songs The Best Songs About Mistakes  

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Everybody makes mistakes, and thankfully those mistakes are often turned into great music, as proved by the tunes on this list of songs about mistakes. If screwing up is inevitable, then these mistake songs are a welcome byproduct of that inevitability. Lessons learned, lost love, moving on from regret, and just plain unchangeable bullheadedness are all covered in these songs that reference making mistakes in the lyrics or title. Consider this list a beautiful testament to human folly.

“Oops!... I Did It Again” was a hit single by Britney Spears. Sung from the viewpoint of a predatory female who toys with men’s hearts, the fact that she’s making “mistakes” seems to come purely from her own admission.

“My Favorite Mistake” was a Sheryl Crow single, rumored to be about her tumultuous relationships with either Eric Clapton or Jakob Dylan.

“God’s Mistake” was a single by Tears for Fears, a cynical take on love.

Which songs do you never regret listening to? Vote for your favorites! If there’s a song about mistakes you love that’s not on the list, please fix the screw up and add it.

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Tom Islava added How to Save a Life The Fray

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Warning Sign Coldplay

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r-gold added Won't Get Fooled Again The Who

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It's a Mistake Men at Work

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My Favorite Mistake Sheryl Crow

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Oops!... I Did It Again Britney Spears

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Mistake Moby

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Goodby Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Songs About Mistakes
Tom Islava added Goodby Yellow Brick Road Elton John

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Mistake Demi Lovato

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My Mistake (Was to Love You) Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross

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Biggest Mistake The Rolling Stones

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Little Mistake Mr. Big

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Your Biggest Mistake Ellie Goulding

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A Mistake Fiona Apple

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Make No Mistake Keith Richards

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r-gold added You Can't Win Iron Butterfly

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Last Mistake Glenn Hughes

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Tom Islava added When a Man Loves a Woman Percy Sledge

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punksnotdead added An Honest Mistake The Bravery

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Pink Triangle Weezer

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Your Biggest Mistake New Found Glory

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SophiaDale added My Mistake, Split Enz

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Wonderland added The Mess I Made Parachute

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Love Mistake Heart

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God's Mistake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Songs About Mistakes
God's Mistake Tears for Fears

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Big Mistake Natalie Imbruglia

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Big Mistake Monica

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I Will Not Be a Mistake Cliff Richard

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My Mistake Joe Bonamassa

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Make a Mistake Brad Paisley

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No Mistake About It Gordon Lightfoot

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My Big Mistake Delta Goodrem

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Latest Mistake Mandy Moore

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I Used to Say I Love You Robyn Hitchcock

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Mistake No. 3 Culture Club

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Mistaken for Strangers The National

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punksnotdead added The Same Mistakes The Cooper Temple Clause