Take a closer listen to these popular classics and only one conclusion can be reached – obsession.
Here is a list of my Top 5 favorite stalker songs. They may seem like nice love songs, or rockin’ anthems at first, but give them a closer listen.
5. “All The Young Dudes”, Mott the Hoople – Some of this song is about drag queens, which isn’t a surprise since David Bowie wrote it. Check out the second verse – “Now Lucy looks sweet cause he dresses like a queen but he can kick like a mule it’s a real mean team, but we can love, yes, we can love.” The songs ends with the singer telling the crew to bring a guy with glasses down to the front “Because I want him, I want him in the front.” Then he laughs crazily and says, “I’ve wanted to do this for years.” The laughter is almost maniacal. Draw your own conclusions.
4.”Young Girl”, Gary Puckett – You don’t even have to get past the first verse to realize this song is a bit creepy, but hey, maybe they did things differently in the early 1960s. “Young girl, get out of my mind. My love for you is way out of line, better run girl, you’re much too young girl.” Need I say more? The remaining verses are just as revealing. He’s angry because she hid her age from him and she better run home to her worried mother before things go too far.
3. “I’ll be watching you”, Sting and the Police – I really don’t think this song was meant to be about a ghost, despite what the video wants you to believe. Just listen to the words, it’s about a man obsessed with a woman who left him. “Every breath you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you.” A little weird wouldn’t you say? Or how about another verse, “Oh can’t you see? You belong to me. How my poor heart aches with every step you take.” It hurts him more and more every step she takes to try to get away from him.
2. “8675309 (Jenny)”, Tommy Tutone – For starters this song is about a guy who found a girl’s number on a bathroom wall and becomes obsessed with her, “I know you think I’m like the others before, who saw your name and number on the wall.” When he tries to call Jenny he realizes how pathetic and creepy he is. “You don’t know me but you make me so happy. I tried to call you before but I lost my nerve. I tried my imagination but I was disturbed.” This guy just couldn’t take the joke of “for a good time call” and he considers taking it to another level and actually seeking out Jenny.
1. “You can’t change that”, Raydio – This gets my number one pick for a creepy stalker song. At first it seems like I charming love song. But examine the words and you realize it’s about a guy who can’t get over the fact that a girl won’t be with him. He’ll do anything to make her change her mind – there’s nothing she can do or say to change the way he feels. “You can change your telephone number, and you can change your address too, but you can’t stop me from loving you, no you can’t change that.” Not convinced? “You can change the color of your hair, and you can change the clothes you wear, but you’ll never change the way I care, no you can’t change that.” Apparently she has tried moving, changing her number and disguising herself but this guy still doesn’t get it.