5.4k voters

15 Love Songs You Never Realized Are Super Dark And Creepy

Updated November 4, 2019 28.3k votes 5.4k voters 283.2k views15 items

List RulesVote up the spookiest songs.

Ever sing along to a love song? Of course you have – they all seem so super sweet or achingly sad in a way that is totally beautiful and relatable. Well, you may want to rethink your feelings about some of those tunes after you see this list of love songs you never realized are creepy. Hits by artists like Adele, the Beatles, and more seem innocent on the surface, but when you really listen to the lyrics, you realize these are actually love songs with dark messages. Who knew so many songs about love were actually about stalking an ex or being attracted to people who are underage?

That's not to say these songs aren't great; many of them are classics for a reason. But there are lots of fun pop songs with dark meanings, when you think about it These secretly creepy love songs don't mean what you think they do. Take a listen, but you've been warned – this list might just ruin slow dances for you forever.

  • Video: YouTube

    "This one goes out to the one I love" sounds like it's the beginning of a sweet dedication. But that changes when Michael Stipe refers to the one he loves as, "a simple prop to occupy my time." And then he spends the chorus shouting about a fire, which may or may not mean he's setting fire to the home of the one he loves.

    But either way you look at it, the song is definitely not romantic.

    Is this dark?

    More The One I Love 

    #128 of 182 The Best '80s New Wave Songs#121 of 284 The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked#23 of 113 The Best Alternative Songs Of The '80s, Ranked

  • Video: YouTube

    When you combine Maroon 5's catchy melodies and Adam Levine's impressive vocals, it can be easy to overlook the lyrics. For instance, the chorus of "Animals" contains the lines, "Baby, I'm preying on you tonight, Hunt you down, eat you alive."

    Chances are, you don't want to date someone who is intending to eat you alive... and you also might not want to date someone who refers to animals as "animals-mals."

    Is this dark?
  • Video: YouTube

    Adele's songs are always romantic in the grandest way possible. And when you give "Hello" a casual listen, it sounds like Adele merely wants to apologize to an ex because she feels she treated him wrong. But she says she "must have called a thousand times," and then winds up popping up unannounced at the guy's house saying, "Hello from the outside."

    If your ex doesn't want to talk, it's usually best to just let it go.

    Is this dark?
  • Video: YouTube

    "Hello," Lionel Richie croons, "Is it me you're looking for?" Probably not, considering the behavior outlined in the song. He's imagined kissing this nameless person's lips "a thousand times," but has apparently never spoken to her – the song concludes with him saying, "let me start by saying I love you." That's not exactly an ice breaker.

    Is this dark?

    More Hello 

    #3306 of 3,867 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked#75 of 193 The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked#101 of 179 The Best Pop Songs Of The '80s, Ranked