Music·Posted on Dec 9, 202022 Music Videos That Made People Realize How Dark A Song WasBonus points if it's in black and white.by Hannah MarderBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Recently we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community which music video was SUPER dark or made them realize how dark a song was. Here are some of the best responses! Warning: Many of these responses contain mentions of suicide, drug use, domestic violence, and other violence. 1. "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt Atlantic Records, Custard Records / Via youtube.com "I honestly had no idea this was a dark song and was so confused watching the music video. When he jumped into the water after laying out all his personal belongings, I was so shocked to find out this song was about suicide. He really took the lyric 'But it's time to face the truth, I will never be with you' seriously..."—christinel459791388 2. "Take Me to Church" by Hozier Rubyworks Records, Island Records, Columbia Records / Via youtube.com "The song itself is pretty somber and dramatic, but it's nothing compared with the music video. Also, while the song makes you think about a toxic lover, the music video takes the lyrics and gives them a deeper message regarding LGBTQ lives and their difficulties."—orenlevkoWhat the video is about: Two men hide their love but are found out by a group of anti-gay people, who beat one up while the other watches, and trash and burn down houses of gay men. 3. "Everytime" by Britney Spears Jive Records / Via youtube.com "It's basically about an abusive relationship that ends in the abuser regretting his actions that led to her death."—christianf4f13844d1 4. "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum Columbia Records / Via youtube.com "You can tell it’s a pretty dark song by listening, but then when you see the video, you see the faces of actual missing people, their names, and how long they’ve been missing. Then it has dramatizations of kids being abused: One girl gets taken by a group of men into a van, and a baby gets stolen during a walk with the mom. Those images with the lyrics? Chills every time..."—tracy110302 5. "The Greatest" by Sia Monkey Puzzle, RCA / Via youtube.com "I didn't realize until I saw the video that she wrote it as a tribute to the Pulse club massacre."—bridgeylav 6. "Happier" by Marshmello feat. Bastille Astralwerks / Via youtube.com "The beats and music make it seem so upbeat. But that music video absolutely DESTROYED ME."—fillionfan4002"Not exactly dark, but the music video is soooooo sad. I cried when I watched it, and now I can’t even listen to the song anymore."—haleyw4ae66dcb9What the video is about: A young girl, crying at her birthday, gets a puppy that lights up her life. The dog grows up with her and helps her feel better when she doesn't fit in, but then he gets sick and dies. At the end, the girl's own daughter is gifted with a puppy just like the one she had. 7. "Breezeblocks" by Alt-J Infectious Music / Via youtube.com "It’s a really cool video in reverse where you see a fighting invasion scene. It’s weird until you watch it in nonreverse, and then it’s just terrifying."—KatyaEPS 8. "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran Lava Records, Atlantic Records / Via youtube.com "The video made me realize that the song is extremely dark. It’s about a cocaine addict and sex worker, which I didn’t understand until after I saw the music video."—Rachel 9. "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" by the Backstreet Boys Jive Records / Via youtube.com "The original song is already pretty sad and somber, but the music video heightens it by including allusions to tragic events in the group's lives, many of which inspired the song itself (Brian's open heart surgery, Denniz Pop's death, Kevin losing his father, Howie losing his sister, and one of their fans being run over by a bus on her way to one of the group's concerts). It's dark in an extremely sad, meaningful, and poetic way."—Bia Barreto 10. "Fuckin’ Perfect" by Pink LaFace Records, Jive Records / Via youtube.com "The lyrics definitely tell you it’s about not listening to the demons in your head and remembering that you are loved, but the music video with the attempted suicide just darkened it way more. The ending DEFINITELY makes up for it, though. It’s a beautiful song and video."—haileyannes 11. "Zombie" by the Cranberries Island Records / Via youtube.com "I had no idea what that song was actually about until I saw the video."—cruelsummer89What the video is about: The video uses actual footage from the Troubles, a conflict in Northern Ireland between unionists and nationalists. This was fitting, since "Zombies" was written as a protest song in memory of two boys killed during a bombing that took place during the conflict: Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry. The video was actually banned by the BBC and the RTÉ, Ireland's national broadcaster, because of its violent imagery. 12. "We Found Love" by Rihanna Def Jam Recordings, SRP / Via youtube.com "The song is upbeat and came out at a time when the clubs were full of upbeat/trance-style EDM instead of techno. The music video is the only video that has ever made me feel sad, happy, and horny all at the same time. It goes into her relationship with Chris Brown and her relationship with drugs and being a star. It's dark but loved."—biancamickle 13. "Cherry Wine" by Hozier Rubyworks Records, Island Records, Columbia Records / Via youtube.com "It sounds like a beautiful love song, but then the video depicts domestic violence."—GeekGirl1990 14. "The Scientist" by Coldplay Capitol Records, Parlophone / Via youtube.com "Gutted."—cheezesamwichWhat the video is about: A couple swerves to avoid a truck, and they get into an accident where the woman dies. 15. "Everybody’s Fool" by Evanescence Wind-up Records / Via youtube.com "The way Amy Lee played multiple characters and versions of herself is iconic. When she punches the mirror, it feels so raw and real."—emileem3What the video is about: Amy participates in multiple commercials and photo shoots where she feels fake, then goes home and struggles with this feeling. 16. "Like You’ll Never See Me Again" by Alicia Keys J Records / Via youtube.com "You think it’s just a love song until you realize that they had a dispute and her boyfriend takes off mad and dies in an accident."—jazlyns2 17. "What Hurts the Most" by Rascal Flatts (originally sung by Mark Wills) Lyric Street / Via youtube.com "The song is already sad as hell, but man, that video just kills you."—arya909What the video is about: A teenager's boyfriend leaves her house and gets into a car accident and dies. 18. “All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You” by Heart Capitol Records / Via youtube.com "I guess I never really paid attention to the lyrics until I saw the video."—ureallyannoymeWhat the video is about: A woman's husband is infertile, so she goes to pick up a hitchhiker and have sex with him to get pregnant. 19. "Never Again" by Kelly Clarkson RCA Records / Via youtube.com "The song is an angry jab at her cheating ex. The video shows him drowning her and her returning as a ghost and haunting him."—onech44 20. "Waterfalls" by TLC LaFace Records, Arista Records / Via youtube.com "I first saw it when I was about 12 and didn't quite grasp what it was about; it was just a great song. It wasn't until a few years ago that I rewatched it and cried. What a heartbreaking song."—amyo4331d6c40What the video's about: Various scenes of death and tragedy play out, such as a young boy getting killed on the street while dealing drugs and a couple dying of AIDS. 21. “Stephen” by Kesha RCA Records / Via youtube.com "The song itself isn’t necessarily that dark, but the music video gets dark real quick. It turns the song from being about an unrequited crush to stalking and kidnapping."—blazeg2 22. And finally, “Legends” by Kelsea Ballerini Black River Entertainment / Via youtube.com "The song is beautiful...until you see the video: the father dying in a car accident on his son’s birthday. Heartbreaking."—Alwayshope123 Can you think of any more? Let me know in the comments! Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.