Repost: Psychological Thrillers in Songs

While checking out the FAB Killer Women website, I stumbled across this post by Erin Kelly. It outlines her top 10 songs with creepy lyrics. Think mystery, twists and murder.

Have a peep at her list, but I couldn’t resist adding a few of my own!


Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

How could we forget this belter by MJ?

Truly chilling lyrics when you pay attention. This song tells the story of an onlooker who has witnessed a woman being violently attacked in her home. The desperate repetition of “Annie, are you ok?” at the chorus keeps us hooked until the very end. It’s no wonder it was a smash hit.

Key lyrics: “He came into her apartment, he left the bloodstains on the carpet”


Every Breath You Take – The Police

Commonly misidentified as a romantic song (and even played at weddings!). Sting himself confirmed this is intended as a sinister song. The singer is closely watching the target, reinforced by the repeated day-to-day observations; every smile, every step, every breath.

The reminder of “I’ll be watching you” at the end of every verse is truly haunting and a reminder of the all-encompassing obsession a stalker embodies.

Key lyrics: “Every step you take, I’ll be watching you”


Cemetery Drive – My Chemical Romance

I’m definitely channelling my inner emo here. But it’s AWESOME. And it’s MCR.

The song is dark though, and centres around the suicide of an adultress who can no longer stand the pain she has inflicted on her husband. It is rumoured to be based on MCR frontman Gerard Way’s real life experiences with a married woman. Not strictly serial killer territory but disturbing all the same.

Key lyrics: “And they found you on the bathroom floor”


I Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats

If you aren’t familiar, this song is about the real-life story of a 16 year old girl in ’79 who walked into a school in San Diego and shot at children and teachers, killing two adults. When asked why she did it she replied ‘I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.’ Chilling.

Key lyrics: “And school’s out early and soon we’ll be learning, And the lesson today is how to die”


For me, Erin hit the nail on the head in her original article, with Stan – Eminem. I love this song and it is definitely a psychological thriller. This song tells a tragic story that you just have to stick with to discover how it will unravel. And how.


Over to you

Which songs would YOU add to the list?

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