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Revenge Playlist: 88 Songs About Getting Even

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Make a fun revenge playlist with these rock, pop, and country songs. Because sometimes karma needs a little push in the right direction.

Make a fun revenge playlist with these rock, pop, and country songs. Because sometimes karma needs a little push in the right direction.

When Karma Needs a Little Nudge

Sometimes you have to say, "Oh, to hell with 'living well.'" On occasion, karma needs a little nudge. Or maybe a kick in the pants. (As if you've never sought revenge!)

For me, a little friendly revenge is ideal for those special situations when someone intentionally inflicts harm for no apparent reason, shows little mercy, and gives no sign of letting up. When rationality fails, striking back can at least make you feel better.

1. "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift

Have you ever had a relationship in which a lover did something to completely ruin your trust? As Taylor Swift notes in this 2014 song, "Bandaids don't fix bullet holes." There will be no forgiveness here.

Most vengeful lyrics: "(Hey) now we got problems, and I don't think we can solve them. You made a really deep cut, and baby, now we got bad blood."

2. "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon

One of Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time, this 1972 hit is about a narcissistic ex-lover who made promises and didn't keep them. Ultimately, he was his own biggest fanboy.

The classic song has spun a legendary guessing game over who it's really about. In her 2015 memoir, Simon revealed that it's about Warren Beatty and two other men. Mick Jagger has been one of the other suspected culprits. She has denied the song is about her ex-husband James Taylor.

Bittermost lyrics: "You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you. Don't you? Don't you?

"Living well is the best revenge." - George Herbert, Welsh poet

"Living well is the best revenge." - George Herbert, Welsh poet

3. "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson

This 2004 song takes the perspective that living well is the best revenge. The narrator gives the middle finger to the ex-boyfriend who wronged her.

Most spiteful lyrics: "But since you been gone, I can breathe for the first time. I'm so moving on."

4. “The One in the Middle" by Sarah Johns

In this 2007 song, the betrayed woman tells the boyfriend who cheated on her to shove off and has some choice descriptors for the woman who stole him away.

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Most biting lyrics: "You've fooled around and a'wrecked my heart. She's just a skank rode hard and put up. Well, good luck."

5. "Pray for You" by Jaron and the Long Way Home

In this 2010 dark comedy song, the narrator has found his way back to church after a broken relationship, and he's praying hard. He listens to the preacher say that you cannot hate others, that you need to pray for them. And so he prays for all kinds of misfortune to befall his former sweetheart.

Most vengeful lyrics: "I pray your tire blows out at 110."

"The point of revenge is not in the completion but in the process." - Park Chan-wook, South Korean film director

"The point of revenge is not in the completion but in the process." - Park Chan-wook, South Korean film director

6. “So What” by Pink

Betrayed by love, Pink shows her ex in this 2008 revenge song that she'll be just fine and she didn't need him anyway.

Best vengeance lines: "So, so what? I'm still a rock star. I got my rock moves, and I don't need you. And guess what. I'm having more fun. And now that we're done, I'm gonna show you tonight."

7. "Better Than Revenge" by Taylor Swift

You just don't cross some chicks. They'll make a game of vengeance. In this 2010 song, Taylor's man was stolen by someone who is "better known for the things that she does on the mattress." Taylor didn't see it coming, but she is determined to have the last word.

Best bitter b*tch lyrics: "She should keep in mind there is nothing I do better than revenge, ha."

8. "Gives You Hell" by All-American Rejects

Whether it's a boss, a frenemy, or an old flame who caused you grief, this 2008 song conveys revenge in a fun way: have an awful life.

Best bad wishes: "When you find a man that's worth a damn and treats you well
then he's a fool you're just as well. Hope it gives you hell."

9. "Kiss This" by Aaron Tippin

If you've ever been cheated on, you probably have dreams of telling your no good, two-timing lover off in front of a crowd. In this 2000 song, that's exactly what this half-drunk woman did. She gave him a dressing down that no one will forget.

Most spiteful lyrics: "Why don't you kiss, kiss this? And I don't mean on my rosy red lips."

10. “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake

Some people can forgive a lover who strays while others never can. It'll be a cold day in Hell before the man in this 2002 song feels sorry for the woman who stepped out on him. The song is reported to be about Britney Spears' betrayal of Justin Timberlake.

Most seething lines: “Your bridges were burned, and now it’s your turn to cry. Cry me a river.”

11. "Picture to Burn" by Taylor Swift

Realizing that your love interest is a self-obsessed heiney hole is upsetting. But the important part is what you do about it. If you're like Taylor Swift in this 2008 song, you seek revenge by threatening to date all of his friends and sicking your daddy on the poor fella.

