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30 Best Songs About Narcissists of All Time

December 21, 2023
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I’ve selected the best songs about narcissists of all time, tracks that delve into the complexities and emotional toll of dealing with self-centered individuals.

This article offers a collection of songs that not only resonate with those who have encountered narcissism but also provide a cathartic musical experience.

Top songs about narcissists of all time

  • “Back Stabbers” by The O’Jays
  • “Liar” by Rollins Band
  • “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon
  • “Because Of You” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “No More Drama” by Mary J. Blige
  • “Narcissist” by Baby Queen
  • “I Love Kanye” by Kanye West
  • “My Way” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Fame” by David Bowie
  • “Mean” by Taylor Swift

1. “Back Stabbers” by The O’Jays

Dealing with two-faced individuals hurts.

And the narrator pours out his frustration in this song. 

It is about the individuals who pretend to care but will attempt to bring you down at the slightest opportunity. 

It is a common theme among narcissists and kickstarts our list.

2. “Liar” by Rollins Band

Henry Rollins reveals a narcissistic trait in this song. 

They will always take advantage of you before hitting where it hurts the most. 

The song is written from the perspective of a self-centered guy who takes advantage of vulnerable women when they least expect it. 

Someone said narcissists are manipulative. 

But it turns out they are just as deceitful.  

You better watch your steps while in their presence. 

3. “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon

“You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.”

You can tell that Carly Simon is sick of narcissists from that line alone. 

This narcissist song is about the self-absorbed men Carly Simon wanted to address. 

Just how vain can someone be to think every conversation is about them? 

4. “Because Of You” by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson laments about her divorced parents in her 3-minute pop song.  

She’s wounded by their actions and sheds a tear every night. 

Everything happened when she was only 6 years old, and you can feel her pain in the lyrics.

As a result of the incident, Clarkson now grows up a different person. 

She’s broken and lonely, with deep mistrust. 

How selfish could her parents be?

5. “No More Drama” by Mary J. Blige

The climax of a narcissist’s behavior is endless drama. 

And when Mary J. Blige gets fed up with the chaotic actions, she decides to move on. 

Sometimes, the best way to handle a narcissist is to move on and leave them with their egotistical life.

And the 2001 narcissist song is about that. 

6. “Narcissist” by Baby Queen

Yes, I am a narcissist, but what will you do about it?

Not our words. 

Those are Baby Queen’s sentiments in her 2021 pop song. 

The South African singer’s narcissism stems from her personal experiences.

And in some way, you can’t blame her for her self-obsession. 

7. “I Love Kanye” by Kanye West

When Kanye’s critics accused him of narcissism and self-centeredness, he wrote a song about it. 

And he pretty much confirms everyone’s assumptions in the 1-minute spoken word. 

“I miss the old Kanye/, straight from the Go’ Kanye/Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye.”

Those are the first lines from Ye’s iconic song.

The lyrics make more sense when you consider the American rapper’s troubled life in recent years. 

8. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra 

It is Frank Sinatra’s way or none at all. 

“My Way” is a song about individualism, written from the perspective of I, me, and myself. 

The singer asserts that he’s lived his best life with a few regrets to account for. 

And now that the end is near, he can only look back with pride. 

9. “Fame” by David Bowie

David Bowie shares his thoughts on fame in his 1975 pop song. 

It talks about the kind of attention many celebrities need. 

Unfortunately, that’s the same place narcissism thrives.

The narrator in this song enjoys fancy rides and constant attention because of his celebrity status. 

And it isn’t too long before he sees himself as too cool for anyone.

Like many narcissists, his fame and self-obsession only lead him “where things are hollow.”

10. “Mean” by Taylor Swift

Being mean to a singer like Taylor Swift would never end well for the addressee.  

And when she realizes that the man she loves is self-absorbed, she can only think about moving on. 

The bully in Swift’s song uses his words to humiliate her by always pointing out her flaws.

