Top 10 Happy Sounding Songs With Dark Lyrics


The Top Ten

1 Jump - Van Halen

Now that I think about it, ya this has a terrible message. Childhood ruined

This is one of my favorite Van Halen songs. But it has a dark secret with it's chorus. It is based off a man about too commit suicide
Lead man David Lee Roth said so himself. - Draco

What a coincidence watchmojo made the same list 0.o - gemcloben

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2 Ring a Ring o' Roses - Traditional

This song you may remember singing at as a child, but this song isn't really meant for children. It is based completely on the infamous disease outbreak of the 1400's, the Black Death. The lyrics to this song are based on how people died from and handled the disease. Sick children's song if I may say so myself. - Draco

3 Detroit Rock City - Kiss

Another favorite rock song with Dark lyrics. This song is based off a KISS fan's death while traveling to a KISS concert. Although it might be a tribute song to that fan, it still can't hide that fact. - Draco

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4 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Love this! - MRRANDOM

This song is just strange. - Userguy44

If its happy why is it in f minor? - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

This song's lyrics describe a brutal serial killer's offspring of murder's. Just listen to the chorus when they say "Better run, better run faster than my bullet." Yikes. - Draco

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5 Santa Claus is Coming to Town - John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie

Okay, okay this song for some might not be dark, but for others like me, IT IS. The part that puts it here is when he says "He see's you when your sleeping, he knows when your awake." That is has stalker all over it! - Draco

6 Stan - Eminem

How does it sound happy

This is an amazing rap song with some pretty screwed up lyrics and a even more screwed up music video. It is a song about a Eminem fan that goes too the verge of insanity when Eminem doesn't reply to Ryan's letter's. He goes to the point of driving his car of a bridge with his preganet wife in the trunk and himself obviously driving. Crazy enough for Slim Shady himself. - Draco

How is this even a happy sounding song?!

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7 London Bridge is Falling Down - Traditional

The title says it all. This songs lyrics are about a bridge in London collapsing. People were on this bridge when it collapsed. You see what I mean. - Draco

8 You're Beautiful - James Blunt

This song is a stalker song in the making. Just listen too the lyrics. It also turns into a suicidal song at the and, you gotta hear the lyrics song you'll see what I mean. - Draco

This is one of my favorite songs of all time. I absolutely love the instrumentals, the lyrics, and everything! It is a great song to listen to. If any of you haven't heard it before, you really do have to hear this!

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9 Bullet - Hollywood Undead

Honestly one of the darkest songs ever - Rythmystic

I think they made it sound cheerful on purpose.

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10 Pictures of Home - Deep Purple UListen to Sample

The Newcomers

? Those Damned Blue Collared Tweekers - Primus

A song with catchy instrumental breaks that talks about methamphetamine addiction amongs blue-collared workers. - JoLeKosovo

The Contenders

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12 Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind

This song may seem innocent but it isn't. It is a song about the downfall of drug abuse, specifically crystal meth, and the deprivity that comes with it. Just listen to the lyrics, "The sky was gold, it was a rose/I was taking sips through my nose/And I wish I could get back there, someplace back there/Smiling in pictures you would take/ - Draco

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13 Killer On the Loose - Thin Lizzy

Music is too happy for this subject matter but I totally love the song. - Metal_Treasure

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14 Suicide and Mania - Primal Fear

I have ever thought that there's a huge discrepancy between music and lyrics of this song, especially the chorus - it is too playful for the lyrics "No doctor, no healing, there's only disbelieving - the naked truth, no fantasy". I like this song for the music and it's performance - vox, guitars, drums. - Metal_Treasure

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15 Rock the Casbah - The Clash

This song is about censorship of Western culture during the Iranian Revolution.

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16 Paper Planes - M.I.A.

Honestly, after you hear it twice you are left spellbound. So much for a happy, catchy song I thought it was!

This song is actually about capitallism and anti-immigration settlements! Not what I thought, robbery or murder. - Draco

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17 Not Today - Twenty One Pilots UListen to Sample
18 Maxwell's Silver Hammer

By far should be #1. Listen to the sample. - JoLeKosovo

About a child psycho going around murdering people with his hammer. it so catchy though, pretty freaky

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19 (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Man, the lyrics to this song are really dark when you think about it, but damn if it isn't catchy as hell - TheStargazer

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21 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Play it backwards and it says "It's fun to smoke marijuana"

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22 Ex's & Oh's - Elle King UListen to Sample
23 Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

"Before you came in my life, I missed you so bad"

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24 Basket Case - Green Day UListen to Sample
25 Dead! - My Chemical Romance

I mean its My Chemical Romance dude

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26 Hey, Hey, What Can I Do - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
27 Dive In - Dave Matthews Band UListen to Sample
28 The Best Day Ever - SpongeBob SquarePants

Remember when Mr. Sun said "It's gonna be a good one just wait and see"? that's creepy

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29 27 - Passenger UListen to Sample
30 99 Luftballons - Nena UListen to Sample
31 Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
32 Sunday Moring - Tine Hole UListen to Sample
33 She Hates Me - Puddle of Mudd UListen to Sample
34 Join Us for a Bite - J.T. Machinima

Though it is based on a horror game franchise and the dark lyrics are justified, this just takes it to a whole new level. - AsteroidCat

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35 Self-Esteem - The Offspring UListen to Sample
36 A Little Piece of Heaven - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
37 Holding on to You - Twenty One Pilots UListen to Sample
38 Every Breath You Take - The Police

Many people mistake this for a love song, but this is about stalking. - littlebear82

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39 50 Ways to Say Goodbye - Train

The lyrics feature horrible ways to die - ZootopiaFan

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40 Nightfall - Blind Guardian

Considering what the song is about,the music is really happy-sounding - DejanKalinic

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41 Timothy - The Buoys

A very cheerful song about, um, er, cannibalism.

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42 Rasputin - Boney M. UListen to Sample
43 Paranoid - Black Sabbath UListen to Sample
44 Little Talks - of Monsters and Men UListen to Sample
45 Remember When - Chris Wallace UListen to Sample
46 Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
47 Happy Birthday - The Birthday Massacre

A lot of TBM songs are that way.

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48 Holiday In Cambodia - Dead Kennedys

Extremely dark and aggressive, yet so catchy. From the bass intro to the riff, then the verse and the chorus, you just want to mosh and sing along, yet it's about the genocide of the educated in cambodia, and a harsh condemnation of American Society.

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49 Informer - Snow UListen to Sample
50 Copacabana - Barry Manilow UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Miss Murder - AFI
2. Stan - Eminem
3. Bullet - Hollywood Undead
1. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
2. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
3. Jump - Van Halen
1. Pictures of Home - Deep Purple
2. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
3. Killer On the Loose - Thin Lizzy

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