The more you read into this list, the more you’ll realize that some songs that sound so romantic are actually about a stalker’s obsession for the object of their desire! Check out if any of these songs used to strike you as sweet and loving.
1. Morrissey – The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
The title pretty much gives it away. Logically, the first thing you do about a stranger confessing their undying love is to ignore them. But that’s the wrong move according to Morrissey, because that’s how he’ll get closer to you. And one of these days, he’s bound to bear that grudge and creep that much closer.
Stalker lyrics: Beware! I bear more grudges than lonely high court judges. When you sleep I will creep into your thoughts, like a bad debt that you can’t pay. Take the easy way and give in. Yeah, and let me in, oh, let me in.
2. Lionel Ritchie – Hello
At first, you might think this is a song about a guy introducing himself to a girl, pretty sweet, right? Wrong! In reality, the singer has fantasized about this woman for a while. He has seen her pass by his door, and he would like to introduce himself. It would have been nice if he had stopped at that, but he just had to give her his obsessive love speech too!
Stalker lyrics: I’ve been alone with you inside my mind. And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times. I sometimes see you pass outside my door. Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
3. Melissa Etheridge – Come to My Window
In this song, Melissa Etheridge plays the love struck woman who has been having obsessive thoughts about her lover. And she’s willing to do some pretty creepy stuff just to make him love her such as calling him up just to hear him breather, die for him, and ignore the advice of others just to get him!
Stalker lyrics: I would dial the numbers just to listen to your breath. I would stand inside my hell and hold the hand of death. You don’t know how far I’d go to ease this precious ache. You don’t know how much I’d give.
4. James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
James Blunt’s huge hit brings us right into the mind of a delusional man who has fallen in love with a woman on the train. At first, you might think it’s romantic that he would suddenly fall for someone he just met. But when you think about it, he sees her for a fleeting train ride and he already works up a tragic love story in his head because he knows she will never be his.
Stalker lyrics: Yes, she caught my eye as we walked on by. She could see from my face that I was flyin’ high. And I don’t think that I’ll see her again, but we shared a moment that will last till the end.
5. Morrissey – I Will Possess Your Heart
Morrissey is on a roll with another obsessive love song. He describes it so well in an interview with Pulse magazine: “The song is basically about a stalker. It’s about this nice guy who wants this girl he can’t have, and he believes they’ll be together once she realizes how great he is-he just has to wait it out. That’s the part that makes the song really creepy, the delusion of thinking that they were meant to be together. It’s a really dark song.”
Stalker lyrics: You reject my advances and desperate pleas. I won’t let you let me down so easily, so easily. 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.
6. Radiohead – All I Need
The thing with Radiohead lyrics is that most of the time, their songs have dark lyrics beautifully bound in an elegant and haunting tune – much like the theme of this song. All I Need is a song about obsession and believing that the object of his desire is all he needs in the world as he mentally debates about how both right and wrong it feels.
Stalker lyrics: You are all I need. You are all I need. I’m in the middle of your picture, lying in the leaves. I am a moth who just wants to share your light. I’m just an insect trying to get out of the night. I only stick with you because there are no others.
7. Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out of My Head
For many people, the meaning of obsession is just an intense fondness. But clinically speaking, an obsession is a thought that continually intrudes your mind. In a way, you could say that infatuation or even love could be a form of obsession, and in this song, Kylie tells us all about her obsessive love for a man.
Stalker lyrics: I just can’t get you out of my head. Boy, your lovin’ is all I think about. I just can’t get you out of my head. Boy, its more than I dare to think about.
8. Alison Krauss – Baby, Now That I’ve Found You
Alison’s version may be a popular one, but this song was originally recorded by The Foundations. We’ve chosen Alison’s version because of how she was able to capture the melancholy theme of the song. Baby, Now That I’ve Found You is about a person who continues to make their world revolve around a loved one who no longer wants to be with them.
