54 Songs About Secrets and Keeping Secrets
Got a Secret? Can You Keep It?
The moment you share a secret, you've lost all control of it. It's no longer yours. That's because it's in people's natures to be tellers, particularly if there is no direct consequence to them.
If you have secrets—and who among us doesn't?—then here's a fun playlist about them to enjoy. We have a long list of pop, rock, and country songs to help you celebrate the intrigue of secret and secret keeping.
1. "Secrets" by OneRepublic
Tired of insincerity, the narrator in this 2009 song decides to open up and be truly authentic. No lies, no secrets, just him. The song has been used heavily to promote both products and entertainment, from the launch of a Ralph Lauren perfume to ads for the Pretty Little Liars television series.
2. "Secrets" by Mary Lambert
What a perfect song to play when you're done hiding from the world! In this 2014 song, the saucy narrator spills her guts and decides to skip the shame. From being bipolar to sharing her homosexuality and family dysfunction, she embraces all the things that make her quirky:
They tell us from the time we're young
To hide the things that we don't like about ourselves
I know I'm not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else.
Well I'm over it.
Think of your BIGGEST secret. What general topic is it about? (Don't worry, your secret's safe with us!)
3. "Secret" by Maroon 5
This 2002 alternative rock song alludes to being out of sync with one's partner during sex. The narrator wants to go faster than his partner, but there is a secret between them creating an unbridgeable distance. It sounds like someone is just going through the motions.
4. "Secret" by The Pierces
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead." This 2007 rock song is a twist on that famous quote.
The song contends that we're all compelled to be secret tellers and "two can keep a secret, if one of them are dead." Accordingly, secrets burn our brains and become our own living hell, so we have to reduce the tension and tell someone. The song became the theme song for Pretty Little Liars, a teen mystery-thriller television show.
5. "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers
This well-known 1966 song portrays the life of a spy as both dangerous and seductive. With his name replaced by a number, our James Bond-type figure must be careful what he says. The upside, however, is that he enjoys the perks of swinging on the Riviera and kissing persuasive lips.
6."Dirty Little Secret" by The All-American Rejects
Imagine being someone's side dish, a lover who is not important enough to be their main squeeze. Then imagine that your secret lover issues veiled threats against revealing your clandestine relationship or else it'll all be over. What would you do? How did you get yourself into this mess?
Clearly, this 2005 hit portrays a relationship with a power imbalance:
I'll keep you my dirty little secret
(Dirty little secret)
Don't tell anyone, or you'll be just another regret
(Just another regret, hope that you can keep it).
My dirty little secret.
7. "Secret Lovers" by Atlantic Starr
Sometimes, people find a more suitable partner after they are already married. In this 1985 pop song, two people who claim to have happy marriages risk it all to be together.
Apparently, however, they aren't ready to leave their marriages; very few affairs end up happily ever after. To protect their secret love affair, they find that they must sneak around and watch the clock during their trysts.
Be honest. Do you usually keep the secrets you're told?
8. "Live to Tell" by Madonna
This pop ballad from 1986 is about family secrets, deceit, and mistrust. The narrator alludes to the emotional toll that secret keeping can take on a person.
9. "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age
This catchy 2002 song refers to the special gift that the narrator's love interest gives to him: "No one knows the gift that you give to me."
However, the message behind the remainder of the lyrics is apparently so secret that even the band acknowledges they aren't entirely sure of the meaning. (What?) Yep, sometimes songs are like poetry — mashups of words and phrases that blend well. And then there's that video to add to the secret randomness.
10. "Dirty Little Secret" by Sarah Mclachlan
The narrator in this 2004 ballad has been up all night drinking. Her lover has left her after rumors around town revealed a secret about her. She hopes that it's not too late to save their relationship by coming clean about other secrets. But is she too late?
Have You Ever Enjoyed a Secret Love Relationship?
Tell us about it in the Comments Section below. What was the situation? How was the secret finally revealed, if at all? Would you engage in a secret love relationship again, knowing what you know now?
11. "Secret" by Seal
This 2010 is as touching as it is repetitive. It's about owning your secrets and being owned by them. Anyone with a big secret who struggles to keep it knows precisely what that feels like.
