After her divorce from Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez was left with many questions about love. 1
There is a track on her album Love? that is titled "What Is Love?" that addressed J.Lo's bad luck with relationships. "I've had blind dates
Hooked up with some real flakes. I've gone out with church boys
Musician's are the worst," she sang in the 2011, which was released on the same year the pair announced their split.
It's believed that one of Shakira's darkest and most emotional albums were dedicated to her ex. 2
Shakira dated actor Osvaldo Rios in the 1990s, but their breakup is said to have inspired her 1998 album Donde están los ladrones?, which included her sad song "Moscas En La Casa."
Shakira kept the tradition going when she released her sad jam, "No," in 2005. 3
The song was about a woman coming to terms with the end of a toxic relationship. She released it while dating Antonio de la Rúa, though the pair ended their relationship years later.
Selena Gomez's on and off relationship with Justin Bieber inspired a few of her songs. 5
The most popular one was "The Heart Wants What It Wants," where she basically declared she couldn't help but love the "Sorry" singer even though their relationship was often toxic.
Justin Bieber also released a song that was believed to be for Selena. 6
Justin released the megahit "Sorry" in 2015, and some saw it as an apology to his longtime on and off girlfriend.
Mariah Carey threw major shade at Eminem with her song "Obsessed." 7
Mariah held no punches when she released the track for her former rumored fling. She even dressed up as the rapper for the music video and it was hilarious.
Big Sean released quite the diss track for his ex, Naya Rivera. 8
The title? "I Don't F--k With You." Yikes. The pair broke off their engagement, she soon married her ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey. In the song, Big Sean made it clear that he didn't care about her new relationship. Yikes.
Selena Gomez's fans were heartbroken when her relationship with The Weeknd ended. 9
And apparently, so was he. Soon after they called it quits in 2017 after eight months together, he released a song titled "Call Out My Name." In the track, the R&B crooner seemed to reference Selena's kidney transplant that took place while they were together. "I said I didn't feel nothing baby, but I lied. I almost cut a piece of myself for your life," he sang. "Guess I was just another pit stop / 'Til you made up your mind / You just wasted my time." Poor guy!
Camila Cabello wrote a song about a boy she dated briefly. 11
After the release of her solo album, Camila revealed that her dramatic Latina side comes out in her song writing like in her track "Never Be The Same." She told Flaunt magazine about who inspired the song: "Even in 'I’ll Never Be the Same'--that was about a boy that I was with for like three months, not even, it was like two months," she said. "And I’m just like, 'You’re the one! It’s you!' " Everyone sort of knows the song is about Austin Mahone. The pair dated briefly in 2014, and aside from her current boyfriend Matthew Hussey, he's been the only one she's publicly acknowledged. Camila and Austin weren't together long, but it was enough to inspire the heartbreaking ballad.
Becky G also dated Austin Mahone and her hit "Mayores" might've thrown some shade at the singer. 12
Becky and Austin dated after his relationship with Camila, but it soon came to an end. She then started dating an older guy, soccer player Sebastian Lletget. In her hit track she sings, "Yo no quiero un niño que no sepa nada," which translates to "I don't want a boy who doesn't know anything." Burn!
Ricky Martin's on and off relationship with Rebecca de Alba was rumored to inspire one of his biggest hits. 13
Ricky Martin scored his first No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1998 with his song "Vuelve." The song made fans shed major tears and it was said to be inspired by his years-long on and off relationship with the TV personality. The couple dated for a while before finally calling it quits in 2003.
Not only did Kim Kardashian's relationship with Ray J haunt her years later with their sex tape, but he also dropped a song for her. 14
Kim dated the singer before her reality TV fame and a sex tape of them leaked in 2007. Ray J dropped the song "I Hit It First" to brag about being with her prior to Kim's huge fame. Gross.
Ariana Grande's track about her exes landed her her first No. 1 song. 15
The singer shocked everyone when she released the song "Thank u, next" in November 2018, where she named her exes, including Big Sean, Pete Davidson and the late Mac Miller. In the song she basically thanked them for making her a better person through the demise of their relationships. The song resonated with millions of people and it quickly led her to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Billboard charts. Thank you, next!
Kanye West wrote "Blame Game" about his relationship with ex, Amber Rose. 16
In the song, the rapper talks about the ups and downs of a relationship and who is to blame for the end of it.
Katy Perry's divorce from Russell Brand inspired quite a few songs. 18
Katy was distraught after the comedian blindsided her when he asked for a divorce after less than a year of getting married. She was so heartbroken she released the tracks "Wide Awake," "Part of Me," and the heavy ballad "By the Grace of God," in which she detailed how she felt she had hit rock bottom after the split. "Thought I wasn't enough and I wasn't so tough laying on the bathroom floor," she sang. "We were living on a fault line. And I felt the fault was all mine / Couldn't take it any more."
Katy Perry inspired some songs of her own, though! 19
After her split from John Mayer, the singer dropped a song titled "Still Feel Like Your Man" and he outright confirmed that missing Katy inspired it. "Who else would I be thinking about? And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people," John told The New York Times about the track in 2017. "Still like the letters in your name and how they feel, babe," he sings. "Still think I'm never gonna find another you."
Taylor Swift is known to get her revenge via her pen. 20
The singer-songwriter has a long list of songs she's written about lovers, including One Direction singer Harry Styles, whom she wrote the song "Style" about. Not subtle at all.