22 “Fun” Songs That Actually Have Some Pretty Dark Lyrics

22 “Fun” Songs That Actually Have Some Pretty Dark Lyrics

We asked the BuzzFeed Community which “fun” and “catchy” songs they realized actually have some pretty dark lyrics. Here are the ones you might wanna give another listen.

1.

“Hey Ya!” by OutKast


Sony Music

“The song is about a relationship falling apart, but you have no idea how sad the song lyrics are because it sounds so upbeat. Even the singer says, ‘You don’t want to hear me, you just want to dance,’ about the audience hearing the song.”

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2.

“We Are Young” by fun. feat. Janelle Monáe


Fueled By Ramen

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

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3.

“Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind


Sony Music

“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.'”

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5.

“Goodnight And Go” by Imogen Heap


Sony BMG

“It seems like a charming song with a sweet, warm melody, but if you listen to the words it’s about stalking someone.”

etconner

6.

“Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners


EMI

“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.”

hallamichellem

7.

“Follow Me” by Uncle Kracker


Atlantic Records

“It’s about cheating, and hiding it from the other partner. It’s actually labeled as ‘explicit’!”

emmyr2

9.

“Face Down” by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus


Capitol Records

“This emo classic actually has you scream-singing about domestic violence.”

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10.

“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman


Atlantic Records

“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.”

milliesh

11.

“Every Breath You Take” by The Police


Universal

“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.”

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12.

“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes


MCA Records

“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.”

tcoker2605

13.

“MMMBop” by Hanson


Universal

“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.”

sarahclassick09

14.

“If You Seek Amy” by Britney Spears


Sony Music

“Not dark exactly, but darkly sexual. She’s singing about how guys and girls are begging to have sex with her. I loved this song as a child but learned the real meaning when I was 12 and it changed me forever. 7-year-old me thought it was just a fun song about Amy’s friends trying to find her at a party.”

rishibhak

15.

“My Sharona” by The Knack


Capitol Records

“It seems friendly enough…so friendly the administration at my elementary school used to blast it during our once-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?”

cheliemma1

16.

“Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem feat. Rihanna


Universal

“It’s about an extremely violent and dysfunctional relationship with a straight-up death threat in it towards the end. I remember being younger and my little sisters loving to sing along. The death threat disturbed me back then, but it’s so much worse now that I’m more aware of just how bad all the lyrics are.”

nimmermehre

18.

“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People


Columbia Records

“I loved dancing to it and the beat and melody are awesome, but then I actually listened to the lyrics and realized it’s about a school shooter.”

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19.

“Chandelier” by Sia


Atlantic Records

“It’s about what Sia’s typical night out was like and her fear of getting sober and dealing with her life.”

patrickfc

20.

“Beautiful” by James Blunt


Atlantic Records

“People who think it’s a romantic song definitely need to look at the lyrics. In an article, James Blunt said it’s ‘not this soft, romantic fucking song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a fucking kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend, when that guy is there in front of him…and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.'”

jessica706

21.

“UGH!” by The 1975


Interscope

“It’s about Matty Healy’s addiction to cocaine and how he tried to quit several times but failed.”

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