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I'm trying to make a list but the whole of music is vast and multi faceted. So I ask: What are your the creepiest love songs that stick out to you?

For example: "Every Breath You Take" by the Police or "Invisible" by Clay Aiken.


"Black No. 1" by Type O Negative.


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"More than Words"
"Baby it's Cold Outside" aka the Christmas rape song.


*Looks up lyrics to suggested songs* Well, that was interesting. Definitely ones to consider.

Any other contenders?

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"Possum Kingdom" by the Toadies
"Little Piece of Heaven" by Avenged Sevenfold (although this might be debatable as a love song)


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I must admit "Little Piece of Heaven" seems like like a psychopath break up song than a love song.


This song is adorable, and it sure is catchy!

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MeanDM wrote:
"Baby it's Cold Outside" aka the Christmas rape song.


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Tam Lin, how raping a girl makes her fall in love with you and want to save you from the Queen of Fairies in all sorts of unpleasant trials.


Rotten Girl, Grotesque Romance

The possessive and obsessive love of a stalker.


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MeanDM wrote:
"Baby it's Cold Outside" aka the Christmas rape song.

I had an ex- who used to play an Ella (not this one) version a lot.


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Tam Lin, how raping a girl makes her fall in love with you and want to save you from the Queen of Fairies in all sorts of unpleasant trials.

Never listened to the words closely enough on that one.

[Rocks out]


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There is also Possession by Sarah MacLachlan. My wife and I danced to that one at our wedding because the whole album was, in her words 'a soundtrack to sex' and she loved the song (I also introduced her to Heather Nova). Later, we found out it is based on letters from an obsessed stalker. We probably should have paid more attention to the lyrics rather than that sultry voice she sings them in.


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Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave - Where The Wild Roses Grow.

To be honest anything from Nick Caves Murder Ballads Album.

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Well, surprisingly, The Beatles have a couple. Run For Your Life, if that counts, and Norwegian Wood, made creepy by implication in the very last line.

I don't know what precisely you mean by "creepy love songs", but a LOT of Leonard Cohen songs might count - and generally, if you are looking for haunting, heartfelt music Cohen should be on your radar anyway. There are elements of obsessive, unhealthy love in First We Take Manhatten and Everybody Knows (though both songs could be interpreted to be about larger things than personal love).

And, on the geekier end of the Spectrum, kinda hard to go creepier than Hey There Cthulhu , though the whimsical end credit song of Portal comes close :)


Anthrax wrote a Nice F+@!in Ballad that is sort of a love song?

Spike Jones - My Old Flame


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Grey Lensman wrote:
There is also Possession by Sarah MacLachlan. My wife and I danced to that one at our wedding because the whole album was, in her words 'a soundtrack to sex' and she loved the song (I also introduced her to Heather Nova). Later, we found out it is based on letters from an obsessed stalker. We probably should have paid more attention to the lyrics rather than that sultry voice she sings them in.

Yeah, lots of her songs have some pretty dark undertones, but what an amazing voice she has.


Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:

Tam Lin, how raping a girl makes her fall in love with you and want to save you from the Queen of Fairies in all sorts of unpleasant trials.

Never listened to the words closely enough on that one.

[Rocks out]

Much though I like Fairport Convention, I think Steeleye Span did that one better.


Although cliche and overplayed I have to admit every breath you take deserves a mention.

Crap, I didn't notice that the original poster mentioned it, never-mind then.


MeanDM wrote:
Grey Lensman wrote:
There is also Possession by Sarah MacLachlan. My wife and I danced to that one at our wedding because the whole album was, in her words 'a soundtrack to sex' and she loved the song (I also introduced her to Heather Nova). Later, we found out it is based on letters from an obsessed stalker. We probably should have paid more attention to the lyrics rather than that sultry voice she sings them in.
Yeah, lots of her songs have some pretty dark undertones, but what an amazing voice she has.

Possession gets a special mention as a creepy love song for two reasons. The first is the origin. The second is she sings it in a 'come and shag me' voice. I've listened to most of her stuff, and I have never heard her voice reach that level of 'come hither' in anything else. Although considering the lyrics, it might be more along the lines of 'come and get me or I'll go and take you.'

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Both:

Faith No More - Edge Of The World

and

Vast - Pretty When You Cry

are very creepy.

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Lord Snow mentioned the Portal Song, which made me think of Skullcrusher Mountain by Jonathon Coulton

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"Baby it's Cold Outside" aka the Christmas rape song.

This is first song that came to mind after reading the OP.

"What's in this drink?"

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The Mouse is asking The Wolf what the drink is as a stalling tactic. The song is about how the Mouse wants stay but can't due to fear of how their family and community will judge them.

