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!

Depressing as hell


7 Bullet - Hollywood Undead
8 Detroit Rock City - Kiss
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 Mamma Mia - Abba
15 Adam's Song - Blink-182
16 Today - The Smashing Pumpkins
17 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

18 Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
19 Waterfalls - TLC

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

20 Take Me With You - Serge Devant
21 Instant Crush - Daft Punk

So lively, and yet so sad. - PositronWildhawk

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

The most depressing song of all time. - Alpha101

Doesn't sound happy at all - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

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

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
43 Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
44 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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