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158 Songs About Stalkers and Obsession

Popular music is full of songs about creepers, stalkers and people who cannot take "no" for an answer when it comes to love.  What gives?

Popular music is full of songs about creepers, stalkers and people who cannot take "no" for an answer when it comes to love. What gives?

The Creeper in Apartment 16C

Let this serve as a warning to anyone who sets up housekeeping in a residence that someone has previously occupied: Make sure your locks are changed. You don't know who else has a copy of that key. I learned this lesson the hard way more than 20 years ago.

Straight out of college, I took a job and relocated to Louisiana, 800 miles from where I grew up. Living on my own for the first time, I rented a one-bedroom apartment that was considered upscale for the area. (But these places can have creepy or dangerous residents, too!)

The first person I met in my new apartment building was my next-door neighbor, an outgoing divorced man named Ron. He was unemployed and always home. In his mid-50s, Ron was the self-proclaimed social butterfly of the building. He typically kept his apartment door wide open — even with his air conditioning running full blast — so he could watch people come and go and invite them in to chat.

An overly friendly neighbor kept his apartment door wide open (even with his air conditioning running full blast) so he could watch people come and go and invite them in to chat.

An overly friendly neighbor kept his apartment door wide open (even with his air conditioning running full blast) so he could watch people come and go and invite them in to chat.

Attempts to Avoid My Neighbor

After a few months, however, I began to avoid Ron. He tended to talk too long and overshared a lot of personal drama. I found myself spending more time away from home and sneaking up to my second-floor apartment to avoid his detection.

Ron claimed he was having a long-term affair with a married nurse named Louise. He desperately wanted Louise to leave her husband. Ron said he had attempted suicide because he was so despondent about their future.

Louise visited him once or twice a week, but from my brief interactions with her, I thought she was out of Ron's league. She was considerably more attractive than him and seemed too stable. It left me befuddled about what he could possibly bring to their relationship.

When I pressed redial on my home phone one night, I learned that my neighbor had been secretly letting himself in to my apartment.  He still had a key from the prior tenant.

When I pressed redial on my home phone one night, I learned that my neighbor had been secretly letting himself in to my apartment. He still had a key from the prior tenant.

The Surprise When I Pressed Redial

One evening, I returned to my apartment and pressed redial on my home phone. I was certain that my boyfriend was the last person I had called. However, Louise answered instead. Somehow Ron had been in my apartment and used my (landline) phone to call her.

When I confronted Ron, he became distraught and blubbery, begging me not to alert the police. He admitted that the young woman who lived in the apartment before me gave him a copy of her key after she had locked herself out one too many times. Ron said his purpose for entering my apartment was simple curiosity and he just wanted to play with my orange kitten, Oscar.

I could only guess what else he was doing in my apartment when I wasn't there!

My mentally ill neighbor not only acknowledged he had a key to my apartment but he also showed me how someone could  climb onto my patio and balcony.

My mentally ill neighbor not only acknowledged he had a key to my apartment but he also showed me how someone could climb onto my patio and balcony.

Chilling Advice and a Demonstration

What really sent shivers up my spine, however, came next. Ron gave me a "helpful warning" to always lock the sliding glass door to my balcony. He showed me how he could climb from the second-floor landing to my apartment's patio. Ron said he had helped the previous tenant break in to her own apartment that way. He also volunteered that Louise was actually a psychiatric nurse.

I didn't need to hear anymore. I immediately called the apartment office to have the locks changed and shortly thereafter moved out-of-state with my job.

Who knows what the real story was with Ron. What was he really doing in my apartment? Were he and Louise truly involved in an affair, as he claimed? Or, was she perhaps just a healthcare provider performing home visits on a mentally ill man?

I reiterate: Make sure your locks are changed.

Examples of Stalking Behaviors


unwanted phone calls

waiting at places for the victim; showing up at places without a legitimate reason

unsolicited or unwanted letters, e-mails, texts

giving gifts to the victim after being told to stop

following or spying on the victim, "keeping tabs" on the victim

Bottom Line: If it's repetitive, unwanted and causes the target to fear for their safety or that of a loved one, stop it. That's stalking.

1. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police

In the 1980s. we didn't yet have a name for stalking, but this song was creepy even in 1983. It's about an obsessed ex-lover who promises that

Every move you make
Every step you take
I'll be watching you...

Sting, the musician who penned the hit, acknowledged, "I didn't realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control."

2. "One Way Or Another" by Blondie

This catchy 1979 song was inspired by lead singer Debbie Harry's experience in which an ex-boyfriend pursued her relentlessly. It takes the perspective of an obsessed love interest who promises that one way or another, he'll

  • find you
  • see you
  • meet you
  • trick you
  • get you and
  • win you.

