15 Non-Rap Diss Songs Done Right


When we think of diss records, our minds immediately jump to hip-hop, a world often predicated on competition, one-upmanship, and clever lyrical jabs. We could spend hours listing favorites, debating the best and the most scathing--Jay-Z's "The Takeover," Nas' "Ether," 2Pac's "Hit Em Up," Common's "The Bitch In Yoo," KRS-One's "The Bridge Is Over," to name but a paltry, famous few.

Today, however, our attention turns away from rap to other genres that don't typically get attention for their use of diss songs (or, as is the case with several songs in this list, "response" songs inspired by a particular happening or person that don't necessarily attack anything or anyone directly). Rock, soul, pop, and even drum n' bass can, of course, prove just as witty, cutting, and vicious as any rap diss, often introducing a level of cleverness and obscurity uncommon to style of song usually best served by directness.

Buckle up and enjoy some of the finest examples of non-rap diss songs done right.

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  • Juan

    Great post!!! The John Lennon track is awesome!

  • cdt

    with all that beatles, wheres the love for dylan’s wonderfully subtle beatle diss track, “fourth time around” ?

  • PancakeMcKennz

    Dang, Morrissey went in, dude.

  • Nate

    Good shit Jonny boy. Also lest we forget, Gangam style. Dissing: people from Gangam.

  • http://www.hiphopvancouver.com Dalley

    Guns N’ Roses – Get In The Ring

  • Allen

    Stone Temple Pilots “Too Cool Queenie” seems to also take shots at Courtney Love along with half the artists on this list.

  • shotbro

    Martha Wainwright – Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole – about her father. Sheesh. Ungrateful kids.


  • Jeldo

    Nice and (as far as i can tell) well researched list.

    I was missing one Track, tho’ it might not fit here alltogether:

    Yelle’s “Je veux te voir” is a more of a rap diss, but by a pop singer nontheless!

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