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32 Songs About Gossip and Rumors

Updated on August 22, 2017
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The grapevine is ripe with rumors about celebrities as well and gossip about family and friends. Make a playlist about gossip, rumors, and innuendo using our long list of pop, rock, and country songs on the topic.
The grapevine is ripe with rumors about celebrities as well and gossip about family and friends. Make a playlist about gossip, rumors, and innuendo using our long list of pop, rock, and country songs on the topic. | Source

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!

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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.

Like it or not, gossip is a means of bonding and of isolating group members who are not supporting the group and meeting standards of behaviors.
Like it or not, gossip is a means of bonding and of isolating group members who are not supporting the group and meeting standards of behaviors. | Source

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!

Rumors are unverified information statements that people spread because they feel the rumors are important.
Rumors are unverified information statements that people spread because they feel the rumors are important. | Source

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.

Rumor Roundtable

Rumors are more likely when people have uncertain information and want to make sense of a situation, feel anxious, they believe the rumored information, and it helps their self-image and social status.
Rumors are more likely when people have uncertain information and want to make sense of a situation, feel anxious, they believe the rumored information, and it helps their self-image and social status. | Source

Even More Songs About Gossip and Rumors

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Rumour Mill
Rudimental (featuring Anne-Marie & Will Heard)
2015
22. Things I Heard Today
Green Day
1991
23. Rumors
Aldo Nova
1985
24. Rumors
Lindsey Lohan
2004
25. None of Your Business
Salt-n-Pepa
1993
26. Mind Your Own Business
Hank Williams Jr. (featuring Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, Reverd Ike & Willie Nelson)
1986
27. Rumor Has It
Clay Walker
1997
28. Blank Space
Taylor Swift
2014
29. Drinkin' Problem
Midland
2016
30. Things People Say
Lady Antebellum
2008
31. Lady Wood
Tove Lo
2016
32. Biscuits
Kacey Musgrave
2015
Know a song about gossip or rumors that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the playlist below!

What's in a Name? Locations with Names Associated with Gossip and Rumors

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A markerGrapevine, Texas, USA -
Grapevine, TX, USA
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B markerJabber, Pakistan -
Jabber, Pakistan
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C markerMount Warning, Australia -
Mount Warning, NSW 2484, Australia
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D markerRiver Idle, United Kingdom -
River Idle, United Kingdom
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E markerSecret Lake, Utah, USA -
Cecret Lake, Alta, UT 84092, USA
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F markerTell, Wisconsin, USA -
Tell, WI 54610, USA
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G markerTell City, Indiana, USA -
Tell City, IN, USA
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H markerTattle Creek Park, Canada -
Taddle Creek Park, Toronto, ON M5R, Canada
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I markerTeller, Alaska, USA -
Teller, AK, USA
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J markerWhispering Creek, Texas, USA -
Whispering Creek, Burleson, TX 76028, USA
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According to research, people who gossip the most have very high levels of anxiety and are not popular because others do not trust them.  Something to think about!
According to research, people who gossip the most have very high levels of anxiety and are not popular because others do not trust them. Something to think about! | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Devika - Thank you for the kind compliment. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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      DDE 2 months ago

      Your song lists are memorable and interesting to think of at any time. Moments of such songs does take one down memory lane.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Tamara - So glad to know that. Thank you.

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      Tamara Moore 2 months ago

      Yes, I agree. There is a phrase, "Do Not Feed The Trolls". I used to not know what this meant, but now I do. It is not difficult for me to ignore the Trolls, anymore. Truth is, they bore me with their immaturity. Your sentence is poetic and wise in how you said, "..... taking the oxygen right out of the flames!" It was a blessing for me to read it. Thank you :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Tamara - Everyone at some point has been the subject of gossip and innuendo, and probably the best thing to do is to ignore it. Apathy can be like taking the oxygen right out of the flames! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tamara Moore 2 months ago

      Excellent, Flourish!

      I was actually looking for songs several weeks ago about Rumors and Gossip due to my poems on Narcissists and Flying Monkeys.

      I am amazed at how you find all these songs for the particular subject you are writing about. Very cool!

