Ahah, there's nothing more that I love than my love's sweet, sweet voice...
- The English traditional song "The Miller and the King's Daughter", aka "Twa Sisters", aka "The Bonny Swan" and probably a dozen other names. The elder drowns the younger "all for the sake of a man". In some versions, the younger gets her revenge from beyond the grave with the help of a musician. In others, the elder sister gets away scot free with the boyfriend and an innocent man is hanged for murder. In some versions, the boyfriend is not mentioned to have any particular wealth and the girls come from a royal family, so greed can be eliminated as a motive, leaving nothing but jealousy.
- In the most popular versions of the folk song "The Female Highwayman", the titular woman (Sovay/Silvy/Janie/Priscilla) disguises herself as a highwayman, robs her fiance blind on the road, and orders him to give her his gold engagement ring. When he says that he'd rather die than give away the ring his beloved gave to him, she lets him go free and the next day reveals what she did by "accidentally" letting him see the watch she stole the day before, telling him that it was a Fidelity Test and that he passed with flying colors. However, in one version of the song, she also adds that if he had given up the ring when she robbed him, she wouldn't have just refused to marry him she would have shot him dead on the spot.
- The Irish folk song "Bean Pháidín". Just look at the lyrics:May your legs, your legs be broken
May your legs be broken, Páidín's wife
May your legs, your legs be broken
May your legs and your bones be broken
- "I've Been Losing You" depicts the thoughts of a man who killed his girlfriend during a fight. It's a song with a very moving, rock-ish, upbeat tune.
- In "Maybe Maybe", the narrator is the target of a yandere's obsession, and ends up run over by her (in a Rover) for his trouble. Again, the tune is a poppy and silly melody.
- Fiona Apple's cover of "I Want You" (originally by Elvis Costello) captures awesomely creepy love from the point of view of the yandere. Costello's performance of it counts too, but one of the YouTube commenters said it best: "Fiona wailed her tiny ass off, and scared me even more than EC did in the original. Didn't think that was possible."
- Ken Ashcorp's "Crazy Chicks" is about a man who's attracted to this kind of woman and finds things like her saying she'd kill for him and putting a knife to his back to be turn-ons.
- The band August Burns Red was named after a run-in their original singer had with one of these. After he broke up with his girlfriend August, she set his dog Red on fire in his doghouse. The actual name was the title of the story that ran in the paper the next day.
- Emilie Autumn:
- "Liar":I want to mix our blood
And put it in the ground
So you can never leave
I want to earn your trust
Your faith, your heart
You'll never be deceived
- Becomes interesting when it was revealed that these are not just lyrics, but what Autumn's boyfriend spoke to her at one point. Verbatim.
- "I Know Where You Sleep" is a more debatable example. The singer doesn't make any overt threats, and if she's to be believed her target is an Asshole with Good Publicity who used and discarded her and other women, but there's still the threat implicit in a very angry woman informing the person who wronged her that she knows where they sleep.
- Depending on its interpretation, "A Little Piece of Heaven" by Avenged Sevenfold. Here, the male singer either kills his girlfriend because he is afraid she'll reject his marriage proposal or because she does reject him (video and song have some disparity), then proceeds to preserve her corpse so she'll always be with him. Warning: Loads of cannibalism and necrophilia.
- Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow", with lyrics such as: "I wanted all or nothing for us, ain't no place in between" and "I'm gonna l-l-l-love you until it hurts".
- Bad Company's "Burnin' Sky", sung from the point of view of a convict who keeps trying to escape to see the woman of his dreams, though it's implied his obsession with her is the reason he's in prison in the first place.The judge said, "this man's a danger to humanity
We're gonna lock him up and throw away the key"
Now, baby, your love has sent me to jail
But I'd rather die than see you with another man
- "Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry is about a wife who threatens suicide if she outlives her husband and murder-suicide if he ever leaves her.
- In "Crazy Possessive" by Kaci Battaglia, the singer threatens her own best frind for allegedly touching and calling the singer's boyfriend.
- The Beatles:
- "Run For Your Life":I'd rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or you won't know where I am
- To a lesser degree, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", which consists almost solely of the narrator repeating over and over again that he wants the girl the song is about so badly that it's driving him mad.
- Maxwell Edison of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" asks science student Joan if he can take her out to the pictures before he bashes her to death:But as she's getting ready to go, a knock comes on the door
Bang, bang! Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon her head
Bang, bang! Maxwell's silver hammer made sure that she was dead
- "Run For Your Life":
- "The Dark Lady" by the Bedlam Bards is about a yandere pirate ship. When her captain falls in love with a captive girl, the titular Dark Lady steers herself into a storm, the girl falls overboard, and everyone else on board is killed. This leaves them as ghosts, doomed to never leave.
- "Porcelain" by Better Than Ezra.I wish I could kill you, savor the sight
Jump into my car, drive into the night
Then lie as I scream to the heavens above
That I was the last one you ever loved
- There is a parody of Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" with accompanying image macros that is about one of these: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
- The Birthday Massacre are good at making-fucked up love songs. For example, there's "Violet", which seems at first glance to be an ordinary break up song, until Chibi starts singing about "violent visions" of "scarring faces once adored", and "staining red the wasted metaphor".
- Björk's "An Echo, A Stain" lands somewhere in between Stalker with a Crush and this:
- The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra's "Unhealthy Obsession". The singer talks about stalking someone they love and knowing everything about the person, including their family and their weekly routine. In the chorus, the singer believes that their victim loves them and talks about how they will get married and be together forever.
- "One Way Or Another" by Blondie is inspired by a real-life stalker of frontwoman Debbie Harry.I'll walk down the mall
Stand over by the wall
Where I can see it all
Find out who ya call
- The Bravery's song "Hatefuck":If I put my hands around your wrists, would you fight them?
