33 Songs About Gossip and Rumors
Have You Heard?
Are You a Gossip Girl or Guy?
Let's be honest. Who among us has never spread gossip and rumors, talked trash or innuendo about others? Who among us hasn't also been the target of them?
Gossiping is widespread; about 80% of conversation is comprised of discussion about other people, their problems, successes, and their habits. Thankfully, only 5% of conversation is malicious gossip, however.
As much as you may hate being the talk of the town, family, or workplace, gossip does serve a useful function. It promotes social bonding and is a form of group governance for members who are not complying with norms. (Tell that to the person who feels bullied by people overly interested in his or her private life!)
Whether you mainly spread the rumors or are the subject of them, make a playlist about gossip, rumors, and innuendo. Word is out that we have the best list of pop, rock, and country songs on the topic!
Rumors and gossip ...
1. "Rumor Has It" by Adele
In this 2011 pop song, Adele portrays a bitter woman who was left by her ex-lover for a much younger woman. When her ex decides he misses her after all, the narrator decides to plays him. She sneaks around with him, ultimately giving him a taste of what rejection feels like. Revenge can be brutal.
The narrator uses the cruelty of rumors to drive home the point that he was ultimately the source of his own undoing.
2. "Take It On the Run" by REO Speedwagon
Rumors are flying about the protagonist's girlfriend in this 1980 rock song where the neighborhood is cheap and the talk is even cheaper. Word on the street is that she's stepping out on him. The signs are there, but he doesn't want to believe it's true. Who does, really?
3. "Let's Give Them Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Rait
This 1991 bluesy rock hit was a Grammy Award-winner. It features a woman who has a crush on her pal.
People around the couple notice that the sparks are flying between them. They laugh loudly, stand close together, and exchange glances that go on too long for being "just friends." She feigns surprise about the rumor, however, then cleverly suggests that they might as well give the gossipers something legitimate to talk about.
4. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At the Disco
As a groom waits to get married in this 2006 pop song, he nervously paces in a church. That's when he overhears some malignant gossip about his future wife:
What a beautiful wedding
What a beautiful wedding, says a bridesmaid to a waiter
And, yes, but what a shame
What a shame the poor groom's bride is a whore.
The groom reacts with surprising poise and rationality, as he notes that knowing this gossip has technically saved their marriage. We'll assume that the wedding is off.
5. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
Finding out that your lover has been two-timing you may certainly feel like the end of the world, especially when it's compounded by the embarrassment that everyone else seemed to have known about it first.
The sad fella in this 1968 classic rock song discovered through gossip that his girlfriend was planning to leave him for an old flame. He's confused and disillusioned.
Dude, if she was cheating, she wasn't worth your broken heart. Stop complaining. The grapevine did you a favor in the long-term.
6. "Somebody Told Me" by The Killers
This 2004 rock song is humorous— as long as you're not any of the parties invoved in this love triangle. The narrator confronts a woman who according to rumor was cheating with a recent girlfriend of his:
Well somebody told me
You had a boyfriend
Who looked like a girlfriend
That I had in February of last year.
7. "What Do Ya Think About That" by Montgomery Gentry
The good ole country boy in this 2007 ditty don't give a dern about what other folks think. Let 'em run their flappers all they want. He's gonna wear what he wants to, listen to his type of music, and sling mud all through town in his 4x4 truck.
So there. What do ya think about that?
8. "Rumors" by Jake Miller
Rumors are buzzing around the couple in this 2015 country song, and the man at the center of those rumors doesn't mind one bit. In fact, he encourages his love interest to start some new rumors with him tonight.
9. "Let 'em Talk" by Kesha (featuring Eagles of Death Metal)
Kesha has a dirty effing mouth. There are a lot of ways to say that you're not going to let gossip mongering haters get to you, but in this 2017 pop she relies on some naughty talk. Regardless, she lets the world know that she's not listening to the opinions of others, and nothing's going to stop her.
10. "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley
Although this rock song was recorded in 1982, it's probably even more relevant today, given the numerous allegations about fake news and tabloid journalism. The narrator is a television anchor who had wanted to be an actor but settled for reading the news instead.
