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30 Best Songs About Fake Friends

June 15, 2023
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What hurts the most about fake friends?

Is it backbiting? Excessive jealousy? Or their many faces? 

Admit it.

We all have these types of people in our lives.

And you know how hard it is to deal with them every day.

So, here are the 30 best songs about fake friends to help you instantly recognize these guys’ negative energy.

1. “All My Fake Friends” by Tate McRae

There are a few worse experiences than getting let down by your friends.

Tate McRae experiences it first-hand in this song, expressing her frustration and disappointment at the people she’s called her friends.

The singer’s beautiful voice expresses her pain after realizing she’s let down by the people she thought she could count on.

She thought they had her best intentions at heart.

But it turns out they were only using her for selfish gains.

The painfully relatable lyrics are just what you need to remind yourself of the fake friends and their moves.

2. “Fake Friends” by Martinez Twins

Martinez Twins’ hauntingly beautiful ballad follows the same theme of fake friendship.

The pain is evident in the singer’s voice after realizing that the one person he called a friend only uses him. 

The lyrics express betrayal, loneliness, and regret upon realizing his friends had let him down. 

Interestingly, the song’s lyrics targeted Max Beaumont, an ex-Team 10 member kicked out of the group over a minor dispute. 

3. “Real Friends” by Camila Cabello

If only Camila Cabello could get an honest friendship.

The 2018 pop song with reggae, Latin, and tropical music elements describes Camila’s troubles in Los Angeles after recording her Camila album.

She laments about her hectic work life in the song.

But what stands out is the discontent and loneliness within the American city.

The lyrics are a perfect reminder of backstabbers, always pretending to be with you while using any opportunity to bring you down. 

She only craves real friends and a place to call home. 

4. “Real Friends” by Kanye West

Kanye West’s reflective song finds him taking a hard introspective look to understand his relationship with his friends and family.

We all have trust issues.

And that’s what makes Kanye’s lyrics even more relatable, reminding everyone that even the most accomplished individuals of them all have trust issues. 

This is not an ordinary party song from ‘Ye, with the lyrics taking a melancholic mood as the rapper reflects on his life. 

5. “Backstabber” by Kesha

The thing with backstabbers is that they conceal their intentions so well that you’ll never realize it.

And when you do, the damage is already done. 

Kesha released this song from her debut album, Animal, to express her frustration with this one backstabber.

The lyrics are about a gossip friend who always spreads rumors about her life. 

6. “Backstabber” by Eminem

Lines like “Come here, you fuckin’ backstabber! / (Why I oughta) beat a bitch snake from the hood” from Eminem’s “Backstabber” is exactly what you need to keep backstabbers away from your business.

Reading through the song’s lyrics, the backstabber appears to be a girlfriend snatcher. 

The narration has multiple disses and references, all pointing to fellow Detroit rapper Champtown as the backstabber. 

7. “Fake Friends” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Nothing was going to stop a defiant Joan Jett from making her thoughts known in her 1983 song.

The lyrics are directed to all the fake friends who will be there when life’s great but desert you when you need them the most.

It’s a message to all the backstabbers, sycophants, and pretenders who wear many faces. 

It’s okay to lose fake friends when all they do is backstab, gossip, and spread rumors about you. 

8. “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” by Panic! At the Disco

Brendon Urie’s success in the music industry was a tale of resilience, pain, and determination. 

And he had a simple message to the haters and backstabbers after reaching the pinnacle of his career.

The self-explanatory title says everything about the song. 

The singer is simply sending a message that he finally made it.

It might have taken years of tears and sweat, but he will enjoy every moment of his life now that he’s at the top of his career.

He acknowledges the hardships he’s faced throughout the journey, mentioning the mistrust and betrayal in the music industry. 

9. “Without Me” by Halsey

Without Me” expresses the emptiness, abandonment, and betrayal we feel after a breakup.

It hurts to see all your efforts to save a relationship fade away.

And that makes Halsey sad in her 2020 contemporary R&B song.

It is one of the most popular songs from 2020, with a catchy beat and melody that made many fall in love with it. 

