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Songs by and about unrepentant womanizers, maninizers, promiscuous people, sluts, serial monogamists, heartbreakers, and romantic deadbeats?

Preferably unapologetic.

Examples (possibly NSFW):

Dominos
Girls, Girls, Girls
Promiscuous
How Many Licks?

Any genre is okay, I specifically am missing good country examples but I do like country music, as well as older songs (like the beach boys, big band, anything like that).
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 to Media & Arts (65 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
 
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"- Warren Zevon
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead at 11:37 AM on April 17, 2010


Rudy Vallee sings I'm Just a Vagabond Lover
posted by bonobothegreat at 11:40 AM on April 17, 2010


Todd Rundgren, "Slut" (later covered by Big Star after they reformed)
posted by scody at 11:45 AM on April 17, 2010


I always get a kick out of Chewing Gum by Annie.

Hey Annie, well, look at you!
Is that a new boy stuck on your shoe?
Come on Annie, how is it so?
You've always got a new bubble to blow

I'm gonna tell you how it's gonna get done
I'm just a girl that's only chewing for fun
You spit it out when all the flavour has gone
Wrap him round your finger like you're playing with gum

posted by kimdog at 11:47 AM on April 17, 2010


I'm Just a Gigalo, by David Lee Roth
posted by Houstonian at 11:48 AM on April 17, 2010


Like half of all Devin the Dude songs would work. Like this gem featuring Snoop Dogg.
posted by domnit at 11:51 AM on April 17, 2010


Johnny Cash sings a great version of "Delia's Gone". Maybe doesn't fit your theme exactly, but he shoots poor Delia for running around and being "low down and trifling", and apparently being quite unapologetic about it.
posted by adiabat at 11:52 AM on April 17, 2010


The Beatles had a macho vein of songs -- always sung/composed by John Lennon -- with a distinctly womanizing/controlling tone:

"I'll Cry Instead" ("You'd better hide all the girls, 'cause I'm gonna break their hearts all around the world, yes I'm gonna break 'em in two, I'll show you what your lovin' man can do")

"You Can't Do That"

"You're Gonna Lose That Girl" ("I'll make a point of taking her away from you")

"Getting Better" (just John's verse in the song mainly written by Paul: "I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved")

"Run for Your Life" (!!!)
posted by Jaltcoh at 11:54 AM on April 17, 2010


Rickie Nelson's Travelin' Man has an ethnically-specific hottie in every port.

You didn't say they had to be *good* songs.
posted by craichead at 11:57 AM on April 17, 2010


All My Exes Live in Texas - George Strait

Take it Easy - The Eagles

To All the Girls I've Loved Before - Willie Nelson

I Loved Em Every One - T G Sheppard

Mambo Number Five - Lou Bega
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 11:57 AM on April 17, 2010


I Only Wanted Sex Jann Arden
My Sweet Annette Drive-By Truckers
Minnie the Moocher Cab Calloway
posted by kimdog at 11:58 AM on April 17, 2010


Oh, I know: "He Hit Me and It Felt Like a Kiss," by the Crystals. Is that womanizing enough for you? (Wikipedia has some interesting background.)
posted by Jaltcoh at 11:58 AM on April 17, 2010


Pretty much half the songs on Steve Earle's I Feel Alright album, especially:

Hard-Core Troubadour
"Girl, figure out what you're gonna do
When he moves on again and he leaves you alone and blue
But you knew he is just passin' through now didn't you "

Hurtin' Me, Hurtin' You
"I never meant to be cruel or untrue
I'm just hurtin' me when I'm hurtin' you"

Now She's Gone
"She always kept on movin' and she never wasted time
And they said she left quite a string of broken hearts behind
Woke up alone and now she's gone"

You're Still Standin' There
"Lately I see all the signs, I feel it in the wind
The same thing happens every time that you come back again
I admit that there are nights when I sit up and cry
But sometimes I turn out the lights and pray you'll pass me by"
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:59 AM on April 17, 2010


My own favorite: "Dandy" by the Kinks.
posted by neroli at 12:01 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I also love "That's What You Get For Loving Me"- lots of covers, but originally by Gordon Lightfoot:

"I've had a hundred more like you, so don't be blue-
I'll have a thousand 'fore I'm through"
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:01 PM on April 17, 2010


Bad Reputation - Joan Jett

Naughty Girls Need Love Too - Samantha Fox
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 12:02 PM on April 17, 2010


She's Wanted - Larry Clinton
posted by carbide at 12:06 PM on April 17, 2010


Oh gosh, and:
Lucinda Williams- Those Three Days, One Night Stand
Neko Case- Runnin' Out of Fools

And of course, Maneater, both the Hall and Oates and Nelly Furtado ones.
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:11 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]




You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 12:17 PM on April 17, 2010


Eighty-eight lines about forty-four women - The Nails.
posted by stinker at 12:17 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ani DiFranco has a few:

Shameless
Light of Some Kind
She Says
posted by Eumachia L F at 12:27 PM on April 17, 2010


Runaround Sue and The Wanderer by Dion.