12. "Our Lips Are Sealed" by The Go-Go's
The protagonist in this 1981 song points out that jealous others are gossiping about the her and her friend. However, she tries to reassure her upset friend that rumors don't matter. She suggests that an effective technique is to simply ignore them and stand strong:
When you look at them
Look right through them.
That's when they'll disappear.
That's when we'll be feared.
13. "Little Secrets" by Passion Pit
In this 2011 song, the narrator has a secret that has caused "salty wounds" and feelings of shame, and it has stolen something intangible but valuable from him. Even worse, his family doesn't support him in his pain. He finds an alternative to allow him to cope with the secret and its effects.
14. "Talking in Your Sleep" by The Romantics
Somniloquy, or sleep talking, is a real phenomenon, although rare. It occurs mostly in children and males and can involve gibberish, complex dialog, or uninterpretable mumbling. Sleep talking can be induced either by talking to the sleeper or it may occur spontaneously.
In this 1983 pop song, the narrator's lover gets awful chatty once she falls asleep. Luckily, the only secrets she's spilling is how much she loves the narrator.
You tell me that you want me.
You tell me that you need me.
You tell me that you love me.
And I know that I'm right
'Cause I hear it in the night.
I hear the secrets that you keep.
When you're talking in your sleep.
15. "Confessions Part II" by Usher
When you're getting extra lovin' on the sly, these things can happen: Unintended pregnancies. Now the protagonist in this 2004 song has to confess to his main squeeze what he's been doing. And he has to live with the consequences of his exposed secret. Someone's in deep trouble with the Mrs.
16. "Secret" by Madonna
Some people have a magical way of making you love and believe in yourself again. The narrator in this pop song from 1994 is grateful that her lover has entered her life. He has a secret way of touching her soul and bringing her happiness.
17. "Diary" by Alicia Keys
The protagonist in this 2003 song pleads with her lover to open up his heart and tell all, like one does with a diary. She promises she won't tell a soul. She seems to be his secret lover.
18. "Secret" by Heart
This 1990 rock song describes the anguish of two lovers who cannot reveal their relationship to the world. They lead very different lives and are torn between attraction and letting go. They feel compelled to keep their secret:
Why do we keep this love together
Didn't we know right from the start
That we would have to keep this secret
Or be doomed to stay apart?
19. "All About You" by Hilary Duff
In this 2015 folk-pop song, the protagonist teases her lover by suggesting that he could be her dirty little secret or her rumor. She offers to meet him anywhere, whether in the backseat or in first class on an airplane. She says she's really into him and wants to show him how much.
20. "Secret Girl" by Alex Goot
If you've ever had a secret crush, then you can identify with the intense longing felt by the guy in this 2010 song. He barely knows his secret girl's name, however he finds himself thinking about her all the time. She's a great distance away and he wants to bridge the gulf that divides them.
Even More Songs About Secrets
21. Daytime Friends and NIghttime Lovers
22. The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
Queens of the Stone Age
22. A Day Late
23. Secret Journey
24. White Liar
25. Mr. Roboto
26. Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other
27. Secrets & Lies
29. Secret Separation
30. Keep It a Secret
31. He's Got a Secret
32. Secret Garden
Quincy Jones (featuring Barry White, Al B. Sure, James Ingram, El Debarge)
33. Keep it in the Closet
34. Too Many Secrets
35. Secret Love
36. Moves Like Jagger
Maroon 5 (featuring Christina Aguilera)
37. It's No Secret
38. Me and Mrs. Jones
39. Never Keeping Secrets
40. I Know Your Little Secret
41. Do You Want To Know A Secret?
42. Part-Time Lover
43. The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
Queens of the Stone Age
44. Long Black Veil
45. Secret (Shh)
46. I Think We're Alone Now
49. Secret Love Song
Little Mix (featuring Jason Derulo)
50. Ace In the Hole
51. Dirty Laundry
52. Dirty Laundry
53. The Secret of Life
54. My Little Secret
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Questions & Answers
Is "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton a love song?
That 2015 Country rock song was previously recorded by David Allan Coe as well as George Jones. It is indeed a love song in which the narrator, a recovering alcoholic, praises his partner for rescuing him from "reachin' for the bottom," and brought him "back from bein' too far gone." He describes his partner as smooth, sweet, and warm, and compares her love to whiskey in a number of ways.Helpful 1
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