There's nothing more romantic than a love song. And luckily, there are many to choose from. There are even love songs written about love songs, like Selena Gomez's "Love You Like A Love Song," or the less contemporary, "Your Song" by Elton John. Love songs have one thing in common; Whether they are over the top syrupy or under the radar swoon-worthy, love songs ooze sweet sentiments. But some love songs audiences have grown to love might not be as peachy keen as originally comprehended. Some love songs are downright creepy.
Take, for example, the commonly criticized love song, "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. Lead singer Sting wrote and performed the song, which from the lyrics, appears to be essentially about stalking someone. The singer told The Independent of the track: "It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn't realize at the time how sinister it is."
There's even a cover of the song that takes the original lyrics and changes the track's major key to minor, making it all the more creepy. But Sting's shiver-inducing track is just one "love" song that is actually pretty eerie. Here are 13 tracks, Sting's included, that are creepier than you ever realized.
The Police – “Every Breath You Take”
Creepiest Lyrics: "Oh can’t you see, you belong to me/How my poor heart aches, with every step you take/Every move you make, every vow you break/Every smile you fake, every claim you stake/I’ll be watching you"
Maroon 5 — "Animals"
Creepiest Lyrics: “Baby, I’m preying on you tonight/Hunt you down eat you alive/Maybe you think that you can hide/I can smell your scent for miles”
The Beatles – “Run for Your Life”
Creepiest Lyrics: Well I’d rather see you dead, little girl/Than to be with another man/You better keep your head, little girl/Or I won’t know where I am/You better run for your life if you can, little girl/Hide your head in the sand little girl/Catch you with another man/That’s the end’a little girl
Robyn — "Dancing On My Own"
Creepiest Lyrics: I’m in the corner, watching you kiss her, ohh/I’m right over here, why can’t you see me, ohh/I’m giving it my all, but I’m not the girl you’re taking home, ooo.”
Clay Aiken – “Invisible”
Creepiest Lyrics: "If I was invisible then I could just watch you in your room/If I was invincible I’d make you mine tonight"
Death Cab for Cutie – “I Will Possess Your Heart”
Creepiest Lyrics: "You gotta spend some time, Love/You gotta spend some time with me/And I know that you’ll find, love/I will possess your heart"
Bruce Springsteen – “I’m On Fire”
Creepiest Lyrics: Hey little girl, is your daddy home?/Did he go away and leave you all alone?/I got a bad desire, I’m on fire/Tell me now baby is he good to you/Can he do to you the things that I do/I can take you higher I’m on fire
Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley — "Hallelujah"
Creepiest Lyrics: "There was a time when you let me know/What’s really going on below/But now you never show it to me, do you?/And remember when I moved in you/The holy dove was moving too/And every breath we drew was Hallelujah"
Tegan and Sara – “Living Room”
Creepiest Lyrics: "My windows look into your living room where I spend the afternoon on top of you... My windows look into your bathroom where I spend the evening watching you get yourself clean"
Robin Thicke — "Blurred Lines"
Creepiest Lyrics: "I hate these blurred lines/I know you want it/I hate them lines/I know you want it"
George Michael – “Father Figure”
Creepiest Lyrics: This time I think that my lover understands me if we have faith in each other, then we can be strong/I will be your father figure. Put your tiny hand in mine/I will be your preacher teacher — anything you have in mind/I will be your father figure. I have had enough of crime/I will be the one who loves you till the end of time
Smashing Pumpkins – “Ava Adore”
Creepiest Lyrics: "And I’ll pull your crooked teeth/You’ll be perfect just like me/You’ll be a lover in my bed/And a gun to my head/We must never be apart/We must never be apart"
Gnarls Barkley – “Necromancer”
Creepiest Lyrics: "Did you hear what I said? With this ring I do wed a body in my bed/She was cool when I met her but I think I like her better dead"