When you listen to the 10 best songs about abusive relationships, you are hearing the pain that the artist suffered. Not every one of the 10 best songs about abusive relationships is about a man and a woman. The abuse given by parents is also featured in many of these disturbing and powerful songs.
- Garth Brooks – "The Thunder Rolls." A man cheats on his wife and then beats her when she asks about it. Country songs have a way of capturing the mood of a situation, and this song by one of the greatest country artists of all time is definitely worthy of being on a list of the 10 best songs about abusive relationships.
- Aerosmith – "Janie's Got a Gun." Sexually abusing a child is a terrible crime, and this song by Aerosmith outlines one of the possible results of this treacherous act. The daughter fights back as she shoots her sexually abusive father.
Eminem – "Kim." Rapper Eminem has no problem putting his feelings on display, and many of his songs would qualify for the list of the 10 best songs about abusive relationships of all time. The song "Kim" is Eminem's fantasy account of killing the secret lover of his wife and then killing her as well.
- Pearl Jam – "Better Man." It can be difficult to understand what Pearl Jam's song "Better Man" is about, until you read the lyrics. An abusive husband causes his wife to dream of the days when he was a better man.
- Tracy Chapman – "Behind the Wall." Delivered with a soulful and emotional voice, this song about the results of domestic violence belongs on this list of the 10 best songs about abusive relationships. The song does not have instruments to back up Chapman's voice, which makes the effect even more chilling.
- Eminem – "Stan." When your life is filled with pain, you tend to write painful songs. This Eminem classic is about a deranged fan that writes the rapper strange and violent letters. In the end, when Eminem does not respond to Stan, Stan takes out his frustrations on his pregnant girlfriend and drowns her in a lake.
- Shania Twain – "Black Eyes Blue Tears." This rocking song by country singer Shania Twain talks about leaving an abusive relationship. It gives a feeling of determination with its tempo and strong lyrics that make it worthy of being on the list of 10 best songs about abusive relationships.
- Joni Mitchell – "Not To Blame." Joni Mitchell wrote this song about a man who abuses one wife to the point where she commits suicide and another wife so badly that she leaves. It was rumored that the song was a biographical song about Mitchell's relationship with singer Jackson Browne, but that has never been confirmed.
- Alice Cooper – "Only Women Bleed." There cannot be a list of the 10 best songs about abusive relationships without including the song "Only Women Bleed" by Alice Cooper. The song talks about women who are violently abused by stay with their abusive men.
Aerosmith – "Uncle Salty." The message of sexual and physical abuse in this Aerosmith song is hidden by a catchy musical riff and strong vocals. It is about a girl that is abused by a drug dealer that forces her to stay indoors and never leave the house.