50 Songs About Obsession (Girl + Guy)

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50 Songs About Obsession (Girl + Guy)

There is an infinite amount of music focused on obsessive and dramatic relationships. Initially, these can be heard as intense romantic songs, but after a couple of listens, they turn into unhealthy stalker anthems.

But ultimately, music is about exaggeration, and these songs are entertaining.

I. Popular songs about obsession

These hits have been played over and over by millions. These exaggerated love songs are about commitment, obsession, excess, and heartache

1) Never Gonna Give You Up

Artist: Rick Astley
Album: Whenever You Need Somebody
Year: 1987
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This might be a rick-roll, but it’s also a great song about obsession.

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2) Creep

Artist: Radiohead
Album: Pablo Honey
Year: 1993
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3) Shiver

Artist: Coldplay
Album: Parachutes
Year: 2000
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Hidden in a killer rock melody and vocals are obsessive and creepy lyrics.

From the moment I wake

To the moment I sleep

I’ll be there by your side

Just you try and stop me

I’ll be waiting in line

Just to see if you care

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4) Grenade

Artist: Bruno Mars
Album: Doo-Wops and Hooligans
Year: 2010
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While it’s romantic how much Bruno Mars will go through for his love, it’s also obsessive and excessive how much he loves.

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5) Telephone

Artist: Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce
Album: The Fame Monster
Year: 2009
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6) Someone Like You

Artist: Adele
Album: 21
Year: 2011
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We’ve all heard, and we’ve all sung it. And this classic reveals us all to be a little obsessed with our exes.

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II. Rap/hip hop songs about obsession

In the genre of music known for wordplay and lyricism, the songs around themes of obsession are incredibly gritty, violent, and extreme. But these specific songs somehow maintain entertainment while discussing more serious topics.

1) Stan

Artist: Eminem
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
Year: 2000
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2) Black Widow

Artist: Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
Album: The New Classic
Year: 2014
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3) The Creep

Artist: The Lonely Island ft Niki Minaj & John Waters
Album: Turtleneck & Chains
Year: 2011
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III. Country songs about obsession

This genre is excellent at storytelling, and these songs specifically paint vivid pictures of their subjects. While Pop songs might only speak in metaphors, they build themselves around a central metaphor or obsessive image. This makes their meaning just as exciting as their melodies.

1) Come To My Window

Artist: Melissa Etheridge
Album: Yes I Am
Year: 1993
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2) Kentucky Rain

Artist: Elvis Presley
Album: From Elvis to Memphis
Year: 1969
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3) Silver Springs

Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Album: Rumors
Year: 1977
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4) I’m Gonna Getcha Good

Artist: Shania Twain
Album: Up! (Green Version)
Year: 2001
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5)  Living Room

Artist: Tegan and Sara
Album: If It Was You
Year: 2002
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Losing sleep to spy on someone takes being a ‘nosy neighbor’ to new extremes. Some advice – close your curtains.

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IV. Songs about being obsessed with someone

In the following songs, love is exaggerated in either positive or negative extremes. Loving someone is turned into being obsessed, or obsessions are shown to be more sinister.  These songs’ metaphors and meanings are stretched, but the music remains solid and strapping.

1)  I Want You To Want Me

Artist: Cheap Trick
Album: In Color
Year: 1977
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2) I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

Artist: Diana Ross ft The Supremes & The Temptations
Album: Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations
Year: 1968
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3) Why Don’t You Write Me

Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Album: Bridge OverTroubled Water
Year: 1970
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From the album ‘bridge over troubled water,’ the reason someone isn’t writing to this speaker might be obvious to everyone but them.

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4)  Pictures of You

Artist: The Cure
Album: Valentine Disaster
Year: 2008
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5)  All I Need

Artist: Radiohead
Album: In Rainbows
Year: 2007
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6) Love You Til Tuesday

Artist: David Bowie
Album: David Bowie
Year: 1967
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The song “Love You Til Tuesday” was written from the perspective of someone being stalked by a crazy woman. Bowie somehow makes a song about a stalker sound fun.

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7)  I Feel Like I’m Drowning

Artist: Two Feet
Album: A 20 Something Fuck
Year: 2018
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V. Songs about being obsessed with a woman

Men being obsessed over women is not new at all, so it’s no surprise there is an infinite supply of great songs about it.

1) Hey There Delilah

Artist: Plain White Ts
Album: All That We Needed
Year: 2005
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This song flies below the ‘creepy’ line with sweet and sentimental lyrics. But things change when you know Delilah wasn’t interested in the singer’s attention.

