18 Happy Songs That Are Actually Very Sad

We all know them, they have a catchy beat and seem happy, but did you realize that these songs are actually about something sad?

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    It's My Party - Lesley Gore

    "You would cry too if it happened to you" - Poor gal's guy left her for another at her own party.

  2. 2

    Mamma Mia - ABBA

    "Yes, I've been brokenhearted" - This girl keeps on going back to the guy who mistreats her.

  3. 3

    Some Nights - Fun

    "But I still wake up, I still see your ghost" - Songwriter Nate Ruess describes his loneliness and self-doubt.

  4. 4

    Hey Ya - OutKast

    "Y'all don't want me here you just wanna dance" - Andre 3000 is talking about having doubts in one's relationship.

  5. 5

    Up the Junction - Squeeze

    "Alone here in the kitchen, I feel there's something missing" - The poor guy's girl gets pregnant and leaves him.

  6. 6

    Semi Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind

    "I want something else, I'm not listening when you say good-bye" - The song is about the descent into crystal meth addiction.

  7. 7

    Jump - Van Halen

    "Might as well jump" - David Lee Roth was inspired by someone attempting suicide.

  8. 8

    Call Me Al - Paul Simon

    "Where's my wife and family, what if I die here" - The song is all about the regrets and sorrow of a middle-aged man.

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    Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations

    "Just to let me down" - Buttercup keeps leading the poor guy on.

  10. 10

    Misery - Maroon 5

    "I am in misery" - Adam Levine is describing having his heart broken

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    Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles

    "Bang, Bang, Maxwell's silver hammer, made sure that he was dead" - This upbeat classic is about a serial killer.

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    Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen

    "My old man worked 20 years on the line and they let him go" - He sounds like he's nostalgic for the old days, but they really weren't all that great.

  13. 13

    Just Like Heaven - The Cure

    "And found myself alone" - Robert Smith talking about letting his dream girl slip through his fingers

  14. 14

    Train in Vain - The Clash

    "Did you stand by me, no, not at all" - Though upbeat, the song describes a girl abandoning her guy.

  15. 15

    99 Red Balloons- Nena

    "It's all over and I'm standin' pretty, in the dust that was a city" - Written during the Cold War, the song describes the fallout of a nuclear attack.

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    Ana Ng - They Might Be Giants

    "Make a hole with a gun perpendicular" - The song describes the yearning for a love that may only exist on the other side of the world.

  17. 17

    Copacabana - Barry Manilow

    "There was blood and a single gun shot" - Set in the famous night club, it describes a scene in which two men fight over the affections of Lola.

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    Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

    "Yeah, he found a six shooter gun in his dad's closet hidden with a box of fun things" - The song describes a high school outcast contemplating mass murder.

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