In the competitive world of journalism where ethics have taken a back seat to ratings, Jerry Springer-style sensationalism wins. (Fox News, this is you!) Rather than report legitimate news, secrets and lies are good enough because they garner ratings.
11. "Found Out About You" by Gin Blossoms
When rumors are flying around town about your lover, you can either believe the haters or refuse to let the gossip change your feelings. The guy in this 1993 rock song chooses to believe the weight of the what everybody's saying:
Rumors follow everywhere you go
Like when you left and I was last to know
You're famous now, and there's no doubt
In all the places you hang out
They know your name and know what you're about
Whispers at the bus stop.
12. "Our Lips Are Sealed" by The Go Go's
Victimized by ugly rumors, the narrators in this classic 1981 pop song recommend silence and apathy as the best response. Hard as it may be, sometimes the most effective tool you have in your arsenal is to refuse to respond. Let 'em talk.
13. "Girls Talk Boys"
The couple in this 2016 pop song have been kissing and holding one another at night, and the guy wants to know what she's telling her girlfriends about their relationship. White lies? The truth? That they're in love? He's been telling his friends that she takes his breath away. The song was a part of the Ghostbusters movie soundtrack.
14. "Rumors" by Adam Lambert (featuring Tove Lo)
The couple in this 2015 pop song is struggling with rumors that are swirling about. They wonder why they care about what other people say when all gossip does it destroy love.
15. "Gossip Girl" by Grace VanderWaal
With a voice that is has been described as a cross between Taylor Swift and Regina Spektor, Grace VanderWaal is a rising star. In this 2016 pop song, she depicts a girl who is betrayed by a best friend who gossips about her. She lambastes the friend as fake and plastic and warns her not to give in to the urge to spread innuendo. It's an experience that many teenagers can identify with.
In 2016, VanderWaal won the eleventh season of the America's Got Talent television competition at only 12 years old. In 2017, she won both a Teen Choice Award and the Radio Disney Music Award for Best New Artist. Rumor has it she's the next big thing!
16. "Her Town Too" by James Taylor (featuring J.D. Souther)
In the aftermath of a relationship breakup or divorce, an ex-lover acknowledges that it's so much easier to split property than the couple's mutual friends. He notes in this 1981 soft rock song that the woman he used to love now worries about whether she can trust former friends. Or are they instead talking about her behind her back, having taken sides?
17. "Rumor Has It" by Reba McEntire
In a small town, a wife overhears people talking about her husband and his mistress. Word on the street is that they are in love. She wishes she could unhear the news because sadly, she knows it's true. The 1990 song was a hit for Reba in both the United States and Canada.
18. "Talk" by Daya
Who cares what others say? Truth be told, we're all a little weird. Some of us are just more than a little bit unusual. That's okay.
The narrator in this pop song from 2016 owns her identity:
They all gonna say what they wanna say anyway
Might as well give 'em something
Might as well give 'em something to talk about
I don't really care if they wanna stare, look at me.
19. "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels
Spreading rumors that a girl has been cheating is surely no way to win her heart, but that's what a would-be interloper has been doing in this classic 1963 pop song. However, now her big, strong boyfriend is back from wherever he had taken leave to, and he's gonna defend the little lady's honor. Look out, you lie-telling rumor-spreading fool! He's coming after you!
20. "Still Not Dead" by Willie Nelson
If something's on the Internet, then it must be true, right? Leave it to country music legend Willie Nelson to turn an ugly rumor that he had died into this humorous 2017 song.
He pokes fun that he woke up still not dead again today, so don't bury him or accuse him of being normal. Eventually old Willie's luck will run out and the rumors will turn out to be right. But don't tell him that.
Even More Songs About Gossip and Rumors
21. Rumour Mill
Rudimental (featuring Anne-Marie & Will Heard)
22. Things I Heard Today
25. None of Your Business
26. Mind Your Own Business
Hank Williams Jr. (featuring Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, Reverd Ike & Willie Nelson)
27. Rumor Has It
28. Blank Space
29. Drinkin' Problem
30. Things People Say
31. Lady Wood
33. You're More Than a Number in My Little Red Book
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