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Lyrical Dissonance is a very common theme used in numerous Vocaloid songs. In fact, it's harder to find a song which doesn't follow this trope.

The list is sorted alphabetically by producers.


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     24 P 
  • "Who?" has pretty electronic sounds and an upbeat tune. It's about continuous war, asking if God could really exist if there was war, and even subtly criticizes religion.

     40 Meter-P 
  • Hatsune Miku's "Left Behind City" song is about a girl who feels left behind in the world.

  • Macaron is a mysterious song with almost poetic lyrics about how a singer enjoys eating macarons.

  • "Hetarenaide yo!" Listen to the first 1:50 or so, without looking at the lyrics. Sounds like a cute and innocent song, right? Now, listen to it from start to end while looking at the subtitles. And then comes the Sound-Effect Bleep...

  • Many songs from Star Girl and The Illusion Paradise series have shades of this trope.
    • The trope is averted in the first half of The Nun and Idol Girl. In the beginning, it's a happy J-pop song about a nun who wanted to become an idol, and thanks to Dr. Realist, her wish was granted. It didn't end well as the idol got overwhelmed by insults to the point of cutting herself. And then it got much worse. The girl was reminded that such a thing had already happened in reality. After she remembered this, she ran to the church with a knife to kill herself, but she was caught by a priest, who then was accidentally killed by the girl because she forgot to drop the knife and she fatally stabbed him as consequence. She returns to be a nun and constantly pray to God to forgive all her actions, even though she knew he won't.



    Dobu Usagi 
  • This Vocaloid Kaito song sounds sweet and happy, assuming you ignore the title; even the look on Kaito's face is joyous! Then read the lyrics. Despite that, it's becoming a fan favorite for being so hilarious.

    Easy Pop 
  • Heartbreak Disco - an upbeat, 90s-esque eurodance song about someone dealing with the aftermath of a breakup and missing her ex.



    Hinata Haruhana 
  • Len Kagamine's "Nazotoki", set to a fast, upbeat tune about murder and the potential idea that Len is the killer.

  • "(It's not) World's End" is, once again, an upbeat song sung during the singer's last 5 minutes of life, requesting her love only recall her for five minutes on the day every year.

    Honey Works 
  • Despite its cutesy melody, "Rockbell" has a rather depressing lyric about a cat whose "parents" constantly fight and is either ignored or bullied by the local kids. The only person who loves him is his "mother", but one day she fell sick but the cat can't do anything to save her. In the end, he left the town, knowing that nothing will change whether or not he's around.
  • Downplayed in "Confession Rival Declaration" from the Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~ . The song has a very upbeat tune, but the theme is more of a bittersweet heartbreak. It's about a shy boy who tries really hard to change himself (both inside and outside) to become more appealing to his crush, even though he knows that the girl likes someone else and that nothing he can do would change that.
    • "Little Lion" is presented as a whimsical and bombastic song about a cat falling in love with a human girl, but it actually concerns how he can never tell her who he is or else everyone's memories of his human life get erased, and in the end cannot romantically be with the human he loves because he decides to try (emphasis on try) to tell her anyway.

    Iroha (sasaki) 
  • The song "Meltdown", sung by Rin Kagamine, is a happy upbeat song about a nuclear accident and a suicide attempt.

  • "Cactus and Mirage", a cute, upbeat-sounding song about a nurse that eventually falls in love with her infatuated, dying patient when it's already too late.

    Kairiki Bear 
  • Bakusai Pudding. It's an alternative metal song with heavy guitars and melancholic lyrics... about spilled pudding.

    Kobayashi Onyx 
  • "Saihate", another upbeat song that acts as a farewell message to a lover who has died.

  • And Then You Became The Moon sounds very happy, but the song itself is about dying from exposure or a double suicide.
  • Breaking Things into Pieces is a happy song about a person, who has a bee in his bonnet about destroying everything, because he believes they are granted a piece of their soul when people become attached to them. It's worth it to add that said things in the title isn't confined only to inanimate objects.
  • Don't look at me in that way – the song about a child who dies in a bike accident and whose ghost addresses his parents as they mourn him.
  • I'm sorry. I'm sorry. – the song with nauseating and violent lyrics about a victim of either cannibalism or extreme sexual abuse, who at the end of the song gets eaten alive or gang-raped.
  • Love me, love me, love me — the song about either toxic relationships, unrequired parental love or child abuse.
  • You're a Useless Child - an upbeat-sounding song about an emotionally abusive mother and her relationship with her son, which ends with her son killing himself.
  • Let's Go To Heaven - the song about a pair of lovers committing suicide so that they can be together forever in Heaven.