Best revenge lyrics: "So go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy. That's fine! I'll tell mine you're gay."

12. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra

In dealing with a cheating man, the lady in this 1966 song has had enough. She's turning the tables on him with a promise that he is going to get his comeuppance for his cheating, lying and bad behavior.

Most heart squashing lyrics: "These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you."

13. "Payback" by Rascal Flatts

The man in this 2014 song notices a fine-looking lady in a bar who seems a little out of place. He knows the type: recently been done wrong, wants to settle the score with her ex-boyfriend. He's more than happy to help out. What a guy!

Best revenge lyrics: "We can show him what he can't have, if you wanna play that game. Yeah, baby I can be your payback."

"No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place." - Meir Kahane, American rabbi

"No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place." - Meir Kahane, American rabbi

14. "White Liar" by Miranda Lambert

In this 2009 song, there are veiled threats to a no good lying man who just won't come clean. The female narrator lets her man know that that the truth always comes out eventually, and when it does there will be hell to pay. Confess your sins or consider yourself warned.

Best vindictive lyrics: You better be careful what you do. I wouldn't wanna be in your shoes if they ever found you out. ... I got friends in this town."

15. "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green

When the man in this 2010 song has his heart broken by a gold digging gal pal, he pours out his anger and heartache regarding her and her new beau.

Most vengeful lyrics: "I pity the fool that falls in love with you oh ... Oh ssh she's a gold digger."

16. "Dear John" by Taylor Swift

This 2010 song is an open letter to John Mayer, Taylor Swift's womanizing ex-boyfriend 12 years her senior. She claims that he was manipulative and took advantage of her. Her revenge was to shame him through song.

Best shame lyrics: “I lived in your chess game, but you changed the rules every day, wondering which version of you I might get on the phone. Tonight, well, I stopped pickin’ it up, and this song is to let you know why.”

17. "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce

Queen B delivers a searing kick in the gonads to her cheating man in this unforgettable 2006 hit. She warns him, "You must not know 'bout me," piles all his stuff in a box to the left, to the left, and calls a cab to haul his sorry you-know-what off. Good riddance.

Most spiteful lyrics: "I could have another you in a minute, matter of fact he'll be here in a minute, baby."

18. "Revenge of a Middle Aged Woman" by Tracy Byrd

Sometimes the best way to exact revenge is through the bank account. When a forty-something year old wife discovered her husband's affairs, she places an ad for his two year old Mercedes in the local paper for $700. The hot cowboy who shows up to buy the car also gets the husband's Arnold Palmer golf clubs, a little nookie, and complimentary breakfast (charged to the husband's credit card). Ewww, burn! What a fun getting even song (2005).

Best revenge lyrics: "It was a classic case of a woman scorned. She'll make that man wish he had never been born."

"While seeking revenge, dig two graves -- one for yourself." - Douglas Horton, American clergyman

"While seeking revenge, dig two graves -- one for yourself." - Douglas Horton, American clergyman

19. "Take It Back" by Reba McEntire

The woman in this 1992 song has waited at home one too many nights while her cheating man has dipped his wand in another pond then lied about it. She ain't having no more of it. Like any good country woman she's throwing his stuff out on the front lawn (or the street, take your pick). If you don't think that stuff really happens, I can tell you it really does.

Most vengeful lyrics: "I hate to steal your thunder, but your playing days are through. At least they are with me cause babe, I got no use for you."

20. "Whatcha Think About That?" by Pussycat Dolls

Turnabout is fair play. That's what the woman in this 2008 song has decided after she realizes she's always on the losing end of a man who has claims to be broke, doesn't take her out, runs the streets, and gets a little side action.

Most vindictive lyrics: "Tonight you're gonna call me a thousand times. Tonight I'mma make up a thousand lies."

Mean people suck.  But how'd they get they way?  And what are you going to do about it?

Mean people suck. But how'd they get they way? And what are you going to do about it?

21. "Hit Em Up Style" by Blu Cantrell

When the woman in this 2001 song caught her man cheating, she didn't cry her pretty little eyes out, she went shopping — with his credit cards. She drained his bank accounts, sold all of his belongings, and ruined his credit by failing to pay his bills on time.

Most spiteful lyrics: "All of the things I sold, it will take you until you get old to get 'em back without me 'cause revenge is better than money, you see."

22. "Smile" by Lily Allen

There's one bitter lady giggling her way through this broken relationship. In this 2006 song, an ex-boyfriend is sorry for his transgressions and wants her back, but all she can muster is a smile.

Most searing lyrics: "At first when I see you cry, yeah, it makes me smile."