If I put my fingers in your mouth, would you bite them?
There are so many things I'd do
If I had my way with you
- "Abracadabra" by Brown Eyed Girls has these... undertones:Every night, I'll be with you
Do you love her? Do you love her?
Do you love me? Do you love me?
- "Closer" by Burn Season contains the following lyrics, which imply this:Don't say that it's over
I'd kill to be closer
A moment I'm passing to you
But to me
I will wait
And I'll take
Anything with your name
Don't say that it's over
You can't live without me
You say there's something wrong in my head
So I like to bleed
You say I'm scaring you now but I'm tired
From watching you sleep
I'd erase what you say
Scramble words in the way
But you can't take away
Fuck with me
- "I Never Knew You" by Cage is a song from the perspective of a stalker.Perish the thought, you should cherish the words that I got in my mouth
The only words that can truly explain how I got in your house
- "Here We Go Again" by Captain Tractor is about a girl who expresses her love for the singer by inflicting life-threatening injuries on him.In the ambulance that day as they were taking me away
You looked into my eyes
You said you were in love, but then it struck you from above
As you learned of my demise
Is it me or is it you with a sense of Deja Vu
As I brush with death again?
And it's really no surprise as the tears filled up your eyes
You're in love with me in pain
Here we go again
- The song "Get Over Me" (a collab between Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne) is told from the perspective of someone who found out the hard way that their ex is one of these, and is trying to get them to accept that they've broken up.
- Half of all of Nick Cave's works count, including nearly all of his album Murder Ballads. However, three songs in particular from it stand out:
- "Henry Lee" is about a woman trying to seduce a man, only for him to tell her that he has another girl back home that he loves more than her. So, she stabs him to death out of jealousy and throws his body down a well.
- Loretta "Lottie" from "The Curse of Millhaven" is arguably just Axe-Crazy. However, the line "I got a pretty little mouth under all this foamin'" is what brings the Yandere part past just that.
- The unnamed male of "Where the Wild Roses Grow" gets together with a girl and takes her on a romantic outing to see the roses by the river... where he bashes her head in with a rock since "all beauty must die".
- "Poisonous Love" from Rio 2 (sung by Kristin Chenoweth) has some serious yandere vibes. The singer is a poisonous dart frog who's in love with a bird, and at one point she sings that "There isn't a bird / That I wouldn't kill / For you".
- "Two Sisters" by CLANNAD is about this, being a version of "The Miller and the King's Daughter", which is mentioned above.Sister I'll not take your hand
And I'll have Johnny and all his land
And I'll be true, unto my love
If he'll be true to me
- Coheed and Cambria:
- The concept album "Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness" is narrated by a Yandere:
- "Welcome Home":You could've been all I wanted
But you weren't honest
Now get in the ground
- "Once Upon Your Dead Body":Do you remember why you did it?
Do you remember why she left?
No, I hope you die right now
Will you drink my chemical?
And if you cry out loud
It'll only make me feel too good
- "Wake Up":I'll do anything for you
Kill anyone for you
- "The Final Cut":Here wait, so I guess that you knew
That you're a selfish little whore
I'm the selfish little whore
If I had my way, I'd crush your face in the door
- "Welcome Home":
- "Jessie's Girl 2" is a sequel to the Rick Springfield song which reimagines its title character as one of these. The lyrics depict the singer of the original song, who turned out to be the victor in the Love Triangle, realizing exactly why Jessie let him win.Sure, I probably deserved it
(Damn right, yes you did, damn right yes you did, boy)
What kind of friend was I?
The hunter became the hunted
(Stranger to me then, makes sense to me now)
When I creeped into her life
Oh, so I changed my number
That didn't, that didn't, that didn't stop her
She wouldn't let me leave her house alive
She's out of, she's out of, she's out of her mind
- The concept album "Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness" is narrated by a Yandere:
- Alice Cooper:
- "Poison", which has lyrics such as "I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name".
- "Millie and Billie" is about two insane lovers:And I liked your late husband Donald
But such torture his memory brings
All sliced up and sealed tight in baggies
Guess love makes you do funny things
- "Love's a Loaded Gun" is a song about a man who is a little bit too attached to a prostitute and is heavily implied to have killed her and one of her clients.
- "Les Tristes Noces" by Cécile Corbel talks about a woman murdering her lover because he fell in love with and married another woman. She talks about wanting to disfigure his mistress and putting an "end" to her, killing her in public, despite knowing that it'll mean her arrest.
- The narrator of "Our Wedding" by Crass comes across as one:I am yours to have and hold
I'm giving you my love
Never look at anyone, anyone but me
Never look at anyone, I must be all you see
Listen to those wedding bells
Say goodbye to other girls
I'll never be untrue, my love
Don't be untrue to me
Don't be untrue to me, don't be untrue to me...
- Creedence Clearwater Revival did a cover of "Susie-Q". John Fogerty's vocals (piping his voice through a guitar amp on these lyrics) coupled with the banjo and electric guitar makes this a very creepy song.Well, say that you'll be mine
Well, say that you'll be mine
Well, say that you'll be mine, baby all the time, Susie Q
- "Super Psycho Love" by Simon Curtis. The lyrics just scream of this trope (so much that it has become one of the unofficial anthems for yandere characters).Say that you want me every day
That you want me every way
That you need me
Got me trippin' super psycho love
Aim, pull the trigger
Feel the pain getting bigger
Go insane from the bitter feeling
Trippin' super psycho love
- "I Want You" by Delain starts out sounding innocuous enough, but quickly heads into this territory as the narrator sings about how she will make the object of her affections hers and how they won't get through the web she has spun for them. It culminates with her going If I Can't Have You and hitting them with a car.
