Top 10 Happy Sounding Songs That Are Actually Depressing

We may love jamming out to these happy upbeat songs, but little do we know that they have actually dark stories behind them.

The Top Ten

1 99 Red Balloons - Nena 99 Red Balloons - Nena
2 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Daddy works a long day.
Yeah he's coming home late
Yeah he's coming home late and he's bringing me a surprise
Cause diner is in the kitchen and it's packed in ice,
I've waited for a long time,
Yeah the sleight of my hand is now a quick-pull trigger
I reason with my cigarette
Then say, "Your hair's on fire, you must've lost your wits, yeah? " - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

Yeah, this has a sweet beat!
The first time you pop this in.
Why is this song talking about school shootings?
The first time you actually listen to the lyrics. - ArchAces

This songs is about a shooting in School. - CasinLetsGoBowling

3 Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
4 Jump - Van Halen Jump - Van Halen

He's encouraging you to commit suicide not lose weight by jumping rope to be honest - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

5 Detroit Rock City - Kiss Detroit Rock City - Kiss
6 Uninstall - Made In Japan Production Uninstall - Made In Japan Production
7 Pompeii - Bastille Pompeii - Bastille
8 You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
9 American Pie - Don McLean American Pie - Don McLean V 1 Comment
10 Today - The Smashing Pumpkins Today - The Smashing Pumpkins

The Newcomers

? Roxanne - The Police Roxanne - The Police

I always got so caught up in the catchy chorus that I totally overlooked the fact that this was song was actually about prostitution and all the bad things associated with the lifestyle.

? Blue - Eiffel 65 Blue - Eiffel 65
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The Contenders

11 Copacabana (At the Copa) - Barry Manilow Copacabana (At the Copa) - Barry Manilow

This song has a very upbeat sound and sounds like something to party to, but if you actually listen to the lyrics it's about a woman losing her love after he was killed, and her being depressed about it for the rest of her life. - XerNosam

12 Take Me With You - Serge Devant Take Me With You - Serge Devant
13 Instant Crush - Daft Punk Instant Crush - Daft Punk

So lively, and yet so sad. - PositronWildhawk

14 Paper Planes - M.I.A. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
15 Rock the Casbah - The Clash Rock the Casbah - The Clash
16 Some Nights - Fun Some Nights - Fun
17 Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
18 Hey Ya! - Outkast Hey Ya! - Outkast
19 Mamma Mia - Abba Mamma Mia - Abba
20 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy
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