- The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" evokes this trope as the narrator (the late Eddie Kendricks, singing what would be his last song with the group before he and his longtime friend and fellow founder Paul Williams left the group) goes on about how he can't stop thinking and imagining the life he wants with the girl he likes, but must resign himself to the fact that the person of his desires doesn't know him and most likely never will (while implying that he at least knows he should leave her alone).
- Lionel Richie's "Hello" takes on some creepy vibes in the video, where a college professor is obsessed with his blind student. Then again, she sculpts his face in class—despite never having seen it—just because she loves him as well, so we might be expected to think it isn't so bad. The Music Video Show thinks otherwise.
- The narrator in "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. Yet people consider it a love song, much to Sting's disturbance. Worth mentioning as part of this article. Just listen to P. Diddy's cover.
- This parody of Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" and its accompanying image macros, The Overly Attached Girlfiend:I'll always be checking up on you
Hey boy, who you talking to?
If I was your girlfriend
I'd never let you leave
Without a small recording device
Taped under your sleeve
And you'll always look your best
Shave your face for me
Don't hide secrets in your house
'Cause, boy, I stole the key.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic has written a few songs about these. "Melanie" and "Do I Creep You Out" are two of them.
- The Stalker Song. The singer is an obsessed stalker for his ex-girlfriend. He's determined to make her take him back by any means necessary, including taking the girl's cat and threatening to hurt it or worse if she doesn't comply with his demands.Imagine me and you, I doI think about you day and nightIt's only right to think about the girl I stalk both day and nightSo happy togetherI dated you for just a weekYou dumped me and I cried real hard and still can't sleepSo now I'm going to force you to come back to meSo happy togetherI can't see me stalking nobody, but youFor all your lifeWhen you're with me, baby, the skies will be blueFor all my life
- "Creepy Stalker Girl" by The Arrogant Worms. Comes with cicadas if you act now.
- The narrator of "Go-Getter Greg" by Ludo.
- I'd say "The Horror of Our Love" falls into this category too.
- The narrator of "Du Riechst So Gut" by Rammstein. Also one of the more terrifying examples: a translated part of the lyrics are written below.The track is fresh and on the bridge
drops your sweat, your warm blood
I don't see you
I only smell you, I sense you
a predator that screams of hunger
I track you for miles by scent"You smell so good
you smell so good
I follow you
you smell so good
I find you
- so good
I'm after you
you smell so good
I will have you soon"
- The narrator of "Bloody Valentine" by Good Charlotte.
- The narrator of "I Will Possess Your Heart" by Death Cab for Cutie.
- "#1 Crush" by Garbage. Between the relentlessly bludgeoning drums, discordant main riff and Creepy Monotone vocals, it might the best audio representation.
- Southside Movement's obscure funk song "I've Been Watching You".
- Parliament also recorded a song called "I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)", whose lyrics are possibly the most minimal of the entire lot.
- "Stalker" by Goldfinger. Played in a humourous tone. In fact, the singer actually says he wants to marry her.
- Lisa Germano's "...a psychopath" is quite possible one creepiest examples of this trope in musical form.
- "Charlene (I'm Right Behind You)" by Stephen and the Colberts, though this is a parody rather than an honest example. Stephen's stalking of his ex-girlfriend (and cousin) Charlene is a Running Gag on the show.
- "Cold Cold Christmas", a bonus track on the Christmas Special soundtrack, continues this theme.
- "Charlene II (I'm Over You)" has Colbert describe how he's done stalking her, except the way he does makes it clear it's, at best, temporary. He still has her portrait (having moved it from his front hall to a room he barely uses, instead of just throwing it out), keeps the same email address (email@example.com), knows that she has lost weight, and wonders who someone named Alan is. Also, the very fact that he feels the need to write her a song about being over her is a clear indicator that he isn't.
- "Go Away Godboy" by S. J. Tucker is about a stalker who thinks he's Jesus.
- The controversial Falco Power Ballad "Jeanny" is sung from the POV of one of these, as he stalks, kidnaps and possibly murders the title character.