It is just what every narcissist does. 

The singer, however, is unwilling to back down.

She will fight back until she wins someday. 

11. “Piece Of Me” by Britney Spears

Britney Spears sends a defiant message to her haters in her award-winning dance-pop song.

Spears is simply telling everyone that she doesn’t care about their opinions. 

The song was released when the singer was going through a lot in her life. 

She was sick of the media attention and the endless scrutiny of her private life. 

“I’m Miss American Dream since I was seventeen/don’t matter if I step on the scene/Or sneak away to Philippines/They still gon’ put pictures of my derriere in the magazine.” 

12. “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred

Right Said Fred is too sexy for everything in this world. 

His car, his lover, his clothing. 

Oh! He’s even too sexy for the song. 

And too sexy for New York, Milan, and Japan.

We bet he won’t even attend his child’s birthday party. 

Because he’s too sexy for that. 

Narcissists overate their abilities, and it’s hard to tell them anything else. 

13. “Bed Of Lies” by Nicki Minaj

It’s hard to talk to a narcissist before they make the conversation about themselves.

And, oh, they use lies and deception as their best tactics.

The outcome?

Pain, betrayal, and suffering for those around them. 

The one in Nicki Minaj’s song subjects her to pain, betrayal, and mental torture. 

One of the worst things that can happen to you is to get entangled in a narcissist’s lies. 

And the addressee is taking advantage of the Trinidad-born rapper’s fame to thrive. 

His self-centeredness sums up his actions, never caring about anybody else but himself. 

14. “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

We could have a long list of Taylor Swift’s songs about being selfish. 

But we will only have two for now. 

Swift’s song is about a sadistic woman. 

Or, let’s use the correct term, a narcissist. 

The narrator has become this narcissistic monster manipulating every man she meets. 

She needs men for the thrill, pleasure, and money. 

Isn’t that what defines a narcissistic girlfriend?

15. “I Don’t Care Anymore” by Phil Collins

What happens when a narcissist’s traits are finally revealed?

You would expect them to own up for their mistakes and apologize.

But that never happens. 

Instead, they choose a completely different path. 

That of indifference and apathy. 

You can say whatever you want.

Probably “tell everyone I’m a down disgrace.”

But Phil doesn’t care at all. 

16. “Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty

The thing with narcissists is that the people around them always suffer the most. 

If you are lucky to escape their betrayal, you will fall into their trap of lies and deception. 

Tom Petty brings it out such sentiments in this song. 

It’s probably the best way to avoid a narcissist’s endless lies, manipulation, and toxicity. 

17. “Rap God” by Eminem

There’s no bigger proof of narcissism than comparing yourself to God. 

But Eminem does exactly that in his controversial 2013 hip-hop song. 

It’s a message that the singer is still the best in the game. 

Perhaps the American rapper and record producer has done enough to earn a “god” status in the rap industry. 

But the lyrics only portray him as a narcissist who’s self-absorbed in his abilities. 

18. “Under My Thumb” by The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger has just found himself a little sweet pet in his girlfriend. 

And he isn’t stopping anytime soon. 

He controls her, manipulates her, and uses her every time. 

She’s literally under his thumb, and there’s nothing she can do about it. 

It’s a song about dominance. 

19. “I Want You To Want Me” by Cheap Trick

Don’t be fooled by the catchy tune.

Cheap Trick’s hit is another classic song about narcissism. 

Narcissists must always have their way. 

And it hurts them when their advances are turned down.

This song captures such sentiments, with the singer only going to need the girl if she needs him. 

It might look like a typical love song. 

But listen keenly, and you will see a narcissistic theme in the lyrics. 

20. “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore

“You don’t own me.”

Does that look familiar? 

You will want to play some songs to a narcissist when you get tired of their dominating behavior. 

And Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” is one of those. 

It was widely recognized as one of the best women empowerment anthems at the time of release. 

And it contains lyrics many narcissists or those close to them will be familiar with.

