many of us havefound toxic relationships, and some of us have had the misfortune to take a path beyond thatrelationship expiry date.
So there are some of us who are still in one. you know who you are And you, like us, know you deserve better.
If you're into it, it seems worth trying to get it working, you know, for the love of it and all. And also because for many reasonsLeaving a toxic relationship can often seem very difficult.
Since our friends and family members are often quick to criticize, even when it's well-intentioned, weathering through this particular storm can seem like you're the only one on your side.
See these casesgood songs to listen to- Songs that make sure you're not the only one who gets them - can make a very positive difference in your emotional well-being.
These 101 songs about toxic relationships will make you feel less alone and more understood.
1. "Love in the Brain" by Rihanna
Rihanna is no stranger to singing about her toxic relationship woes, from her previous singles (remember "Unfaithful"?) to her cameo appearances on hits like "Love the Way You Lie" with Eminem.
Thankfully, she's no longer alive, but knowing about her highly publicized relationship with Chris Brown makes those words all the more powerful.
It must be love in the brain / Make me feel this way (Feel this way)
It makes me black and blue but it fucks me so good / And I can't get enough
It must be love in the brain, yeah / And keep cursing my name (cursing my name)
No matter what I do, I'm no good without you / And I don't get tired
2. "Mad Love" by JoJo
JoJo has always made great music, but she came back strong with this underrated song. JoJo takes it seriously how often we don't see that we can do much better, but instead settle for what we achieve even though it's so bad for us.
The song reveals insecurity and emotional baggage, leaving room for toxic love.
'Cause you give me crazy love / How far can we go? Nobody knows
You give me bad love / But I'll take what I have, I'm starving
As if I never had love / You drive me crazy, I'm not ashamed
I don't give a fuck baby / I want you so bad
3. „Ex Factor“ von Lauryn Hill
The longer you wait for things to get better and go back to how they were when they started, the worse things will get.
Most of the time, he cleans up his act long enough to keep the relationship going. You know you are caught up in this journey, but you no longer know when or where to get off.
No matter how I think we grew up / You always seem to tell me
It don't work, it don't work (No, it don't work)
And if I try to leave / Would you hurt yourself to make me stay?
This is crazy, this is crazy (This is crazy, aha!)
I keep leaving you behind / How can I explain myself?
As painful as it was / I just can't be with anyone else
4. "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
Being so in love that you can't see what others see is probably the worst feeling when it's finally over, but we all know there's no way to tell someone in love about your love. Just no.
But I don't care what they say I'm in love with you / They try to push me away but they don't know the truth
My heart is paralyzed by the vein that I keep closing up
You cut me and I keep bleeding, I keep bleeding, I keep bleeding, baby
5. „Something about the way you move“ von Ellie Goulding
Sometimes we know we're in bad shape when the relationship starts making you feel worse than any actual breakup. It's an agonizing feelingwhen you feel your heart break in slow motion, and it often turns out to be a relief when you finally leave.
There's something in the way you move / Something in the way you move
With you I never heal / It's a headache from start to finish
There's something in the way you move / I don't know what you do
No bone in your body is good enough for me / But this heart is open, bloodstain on my sleeve
When our eyes meet I can only see the end / But tonight I'm here, yours again
6. "Jealous" by Beyoncé
Any time you're angry with someone, it's time to end things. These lyrics describe a relationship that has been constantly marred by issues that have led to distrust and sometimes there is no turning back.
I'm half naked in my penthouse / I cooked this meal for you naked
So where the hell are you / There's only one shot left of that drink, in that glass
Don't break me / I wish you were me
So you can feel this feeling / I've never broken a promise and I know when you're not being honest
Now you're making me scream 'cause I'm jealous
7. "The Pressure" by Jhené Aiko
The “pressure” mentioned in this song describes the point of no return, where you have nothing to give and stay with the person for convenience. There's no way to fix it, so you feel disconnected from love.
Until the sun comes up / No commitment
I know, I know, I know / You're a liar
I never denied you / I was sure
But it's really out of my control / The way you feel is not my problem
I don't want to see you go / But I don't have time to find out
And you have no right / After everything you did to me
8. "Rock Bottom" by Hailee Steinfeld ft. DNCE
There's a certain euphoria about being in a toxic relationship, and it keeps you from wanting more... despite your better judgment.