      Sadly, too many people believe rumors and gossip without having any concrete evidence, but simply that of Word of Mouth, or Fake Evidence in the form of trickery.

      I am confident in the knowledge that The Good Lord knows the full truth in all it's entirety.

      Bet you didn't know your songs would stir up my writing a historical comment on my life story, did ya? LOL. LOL ...

      I always get myself laughing; I know, it's weird..hahaha

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Rasma - Lots of rumors everywhere! Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous week.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Nicely done. WOW all of that rumor and gossip being spread out there in the music world. Some of the songs are like sitting down to coffee and enjoying tearing people apart. lol

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Jo - Isn't his song a hoot? He's been through a lot and is still crankin'. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jo Miller 2 months ago from Tennessee

      Great list again. I love the Willie Nelson song. I think that may become my theme song.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Linda - Not 100% evil as we like to paint it, but it's hard to be the target sometimes. Thanks for stopping by.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Larry - You're right. When official channels dry up (for examples, with corporate layoffs), then underground sources spring up. Thanks for reading. Hope you have a great week.

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      Linda Crampton 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've always thought of gossip as being hurtful and having no benefit. It was very interesting to read that it can have a useful function. This is another enjoyable article, Flourish.

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      Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

      Sometimes rumors are the only way necessary information gets out. They're just a source of evil most the time, though.

      Great list!!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Linda - It is nice to feel special thinking one has inside information, but so many people cannot keep secrets. Thanks for stopping by.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Heidi - I thought of them, too, and wish they had a song from that album that I could put on here. I guess they named it that because of all that was going on with the members at the time. Have a fantastic week!

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      Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      What a fun topic. I love Adele (and her song was the first one that popped into my little brain). Gossip--we all enjoy knowing something that "no one else knows." I think it's a feeling of power, but in the end it's just hurtful. Love the songs but can't be in favor of the action. Great list.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Paula - Thanks for spreading that! Have a wonderful rest of your week! I appreciate you.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Audrey - There's so much gossip in the world -- exchanged in person and on social media. I appreciate your kind words of encouragement.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      First of all - just wanna say I love this series. I always look forward to what's coming next. You couldn't have selected a better time for this topic. The world is filled with a new record of unhappy people and they are not holding back when it comes to gossip.

      Thanks for another winner!

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      Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Every single "songs" article you do is so interesting...and plain ole fabulous. (And that's NO rumor! It's fact.) Hope your evening is peaceful, Paula

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Terrie Lynn - Thanks for those kind kudos. I appreciate the encouragement.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Bill - There's something funny going on with HP; currently MsDora's photo shows as your photo (corresponding to your comment). No gossip here! That's the truth! It makes me wonder who I'm switched with.

      Anyway, I'm glad you got the "Grapevine" song. I think that may have been a gimme though, bud. Love ya!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      MsDora - Lots of gossip going around, and it sure hurts when you're the target. Thanks for giving your two cents. Have a great week.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 months ago from Chicago Area

      Some faves on this list, too! Even though it really doesn't have any songs that I would class as "gossip and rumors" themed, I thought of Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album. Hmm...

      Anyway, thanks for sharing the playlist love! Have a great day!

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      Dora Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Thankfully, only 5% of conversation is malicious gossip, however." What a pleasant surprise! Still however little, some have been badly hurt beyond repair. The cases mentioned in these songs give their own lessons.

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      Terrie Lynn 2 months ago from Canada

      LOve this list. what great c hoices. IK had forgotten all about some of these songs. Play on Florish, well done.

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray, I cracked the Top Ten with "Grapevine"...I'm feeling quite accomplished this morning thanks to you and this wonderful series.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Shannon - I'd love to see her eclipse playlist (thinking "Blinded By the Light, Total Eclipse of the Heart). Thanks for the suggestions. The Clay Walker song was already on there at 27, but I added "Biscuits." Have a great week!

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      shanmarie 2 months ago

      First of all, a friend of mine compiled an eclipse playlist and it made me think of your lists. :)

      And songs that comes to mind you didn't mention:

      Kacey Musgraves- Biscuits

      Rumor Has It - Clay Walker (a good rumor, though, that he hopes is true)