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

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Warning Sign Coldplay

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Oops!... I Did It Again Britney Spears

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It's a Mistake Men at Work

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My Favorite Mistake Sheryl Crow

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

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Tom Islava added When a Man Loves a Woman Percy Sledge

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Goodby Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Mistakes
Tom Islava added Goodby Yellow Brick Road Elton John

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Biggest Mistake The Rolling Stones

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punksnotdead added An Honest Mistake The Bravery

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Big Mistake Monica

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r-gold added You Can't Win Iron Butterfly

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Little Mistake Mr. Big

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Make No Mistake Keith Richards

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Mistake Demi Lovato

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Mistake Moby

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Love Mistake Heart

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Your Biggest Mistake Ellie Goulding

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Latest Mistake Mandy Moore

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A Mistake Fiona Apple

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No Mistake About It Gordon Lightfoot

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Big Mistake Natalie Imbruglia

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Last Mistake Glenn Hughes

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God's Mistake is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Songs About Mistakes
God's Mistake Tears for Fears

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Your Biggest Mistake New Found Glory

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My Mistake Joe Bonamassa

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Make a Mistake Brad Paisley

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Pink Triangle Weezer

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I Will Not Be a Mistake Cliff Richard

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Mistake No. 3 Culture Club

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Mistaken for Strangers The National

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My Big Mistake Delta Goodrem

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I Used to Say I Love You Robyn Hitchcock

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