A dejected Halsey admits that she spent years devoted to the man who repaid her by heartbreaking her. 

It’s a classic song about betrayal with lyrics that could also sum up a fake friendship. 

10. “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar

The next song on our list is often mistaken for a heartbreak tune because of the emotional lyrics.

But Taylor explained that the song was about the end of a friendship.

Apparently, Swift had a tense moment with an unnamed female artist during one of her tours.

Thus, the lyrics express a feeling of betrayal.

The remixed version was made even better by Kendrick Lamar’s lines, effectively making it one of the best songs about fake friends. 

Many assume Katy Perry was the mentioned fake friend in Taylor Swift’s song, even though Swift has never revealed the faker’s true identity. 

11. “Case of The Fake People” by TLC

TLC’s song from their CrazySexyCool (2004) album is a simple reminder about who to let in your circles.

They say friends can make or break you.

And if you continue letting the wrong people inside your circle, the damage will be bigger than you could ever imagine. 

We can’t think of a more relatable song about fake friends than this masterpiece. 

12. “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by The Undisputed Truth

Smiling faces lie the most. 

Smiling faces can be deceiving.

Smiling faces hide the most hatred.

And smiling faces will tell you what you want to hear and stab you in the back.

This song is The Undisputed Truth confronting the liars who always fake a smile to conceal their identities. 

It is a cautionary song about fake friends from the early 70s, released just at the right time when mistrust and paranoia were rife in the US.

It climbed to #3 on the Billboard charts. 

13. “Fake Friends” by Gucci Mane

Everybody is tired of the fakers, fakes, haters, and flakes, including a certain Atlanta-born trap music pioneer.

In “Fake Friends,” Gucci Mane takes a trip down memory lane, looking back to his musical journey.

He acknowledges the loyal and supportive fans throughout the tough journey.

Of course, he also has a message for the disloyal fans who made his path to the top a little challenging.

14. “Fake Bitches” by Ashley Kutcher

Ashley Kutcher’s “Fake Bitches” is the best message you need for fake friends. 

She’s fed up with this group of people and tears into them in her stunning yet scathing hit single. 

She’s going after the haters, flakes, and fakes and won’t rest until she sends the message.

A moody guitar introduces the chorus.

Ashley’s soaring vocals are unmistakable.

And by the time the narration is over, you will be convinced to drop all the fake friends in your life before they bring you down. 

15. “Fake Friends” by Sigrid

Fake friends hurt.

But have you tried dating them?

It’s draining and kills you slowly.

It’s not always easy to identify a fake partner, especially when they act cool in your presence.

Perhaps Sigrid’s song will help you recognize them before it’s too late.

16. “FAB” by JoJo ft. Remy Ma

Jojo and Remy Ma’s song simply means “Fake-ass Bitches.”

And the provocative title was directed at all the fake people who come into and out of our lives. 

The lyrics were inspired by such friends and the singer’s newly found passion for the gym. 

17. “Fake Love” by Drake

Drake has no place for you if you’re only going to use him for selfish gains. 

And he makes it clear in his 2017 spoken word about fake friends. 

Everybody remembers the “Straight up to my face, straight up to my face” line from the song. 

In “Fake Love,” the Canadian rapper is tired of the haters and can’t take it anymore.

He’s going after all these people who only love him because of his status and are only there to use him. 

“Fake Love” is another reminder that you don’t have to include everyone in your inner circle when climbing to the top (Or at any point in your life). 

The song was released for Drake’s 2017 album, More Life, and was nominated for the Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Song and BET Viewer’s Choice awards. 

18. “Don’t Need You” by Bullet For My Valentine

“So now this ship is sinking/I don’t know what to do/It’s got me thinking that I don’t need/Don’t need you.”

These aren’t the nicest words you want to hear from your better half.

When you get into a relationship, you want to assure your lover that you will be there for each other, no matter the circumstances.

That’s where the “ride or die” expression comes on. 

But for the fakers and pretenders, everybody is dispensable.

They are never committed to relationships, anyway. 

