14. Loretta Lynn, "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man"

We could do an entire list of country cheatin' songs, but we've been forced to cherry-pick the best. Filled with choice put-downs ("Women like you they're a dime a dozen / You can buy 'em anywhere") and steely, vaguely terrifying resolve ("It'll be over my dead body / So get out while you can"), "You Ain't Woman Enough" shows that not every cheatin' song has to be heartbroken and beaten-down.

13. TLC, "Creep"

"Creep" has more conflict to it than its effortless groove suggests. T-Boz knows her man is cheating, but she can't bring herself to leave him, and she doesn't cheat out of revenge, but loneliness. It's a very adult, resigned kind of sadness, and that it won a Grammy and was the second-highest-selling single of 1995 demonstrates that "Creep"'s melancholy resonated with just about everybody who heard it.

12. Destiny's Child, "Say My Name"

One of the best examples of the crazy, wall-of-sound places hip-hop and R&B went in the late '90s/early '00s before everything got all Southern and slowed down. The way the vocal and backing track escalate from a slow boil to full-blown accusation and paranoia is pretty genius. While we can't say we've ever had anyone refer to us as "baby" because they're afraid of confusing us with their lover, we can say that we've danced on a table to this song, which definitely merits its inclusion on this list.

11. Amy Winehouse, "You Know I'm No Good"

Even Amy Winehouse's happiest songs seemed tinged with sadness, so it was no surprise that her heavy songs come across really heavy. In "You Know I'm No Good," she sounds worn out with her own behavior and exhausted by the strain of having to go through the same situations time and time again. The more we found out about her life, the more we learned that she wasn't faking anything.

10. The Beatles, "Run For Your Life"

Even though Lennon disavowed it repeatedly, I happen to love this tune's discordant jingle. The dark lyrics and chord changes over the typically sprightly Beatles rhythms and harmonies is a quirky juxtaposition, even if we found out from some of Lennon's lovers that that line about his temper wasn't an artistic exaggeration.


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