19 Secretly Dark Songs That'll Have You Singing A Different Tune

    Spoiler alert: Annie was NOT OK!

    Ever listen to a boppin' song, only to listen to the lyrics a lil' closer and find out that it's anything but a bop?

    Well, recently, Reddit user u/mc4starterzzz/ posed this question in the AskReddit subgroup: "What song has an upbeat tune but dark lyrics?"

    Here are some of the most shocking replies:

    1. "Macarena" by Los Del Río is about a girl named Macarena who cheats on her boyfriend.

    Three women from the "Macarena" music video.

    2. "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People is about the dark mental state of a troubled student.

    Frontman Mark Foster performing onstage at a concert.

    3. "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton is about sexist standards for women in the workplace.

    Dolly singing to the camera with a guitar on her lap.

    4. "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow is about a showgirl named Lola who becomes an alcoholic after losing her lover in a bar brawl.

    Barry Manilow singing in a bright, white suit.

    5. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears is about humans' desire for control and tendency toward corruption.

    Curt Smith singing into a microphone.

    6. "Time to Pretend" by MGMT is about musicians who are pretending to love the "high life" — sex, drugs, and fame — since they chose it over the normal life.

    Psychedelic photo of MGMT in a room raining money while Andrew holds a baby.

    7. "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen is about a traumatized veteran who comes home from war and is unable to find a job or emotional support.

    War footage from the Vietnam war.

    8. "Smile" by Lily Allen is about a girl getting dumped by her boyfriend.

    Lily eating a bar of chocolate in her bedroom.

    9. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by the Beatles is about a serial killer named Maxwell who kills his victims with a hammer.

    Promotional still of The Beatles.

    10. "No Rain" by Blind Melon is about depression.

    Bumblebee girl performing a tap routine at a recital.

    11. "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind is about a man's crippling addiction to crystal meth.

    Stephen singing outside a house.

    12. "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson is about a girl named Annie who's attacked in her apartment.

    Michael Jackson in a white suit dancing in the middle of a saloon.

    13. "Hey Ya!" by Outkast is about people staying in relationships with one another even though no one in the relationship is happy.

    Andre 3000 x3 acting as background singers and dancers.

    14. "Mr. Brightside" by the Killers is about Brandon Flowers walking in on his girlfriend cheating on him and still not being able to get over her.

    The Killers performing in a speak-easy.

    15. "Little Talks" by Of Monsters & Men is about a woman who loses her husband and hallucinates hearing his voice.

    A woman with intricate and avant-garde makeup.

    16. "Blinding Lights" by the Weeknd is about drunk driving.

    The Weeknd putting on a glove in the night.

    17. "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. is a satire about the struggles she had becoming an American citizen due to her "dark skin and ethnic name."

    M.I.A. rapping in a hat shop.

    18. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" by the Smiths is about front man Morissey being willing to die for his love.

    Tom and Summer in their work elevator.

    19. Finally, "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles is about the death of young bride Eleanor Rigby, who gets buried by Father McKenzie.

    Animation of lonely people in London standing in their umbrellas.