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 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


2 99 Red Balloons - Nena

Love this song and its meaning

3 Jump - Van Halen

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

4 Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
5 Uninstall - Made In Japan Production
6 Hey Ya! - Outkast

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


7 Detroit Rock City - Kiss
8 Bullet - Hollywood Undead
9 Pompeii - Bastille
10 You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon

The Contenders

11 American Pie - Don McLean
12 Basket Case - Green Day
13 Rock the Casbah - The Clash
14 Adam's Song - Blink-182
15 Today - The Smashing Pumpkins
16 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

17 Take Me With You - Serge Devant
18 Instant Crush - Daft Punk

So lively, and yet so sad. - PositronWildhawk

19 Paper Planes - M.I.A.
20 Some Nights - Fun
21 Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
22 Mamma Mia - Abba
23 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy
24 Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles
25 Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

The most depressing song of all time. - Alpha101

Doesn't sound happy at all - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

26 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
27 Hey, Hey, What Can I Do - Led Zeppelin
28 The One That Got Away - Katy Perry
29 Cousin Kevin - The Who
30 Grenade - Bruno Mars
31 I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
32 The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring
33 Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
34 LDN - Lily Allen
35 My Name Is - Eminem
36 Holiday - Green Day
37 Blue - Eiffel 65
38 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.

39 Waterfalls - TLC
40 Wonderful - Everclear

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

41 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
42 Rasputin - Boney M
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