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61 Songs About Guys Who Are Players

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

Players are heartbreakers who deceptively pursue several romantic partners at once. Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about guys who are players.

Players are heartbreakers who deceptively pursue several romantic partners at once. Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about guys who are players.

Players Treat Love as a High Stakes Game

Some guys search for love and a lasting commitment while others approach romance as a high stakes game. Players initially love bomb their targets using compliments, gifts, and attention that is too good to be true.

Before the unsuspecting gal knows it, she's crying, wondering what went wrong, and eating an entire quart of triple chocolate Häagen-Dazs as he leaves for more challenging conquests. Players demonstrate the finesse to manipulate others and the skill to make their targets believe it wasn't really just about sex all along. (In the end, however, players end up lonely if they don't change their ways.)

Perhaps you're a player. Or maybe you've been the target of one. Whatever the case, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about womanizing guys.

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1. "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega

The guy in this hot 1999 mambo and jazz song calls flirting a sport, and then he proceeds to name names. (Yes, those dirty dogs not only break hearts but also kiss and tell!) The sexy tune is chock full of energy, and this make out artist uses it to name check his best girls: Angela, Pamela, Sandra and Rita, Monica, Erica, Tina, Mary, and Jessica.

Lou Bega added lyrics to a mambo melody written by Cuban musician Dámaso Pérez Prado and included the names of his own former girlfriends. "Mambo No. 5" was a global number one hit except for the United States, where it peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the mainstream pop chart. Because it was Bega's only hit to reach the Top 40, he became a one-hit wonder.

2. "Señorita" by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

The señorita in this seductive Latin pop tune from 2019 is getting played by an untrustworthy lover who works quickly. One moment she's dancing with him on a beach and the next thing you know it, this silver-tongued devil is moving their budding romance to the local Holiday Inn for a few days. Although she feels magnetically drawn to him, the smitten gal knows she shouldn't be there with him. She wishes she didn't need him and acknowledges that she should be running from him. But the poor girl can't help herself:

Locked in the hotel
There's just some things that never change
You say, "We're just friends."
But friends don't know the way you taste-la-la-la
'Cause you know it's been a long time comin'
Don't you let me fall, oh
Oh, when your lips undress me
Hooked on your tongue
Ooh, love, your kiss is deadly
Don't stop

This sultry song burned up the charts around the world and topped the charts in more than 40 countries, including the United States. Mendes and Cabello became an item in 2019.

3. "Cowboy Cassanova" by Carrie Underwood

Look out for this cowboy because his love is like a disease, a drug, or a curse. Carrie Underwood compares him to the famous 18th century Italian playboy, Giacomo Cassanova—and not in a flattering way.

In this peppy 2009 country song, the narrator is a betrayed woman who warns other women about the player she fell for. She cautions others who might fall for his good looks to run for their lives. This playboy will only bring heartbreak and empty promises. She thus calls him:

  • candy-coated misery
  • a devil in disguise and
  • a snake with blue eyes.

4. "I Hope" by Gabby Barrett

This double-crossed lady has a dark, vengeful heart, and she's getting the last word. The country hit from 2019 features a female narrator who comments on her ex's new love relationship and wishes him the same misery she experienced. She's clever about it, however, and wraps it up in candy-coated well-wishes.

Even though he broke her heart by cheating, the jilted narrator initially says she hopes that his new lady friend makes all his dreams come true. She hopes that his new love interest makes him deliriously happy, is everything he needs, and he spends his last dime just to put an engagement ring on her hand.

And then—wait for it—this hard-hearted woman brings the hammer down, expressing that she hopes her replacement cheats on him and makes him feel as crestfallen as she did. Ah, karma! It's refreshing to hear Gabby Barrett take the low road. Barrett appeared on Season 16 of American Idol and finished in third place.

5. "Boys Like You" by Anna Clendening

The narrator in this 2017 pop song refused to listen to her mother's sage advice. Between his lies and her own problems with low self-esteem, the young woman couldn't steer clear of this ladies' man. The poor gal found him irresistible, so now she doubts the authenticity of his motives and the existence of love itself. She also wonders if she's getting played:

So when you hold me, am I the only one?
Do you wanna know me, or is this all just for fun?