- "Killer" by DEV:I'm gonna make you love me
- Dirty Little Rabbits' "Professional Hit", in which the singer has clearly been driven insane and angry from a one-time fling that she believed to be a starting relationship, possibly ending with Murder the Hypotenuse. Careful with That Axe and Precision F-Strike abound.
- The psycho-obsessive Serial Killer narrator of Disturbed's "The Game" has shades of this:I kind of like
The misery you put me through
Darling, you can trust me
If you even try
To look the other way
I think that I could kill this time
- "Me and the Minibar" by The Dresden Dolls fits this trope very well. The singer killed her significant other when they tried to leave her, but she won't let that little detail stop them from having a nice birthday dinner.
- Eminem and Rihanna's "Love The Way You Lie" is mostly about a "mundane" Destructive Romance, but there are some shades of this, such as when Eminem claims that he's going to tie Rihanna to the bed and set her house on fire if she tries to leave him again.
- "Kim" is what happens to a male Yandere just after he snaps: he kills and mutilates his wife's lover, slits her four-year-old son's throat, and takes her to the middle of nowhere to murder her. It is not pleasant to listen to. It's about his relationship struggles with his wife. He played it for her before it was released; she was understandably freaked out.
- From the same album (The Marshall Mathers LP), Eminem gives us the song "Stan" about a yandere stalker's descent into madness, culminating in him getting drunk and driving off a cliff with his pregnant girlfriend in a murder-suicide because he feels slighted by Eminem not answering his letters.I love you Slim, we coulda been together, think about it
You ruined it now, I hope you can't sleep and you dream about it
And when you dream I hope you can't sleep and you scream about it
I hope your conscience eats at you and you can't breathe without me
- In "Starbound", the singer snaps his girlfriend's neck and then kills himself.
- Empires' song "I Want Blood" is a male example.I want blood, I want blood from you
If it ain't your love, I want blood from you
- "I Love You... I'll Kill You" by Enigma, which seems to be sung as a warning to the victim as the singer undergoes Sanity Slippage.
- The sasaeng "fan" from Epik High's "Fan" kidnaps her favorite idol and keeps him locked up to keep him all to herself, stubbornly ignoring his blatant despair. She ends up inadvertently killing him.
- "Taking Over Me" seems like a nice song... until you realize it's really about obsession. Romantic, huh? This masterpiece shimmers with precious jewels such as...I have to be with you to live, to breathe
You're taking over me
Have you forgotten all I've known
And all we had?
You saw me mourning my love for you
And touched my hand
I knew you loved me then
I look in the mirror and see your face
If I look deep enough
So many things inside that are just like you are taking over
- The song "Snow White Queen" is an interesting take on this trope, as the choruses are sung by the yandere ("You belong to me / My snow white queen / There's nowhere to run, so let's just get it over"), but the verses are sung by the yandere's object of affection ("Wake up in a dream / Frozen fear / All your hands on me / I can't scream").
- "Surrender" also has lovely lyrics such as "You can't abandon me / You belong to me", "Darling, there's no sense in running / You know I will find you / Everything is perfect now / We can live forever", and "There's no escaping me, my love / Surrender"
- "Taking Over Me" seems like a nice song... until you realize it's really about obsession. Romantic, huh? This masterpiece shimmers with precious jewels such as...
- The narrator in Falco's "Jeanny" is a Serial Killer and rapist who sounds very much like a yandere as he sings about his next victim.They're coming! They are coming to get you
They won't find you. Nobody will find you
You're with me
- Filter's version of "Happy Together" has this vibe. While the original song is light-hearted and happy-go-lucky, this rendition is sung in angrier and more passionate tones along with darker rhythms and riffs. It's also played in the trailer for The Great Gatsby (2013) to help illustrate Gatsby's unrequited passion for Daisy.I can't see me lovin' nobody but you
For all my life
When you're with me, baby, the skies'll be blue
For all my life
You and me
Me and you
You and me
Me and you
You and me
Me and you
You and me
Me and you
- Five Finger Death Punch:
- "Diary of a Deadman", which is written like a letter from the male victim to the yandere.Looking back I still have so many questions
So many things unanswered
Like what did I do?
What could I do?
Was there ever a moment you cared?
Was I always ugly and abandoned
Remember all the times you wished me harm?
You wished me dead
How can I have changed to make it better?
And would I?
- "Succubus", which seems to feature the Destructive Romance of a pair of yanderes and contains such lines as "I never had the chance to thank you / (FOR RIPPING OUT MY HEART)" and "You've got a gun / I've got a gun / Let's write a tragic ending."
- "Diary of a Deadman", which is written like a letter from the male victim to the yandere.
- Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs":Time cast a spell on you, but you won't forget me
I know I could have loved you, but you would not let me
I'll follow you down til' the sound of my voice will haunt you
(Give me just a chance)
You'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loved you
- "#1 Crush".I will lie for you, beg and steal for you
I will crawl on hands and knees until you see
You're just like me
I would die for you
I would kill for you
I will steal for you
I'd do time for you
I will wait for you
I'd make room for you
I'd sail ships for you
To be close to you
To be part of you
'Cause you believe in me
I believe in you
I would die for you
- "Vow" from their first album is even worse — pure, seething, raging, unhinged vengeance from a yandere spurned. It goes well beyond If I Can't Have You territory into psychosis.
- "#1 Crush".
