10 Alternative Songs About Cheating

The subject of infidelity is referenced from all angles in these 10 alternative songs about cheating. If you’ve ever been the victim of a dishonest lover, or even if you’re the one doing the cheating, you’ll find parallels in these songs.

  1. “Criminal” by Fiona Apple Sulky piano prodigy Fiona Apple knows a thing or two about cheating, as evidenced in this 1997 song from the album “Tidal.” The lyrics are a remorseful self-scolding after a cheating episode. Too late, Fiona. The damage has been done.
  2. “Scotty Doesn’t Know” by Lustra As far as tongue-in-cheek alternative songs about cheating go, this one is top notch. Prominently featured throughout the film “Euro Trip,” it’s a pompous declaration about cheating with someone else’s girl.
  3. “Cheating On You” by Franz Ferdinand Critical darlings Franz Ferdinand decided to forego the metaphorical route in this 2004 alternative song about admitting infidelity. Lyrically, the song is as bare as they come: “I’m cheating on you, yeah / You’re cheating on me.”
  4. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morisette A word to the wise: Don’t ever cheat on Alanis Morissette. She might just write an angry alternative rock song about it, which is exactly what she did to the poor bastard who cheated on her before the release of this 1995 song from the album “Jagged Little Pill.”
  5. “My Happy Ending” by Avril Lavigne On the 2004 album “Under My Skin,” Lavigne offered up a batch of songs that dealt with more mature themes than her previous efforts. One of them was this alternative song about cheating, a reprimanding letter to a wayward ex-lover.
  6.  “Screaming Infidelities” by Dashboard Confessional If you like a little emo in your alternative songs, this 2001 single from the album “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most” is for you. It’s an honest and detailed look at the depression brought by a cheating partner.
  7. “Ohio (Come Back To Texas)” by Bowling For Soup As the only one of the ten alternative songs about cheating to mention Troy Aikman, this 2005 single from the album “A Hangover You Don’t Deserve” is a rare breed. Singer Jaret Reddick deftly utilizes regional pop culture references to win back a cheating lover. 
  8. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers It sucks to be cheated on, but The Killers turned a bad situation into a great song on their 2004 debut album “Hot Fuss.” The lyrics probe the mind of a scorned lover who’s driving himself crazy with speculative jealousy: “Now they’re going to bed / And my stomach is sick / And it’s all in my head.”
  9. “Found Out About You” by Gin Blossoms In this 1994 alternative song about cheating, songwriter Doug Hopkins laments hearing about his lover’s indiscretions from random people awaiting public transportation: “Whispers at the bus stop / I heard about nights in the school yard / I found out about you.” 
  10. “How Could You” by Saliva You can almost feel singer Josey Scott’s pain on this 2008 song from the “Cinco Diablo” album. The lyrics paint a desperate picture of a love affair unraveled by cheating: “And now in all your shame / You can’t even speak my name.”
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