If you have to ask, then you probably are getting played.

6. "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

It sounds like someone needs to kick this loser to the curb. In this classic 1988 rock song by the badass Queen of Rock, it's 2 a.m. and the narrator's all-too-popular boyfriend is again a no-show. The disappointed woman knows that her two timing boyfriend is screwing around again. Some dudes don't try very hard to hide their duplicity.

No matter how badly the guy treats her, she keeps coming back for seconds. (Sister, this one's on you.) Rather than berating him for his inability to keep his zipper up, the confused gal hates herself for loving him.

7. "We Know" by Fifth Harmony

Although he sure is a tall glass of water, these gals are onto him. He has a tried and true game that has worked with a lot of girls. The player in this R&B song uses the same words, same jokes, and the same laugh. Although it's worked before, one of these smart gals steps up to volunteer that she won't be fooled again. She tells him to stay in his lane.

8. "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift

Trust your instincts, girls! This guy in this 2012 pop song was wrapped up in a big red flag, but Taylor Swift couldn't help falling for him anyway. Her hit was inspired by former One Directioner Harry Styles.

The tune describes the romance as a mistake she knew she was making from the very start, but she fell hard, "lost her balance" for a guy who didn't care. The short-lived relationship left her on the cold, hard ground. Now just a notch in his belt, she accepts the responsibility because she knew he was trouble from the get-go.

9. "Familiar" by Liam Payne and J Balvin

Okay, like absolutely not. The player in this 2018 Latin and R&B song is feeling overly self-confident when he approaches a girl he doesn't know and sexually propositions her. He suggests repeatly that they get familiar then expresses a desire to get inside her brain. Subsequently, in Spanish, the man gives her a bewildering back-handed compliment, "And I like you a lot better than a hundred-dollar bill." Did Romeo just offer to pay her? This desperate player obviously needs work on his technique.

10. "Lips Are Movin'" by Meghan Trainor

When she smells another girl's perfume on her man's shirt collar, this saucy gal lets loose on him. Despite her boyfriend's protests, she knows he's been at it again. Point blank, she accuses him:

But I know you lie
'Cause your lips are moving
Baby, don't you know I'm done.

The 2014 pop song has a bubblegum pop and doo wop vibe and took only eight minutes to write.

11. "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child

This boy is running game, acting shady, and offering up short statements like "uh-huh" and "Yeah, okay" in lieu of his usual string of sweet nothings. His beloved is rightfully suspicious. In this Grammy Award-winning R&B song from 1999, the savvy woman calls out her lover for his strange behavior. Although he assures her that he's alone, she has already heard another voice in the background. To prove he's not up to sexy mischief, she makes a simple request. All he needs to do is say her name. Dude's been caught.

12. "Ramblin' Man" by The Allman Brothers

The guy in this 1973 country-tinged pop song must not have heard the old expression, "Bloom where you are planted." Born the son of an ill-fated gambler, he now makes his living traveling the country and doesn't stay too long in one location. As a result, the ladies must simply accept that he's not the kind to be tied down:

And when it's time for leavin'
I hope you'll understand
That I was born a ramblin' man.

"Ramblin' Man" was The Allman Brothers' highest charting single on the mainstream pop charts, the US Hot 100, and it was their only Top 10 hit on the chart. Rolling Stone named the group one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

13. "Womanizer" by Britney Spears

In this globally successful electropop hit from 2008, Britney does a lot of name calling and wants the skirt chaser to know she sees him for exactly what he is. Fake, dangerously charming, and with the swagger of a champion, this guy isn't looking for love. He's a predator, and she's having none of it.

14. "Rumour Has It" by Adele

Adele laments the rumors that are flying around about her love life in this bluesy 2011 song. Word about town is that her man is a player burning both ends of the candle. He's been creeping with a woman half his age and made a fool out of the narrator but then went back to his longtime lover. Don't believe everything you hear, however.

15. "Put You Up on Game" by Aretha Franklin and Fantasia

To "put you up on game" means to school someone on how it is. That's exactly what Aretha Franklin does in this hit 2007 R&B duet with Fantasia. The older narrator confides that she has been through stuff with men and speaks from the voice of experience. She attempts to caution the younger woman that although every man is different, players do not change their game. The older lady seems to want to unload some additional information about her friend's man, but the younger woman isn't ready to hear it so she doesn't go there. The warning has been given.

