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19 Unapologetic Songs About Cheating

A soundtrack for your worst behavior.

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1. Carly Rae Jepsen, “This Kiss”

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Don’t let the sugary synths fool you, this song is about going to the club to hook-up with some dude who isn’t your boyfriend. Carly Rae Jepsen, unrepentant cheater, sings about how she can’t get enough of a bad boy with a girlfriend and goes out night after night to make-out with him on the dance-floor.

Unapologetic lyric: And she's a real sweet girl / And you know I got a boy / Details we both forgot to mention

2. John Legend, "She Don't Have To Know"

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Don’t worry, "She Don't Have To Know" pre-dates John Legend’s relationship with Chrissy Teigen by two years. That said, it's a doozy. John begs his lover to keep their affair secret, insisting that he doesn’t want to hurt her. A claim that’s undermined just a bit by his refusal to end things with Lady #2. “I know it’s supposed to be the last time for you and I,” he tells her, “But let's not end this way, wait another day.”

Unapologetic lyric: Girl I know your doing the same thing too / But I wont tell your man the things we do oh no / Cause he don't have to know

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3. Amy Winehouse, "You Know I'm No Good"

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To be fair to Amy Winehouse, she does feel bad about her inability to stay faithful on “You Know I’m No Good” — she just doesn’t think there’s anything to do about it. Leopards can’t change their spots, she seems to say, so why bother trying?

Unapologetic lyric: I cheated myself / Like I knew I would / I told you I was trouble / You know that I'm no good

4. LeAnn Rimes, “Borrowed”

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LeAnn Rimes’ entire 2013 album Spitfire is about starting a relationship with actor Eddie Cibrian while they were both still married. While the record alternates between being apologetic and unrepentant, the stand-out track, “Borrowed,” manages to be a little bit of both. “So I don’t want to give you back,” the country star sings over delicate guitar, “but you’re borrowed, only borrowed.”

Unapologetic lyric: Do you tell her that you love her? / Like you do me? / Do you make love to her / The way you make love to me?

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5. Trey Songz, “Last Time”

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On “Last Time,” Trey Songz tells his lover that this time is the last time he cheats on his girlfriend. This time? It’s the last time. He promises. He just needs it one last time. “Yup, I said the last time,” he sings, “Girl, this is the last time.” Methinks Trey doth protest too much.

Unapologetic lyric: One girl in the day / You in the night / And even though this ain't right / I just can't get enough

6. Shaggy, "It Wasn't Me"

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What do you do when your girlfriend catches you butt-naked, banging someone else on the bathroom floor? According to Shaggy, you insist “it wasn’t me.” That’s his entire, shameless strategy for handling confrontations over infidelity, tell her “it wasn’t me” and move on.

Unapologetic lyric: Never admit to a word when she say / And if she claims and you tell her baby no way

7. Xscape, “My Little Secret”

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Instead of pretending their just caught up in a star-crossed love affair, the ladies of Xscape own up to being turned on by the secrecy of cheating on “My Little Secret.” They aren’t sleeping with an attached man because they’re in love. They’re doing it because it’s hot.

Unapologetic lyric: I like being in the same room as you and your girlfriend / The fact that she don't know / That really turns me on

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8. Gram Parsons, “We’ll Sweep The Ashes Out In The Morning”

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Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris can see regret on the horizon on "We'll Sweep The Ashes Out In The Morning," but the singers give into an ill-fated affair anyway.

Unapologetic lyric: Each time when we meet we both agree that it's for the last time / But out of your arms I'm out of my mind

9. The Smiths, “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”

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Morrissey’s significant other suspects he’s having an affair and the singer can’t be bothered to come up with a convincing lie. He runs through a series of transparent excuses, asking his partner to “stop me if you’ve heard this one before.”

Unapologetic lyric: Nothing's changed / I still love you, oh, I still love you / Only slightly, only slightly less / Than I used to, my love

10. Sunny Sweeney, “Amy”

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Asking for forgiveness and being sorry are two very different things, as Sunny Sweeney’s song “Amy” makes clear. “Amy, please let me explain,” she sings, “I’m only half of what's causin' all your pain.” She goes on to rationalize her decision to sleep with a married man by suggesting the affair was really Amy’s fault: “he needed love he said he never got from you,” she wails. The terrible excuses just continue from there.

