Katy Perry’s latest Teenage Dream track “Circle The Drain” has hit the interwebs and it is a particularly scathing song about an ex-beau (presumably former boyfriend Travie McCoy). It is raw and biting and certainly will become an anthem for wronged ladies and will become a tune that dudes hope never gets written about them. It’s certainly a new direction for Perry, who usually eschews personal testimony in favor of hanging out naked in cotton candy clouds and singing about making out on the beach.
What makes it so incredibly girl-power-centric is its lyrics. Need an example? Here’s the chorus: “You fall asleep during foreplay/ ’Cause the pills you take/ Are more your forte/ I’m not sticking around to watch you go down/ Wanna be your lover/ Not your f—ing mother/ Can’t be your savior/ I don’t have the power/ I’m not gonna stay and watch you circle the drain.” Ouch!
Perry is the latest in a long tradition of pop stars who have used their breakups with their famous exes as inspiration for some of their tunes. Here are a few of our other favorites.
In 1995, a young woman named Alanis Morissette released one very nasty love letter to her ex called “You Oughta Know.” That ex? Dave Coulier. Yes, Uncle Joey. How nasty was it? “I want you to know/ That I’m happy for you/ I wish nothing but the best for you both/ An older version of me/ Is she perverted like me? Would she go down on you in a theater?” TMI!
Mariah Carey called out Eminem last year with her tune, “Obsessed.” While the track is all about the rappers purported obsession with the singer (which he followed up with his own track or two), we became more obsessed with the fact that she never admitted the song was about him — even though she dressed up as a Slim Shady lookalike in the video.
After Joe Jonas dumped Taylor Swift over the phone, she wrote a tune about it. While there is nothing particularly edgy about the lyrics, she does tell us one thing about Joe: “Did I say something way too honest? Made you run and hide like a scared little boy/ I looked into your eyes/ Thought I knew you for a minute/ Now I’m not so sure.”
Like Swift, Miley Cyrus had also been wronged by a JoBro (in her case, it was Nick). Her “7 Things” was a fan favorite and a hit single that contained the following admission: “But what I need to hear now/ Is your sincere apology/ And when you mean it/ I’ll believe it/ If you text it/ I’ll delete it/ Let’s be clear/ Oh I’m not coming back.” (She actually did come back once, though they eventually broke up for good.)
What’s your favorite song that kisses-off a famous ex? Let us know in the comments!