His ominous plans include drive-bys and trailing you at the mall, supermarket and on the bus. What a weirdo.

3. "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt

Creeper alert. This 2005 song seems like a love song, but listen closely and you'll see an unhealthy fixation on a stranger. A man spots a woman on a subway and develops a preoccupation with her. From brief eye contact, he perceives that they "shared a moment that will last till the end." Thankfully, however, he admits to himself they'll never be together.


4. "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea (Featuring Rita Ora)

Watch out for the spurned woman in this 2014 hit. A wronged woman seeks vengeance on a man whom she says should have known better than to mess with her. She threatens to love him "until it hurts" and promises that he'll end up hating her.

5. "Don’t You Want Me" by The Human League

Five years previously, the man in this wicked 1981 song met his love interest when she was a waitress in a cocktail bar. Now that their relationship has ended, however, he refuses to move on.

The protagonist warns the woman that he made her who she is, and he won't tolerate rejection:

When you think you've changed your mind
You'd better change it back or we will both be sorry.

6. "Sunglasses at Night" by Corey Hart

A person who wears sunglasses at night either has vision problems or they're dangerous. In this 1984 song, it's the latter.

The guy watches a woman but also reports visual hallucinations; he says the glasses help him "keep track of the visions in my eyes." He also tells his target not to "switch the blade on the guy in the shades." He's trouble waiting to happen. Call the police.

7. "Possession" by Sarah McLachlan

This 1993 song is based on the singer's experience with two fans early in her career. In it, there's a deranged man who imagines forcing his affection on her:

And I would be the one
to hold you down
kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away
and after, I'd wipe away the tears
just close your eyes, Dear.

8. "Hello" by Lionel Ritchie

"Hello, is it me you're looking for?" asks this 1984 song. A man has become irrepressibly smitten by a woman who occasionally passes by his door. He longs to introduce himself by telling her that he loves her, and he fantasizes that she will love him too. Dude, get a life.

9. "Come To My Window" by Melissa Etheridge

This 1994 song is a Grammy Award winner which describes an obsessive lover's intense feelings for her target. The video features a mental patient talking to herself:

I would dial the numbers just to listen to your breath
And I would stand inside my hell and hold the hand of death
You don't know how far I'd go to ease this precious ache
And you don't know how much I'd give or how much I can take.

10. "Stan" by Eminem

This song from 2000 is Eminem's most highly acclaimed, but it is often censored for its disturbing level of violence. The song features an escalating exchange between "Stan," an overly zealous fan, and the celebrity he worships. Stan grows more frustrated and bitter when his fan letters are unanswered. Finally, he commits murder-suicide and makes a recording of his death for the celebrity.

11. “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get” by Morrissey

Oh, is the guy in this 1994 song demented. Morrissey was a one-hit wonder (at least in the United States) with this song in which a stalker tells the person he's following that they might as well concede to his demands:

I bear more grudges
Than lonely high court judges
When you sleep
I will creep
Into your thoughts
Like a bad debt
That you can't pay
Take the easy way
And give in.

12. "Shiver" by Coldplay

The lyrics of this song from 2000 surely will make you shiver. It's about an obsessed lover who won't take "no" for an answer, so he follows her. (Like that will change her mind!) His target may look straight through him, not seeing that he is there, but he issues this warning: "I'll always be waiting for you." He further taunts, "Just you try and stop me."

13. "Stephen" by Kesha

It looks like a fellow rocker named Stephen has found himself some dangerous, unwanted attention. The protagonist in this 2010 song is seriously pissed that he won't return her calls, and she won't let his girlfriend stand in the way of their eventual coupling.

What's even worse is that she fully realizes she's playing "evil girly games":

You're my object of affection
My drug of choice, my sick obsession.

14. "I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick

First released in 1977, there are multiple versions of this song. All of them feature a desperate man trying in vain to get the attention of a woman he is obsessed over.

15. "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March

People were obsessive back in the 1960s, too, although they didn't have a name for stalking. Think of this 1963 song is a creepy trailblazer. A woman describes how nothing will stop her from following the man she desires, no mountain, no ocean, nothing. She calls him her "destiny."

Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.

Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.

16. "I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springstein

This super creepy song from 1985 by "The Boss" will convince you that we just don't pay attention to song lyrics. The protagonist asks a young girl whether her daddy is home because he's feeling amorous. However, the man's "bad desire" is surely sinister:

Sometimes it's like someone took a knife, baby, edgy and dull
And cut a six inch valley through the middle of my soul
At night I wake with the sheets soaking wet
And a freight train running through the middle of my head
Only you can cool my desire
Oh, oh, ohh, I'm on fire.

