10 Songs with Lyrics Way Darker Than You Remember

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Think of all the popular catchy tunes that played over the radio. You danced. You sang at the top of your lungs. But have you ever sat back and really listened to the lyrics?

Because some of these songs will have you wondering, “What the hell was I singing about?” And then you might never listen to them again, just on the principle.

Cause, creepy!

10. “Every Breathe You Take” by Sting

“I once thought it was romantic, but then I realized it was sung from the perspective of a deranged stalker. Weddings are weird now when this plays.”


9. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

“The lyrics are a lot sadder than you’d think. The song tells the story of a girl who’s stuck in a town taking care of her deadbeat father, and then escapes the town with a young man to start a better life. But then while she gets a job and raises their children, he turns out just like her father and drinks his life away.”


8. “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind

“The song seems so happy and so cheerful, and I loved rocking out to it in middle school. Come to find out, it’s about crystal meth. To quote the lead singer, Stephan Jenkins: ‘Its a dirty, filthy song about snorting speed and getting blow jobs.'”


7. “We Are Young” By Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe

“There’s lots of drug references, but then there’s also a line that references domestic abuse.”


6. “Hot Child in the City” by Nick Gilder

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“It’s about an underage prostitute.”


5. “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

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“I loved the song when I was young, but then I grew up and listened to the lyrics. It’s basically about a guy trying to talk a woman into sleeping with him by saying creepy things thinly veiled by nice words. Maybe even an older dude trying to trick a newly legal woman. Super catchy, and maybe I read into it wrong, but it seems so skeevey.”


4. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke

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“It’s pretty much a gross rape anthem.”


3. “Escape (Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes

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“Basically the whole song is about how both parties are super bored and unhappy in their relationship, so they BOTH attempt to cheat, and when their date ends up being the person they were trying to cheat on, they think it’s funny and stay together.”


2. “MMMBop” by Hanson

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Tonight I've found myself writing down my favourite Hanson lyrics (they have A LOT of songs!) For nostalgia purposes, mmmbop will always be my favourite Hanson song. Despite the slightly depressing lyrics, the song makes me smile. It takes me back to being 14 during a care free summer ??? #hanson #mmmbop #hansonfan #proudhansonfan #nostalgia #90s #zachanson #taylorhanson #isaachanson #middleofnowhere

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“It sounds like a fun catchy song, but if you read the lyrics, you find out it’s actually about how time eventually takes everyone away from us until we all inevitably end up alone. Cheery.”


2. “My Sharona” by The Knack

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“It seems friendly enough…so friendly, the administration at my elementary school used to blast it during our weekly outdoor lunch days. The most disturbing line is, ‘I always get it up from the touch of the younger kind.’ The song is essentially this guy begging poor Sharona to sleep with him. And all I wanna know is, how old is she?”


Wondering if you should ever listen to these songs again? Me too. Me too.