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* "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace is an upbeat, almost celebratory song about all the murders and corruption caused by UsefulNotes/AlCapone's rise to power and six-year reign as the effective ruler of Chicago during the early 1920s. Seriously, if you didn't listen to the lyrics and just listened to the melody, you'd think it was a party song.


* Music/TheCardigans have a knack for this, including one of their breakthrough songs, "Lovefool". Sounds like a sweet little melody with a jaunty chorus of "Love me, Love me". Except it's actually "Love me, love me, pretend that you love me/Fool me, fool me, go on and fool me" and is a song about an obsessive lover who wants his crush to just pretend that she likes him.

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* Music/TheCardigans have a knack for this, including one of their breakthrough songs, "Lovefool". Sounds like a sweet little melody with a jaunty chorus of "Love me, Love me". Except it's actually "Love me, love me, pretend that you love me/Fool me, fool me, go on and fool me" and is a song about an obsessive lover who wants his her crush to just pretend that she he likes him.her.


** "Happy New year" is a stable in new celebrations around the world, despite being about how foolish we are claiming that the new year will be any better than the last one and how we just use the transition as an excuse to party.

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** "Happy New year" Year" has an anthemic feel and is a stable staple in new year celebrations around the world, despite being about how foolish we are claiming that the new year will be any better than the last one and how we just use the transition as an excuse to party.


** "The Days of Pearly Spencer" plays with this trope. The intro suggests that it's going to be a sad song. However, though the tune quickly becomes more uptempo, the lyrics describe a bleak urban landscape and a protagonist who's very much down on his luck. At the end, the melody becomes sombre, but the lyrics suggest that Pearly has somehow escaped the cycle of poverty and misery described in the previous verses.

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** "The Days of Pearly Spencer" plays with this trope. The intro suggests that it's going to be a sad song. However, though the tune quickly becomes more uptempo, the lyrics describe a bleak urban landscape and a protagonist who's very much down on his luck. At the end, the melody becomes sombre, but the lyrics suggest that Pearly has somehow escaped the cycle of poverty and misery described in the previous verses. This wasn't part of David [=McWilliams=]' original song, but Almond added an extra verse so the song would end on a more hopeful note.


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* Kim Wilde's [[https://youtu.be/qRiMaMOSIuY Solstice]] is instrumentally an uplifting, lighter-raising PowerBallad, but lyrically a [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] GriefSong about [[TogetherInDeath a couple dying in a suicide pact]].


* Vremya i Steklo's song "Kafyel" ("Tile") is an upbeat, catchy song with surprisingly bittersweet lyrics. The song is even more jarring if you watch the music video, which is about a man who goes mad with grief after his girlfriend is murdered by thugs.

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* Vremya i Steklo's song "Kafyel" "Kafel" ("Tile") is an upbeat, catchy song with surprisingly bittersweet lyrics. The song is even more jarring if you watch the music video, which is about a man who goes mad with grief after his girlfriend is murdered by thugs.

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* "Ain't We Got Fun" on the surface sounds like a jolly little ditty during TheRoaringTwenties, especially with the Doris Day and Renee Olstead covers (the latter being fittingly used in the 2008 [[Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl]] film ''Film/KitKittredgeAnAmericanGirl''), but then the 1920 foxtrot's lyrics verge into the hardships of poverty, something most of America would [[HarsherInHindsight experience]] a decade later.


** It's even funnier that at nearly every single high school dance, that is the last song. Always.
*** "For what it's worth, it was worth all the while," "Hang (the memories) on a shelf ''in good health and good times''", "make the best of this test," and of course the chorus. [[SarcasmMode Sure sounds absolutely vicious to me]]. If it's about a breakup, I will always think of it as a "Fun while it lasted, let's both go on with our lives and remember each other kindly," song.
*** Two words: ''Glen Campbell''.

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* Elvira T's Song "Ledyanaya" is an upbeat, happy-sounding song about a girl who feels as though she can't go on without her (possibly toxic) lover.

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* "Macarena" by Los del Río is a very groovy and happy dance-pop song that managed to be a DanceSensation, and it's about a woman [[YourCheatingHeart who cheats on her boyfriend]] while he's being drafted to the army. Why.


* "1985" by Music/BowlingForSoup. An upbeat song that is actually about a girl who was a teenager in 1985 and the big plans she had never came to pass, certainly not the 80s tribute the video makes it out to be.