  • Senbonzakura is a peppy and energetic song about the tension and loss of identity caused by the Meiji Restoration and the subsequent "westernization" of Japan in the 20th century.

  • Affection-expanding Chocolate-holic has an aggressive, intense sound like a lot of Machigerita's other works. Unlike most of his other works, however, the meaning is rather lighthearted - it's about girls competing to make chocolate for their crush, in hopes he'll accept their feelings.

  • "Ren'ai Shikkan" (Love Disease) starts off as a cheerful jazz song about Luka going out with some guy. Things seem to be going well. The song takes a turn when it's revealed that the guy doesn't know her, and she's actually been stalking him. Then Luka catches him going out with someone else. Things get...nasty, to put it nicely. And this is without the song or her voice changing to reflect this.

    Master Yoda 

  • Most of his Seven Deadly Sins series from Evillious Chronicles counts as this, but some notable examples are:
  • The song "Red Shoe Parade" is a cheerful, upbeat melody about a group of four red-shod traveling bandits who steal from, rape, and kill people who they deem to be "bad thieves", all in the name of "grand justice".
  • "Wendy", a peppy song wherein even most of the lyrics are cheerful, with references to Peter Pan and flying. Then comes the end of the song, which reveals the story to actually be about a girl who commits suicide by jumping out a window, and the whole song suddenly becomes several minutes of fridge horror.

  • "One Of Repetition" is renowned for its catchiness and beat, but the lyrics are written from the perspective of a girl who was betrayed by a boy who merely used her like a tool. Although it is hinted that she is okay with the break-away, she still carries the sorrow with her forever and can't believe in love anymore.

  • "Whatever~Whatever~Whatever~" on the surface is a fun party song, but the lyrics deal with the singer telling their audience how burnt out and depressed they are, even mentioning that they would have killed themselves if they weren't so afraid of dying.

  • Fixer is a fun electro swing tune about a depressed person unable to fit in with society.

Though Owata-P rarely uses this trope, he has some songs following this theme:
  • "The End" sung by Yuzuki Yukari. This song, in terms of the level of melancholy, is probably the worst of all his songs. It has an upbeat and light melody, however, the lyrics talk about a depressed singer who can't stand commercialization and the greed of mankind to this point. At the end of the song he decides to take his own life.
    • This trope may be averted. Other interpretations of the song say that the main singer is an internet addict trying to socialize online, but his mind is slowly corrupted by it. However, he finally tackled how imperfect the virtual world is, so he decided to leave it and start a new life in reality. In this case, the lyrics relate to the virtual world instead.

  • Regrets and Floatage. It's an upbeat synthpop song set to lyrics about grieving the loss of a loved one.
  • City Lights is very peppy and has a cutesy melody. It appears to be about a delusional love with one partner being unresponsive.

  • Blue. It has a calm, upbeat sound, but it's in the point of view of a depressed person unable to step out of their comfort zone.

  • "Do Vocaloids Dream of Doomsday Bird?":
    • "Weekend (Worldend) is Coming!" is an adorable pop song about how war shatters a young schoolgirl's heart by taking her crush away.
    • "The WANDERLAST" is a serene chiptune about an android who is about to meet her end.
    • The most notable one is "*Hello, Planet", sung by Hatsune Miku, being chronologically the last song in this series. It's about Miku, who wakes up after the apocalypse and wanders through a deserted wasteland to find her master. The whole song ends with a happy closing melody in a scene where Miku dies in front of her master's grave.

    Steven Wagenheim 

  • We lost Again sounds happy... it's about your favorite baseball team losing due to player's and manager's shortcomings. and the fan cheering for them anyway.


    Team Hurihuri 
  • Alone is a very jazzy sounding song about a girl with loneliness no one notices.

  • Shizuoka Oden. It's a powerful, orchestral masterpiece with an intense, emotional and sometimes ominous melody. The only line in the entire song is about wanting to eat Shizuoka Oden. Yum.


  • Two-Faced Lovers, a fast-paced, upbeat song about a girl who gets an abortion after being impregnated by a man she loved who rejected her, and how she, in turn, becomes obsessed with sex and begins to use others the way that she was used.
  • World's End Dance Hall is another fast rock song about two girls who fall in love and the harassment and homophobia they experience as a result. They make the decision to continue in their relationship anyway, and, depending how one looks at it, the song may end with the two girls committing suicide together.

  • Brain Crusher is a happy sounding glitch hop, EDM-styled song, but with pensive, melancholic lyrics. Not helping matters is that even the cover art looks like something from a much more aggressive song.


Unless you know Japanese. Most of these songs are not obvious, until you watch the videos with subs.


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