- G-Dragon has "She's Gone", a song about a jealous ex-boyfriend who murders his ex-girlfriend, with lyrics such as:Let's go somewhere where there are no people
It's just that I want to be alone with you
Now you can't go anywhere
- "My Bloody Valentine" by Good Charlotte is from the point of view of a male yandere who has an intense desire to Murder the Hypotenuse.He dropped you off, I followed him home
Then I stood outside his bedroom window
Standing over him, he begged me not to do
What I knew I had to do 'cause I'm so in love with you
- Green Day:
- "Pulling Teeth" is sung from the perspective of the protagonist, singing about how he's being being held captive by his love.I'm all busted up
Broken bones and nasty cuts
Accidents will happen
But this time I can't get up
For now I'll lie around
Hell, that's all I can really do
She takes good care of me
Just keep saying my love is true
- A non-romantic example is presented in the "My Adventure with Green Day" story in the sleeve notes of the album Kerplunk. The protagonist sees little wrong with murdering her parents if it means she gets to meet her favorite band.
- "Pulling Teeth" is sung from the perspective of the protagonist, singing about how he's being being held captive by his love.
- "This Little Girl" by Cady Groves lives and breathes this trope:Every girl is capable of murder if you hurt her
Watch out you don't push me any further, any further
You're not the only one walking 'round with a loaded gun
This little girl is capable of murder 'cause you hurt her
- "Child's Play" by Yura Hatsuki has the one singing apparently be the victim of one, though the official video doesn't show exactly what happened, and the story is overall very vague. However, a few stories go like this:"There was Red Cap (Kairi) and Black Cap (Namine) and they were best friends. But Black Cap started to notice that Wolf (Sora) paid more attention to Red Cap than Black Cap. [...] Black Cap started to become jealous of Red Cap. Red Cap remembered all the times they laughed together, and was puzzled about why Black Cap would do this. Red Cap had died of losing too much blood. Black Cap had another idea. Wolf would come looking for Red Cap. Black Cap took out her own eyes, lips, and hair and replaced them with Red Cap's. So this way Wolf wouldn't notice that Red Cap had been killed. Black Cap appeared in Red Cap's and Wolf's special place. Black Cap saw all the drawings they made together, but it didn't matter because Black Cap is Red Cap now, and Wolf will never know the difference."
- For Hetalia: Axis Powers, Belarus and Ukraine's Image Song "Carrots and Sticks" aims for this and plays it for laughs. While Belarus is a canon Yandere, the shocking thing is that Ukraine has the same feelings for the person they are singing for. That person is their brother Russia... who is also a yandere. Their yandere types, however, are very different: Belarus is about the possessive and scary side, whereas Ukraine is more about sweetness and subtle manipulation. Ukraine actually sends Belarus into a screaming fit by sort-of getting Russia into promising to "marry her" or at least make economic/political deals with her, and reacts via speaking softly and calmly about being "such a bewitching sister"note .
- The song "Black Dahlia" by Hollywood Undead shows shades of this; it's sung by a male yandere to his ex-lover and it's implied that he kills her.Seems like all we had is over now
You left to rest
And your tears are dried up now
You just lay without a sound
- Hombres G's "Devuelveme A Mi Chica" (which translates to "Return My Chick") is told from the narrator's point of view about how his chick was stolen by a more dapper-looking man and how he's going to get revenge, mostly by burning down his house and his beloved possessions while calling him very vulgar things.
- "The Phantom Opera Ghost" by Iced Earth, which is about The Phantom of the Opera.No, this can't be, I'd rather you die than spoil my dream
Myself I'll kill, if I can't have you no one will
- "In My Room" by Insane Clown Posse is about a man who spends the nights with a woman who's either a ghost or a figment of his imagination. He twists the neck of his mother's cat for scaring her and kills the family next door after the son sees her.
- Jackknife Stiletto's "Dear Jane" is very probably this, though it's hard to tell in the last lyric if the Stalker with a Crush is stabbing Jane or if Jane is stabbing them in self-defense...PS I took your cat
- "Angel's Fuck" by Jack Off Jill.I'll bask in your forever, you just waste my time, I wanted to help, to help destroy the world, I wanted to be that, to be that special girl...
- "Smoke and Mirrors" by Jayn is an original song written specifically with the yandere genre in mind. The lyrics are explicitly about a girl kidnapping her childhood friend's wife and threatening to murder her if he refuses to be with her. She kills her.I'm not asking much
Just give me your heart
And put no one else above me
Go on, say you love me
Take my hand in yours and tell me that I'll always be the one
Without you my life means nothing
So just say you love me tonight
And if you lie, this poor girl will have to die
- "Macabre Rotting Girl" by Kathy-chan and SimGretina has its titular character, who is a zombie with some amount of sentience. After being betrayed (left for dead in some animations) by her boyfriend, she goes out of her way to stalk and kill him. It's implied that her motivation isn't entirely Revenge of the Woman Scorned variety, but also intentionally infecting him so that they'd be together.The girl was so in love with her boyfriend, but her boyfriend wasn't so faithful... After the plague started, the girl turned into something unholy. But even in her gruesome form, she'd do anything to get him back.
- Kesha's "Stephen". Just read a few lyrics:'Cause you're my object of affection
My drug of choice
My sick obsession
I want to keep you as my pet to play with
And hide under my bed forever
- The woman in the Knife Party song "Internet Friends" is a yandere through and through. When the unnamed protagonist blocks her on Facebook, she resorts to tracking him down to his own home, ringing the doorbell, knocking on the door, and even calling him on his smartphone before ultimately smashing through his window and delivering this legendary line:
- "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga is about a Stalker with a Crush who will follow and chase down the object of her desire until he loves her, comparing herself to the paparazzi as she does so.
- Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend".Hey, hey, you, you, I don't like your girlfriend
No way, no way, I think you need a new one
Hey, hey, you, you, I could be your girlfriend
- The Legendary Pink Dots play with the "Love Makes You Crazy" trope fairly often, usually as Black Comedy, although on occasion one finds oneself laughing a bit more nervously. "Thursday Night Fever" in particular involves each verse detailing something utterly horrific and concluding with:'Cos you know how jealous I get
I'm just a jealous boy
- Tom Lehrer wrote a sweet and lovely ballad named "I Hold Your Hand In Mine":I'm sorry now I killed you
For our love was something fine
And till they come to get me
I shall hold your hand in mine
- "Gimme Gimme" by Lords of Acid is possibly the only LoA song that's even remotely playable on US radio. It's also a song about a star (apparently a cheesecakey pop star à la Britney or Christina) who has fallen obsessively in love with her biggest stalker.
- Ludo's "The Horror of Our Love" embodies this:I've been inside your bedroom
I've murdered half the town
Left you love notes on their headstones
I'll fill the graveyards
Until I have you
- Marilyn Manson uses this trope frequently, since frontman Marilyn Manson is a yandere. Some examples are:
- "Mister Superstar":Hey, Mr. Superstar
I'll kill myself for you
Hey, Mr. Superstar
I'll kill you if I can't have you
- "Deformography":I make myself sick just to poison you
If I can't have you then no one will
- "Mister Superstar":
- Marianas Trench's "Toy Soldiers". At first it sounds like a nice song about a guy meeting someone, but after the first verse, he slowly slips into madness. In the final verse, he literally says that if he can't have his love, no one can. Even the second verse contains some concerning lines:Don't you want love?
Don't you fight back
This will hurt less
If you just submit
- "Wake Up Call" by Maroon 5 is a prime example of a male yandere who found his lover in the bed with another man, so he shot him dead.I'm not kind if you betray me
- Melanie Martinez:
- "Pacify Her" is about a woman who insists that the boy she likes get his ex-girlfriend to stop whining, and that he's lying when he says that he loves his ex.
- To a lesser extent, "Cake", since the narrator sounds a bit possessive when she sings about how she'll take back what's hers and how the boy will miss "the slice of heaven" she gave him.
- "Won't U Please B Nice" by Nellie McKay. It starts with the singer threatening to slit her husband's throat if he doesn't sit close to her, and it doesn't get any less crazy from there.
- "Last Rites/Loved to Deth" from Megadeth's first album. It's about a guy who's so in love with his girlfriend that he kills her so that she will go to Heaven ("loved [her] to death" in his terms) and then commits suicide... only to discover that they both go to Hell because she cheated on him.
- Ingrid Michaelson's "Missing You" has this vibe at certain parts. The chorus is about how the singer can't get her ex out of her head, even when she's having sex with her new boyfriend.
- "Die Die My Darling" by The Misfits is sung by a man who just killed his lady love:Die, die, die, my darling
Don't utter a single word
Die, die, die, my darling
Just shut your pretty eyes
- Morrissey in "Jack The Ripper", if you consider the unsettling but romantic lyrics and the title.Crash into my arms
I want you
You don't agree
But you don't refuse
I know you
And I know a place
Where no one is likely to pass
Oh, you don't care if it's late
And you don't care if you're lost
And oh, you look so tired
(But tonight you presume too much)
Too much, too much
And if it's the last
Thing I ever do
I'm gonna get you
- Gothic metal band Mortal Love built a trilogy of three concept albums around this: All the Beauty, I Have Lost, and Forever Will Be Gone. In the first one, the singer is completely worshipful ("All the Beauty") until her lover leaves her for someone else and she just falls to pieces. The second album follows her slow descent into madness, and by the third she's bordering on pure evil territory ("Still it Has Only Just Begun", "To Choke You Now"). The target of her love/hate is dead by the end, and it's strongly implied that she killed him.With every look I crushed you whole
With every smile I grained your bones
The darkness makes me stronger
And I can swallow it no more
Evil in all shapes
In my case it's cold and hollow
Darkness, it wakes nor sleeps
And this pain you're forced to swallow
- The Nickel Back song "Follow You Home" is an inversion, as the lyrics detail how the song's narrator would still follow his object of obsessive affection to (presumably) her house even if she were to have him abused, beaten, tortured, and killed.
- No Doubt's "In My Head" is about a yandere who is well aware her obsessive jealousy is only in her head:And all it takes is one word or idea to send me in the deep
So if you think you're clever, use the right words when you're talking to me
- Amanda Palmer's song "The Killing Type" — in true Amanda Palmer style, the lyrics run in giant circles around yandere ("But I would kill to make you feel / I don't mean kill someone for real" or "I wanna stick my fist into your mouth and twist your arctic heart"). The video, however, leaves little doubt...
- One of the songs in Paramore's self-titled album is called "(One of those) Crazy Girls" and is about a woman whose reaction to her lover breaking up with her is to call them a hundred times and to break into their house so she can go into their closet and smell their clothes.
- Picture Me Broken's "Forevermore" is a not-so-subtle song from a yandere. Throughout it, she begs her love interest to stay with her. If he tried to leave, she'd never let him. She won't let him be alone as long as she's awake. Nice.
- Played with in the music video for P!nk's "Please Don't Leave Me", which starts off with the singer portrayed as a standard issue The Woobie trying to keep her boyfriend from dumping her. Until he slips on marbles at the top of the stairs. The robotic head tilt she does looking down on him seals it. Madness, violence, and cute little hats ensue. It's all very "Harajuku goth" with so much pink, and stuffed animals. And a kinky nurse outfit.