The rape isn't in the song, it's in the listener's head.

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Is actually too creepy to be a favorite

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Found another one


I once heard a DJ remark that "#1 Crush" by Garbage (a.k.a. "I Would Die for You") is frightening.

And... I don't know if "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor qualifies as a love song, since it addresses some hypothetical future mate the singer probably hasn't met yet, but it does sound ominous.

But my favorite? Hmm... It's hard to beat Eminem's portrayal of his love-hate relationship with Kim. He did quite a few great songs on the subject, but it's hard to get more disturbing than "Kim." But if that doesn't qualify as a love song, I guess I'll settle for "Love You More."


Kate Bush's The Kick Inside?

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Pan wrote:
MeanDM wrote:


"Baby it's Cold Outside" aka the Christmas rape song.

This is first song that came to mind after reading the OP.

"What's in this drink?"

Which was a typical thing people in the 40s used to say when they drank more than they meant to. Sorry, I get annoyed when people call this a rape song using modern interpretations of the lyrics. Sure, some hipster blogger on the internet isolated each line of the lyrics and told everyone it was about rape. It wasn't about rape in Neptune's Daughter, the movie in which it appeared. If this is about rape, then The Gay Divorcee is about Grace & Frankie.

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Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:
Kate Bush's The Kick Inside?

Throw in Infant Kiss with that one.

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And... I don't know if "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor qualifies as a love song, since it addresses some hypothetical future mate the singer probably hasn't met yet, but it does sound ominous.

What's so creepy about a song that demands a man to be determined later worship her unconditionally and completely and she might repay him with sex?

Oh, wait...

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And I will submit as my personal favorite creepy love songs: anything by the Smiths.

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No one has mentioned "The Masochism Tango" by Tom Lehrer? Admittedly, it's a comedy song but still...


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Christopher Dudley wrote:
Pan wrote:
MeanDM wrote:


"Baby it's Cold Outside" aka the Christmas rape song.

This is first song that came to mind after reading the OP.

"What's in this drink?"

Which was a typical thing people in the 40s used to say when they drank more than they meant to. Sorry, I get annoyed when people call this a rape song using modern interpretations of the lyrics. Sure, some hipster blogger on the internet isolated each line of the lyrics and told everyone it was about rape. It wasn't about rape in Neptune's Daughter, the movie in which it appeared. If this is about rape, then The Gay Divorcee is about Grace & Frankie.

And when someone drinks more than they meant to and winds up having sex? What do we call that? Especially when the seducer has been pouring the drinks and she doesn't even know what's in them.

Not necessarily rape, it could certainly be played either way depending on the performance, but the lyrics on their own are definitely creepy.

Also, what wasn't intended to be seen as rape in the 40s, might well look very different today.


Christopher Dudley wrote:
And I will submit as my personal favorite creepy love songs: anything by the Smiths.

Surely Marvin the Paranoid Android's favourite band


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Benny Mardones "Into The Night"

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thejeff wrote:

And when someone drinks more than they meant to and winds up having sex? What do we call that? Especially when the seducer has been pouring the drinks and she doesn't even know what's in them.

Not necessarily rape, it could certainly be played either way depending on the performance, but the lyrics on their own are definitely creepy.

Also, what wasn't intended to be seen as rape in the 40s, might well look very different today.

Complete hogwash. None of what you describe is what's occurring in the song.

Thinking the song is about rape is creepy, not the song itself.

The only rape in the song is what the listener puts there.

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Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:
Kate Bush's The Kick Inside?

Mmmmmmmmmmm, Kate Bush.


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Baby It's cold Outside updated for 2016 lol


"Nice Girls" by Health. It's not much of a love song, but the lyrics are stalker-y as hell and ultra-foreboding. I love how thrashy the guitars are, too.


"Lovefool", by the Cardigans. YMMV about how creepy it is, but you have to agree that the extent she is obsessed with her ex is unhealthy.


"I will possess your heart" by Deathcab for cutie


Orville Redenbacher wrote:
Baby It's cold Outside updated for 2016 lol

A different take on it


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Weird Al has written a number of over-the-top stalker songs, one of the earliest and greatest of which is "Melanie."

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Charlene (I'm Right Behind You) written/performed by Stephen Colbert

Charlene II (I'm Over You) written by Stephen Colbert and performed by The Black Belles


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While its status as a love song is debatable, the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" is straight-up creepy.

It's deliberate, but Kesha has a pretty funny example... "Hunt You Down"


"Imaginary Lover" - Atlanta Rhythm Section


"I Think I'm Turning Japanese" by The Vapors was another. It's catchy as all get out but is about a guy masturbating to the picture of a woman.


Mötley Crüe - You're All I Need

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