Music is a form of expression that allows people to take out all their woes and frustrations, and every now and again get a little revenge. Diss songs ain’t just for hip-hop, kids. It goes down in the Pop, Rock, Country, and R&B games too!
Check out these non-rap diss songs that had us saying “Daaaaaanng!” Shots fired.
“Cry me a river” – Justin Timberlake
Justin went to town on Britney in “Cry Me a River.” If there was ever any doubt that she had been unfaithful at some point during their 4-year relationship, it was certain when he sang, “I know that they say some things are better left unsaid/but it wasn’t like you only talk to him and you know it/And all of these people tell me keep messing with my head/you should of picked honesty and you may not have blown it.” Nope, he’s not upset at all…
“You Oughta Know”- Alanis Morrisette
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…with a mic. Alanis Morrisette has got to be the queen of scathing, broken-hearted revenge songs. Her tune “You Oughta Know” is full of lyrics so sharp they make the listener wince with pain at the cuts she’s inflicting upon the unfortunate human being who left her jilted. Morrisette quips, “An older version of me/ Is she per-verted like me?/ Would she go down on you in a theatre?/ …. And every time you speak her name does she know how you told me you’d hold me until you died, till you died, But you’re still alive!” The song is so raw and se*ual it’s hard not to be utterly in shock. The poor bloak who crossed her: Full House’s “Joey,” actor Dave Coulier.
“Half Your Age” – Kid Rock
Sometime in the midst of Kid Rock’s and Pamela Anderson’s years of on again- off again marriage/relationship the straggly-haired Southern rocker penned the song “Half Your Age” to spite his wife singing, “When I sing this tune it don’t upset her / She’s half your age and twice as hot.”
“I Don’t Like” (Remix) – Chris Brown
So apparently, R&B stars don’t just pop bottles, they throw them too! And when they’re done with that they continue the fight on Twitter, and then they take the fight to the ultimate stage, and make diss songs like Chris Brown did after his fight with Drake at a night club. On The Game’s remix of Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like,” Brown sings/raps, “Head up, my bread up, one on one, what you scared, bruh?/ Matter fact, take care bruh, you a pu**y ni**a/ …Them eyebrows, man, them Shytes is yikes/ OVO, you overdosed, screamin’ YOLO , no, I live twice.”
“Ur Not That Hot” – Brooke Hogan
In a desperate attempt to gain publicity for her second album The Redemption, Brooke Hogan made a track aimed at The Hills star Heidi Montag, called “Ur not that Hot.” The song generated some minor buzz but not nearly enough to save her album from majorly tanking!
“Lost Ones” – Lauryn Hill
Arguably, one of the hottest tracks on Lauryn’s album of fire The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and one of the dopest, most universal diss songs, “Lost Ones” was very clearly about former lover and The Fugees member Wyclef Jean. Lauryn addressed her falling out with Wyclef in the song. So many dope lines its hard to choose one. Lauryn sings, “A groupie call, you fall from temptation/Now you wanna ball over separation/Tarnish my image in your conversation….” That doesn’t even begin to paint the picture of the way she shot a man down with this track.
“So What” – Pink
You know things must have gone sour in the relationship when a wife takes to dissing her husband in a song. You also know that when a person has to make a song declaring “I don’t need you,I’m having more fun, I’m just fine,” they most likely do need you, are not having more fun, and aren’t fine. Still, Pink called her husband Carey Hart a tool who was never there, but so what! She’s still a rock star. And now they’re back together and raising a child.
Every Song She’s Ever Written (not a song, btw)- Taylor Swift
Everyone knows that every song written by Taylor Swift is a diss to one of her famous ex-boyfriends. Like, how many ex-boyfriends has she actually gone through in her short 23 years of life? Like, its actually getting a little old hearing about these songs. “Dear John” =John Mayer, “All to Well” = Jake Gyllenhaal, “Forever and Always”/”You’re Not Sorry”/”Better Than Revenge” = Joe Jonas (and Camilla Belle). Trust us, there are more.
“Clown” & “Obsessed” – Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey didn’t like being associated with Eminen in any sort of romantic way, even if she actually had been. Let her tell it, the two never dated or had sex—though Em had claimed in several songs that they had. Fed up, in 2003 she took to dissing the rapper in her song “Clown.” And boy did she open him up, saying:
“I should’ve left it at how ya doin’/I should’ve left it at I like your music too, and/ I should’ve never called you back when you pursued me/I should’ve never given you my f—-ing two way/I should’ve never listened to your woeful stories/The ones I’m sure you
told a thousand times before me/You should’ve never intimated we were lovers/When you know very well we never even touched each other.”
She also sings, “Your pain is so deep rooted/What will your life become/Sure you hide it/But you’re lost and lonesome/Still just a frail shook one”
Then she proceeded to have Eminem puppets during her Marionette Show tour in 2003. In 2009, she released the song “Obsessed” in response to the track “Bagpipes in Bagdad” in which Em addresses Nick Cannon and insults Mariah.
“Give It To Me”- Timbaland feat. Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado
When Timbo, his music bestie Justin Timberlake, and Nelly Furtado released this catchy track with a jab in almost every line, everybody wanted to know who on Earth they were talking about. Was it one person or multiple people? Timbaland’s verse which includes the lyrics: “I get a half a mil’ for my beats, you get a couple gra-an-and,” was aimed at producer Scott Storch. He even said as much in an interview. Justin’s verse sings, “I saw you tryin’ to act cute on TV, ‘Just let me clear the air…’ It was rumored that he was taking a shot at Janet Jackson after an Oprah interview when she used the same phrase and then proceeded to speak about the Nipplegate incident and Justin, but reports of Nelly dissing Fergie we’re not substantiated.
“Professional Widow” – Tori Amos
Amos took aim at the ever insane-appearing Courtney Love for ruining her relationship with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, always supplying the drugs, sleeping around with famous musicians, and trying to gain fame since Kurt Cobain’s death.
In 2010 when news of Britney’s lip syncing during her Circus tour spread Ke$ha was annoyed and insulted that Britney would treat her paying audience with such disrespect instead of giving them a real show. Not too long afterwards an old song called “Styrofoam,” in which Ke$ha disses Britney was leaked. The lyrics, ‘In 10 years, Britney Spears… Britney, who?” had people thinking Ke$ha had a serious axe to grind, but she set the record straight that she did not write the song which was recorded when she was 15, and it did not reflect how she felt about Britney.
“My Favorite Mistake”- Sheryl Crow
Some of the most beautiful songs are born out of pain. Sheryl Crow’s “My Favorite Mistake” is one such song; a beautiful melody with poignant lyrics that are about a philandering former flame, a philandering FAMOUS former flame. One rumor was that the song was about Eric Clapton but Crow has said that she does not view that relationship as a mistake. Another rumor was that the song was about singer Jakob Dylan, son of the legendary Bob Dylan.
“Survivor”- Destiny’s Child
This song was a big fat “I Don’t Need You”/“In Your Face”Anthem. While universal in theme, the song was actually born out of the blowup between the original Destiny’s Child members. Ya know, the incident when LeToya and Latavia were kicked out of the band. The group (with a new line up) had to let them know that they would succeed without them. The song’s biggest diss? “You thought I wouldn’t sell without you, Sold 9 million…” OUCH.
“Dude Looks Like Lady”- Aerosmith
The iconic and hilarious rock song by Aerosmith was inspired by none other than another famous 80’s rock band, Motley Crue.