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When a beat is too good or a hook is too catchy, many of us just groove and don’t even pay attention to the lyrics. But that’s not everybody.

When a song has lyrics that stick out for reasons that don’t have anything to do with good songwriting or production but rather, the overall message, you know someone is going to have a lot to say about it. From songs that talk about taking advantage of people when they’re intoxicated to others that just have creepy messages, these are popular tracks some people love while others say they’re quite problematic.

How Many Drinks? – Miguel

Despite being infectious, Miguel’s “How Many Drinks?” was given the side-eye by some for the hook, which basically said, I’ll buy you drinks but don’t want to waste my time if it won’t get you to go home with me:

How many drinks would it take you to leave with me?
Yeah you look good, and I got money
But I don’t wanna waste my time
Back of my mind, I’m hoping you say two or three
You look good; we came to party
But I don’t wanna waste my time

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

For all of its popularity, who didn’t call out “Blurred Lines”? The idea of a woman who a guy believes wants to get hot and heavy in the sack but won’t explicitly say it ididn’t sit right with many:

Good girl
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You’re a good girl
Can’t let it get past me
You’re far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
I hate these blurred lines
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty
Go ahead, get at me

Back to Sleep – Chris Brown

Catchy song indeed, but from the explicit hook alone, I think we can all admit the track is creepy:

Just let me rock, f–k you back to sleep girl
Don’t say a word no, don’t you talk
Just hold on tight to me girl
F–k you back to sleep girl rock you back

What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber

While Bieber claimed the song was about women being “flip-floppy” when it comes to the things they say and desire in a relationship, people felt it was a creepy song that started a conversation about sexual consent:

What do you mean? Oh, oh
When you nod your head yes
But you wanna say no
What do you mean? Hey-ey
When you don’t want me to move
But you tell me to go
What do you mean?
Oh, what do you mean?
Said you’re running out of time, what do you mean?
Oh, oh, oh, what do you mean?
Better make up your mind
What do you mean?

Don’t Be Afraid – Aaron Hall

Aaron Hall may have thought he was being sexy with “Don’t Be Afraid,” but there was plenty to be afraid of with lyrics like these:

Now I have you all to myself
You can put all the other guys all on the shelf
No need to run and no need to hide
All the doors are locked baby and I have you inside
You can yell and you can hit me
It just makes me horny
Ain’t nothing but a love thing baby
Between me and you
So just give in baby, don’t worry about a thing

Blame It on the Alcohol – Jamie Foxx

We don’t really feel the creepiness others claimed they did when it comes to “Blame It on the Alcohol” because it’s a fun club anthem. However, a writer wasn’t happy with it, putting it on a list of the “Top Five Date Rape Anthems“:

Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It (On the Alcohol),” in which Foxx attempts to f–k a woman who “says she usually don’t” but that he knows is “frontin” because “she don’t wanna seem like she’s easy.” (But she is). Foxx knows she’s ready to admit she wants it when “she spilled some drink on me / And now I’m knowin’ she tipsy.” My neighbor has this song as her ringtone.

Love in This Club – Usher

Another hit you wouldn’t think would be a problematic song received the side-eye from some for lyrics like, “You know all you gotta do is tell me what you’re sipping on / And I promise that I’m gonna keep it coming all night long” that have similar references to getting a woman drunk to “make love in this club”:

Might as well give me a kiss
If we keep touching like this
I know you’re scared, baby, they don’t know what we doing
Let’s both get undressed right here
Keep it up, girl, and I swear
I’ma give it to you non-stop
And I don’t care who’s watching


“U.O.E.N.O”  – Rocko feat. Rick Ross

Anytime you brag or joke about putting a roofie in someone’s drink to take advantage of them, you know you’re about to catch hell, and rightfully so. Rick Ross landed in hot water and even lost endorsement deals for this careless lyric:

Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it
I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

It may be a holiday classic that’s been sung by a whole host of great singers, but “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been criticized. Why? The entire song is about a woman saying she can’t really stay at a man’s place while he persistently insists that she does. Boy, did he lay it on thick.

Every Breath You Take – The Police

I mean, the lyrics speak to the creepiness pretty clearly:

Oh can’t you see
You belong to me
How my poor heart aches with every step you take

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I’ll be watching you


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