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 Happy Sounding Songs That Are Actually Depressing

1 Stay Awake - Dean Lewis
2 Twenty One - Khalid
3 Pompeii - Bastille

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

4 I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
5 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


6 99 Red Balloons - Nena

Love this song and its meaning

7 Jump - Van Halen

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

8 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

9 Bullet - Hollywood Undead
10 Hey Ya! - Outkast

Depressing as hell

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


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. “Shake it like a Polorid picture”, is referring to the divorce papers. “Why o why oh why o we in such denial? Because you know we ain’t happy here.” Is a direct reference to well, the couple falling out of love with each other but not ready to admit to each other yet. - MJfan119

The Contenders

11 Uninstall - Made In Japan Production
12 Detroit Rock City - Kiss
13 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

14 Rock the Casbah - The Clash

It's about an Iranian king banning Western culture during the Iranian revolution.
"The king told the boogiemen." See?

15 You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
16 American Pie - Don McLean
17 Basket Case - Green Day
18 Mamma Mia - Abba
19 Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles
20 Adam's Song - Blink-182
21 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
22 Today - The Smashing Pumpkins
23 Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
24 Waterfalls - TLC

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

25 Take Me With You - Serge Devant
26 Instant Crush - Daft Punk

So lively, and yet so sad. - PositronWildhawk

27 Paper Planes - M.I.A.
28 Some Nights - Fun

The song is about the bands regrets of going to fame and being far and missing their family

29 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

30 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy
31 Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

The most depressing song of all time. - Alpha101

Doesn't sound happy at all - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

32 Hey, Hey, What Can I Do - Led Zeppelin
33 The One That Got Away - Katy Perry
34 Cousin Kevin - The Who
35 Grenade - Bruno Mars
36 The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring
37 LDN - Lily Allen
38 My Name Is - Eminem
39 Holiday - Green Day
40 Blue - Eiffel 65
41 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.

42 Wonderful - Everclear

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

43 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
44 Rasputin - Boney M
45 Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
46 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

47 1-800-273-8255 - Logic
48 When You Die - MGMT
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