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Top 10 Revenge Songs

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Script written by Melissa Kusiolek. You better hope you weren’t the inspiration for these tunes. In this video, counts down our picks for the top 10 revenge songs. These songs are perfect to jam to while you delete your ex from your Facebook friends. Be sure to also check out our list of the Top 10 Angry Breakup Songs. Special thanks to our user 23QT123 for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Melissa Kusiolek.

Top 10 Revenge Songs

You better hope you weren’t the inspiration for these tunes. Welcome to and today we are counting down our picks for the best revenge songs of all time.

#10: “Starf*ckers Inc.” (2000)
Nine Inch Nails

This gritty song full of heavy musical genre mash ups, and carnal details spins the story of a person willing to do whatever it takes to get in with the higher ups in the world of fame, leaving little to the imagination. Rumored to be about several people including musician Courtney Love, this is one brutal revenge song that makes us all wonder who was its true muse. A track that paints the portrait of the seedier side of fame…no pun intended.

#9: “Smile” (2006)
Lily Allen

Don’t let the upbeat melody fool you. This song is ALL venom. It’s just your average story of boy meets girl, boy cheats, boy begs girl to take him back, and she laughs in his face. It just goes to show you, that with a little help from your friends, you can overcome even the hardest of heartbreaks and come out on top, all while leaving those who have done you wrong in your dust.

#8: “Caught Out There” (1999)

Sometimes when things break down, it isn’t always pretty, and this song is ready to tell the tale. A story of a devoted woman fed up with her man’s lies and pushed to the brink of both frustration and emotional rawness, she is willing to do and say whatever she can to get through to him, shown in the explosive hook. The title incidentally points to the knowledge that her man is cheating with flagrancy, and her reaction is nothing less of what this cheater deserves.

#7: “Since U Been Gone” (2004)
Kelly Clarkson

Sometimes the best revenge is living well. This song about a person leaving a stale and unhealthy relationship a stronger person is an uplifting take on the always popular break-up song. Clarkson’s message can teach us all a lesson or two about self-love and respect for our desire to be loved the way we want. With a powerful and catchy chorus, this is one song you can sing along to as you say “bye bye” to that loser while looking forward to a brighter future.

#6: “F**k You!” (2010)
CeeLo Green

Singer and “The Voice” judge, CeeLo Green brought both humor and a touch of realism to this song that leaves little to the imagination. In this soulful tune Green describes his true feelings about being cast aside by his shallow lady-love for a wealthier man. With an upbeat 60’s motown vibe, this is one song that gets you moving on the dance floor while cursing out your enemies in the process.

#5: “What Goes Around… Comes Around” (2006)
Justin Timberlake

J.T hit the top of the charts with this poppy revenge earworm off his album,FutureSex/LoveSounds. Interpretations of the true meaning of the song have differed, Timberlake himself claiming that the track deals with forgiveness over revenge. Fans have disputed this, believing the track to be a sequel to Timberlake’s 2002 single “Cry Me A River”, which recounts the break-up of J.T and Britney Spears. Whatever the true meaning of the seven and a half minute track is, Timberlake sure hopes someone gets what they deserve.

#4: “Before He Cheats” (2006)
Carrie Underwood

This country song about a scorned girlfriend’s car demolishing revenge fantasy lays the cards on the table when it comes to affairs of the heart. With a fiery passion that leaves triffilin’ men shaking in their cowboy boots, you sure don’t want to mess with this country diva. Containing detailed lyrics describing the consequences of stepping out of a committed relationship, this is one spiteful retribution that will make you think twice before pissing off the wrong woman.

#3: “Kim” (2000)

This controversial first-person narrative of revenge is a play by play of a violent outcome to a troubled relationship, with Slim Shady at the helm. With brutal lyrics giving grisly detail to how a man plans to settle the score with his wife, it’s terrifying realism is nothing less than shocking. While Eminem had a long and well documented dysfunctional relationship with his former wife, who is the title character of this song, it is comforting to know things never took as nasty of a turn as this revenge fantasy describes.

#2: “You Outta Know” (1995)
Alanis Morissette

This Canadian singer/songwriter slammed into the music scene consciousness with this hard-hitting song detailing the inner feelings of wronged women everywhere. With raw emotion and a sledgehammer vocal delivery, this tale of a lover tossed aside for another remains one we crank up when our hearts are tender from a fresh breakup. Rumored to be about actor and “Full House” funny guy Dave Coulier, both parties have been quite about this song’s true origins. One thing is for sure, regardless of the circumstance, this is one revenge song that stands the test of time.

Before we reveal our #1 pick, here are some honorable mentions:

“Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” (2001)
Blu Cantrell

“Santaria” (1997)

“Natalie” (2012)
Bruno Mars

“Mariah Carrey and The Arthur Doyle Hand Cream” (2004)
Sonic Youth

“Dear John” (2010)
Taylor Swift

“Used To Love Her” (1988)
Guns N’ Roses

And our #1 pick for the best revenge song goes to…

#1: “You’re So Vain” (1972)
Carly Simon

This song chronicling the observations of a person’s self-absorbed lover created one of music’s greatest mysteries. Rumored to be about Mick Jagger, James Taylor, David Bowie, and Warren Beatty, Simon herself has stated that her inspiration came from no single source. Despite this fact, there is no denying the biting details paint the portrait of a man too wrapped up in himself to even notice he might be the actual subject of the song, bringing a sense of poetic justice to a crumbling affair.

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