10 'Sorry' Songs That Made Apologies Sound Better

Justin Bieber
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Justin Bieber performs during the MTV EMA's 2015 at the Mediolanum Forum on October 25, 2015 in Milan, Italy.

Apologies are having a moment. From Justin Bieber’s Skrillex-produced hit "Sorry" to Rick Ross' recent collaboration with Chris Brown also titled "Sorry," begging for forgiveness has been a handy muse for some of the charts' finest.

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In case various acts band together for an apology tour or your relationship’s in need of personal repair, here are 10 regret-filled tracks that made apologies sound better.

Elton John
Sir Elton John wrote the book on sad, sad situations. His 1976 single “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” not only made his piano sing, it made the song cry.

The rapper also known as Marshall Mathers wasn’t exactly on house-cleaning duty when he penned “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.” While his strained relationship with his mother was instant tabloid fodder, the hook for Eminem's 2002 apology rang loud and clear: “I said I’m sorry, momma/ I never meant to make you cry, but tonight, I’m cleaning out my closet.”

The Queen of Pop remixes her apologies in different languages with her 2006 party-starter “Sorry.” The Confessions on a Dance Floor track serves as a disco-ready cease-and-desist to her no-good lover as Madonna sings, “I don’t wanna hear, I don’t wanna know/ Please don’t say you’re sorry/ I’ve heard it all before.”

Bryson Tiller
Piggybacking off of Madonna’s no-F-bombs-given attitude, Trap Soul singer Bryson Tiller shakes off any doubts about his come-up in this special message for his haters called “Sorry Not Sorry.”

Rick Ross
This MMG-approved slow jam courtesy of Rick Ross taps Chris Brown for a sweet apology note on “Sorry.” Breezy admits his mistakes on the hook, crooning, “Sorry won’t turn back the clock/ Baby, I took advantage ‘cause I knew you/ Wouldn’t believe it so I used you/ I’m sorry, oh I’m sorry don’t make it right, I know.”

Christina Milian
While this deep cut wasn’t an FM magnet like “Dip It Low” or the Disney Channel staple “AM to PM,” Christina Milian apologizes for leading her lover on in this bittersweet note called “Sorry.” The track appeared alongside “Dip It Low” on her 2004 LP It’s About Time.

The Temptations
Rewind to 1967 where Motown Records MVPs, The Temptations, called out a girl for mistreating their hearts. “Sorry is a sorry word after all I’ve done for you,” they sing. “Sorry is a sorry word when I need a love that’s true.” Luckily, they still had sunshine.

The Decemberists
The funk-pop band laid out all their regrets on “The Apology Song,” a track off their 2001 EP, 5 Songs. This record differs from the rest in the bunch in that The Decemberists sing the blues about a stolen bike.Babyface
It’s no secret that Babyface can write the heck out of a slow jam (he’s probably penned all your favorites like Toni Braxton’s “Breathe Again” and his own track “Every Time I Close My Eyes”). Here, he uses “Sorry For The Stupid Things” as a gateway to instant forgiveness when a man knows he’s done wrong.

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber U-Hauled his bad-boy image into tabloid oblivion by flooding the masses with his apologetic hit “Sorry.” He even recruited a twerking army for the single’s accompanying dance video to make sure the message got through.


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