17. "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran

The stalker in this disturbing 1982 song is so close he's breathing down his target's neck. He says he'll hunt her down like prey and that his mouth is watering. I hope she is locked, loaded, and ready for him.

18. "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morrisette

"Did you forget about me, Mr. Duplicity?" asks the distraught, frenzied woman in this Grammy Award-winning 1995 hit. She interrupts an ex-lover's dinner with his new fiancee. Then, in a scathing tear-down she berates both him and his new lady friend.

Alanis Morrisette wrote the song based on her own experience with an ex-boyfriend. Some people you just don't mess with!

19. "Two Steps Behind" by Def Leppard

This 1993 is the reminder from a nefarious stalker who intends to never give up.


20. "Right Here Waiting For You" by Richard Marx

The menacing man in this 1989 song calls a woman he is in love with just to hear her voice. He is sad that she seems to be avoiding him and promises that he'll always be waiting for her.

21. "The Old Apartment" by Barenaked Ladies

Even though he is now in a new relationship, the ex-roommate in this 1996 song breaks into the apartment he and his ex-lover used to share. She still lives there, and the intruder demands to know why she changed the locks and plastered over the hole he punched in the wall. He claims he only broke in to talk. (Yeah, like we're believing that one.)

22. "Jenny (867-5309)" by Tommy Tutone

Poor Jenny. Someone wrote her name and number on a bathroom wall ("Call for a good time"), and now this obsessed stranger won't stop harassing her. He's memorized the number and now thinks he needs her love.

Take stalking seriously by alerting authorities.  Almost half of stalking cases lead to violence.

Take stalking seriously by alerting authorities. Almost half of stalking cases lead to violence.

23. “Invisible” by Clay Aiken

The deranged man in this 2003 song is transfixed by a woman who doesn't notice him, and he believes he is nothing without her. He can't tell her how he feels because of the threat of rejection, yet he wants to spy on her like a fly on the wall. Does she even know she has a stalker?

One in 7 stalking victims reported that they moved because of stalking.

One in 7 stalking victims reported that they moved because of stalking.

24. "Escape" by Enrique Iglesias

This 2001 song is about forced love. (Shouldn't some singers be better than that? There are so many topics to write a song about!) He had a failed relationship with someone and now refuses to let go of the past:

You can run you can hide
But you can't escape my love.

25. "Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon

Listen to the lyrics of this 1980 hit. and you'll know that the unconditional acceptance offered by this man is seriously unhinged.

You played dead
But you never bled
Instead you lay still in the grass
All coiled up and hissin' ... .

Even More Songs About Stalkers, Creepers, and Obsessive Love

SongArtistYear Released

26. You Belong To Me

Carly Simon


27. I Will Possess Your Heart

Death Cab for Cutie


28. Father Figure

George Michael


29. I'm Gonna Love You Forever

Jessica Simpson


30. I'll Be There

Jackson 5


31. I Want You

Elvis Costello


32. Run for Your Life

The Beatles


33. You’re Sixteen

Ringo Starr


34. Dancing With Myself

Billy Idol


35. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations


36. Never Gonna Give You Up

Rick Astley


37. Keep Watching You

Melissa Etheridge


38. American Woman

The Guess Who


39. All I Need



40. Kiss With a Fist

Florence + the Machine


41. I Will Follow



42. Nights On Broadway

The Bee Gees


43. All for Leyna

Billy Joel


44. Can't Get You Out of My Head

Kylie Minogue


45. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

Bryan Adams


46. Living Room

Tegan and Sara


47. Tainted Love

Soft Cell


48. Alone



49. Always Be My Baby

Mariah Carey


50. Love You Till Tuesday

David Bowie


51. I Will Find You



52. #1 Crush



53. Lily My One and Only

Smashing Pumpkins


54. Baby, Now That I've Found You

Alison Krauss


55. Turn Around



56. Baby It's Cold Outside

Al Hirt and Ann Margaret


57. The Stalker



58. Somebody's Watchin' Me



59. Somebody's Watching Me



60. Private Eyes

Hall & Oates


61. She Will Be Loved

Maroon 5


62. Crash Into Me

Dave Matthews Band


63. Stalker Song



64. Stacy's Mom

Fountains of Wayne


65. Drain You



66. Wrong Way



67. Woman In Love

Barbara Streisand


68. Obsession



69. Turn Around and Look at Me

The Vogues


70. Eye in the Sky

Alan Parsons Project


71. Hey There, Delilah

Plain White Ts


72. I Knew I Loved You (Before I Met You)

Savage Garden


73. Iris

Goo Goo Dolls


74. I Put A Spell On You

Annie Lennox


75. Creep



76. The Creep

Lonely Island, (Featuring Nicki Minaj & John Waters)