- Barenaked Ladies' "Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank". It... doesn't end well.I know your address
I ring the bell
I bring you flowers and a .22 with shells
- Morrissey's "Suedehead":Why do you come here? And why do you hang around?
I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry...
Why do you come here, when you know it makes things hard for me?
When you know, oh why do you come?had to sneak in to my room just to read my diary
it was just to see
just to see
all the things you knew
i've written about you
- And from the opposite perspective, "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" (So much better when Bill Nye did it!):When you sleep
I will creep
Into your thoughts
Like a bad debt
That you can't pay
Take the easy way
And give in
Yeah, and let me in.
- And from the opposite perspective, "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" (So much better when Bill Nye did it!):
- Queen's You Take My Breath Away... so much, it's almost a little creepy.
- You can reduce me to tears
With a single sigh
(Please don't cry)
Every breath that you take -
Any sound that you make
Is a whisper in my ear
I could give up all my life for just one kiss
I would surely die
If you dismissed me from your love
So please don't go
Don't leave me here all by myself
I get ever so lonely from time to time
I will find you
Anywhere you go, I'll be right behind you
Right until the ends of the earth
I'll get no sleep till I find you to tell you
That you just take my breath away
- Nickelback's "Follow You Home" comes across this way:You can steal me the keys to your daddy's Cadillac
You can tamper with the brakes and call it a mistake and pray I'm never coming back
And I'll stay alive just to follow you home.
- Some people have apparently interpreted "Hey There, Delilah" by the Plain White T's (which was actually about the songwriter's unrequited crush) this way. At least one filksinger even wrote a parody in that vein.
- Terri Gibbs' 1981 song "Somebody's Knocking" tells the story of a young woman and a man who is a little more than interested in hernote .
- Clay Aiken's "Invisible" is a definite stalker song. Lines from the chorus and second verse include:Whatcha doing tonight
I wish I could be
A fly on your wall
If I was invisible
Then I could just watch you in your room
If I was invincible
I'd make you mine tonightAND
I keep tracing your steps
Each move that you make
Wish I could read what goes through your mind
- The narrator from the song "I Who Have Nothing". Some parts of the lyrics include: "You can go any place you want, to fancy clubs and restaurants, but I can only watch you with him... my nose pressed up against the window-pane," and "I who have no one, must watch you (I will watch you baby) passing by."
All your hands on me
- The song, "Snow White Queen comes from Amy Lee's personal experience with a stalker. She never says the song is about a rape attempt, but the lyrics STRONGLY suggest it, particularly this part:
I can't scream
I've been watching you from a distance
- There's also "Haunted", "Surrender", and "Give Unto Me", each displaying varying degrees of obsession. The latter has this as its first lyrics:
- "Imagine You Were Mine" by Mitch Benn:It was almost like a dream come true,
When I moved in next door to you.
I didn't think you'd notice at all,
When I drilled those holes in the bathroom wall.
I'd watch you growing, never knowing,
Where your underwear kept going.
And as you checked the washing line,
I would sit and imagine you were mine.
- "Barrel of a Gun" by Guster.
- Cat Stevens' "Here Comes My Baby" could be interpreted this way.
- "Stan" by Eminem, surely. Whether or not you read it as Ho Yay, he's violently obsessive about Slim.
- "Gonna Get Close to You" by Lisa Dalbello. When Queensrÿche did a cover of the song, the accompanying video was made of this trope.
I dial your telephone each and every afternoon
- Their version, especially the video, comes pretty close to horrific indeed.
I wait by your door 'til you're asleep at night
And when you're alone I know
When you turn out the light
- The lyrics of "Possession" by Sarah McLachlan were allegedly taken from some of her more stalkerriffic fanmail. Interestingly, the stalker sued her for copyright infringement.Oh, you speak to me in riddles and
You speak to me in rhyme
My body aches to breathe your breath
And I won't be denied
- "I'm Your Boyfriend Now" by They Might Be Giants is about half this trope, half Loony Fan.
