16 Great Songs About Trouble in Life

This song list is about trouble in our life, the seemingly unsolvable problems, often produced mainly by our mind, which make life difficult for us humans in interpersonal dealings and also in dealing with ourselves.

If you listen to the lyrics of some of the songs in this list, you will find that apparently some people are attracted to difficulties like a magnet, and troubles follow them like their own shadow.

1. Trouble - Pink

Pink's lead single from her third album Try This is about a person in a town that you'd better not mess with or deal with. Even riches such as diamonds and jewels can't help this individuum out of this messy situation. 

So it's crystal clear from the lyrics that there's a pretty wild troublemaker on the loose.

The song from 2003 made it to the top 10 of the official singles charts in many countries in Europe and in Australia. In Pink's home country, the United States, of all places, the track failed to reach the top of the charts.

2. Trouble - Coldplay

What is this song by British band Coldplay about?

The protagonist in the song regrets things he did to another person in the past. All these things that would rather not have been said have formed a spider web in his head, in which this person is now entangled.

The single was released by Coldplay on October 23, 2000 and is a track from their debut album Parachute.

3. Trouble - Ray LaMontagne

This track by American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is about a man who is troubled by worries and problems, but is saved by a woman who gave him love and affection and is good to him now.

In 2005, the single included as the first track on his debut album of the same name was released.

4. Trouble - Lindsey Buckingham

American singer and record producer Lindsey Buckingham sings about that there is probably more than one friendship brewing with another person. And that could lead to difficulties, so he'd better get out of the amorous situation.

The track is his debut single, was released in October 1981, and was at the top of the singles charts worldwide.

5. Trouble - The Big Moon

The lyrics of the track by the English female indie rock band The Big Moon are, among other things, about that trouble disappears with time, but the memories of it remain.

On September 5, 2022, the song was released as the second single from their album Here Is Everything.

6. Trouble - Heaven 17

The singer of the English New Wave band Heaven 17 sings about the problems that follows him step by step, getting a little closer every day.

The single was released on January 5, 1987 and is the second track on their album Pleasure One.

7. So Good At Being In Trouble - Unknown Mortal Orchestra

So Good At Being In Trouble by New Zealand psychedelic rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra is about the lonely and sad time after a relationship with a woman ends.
The singer remembers and romanticizes the fact that the woman was so good at being in difficulties.

The track was released as a single in 2013.

8. Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye

Trouble Man is not only the name of the 1972 single by American R'n'B and soul singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye, but also the name of the film for which he wrote the soundtrack and on which the song is included as the title track.

The song made it to #7 on the American Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on February 3, 1973. 

9. Trouble Me - 10.000 Maniacs

In the song Trouble Me by American alternative rock band 10.000 Maniacs, the singer asks someone to trust her and confide in her the troublesome worries without glossing over them.

In May 1989 the single was released under the label Elektra Records.

10. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Roberta Flack

The song Bridge Over Troubled Water is about standing by someone as a friend, no matter how hopeless the situation seems.
Troubled Water represents the restless mind that is stirred up in difficult situations. And the friend helps the person to ease the mind and overcome the troubled life situation.

In 1971, this deeply moving cover version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic appeared on Roberta Flack's third studio album.

11. Trouble - Nilüfer Yanya

This tune by British alternative rock singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya concerns relationship problems, including a mutual estrangement.

On her album Painless, released in 2022, it is the seventh track.

12. Trouble - Cat Stevens

It's one of several songs Cat Stevens wrote after a serious illness. It is the fifth track on his third studio album Mona Bone Jakon, released in 1971.

The singer talks, so to speak, with the troubles that finally made him a wreck. And he asks that he now finally be spared, because he has paid his debts.

13. You See The Trouble With Me - Barry White

Barry White sings in You See the Trouble with Me about the loneliness and difficulties he has to go through without his partner.

Released on February 27, 1976, the song was co-written by Barry White and Ray Parker Jr. who had worldwide chart success in 1984 with Ghostbusters, the song for the film of the same name.

14. Trouble - Elvis

Here Elvis Presley sings about how you should never mess with him. He doesn't look for trouble, but in no case does he let anyone tell him what to do.

Thus he sings that he is not really a troublemaker, although almost everything in the song lyrics speaks for it.

This Elvis song was released as a single on July 29, 1958 and was the first song he performed in his televised comeback concert about 10 years later, 'Singer Presents ... Elvis - '68 Comeback Special'.

In a key scene of the biographical drama film "Elvis", actor Austin Butler performs the song Elvis sang at Russwood Park in Memphis on July 4, 1956.

15. War / No More Trouble - Bob Marley

The lyrics of this Bob Marley song make it clear: As long as humans are considered superior or inferior to others, there will be wars.

The lyrics of the song boils down to this: what humanity needs is love, not all the worries and trouble. 

The song is the eighth track on his 1973 released studio album Catch The Fire.

16. I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift

In the song I Knew You Were Trouble, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift sings about how she knew beforehand that her boyfriend would only cause her trouble. In the end, he had no empathy and dropped her.

The single was released on November 27, 2012 and earned her the 'MTV Video Music Awards 2013' in the category 'Best Female Video'.

Final words worth mentioning

Now I could leave you alone with all the troubles in these songs and make it seem like there is no solution at all.

But I venture the following question and an answer without the tricky quibbles of our mind:
Is there an antidote to our worrying?

Our mind will not be satisfied with the following answer, because it will put it out of work. But that's okay.

Continuous thinking about our troubled life leads to more and more thinking and thus to newly created difficulties. 

The way out of the vicious circle are moments of non-thinking and the courage to let troubled thoughts pass by like clouds.

And then the real challenges can be tackled with a fresh lightweight mind without the heavy baggage of our past. 

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