77. I'm Gonna Get You Good

Shania Twain


78. Please Don't Go

Mike Posner


79. I Can't Stay Away From You

Gloria Estefan


80. Someone Like You



81. Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye (Featuring Kimbra)


82. Creepy Girl

Daddy Issues


83. I Can't Smile Without You

Barry Manilow


84. Hopelessly Devoted to You

Olivia Newton John


85. Jessie's Girl

Rick Springfield


86. Grenade

Bruno Mars


87. Disease

Matchbox Twenty


88. If I Can't Have You

Bee Gees


89. Why Don't You Write Me?

Simon & Garfunkel


90. Surrender


2002 (unreleased)

91. Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank

Barenaked Ladies


92. Radar

Britney Spears


93. I'm Your Boyfriend Now

They Might Be Giants


94. Paparazzi

Lady Gaga


95. Rikki Don't Lose That Number

Steely Dan


96. No One Gonna Love You

Jennifer Hudson


97. It's Over

John Legend (Featuring Kanye West)


98. Bust Your Windows

Jazmine Sullivan


99. All Over You



100. Til I Get My Way/Girl Is On My Mind

The Black Keys


101. Pictures of You

The Cure


102. I Touch Myself

The Divinyls


103. Losing My Religion



104. Off To the Races

Lana Del Rey


105. Right Before Your Eyes



106. Moon Over Bourbon Street



107. Your Love Is My Drug

The Spill Canvas


108. Girl That You Love

Panic! at the Disco


109. Your House

Alanis Morisette


110. Silver Springs

Fleetwood Mac


111. Kentucky Rain



112. Redneck Crazy

Tyler Farr


113. I'm Slowly Turning Into You

The White Slowly


114. Snow White Queen



115. Tag, You're It

Melanie Martinez


116. Hunt You Down



117. Hey Ho

Gin Wigmore


118. Searchin'

The Coasters


119. Abracadabra

Steve Miller


120. How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?

Dan Hicks


121. I Think I Love You

The Partridge Family


122. Animals

Maroon 5


123. I Really Want You

James Blunt


124. Jenny

Jenny by Studio Killers


125. Super Psycho Love

Simon Curtis


126. An Unhealthy Obsession

Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra


127. Delilah

Tom Jones


128. This Little Girl

Cady Groves


129. Gonna Get Close to You



130. Downtown Train

Rod Stewart


131. Little Red Riding Hood

Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs


132. Only When I Sleep

The Corrs


133. Telephone

Lady Gaga (Featuring Beyonce)


134. Fly on the Wall



135. Spiderwebs

No Doubt


136. Hostage

Billie Eilish


137. Follow You Home



138. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Miranda Lambert


139. Alison

Elivs Costello


140. Forever

Tina Cousins


141. Dancing on My Own

Lachlan Brown


142. Silhouettes

The Rays


143. Eyes on You

Chase Rice


144. Poor Leno



145. Goin' Out of My Head

Little Anthony & The Imperials


146. Love Is a Stranger



147. Cab Driver

Mills Brothers


148. Everybody's Stalking

Badly Drawn Boy


149. Thru These Walls

Phil Collins


150. Intruder

Peter Gabriel


151. I Want You



152. Blood on the Dance Floor

Michael Jackson


153. Night Vision Binoculars



154. I Feel Like I'm Drowning

Two Feet


155. Tigerlily

La Roux


156. Feelz

Lil Peep


157. Your Secret's Safe

Robert Cray


158. Another Postcard

Barenaked Ladies


Who's watching you?

Who's watching you?

Questions & Answers

Question: Why would Sarah McLachlan use the lyrics penned by her stalkers in the song, "Possession"? (One stalker died by suicide before the album was released.) I used to like the song but now can only think of how creepy it is.

Answer: The use of those lyrics is definitely creepy, I agree. Perhaps she used it and wrote about the topic as a way to reclaim what happened to her, as it must've been terrifying. Just as many people find it cathartic to talk about a traumatic event, she used the experience creatively to get it out of her system. It wouldn't have necessarily been my choice, but songwriters often use their personal experience in their work.

© 2016 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 04, 2020:

Layla - Thank you for the suggestion. I've added it. Be happy & well.

layla on September 03, 2020:

could i suggest feelz by lil peep

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 02, 2020:

Mike - Thanks for the suggestion.