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"1985" by Music/BowlingForSoup. An is an upbeat song that is actually about a girl who was a teenager in 1985 and the big plans she had that never came to pass, pass. It's certainly not the 80s 80's tribute that the video makes it out to be.



* Mike Oldfield's "Moonlight Shadow" sounds pretty upbeat, and tells us about how this girl's boyfriend is murdered.

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* Mike Oldfield's "Moonlight Shadow" sounds pretty upbeat, and tells us about how this girl's boyfriend is murdered. She later sees his ghost. Creepy indeed.



** She later sees his ghost. Creepy indeed.
** It is supposedly a ShoutOut to the murder of John Lennon.
*** WordOfGod says it isn't. Or rather, it wasn't [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonlight_Shadow#Lyrical_content intentionally about it.]]
** Even worse, there's the SpeedyTechnoRemake by Missing Heart, which managed to be included in one mix of ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.



* The Zombies' album ''Odessey and Oracle'' has "Care of Cell 44" - a bright, bouncy tune where Colin Blunstone breathily sings of waiting to see his girl again. The lyrics are in fact cheery and anticipatory...then the last line of the first verse says "And then you can tell me about your prison stay." It's never stated what put her in jail, but another line "Kiss and make up and it will be so nice" implies he was on the receiving end of it.

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* The Zombies' album ''Odessey ''Odyssey and Oracle'' has "Care of Cell 44" - a bright, bouncy tune where Colin Blunstone breathily sings of waiting to see his girl again. The lyrics are in fact cheery and anticipatory...then the last line of the first verse says "And then you can tell me about your prison stay." It's never stated what put her in jail, but another line "Kiss and make up and it will be so nice" implies he was on the receiving end of it.



* Music/{{Nena}}'s "99 Luftballons" ("99 Red Balloons" in English) has a really peppy, fast beat. And it's about what would happen if some kids released 99 balloons into the air, to be picked up by the Soviet Union's early-warning system. The result? Nuclear war. (This is subverted in the last verse - revealing the singer to be a survivor of the war, traveling the barren earth - which is appropriately slow and melancholy.)

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* Music/{{Nena}}'s "99 Luftballons" ("99 Red Balloons" in English) has a really peppy, fast beat. And it's about what would happen if some kids released 99 balloons into the air, to be picked up by the Soviet Union's early-warning system. The result? Nuclear war. (This is subverted in the last verse - -- revealing the singer to be a survivor of the war, traveling the barren earth - -- which is appropriately slow and melancholy.)



* "One Foot" by {{Music/Fun}}: Exuberant, swaggering allegretto melody (aside from a single plaintive bridge) with a lot of brass; lyrics that positively ''drip'' bitter cynicism.
** Hell, the entire album is a guy who keeps drifting in and out of a relationship after his mother died and his career became more taxing on him.
** You could say a lot of these songs are this. These guys are really good at writing depressing lyrics with catchy hooks.
* ''Disney {{Eurobeat}}'', a series of four albums released in the early 2000s, gave numerous Disney songs the Eurobeat treatment. Needless to say, some of them, while still sounding quite good, sometimes come off as quite different from their original versions:

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* "One Foot" by {{Music/Fun}}: Exuberant, swaggering allegretto melody (aside from a single plaintive bridge) with a lot of brass; lyrics that positively ''drip'' bitter cynicism.
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cynicism. Hell, the entire album is a guy who keeps drifting in and out of a relationship after his mother died and his career became more taxing on him.
** You could say a lot of these songs are this. These guys are really good at writing depressing lyrics with catchy hooks.
* ''Disney {{Eurobeat}}'', a series of four albums released in the early 2000s, 2000's, gave numerous Disney songs the Eurobeat treatment. Needless to say, some of them, while still sounding quite good, sometimes come off as quite different from their original versions:


* ''Oasis'' by Music/TheDresdenDolls. Both the sound of the song and most of the video are over-the-top happy and poppy, while the lyrics tell the story of how song-writer Amanda Palmer was date raped. This trope was played so well, that The Dresden Dolls got a lot of hate from the MoralGuardians for "making a joke" out of rape, even if it was Palmer's own. The trope is taken UpToEleven even in the lyrics, because the focal point of the song isn't even about the rape. It's really about the girl writing fan mail to the band, Oasis, with her date rape being only a mildly important secondary story.

