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 Twenty One - Khalid
2 Pompeii - Bastille

Wait how is this depressing and how does I took a pill in Ibiza not sound depressing

3 I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
4 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

This songs is about a shooting in School. - CasinLetsGoBowling


5 99 Red Balloons - Nena

Love this song and its meaning

6 Jump - Van Halen

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

7 Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind

This is about Crystal Meth addiction. It's sounds happy/peppy than later he sounds like he's panicking. - Soulstealer

8 Bullet - Hollywood Undead
9 Uninstall - Made In Japan Production
10 Hey Ya! - Outkast

According to song;The song is actually about a married couple, who no longer loves each other. And is in the middle of a divorce. - MJfan119

Depressing as hell


This is like the happiest sounding song EVER! It NEEDS to get up there!

The Newcomers

? 1-800-273-8255 - Logic
? Stay Awake - Dean Lewis

The Contenders

11 Detroit Rock City - Kiss
12 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

13 You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
14 American Pie - Don McLean
15 Basket Case - Green Day
16 Rock the Casbah - The Clash
17 Mamma Mia - Abba
18 Adam's Song - Blink-182
19 Today - The Smashing Pumpkins
20 Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
21 Waterfalls - TLC

It sounds very joyous, but the lyrics are actually very depressing.

22 Take Me With You - Serge Devant
23 Instant Crush - Daft Punk

So lively, and yet so sad. - PositronWildhawk

24 Paper Planes - M.I.A.
25 Some Nights - Fun
26 Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

In This icon. An American soldier, tells about the about the experience, and the affect it had on him,during the Vietnam war. - MJfan119

27 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy
28 Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles
29 Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

The most depressing song of all time. - Alpha101

Doesn't sound happy at all - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

30 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
31 Hey, Hey, What Can I Do - Led Zeppelin
32 The One That Got Away - Katy Perry
33 Cousin Kevin - The Who
34 Grenade - Bruno Mars
35 The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring
36 LDN - Lily Allen
37 My Name Is - Eminem
38 Holiday - Green Day
39 Blue - Eiffel 65
40 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.

41 Wonderful - Everclear

It's pretty happy except for the fact that he's singing about his parents' divorce.

42 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
43 Rasputin - Boney M
44 Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
45 Big League - Tom Cochrane

Its about a father whose son had earned a scholarship with a U.S. team before being killed when a truck travelling in the wrong lane crashed into his car

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