Mike on August 31, 2020:

Omnimar-Out of My life

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 26, 2020:

Allie - Thank you for that creepy stalker song suggestion! I added it!

Allie on August 25, 2020:

Tigerlily by La Roux

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 03, 2020:

Lachlan - Thanks for the suggestion.

Lachlan Brown on July 02, 2020:

Obsession (I Love You) by Amiel Daemion which was released in 2003

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 30, 2020:

G - That's a real corker! I'm adding it! Thanks for introducing me to it.

G on May 29, 2020:

Night Vision Binoculars by Passenger is one of the creepiest songs about stalking that I've heard. Great list though.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 10, 2020:

Peggy - I will never forget that creepy guy. lways ask whether your keys have been changed from the last occupant when you rent!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2020:

That was a creepy experience you had with your neighbor! I am glad that nothing worse happened and that you moved away. That statistic you cited with the cat image about half of the stalking circumstances leading to violence is a scary thought.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 03, 2020:

MG - It's disgusting that anyone should have to put up with it. I'd love to see a plot twist of the stalker becoming the stalked.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 02, 2020:

Flourish. So many songs on stalking. It's great though I am bewildered. But stalking is very much part of the game experienced mostly by women. Wonderful selection.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 02, 2020:

Helena - That song is indeed creepy! Thanks for the song suggestion which I added.

Helena on May 02, 2020:

May I suggest I Want You by Delain? It's one of the creepiest stalking songs I know...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 16, 2020:

Nasus - Thanks for the suggestion. KC and the Sunshine Band sang this great 70s hit.

Nasus on January 16, 2020:

I’m your Boggieman. EW&F preformed not sure who wrote it

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 21, 2019:

babytaffster - Interesting wedding.

babytaffster on November 21, 2019:

I'm going to play all these songs at my wedding, and only these songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2019:

Kevin - Thanks for these songs. Hey, now mine is the only one with them, at least for now. Have a great weekend.

Kevin on October 10, 2019:

I can't believe these songs are missed on every stalker list I have been looking into (just for laughs, honest - someone asked me to make a compilation of creepy songs)

Phil Collins - Thru These Walls

Peter Gabriel - Intruder

Queensryche - Gonna Get Close To You

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 10, 2019:

Jason - It is creepy, but especially when it came out and hit the charts it's funny how we just didn't pay attention to the actual lyrics that much. Thanks for your comment.

Jason on October 09, 2019:

Never Gonna Give You Up

No apology for the creepy 1P narrator, but reads more like a really really horrible confession to a long time friend.

The entire context for the creepy chorus is framed by "If you ask me how I feel," and possibly "your too shy to say it" —presumably due to uncertainty about his feelings and/or willingness to commit.

Now we can't have illusions about what a total douche this guy is for outright saying "you wouldn't get THIS— namely, a full commitment— from any other guy," —so he's definitely a jerk, probably a creep, and an obvious stalker candidate, but to be true to the narrative of the song, it certainly seems like he's being direct and upfront with no indication that he's been rebuffed yet.

She certainly needs to be prepared for this guy she thought was her friend to turn stalker, because there are definitely red flags, but just based on the lyrical narrative, he's not really a stalker...yet.

Suggested category: Creepy Douchebag "Love"

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2019:

Philly Joe - Thnks for the recommendation.

Philly Joe Remarkable on September 20, 2019:

The Mills Brothers' Cab Driver fits in nicely.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 02, 2019:

Kristie Claxton - I think you're right! I'm adding the song to the list. Have a great week.

Kristie Claxton on September 01, 2019:

I always feel Eurythmics Love is a Stranger should always be classified as a stalker story. You can't get much creepier than 'I want you" over and over

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 28, 2019:

MSbaM - I had never heard of this song. Sad and eerie. Thanks for suggesting it. I added it at #144. I appreciate you stopping by.

MSbaM on July 28, 2019:

The Royksopp discography was amazing until coming across Poor Leno w/o watching the music video in conjunction. Not to do harm to a song that a lot of people say they love, it really removed the band from being a top fav of mine due to the massive attack it caused. The song is about a lover looking to reunite with their kidnapped mate, it's just that the song gives no clue about it without the video to go along with it, and instead really resonates with the themes found in these others songs. It doesn't help that it's a male vocalist singing from, ostensibly, the female's perspective, again, without any clue that this is the case. Or they're both males. Either way, whether or not the song could go on this list, I wanted to mention it along with a tremendous trigger warning. Best of luck, keep thriving, keep flourishing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 17, 2019:

Lachlan Brown - You've inspired a playlist about photography with this song suggestion. Thank you for the recommendation. Look for it in the next two weeks.