- The Police:
- "Every Breath You Take", a song about someone who really, really wants to get back with a previous flame, to the point of extreme obsession. The lyrics make it clear that our singer is pretty far gone mentally.Since you've gone I been lost without a trace
I dream at night I can only see your face
I look around but it's you I can't replace
I feel so cold and I long for your embrace
I keep crying baby, baby, please
- The protagonist from "Can't Stand Losing You" is a passive-aggressive version, what with his threats to kill himself over a bad breakup so the ex feels guilty for the rest of her life.I called you so many times today
And I guess it's all true what your girlfriends say
That you don't ever want to see me again
And your brother's gonna kill me and he's six feet ten
I guess you'd call it cowardice
But I'm not prepared to go on like this
- "Wrapped Around Your Finger" is hot yandere-on-yandere action — pretty messed up for something that sounds like Sting was noodling around with a rhyming dictionary one day.You consider me the young apprentice
Caught between Scylla and Charybdis
Hypnotized by you if I should linger
Staring at the ring around your finger
- "Every Breath You Take", a song about someone who really, really wants to get back with a previous flame, to the point of extreme obsession. The lyrics make it clear that our singer is pretty far gone mentally.
- "Bust Your Knee Caps" by Pomplamoose. The singer threatens Johnny to not leave her or her family business will bust his knee caps. In an endearing way.
- Porcelain Black:
- "Pretty Little Psycho".And once I've got you it's a fact
Baby there's no turning back
Make me, make me impressed
Make me, make me obsessed
- Her song "Swallow My Bullet" is pretty yandere too.You know I'm gonna gonna get you
The world's a tiny place, there's nowhere you can hide
I know you're gonna gonna love me
My guns are loaded and I got you in my sight
- "Pretty Little Psycho".
- Portishead's "All Mine" begins as a typically sweet love song...When you smile
Oh how I feel so good
- ...but gradually becomes more obsessive and creepy, eventually working up to:Tethered and tied
There's nowhere to hide from me
- "Baby, Let's Play House" by Elvis Presley has elements of a possessive relationship.I'd rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man
- "Goin' Down" by The Pretty Reckless is written as a confession from a textbook possessive yandere who's just discovered the downside of not having a boyfriend any more.But I caught him with another woman in the bed I made him
So I put him in a grave
- "My Clingy Girlfriend" by Psychostick:I made her a cupcake to soften the blow when
I told her "I'm not ready for this level of commitment"
She grabbed for a fork then stabbed me in the arm and
Began to pull my hair out while
Expressing her resentment
And then she told me she would murder my whole family, my coworkers, and the girl who took my order that day at Wendy's. And she set the house on fire and ran screaming right outside; and I felt guilty as the flames reflected off her teary eyes
- The Puppini Sisters' cover of "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" paints a picture of a crazy girl who, if she sees him cheating, will lock up her man for good.
- The singer in "Tie Your Mother Down" by Queen will do anything to be alone with his lover — including tying her mother down, locking out her father, and drowning her little brother.
- Ra's song "Parole" is about a man leaving prison who's coming to make someone who seems to be his ex pay for some grievance:You and I are forever
I cut your name in me
I'm gonna bleed us together
In crimson harmony
- The narrator of "Du Riechst So Gut" (German for "you smell so good") by Rammstein. He stalks his crush like a wolf stalks its prey. Then, when she's all alone, he ambushes and rapes her (or at least wants to do so, it isn't quite clear if he manages to do it).
- R.E.M. love this trope. For example, "Strange Currencies" is about a person who keeps calling his object of affections to tell them that they'll be his, and doesn't understand why they're so mean to him whenever he does it.
- The song "Gop-Stop" (Russian criminal slang for small-time street robbery. This song is often credited with popularizing the term "gop-stop" among the broader Russian-speaking public outside of the criminal scene) by the famous Jewish-Russian singer Alexander Rosenbaum is about a criminal whose girlfriend left him for richer lovers from the higher echelons of the military. How did he cope with the break-up? He ambushed her with some criminal friend of his and stabbed her to death, apparently not quickly and cleanly, but slowly and messily.
- Alexander Rybak's "Leave Me Alone" revolves around a male victim of a Stalker with a Crush. He starts getting calls from a girl who got his number from his dancers and he notices her following him around. The girl has caused so much trouble for him that his parents are getting scared and his relationship with his girlfriend is suffering. Alexander also admits that he really was stalked by someone and this became his inspiration for the song.
- Say Anything...'s "I Love You More Than I Hate My Period".His song is stuck in my head
His song is stuck in my head
And I'll chain him tight to my bed
So I always will remember him
- "If You Love Me", by 80s band Scandal (with lead singer Patty Smyth):'Cause you can't leave me
And you can't tell me that it's the end
You can walk away
But you can never look back again
So if you leave me
I will hurt you if I can
Yes, I will hurt you in the end
- It's sung nice and sweet and softly, and essentially promises death if the guy tries to leave, even saying "You can't run and hide away".
- "Nothing Without Me" by Markus Schulz is sung from the perspective of a very obsessive lover who states that her love is nothing without her. Real Life Writes the Plot in this case — the song was written as a "dedication" of sorts to the stalkers Markus has dealt with in the past.
- The Shadow's song "Shooting Star". It might sound innocent at first, but if you really listen to the lyrics:A shooting star will shoot you, and Mars will go to war
The man in the moon will jump on you if you don't love me no more
- Shakespear's Sister's big hit "Stay" is as pure a demonstration of the concept as you'll find in pop music — former Eric Clapton sidewoman/songwriter Marcy Levy as an ethereal, clingy dere, and former Bananarama pop princess Siobhan Fahey as her violent, menacing Ax-Crazy subconscious. The video bends it into a battle between life and death for a dying man, and between the lanky, keening Levy and Fahey's corrupted, uber-creepy succubus/troll angel of death.
- The narrator of Short Stack's "Sway Sway Baby" is an incel who boasts that "I'm such a gentleman", whilst repeatedly thinking of how he'd like someone to Murder the Hypotenuse.