16. "Nice to Meet Ya" by Niall Horan

Talk about going from zero to 100 fast. The speedy dater in this 2019 pop rock doesn't even know the name of the girl he's trying to get to know, but already he is

  • expressing love for her
  • talking about spending the night together and
  • telling her he wants her name tattooed on his arm.

This player offers to buy her a drink, but she should be very careful that there's nothing extra in it, if you know what I mean.

17. "The Fireman" by George Strait

Thank goodness for the player in this 1984 country song who stays busy helping his community by fighting fires. When the ladies get smoldering hot or need to put out an old flame, this sexy man is who they call for some mouth-to-mouth. Public servant, he is.

18. "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson

Who knows how many women these two Lotharios have bedded down between the two of them. In this internationally popular 1984 country duet, two narrators give a shout out to the revolving door of ladies they have romanced. The middle-aged playboys reminisce about caressing them, receiving their love, and sharing steamy nights of ecstasy. Apparently, however, the men grew bored and couldn't maintain a relationship too long. As a result, the women are now someone else's wives, and these two fellas are just living in the past.

19. "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift

"Love's a game, want to play?"

In this 2014 electropop hit, an international playboy has met his match when he meets a manipulative, crazy diva with a long list of ex-lovers. She recognizes his vulnerability (he's "new money"), and she brags, "I can make the bad guys good for a weekend." Will he be up for the challenge?

Tay-Tay warns him to hang on tight because this affair is going to be fun, reckless, and an emotional rollercoaster. She hints that they're either going to make history together or else things will get very nasty in the end. Either way, it'll be un-freaking-forgettable. Although they dated for only a few months, from September 2012 to January 2013, Taylor Swift reportedly wrote "Blank Space" about Harry Styles.

20. "How You Did It" by JoJo

The girl in this pop tune from 2009 got played because she failed to follow her initial instincts about this guy. Now she's getting her revenge by his two-timing ways:

I seen a lot of good liars in my day, but I never seen nothin' like this, no
I met a lot of real players in my life
Congratulations, you made it on the list
You broke down the castle I built up around me
Hidin' from the world, but still somehow you found me
Now I see what it is
You're an illusionist
Can't believe that I fell for it.

"Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love’s tragedies." - Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and playwright

"Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love’s tragedies." - Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and playwright

Even More Songs About Guys Who Are Players

SongArtistYear Released

21. The Girls

Calvin Harris

2009

22. Hit Me with Your Best Shot

Pat Benatar

1980

23. Girls, Girls, Girls

Jay-Z (featuring Jerreau)

2009

24. Good Girls Go Bad

Cobra Starship (featuring Leighton Meester)

2009

25. New Rules

Dua Lipa

2017

26. Girl Watcher

The O'Kaysions

1968

27. I Love Girls

Cody Simpson

2012

28. It Wasn't Me

Shaggy

2000

29. Cookie Jar

Gym Class Heroes (featuring The Dream)

2008)

30. 24K Magic

Bruno Mars

2016

31. Playas Gon' Play

3LW

2001

32. Before He Cheats

Carrie Underwood

2005

33. You Lie

THe Band Perry

2010

34. Cocky

Kid Rock

2001

35. Kiss My A**

K. Michelle

2012

36. I Wanna Make the Women Tremble

Dr. Hook

1977

37. Sorry

Beyoncé

2016

38. No Scrubs

TLC

1999

39. I Wanna Know

NOTD (featuring Bea Miller)

2018

40. No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)

3LW

2000

41. Too Little, Too Late

JoJo

2006

42. 4 a.m.

