While Tiger Woods’ rep as an upstanding family man continues to unravel in a perfect storm of cocktail girls, porn stars, and pancake-house waitresses, it seems like the only thing missing from the gleeful media melee is an official soundtrack (NOW That’s What I Call Tacky?).
We’ll leave the commentary to SNL, but this week’s deluge of Tiger news—and a piece today on the past decade’s top one-hit wonders that included Blu Cantrell’s 2001 if-he-strays-he-pays anthem “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)”—got EW’s music department talking about the many, many moments in pop history centered on cheaters and the ones they cheat.
Songs about stepping out can be a lot of things: goofy (“Naughty by Nature, “O.P.P.”), guilt-ridden (Wham, “Careless Whisper”), furious (Beyonce, “Ring the Alarm”), heartbroken (Dolly Parton, “Jolene”), revenge-bent (Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”), middle-finger flipping (Justin Timberlake, “Cry Me a River”) or just flippant (MeShell Ndegeocello, “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)”).
There are oldies-radio classics—Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'”—and songs that need 8974 bleeps just to get on the radio (Eamon, “F— It, I Don’t Want You Back”). Sometimes, they get meteorological (Garth Brooks’ “Thunder Rolls”), or mathematical (see lo-fi chanteuse Mirah’s relationship arithmetic in “Cold Cold Water”: “I’m so number one that it’s a shame / that you let other numbers in the game”).
And then there’s this guy. Oh, snap, guess what he saw?
Tell us your own picks below: the most cathartic, memorable, crazy-making songs about being in love, when three (or more) is a crowd.
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