23. "Someone Will Pay" by Justin Townes Earl

In this 2015 song, someone needs to look over his shoulder for a long time because of the lie he or she has told. The narrator is willing to make it his mission in life to make the person pay dearly, even if it means following them to the gates of Hell.

Most threatening lyrics: "Don’t you think that I’ll forget. Might take years. I’ll get even yet on my Mama’s life. Someone will pay for the way you lied."

24. "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette

This Grammy-winning 1995 song is about a scorned woman who lashes out at an ex-lover. He has replaced way too easily with someone new, and she just doesn't understand. Following promises of forever love, he's on to the next new thing while she still suffers psychological torment.

Most seething lyrics: “Everytime I scratch my nails down someone else’s back, I hope you feel it.”

25. "Don't Think of Me" by Dido

Oh, this one digs at nagging insecurities. Old lovers know where they're kept and how to exploit them. In this 2000 song, an ex-girlfriend plays the buddy who attempts to wish the new couple well but lets a very disturbing rumor slip out.

Lyrics with clearest evil intent: "I know she spreads sweet honey. In fact, your best friend I heard he spent last night with her. Now, how do you feel?"

26. "Trailer for Rent" by Pistol Annies

Sick of 10 years of playing wife to an alcoholic husband and still living in a beat up trailer, the woman in this 2008 decides to get even by placing an ad in the local paper. She's renting out the trailer right out from under him. Pistol Annies is a group that consisted of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley.

Best "take that" lyrics: "I played the Mrs. and I've done the dishes. 'Bout time somebody got the hell out."

Some people worry that if you imitate the spiteful, negative behavior of those who do you harm, there's little that sets you apart from them.  What do you think?

Some people worry that if you imitate the spiteful, negative behavior of those who do you harm, there's little that sets you apart from them. What do you think?

"I hate you. Seriously." In counted cross stitch.

"I hate you. Seriously." In counted cross stitch.

27. "Killing Him" by Amy LaVere

What a haunting song this 2007 indie folk tune is. A woman's lover didn't come home until the light of day so she argued with him all day then took a knife to him. Now she occupies a jail cell while he still occupies her heart.

Most poignant revenge lyrics: "Killing him didn't make the love go away."

28. "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea

The female narrator in this 2014 song is hell-bent on making sure her man is sorry he ever met her. Their love affair has turned sour. Way sour. And now she sings, "I'm gonna love you until you hate me. And I'm gonna show you what's really crazy." She's a bunny boiler alright, dead-set on messing him up for a long time.

Bittermost lyrics: "'Cause this here is fatal attraction, so I take it all or I don't want sh*t."

29. "Goodbye Earl" by The Chicks

What do you do when your BFF's redneck estranged husband stalks her and puts her in intensive care with his physical abuse? If you're the characters in this song, then you poison his black-eyed peas. (The 2000 song is meant to be a dark comedy.)

Most vicious lines: "You're feelin' weak? Why don't you lay down and sleep, Earl. Ain't it dark wrapped up in that tarp, Earl."

30. "Kerosene" by Miranda Lambert

In this 2005 song, the broken hearted narrator is "giving up on love 'cause love's given up on me." She's tired of being lied to and cheated on, so she's recently taken up smoking, a liking for kerosene, and the little lady will be ready to strike a match to get even in the most evil way possible.

Meanest vengeful lyric: “Light ’em up and watch them burn, teach them what they need to learn. Ha!”

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31. "Sh*t List" by L7

This angry 1992 song strikes out at all of the people who have angered the narrator. Out of revenge, she keeps a list of people she wants to seek vengeance upon.

Most malicious lyrics: "I grab my pen and I write up a list, of all the people that won't be missed. You made my shit list."

32. "One Way Or Another" by Blondie

Call me utterly naïve, but when I was gleefully singing along with this hit as a kid in the 1970s, I had no idea it was about an ex-lover vengefully stalking a woman. Based on lead singer Debbie Harry's own stalking experience, the 1979 song details a man's plans to follow his ex-lover all over town and "getcha getcha getcha."

Psycho revenge lyrics: "I will drive past your house, and if the lights are all down I'll see who's around ... ."

33. "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood

Don't even think about cheating on the woman in this 2006 song. This b*tch will get even and then some. But here's what I wonder: before inflicting major property damage on boyfriend's vehicle, did she consider that it might influence her own future dating prospects?

Most vengeful lyrics: "I dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats. I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights. I slashed a hole in all four tires. Maybe next time he'll think before he cheats."

34. "The Thunder Rolls" by Garth Brooks

The wife in this 1991 song is worried alright. It's 3:30 a.m. and there's a terrible storm brewing outside and her husband has been a no call/no show. There she is in her flannel gown and he in he waltzes smelling of another woman's perfume. Oh, no you don't! There will be major repercussions here, buddy.