It also pains me to link to this song but Area Codes by Ludacris also immediately sprang to mind.
posted by inmediasres at 12:38 PM on April 17, 2010




The Mating Game by the Monochrome Set
Can't Make Love by Wall of Voodoo
Ladytron by Roxy Music
posted by Dreamcast at 12:50 PM on April 17, 2010


"Minglewood Blues"- I know the Grateful Dead version but I think it's a cover.
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead at 1:02 PM on April 17, 2010


So many stones songs could work, but Beast of Burden has got to be the best song possible for this question.

Slightly more obscure, a song by Bang Camaro, 'I Know You Like My Band' or for the female version of this, 'Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me' or 'It's Not Love (But it's Still a Feeling)' by The Pipettes. Both of those bands sort of use this lothario player song as a schtick.

On the opposite end, Tammy Wynette's entire career is based on songs about being done wrong by an unfaithful man. But she is also the master of the 'you're a cheating liar but it's cool' song. Stand By Your Man is the ultimate, but there is also Bedtime Story and I Wound Easy (But I Heal Fast).

For a few songs in this vein, but slightly different, (you are a player but I just want you to send a sliver of that my way), there is 'Floy Joy' by The Supremes, and Some of Your Lovin' by Dusty Springfield.

Oh! And Cuddly Toy, by Harry Nilsson.
posted by pazazygeek at 1:03 PM on April 17, 2010


Ladykillers; Lush
Girls and Boys; Blur
Shades: Devil Makes Three
Fuck and Run: Liz Phair
Lover I Don't Have to Love: Bright Eyes
posted by fshgrl at 1:04 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pasties and a G-String by Tom Waits.
posted by usonian at 1:08 PM on April 17, 2010


"You're all bad (and that's why you've been invited)" by Eleni Mandell (from her country album)
posted by dizziest at 1:08 PM on April 17, 2010


Connie Vannett - The Pussycat Song
Candypants - Dishy
Blossom Dearie - Give Him The Ooh-La-La (Cole Porter song)
Shirley & Lee - The Flirt
Klymaxx - Meeting in the Ladies Room
Lo Rider - Skinny (just because I think you'll like the video, uh, NSFW)

On the more unrepentently slutty side: Teaches of Peaches may be up your alley, and if you actually like the genre, check out Lesbians on Ecstasy and maybe even some Bikini Kill songs (I Like Fucking, for example). Also you can't go wrong with horny hip hop from the 80s and 90s like 2 Live Crew, early LL Cool J, Salt-n-Pepa and Li'l Kim.
posted by Juicy Avenger at 1:10 PM on April 17, 2010


As far as country goes, pretty much every Lyle Lovett song deals with this situation from one perspective or another. Some of my personal favorites:

"God Will" (warning: weird cover version)

L.A. County

posted by drjimmy11 at 1:28 PM on April 17, 2010


Lou Christie, lighting strikes.
posted by HuronBob at 1:35 PM on April 17, 2010


Old 97's W-I-F-E, and Doreen, and Salome, and The Other Shoe, and maybe Curtain Calls, and Streets of Where I'm From, and What I Wouldn't Do, and approximately 80% of the rest of their songs.
posted by gingerbeer at 1:50 PM on April 17, 2010


I 2nd Peaches. Here's her song Fuck the Pain Away.
posted by Eumachia L F at 1:57 PM on April 17, 2010


"I Cain't Say No" from Oklahoma! kind of fits. Ado Annie does mention expectations as to what she 'should' do, but it's not her.
posted by cmgonzalez at 1:59 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


You might also like the fantastically bitter "10 Women" by Conor Oberst:

Ten women, the thrill and the shame
Ten women, I miss you the same
While you're kissing the ring
Of some good timing king
Ten women, a fool I have made

Two faces (two faces)
Two faces, two faces you have
Two faces (two faces)
Two faces, keep one in your bag

Two faces from which you can choose
Two faces and neither are you
Though I'm biding my time
Like a cellar of wine
With two faces, you'll never be true

posted by drjimmy11 at 2:15 PM on April 17, 2010


Kid Rock Low Life
and "Rock N Roll" also by Kid Rock (Not "Rock N Roll Jesus")
posted by mrmarley at 2:26 PM on April 17, 2010


The Asshole Song, by Jude
posted by buzzkillington at 2:32 PM on April 17, 2010


Muddy Waters - My Eyes Keep Me in Trouble
posted by hoppytoad at 2:33 PM on April 17, 2010


How could I forget about Ashkon, who gets around Like a Hula Hoop?
posted by domnit at 2:54 PM on April 17, 2010


The Afghan Whigs' album Gentlemen would fit perfectly. SLYT for title track.

"Ladies, let me tell you about myself
I've got a dick for a brain
And my brain
Is gonna sell my ass to you."
posted by vickyverky at 3:09 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pat Benatar, "Heartbreaker."

Berlin, "Sex (I'm a....)"

Eagles, "Lyin' Eyes." "She's heading for the cheating side of town."