Oh we're on the right side of the ground / And I hope we keep falling
We're on the good side of bad karma / Because we keep coming back for more
We are on the right side of the background / In you I crawl on
You're the best kind of a bad thing / 'Cause we keep coming back for more
9. "Girl" from Destiny's Child
This song has a different narrative as it is a woman who makes excuses for staying with her horrible boyfriend even though he is cheating on her and spends her days feeling sad instead of talking directly to her lover .
After sharing her own experiences of domestic violence while promoting her solo single "Dirty Laundry,"Kelly Rowland admittedBeyonce and Michelle Williams wrote this for her.
See what you don't know about him / is that I can't let him go because he needs me
It's not really him, it's the stress of work / And I don't take it easy on myself
I know you see him annoying most of the time / But I know he's tired, he doesn't mean it
Sometimes it gets hard / But I need my man
I don't think you understand
10. "The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez
All those times you've stayed home waiting for a call, a sign, and love returned, that's what this song is about. There is nothing worse thanfeeling alone in a relationship, and this song makes it very clear.
The bed is getting cold and you're not here / The future we have is so uncertain
But I don't live until you pay / And I bet against everything
Save your advice because I won't listen / You may be right but I don't care
There's a million reasons why I should give up on you / But the heart wants what it wants
The heart wants what it wants
11. Sia's "hostage"
There's nothing worse than being so wrapped up in toxic love that you convince yourself you can't live without it. And even more awkward is hiding the relationship from your friends because deep down you know it's not good for you.
It all starts with a single kiss / I'm a hostage to your love
Handcuff me, arrest me / I'm a hostage to your touch
This prison is hard but I never tire / Our secret life keeps me in chains
Don't arrest me, you don't want to set us free / I'm a hostage to your love
12. "1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back" by Olivia Rodrigo
When a toxic relationship becomes manipulative, you begin to doubt your worth. And despite this feeling, your partner will make you believe that he is the right man for you.
You screwed me boy / I've never doubted myself so much
I am pretty? am i a funny guy
I hate giving you power over things like that / Because it's always one step forward and three steps back
I'm the love of your life until I drive you crazy / It's always one step forward and three steps back
Do you love me, do you love me, do you hate me? Boy I don't understand / No, I don't understand
13. „Úsame“ von Bill Withers
The problem with toxic love is that it's so fascinating you forget how horrible it is to you. You might even make sure it's okay to be in a one-sided relationship.
Ah-huh, sometimes / it's true that you really call me names
Ah, you catch me with a lot of high-class people / And then you're being so rude to me
Ah-huh, but oh, baby, baby, baby, baby / If you love me I can't get enough
Ah-huh and I want to spread the word / That it feels so good to get used to
Oh, just keep using me / Until you use me
Oh until you use me
14. "Venom" by Rita Ora
Like a drug, a relationship that takes you to the highest highs but then the deepest lows is never a good thing. That's why toxic love is a poison you can't get rid of.
I could have beer for breakfast / My sanity for lunch
I'm trying to get over how much I want you / Innocence for dinner
Pour some in my cup / Anything and everything just to fill me up
But nothing gets me high / I apply my poison and it's you
Nothing could kill me like you
15. "Pearl" by Katy Perry
When you are on top of the shiny world, sometimes you fall in love with someone who destroys everything. And in no time at all you are no longer a "pearl", but just a dull shell of yourself.
I could be a Statue of Liberty / I could be Joan of Arc
But she's afraid of the light inside her / So she keeps her in the dark
Oh, she used to be a pearl, oh / Yes, she used to rule the world, oh
I can't believe she turned into a shell of herself / Cause she used to be a pearl
16. "Playing with Fire" by Thomas Rhett
Passion burning like fire seems incredible at first, but as things turn sour, the flames spiral out of control. And if you don't take care of your heart, you'll burn yourself.
