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The Best Songs About Mistakes 

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Updated June 7, 2018 1.7k votes 585 voters 76.2k views 50 items

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 The Fray
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Coldplay
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r-gold added The Who
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Britney Spears
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Men at Work
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Sheryl Crow
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Goodby Yellow Brick Road... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Mistakes
Tom Islava added Elton John
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Demi Lovato
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Moby
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Fiona Apple
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Ellie Goulding
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Wonderland added Parachute
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Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross
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The Rolling Stones
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Joe Bonamassa
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Keith Richards
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Natalie Imbruglia
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God's Mistake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Mistakes
Tears for Fears
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Heart
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Tom Islava added Percy Sledge
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Weezer