I'm Just a Gigalo, by David Lee Roth Louis Prima.
posted by kirkaracha at 3:41 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I Trained Her to Love Me by Nick Lowe

Do you see the way she lights up when I walk in the room
-that's good-
and the skip in her step when we're both out walking in the neighborhood

this one's almost done now to watch her fall apart
I trained her to love me so I can go ahead and break her heart

If you think that it's depraved and I should be ashamed
-so what-
I'm only paying back womankind for all the grief I've got

I've got the latest believing, for ever I'll be true
I trained her to love me, now excuse me, I got work to do

I trained her to love me
and I'm gonna start working on another after this
and when I get that one in a state of bliss
betray her with a kiss

Well one time, one caught up rough
told me I only do this cause I can
mmmmmmm
and I'm bound to wind up
one lonely twisted old man
but look out here comes a prime contender
for my agenda
if ever there was one
and I'm gonna train her to love me
until it's time to do what must be done

I trained her to love me
and I'm gonna start working on another after this
and when I get that one in a state of bliss
betray her with a kiss
posted by Majorita at 3:42 PM on April 17, 2010


If your Kisses Can't Hold the Man You Love - Rasputina
posted by kittyloop at 3:50 PM on April 17, 2010


So you're okay with 'older'..


Madamina (Madam, I have a little list..)
-- with Infographics! Don Giovanni goes to hell in the end, but he doesn't repent.

Chiedi all'aura (ask the fickle breeze) Monogamy vs promiscuity debated with dueling metaphors.
posted by Erasmouse at 3:57 PM on April 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Kelis - Milkshake
Kiely Williams (ex-Cheetah Girl) - Spectacular (this is definitely NSFW)
posted by fuse theorem at 4:49 PM on April 17, 2010


How about My Prerogative by Bobby Brown?
posted by salvia at 5:12 PM on April 17, 2010


Fantasy by Ludacris. My high school's cheerleading team once did a routine to this and I was horrified.
posted by alygator at 5:16 PM on April 17, 2010


If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night) - Me'Chell Ndegeocello
Boom I Got Your Boyfriend - MC Luscious
Charm Attack - Leona Naess
posted by SisterHavana at 6:52 PM on April 17, 2010




And a Bang on the Ear by The Waterboys
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:01 PM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Early Jimmy Buffett, "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw?" (sort of a country feel, lots of slide guitar)

Also, a good chunk of AC/DC's catalog.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 11:12 PM on April 17, 2010


"Legal Matter" by The Who is just wonderful. Hilarious. Includes the following verse:

You ain't the first and you ain't the last
I gain and lose my women fast
I never want to make them cry
I just get bored, don't ask me why


Also, any version of "You can have my husband but please don't take my man"
posted by paultopia at 12:05 AM on April 18, 2010


TLC - Creep
Tupac - I Get Around
posted by citron at 1:46 AM on April 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Beastie Boys - Girls for Jay Z's "inspiration" on that hook
posted by Juicy Avenger at 9:45 AM on April 18, 2010


Silver Dagger - traditional ballad. Sung by Joan Baez on her Ballad Book album many years ago. GREAT album, sadly out of print.

My daddy is a handsome devil
He's got a chain five miles long
And on every link a heart does dangle
Of another maid he's loved and wronged.

posted by marsha56 at 10:56 AM on April 18, 2010


Rufus Wainwright- Instant Pleasure

I don't want someone to love me
Just give me sex whenever I want it

posted by rmless at 2:02 PM on April 18, 2010


Now I will really embarrass myself:
Ace of Base- All That She Wants

So if you are in sight and the day is right
She's the hunter you're the fox
The gentle voice that talks to you won't talk forever
It is a night for passion
But the morning means goodbye


And now I will partially redeem myself:
Violent Femmes- 36-24-36

I don't know how to tell you this but
I'm getting bored and I need some kicks
like 36-24-36...
36-24-36
I want lots of pretty chicks

posted by rmless at 2:24 PM on April 18, 2010


Wherever I lay my hat that's my home by Paul Young

It wasn't me by Shaggy
posted by sammyabdu at 6:03 PM on April 18, 2010


Tom Waits: Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis, Invitation to the Blues

Poe: Not a Virgin

Amy Winehouse: Amy, Amy, Amy. Also seconding You Know I'm No Good.

Gangsta Boo: Your Girl's Man

Bill Withers: Use Me
posted by spinto at 6:45 AM on April 19, 2010


Self link, but I posted this today: Carry On
posted by InfidelZombie at 9:22 AM on April 19, 2010


Willie Nelson: "Last Night I got in at Two with a Ten (but I woke up at Ten with a Two.)"
posted by Pickman's Next Top Model at 11:22 AM on April 19, 2010


Yeah, anything from MeFi Music or any of your own music, anyone?

Thanks for the stuff, I am liking.

Surprising how much of this is from the 90s. Maybe just a slutty decade?
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 11:30 AM on April 19, 2010


I don't have the patience to read all the posts, but I bet no one posted Nicola di Bari's - Trotamundos. It is in Spanish (you can find his music in Italian, too), it is about roaming the world for "the greenest pastures," and it is a fun song. If this style is of interest to you, check out some of his other songs.

Corazon Gitano

Vagabundo
posted by ReWayne at 5:17 PM on April 20, 2010


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