It’s that time of year when it’s acceptable to do awful things to people and get away with it. While some fools will be busy playing an arsenal of hilarious pranks on their friends, family members and bitter enemies on this day, musically inclined others crave a playlist made especially for this day. Here are our favourite songs about foolishness, foolery and just being a fool in general. (Warning: if you’re consider yourself a “lovesick” fool, some of these will strike a chord harder than the rest).
1. The Cardigans – “Lovefool”
We start off with this 20-year-old classic that surely got stuck in everyone’s mind at one point of their lives. This is the song that pushed The Cardigans to international stardom. However, fun fact, the song only topped the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and Top 40 Mainstream and was refrained from ranking on the Hot 100 since it was never issued as a commercial single.
2. Evanescence – “Everybody’s Fool”
This was released as the fourth and final single from Evanescence’s debut studio album, Fallen. The song is about people who pretend to be someone they’re not just to be accepted and loved by society. Amy Lee specifically targets fake and superficial people. She says that we should always be ourselves for ourselves, not for anyone else.
3. Westlife – “Fool Again”
This is the fifth and last single to be released from Westlife’s self-titled debut album. The track had sold 215,000 copies in the UK and had spent 12 weeks on the charts. Westlife boasts five number ones from the same album with “Fool Again” being one them. That is quite something. The Irish heartthrobs also made it to our St Patty’s Day playlist.
4. The Beatles – “The Fool on the Hill”
Sung and written by Paul McCartney, “The Fool on the Hill” is about a man deemed as a fool by others, but whose foolish attitude turns out to be a manifestation of wisdom. This was recorded in 1967 and included in the Magical Mystery Tour album. The song eventually became a hit as it charted No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
5. Zayn – “fOoL fOr YoU”
Let’s take a brief detour from the past into the now with Zayn’s “fOoL fOr YoU”. In the song, Zayn deals with a bitter love that he still can’t resist, hence, he has totally become beholden to the person who grips his heart.
6. Troye Sivan – “Fools”
Have you ever envisioned the future with a partner, but before you know it, the relationship goes down the drain? Well, you’ll most probably relate to this song. “Only fools fall for you”, because nothing seems more foolish than falling for someone who continuously rejects the love you give. Troye Sivan exemplifies this feeling in his song.
7. CeeLo Green – “Fool For You” (ft Melanie Fiona)
CeeLo rants in this R&B track about how men naturally become fools for women. This song was actually initially offered to and recorded by Jamie Foxx, but he decided not to have it for his album. We’re not joking when we say Jamie made a big mistake – especially when this song won Best R&B Song and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance at the 2012 Grammys.
8. The Cab – “Lovesick Fool”
“Lovesick Fool” is one of the songs off The Cab’s 2011 album, Symphony Soldier. The song describes a relationship that ended badly with the girl having once loved the guy wholeheartedly, but still left him in the end. The guy is left with nothing but the feeling of being what the title suggests.
9. Brad Paisley – “Nobody’s Fool”
Before we conclude the list, it wouldn’t hurt if we added a bit of country. Brad Paisley’s “Nobody’s Fool” was originally penned for Pixar’s animated movie, Cars 2. It is played during Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater compete overseas in the first World Gran Prix.
10. Christina Aguilera – “Just A Fool” (ft Blake Shelton)
The motivation for this collaboration between Christina and Blake came into existence when Christina sang the country star’s track “Hillbilly Bone”. After then, both decided to get in the studio and make magic happen. Both sang their hearts out on the heartbreaking ballad, which is a song about the pain of a break-up. The narrator in this song feels sorry about confronting her cheating lover about his ways. The confrontation seems to have ended on bad terms. Now, she’s sitting alone at a bar while drowning her tears. How heartbreaking.
Whether you’re a crazy fool, an April fool, a fool in love, or a fool in general, we can’t argue that we all play the role of being a fool at some point in our lives. Here’s to being a fool!