- "You Were Meant For Me" by Ute Lemper qualifies. See the page quote for an example of the lyrics, and then there's the fact that the music itself has a disturbing James-Bond-villain-theme-song quality to it...
- The narrator in "Niki FM" by Hawthorne Heights is this...RIGHT NOW,
I'm outside of your window with my radio
I'm outside of your window with my radio
- "Shiver" by ColdplayFrom 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
- "Paparazzi" by Lady GagaI'm your biggest fan,
I'll follow you until you love me.
- Rob Dougan's "There's Only Me" from his Furious Angels album falls into this category for sure, but "Furious Angels" could qualify too, and "Left Me For Dead" could easily be "Stalker With A Crush Scorned".
- This Idol auditioner.
- Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me". A lot less stalker-ish in the video.
- "You Can't Change That" by Raydio. One verse from the song that's particularly creepy:You can change your telephone number
And you can change your address too
But you can't stop me from loving you
No, you can't change that, no, no
- "One Way or Another" by Blondie:One way or another, I'm gonna lose ya
I'm gonna give you the slip
I'll walk down the mall, stand over by the wall
Where I can see it all, find out who ya call
- Also "Accidents Never Happen":I saw you walking in the dark
So I slipped behind your footsteps for a while.
Caught you turning 'round the block
Fancy meeting in a smaller world, after all
Accidents never happen
Could have planned it all
- And, for that matter, "Hanging on the Telephone":I'm in the phone booth, it's the one across the hall
If you don't answer, I'll just ring it off the wall
I know he's there, but I just had to call
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone
- Also "Accidents Never Happen":
- Ray Stevens' "It's Me Again, Margaret" tells the story of a man who would always call and harass a woman he loved. He's eventually arrested and allowed one phone call... which he uses to call Margret.
- The 1981 song "Art Lover" by The Kinks combines the implied loss of a child with creepy stalker behaviour:Little girl don't notice me
Watching as she innocently plays.
She can't see me staring at her
Because I'm always wearing shades.
She feeds the ducks, looks at the flowers.
I follow her around for hours and hours.
I'd take her home, but that could never be,
She's just a substitute
For what's been taken from me.
- "Obsession" by Siouxsie and the Banshees.I broke into your room - I broke down in my room
Touched your belongings there - and left a lock of my hair
Another sign for you
You screamed into my face "Get the hell out of my place"
Another sign for me? can you forgive me?
For not understanding your ways
You know sometimes you take it all too far
Then I remember it's a game between you and me
A divine test for us two
It's all in my imagination
Yes they even say that our mission ...is only
- "Special Delivery" by The Offspring, though the lyrics also strongly suggests he wants to kill the object of his affections:And I'll blow you away
You're gonna fall for me, you're gonna fall for me
And the voices tell me to blow you away
You're gonna fall for me, you're gonna fall for me
- "Tigerlily" by La Roux is a particularly creepy example as the narration appears to directly address the listener, implying that they're the one being stalked.Have you ever felt like you're being followed?
Or watched the ones that held your stare?
Turned around to see who's behind you to find there's no-one there?
Lurking in the dark, there's someone who breathes you night and day
There's a friend who wants so much more
And if they can't have you, they'll never let you walk away...
- "Creepin' Up on You" by Darren Hayes, obviously.No one else can love you like I do
Feel it when I'm creepin' up on you
And I know that it wouldn't be right
If I stayed all night
Just to peep in on you
Creepin' up on you.