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2)  Jesse’s Girl

Artist: Rick Springfield
Album: Working Class Dog
Year: 1981
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3) Don’t You Want Me

Artist: The Human League
Album: Dare!
Year: 1981
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4)  Hello

Artist: Lionel Richie
Album: Can’t Slow Down
Year: 1983
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“You’re all I’ve ever wanted, and my arms are opened wide.”

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5) She Will Be Loved

Artist: Maroon 5
Album: Songs About Jane
Year: 2002
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6)  Iris

Artist: Goo Goo Dolls
Album: Dizzy Up The Girl
Year: 1998
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From an album titled ‘dizzy up the girl’ and a song about how much you’d give up just to touch and kiss someone without the world seeing… the true meaning of this hit is more sinister than it appears.

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VI. Songs about being obsessed with a guy

Women are emotional and powerful beings. It’s no wonder they have even stronger feelings for those they fall in love with.

1)  Hey Stephen

Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
Year: 2021
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This singer is known for singing about her (obsessive) love stories and songs. Her discography could fill this category, but let’s begin with this song specifically about competing with ‘Stephen’s’ crushes.

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2)  You Oughta Know

Artist: Alanis Morisette
Album: Jagged Little Pill
Year: 1995
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This song is a Grammy winner, and after hearing Morisette’s emotional vocals and instrumentals, there’s no doubt why it’s so successful.

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3) Always Be My Baby

Artist: Mariah Carey
Album: Daydream
Year: 1995
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Even the queen herself gets overly infatuated with men, but she turns her feelings into musical hits when she does.

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4)  Woman In Love

Artist: Barbara Streisand
Album: Guilty
Year: 1980
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5)  No One Gonna Love You

Artist: Jennifer Hudson
Album: I Remember Me
Year: 2011
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VII. Songs about possessive love

Sometimes you can’t help but wish to possess and control your love when you’re in love, so they have eyes for no one else. If you’ve ever felt or currently feel this way, then these songs might just be your new favorites.

1)  Pos Possessionsession

Artist: Sarah McLachlan
Album: Fumbling Towards Ecstacy
Year: 1993
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2)  If I Can’t Have You

Artist: Bee Gees
Album: Greatest
Year: 1979
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3)  I Put A Spell On You

Artist: Annie Lennox
Album: Nostalgia
Year: 2014
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The ultimate possessive love song – “I put a spell on you because you’re mine.”

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4)  Escape

Artist: Enrique Iglesias
Album: Escape
Year: 2001
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Enrique captured possessive and obsessive relationships when he said – “If you feel like leaving, I’m not going to make you stay… You can ride and hide, but you can’t escape my love”.

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5)  I Will Possess Your Heart

Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: Narrow Stairs
Year: 2008
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6)  Drain You

Artist: Nirvana
Album: Nevermind
Year: 1991
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VIII. Songs with obsession in the title

From R&B to pop to musicals to hip hop – obsession is a theme many have personal experiences with.

1) Depression & Obsession

Artist: XXXTENTACION
Album: 17
Year: 2017
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2) Obsession

Artist: Animotion
Album: Obsession: The Best of Animotion
Year: 1971
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3) Hopelessly Devoted To You

Artist: Olivia Newton-John
Album: Grease (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 1978
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A timeless ballad from the musical Grease, this song is self-aware in its obsessive love and even more heartbreaking for it.

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4)  Obsessed

Artist: Mariah Carey
Album: Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
Year: 2009
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IX. Songs about obsession and stalking

Many songs have been written about an obsession that has crossed the legal lines in their metaphors. Now they sound more like a criminal’s manifesto. While they may be entertaining bops, be wary of their not-so-hidden meanings.

1)  Every Breath You Take

Artist: The Police
Album: Synchronicity
Year: 1983
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Every breath you take, I’ll be watching you… are you sure you don’t want to find any other hobbies?

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2)  I Will Follow Him

Artist: Little Peggy March
Album: I Will Follow Him
Year: 1963
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The Sister Act adapted this song, but this song is just creepy without the religious connotations.

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3) One Way or Another

Artist: Blondie
Album: Parallel Lines
Year: 1978
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4)  Run for Your Life

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Rubber Soul
Year: 1965
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5) Hungry Like The Wolf

Artist: Duran Duran
Album: Rio
Year: 1982
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6) Two Steps Behind

Artist: Def Leppard
Album: Retro Active
Year: 1993
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7)  I Will Follow

Artist: U2
Album: Boy
Year: 1980
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Either this is a sweet song about a son following behind his mother or a very sick adult fixation on a woman.

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8) Follow You Home

Artist: Nickelback
Album: All the Right Reasons
Year: 2005
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After listening closely to these lyrics, we can all agree that this relationship needs therapy or to end immediately.

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