- "My Mind's Eye" by the gothic metal band Sirenia is a mix of this and Mind Game Ship.If you are down
I'll be there to chain you to the ground
And penetrate your mind
If you are lost
I'll be there to break your trust
And ravage all your lust for life, my love
- The lyrics make it a bit difficult to tell, but the song "Switchblade Serenade" by heavy metal band Sister Sin is about how the singer loves a man, and in order to make sure that he never leaves her, she stabs him and watches him bleed to death. Or maybe she just stabs him and watches him bleed to death as an expression of her love; at one point, she describes her love as being a guillotine.
- "Prosthetics", which was once the main trope page quote, is about a man who kidnaps the person he decides that he "wants". The song is loosely based on the novel The Collector and its 1965 film adaptation.Better make yourself at home, you're here to stay
You won't bother me... If you let me bother you
All the doors are locked, all the windows shut
Keep in mind, I watch you
Never leave my side, never leave me, fucker
Even if you run
- "The Nameless" features a real controlling male yandere who thinks that he's God:Obsession, take another look
Remember, every chance you took
Decide — either live with me
Or give up — any thought you have of being free
(Don't go) I never wanted anybody more than I wanted you
(I know) The only thing I ever really loved, was hate
- "Prosthetics", which was once the main trope page quote, is about a man who kidnaps the person he decides that he "wants". The song is loosely based on the novel The Collector and its 1965 film adaptation.
- Smile.dk's "Don't Believe You're Leaving" is a warning from a psycho girlfriend that her boy had better be true, because there's no way she's letting him go. And, like so many of the rest of their songs, it is unbelievably happy.
- Sonata Arctica:
- "Don't Say A Word" deserves special mention as a Deconstruction of this. The song is narrated from the perspective of a male yandere who discovers that his wife has been cheating on him and rapes her and kills her. It's an interesting look at what a yandere could possibly be thinking. He sees his usual, calmer persona as an alter ego which he tells to step down using a variation on an old Latin exorcism ("Vade retro, alter ego") and ceases to recognise himself early in the song. Later he starts thinking some really weird stuff, claiming that what he's doing is to help her uphold her part of the deal (their marriage vows) and that he's helping her be a moral person ("I'll help you follow through / Remember this? Pacta sunt servanda"); he compares their love to a romance novel, making note that as there is now no love between them they should die like the lovers in the novel ("You read the book now / The part: ashes to ashes, dust to dust"); and eventually starts considering himself her god, being divine and able to pass judgement, as she blasphemed against him ("Unfortunate for you, this makes me your god"). He truly believes that what he's doing is best for their love and the right thing for both of them. He thinks she doesn't know that he's right, so he tells her to sit back and take it as he "does the right thing" ("Cannot keep your part of the deal / So don't say a word... Don't say a word"). Scary stuff.
- Played a little more straight with "The End of This Chapter", which opens with a terrified woman answering a call from her stalker.
- Sound Horizon:
- The character codenamed "Soror" from the song "Ark", who kills the boy she loves (who's also her brother) for some "betrayal" unspecified in the song.
- The girl from "Baroque" from the same album is a Psycho Lesbian yandere nun (going by her costume in the live version, anyway) who also kills the girl she loves for rejecting her.
- In "Stardust", Stella, an actress who's implied to be a White-Dwarf Starlet, shoots her lover after catching him with another girl. "The bouquet in my left hand can't stop the impulse [read: gun] in my right..."
- There's also the song "Yield", which is more or less about a girl living at a farm who is in love with her father, and when he doesn't return these feelings, she murders both him and her mother.
- Space have a good few songs about yanderes, both male and female.
- Tommy Scott's defining yandere song is "Drop Dead", which is about a Stalker with a Crush who is growing increasingly angry that his favourite film star isn't returning his calls.
- Jamie Murphy had "Bastard Me, Bastard You", a song about another stalker, who wants to either own his crush to dress them up and control them, or simply to kill them.
- There's also "Diary of a Wimp", in which it's implied that the "wimp" is stalking the girl he likes and is perfectly happy to off her boyfriend.
- Britney Spears:
- The song "Toxic" may be a good example.Baby, can't you see
A guy like you should wear a warning
There's no escape
I can't wait
I need a hit
Baby, give me it
I'm loving it
Can't come down
Losin' my head
Spinnin' 'round and 'round
Do you feel me now?
- "Perfume" may count as well, especially the chorus.So I, wait for you to call
And I try to act natural
Have you been thinking 'bout her or about me
And while I wait I put on my perfume, yeah I want it all over you
I gotta mark my territory
- The song "Toxic" may be a good example.
- "My Rival" by Steely Dan seems to be about a plan to Murder the Hypotenuse.Sure he's a jolly roger
Until he answers for his crime
Yes I'll match him whim for whim now
- "Waterfall" by Sweetbox, told from the point of view of a woman stalking the object of her obsession (whom she makes clear will belong to her), ending with the following lines spoken in a chillingly sweet tone:I told you I'd be watching you
In everything that you do
But don't worry, now
'Cause I'll take care of you
- Taylor Swift's music showcases this occasionally:
- "Blank Space" is less obvious and more up to interpretation than most examples, but it does have lyrics like "Got a long list of ex-lovers / They'll tell you I'm insane" and "Darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream". Swift has described the narrator as "crazy but seductive but glamorous but nuts but manipulative".
