1991

27. (Now You See Me) Now You Don't

Lee Ann Womack

1998

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 07, 2021:

Devika - Good to see you again. Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by! My research is fun and I learn a lot!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 06, 2021:

Hi FlourishAnyway You surprise me with the unique list of songs you have here. I enjoy listening to music but don't pay attention to the song titles. Your research must be fun.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 05, 2021:

Jo - I've read that book, too! Just finished it, actually, and it was excellent!

Jo Miller from Tennessee on October 04, 2021:

I don't think I've heard any of these songs. Just proves I'm a little out of step. I was reminded, though, when I read through it of a book I've just finished called Midnight Librarian, which might lead one to believe there is something about this deja vu thing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 22, 2021:

Liz - Thank you! Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 22, 2021:

Linda - Thanks for your kind encouragement. I hope you are doing well. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 22, 2021:

Heidi - You're right about those costume changes. Thanks for the sweet compliments. I hope your fall is going well. I'm decorating early for Halloween already. Loving this cooler weather.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 22, 2021:

Bill - Thank you for stopping by and for the kind kudos. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 22, 2021:

Peggy - For all of Dionne Warwick's talent, I will always peg her with those infomercials for the Psychic Friends Network. She said it simply kept the lights on during a low point in her later career but it sure overshadowed her earlier work, much like a lot of actors who peddle insurance products and questionable investments to old people. I'm glad you found a couple of new songs on the topic. Thanks for stopping by!

Liz Westwood from UK on September 21, 2021:

You have chosen an interesting topic and still found plenty to put on your playlist. Great work.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 21, 2021:

I've had that sense of deja vu, and I guess a lot of other people have too because of all these songs. I had no idea there were so many on this topic. You always surprise me with what you come up with, but you never disappoint on your presentation.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 21, 2021:

Of course, the first tune that I thought of when I saw the title was Dionne Warwick's.

And can we just call out all the costume and scene changes in Beyonce and Jay-Z's video? :-D

Great playlist. Wait, I probably made that comment before. Deja vu? No, actually I could say that about all your playlist posts. ;) Have a great week!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 21, 2021:

Another great list, Flourish. I had no idea there were so many songs titled “Deja Vu”. And, yes, I have definitely had a few deja vu moments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 21, 2021:

CSNY all the way. In fact, it's the only Deja Vu song I have ever heard of. The rest were all new to me. I live in such a time warp. lol

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2021:

Dionne Warwick's song is my favorite one out of this list. I listened to quite a few that I had never previously heard, which is not that unusual. It always amazes me how many songs you list around a singular topic.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2021:

Pamela - With so many playlists, sometimes I have to get a little creative on the topics so this is one of these instances. Thanks for stopping by to listen and read.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2021:

Audrey - Thank you! About 60-80% of people report having experienced deja vu.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2021:

Chitrangada - I was inspired by Olivia Rodrigo's song but knew there were others. Who is to say some of us haven't been here before? Thank you for your kind comment. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2021:

Misbah - I appreciate your kind and encouraging endorsement. Have a wonderful week!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 21, 2021:

This is a very interesting song collection, Flourish. I think déjà vu is an interesting topic and of course, I had no idea there were so many songs with this theme. I like some of the country songs, but there were several new to me. You always come up with such interesting choices.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 20, 2021:

This was fun! I would guess we all have Deja Vu at one time or the other. Great choice of songs, Flourish. Thanks.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 20, 2021:

Amazing list of songs, on a unique theme. Now, who could have thought, that there are so many songs, on this situation!

I enjoyed going through your list.

You have explained the term, well. Yes, I have been there, many Deja Vu moments in my life.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful article. Have a great day!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 20, 2021:

Oh, Flourish, thank you so much for creating this lovely hub. It piqued my interest. I always enjoy and love learning about the concept of déjà vu. It is always fascinating yet frustrating when we experience a moment that we feel like we have lived before.

I love two songs from your list and that are "I've Been Here Before" by Teena Marie. I believe, like her I also would never like to return here in my next life. Lol! ;). I also love the song Déjà Vu by Beyoncé. Beyoncé is one of my favourite singers.

Thank you very much for sharing this lovely hub. I greatly admire your work and efforts. Have a great day!

Blessings and Love to you!!

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