Stalker lyrics: Baby, now that I’ve found you I can’t let you go, I’ll build my world around you. I need you so, baby, even though you don’t need me, you don’t need me no more.
9. Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into me
With such a beautiful melody and eloquent lyrics, how can you even think this song isn’t a love song? Well, it is, and in a way, it’s a criminal one. Crash Into Me is about a dumped boyfriend who wants his ex back, and he shows this by being a peeping tom. Yes, the song that got so many people hooked onto Dave Matthews Band is actually about voyeurism!
Stalker lyrics: Oh I watch you there through the window, and I stare at you. You wear nothing but you wear it so well. Tied up and twisted, the way I’d like to be, for you, for me, come crash into me.
10. Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
While Lady Gaga explains that the song is about whoring herself out to the media to maintain her stardom, it can be interpreted in a different way. You can interpret it as a stalker who follows his love interest, taking photos of him and all the while hoping that he will one day fall in love with her too.
Stalker lyrics: I’m your biggest fan, I’ll follow you until you love me. Papa-paparazzi. Baby there’s no other superstar you know that I’ll be, your papa-paparazzi. Promise I’ll be kind, but I won’t stop until that boy is mine. Baby you’ll be famous, chase you down until you love me. Papa-paparazzi.
11. Alanis Morissette – Your House
Is breaking and entering enough proof that one’s love is obsessive? Because this song could be the anthem for criminal stalkers. In this song, Alanis sings as a woman who breaks into the house of her ex-lover, uses his shower, wears his clothes, and then ultimately finds out that her ex is with someone else. It’s a heartbreaking song, but you don’t know if you should feel sorry for the singer or feel creeped out!
Stalker lyrics: Would you forgive me love if I danced in your shower? Would you forgive me love if I laid in your bed? Would you forgive me love if I stay all afternoon?
12. Eurythmics – Love Is a Stranger
If Alanis sings about breaking and entering, Love Is a Stranger is about abduction! Annie Lennox lends her voice to a woman who preaches about the dangers of love as she plans to abduct the object of her desire.
Stalker lyrics: Love is a stranger in an open car to tempt you in and drive you far away. And I want you, and I want you, and I want you so. It’s an obsession.
13. Blondie – One Way or Another
It’s easy to like a catchy song when you don’t know the lyrics behind it. This hit track was inspired by Debbie Harry’s experience with an ex who simply won’t leave her alone. So as revenge, she writes him a song to show him just how obsessively creepy it can be. Sadly, because of how many people think this is a cute song about an innocent pursuit, the intent backfired.
Stalker lyrics: One day maybe next week, I’m gonna meet ya’. I’m gonna meet ya’, I’ll meet ya’. I will drive past your house and if the lights are all down, I’ll see who’s around.
14. Radiohead – Creep
While the title is pretty blunt, the intent may be less so. Creep is actually a song about being less of a manly man when it comes to love and being more of the sensitive type. However, this can often be seen as weird or creepy by some women, especially those who grew up with the 90s ideal of being assertive when you love someone. In a way, this song is breaks down the stereotype of the gloomy guy fawning over a girl and gives him a voice.
Stalker lyrics: When you were here before. Couldn’t look you in the eye. You’re just like an angel. Your skin makes me cry. You float like a feather in a beautiful world. And I wish I was special, you’re so fuckin’ special. But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.
15. The Police – Every Breath You Take
Don’t be fooled by the swoon-worthy vocals of Sting in this track! So many people used to think that this song was so sweet because of how a guy would watch over a girl even if she doesn’t like him. But when you take a long hard look at the lyrics, you’ll see that his affections are one-sided. He wants to watch her every move, dream about her at night, and even believes that she belongs to him. Now if that isn’t a song about obsessive love, we don’t know what is!
Stalker lyrics: Every single day, every word you say, every game you play, every night you stay, I’ll be watching you. Oh can’t you see you belong to me. My poor heart aches with every step you take.
Which of these songs did you used to think were about healthy romantic love? Let us know in the comments below!