- "It's Warmer in the Basement" by Cobra Starship. The song is largely responsible for Gabe Saporta's status as a Memetic Molester. In his own words, "This song is about when you love someone so much that you just have to tie them up in your basement so no one else can have them." D'awww.You can't escape now
I've got you locked inside this room
You know I tip good
and soon, you will love me too\
This is what you get
- It goes on with the narrator saying "don't make me hurt you," offering food, "just promise me you'll never make me believe you." And then the chorus:
When you're talking back baby
I never bounce a check
So give it up, baby
Open up your eyes
I want to watch you cry
Come on, come on
The camera's on!\
- Romance of the Damned, by Regurgitator. A sample:Your hand brushed my sleeve as we passed in the street
That means you're in love with me.\
- "Tear You Apart" by She Wants Revenge.Either way he wanted her and this was bad
He wanted to do things to her it was making him crazy
Now a little crush turned into a like
And now he wants to grab her by the hair and tell her
I want to hold you close
Skin pressed against me tight
Lie still, and close your eyes girl
So lovely, it feels so right
I want to hold you close
Soft breath, beating heart
As I whisper in your ear
I want to fucking tear you apart
- "We Get On", by Kate Nash, presents a relatively harmless version, rife with Suspiciously Specific Denial:I don't ever make up stuff about you and me
Because that is insanity
I don't ever drive by your house to see if you're in
I don't even have an opinion on that tramp that you're still seeing
I don't know your timetable
I don't know your face off by heart
But I must admit that there is still a part of me that still thinks
That we might get on
- "It's no good" by Depeche ModeDon't say you want me
Don't say you need me
Don't say you love me
Don't say you're happy
Out there without me
I know you can't be
'Cause it's no good...
- "Strange and Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You)" by AqualungI've been watching your world from afar
I've been trying to be where you are
And I've been secretly falling apart, unseen...
- "Two Wuv" by Tally Hall, although it's mostly played for laughs.
- "Pain" by Four Star Mary (famous for playing Oz's band on Buffy) is about an angry, spurned Stalker with a Crush. It seems innocent when Oz plays it on stage, but look up the lyrics...
- Taking Back Sunday's "MakeDamnSure". Fun fact: Stephanie Meyer was considering it as a song on the New Moon soundtrack. Although...
- While the specific storyline is under debate among fans, Sonata Arctica has four songs spread across its albums which are often referred to as the "stalker saga." The chronological order (in terms of the stalker's life) is "Caleb," "End Of This Chapter," "Don't Say A Word," and "Juliet."
- "Shy" is a good example as well
- The Sugarland song Steve Earle is all about a woman who wants to marry Steve Earle.
- "Cherish", by The Association, has elements of this.You don't know how many times
I've wished that I had told you
You don't know how many times
I've wished that I could hold you
You don't know how many times
I've wished that I could
Mold you into someone who could
Cherish me as much as I cherish you
- The song "I Drove All Night" by Cyndi Lauper (later covered by Celine Dion) definitely invokes this trope.I drove all night to get to you
Is that alright?
I drove all night and crept in your room
Woke you from your sleep to make love to you.
- The song "Wasting Time" by Thirsty Merc is about this; the second line is "I'm trying to make you notice me but you don't care"
- Nerf Herder's Golfshirt, Part 2 is a great exemple of this trope, with all the parked at the dark end of your street thing.
- Nine Inch Nails' "Closer"/"Closer to God". Both songs are part this trope and part Obsession Song. Closer is seductive and subdued with barely-held back insanity, while Closer to God is more violent, commanding and creepy.
- "Lily (My One and Only)" by The Smashing Pumpkins:Silly, I know I'm silly
Cause I'm hanging in this tree
In the hopes that she will catch a glimpse of me...
But an officer is knocking at my door
And thru her window shade
I watch her shadow move
- Lena Meyer's "Sattelite"Where you go, Ill follow
You set the pace, well take it fast and slow
Ill follow in your way,
You got me, you got me
A force more powerful than gravity
Its physics, theres no escape
- Freezepop's "Stakeout"from far away I check you out
can't let you see me
- Hugh Laurie's "I'm in Love with Steffi Graf" from the show A Bit of Fry and Laurie. Made perfect by the way it's performed, with Laurie's narmtastic intensive and sincere expressions as his character describes his deep and completely ridiculous emotions.
- Caramell's "Ooa Hela Natten" is about a Genki Girl who thinks Stalking Is Love. The object of her affections is creeped out, as is half the town.
