Are you struggling to know who or what to trust? Does the world simply move too fast for you? Would you like a healthy dose of songs about trust to explore this very theme within yourself?
Well, rejoice, for here we have a list of 25 songs about trust for you to enjoy and feast upon.
1. “A Matter of Trust” by Billy Joel
This pop song is perhaps one of the most famous songs about trust in the business of emotional songwriting, arguably one of the best songs to put trust to the fore and allow it to play out in real-time.
2. “The Myth of Trust” by Billy Bragg
One of Bragg’s biggest hits, this trust fall of a song focuses on the negative aspects of trust, something which is apparently surrounded by myth, whether we are to take this as something contrived or imagined over time.
3. “Honest” by Kodaline
Closely related to trust is honesty and none have written more aptly on honest than Kodaline making it the subject of this hit.
Anyone who has seen the official music video (below) will know that the message conveyed as genuine – just take one peep in the frontman’s eyes and feel the truth seeping out from within.
4. “Trust in Me” by Etta James
Ever broken trust with someone and needed something other than a rock song to regain it again? Then Etta James has just the ticket for a train straight back to the affections of your friend and/or beloved – don’t worry about a return either, this ticket is one way only!
5. “Trust” by the Jonas Brothers
The name of the game here is trust – what do the Brothers Jonas trust more than themselves? That’s right, their songwriting team. Who cares if this is a wonderful song written by a bunch of arrangers and producers behind the scenes? It is still an uplifting song full of cheer and strong messages of bondage and brotherhood.
6. “Trust” by Megadeth
Looks like a lot of these artists didn’t get the memo that a) not only is simply titling your song about trust as “Trust” a trope that’s already been taken but b) it was already a thoroughly unoriginal and bland notion in the first instance.
7. “Trust In You” By Lauren Daigle
It’s hard to imagine how romantic relationships might function without the influence of Christianity so readily prevalent throughout the Western world at almost every turn. Thankfully, overtly Christian singers like Lauren Daigle are around to ensure we don’t ever forget its influence. Hooray!
8. “Trust” by Justin Bieber
Ah, yes! Yet another artist who thought that simply labeling their half-baked analysis of trust in relationships as “Trust” would a) be a good idea and b) help them to stand out from all the hundreds of others (of which there are already several on display in this list).
9. “Trust” by Christine Perri
Unsurprisingly, we are already faced with, yes, yet another artist who struggles to see how infuriatingly dull it is to simply name their song after the basic human concept that it half-heartedly takes under its fogged-up and ultimate;y misguided microscope.
10. “Trust” by Buju Banton
Leaving absolutely no room for confusion, this song describes, yep, you guessed it, issues around trust and past mistakes, etc.
This time, though, the issues are dealt with over the top of a Jamaican dancehall beat which is actually quite good. If anything, this song shows that half-baked concepts already chewed to mush by leagues of other minds can still sound good if the beat is fresh.
11. “In Dust We Trust” by The Chemical Brothers
Despite lacking lyrics, this song tells all it needs to with the music alone, something a whole generation of songwriters so worried that their message is going to be misread could learn from.
12. “Trust Nobody” by The D4
In a cruel twist of fate, this song seeks to rebuke much of what the previous songs have to say on the subject of trust, believing ultimately that you can’t trust anybody but yourself in this world and the next.
13. “I Put My Trust in You” by John Lee Hooker
It is now that we begin to see that the reason so many artists seem to deal in the drug of trust is because they have at some point been badly burned by someone they thought they could trust. This is a great beginner song to learn on acoustic guitar!
14. “Trust No Man” by Jimmy Cliff
Another damning portrait of trust and the negative effects it can bring about when broken comes in the form of this classic reggae track by Jimmy Cliff, the writer of such hits as “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and “The Harder They Come”.
15. “Love and Trust” by Ben Harper
Wannabe cowboys Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite crafted this hymn to love and trust on their album No Mercy in This Land, using an older blues styling to delve into a timeless subject that so many greats have dealt with in the past.
16. “Trust Me” by Janis Joplin
According to legend, this now legendary track was devised for Janis in a mere couple of hours by Bobby Womack. A big departure from her previous, more rockin’ with Big Brother and the Holding Company, the song was instrumental in proving Joplin’s prowess and diversity as a soul vocalist, though it would prove to be one of her final songs before her untimely death.
17. “Only Trust Your Heart” by the New Stan Getz Quartet featuring Astrud Gilberto
Cool Stan Getz and dissociatively sensuous Astrud Gilberto take you on a trip to decide which to trust: your head or heart? They seem to think the latter.
18. “I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)” by John Mayer
Ultimately washed-up and mediocre artist John Mayer uses what many consider to be his best album as a therapeutic vehicle to explore the theme of trust in relation to a loved one.
19. “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys
While many other songs here arrayed have their merits, there can be little doubt of the genius of the Beach Boys’ de facto leader Brian Wilson who decided that this album should truly be the best that pop music had to offer, something that has scarcely been bested in over 50 years.
20. “I Believe in You” by Talk Talk
This is a personal favorite of ours, one that deals with trust head-on. The song is a hymn to those who need to muster up some trust for a loved one even if they have betrayed it before. Mark Hollis, while not the best guitarist of all time, he’s certainly one of the most underrated.
21. “Which Will” by Nick Drake
The simplicity of Nick Drake‘s lyrics on what would be his last album is incredibly deceptive. It is almost as though multitudes of meanings are hidden between the cracks of each of the words like moss lodged betwixt the creases in the pavement.
22. “Happiness” by Elliott Smith
Though his lyrics can be incredibly pessimistic at times, this song is a great example of the flip-side of Elliott’s creative tendencies, an ode to the joy and ecstasy one can feel in a loving and trusting relationship.
23. “All I Want” by Joni Mitchell
From what many consider to be her best album, this track by Joni Mitchell is an extension of the deep blue themes present throughout the record, readily evinced for all to see on the profoundly blue cover wherein Mitchell takes a spot in the shade while wearing a long face.
24. “Trust Me” by Susanne Sundfør
An original song by the Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør, this track echoes, mirrors, and extends the overall themes of her fourth album Ten Love Songs which is, quite unsurprisingly about love and the various shades of intimacy in relationships.
25. “Human” by the Human League
In their time, the Human League was one of the biggest bands in pop, no doubt due (at least in part) to their deeper resonances in music and theme. With the song’s lyrics arranged as a kind of dialogue between two lovers, “Human” contemplates the role that trust plays in a relationship over time.
So, there you have it! Hopefully, your need for songs about trust has been sated.
FAQs Songs About Trust
This will greatly depend on the listener in question – what feels empowering and strengthening for some is undoubtedly going to be different for others, and vice versa.
Here are just a few: “Miss Independent” by Kelly Clarkson, “Independent Women, Pt. 1″ by Destiny’s Child, “Wide Open Spaces” by The Chicks, “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “Confident” by Demi Lovato, and “Control” by Janet Jackson.