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 Hey Ya! - Outkast Hey Ya! - Outkast

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

9 You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
10 American Pie - Don McLean American Pie - Don McLean V 1 Comment

The Newcomers

? Wonderful - Everclear Wonderful - Everclear

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

? Waterfalls - TLC Waterfalls - TLC
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The Contenders

11 Today - The Smashing Pumpkins Today - The Smashing Pumpkins
12 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

13 Basket Case - Green Day Basket Case - Green Day
14 Take Me With You - Serge Devant Take Me With You - Serge Devant
15 Instant Crush - Daft Punk Instant Crush - Daft Punk

So lively, and yet so sad. - PositronWildhawk

16 Paper Planes - M.I.A. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
17 Rock the Casbah - The Clash Rock the Casbah - The Clash
18 Some Nights - Fun Some Nights - Fun
19 Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
20 Mamma Mia - Abba Mamma Mia - Abba
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