Lachlan Brown on June 17, 2019:

does Take A Picture by Filter count as a stalker song

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 13, 2019:

Lachlan Brown - Thanks for the suggestion. Adding it!

Lachlan Brown on May 12, 2019:

Dancing On My Own by Callum Scott (originally done by Robyn)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 10, 2019:

Lachlan Brown - Thank you for this song suggestion which I added. Have a wonderful weekend!

Lachlan Brown on May 10, 2019:

Forever by Tina Cousins

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2019:

Watching - I'm glad you got the authorities involved. Be SAFE.

Watching you watching me on March 19, 2019:

Im a woman being stalked by a crazy loser and all her loser gang stalking posse. They are being watched too by many so if you are one being gang stalked make sure you contact the right sources to have these losers watched and eventually put in jail.

Then SMILE and LIVE your life and MOVE ON :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 15, 2019:

Ana - Thanks for the recommendation. I've added it!

Ana on February 14, 2019:

what about Hostage by Billie Eilish?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 19, 2018:

Lachlan - Thanks for your song suggestion. I think it's about pairing up with others at closing time and it's also been said to be a metaphor for birth, although I could be wrong. The songwriter wrote the song in anticipation of fatherhood. I appreciate your reading. Have a great week.

Lachlan Brown on September 19, 2018:

Was Closing Time by Semisonic another stalker song?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 30, 2018:

Chris - I think Ron was up to sinister things, just don't know what exactly. He knew a lot about the lady who lived in the apartment before me. I suspect she didn't share it directly with him, however.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on July 30, 2018:

Your personal story gave me chills, what a terrifying situation. It's a good lesson for anyone moving out on their own for the first time. So many of the songs you listed are some of my favorites, but that's probably because I wasn't listening to the lyrics as closely.

I'll just have to listen to them again.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 20, 2018:

Lachlan Brown - Thank you for the song suggestion. I've added it as #132. Have a great weekend!

Lachlan Brown on July 20, 2018:

Only when I sleep by The Corrs is another stalker song

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2018:

SadSongCollector - Thank you for that song suggestion.

SadSongCollector on June 28, 2018:

ZERO by Catman Cohen, the ultimate song about weirdo obsession

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 05, 2018:

Kyle and Megan - I had never heard this song but I'm so glad you recommended it. Loved it. And of course, I added it. Thank you for the time you both spent leaving comments.

Kyle on March 05, 2018:

Unhealthy obsession, Blake Robinson - The Synthetic Orchestra

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2018:

Megan - Thanks so much for the song suggestions. I've added a number of them. Have a great week!

Megan on March 04, 2018:

Animal by chase holfelder

Animals by Maroon 5

Choking on Flowers by Fox Acadamy

Crazy in Love by Sofia Karlberg

I really want you by James Blunt

Jenny by Studio Killers

Meant to be yours by the Heathers original musical

Super Pyscho Love by Simon Curtis

Colors by Halsey

Crazy for You by Madonna

Riptide by Vance Joy(watch the offical music video and you will understand why)

Megan on March 04, 2018:

I think i love you by partridge family

Megan on March 04, 2018:

An Unhealthy Obsession by the blake robinson synthetic orchystra

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 21, 2018:

Riley - Thanks for the song suggestion. That is really a scary song.

Riley on January 21, 2018:

Horror of our love - Ludo

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 30, 2017:

Lucky - It's 119 now. Thank you.

Lucky on December 28, 2017:

you forgot abracadabra by steve miller

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 23, 2017:

Lina Lin - Great song! It's on there now! Thank you for that song suggestion, and have a fabulous Thanksgiving.

Lina Lin on November 23, 2017:

OMG...... THE number ONE song about obsessive love to the point of murder and victim blaming that I have ever heard is not on this list: Hey Ho, by Gin Wigmore. No song on this list even comes close to being as blunt about dangerous obsession as this song does.

I hear you're leaving town,

And I am feeling down,

You should know that nothing leaves my side,

I'm gonna come around,

I'm gonna shoot you down,

You knocked my crown,

Now you go six feet underground.

Your lies have broke my life,

Say goodbye my angel,

I gave you all my love,

To sleep alone my angel.

Hey Ho,

Nobody knows you're not coming home,

Hey Ho,

Nobody knows you're not coming home.

Don't you take me here,

And don't you touch me there,

I am digging your grave and you stay there,

Can you see the light,

And think you're still alive,

Believe me baby you won't come back again.

Your lies have broken my life,

Say goodbye my angel,

I gave you all my love,

To sleep alone my angel.

Hey Ho,

Nobody knows you're not coming home,

Hey Ho,

Nobody knows you're not coming home.