- The chorus from Line of Fire by Tom McRae really speaks for itself.
- The narrator of "Taylor the Latte Boy," as elaborated in "Taylor's Response""When I walked in friday evening
To our gig in Arthurs basement
I saw Carol in the front row
And I heard her scream my name
Then my friend said 'Man, she's crazy
She's been here since 7:30
And she told me she's your girlfriend
And she's really glad she came'
And then when our gig was over
She followed me the whole way home..."
- The music video for Smash Mouth's "I'm A Believer" is a brilliant subversion. The singer sees a girl at a party and pursues her throughout the video. Finally, he corners her at the dock... And pulls out a pair of keys. Turns out she dropped them at the party and he's been trying to give them back. In a Double Subversion, the girl recognizes him and appears to be on the way to becoming one for him.
- "Mama" by GenesisNow I can't keep you mama
But I know you're always there
You listen, you teach, me mama
And I know inside you care
So get down, down here, beside me
Oh you aint going nowhere
No I won't hurt you mama
But it's getting so hard, ooh
- Kim Boekbinder's Stalker.
- "You and me (in my pocket)" by the Belgian singer Milow:People say there are plenty of fish
In the sea, baby, all I do is wish.
I wish you were a little slower,
Not just slow but paralyzed,
Then I could plug you into a socket,
So you could never run away.
I really wish that you were smaller,
Not just small but really really short,
So I could put you in my pocket,
And carry you around all day.
- The song "Bill Watterson" by Lemon Demon is about the singer being this for the reclusive author of Calvin and Hobbes.Dont you know I think youre the cats meow?
Wheres the tiger now? Wheres the tiger now?
Bill Watterson, cant you hear me?
Bill Watterson, please dont fear me.
Dont treat me like I have rabies,
I only wanna have your babies.''
- "Goodnight and Go" by Imogen Heap is often mistaken for a Silly Love Song due to its mostly cute sounding lyrics and sound, however it has heavy undertones of stalking.Follow you home,
You've got your headphones on
And you're dancing.
Got lucky, beautiful shot:
You're taking everything off
Watch the curtains wide open
And you're following the same routine;
Flicking through the TV, relaxed and reclining
And you think you're alone...
- "She" by Tyler, The Creator
- While it's probably meant to come off as a Dogged Nice Guy, "Say You Like Me" by We The Kings also sounds like an obsessive guy who can't take a hint:''I say hi, but she's too shy to say hello...
I wish my heart was always on her mind
'Cause she's on mine like all day, all the time
Forget me not, forget me now
I've come too far to turn around
I'm here tonight
'Cause I'm never going down
I'm never giving up
I'm never gonna leave
So put your hands up...
It's time to fall into my arms
Cause I've been waiting for too longAll of which he says before she even acknowledges his existence.
- The Country Music song "What'll You Do About Me", written by Dennis Linde and recorded by several artists (including Randy Travis):What in the world are you plannin to do
When a man comes over just to visit with you
And Im on the porch with a 2' × 2'
Tell me what'Il you do about me
You can call your lawyer, you can call the fuzz
You can sound the alarm, wake the neighbors up
Ain't no way to stop a man in love
What'Il you do about me
- "Oah", by Alexander Rybak, is a perfectly innocent tune about a man who's in love with someone younger than himself. The music video, however...note
It started with a phone I stupidly answered.
- "Leave Me Alone" is from the perspective of a victim of a stalker. The song was inspired by a real-life stalker that Alexander had to deal with.
You said you got my number from one of the dancers.
You waited right outside
You had something of mine
But then I saw your eyes— your crazy eyes
Now you've got me into something sick and twisted
An evil kind of game I didn't know existed
You travel overseas to terrorize me
And I don't understand, why can't you let me be?
- "You'll Accompany Me" by Bob Seger.
- Haven't Had Enough by Marianas Trench is about an ex-boyfriend turned stalker, especially the music video
- Kesha: The narrator of "Stephen". Very much so.Stephen... I'll knit you a sweater. I wanna wrap you up... in my love... forever. I would never let you go, Stephen. I'll never let go.
