40 Songs About Fake Friends (Rock, Country & More)

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40 Songs About Fake Friends (Rock, Country & More)

In the 90s, Randy Newman sang, “You’ve got a friend in me” for the movie Toy Story. But sadly, we don’t always have a friend with the people we meet.

Sometimes, the people we meet or already have in our lives can turn out to be fake friends. Even celebrities have to deal with fake friends, which can turn into feuds, and these feuds become the inspiration for musicians.

I. Latest songs about fake friends (2020, 2021)

Dealing with fake friends is nothing new. Even during a pandemic, celebrities have dealt with shaming people they thought were their friends.

1) Rumors

Artist: Lizzo ft Cardi B
Album: Rumors
Year: 2021

In this song, controversial singer Lizzo addresses the shaming concerning her weight and how she flaunts it. She also seemingly talks about not wanting female friends who aren’t genuine friends.

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2) Call My Friends

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Album: Wonder
Year: 2020

In this song, Mendes talks about male friendship. He talks about positive male friendships, rising above toxic masculinity, and dealing with fake friends.

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3) No Friends

Artist: EST Gee ft 42 Dugg, & Yo Gotti
Album: Bigger Than Life Or Death (Deluxe)
Year: 2021
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4) Let’s Be Friends

Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
Album: Dedicated Side B
Year: 2020
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5) Fake friends

Artist: PS1 ft Alex Hosking
Album: Fake Friends
Year: 2020
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6) Fake Friends

Artist: DJ Solo 44
Album: Polo & Von
Year: 2021
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II. Pop songs about fake friends

Typically, a pop song about fake friends will feel upbeat while dealing with a heavy topic. These songs will also be about a personal feud with a fake friend.

1) F.F.F

Artist: Bebe Rexha ft G-Eazy
Album: All Your Fault: Pt. 1
Year: 2017

The title of the song stands for “F–k fake friends!” In this song, the narrator is talking about her frustrations dealing with the lack of authenticity in Los Angeles after her boyfriend and best friend “left her.”

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2) Bad Blood

Artist: Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar
Album: 1989
Year: 2014

How can we talk about fake friends without mentioning Taylor Swift? In her song, Bad Blood, Swift says the song is about a female musician that she thought was a close friend, but Swift claimed this person sabotaged her tour by hiring her employees.

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3) Fake Friends

Artist: Sigrid
Album: Don’t Kill My Vibe
Year: 2017

The narrator talks about being a friend’s number two and being their sidekick in this song. However, this person can’t do this anymore, and she has to let the relationship go.

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4) FAB

Artist: JoJo ft Remy Ma
Album: Mad Love
Year: 2016

FAB stands for “Fake Ass Bitches,” and the song was inspired by Jojo comparing her experience in the music industry to being in high school. This song can be considered an anthem for calling out fake people.

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5) Just Friends

Artist: Virginia to Vegas
Album: Hartland St.
Year: 2019
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6) All My Friends Are Fake

Artist: Tate McRae
Album: All the Things I Never Said
Year: 2020

This song has been viewed by more than one million users on YouTube. In this song, she talks about noticing that some of her “friends” only want to be her friend for the wrong reasons.

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III. Country songs about fake friends

With country songs or country-pop songs, the musicians will sometimes talk about people who’ve cheated on them. Or they are confronting someone who might steal their partners.

1) Fake Friends

Artist: Joel Adams
Album: Fake Friends
Year: 2018

Sometimes, life happens, and we outgrow our friends. It’s not something that we mean to happen, but it does. This is what the narrator talks about in this song.

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2) Old Friends

Artist: Jasmine Thompson
Album: Wonderland
Year: 2017
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3) Lyin’ Eyes

Artist: Eagles, The Beagles
Album: One of These Nights
Year: 1975
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4) Jolene

Artist: Dolly Parton
Album: Jolene
Year: 1974

In this song, the narrator confronts her beautiful friend named Jolene and begs her not to steal “her man.”

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5) Big You and Little Me

Artist: Dan Wright
Album: Big You & Little Me
Year: 2020
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This song is about dealing with loud, rude, and fake friends.

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6) Bad Friends

Artist: MadLeo
Album: Bad Friends
Year: 2020
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IV. Rap/hip hop songs about fake friends

These songs will often talk about dealing with friends who only get in contact when they need or want something.