It didn't have to be this way,

Playing games and lost one day,

Have mercy on my lonely soul,

It wasn't me it was you ya know.

Your lies have broke my life,

Say goodbye my angel,

I gave you all my love,

To sleep alone my angel,

Your lies have broke my life,

Say goodbye my angel.

Hey Ho,

Nobody knows you're not coming home,

Hey Ho,

Nobody knows you're not coming home.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 18, 2017:

JaCee Val - Thank you for these recommendations. Truly creepy. I have added them.

JaCee Val on October 17, 2017:

Snow White Queen by Evanescence

It was made for Amy Lee's stalker and how she was becoming paranoid and crazy the more she was being stalked.


Tag, You're It by Melanie Martinez

Her lyrics and music video are petty self-explanatory as she describes how her stalker thinks of her and the fear she feels and expresses in the chorus:

"Running through the parking lot/He chased me and he wouldn't stop/Tag, you're it/Tag, tag you're it/Grabbed my hair, pushed me down/Took the words right out my mouth/Tag, you're it/Tag, tag you're it/Can anybody hear me? Am I hidden underground?/Can anybody hear me? Am I talking to myself?"

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 27, 2017:

anon - Thanks for the heads up. I've made the adjustment. I appreciate you.

anon on May 26, 2017:

"Your Love Is My Drug" was listed twice in the list

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 02, 2017:

Mandy - Thank you for sharing your account with an overzealous admirer turned emotional blackmailer.

Mandy on March 02, 2017:

Somebody is obsessed about my boyfriend and she's now becoming a pest. She tried to make up stories so I would let go of him, but I couldn't find myself mad at him when I learned that he had been with her. But he explained it was because of the business that he had to stay at her house, he did not realize he was actually doing everything just to get him, until i pointed it out. It had put a strain in our relationship since she was annoying him everytime i call. Now that his eyes are already open, he tried to cut their communication, she calls him all day and tries to emotionally blackmail him. He has no fb because i shut down the one she created for him, it's not his thing, but she has been stalking me on messenger, posting their photos together(stolen shots) on My Day, but i've blocked her already. And both of us on whatsapp. Now, she's telling him things about me, which are no secret, but irks him to the point that he's blowing steam on me, via whatsapp.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 28, 2017:

Erica - Thanks for your comment. The article lists songs about both stalking and obsessive love, and this song fits the latter. Its lyrics describe the protagonist's cocaine-addicted boyfriend grabbing her and chasing her all over town (because she is wasted). Also, the song references their obsessive bond: “Light of your life, fire of your loins / Tell me you own me, give me them coins.”

Erica on January 27, 2017:

I'm curious about "Off to the Races" - it never struck me as "stalker-y."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 23, 2016:

Dwolf - Glad to see you've joined HubPages. Hope you will write some hubs or perhaps share your personal experience with stalking. Stay safe.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 23, 2016:

DWolf - Excellent additions! They are now on the list. I'm so sorry you received obsessive, unwanted attention from stalkers. We often have no idea the kind of emotional baggage that people are carrying around or what they may be capable of when they don't get what they want. Yes, women can stalk men. The movie "Fatal Attraction" is still one of the most frightening movies to me because it's rooted in human behavior -- complex and often unpredictable. Thanks for commenting.

Dwolf on August 23, 2016:

Having been stalked by two women myself (thanks for not limiting your list to males stalking females), I appreciate your article. You forgot two songs that always creep me out, though:

1) "Silver Springs" -- Fleetwood Mac

2) "Kentucky Rain" -- Elvis

DWolf on August 23, 2016:

Having been stalked by two women myself (thanks for not limiting your list to males stalking females), I appreciate your article. You forgot two songs that always creep me out, though:

1) "Silver Springs" -- Fleetwood Mac

2) "Kentucky Rain" -- Elvis

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 15, 2016:

Ashleigh - Awesome add! Consider it 107 now!

Ashleigh on July 14, 2016:

In a talent show I performed ''Your Love is my Drug'' clean version.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 17, 2016:

Sha - He was a weirdo, all right. I never thought about many of the lyrics but now that I've looked closely at them, I'm pretty amazed. Thanks for reading!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 16, 2016:

Flourish, you had quite the creepy (scary) introduction to living on your own! I'm glad you finally got out of there. The man was delusional and probably dangerous, if provoked.

So many of these songs surprise me that they're about stalking and/or obsessive love. I didn't interpret them that way at all as I sang along and looked forward to hearing them on the radio. Now I feel kinda dirty - naive at the very least.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 31, 2016:

Larry - Yes, some of these songs are super creepy when you read the lyrics. Every Breath You Take definitely deserves the top spot. Thanks for reading.