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* ''Oasis'' by Music/TheDresdenDolls. Both the sound of the song and most of the video are over-the-top happy and poppy, while the lyrics tell the story of how song-writer songwriter Amanda Palmer was date raped. This trope was played so well, that The Dresden Dolls got a lot of hate from the MoralGuardians for "making a joke" out of rape, even if it was Palmer's own. The trope is taken UpToEleven even in the lyrics, because the focal point of the song isn't even about the rape. It's really about the girl writing fan mail to the band, Oasis, with her date rape being only a mildly important secondary story.



* Music/WeAreTheInCrowd's songs Both Sides of the Story and Rumour Mill are like this. Both are very upbeat songs but sound like full on arguments in the lyrics between the male and female singers. Both Sides is about a deteriorating relationship with people who can't be honest with each other and Rumour Mill is about, well, rumours spreading.

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* Music/WeAreTheInCrowd's songs Both Sides of the Story and Rumour Mill are like this. Both are very upbeat songs but sound like full on full-on arguments in the lyrics between the male and female singers. Both Sides is about a deteriorating relationship with people who can't be honest with each other and Rumour Mill is about, well, rumours spreading.



* You'd be hard pressed to find a better or more hilarious example of this trope than Music/TimMinchin's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA2udpPjxUk Song For Phil Daoust]].

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* You'd be hard pressed hard-pressed to find a better or more hilarious example of this trope than Music/TimMinchin's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA2udpPjxUk Song For Phil Daoust]].



** Then there is "Girlfriend", a catchy ditty sung by a SpoiledBrat JerkAss who not only intends [[ClingyJealousGirl to steal another girl's boyfriend]], but have him "wrapped around her finger" because said girl is [[DieForOurShip "like, whatever"]]. And your 13-year-old niece has probably been dancing to this all day.

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** Then there is "Girlfriend", a catchy ditty sung by a SpoiledBrat JerkAss who not only intends [[ClingyJealousGirl to steal another girl's boyfriend]], boyfriend]] but have him "wrapped around her finger" because said girl is [[DieForOurShip "like, whatever"]]. And your 13-year-old niece has probably been dancing to this all day.



* The odd drone/monotone voice (er, it's better than it sounds) of The Magnetic Fields' lead vocalist makes everything sound dissonant, from "I Wish I Had an Evil Twin" (exactly what it sounds like) to "I Don't Want to Get Over You" (listing all of the things he could do to forget a lover).

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* The odd drone/monotone voice (er, it's better than it sounds) of The Magnetic Fields' lead vocalist makes everything sound dissonant, from "I Wish I Had an An Evil Twin" (exactly what it sounds like) to "I Don't Want to Get Over You" (listing all of the things he could do to forget a lover).



* "It's a Sin" by the Music/PetShopBoys. Epic dance tune about how "everything i long to do, no matter where or when or who... [is] a sin". (It can probably be interpreted as Neil Tennant writing about being gay and growing up Catholic, so...)

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* "It's a Sin" by the Music/PetShopBoys. Epic dance tune about how "everything i I long to do, no matter where or when or who... [is] a sin". (It can probably be interpreted as Neil Tennant writing about being gay and growing up Catholic, so...)


** ''When the World Comes Down'' loved this trope, having "Breakin'" (An upbeat BreakupSong), "Believe" (A heavy PowerPop GriefSong), and "Sunshine" (A light acoustic TearJerker).

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** ''When the World Comes Down'' loved this trope, having "Breakin'" (An upbeat BreakupSong), "Believe" (A heavy PowerPop GriefSong), and "Sunshine" (A light acoustic TearJerker).'
* "If You could only see" by Tonic is a rather energetic and fairly upbeat song about him loving a girl even though someone (implied to be [[DatingWhatDaddyHates his parents]]) disapprove, and him wishing he could make them understand.


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTsVJ1PsnMs Vamos a la playa by Righeira]] a poppy spanish summer hit in Europe of the early [[TheEighties Eighties]]. The lyrics between the chorus:

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTsVJ1PsnMs Vamos a la playa by Righeira]] a poppy spanish italian (but sung in Spanish) summer hit in Europe of the early [[TheEighties Eighties]]. The lyrics between the chorus:

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