Done ’em wrong songs

A guide to cheating in pop music

There’s probably a cheating song for every two or three straight-up love songs, so any list on the subject is bound to be incomplete and arbitrary. The following list could easily have contained a thousand, or 10,000. Surely you will think of some that didn’t make this list.

1. “As Good as I’ve Been to You” —Howlin’ Wolf

2. “The Race Is On"—George Jones

3. “Phonograph Blues” —Robert Johnson

4. “Tempted"—Squeeze

5. “The Cold Hard Facts of Life” —Whisperin’ Bill Anderson

6. “Man in the Iron Mask"—Billy Bragg

7. “The Married Men"—The Roches

8. “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town"—Kenny Rogers & the First Edition

9. “Don’t Break the Code” —The Oak Ridge Boys

10. “Cosi Fan Tutte"—Mozart’s comic opera about infidelity

11. “Layla"—Eric Clapton (Derek & the Dominos)

12. “Why’d Ya Do It?” —Marianne Faithful

13. “No Nostradamus"—Lex Zaleta

14. “Norwegian Wood"—The Beatles

15. “Runaround Sue"—Dion

16. “Hey Joe"—Jimi Hendrix

17. “Trust No Man"—Ma Rainey

18. “I’m Walking Behind You” —Frank Sinatra

19. “Back Door Man” —Willie Dixon, et al.

20. “Right Next Door (Because of Me)"—Robert Cray

21. “Black Snake Moan” —Blind Lemon Jefferson

22. “Take It on the Run” —REO Speedwagon

23. “Unfaithful"—Rihanna

24. “One Way Out” —Sonny Boy Williamson, The Allman Brothers, et al

25. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” —Hank Williams

26. “Woman to Woman"—Shirley Brown

27. “Slippin’ Around"—Jimmy Wakely & Margaret Whiting

28. “I’ll Never Slip Around Again"—Floyd Tilman

29. “We’re Getting Careless With Our Love"—Johnnie Taylor

30. “Married, But Not to Each Other"—Denise LaSalle

31. “Don’t Let Me Catch You With Your Drawers Down"—Koko Taylor

32. “I Made a Mistake and I’m Sorry"—Ray Price

33. “I’m Gonna Have to Tell Her"—Isaac Hayes

34. “Diggin’ My Potatoes"—Washboard Sam

35. “Soft Place to Fall"—Allison Moorer

36. “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right"—Millie Jackson

37. “Mr and Mrs Untrue"—Lloyd Price

38. “Who Are You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife)"—Rozetta Johnson

39. “I Find You Cheatin’ on Me"—Hank Thompson

40. “Don’t Explain"—Billie Holiday, Helen Merrick, et. al.

41. “Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool"—Loleatta Holloway

42. “I’ll Be the Other Woman"—Soul Children, Rory Block

43. “Tennessee Waltz"—Pee Wee King, Patti Page, Nora Jones, dozens more

44. “If He Hadn’t Slipped Up and Got Caught"—Bobby Patterson

45. “Dark End of the Street"—James Carr

46. “Some Other Man (Is Beating Your Time)"—Carla Thomas

47. “Suspicious Minds"—Candi Staton, Elvis, et. al.

48. “You Two-Timed Me Once Too Often"—Tex Ritter

49. “If We Get Caught I Don’t Know You"—Phillip Mitchell

50. “Back Street Affair"—Webb Pierce

51. “Paying for That Back Street Affair"—Kitty Wells

52. “Cheatin’ on Your Baby"—Red Foley

53. “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"—Kitty Wells

54. “Jenny Lou Carson and Her Tumbleweed"—Jenny Lou Carson

55. “Before He Cheats"—Carrie Underwood

56. “When I Think About Cheating"—Gretchen Wilson

57. “Cheating"—Sara Evans

58. “She Just Started Liking Cheatin’ Songs"—Alan Jackson

59. “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today"—Moe Bandy

60. “This Time I’ve Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me"—Conway Twitty

61. “A Fire I Can’t Put Out"—George Strait

62. “After the Fire Is Gone"—Loretta Lynn/Conway Twitty; Tracy Nelson/Willie Nelson

63. “Because You Can’t Be Mine"—Merle Haggard

64. “On the Other Hand"—Randy Travis

65. “A Hard Secret to Keep"—Mark Chesnutt

66. “In Dreams"—Roy Orbison

67. “Bible Belt"—Travis Tritt

68. “Voices Carry"—Til Tuesday

69. “My Baby’s Been Cheatin’ Again"—Mickey Gilley

70. “Cheatin’ Blues"—Big Al & the Heavyweights

71. “An Axe to Grind"—Cliff Waldron

72. “Rapture"—Pedro the Lion

73. “Me and Mrs. “Jones"—Billy Paul

74. “Hungry Heart"—Bruce Springsteen

75. “Part-Time Love"—Little Johnny Taylor, Howard Tate

76. “She Don’t Have to Know"—John Legend

77. “Footsteps in the Dark"—Isley Brothers

78. “Careless Whisper"—Wham!

79. “The Long Honeymoon"—Elvis Costello

80. “She’s Acting Single, I’m Drinkin’ Doubles"—Gary Stewart

81. “The Piña Colada Song (Escape)"—Rupert Holmes

82. “Now I’m Cheatin’ on You"—Lorraine Turner

83. “A Little Whiskey"—Pinkie & the Snakeshakers

84. “Jolene"—Dolly Parton, Matraca Berg

85. “You Can Have My Husband But Please Don’t Mess With My Man"—Irma Thomas

86. “Walk on By"—LeRoy Van Dyke

87. “Lyin’ Eyes"—The Eagles

88. “Heaven’s Just a Sin Away"—The Kendalls

89. “Pretty Girl Bullshit"—Mario Winans

90. “If I Had My Wife to Love Over"—Vernon Oxford

91. “Yeah"—Usher

92. “How Can It Be Wrong When It Feels So Right"—Barbara Mandrell

93. “It’s a Cheatin’ Situation"—Glen Campbell

94. “All Over Town"—Wade Bowen

95. “Little Girl"—Syndicate of Sound

96. “My Place"—Nelly

97. “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down"—Ann Peebles

98. “Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home"—Etta James

99. “Ninety Miles an Hour"—Hank Snow

100. “Frankie and Johnny"—Covered by thousands