Eeriest vengeance lyrics: "She runs back down the hallway to the bedroom door. She reaches for the pistol kept in the dresser drawer ...tells the lady in the mirror 'he won't do this again.'"

"Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge." - Scott Adams

"Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge." - Scott Adams

35. "Decoration Day" by Drive by Truckers

This 2003 Southern rock song tells the story of a heated, violent intergenerational feud between two families that has gone on so long that no one recalls the event that spawned it. They've beaten each other's kinfolk to inches of their lives over ... what?

Most shameful revenge lyrics: "I don't know the name of that boy we tied down and beat till he just couldn't walk anymore."

36. “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan

After years of being played, the woman in this 2008 song wants to teach her cheating man a lesson by taking a crow bar to his car. Can't you hear the shattering glass now?

Most twisted lyrics: “I bust the windows out your car. You should feel lucky that that’s all I did.”

37. "Two Black Cadillacs" by Carrie Underwood

What's worse than lying and cheating on one woman? Doing it to two women and having them team up on you. That's just what happened in this 2012 song when a wife and mistress plot revenge together then see one another at the graveside service, burying their secret along with their dead lover.

Most chilling lyrics: "Two months ago his wife called the number on his phone. Turns out he'd been lying to both of them for oh, so long. They decided then he’d never get away with doing this to them. Two black Cadillacs waiting for the right time, right time."

38. "A Boy Named Sue" by Johnny Cash

This classic 1969 song tells the story of a three-year old boy who was abandoned by his father. His only contribution to the boy's life was an effeminate name, "Sue." Sadly, the child grew up suffering bullying and shame because of the name. He became determined to one day exact revenge and kill the man who named him. One day in a bar he got that chance. However, he was met with surprising information.

Most vicious revenge lyrics: "I'd roam from town to town to hide my shame. But I made a vow to the moon and stars that I'd search the honky tonks and bars and kill that man who gave me that awful name."

"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?" - William Shakespeare

"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?" - William Shakespeare

Even More Songs About Seeking Revenge

Did we miss any really good revenge songs? If so, leave us a comment in the Comment Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

39. Fist City

Loretta Lynn

1968

40. Red High Heels

Kellie Pickler

2006

41. The Payback

James Brown

1973

42. Gunpowder and Lead

Miranda Lambert

2008

43. Rolling In the Deep

Adele

2010

44. Fighter

Christina Aguilera

2002

45. That's What You Get

Paramore

2008

46. Revenge Is Sweeter (Than You Ever Were)

The Veronicas

2007

47. Foundations

Kate Nash

2007

48. Wide Awake

Katy Perry

2012

49. Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (Angry American)

Toby Keith

2001

50. War Paint

Lorrie Morgan

1998

51. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Adele

2015

52. My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)

En Vogue

1992

53. Looking Back Now

Maggie Rose

2014

54. Caught Out There

Kelis

1999

55. What Goes Around Comes Around

Justin Timberlake

2006

56. Natalie

Bruno Mars

2012

57. Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman

Tracy Byrd

2005Y

58. Picture to Burn

Taylor Swift

2008

59. Another One Bites the Dust

Queen

1980

60. Good Girls

Tim McGraw

2009

61. Sorry Not Sorry

Demi Lovato

2017

62. God's Gonna Cut You Down

Johnny Cash

2003

63. Famous

Kelleigh Bannen

2013

64. Praying

Kesha

2017

65. High Heels

JoJo

2016

66. You've Got Another Thing Coming

Judas Preist

2014

67. Get Even

Kelis

2001

68. I'll Get Even With You

Foreigner

1979

69. This Means War

Nickelback

2012

70. I Hope It Rains On You

Jana Kramer

2013

71. watch

Billie Eilish

2017

72. I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)

Lacuna Coil

2014

73. Coz I Can

Ana Johnsson

2004

74. Man On The Run

Dash Berlin

2009

75. Karma

Marina

2019

76. Geeks

Hailey Knox

2016

77. Karma

The Black Eyed Peas

1999

78. This Means War

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

1986

79. Had Enough

Breaking Benjamin

2006

80. You Against Me

Three Days Grace

2018

81. Get Even

Brad Paisley

2013

82. Revenge

Pink (featuring Eminem)

2017

83. Kiss That Grrrl

Kate Nash

2010

84. Cheatin'

Sara Evans

2005

85. Dead to Me

Melanie Martinez

2014

86. Songs Like This

Carrie Underwood

2009

87. I Hope

Gabby Barrett

2019

88. Look What You Made Me Do

Taylor Swift

2017