I don't know why I don't/turn it off baby
We kiss and the flames / Just turn it up
But yeah I know / When I hold you baby
I'm all wrapped in barbed wire / I'm on fire, I'm not learning
I'll be back, give it some time / Yes, I know it sounds crazy
But I think I like playing with fire
17. „Run Right Back“ von The Black Keys
Just like with an addiction, you can't help but go back to the one thing that keeps hurting you. And no matter how hard you try to escape, there's no denying you'll come back.
She's got it all / Her pretty head, oh
It comes screaming / In an electric scream
She's the worst thing I'm addicted to
I run back / I run back to her
I won't skip/rewind the track I'm sure
I walk back to her
18. „Need Me“ von Eminem ft. Pink
When you love someone that much, you blind yourself to the reality that they don't care about you. You may even think that that toxic person in your life would be nothing without you, so you stay.
Some nights I want to run for the hills / It's never easy with you
I can't argue with you / But your smile is as strange as it seems
What would I do without him?
Maybe that's why I'm coming back / Ah, what wouldn't I do for you
19. "Walls Could Talk" by Halsey
A toxic relationship can turn you into an emotional wreck and drain your feelings. But then, when there's an uplifting moment, you're quickly manipulated and only the walls of your home know the full story.
It's been about two weeks since you left / I'm halfway through a Cabernet
Here I go, I'm wasting a Saturday / sitting at home
I told my new roommate not to let you in / But you're so good with a bobby pin
Now you're gonna play me like a violin / play those notes
20. "It Goes Both Ways" by Gloria Estefan
Staying in an unhealthy relationship is not only a bad choice for your partner, but also for you.'Cause if you're that codependentIt seems that the world will end if you are not together.
It cuts both ways / Our love is like a knife that cuts both ways
It's driven deep into my heart every time / I can tell
How it cuts both ways / They can't be together, they can't live apart
We're headed straight for a broken heart / But I can't stop
21. Kehlanis „Toxic“
A master manipulator will sometimes use physical affection to wrap you around his finger. And when you're blinded by great sex and physical connection, it's hard to see the truth.
And that damn Don Julio fooled me for you / And now I can call you
With this ra-ra-ra I miss my pa-da-da / miss the a-a-a (ah, ah)
And all this love is toxic / All this love is toxic
All those hugs and kisses suck / You're a drug, you're toxic
22. "Ultraviolence" by Lana del Rey
This song explains the close relationship between love and pain. What looks like love is actually physically and emotionally damaging, and the two can mix into a toxic mess.
Ultraviolence / I can hear sirens, sirens
It hit me and it felt like a kiss / I can hear violins, violins
Give me all that ultra violence / He called me poison
Like it was poison ivy / I could have died instantly
because he was by my side
23. "Take Me to Church" by Hozier
Sometimes you hold your love so sacred that you forget to see the truth of the situation: that love is poisonous! And it's so unhealthy that you're willing to worship the person who's making life difficult for you.
The only heaven I'm sent to is when I'm alone with you
I was born sick but I love it / Tell me to get better
A-, amen, amen, amen / Take me to church
I will worship like a dog in the sanctuary of your lies / I will tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me this immortal death / My God, let me give you my life
take me to church
24. "No Vai Drop" by Gloriana
Being in a bad relationship sometimes means standing idly by while your partner cheats on you. And even though you know you've been betrayed and seen it with your own eyes, you refuse to go.
I'm sitting on my bedroom floor crying / tears like rain on the ceiling
Scars on my heart from the war I fought / And I pray like hell but the pain won't stop
And you know that the boy you love keeps failing you / And the boy you love is killing you now
And the boy you love keeps running / You have two eyes but you look
And it's not blind, but you don't go
25. "Think About It" by Jessie J
A song about the pressures of the music industry and being pulled down by the people who are supposed to be supporting you. It's about taking back your power from those who have made you feel worthless for so long.