Unapologetic lyric: Amy, please let me explain / I'm only half of what's causin' all your pain / I knew he was your man / by the gold ring on his hand

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11. SWV, "You're The One"

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Girl meets boy. Girl thinks boy is The One. Only problem? He’s somebody else’s guy. This should be the end of it, but for ’90s girl group SWV it’s just the beginning. On “You’re The One” the ladies tell the objects of their affection that they’re “willing to do anything to get in your pants.” Even if that means being the chick on the side.

Unapologetic lyric: I wanna get with you / What you're girl don't know won't hurt her / Anything to make this love go further

12. Meshell Ndegeocello, “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)”

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The title of Meshell Ndegeocello’s “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Nigt)” really says it all. The singer-songwriter isn’t just unapologetic, she’s aggressively so. “Boyfriend, boyfriend,” she taunts like a schoolyard bully, “yes, I had your boyfriend.” This is a sexy, bass-heavy song for people on their very worst behavior.

Unapologetic lyric: And it ain't my fault if he wants me / Got what I wanted and the feeling was right / So if that's your boyfriend he wasn't last night

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13. Disclosure and Lorde, “Magnets”

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Another song about stealing someone’s man on the dancefloor! Lorde goes to the club, sets her sights on a man with a girlfriend, and urges him to “embrace the point of no return."

Unapologetic lyric: Never really felt bad about it / As we drank deep from a lie / 'Cause I felt melting magnets, babe / The second I saw you through half-shut eyes

14. Michael Jackson, “Girlfriend”

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"Girlfriend" is a deceptively sweet-sounding song about threatening to tell your girlfriend's boyfriend about how you've been sneaking around behind his back. The production is so gentle and upbeat that you can almost ignore the track's toxic ideas about love.

Unapologetic lyric: Girlfriend / I'm gonna tell your boyfriend / Tell him / Exactly what we're doin'

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15. Whitney Houston, "Saving All My Love For You"

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A big, soaring power ballad about being in love with a married man. "No other woman is gonna love you more," Whitney Houston sings. "'Cause tonight is the night, that I'm feeling alright. We'll be making love the whole night through."

Unapologetic lyric: You've got your family, and they need you there / Though I've tried to resist, being last on your list / But no other man's gonna do

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16. Luther Ingram, “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right”

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"If being right means being without you, I'd rather live a wrong doing life," Luther Ingram sings at the beginning of “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right." The song is a warm, affectionate ode to infidelity. The singer is unrepentant about loving his mistress above everyone else, even when he has a wife and two children at home. Even when he knows they need him "just as much."

Unapologetic lyric: Your friends tell you there's no future / In loving a married man / If I can't see you when I want to / I'll see you when I can

17. Robyn, “Call Your Girlfriend”

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To her credit, Robyn doesn’t want to mess around with an attached dude indefinitely. On “Call Your Girlfriend” she makes it clear that if he wants to stay with her, he needs to break it off with his significant other. While the pop star is trying to set things right, she can’t help but boast a little while she explains what needs to be done. “Don't you tell her how I give you something that you never even knew you missed," she sings. "Don't you even try and explain how it's so different when we kiss.”

Unapologetic lyric: Call your girlfriend / It's time you had the talk / Give your reasons / Say it's not her fault / But you just met somebody new

18. Rilo Kiley, “Does He Love You?”

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The song follows the story of two friends on opposite coasts who talk on the phone about life and love. One friend gets married and the other drifts into an affair with a married man. Eventually it's revealed that the women are engaged in a tragic little love triangle. There are no apologies, just one friend assuring the other that “your husband will never leave you. He will never leave you for me.”

Unapologetic lyric: Let's not forget ourselves, good friend. I am flawed if I'm not free / Your husband will never leave you, he will never leave you for me

19. Melanie Martinez, “Pacify Her”

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On “Pacify Her,” Melanie Martinez’s Cry Baby alter-ego doesn’t feel anything but contempt for her lover’s girlfriend. She’s just a “basic bitch” to the singer. A whiny problem that needs to be dealt with. “Pacify her,” Cry Baby commands, “she’s getting on my nerves.”

Unapologetic lyric: Someone told me stay away from things that aren’t yours / But was he yours, if he wanted me so bad?

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