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22 Songs You'll Never Listen To The Same Way Again After Reading This Post

Wait, "The Piña Colada Song" is about cheating?

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. OutKast, "Hey Ya!"

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."


2. Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe, "We Are Young"

Fueled By Ramen

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


3. Third Eye Blind, "Semi-Charmed Life"

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.'"


4. Nick Gilder, "Hot Child in the City"

Chrysalis Records

"It's about an underage prostitute."


5. Imogen Heap, "Goodnight and Go"

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."


6. Dexys Midnight Runners, "Come On Eileen"


"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."


7. Uncle Kracker, "Follow Me"

Atlantic Records

"It's about cheating and hiding it from the other partner. It’s actually labeled as 'explicit'!"


8. Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I., "Blurred Lines"


"It's pretty much a gross rape anthem."


9. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, "Face Down"

Capitol Records

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


10. Tracy Chapman, "Fast Car"

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."


11. The Police, "Every Breath You Take"


"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."


12. Rupert Holmes, "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)"

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."


13. Hanson, "MMMBop"


"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."


14. Britney Spears, "If You Seek Amy"

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. Seven-year-old me thought it was just a fun song about Amy's friends trying to find her at a party."


15. The Knack, "My Sharona"

Capitol Records

"It seems friendly 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?"


16. Eminem feat. Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie"


"It's about an extremely violent and dysfunctional relationship with a straight-up death threat in it toward 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."


17. Sean Kingston, "Beautiful Girls"

Beluga Heights Records

"They'll have you suicidal, suicidal..."


18. Foster the People, "Pumped Up Kicks"

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."


19. Sia, "Chandelier"

Atlantic Records

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


20. James Blunt, "Beautiful"

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.'"


21. The 1975, "Ugh!"


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


22. And Mike Posner, "I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)"

RCA Records

"I remember when it came out and everyone was obsessed with it. While it’s a good song to listen to and sounds cool, if you actually listen to the words, it’s so depressing."


Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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