21. “Linger” by The Cranberries 

The most painful part of a relationship is being in love with someone who doesn’t care.

Or rather, one who doesn’t love you. 

The sentiments echoed in The Cranberries’ song are almost similar to the Rollins Band’s “Liars.” 

The case of being in a relationship isn’t just about being there.

It’s about caring for one another, loving one another, and showing compassion to your partner. 

Unfortunately, narcissists don’t seem to care. 

Those are the sentiments in the Irish band’s song.

22. “Toxic” by Britney Spears

Britney Spears is so addicted to a narcissist she can’t even explain it. 

She knows he’s toxic but can’t help falling in love with him. 

Many a time, we find ourselves addicted to people who only take advantage of us.

And the lyrics in this song are relatable in many aspects.

23. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West 

Of course, you can’t tell Kanye how to spend his money because he’s worked hard for it. 

Unfortunately, the title of the song and the lyrics only portray him as an arrogant, self-obsessed rapper. 

He raps about all the expensive things he owns, like the latest jewelry, designer clothes, and champagne. 

It’s typical narcissistic behavior. 

24. “Holier Than Thou” by Metallica

Being holier than thou means acting like the perfect one. 

You think too highly of yourself and pretend to be better than everybody else. 

It’s about being egotistical and big-headed, traits commonly associated with narcissists. 

25. “Gaslighter” by The Chicks

Gaslighting is all narcissists do in a relationship.

And that includes lying, cheating, and everything you would expect from a self-obsessed guy.

Many people assume the song is about Natalie’s ex-boyfriend, Adrian. 

And while the song could well fit the theme of a broken relationship, it’s hard to ignore the narcissistic behavior in the lyrics. 

This will be the best song if you want to call out the gaslighters in your life.  

26. “Applause” by Lady Gaga

Attention is all a narcissist craves.

And they will do anything to get it, even if it means hurting their loved ones. 

This song finds Lady Gaga asking for attention from her fans to know they love her music. 

She needs it in plenty, together with applause. 

27. “Girl” by The Beatles

In 1965, the English rock band released a song about a self-obsessed girl who thinks she’s better than everyone. 

She’s the type of partner who would put you down in front of your friends. 

And you still can’t leave her because you love her.  

You will love the lyrics if you’ve dealt with a selfish partner before.

28. “Me Myself and I” by De La Soul

Many will argue that De La Soul’s song is about individuality or a self-love anthem. 

But we can only think of one meaning when someone is so proud of themselves. 

And we can’t remember a more narcissistic song title than “Me, Myself and I.”

29. “Narcissus” by Alanis Morisette

“Dear momma’s boy.”

Begins Alanis’ song about self-centered guys.

The singer elaborates that such people never take responsibility, never apologize, and never listen to a woman. 

If you’ve known a narcissist, every single word in the song will create a picture in your mind. 

30. “Super Bad, Pts. 1, 2 & 3” by James Brown

There’s a thin line between self-confidence and narcissism. 

And James Brown’s 1970 funk song completes our list of the best songs about narcissism. 

The man in the song is obsessed with his image. 

He wants everybody to watch him because he has something special in him. 

He’s so self-absorbed that he sometimes wants to kiss himself. 

Is there a more selfish thought than that?

Best Songs About Narcissists – Final Thoughts 

A common trait among all narcissists is an overrated sense of self-importance and the endless craving for attention. 

Narcissists must always be right, can’t be questioned, and will never apologize. 

And before you know it, they will be blaming you for their mistakes. 

It’s hard for a narcissist to make healthy connections or overcome this overrated feeling of self-centeredness. 

And that will always wreck their relationships, no matter how hard they try.

Our 30 songs about selfishness outline many people’s complex relationships with self-centered guys. 

And we hope you will create the perfect playlist to help you navigate the tricky affair.

Similar Playlists: 

Songs About Toxic Relationships

Songs About Lies

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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