12 Super-Fun Top 40 Pop Songs With Upsetting Lyrics

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12 Super-Fun Top 40 Pop Songs With Upsetting Lyrics

We listen to music to escape, for the most part; when we have a bad day and don't want our brains to be filled with nasty things like thoughts and memories, we use music like an acid wash to push all the bad feels away. Although sometimes we just want to hear a tasty groove, lyrics and subject matter be damned. So what if the ear-worm The Macarena is about a trash person that cheats when her partner is away?

It’s amazing what a good tune can do to cover up a song’s lyrics. While you’re bouncing to the beat of a Cherry Poppin’ Daddies song, most won’t realize that those Daddies are singing about a horrible atrocity perpetrated by police and Navy service members. Here’s that song, and a few others, which sound more fun than the lyrics really are. Think about that next time you're MMMBopping to the latest <squints at Spotify's most popular artists> Lil Dooper?

Hey Ya! - Outkast

Hey Ya! OUTKAST CRACKED.COM The widely-played and loved single from Andre 3000 reminds us that love is awful, we know we're not happy here, and people used to shake photographs.

Mubi 

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bad Moon Rising CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL a CRACKED GOM Your dad's favorite song is actually about the end of days, with such hauntingly-prophetic lines as I fear rivers overflowing, I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

Pitchfork

Goodbye Earl - The (formerly Dixie) Chicks

Goodbye Earl THE (FORMERLY DIXIE) CHICKS CRACKED.COM Killing an abusive husband with your best friend is empowering, but this revenge tale gets creepy when the singer keeps asking Ain't it dark wrapped up in that tarp, Earl?

RollingStone

Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind

Semi-Charmed Life THIRD EYE BLIND CRACKED.COM A tune meant to get people dancing hits you over the head with the warning that doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break, it won't stop.

Last FM

Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon

Excitable Boy WARREN ZEVON CRACKED.COM This bluesy tune starts off talking about a guy who's a bit goofy, but ends up describing what he did to a date: Не raped her and killed her then he took her home.

This is Dig 

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