Think about it / Think about the time you blamed me
Remember the time I called you and said I need you to save me / Remember the time you said you cared
You lied and tried to look at me
Think of the time I got sick and you put me on stage / Think of the time you used my fame to improve your role
Think of the time you told lies to my label, you said, "She's crazy" / Think of the fact that they see it now
You're a shark, a cheater, a traitor (shark, a cheater, a traitor)
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More songs about toxic relationships
26. "Honey" from BETWEEN FRIENDS
27. "COFFIN" by Jessie Reyez (feat. Eminem)
28. "Die to You" by The Weeknd
29. "Him and I" by Halsey and G-Eazy
30. "Emotional Bruises" by Madison Beer
31. "Do Re Mi" by Blackbear
32. "7 Things" by Miley Cyrus
33. "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga
34. "Bad at Love" by Halsey
35. „Toxic“ von Britney Spears
36. Rihannas "Rehab"
37. "You give love a bad name" by Bon Jovi
38. „Love the Way You Lie“ von Eminem (hazaña. Rihanna)
39. "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift
40. "Heartless" by Kanye West
41. "Ruins My Life" by Zara Larsson
42. "Addicted" by Dan Seals
43. Ariana Grandes „Freund“ (feat. Social House)
44. „Love Bites“ von Def Leppard
45. "Gangsta" by Kehlani
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46. "I hate everything about you" from Three Days Grace
47. „I Hate You For Loving You“ von Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
48. "I Hate You, I Love You" by Gnash (featuring Olivia O'Brien)
49. „Quit“ von Cashmere Cat (feat. Ariana Grande)
50. "Back to You" directed by Louis Tomlinson (feat. Bebe Rexha)
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51. "Happier Than Ever" by Billie Eilish
52. „I Hate That I Love You“ von Rihanna (feat. Ne-Yo)
53. „Tainted Love“ von Soft Cell
54. „Bad Things“ von Machine Gun Kelly (feat. Camila Cabello)
55. "This Love" from Maroon 5
56. "Lose You to Love Me" directed by Selena Gomez
57. "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash
58. „Wrecking Ball“ von Miley Cyrus
59. "Lay My Heart Down," by Sara Evans
60. „Nicotina“ von Panic at the Disco
61. "CHARACTERS" by Jessie Reyez
62. Lady A's "Pictures"
63. „Loveless“ von PVRIS
64. „Let me go“ von Cassadee Pope
65. „Better Man“ von Little Big Town
66. "Teeth" from 5 Seconds of Summer
67. "Your Love Is My Drug" by Kesha
68. "Teacher's Pet" von Melanie Martinez
69. "Pretty When You Cry" by Lana Del Rey
70. "My Boy" by Billie Eilish
71. „Make Me (Cry)“ von Noah Cyrus (feat. Labrinth)
72. "Same Old Love" by Selena Gomez
73. "The Worst of Me" directed by Julia Michaels
74. "Mercy" by Shawn Mendes
75. „Hot N Cold“ von Katy Perry
76. „Irresistible“ von Fall Out Boy
77. „My Type“ von The Chainsmokers (feat. Emily Warren)
78. „We Need a Resolution“ von Aaliyah (feat. Timbaland)
79. „Hold Up“ von Beyoncé
80. "If you hate me, say so" by Cassidi
81. "The Worst of You" by Noah Cyrus & PJ Harding
82. "Love is Pain" by FINNEAS
83. "Everything I Really Want" directed by Alanis Morissette
84. "Easier" from 5 Seconds of Summer
85. "Allergic" by Post Malone
86. „Feed the Gemini“ von Banks
87. "Games" by Demi Lovato
88. "I Fell in Love with the Devil" by Avril Lavigne
89. „Face Down“ von The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
90. "Mood" for 24k Goldn
91. „Vicious Love“ von New Found Glory (feat. Hayley Williams)
92. „Out of Time“ von Bryson Tiller
93. "Best Love" by Foxes
94. "As Fast You Can" by Fiona Apple
95. "I Hate You" by SZA
96. "Playing with Fire" by Thomas Rhett
97. „Like a Pill“ von Pink
98. "Monstruos" von All Time Low
99. „Pretty Girl (The Way)“ von Sugarcult
100. "Prisoner" by Miley Cyrus (feat. Dua Lipa)
101. „Misery“ von The Living Word
If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation, there is oneavailable resources in your stateas well as the 24/7National Domestic Violence Hotline(1-800-799-7233).
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