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411 Music Ten Deep 2.13.14: Top 10 Disturbing Love Songs
Posted by Sean Walker on 02.13.2014

Hello everyone! Welcome to a special edition of the Ten Deep. Why is it special? Well, it's special because love is in the air! That's right folks, this is a Valentine's themed Ten Deep. I decided to put a spin on the traditional "love song" list. This week, I'm looking at songs that would make you shiver and cringe every time you hear it. These artists redefined what love is.

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Just Missing the 10:
15. Tegan and Sara "Living Room"
14. Eminem feat Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie"
13. Lionel Richie - "Hello"
12. Bruno Mars - "Gorilla"
11. Robin Thicke - "Blurred Lines"

The Top Ten Disturbing Love Songs

10. Elvis Costello - "I Want You" (1986)

I like how this song starts off all sweet and nice. There's a sweet serenade the first minute. Then, it goes downhill from there. Elvis describes how he wants a girl really , really bad. You will see that the 80s was a creepy decade to say the least. This song has a little bit of everything in it. Rape, paranoia, possessiveness, fear, stalking. The simple but effective acoustic guitar gives it a haunted vibe. This should be a definite for those who haven't.

9. Madonna - "Open Your Heart" (1986)

Don't let the simple nature of this song fool you. Madonna threatens to stalk you until you love her. Don't run, because she will find you. If i were you, I'd keep that heart locked up forever. You never want someone who's obsessed with you. It won't end well. She will cut your penis off.

8. Bruce Springsteen - "I'm On Fire" (1985)

This songs main offense? Heh. Having a bad desire for a "little girl whose daddy isn't home." What's the main appeal of an underaged girl? What's so beneficial of being labeled a sex offender for the rest of your life just because you have naughty urges. Oh for those wondering, This song was released from Springsteen's most popular album Born in the U.S.A. Now I realize this may just be some excellent storytelling from Bruce, but how the hell did this song make it into the top 10 of the national charts. Keep in mind, Itunes didn't exist in the 80s. Radio was the primary exposure for music at the time.

7. Motorhead: "Jailbait" (1980)

The title alone should make you shudder. Just for fun, let's take a look at the very first five lines of this song:
Teenage baby you're a sweet young thing,
Still tied to Mommy's apron strings,
I don't even dare to ask your age,
It's enough to know you're here backstage,
You're Jailbait, and I just can't wait.

I think I threw up a little. How did this song go unnoticed by everyone?! Lemmy is basically singing to a teenaged girl about, well, sex. This isn't even borderline pedophlia. It's full on creepy, nasty, old man perving. Bleh.

6. The Beatles- "Run For Your Life" (1965)

Alright, I'll be the first to say it. Who else finds the irony in this? The song that was John Lennon's least favorite Beatles song is about killing your lover, before she is with someone else. I'm not trying to be a dick, but you can't write this kind of stuff. He later regretted writing it for obvious reasons. I'm probably going to hell for this one. It shouldn't be forgotten though, that John Lennon was a well known woman abuser. Disturbing indeed.

5. Death Cab For Cutie - "I Will Possess Your Heart" (2008)

Between two long instrumenal sessions are lyrics that aren't very subtle in what the guy wants. The line "I will possess your heart" is sung over a dozen times getting the point across successfully. There's also some fantasies about what could be if be. He's singing as if he's forcing the happily ever after to happen, even if the girl doesn't want it. That's some deep, disturbing stuff.

4. Rihanna feat Chris Brown - "Nobody's Business" (2012)

This is the song for those who want to hate themselves for a couple of minutes. After getting her face beat in by Fist Brown a couple of years ago, Rihanna and the sleeveless shirt rekindled their fucked up relationship. Despite everyone pleading her not to, she did anyway. To cash in on this new found publicity, Rihanna unnecessarily made a song with that piece of shit. Here's a tip for you Rihanna. It's isn't anyone business anymore when you decide to shove said business down everyone's face.

3. Sarah McLachlan - "Possession" (1993)

Sarah McLachlan is best known for that song that forces you to change the channel when you hear it.

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It's because of "Angel" that the rest of her career has become largely forgotten. Years ago, she released what is a gem of a song. It's apparently a song about an obsessed fan that sent her letters for years. This is storytelling at it's finest. The song is so beautifully done you wouldn't believe it's about a stalker "making love" to his stalkee. He won't be denied in getting what he wants. The fact that you can't help but love it makes it all the more disturbing.

2. Nine Inch Nails - "Closer" (1994)

Closer is considered to be Nine Inch Nails' most popular song released. It's maybe the only song they've had that's been played on mainstream radio. The radio version is heavily censored however, and for good reason. This song is dirty. Trent Reznor wants to have nasty sex with a girl that allows him to. She allows him to violate, desecrated and fuck her like an animal. The song is of course industrial rock, but it has those hints of funk that makes it really catchy, despite the nature of it. The naughty, raw filthy nature of it.

1. The Police - "Every Breath You Take" (1983)

Without a doubt the most well known "love" song on this list. For years many thought that this song was one of the sweetest love songs ever. It's not. Not even close. The song is about a possessive ex-lover who still wants his old flame. He misses her so much that he is willing to watch every move she makes. The song was number one for a whopping eight weeks in the United States. That was a very hard accomplishment to do in the 80s. So congratulations everyone who played this song at their weddings.

Well that's it for now. Are there any songs about that you feel are disturbing? Share them in the comments below. Stay classy Internet.


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