8 Deceptively Unromantic "Love" Songs

Songs you'll never be able to sing along to again without feeling like an exceptionally awkward.

Bruno Mars Marry You Modern music is chalk full of so-called love songs that actually hide some rather unromantic notions. These secretly depressing, bigoted, or just plain idiotic ballads go unnoticed by listeners because they have a catchy chorus that mentions the words €œlove€ and €œbaby,€ so they MUST be singing about something sweet, right? Wrong. Oh so very, very wrong. Ever since Sting wrote the definitive stalker anthem in "Every Breath You Take" and then managed to convince the general public that it was actually a perfectly reasonable love song, there has been no shortage of musicians tucking away horrible messages in their supposedly tender ballads. And, for the most part, they get away with it. But it's time to pull back the curtain on some of these deceitful tunes and show you the seedy world of Top 40 hits, littered with perversion, drugs and, yes, even more stalkers. Some of them are tasteless, others are subversive, and a few of them are just plain confounding. (It's possible the phrase WTF was invented for #3.) So strap in and prepare to be stupefied, folks. These are the 8 songs you'll never be able to sing along to again without feeling like an exceptionally awkward. We're sorry in advance.
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