1) Friends

Artist: Andy Mineo
Album: II: The Sword
Year: 2018
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In this song, the narrator talks to a friend who only contacts them when they want or needs something from them. He even asks them why don’t they get in touch more often.

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2) Real Friends

Artist: Kanye ft Ty Dolla $ign
Album: The Life of Pablo
Year: 2016
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In this song, the singer questions his “real” friends, and he wonders who is friends with him just for their own benefit.

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3) Fake Love

Artist: Drake
Album: More Life
Year: 2017
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In this song, Drake talks about people who only want to be friends with him so they can use him and his money.

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4) Fake Friends

Artist: Billy Bueffer
Album: Fake Friends
Year: 2019
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5) Fake friends

Artist: Gucci Mane
Album: Unknown
Year: 2022
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6) Fake Friends

Artist: Bazanji
Album: Fake Friends
Year: 2018
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V. Rock songs about fake friends

In rock songs about fake friends, they will often be telling someone to relax or speak about who they believe a person can be and the hurtful things they won’t do.

1) No Son of Mine

Artist: Foo Fighters
Album: Medicine at Midnight
Year: 2021

In this song, the narrator is daydreaming about what kind of person his son could be. He also talks about the things that he wouldn’t want his son to do, including being a terrible friend.

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2) Don’t Need You

Artist: Bullet for My Valentine
Album: Live From Brixton: Chapter Two
Year: 2017

In this song, the narrator is telling someone, a friend, that they don’t need them anymore in their life, especially during the bad times.

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3) Everybody’s Fool

Artist: Evanescence
Album: Fallen
Year: 2003

Sometimes people aren’t fake for malicious reasons. This song talks about people who pretend to be someone else so others will accept them.

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4) Complicated

Artist: Avril Lavigne
Album: Let Go
Year: 2002

We’ve all been in a situation where we’re with someone who pretends to be someone else when they’re in public. This classic punk rock song talks about this very situation.

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5) A Thousand Bad Times

Artist: Post Malone
Album: Hollywood’s Bleeding
Year: 2019
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6) Lost in Hollywood

Artist: System of a Down
Album: Mezmerize
Year: 2005
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VI. Angry songs about fake friends

Having a fake friend can be a frustrating experience that can lead to a confrontation. Some singers have used these situations as an inspiration for their music.

1) Backstabber

Artist: Kesha
Album: Animal
Year: 1982
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In this song, Kesha talks about a personal experience she had with someone who thought she was a friend who secretly tried to sabotage her.

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2) Backstabber

Artist: Eminem
Album: Infinite
Year: 1996

This song carries on from the rapper’s song, “F–ckin backstabber,” and deals with someone who betrayed him.

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3) California

Artist: Grimes
Album: Art Angels
Year: 2015
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In this song, the narrator talks about someone who broke their heart and who they never thought would treat them badly.

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4) Real Friends

Artist: Camila Cabello
Album: Camila
Year: 2018

With this song, Camila Cabello wears her heart on her sleeve about being disappointed by friends who are unreliable and flaky.

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5) Fake Friends

Artist: Martinez Twins ft Chad Tepper &Julian Martel
Album: Unknown
Year: 2017
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6) Fake Friends

Artist: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Album: Album
Year: 1983
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In this song, the narrator talks about how there will be fake friends that use you and then abandon you when they no longer need you.

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VII. Songs mentioning fake friends in the lyrics

In some songs that have “fake friends” in the lyrics, they will talk about their personal experiences and sometimes even confront their fake friends in the song.

1) Fake friends

Artist: Lockette ft Pat Riley
Album: Crown Control
Year: 2021
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2) Friendz

Artist: Cameron London
Album: BlackEco
Year: 2018

In this song, the narrator always talks about how he is always willing to help his friends. However, whenever he needs help from them, they “ghost” him.

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3) Fake Friends

Artist: JJ Music
Album: Unknown
Year: 2021
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Here the narrator talks about how they had fake friends before, and they’ve decided to cut them out of life, especially since he started making money.

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4) No Fake Friends

Artist: Nicky Hudson Jr.
Album: Paradise Awaits
Year: 2019
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