- "Andy You're a Star" by The Killers is often interpreted as to be about a boy who is in love with the star quarterback of his school and stalks him.
- Until You're Mine by Demi Lovato has this kind of vibe..
- My state of mind has finally got the best of meI need you next to meI'll try to find a way that I could get to youJust wanna get to you
- The Veronicas,
- Secret: A guy pretending to be gay and once discovered starts stalking them
- This is How it Feels: deals with a guy who starts stalking one of them after their break up.
- The Blue Öyster Cult experiment with this trope in Monsters. Here, after some unspecified disaster on Earth, only three humans are known to have got into space and relative safety. Two men and one woman. The man who is unfavoured by the woman crew member harbours fantasies and desires akin to stalking. Then he makes a pass at her. Her lover gets the wrong end of the stick and shoots her in a fit of rage. So the last two survivors of all humanity are two men... the ability of the human race to take a bad situation and make t worse is legendary....
- The song "Obsessie" (Obsession) by the Dutch singer Gio, complete with Stalker Shrine.
- Edge of Dawn's "In Your Sleep": "I will haunt you in your sleep, for the promises you never never keep. Only this time, I'll be fine. You'll be tied up, and you'll be mine".
- Taken to extremes in the song "Going Crazy" by Song Ji Eun and featuring Bang Young Gook. It starts off like a typical, incredibly serious guy-stalks-girl scenario with the singer singing the part of the girl and the rapper singing the part of the guy while the video shows a woman driving down an abandoned back country road. Then, toward the climax of the song, we suddenly see the male rapper with his hands tied, and all of a sudden, the woman gets out of her car, opens her trunk, and lo and behold! There's a well-dressed, kidnapped young man in there! Tied up, blindfolded, and literally trembling in fear, the poor thing doesn't even know what's coming until the woman drenches him in gasoline, walks a few feet away, and lights a match. The video ends with her throwing the lighter behind her and walking away and cuts to black just as the stream of fire is about to reach the car. Turns out that it was the woman who was the stalker the whole time, and the singer's and rapper's parts got Gender Fliped.
- There's another version of that music video which features Jieun and Yongguk as the main 'characters', in which Yongguk plays the typical stalker to Jieun (taking pictures of her, sending her bits of her hair, breaking into her apartment, etc.).
- In another k-pop song by Kan Miyoun, also called "Going Crazy," we get a much more comedic variant of this trope. The man in this video is kidnapped by a woman who wants to marry him. It doesn't end well for either of them.
- Buckethead's Post Office Buddy is mostly an instrumental, being interrupted by a guy leaving messages on a woman's phone and growing increasingly frustrated with her not calling him back: "Well, you think you're gonna get away with it? You think one dark night that I can't go in anywhere I want? So when you go to sleep, when you try to go to sleep, I want you to think about that nice, regular guy that you coulda met and had a really nice life with at the post office, but you went the wrong way..."
- Psyborg Corp's gender-flipped cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" seems to change the meaning of the lyrics to this.
- David Bowie's "Love You Till Tuesday", a pre-Space Oddity number from The '60s, is sung by one. There is a twist, though — he admits that once the object of his affections returns them, the relationship will only last a few days before he falls out of love/obsession.
- "Awkward" by San Cisco is about a stalker who won't stop calling/texting/following the object of his affection, even when she demands that he leave her alone.
- In Little Boot's "Remedy", LB is being stalked by her ex-boyfriend and she goes out dancing "with (his) enemy" to get away from him.
- Tom Smith's Worth the Wait is a borderline case in that the singer merely plays the Dogged Nice Guy, waiting for her to come to her senses. The line of "much I've needed what I've earned" reveals the case of entitlement he feels.
- "I Put A Spell On You" by Screaming Jay Hawkins has heavy undertones of this trope.I can't stand it, I can'tI can't stand the way you're running home!And I don't care if you don't want me'Cause I'm yours anyhow!I put a spell on you, because you're mine!
