We owe a debt to the blues for a list of 10 songs about girls that love em and leave em. Songs like Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain" (featured as a Rolling Stones cover on this list) laid the groundwork for one of pop music's most well-known tropes: backstabbing, cheating women. So long as these she-devils walk this earth, music will be in no short supply of bitter songs.
- “Little Red Corvette.” Among the likely multitudes of women Prince slept with before he became a Jehovah’s Witness, this girl’s “the kinda person that believes in makin' out once / Love em and leave em fast.” This synth/drum machine-driven masterpiece will make you feel a little better about the girl that leaves you; at least yours probably doesn’t walk around with used condoms like Prince's "Little Red Corvette."
- “Norwegian Wood (The Bird Has Flown).” John Lennon wasn’t too wild about his wife Cynthia and could have had a any number of drooling girls, so why did he write songs about girls that love em and leave em? This Beatles song, which featured one of the first appearances of the sitar in pop music, finds John Lennon waking up in a bathtub after his “bird had flown.”
- “She’s Gone.” Hall and Oates wrote a lot of songs about girls that love em and leave em. Apparently Hall and Oates were dating the same women, as the two blue-eyed soulsters handle dual vocals throughout the song, singing so-bad-they’re-good lines like “Up in the morning look in the mirror / I'm worn as her tooth brush hanging in the stand.” Maybe “She’s Gone” because she got sick of all the cheesy lines?
- “Against All Odds." It’s “Against All Odds” that Phil Collins girl will come back after she loves em and leave em in this piano-driven ‘80s soft-”rock” song. The Genesis frontman sings: “You’re the only one who really knew me at all.” How true. We’ll never really know Phil Collins’ beauty will we?
- “Love In Vain.” Mick Jagger left behind a trail of women’s tears as one of the leading frontmen in the history of rock music, but sang songs about girls that love em and leave em, like this fantastic interpretation of a 1937 Robert Johnson blues song.
- “Cry Me A River.” Justin Timberlake put his dick back in a box with the release of this song about a girl who “took a chance and made other plans” and came crawling back. The video featured a Britney Spears look-alike in a not-so-subtle nod to the source of Timberlake’s pain. It's also got some creepy/cool chanting going on. It takes a former boy band member to sing songs about girls that love em and leave em.
- “Song For The Dumped.” Who had the nerve to dump Ben Folds (of Ben Folds Five) on his front porch? The Gen-X Piano Man demands his money back (and a black T-shirt) from some girl who wants to “slow it down some and have some space.” We all know what that means. Give him his money back bitch! This is one of the best songs about girls that love em and leave em because who hasn't had some bitch steal their T-shirt?
- “Can’t Stand Losing You.” The musical cousin to “Roxanne," this song by The Police concerns a girl who sends all of Sting’s letters back and scratches all his LP records. She’s not worth it for that alone, Gordon. You're better off singing songs about girls that love em and leave em yourself.
- “Heard It Through The Grapevine.” How could a girl cheat on Marvin Gaye, the man who sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”? While she had yet to love em and leave em, Gaye lets the woman know he’s aware she’s with some other guy that she knew before. Nowadays he would have heard about it through Twitter.
- “She’s Leaving You.” Nick Cave can do gothic and cold-hearted like no other and this song is testament to that. In Cave’s twisted world, girls that loves em and leave em leaves him for “a man with an eyepatch and a bent, bloody hook.” Low standards to say the least.
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