Larry Rankin on May 31, 2016:

Every Breath you Take and O go Walking after Midnight are the quentisential stalker songs to me:-)

Great read.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 28, 2016:

Gemma - Now you've given me the willies with that information on Diane Downs! I now wonder what ever became of Ron, if he is still alive and un incarcerated. For everyone's safety let's hope he is locked up or has gone to meet his maker. Thanks for reading!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 28, 2016:

This Ron character gave me the willies. These are the kind of fellows that can snap, unexpectedly, and are in dire need of therapy. The fact that he let himself into your apartment was a clear case of B&E. Thank goodness you moved, and thank goodness stalking is a crime. This is an amazing selection of music. By the way, the song by Duran Duran, "Hungry Like a Wolf," was a favorite of sociopath Diane Downs, a stalker and murderer who attacked her own children.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 25, 2016:

Kaili - That is a creepy one. I'm adding it! Thanks for the suggestion.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 25, 2016:

vespawoolf - Thanks for taking the time to read my first-hand account of my neighbor who broke laws, boundaries, and trust.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 25, 2016:

Linda - Thank you for your kind kudos and for sharing. Stalking and obsessive attention (which sure isn't love!) don't get enough recognition for the danger that they pose to the target and his or her loved ones.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 23, 2016:

This is a great music article and so much more, Flourish. You've shared very important information and advice about stalking. I'll share the article because it's not only entertaining for its music reviews but also important for people's safety.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 23, 2016:

I hope your experience of being stalked could help others to avoid a similar situation. Unfortunately, stalking is all too common. The first song I thought of about stalking was from The Police. Many of the others I hadn't even thought about. Thank you for this interesting article.

Kaili Bisson from Canada on May 23, 2016:

What a creepy glad nothing happened to you! The song I always thought was creepy was by innocent old America, "Right Before Your Eyes" is the song.

"Today I'm done with games (Today I'm done with games)

Gonna ask you for your name

Say I've been watching you

I even know what you do"

I always called it the stalker song....

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 23, 2016:

swalia -"Every Break You Take" is creepy alright but it was so popular back in the day! What were we thinking? Thank you for reading and commenting.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 22, 2016:

MsDora - Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you were able to find some songs you like. We often don't pay a lot of attention to the lyrics, even for our favorites!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 22, 2016:

Scary story about Ron. Happy for you that the story had a good ending. I appreciate the patient research it seems to put into compiling these lists. Played Lionel Ritchie all the way through. Didn't understand the drama until now. Thanks!

Shaloo Walia from India on May 22, 2016:

A thorough and carefully compiled list. 'Every breath you take' rightfully deserves the top spot.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2016:

Susan - I agree. If he wanted to play with my orange kitty he could've just asked. Some people are just so freaky. I'dbet he was sitting or laying on my furniture and going through my cabinets, mail and dresser drawers too. Yuck!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2016:

Devika - Thanks so much for tweeting and for commenting. I wonder whether stalking and creeping are as much of a problem in other cultures.

Susan Hambidge from Kent, England on May 21, 2016:

Someone invading your home space is really unnerving. The place where you are supposed to feel safe. In movies, that's always the thing that gets me most freaked out! Love the playlists.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 21, 2016:

I like the choices you share here! Songs I can go back down memory lane and think of to myself. I Tweeteted

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2016:

heidithorne - Thanks for reading! When you have to sneak into your own apartment to try to avoid a neighbor, that's a big sign something isn't right. Then came the terrifying evidence! The Gift was a super creepy obsessive movie! Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2016:

Linda - He was a really weird guy. Somewhere out there he's probably still creeping on other people. Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2016:

Bill - Thanks for reading. Creepers abound in popular music, movies and culture! Have a great weekend!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 21, 2016:

Wow, Flourish. Your story gave me shivers. Thankfully you escaped Ron without being harmed. I love your playlist. Thank you for discussing this important topic. Great hub. (I wish we still had the thumbs up's).

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 21, 2016:

Yikes! Glad you got away from your neighbor and lived to tell.

It's interesting that we definitely abhor stalking behavior. Yet, as your playlist demonstrates, we are fascinated by it, even condone it. In one of his books, Wayne Dyer noted how the lyrics in so many popular songs are so victimizing ("Can't live if living is without you..."). Sad.

Movie to add to the creep list. "The Gift" from 2015 with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton. OMG!

Hope your weekend is creep-free and wonderful!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2016:

Just the title of this article creeped me out. There are a couple songs on this list that I love and had no idea that's what they were about. LOL I'm glad I read this. :) I always love these lists of yours.