- "Watchin' You Sleep" by indie band Bleu is a pretty straightforward example. The song has the narrator following the girl to work, and of course, watching her sleep.
- "Stalker" by Cascada, as you'd expect from the title.
- "Kinda Kute" by Joe Jackson. Jackson sits and watches a woman from afar, and even buys a drink for her in the hope that she will come and talk to him.
- Pretty much all of Masked Intruder's self-titled album is a tongue-in-cheek description of a Stalker with a Crush. For example:Every night in my sweetest dreams I get to hold you in my armsI tried to get some in real life, honey, but just set off your burglar alarmWhy are you calling the cops, baby? I don't mean you any harmWhy don't you love me in real life?[...]Is it because of my mask, or just because I'm brandishing a knife?Why don't you love me in real life?
- 'Gimme Gimme' by the Lords of Acid. Subverted in that the song is from the perspective of the stalker's obsession, who has gotten a crush on her own stalker with a crush (or at least is very much turned on by the idea!).
- The Jesus Lizard's "Mailman", dealing with a woman who is constantly receiving disturbing, sexual notes from an anonymous stranger. Somewhat unusually, it's from the point of view of the woman in question, and thus it's much more about her terrified state of mind than it is about her actual stalker.
- The music video to Daughtry's "Outta My Head" comes off as this, with Chris chasing a woman through the city and eventually culminating into a Chase Scene with her on a motorcycle and Chris in a Dodge Charger. It borders on Unfortunate Implications until it turns out she left her cell phone and he was trying to give it back to her.
- "Stalker" by Thrash Metal band Warbeast is a song told from the post of view of a deranged stalker. He describes in disturbing detail how he plans to murder the woman he's stalking if she rejects his advances.
- The 1971 country song "Tomorrow Night in Baltimore" (written by Kenny Price, a hit for Roger Miller, also covered by Waylon Jennings). The narrator is obsessed with a burlesque dancer. He goes backstage after the show ("tonight I'm gonna take her") but her troupe is busy packing up for their next gig (tomorrow night in Baltimore). He vows to follow them.
- 'Sweet Tangerine' by the Hush Sound. Throughout most of the song, the narrator seems to be begging the object of his affections for forgiveness, until near the end when he sneaks into her room.
- 'Highschool Stalker' by Hello Saferide is about Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- The Madonna song "Open Your Heart" is about a woman who wants someone who is ignoring her and shutting her out, put she really persists. "Don't try to run, I can keep up with you".
- In Caramella Girls' "We Love to Party", as evident by the line "We're coming after you", the girls are apparently stalking the guy that they want to "party" with. And this is a chirpy bubblegum Eurodancepop song, to boot.
- Surprised no one's mentioned it yet, but maybe most tropers are too young to remember George Michael's 'Father Figure' which is totally this, and the "taxi driver" music video plays this trope Up to Eleven.Sometimes love can be mistakenFor a crime...
- "Ich laß dich nicht los" ("I won't let you go") by Fettes Brot mit Finkenauer.
- Though the narrator and her object of affection are friends, "Jenny" by Studio Killers has elements of this.Jenny, darling, you're my best friend
But there's a few things that you don't know of
Why I borrow your lipstick so often
I'm using your shirt as a pillow case
Jenny, darling, you're my best friend
I've been doing bad things that you don't know about
Stealing your stuff now and then
Nothing you'd miss but it means the world to me
- Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", though the song is told from the stalked's POV.
- The music video for Maroon Five's "Animals" features Adam Levine as a particularly creepy one. It's not helped by the lyrics, which compares sex to animals eating each other, and set to a peppy beat.
- Jimmy Reed has a few songs like this, "Knocking At Your Door" probably being the best-known example. Can overlap with Dogged Nice Guy, considering Jimmy Reed's overall persona.