Melanie Fiona

2011

43. Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody

David Lee Roth

1985

44. Irreplaceable

Beyoncé

2006

45. I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That

Elton John

1988

46. It Wasn't Me

Shaggy

2000

47. I'm Too Sexy

Right Said Fred

1991

48. SexyBack

Justin Timerlake (featuring Timbaland)

2006

49. Shameless

Camilla Cabella

2019

50. Heartbreaker

Pat Benatar

1979

51. Put You Up On Game

K Michelle

2014

52. It Wasn't Me

Shaggy

2000

53. My Oh My

Camilla Cabella

2020

54. Bad Guy

Billie Eilish

2019

55. Don't Wanna Be a Player

Joe

1997

56. You're No Good

Linda Ronstadt

1974

57. Travelin' Man

Ricky Nelson

1961

58. Take It Easy

Eagles

1972

59. Your Woman

White Town

1997

60. Papa Was a Rolling Stone

The Temptations (featuring Paul Riser)

1972

61. Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me

Mac Davis

1972

© 2020 FlourishAnyway

Comments

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

Bob - Thanks for this suggestion which I'm adding. I've always liked that phrase about "outside children." That Papa sounds like a dirty dog.

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

MG - Thanks so much. Have a terrific day!

Robert Sacchi on June 27, 2020:

What about "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by The Temptations.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 27, 2020:

Another wonderful collection with lovely songs to listen

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2020:

Sarah - Thank you for this suggestion. I have added it here and to the list of one-hit-wonders of the 1990s. Have a great weekend.

Sarah on June 26, 2020:

Another song you can add on the list for guys who are players is White Town- Your woman. Thanks.

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

Laurinzoscott - Thank you!

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 28, 2020:

Awesome read FlourishAnyway...dont know where your inspiration comes from...but I like...keep writing ;)

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 28, 2020:

Uoure welcome..ill keep reading greahubs like this Flourish

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2020:

Laurinzoscott - There are a lot of players out there. I guess the number of songs about them reflects that. Thanks for stopping by!

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 27, 2020:

Wrll FlourishAnyway...another innovative idea for an article...didnt know it was so many songs...only ypur great mind would think of such

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 08, 2020:

Bob - I carry a small list with me so that I can make notes when I hear something when I'm out and about. I think in music! Thanks again and have a terrific week.

Robert Sacchi on March 08, 2020:

You're welcome. Funny how every time I hear or think of a song I think of one of your lists.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 08, 2020:

Bob - That's a good one! Thanks for the recommendation!

Robert Sacchi on March 06, 2020:

Would "Take it Easy" by The Eagles fall into this category?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 23, 2020:

Bob - Thanks for the recommendation. I will add this.

Robert Sacchi on February 20, 2020:

Have you considered "Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson. It's about a sailor with a girl in every port, The song puts a gentle spin on it.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 20, 2020:

Genna - Thanks for suggesting that one! I'm adding that! Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 20, 2020:

Paula - It's funny how as we age we gain so much more perspective!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 19, 2020:

Hi Flourish --

Sorry I'm late. We've all known at least one player in our lifetime. I can recall one or two. :-) Great list of songs. My fav is Ramblin Man. The only song I could think of is Rondstadt's "You're No Good," but maybe that's a bit harsh.

Suzie from Carson City on February 19, 2020:

Flourish....Huh?? You mean......guys can be PLAYERS??! (Gasp!) Really??

Wow...imagine, an old lady like me, not being aware of such a thing! Hmmmm, seems strange that in all these years of living, I haven't RUN INTO MY FAIR SHARE OF A FEW HUNDRED OF THEM!!! Don't ya think??? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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

Peggy - At least you knew one, right? Thanks for playing along!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 18, 2020:

"To all the girls I've loved before" is the only one on this list of which I am familiar. It is a good old Willie Nelson song. This is a substantial list you have amassed regarding this topic. Amazing!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 13, 2020:

Tamara - I appreciate your stopping by!

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on February 11, 2020:

“55 Songs about Players” reminds me of the song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”... LOL.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 26, 2020:

Heidi Thorne - I love that oddball, catchy song. She's got such an odd look. I wait for the "duh" because I can't sing the lyrics. I dunno. Thanks for the addition!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 26, 2020:

Got another weird one to add got a lot of Grammy nomination love for tonight's awards. But in this case, the girl's a player, too: Billie Eilish "Bad Guy."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 24, 2020:

Mary - My daughter keeps me young! Glad you stopped by. Thanks for keeping an open mind. Have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 24, 2020:

Bill - Thanks for stopping by. I haven't run out of ideas yet! I hope you are doing well.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 23, 2020:

Interesting topic, Flourish. I recognized a few of the songs, but many were new to me. It’s amazing how you continue to come up with ideas for lists and then find the songs to include.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 23, 2020:

I have to confess my ignorance about these songs. You keep educating me on songs I haven't heard of before. I wish to improve my knowledge in this area.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 22, 2020:

Chitrangada - Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 22, 2020:

Linda - You are always so gracious for reading even when you aren't aware of the songs. Thank you, sweet lady.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2020:

Great playlist for players. You have an amazing talent of compiling so many songs, and on different themes.

