Songs About Being Bullied


10 Best Bully Songs

Everyone knows ‘Mean’ by Taylor Swift, but that’s just one of many great bully songs in country music’s history. It’s a popular subject lately, with the fight to stop bullying stronger than ever. Swift’s hit may have won the Grammys, but it isn’t No. 1 on this Best Bully Songs list.

Kenny Rogers, Keith Urban and (more recently) newcomer Morgan Frazier are all artists who’ve recorded letters to their bullies. One song on this list is even sung from the perspective of the bully, and it’s among the most sensitive of the 10.

'You Had to Pick on Me' - Matt Kennon

While not a radio hit, Matt Kennon's 2011 song became an anti-bullying anthem for many. The song tells the story of two kids (a boy and girl) who are picked on by their peers. Each can't understand why they couldn't be friends with their abusers, as well as why the bullies took to picking on them instead of just letting them be.

'Hey Bully' - Morgan Frazier

Morgan Frazier's 2013 single 'Hey Bully' is an open letter to her tormenter. The singer is trying to make sense of why he or she is acting the way he is. "Hey, bully did somebody hurt you, make you feel small / You take it out on me because it makes you feel tall," Frazier sings.

'They Don't Understand' - Sawyer Brown

This track from Sawyer Brown's 2005 'Mission Temple Firework Stand' album was not a radio hit, although the group did make a powerful video for the song. In three verses, the group tells the story of a mother, an old man and Jesus. Each is being ridiculed in a different way, and Mark Miller and company ask for a little compassion.

'Stupid Boy' - Keith Urban

Keith Urban's 'Stupid Boy' makes the cut of Best Bully Songs, even though it's not the typical schoolyard bullying type of song. It's just about a guy who treats a girl poorly. Unlike many found on this list, she gets sweet revenge in leaving him and going on to live a happy life.

'Nothin' Grows in Shadows' - Jake Owen

Jake Owen's track from 'Easy Does It' is as much of a bully song as it is a song about faith. He tells the story of kids being bullied by kids and by their parents. The hard-hitting lyrics don't hold back, and in the end, the track turns to reveal the main character was once a bully.

'How Do You Like Me Now?' - Toby Keith

Toby Keith's 1999 single is his answer to a girl that picked on him when he was younger. There is no other song on this list about a guy being bullied by a girl, but that type of torment is just as common as same-sex bullying. This was a No. 1 for Keith and remains one of his top songs of all time.

'Coward of the County' - Kenny Rogers

This multi-week No. 1 hit from 1979 tells the story of Tommy, a young man who promised his late father that he'd never "do the things I've done," meaning he wouldn't be a fighter. For that reason, he's known as the coward of the county -- until a group of brothers push him too far. Kenny Rogers' story is about as dark of a bully story as you'll find, but it ends well for the bullied.

'One of These Days' - Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw's 1997 chart-topper is among his all-time greatest songs. It's one of the few on this list that come from the perspective of a bully. McGraw is looking back at a kid he picked on and then a girl he mistreated before learning that he needs to love himself in order to love others. McGraw is known as a great storyteller because of songs like this.

Mean' - Taylor Swift

This may be the most famous bully song of all time. Taylor Swift wrote it after a particularly harsh review of her performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards. In addition to sending a great message, Swift creates an irresistible hook that's easier to remember than your phone number. OK, it's even easier than that. Ironically, 'Mean' would win Swift two Grammys in 2012.

'Don't Laugh at Me' - Mark Wills or Peter Paul and Mary

Mark Wills' 1998 Top 5 hit starts sad and becomes even sadder. Wills tells the stories of several types of people often picked on or bullied (kids, teenage mothers, homeless) before reminding listeners: "Someday we'll all have perfect wings / Don't laugh at me." It's beautiful lyric that became a Top 5 hit that year.


Songs about Bullying" A Subject Worth Singing About

Getting the Message Out

With the long overdue attention being given to the issue of bullying, many artists are using their talents to make their own contribution through lyrics and songs about bullying. Many of these artists were on the less travelled path as youngsters and speak firsthand of their experience with bullying. Just a few of the songs and their lyrics include the following:

Addressing the Consequences

While some dismiss bullying as a sort of adolescent rite of passage, many songs about bullying are now trying to show how seriously bullying impacts many lives, even being the cause of many teen suicides.

Songs About Bullying: Adam’s Song by Blink-182

Many have written of how this song captures their personal feelings and actually served as an anchor to hold on to. It has special meaning to those who relate to its quiet, desperate form of revenge.

I never thought I’d die alone
I laughed the loudest who’d have known?
I traced the cord back to the wall
No wonder it was never plugged in at all
I took my time, I hurried up
The choice was mine I didn’t think enough
I’m too depressed to go on
You’ll be sorry when I’m gone

I never thought I’d die alone
Another six months I’ll be unknown
Give all my things to my friends
You’ll never set foot in my room again
You’ll close it off, board it up
Remember the time I spilled the cup
Of apple juice in the hall
Please tell mom this is not her fault

Songs About Bullying: Baseball Cap by Faithless

This is a great set of lyrics that show how important an adult can be to change the overall reaction to bullying. Instead of suicide or revenge, a little wise counsel goes a long way to a mature perspective.

Uhn, smack, there goes my baseball cap I’m on the floor,
I think I took a bruse to my jaw,
Jumped me from behind at least three, maybe four,
I never see my hat no more.

Oh, smash (..smack). There goes my baseball cap,
It’s gone, gone, gone, gone,
I can’t get it back.
Oh, smash (..smack), there goes my baseball cap,
It’s gone, gone, gone, gone,
I can’t get it back.

My hands was cut, my uncle says ‘what’s up?’
Let me guess, your clothes are in a mess, you’re in distress,
Sit down, take five and let me look at your knees,
Your still alive son, please take it easy

Scuffling in the street is no way to die,
And I don’t want to have to meet your mama’s eye,
So try and listen hard before you fall into the trap
Of making war over a baseball cap.

Songs About Bullying: Overcoming the Past

A number of the songs deal not so much with bullying as how to respond to it. The key message is to find a way to move on and not let the negativity of the past darken the future.

Songs About Bullying: Fly by Hilary Duff

While written by Kara DioGuaridi and John Shanks, Duff made a point of including it on her album in 2004 as a call to get past the negativity so many face and to not worry about being different.

Fly, open up the part of you that wants to hide away
And you can shine, forget about the reasons
Why you can’t in life and start to try
‘Cause it’s your time, time to fly

All your worries, leave them somewhere else
Find a dream you can follow
Reach for something when there’s nothing left
And the world’s feeling hollow

Songs About Bullying: Mean by Taylor Swift

Showing another wise perspective, Swift’s lyrics note that bullies are often the product of being bullied – all to no good end. Again, instead of letting the act of being mean take her down, she sees a brighter future ahead.

You, with your words like knives and swords and weapons that you use against me
You have knocked me off my feet again got me feeling like I’m nothing
You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard, calling me out when I’m wounded
You, pickin’ on the weaker man

You can take me down
With just one single blow
But you don’t know what you don’t know

Someday I’ll be living in a big old city
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
Someday I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean

Why you gotta be so mean?

Songs About Bullying: Fighter by Christina Aguilera

This speaks boldly to how being bullied by a lover actually produces positive results in her life:

After all that you put me through,
You think I’d despise you,
But in the end I wanna thank you,
Cause you’ve made me that much stronger

Well I thought I knew you, thinkin’ that you were true
Guess I, I couldn’t trust called your bluff time is up
‘Cause I’ve had enough

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