This song is built around the same theme, with the singer, Matt Truck, admitting she no longer needs his lover.

19. “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne

Ever dated a pretender who only acts cool when you are together?

Avril Lavigne finds herself in a complicated relationship with her better half, always acting cool whenever they are together.

But everything changes in his friend’s company, always acting like the biggest fool. 

The singer has previously clarified that the song wasn’t written for anybody.

“It’s basically about life, people being fake, and relationships,” she explains. 

20. “F.F.F.” by Bebe Rexha ft. G-Eazy

“F.F.F.” means “f–k fake friends,” and the message is just about that.

Eliminate the fake friends before they bring you down.

Bebe Rexha can’t believe the amount of fakeness she’s witnessing in Los Angeles.

She struggles to find genuine friendship in the city and vents her frustration in the 3-minute song.

Bebe Rexha famously relocated to Los Angeles from New York in 2015, only to find herself in the middle of a fake territory after her lover left her.

21. “Back Stabbers” by The O’Jays

The O’Jays’ song about fake friends reached #1 on the Billboard R&B Singles and Cash Box Top 100 charts.

The narrator realizes that his so-called buddies are trying to snatch his girlfriend.

The cautionary song warns the listeners to be wary of their circle of friends.

22. “Fake Friends” by Joel Adams

It’s normal to outgrow some friendships as we enter different phases of our lives. 

So, Joel Adams’ country song isn’t necessarily about fake friends but the type of friendship we outgrow for whatever reason. 

23. “Old Friends” by Jasmine Thompson 

Jasmine Thompson’s song recalls the memories of old friends.

The lyrics appreciate such friends, who, even though they may no longer be present in your life, gave you beautiful memories to cherish forever.

It’s not easy to find such gemstones in the modern world, filled with all the fakers and pretenders. 

24. “Lying Eyes” by Eagles

The consequences of dishonesty in a relationship are huge. 

And the country-flavored 1975 song by the celebrated American rock band describes the moment a cheating wife is caught by her lover. 

The message is to stay away from the lying eyes as much as you can.

That includes fake friends who only pretend to love you when everything goes well.

The song helped Eagles win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus. 

25. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton

The lyrics to Dolly Parton’s famous song describe a beautiful, flirtatious female friend who plots to snatch the narrator’s man. 

That’s exactly what a fake friend would do, given a chance. 

26. “Big You & Little Me” by Dan Wright

We all have them.

The fake friends, rude friends, and loud friends.

We all know how annoying they can be. 

Dan Wright’s song has lyrics to show how to put such people in their place. 

27. “Bad Friends” by MadLeo

Sometimes, we are our own biggest enemies.

MadLeo wrote this self-introspective song to express herself as a bad friend constantly battling negative thoughts.

It is one of those reflective songs for when you need deep self-reflection.

28. “No Son of Mine” by Foo Fighters

In the Foo Fighters’ “No Son of Mine,” the narrator describes what he would love his son to be.

Of all the bad traits the son could ever have, the father hopes he never becomes a terrible friend because that won’t reflect the old man’s values and teachings. 

29. “Lost In Hollywood” by System of a Down

System of a Down’s song illustrates the negative side of Hollywood and how it crushes dreams, destroys morals, and even kills careers.

The fakes are just too many in Hollywood.

And failing to handle them can easily destroy your dreams, leaving you broken, lonely, and dejected.

30. “On The Road” by Post Malone ft. Lil Baby and Meek Mill

The American rapper and pop singer Post Malone calls out those fake friends who pretend to have supported him throughout his musical journey.

The rapper thinks these friends only need credit after his incredible success.

He boasts of achieving every bit of success through sheer dedication and sacrifice.

And this bunch of people never showed up when he was struggling. 

Best Songs About Fake Friends – Final Thoughts

So, that’s it.

The social media era has exposed us to all the fakers and haters who disguise themselves as best friends but never show up when needed.

And it helps to recognize the pretentious behavior long before damage is done. 

We know how hard it is dealing with these fake guys.  

We hope our list of the 30 best songs about fake friends will help you recognize these deceitful traits before it’s late. 

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Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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