Loved going through the contest and the videos.

Thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 21, 2020:

I don't know any of the songs that you've included, but as always I enjoyed reading your descriptions. It's always interesting to read about music that is new to me.

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

Brenda - Thank you for your kind kudos and for taking the time to stop by.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 21, 2020:

Florish,

What a great collection of songs. I know the majority of them.

I also know players and these songs definitely fit the bill.

At least in most of them the woman wants either the other woman or the man to pay.

Nice write.

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

Dora - Thanks for stopping by. Young women (and even men too) have a lot to be concerned about these days.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 21, 2020:

Don't know these songs, but just reading your summaries is enough to warn a girl about being careful. I don't blame the ladies who walked away. Good topic!

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

Nell - It's always fun to discover new songs, but I'm happy that you were also familiar with some too. Thanks for stopping by!

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

Raymond - Thank you for stopping by!

Nell Rose from England on January 21, 2020:

I always love your list of songs. Some of them I know, most I have no idea who they are, lol! But really great idea!

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on January 21, 2020:

Without players a lot of songs would not have been written ;-)

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

Pamela - Thank you for your kind comment. I wish she would have retained at least a little more of her country flavor. Have a wonderful week!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2020:

I wonder how continute thinking up new topics for songs but you did it again. This is a nice variety of songs over several years. As usualy, I am more familiar with the older ones. I a not a big Taylor Swift fan but I really liked most of the rest of them. Great job Flourish!

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

Audrey - Thank you for your sweet kudos. Music a!nd my daughter keep me young. Let those old boyfriends always wonder! They got the short end of the stick.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 20, 2020:

My gosh, Flourish, do you ever run out of ideas for songs? This particular topic is pretty darn amazing...just like you...amazing! It's been many moons since I've done the dating thing, but I do wonder now and then if my former heartbreakers realize today what they've missed. :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 20, 2020:

Heidi - Thank you for that addition! You are so 2020! I hope you are doing well. Happy Monday to you as well!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 20, 2020:

Shannon - I've encountered them, too. I usually got the last laugh. I hope you did, too.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 20, 2020:

Interesting playlist topic, Flourish. Unfortunately, my very first "boyfriend" was a player. But I'm the idiot that knew that about him. I supposed I'd hoped he'd changed by the time I dated him. You know what they say, players never change. LOL

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 20, 2020:

So many good ones in this list! I'd add another one from Camila Cabella, "My, Oh, My." Although it sounds like this one might be a bit of a player versus player situation. ;)

Happy Monday!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 20, 2020:

Devika - Thanks for stopping by, Have a great week and stay warm.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 20, 2020:

Liz - I bet you were not impressed! I bet he learned that bad behavior from his parents. It says a lot about their marriage.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 20, 2020:

Linda - My daughter is of dating age and has run into player types. I can see them from a mile away. I also have some pretty "savage" ideas for seeking revenge on them but mostly it's just ideas not actual recommendations to implement.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 20, 2020:

Bill - It's funny how they often don't call those girls players. Unfair. I hope you are doing fantastic this week.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 20, 2020:

Once again you have surprised me by finding so many songs. I knew someone once who seemed proud of the fact that her son had two girlfriends at the same time. Others of us in the room, who had daughters were less than impressed.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 20, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway these songs are memorable and good choices as well.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 20, 2020:

I'm so long away from the dating scene I don't think "player" was even in our vernacular. I'm glad you included the Carrie Underwood "Before He Cheats." I love the clever lyrics.

Good list to keep in mind just before Valentine's Day, right?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 20, 2020:

I drew a complete blank on this one.All I could think of was one about a girl who was a player...Runaround Sue....you stumped me on this one.

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