- "Closer" by Burn Season contains the following lyrics which imply this:Don't say that its overI'd kill to be closerA moment I'm passing to youBut to meI will waitAnd I'll takeAnything with your nameDon't say that its overYou can't live without meYou say there's something wrong in my headSo I like to bleedYou say I'm scaring you now but I'm tiredFrom watching you sleepI'd erase what you sayScramble words in the wayBut you can't take awayTurn awayRun awayFuck with me
- While the songs themselves aren't about stalking, the music videos for the Marianas Trench songs "Cross My Heart" and "Beside You" definitely fit, and the band is well aware. Their song "Toy Soldiers" from Ever After is a straight example. The song even ends with "if I can't have you, no one can"!
- AC/DC's "Night Prowler", about a boy who even enters his beloved's bedroom. In a case of Misaimed Fandom, Richard Ramirez took a wrong interpretation of the song prior to his rape-and-murder antics, even leading to the nickname "Night Stalker".
- An example of Real Life Writes the Plot: Markus Schulz made the songs "Nothing Without Me" and its sequel "Erase You" due to his experiences with an actual stalker.
- Cry Baby's ex-boyfriend in the Melanie Martinez song "Teddy Bear" becomes one of these after she dumps him due to fears he wants to kill her.I threw you out
I didn't outgrow you, I just didn't know you
But now you're back
It's so terrifying how you paralyze me
Now you're showing up inside my house
Breathing deep into the phone
I'm fucking scared
- "An Unhealthy Obsession" by The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra plays up the two stalkers (one male, one female) as being extremely creepy but it is surprisingly upbeat. There is a twist: It is implied that they are obsessing over each other. The cover image even shows the woman filming the man through her window, while he tries to steal her washing from the clothes-line.Some call it "stalking", I say "walking, just extremely close behind"
I'm sure if I sat down and asked you, well, you wouldn't really mind
You've got those eyes that drive me crazy and I've got eyes to watch you sleep
I brought a pack lunch and some coffee for my stakeout in your tree outside your house
- The White Tie Affair's "Watching You" is about a man being stalked:Help me, help me
Somebody save me
I keep running
She keeps on chasing
Reminds me all the time, "No matter where you go, I'll always be watching you."
- "The Coffee Girl" by Temposhark seems to be about a man obsessed with a woman. He kills her lover after moving near to her.
- "Stalker" by German band In Extremo.
- New Found Glory's music video for their song "Dressed to Kill" features a young man stalking his female neighbor across their cul-de-sac by watching her every move and taking photographs of her whenever she isn't looking. He ultimately tries to make a move by throwing a rock through her window while he's holding flowers, but he ultimately chickens out and runs away. It turns out she's been aware of his presence the entire time. She's been watching and photographing his every move as well, smiling as he runs away.
- "I Want to Know" by Living ColourBaby you stole my heart
I don't know what to do
Got one problem on my mind
Do you feel the way I do?I'm standing in the shadows baby
I got one thing that's on my mind
Gonna make you love me baby
If it takes the rest of my lifeI'm very patient baby
And I've got a lot of time
I can see a clear horizon
You and me standing side by side
- The narrator in "I'd Find You Anywhere" by Creative Source says that it would be a waste of time for her obsession to try to leave her because she'd find him no matter where he went.
- In the music video for LOONA's "Heart Attack," Chuu follows Yves from afar, snapping pictures and trying to get her attention, while singing a love song. Downplayed, in that Yves notices and doesn't seem to mind the attention, and in some bits is implied to return Chuu's feelings.
- A downplayed example in "Johnny Delusional" by FFSnote . It's not so much that the singer is actively stalking the object of his affections, but he's still refusing to take no for an answer despite knowing the girl is simply way out of his league. He presumably considers himself a Dogged Nice Guy, but the music video in particular makes him just seem pathetic:I know yes and no in a couple dozen other languages
But your form of no is the kind of look I can't deny
Tell me, are resistance and stupidity the same?
Tell me, is resistance so enticing, please explain
Though I want you
I know I haven't a chance
Still I want you
Johnny Delusional here
Stalker With A Crush / Music