- Her reputation album has shades of this in many of its songs, but most blatantly in "Don't Blame Me":Don't blame me
Love made me crazy
If it doesn't
You ain't doing it right
- Vienna Teng's "My Medea" is told from the POV of a possessive yandere.So, come to me, my love
I'll tap into your strength and drain it dry
And never have enough
For you I'd burn the length and breadth of sky
For it's my thoughts that bind me here
It's this moment I most fear
And this child I would destroy
For I hold her pain most dear
- "I Love U" by Tila Tequila, which opens with "You know, I just want to let you know that I never felt this way about anyone else... I... I think I love you... so don't think I'm crazy when I tell you this... but if you ever hurt me... I'll fuckin' kill you," and gets progressively more possessive.
- "Interlude With Ludes", by Them Crooked Vultures, is this mixed with Stalker with a Crush:If you want me I'm yours
And even if you don't want me
I'm trained and licensed and armed to the teeth
I think you'll agree
It's so hard to apologize
So I'm just gonna skip it
- The boyfriend described in 'Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry" is implied to be this, something the music video makes explicit. His girlfriend sings that she's scared of what she'd hear if she could read his mind, and that he wants her "if he can keep [her] in line".
- Japanese singer Jun Togawa has the song "Suki Suki Daisuki", which contains lyrics like, "I love you so much, I love you so much, I love you so much, say you love me or I'll kill you!"
- The classic Tommy Tutone song "867-5309/Jenny" is an interesting example. In the song itself, the main lead randomly finds the number of Jenny on a bathroom wall, and immediately believes that despite neither of them knowing each other, Jenny belongs to him, relying on his self-admitted disturbed imagination to imagine what she's like. On the other hand, in the music video, a story is shown spliced in-between footage of the band performing. In it, Jenny hands her number freely to Tommy Heath at a bar, and rather than calling her, he goes out and stalks Jenny, even giving her number to his therapist to call. During one stalking session, Tommy sees that Jenny is "cheating" on him with Jim Keller, and before he has any time to exact revenge on Keller, he's promptly arrested by the police for his stalking.
- The Veronicas in their song "Lolita":You're my possession, I'm your obsession
Don't tell me never, you'll love me forever
Always stay close to me, don't tell me you're leaving now
- A common theme in Vocaloid songs:
- Male example — "Kaito ga UNINSTALL" involves Kaito going yandere for his "Master" and killing all the other Vocaloids out of jealousy.
- In the Vocaloid song "One-eyed Ripper Murder Case", the protagonist, a schoolgirl named Mebuki Meme, is walking home from school when, after diverging paths with her friends, she is attacked by a serial killer wearing a one-eyed mask. After waking up in the hospital, her friends, Tabako Haruhiko and Minowa Chifuyu, reveal that the killer has already murdered two of her male classmates. Having observed that her younger step-brother, Akihiro, has been acting more possessive of her than usual recently, she expresses her suspicion to Haruhiko that her little brother was the one behind the killings and her attack. Haruhiko, having a crush on the girl, swears to protect her. We then see an exchange between presumably Akihiro and Haruhiko in which the two express their suspicion of each other and warn the other not to lay a finger on Meme. Meme, wanting to lead her brother back onto the right path, walks with him home from school, only to find the body of Chifuyu in the same alleyway where she was attacked. Realizing that her brother couldn't have been responsible, she sees the shadow of the real killer looming over her and Akihiro. They turn around, and the killer removes his mask to reveal himself to be Haruhiko, in reality a yandere who sought to "protect" Meme from the people he perceived as getting in the way of their love. In that vein, he kills Akihiro and states that now he and the horrified Meme can finally be together.
- Miku and Luka's "Scissoroid". Miku is jealous of the attention Luka is getting from "Master", so she tries to kill her in her sleep. Then, while Miku is hesitating, Luka wakes up, sweet-talks Miku, and then stabs her with a pair of scissors. Luka reveals that she also loves "Master" and kills Miku out of jealousy.
- There's also Gakupo in his song "Specimen Girl". In a fit of jealous rage, he starts dismembering the girl for "being with other men". After he effectively kills her, he talks about loving her corpse and being able to defile it. He also cuts out her heart and eats it, ensuring that she's truly his and can only love him. The last shot shows him in a bathtub full of blood, cradling the girl's corpse.
- Miku has the song "Rotten Girl, Grotesque Romance (Stalker)". Rockleetist's English version is also quite disturbing:You can use and abuse
I won't refuse
- "Love Disease" is about a woman who stalks the guy she likes and considers him her boyfriend, even though she admits herself that he doesn't even know her face. When the guy gets an actual girlfriend, she gets rid of the "obstacle" and murders him either before or after raping him.
- Evillious Chronicles:
- "The Tailor Shop on Enbizaka" is about a tailor whose significant other keeps cheating on her, causing her to murder the women and steal various articles of clothing from them, only to have no memory of her actions the next day. When she finally confronts him, it's revealed that he's never even met her, and that the women she killed were his family. The song ends with her murdering the man as well, once again oblivious to her actions despite her scissors having been dyed red.The more you sharpen it, the better it cuts...
- Rin Kagamine's "Daughter of Evil" gives us Princess Riliane. Unable to figure out which green-haired woman her fiancé dumped her for, she orders her army to invade their country and slaughter them all.
- "The Tailor Shop on Enbizaka" is about a tailor whose significant other keeps cheating on her, causing her to murder the women and steal various articles of clothing from them, only to have no memory of her actions the next day. When she finally confronts him, it's revealed that he's never even met her, and that the women she killed were his family. The song ends with her murdering the man as well, once again oblivious to her actions despite her scissors having been dyed red.
- "RIP=RELEASE", Luka's jealous response song to Len's "SPICE!". However, it focuses more on her feelings of betrayal by Len himself, as opposed to determination to destroy others. Nonetheless, her sentiment is still pretty yandere, as expressed in the lyrics "Maybe I should just slice open your throat and make you all mine...". Rockleetist's English fan cover sort of tones down the yandere implications (i.e no mention of slicing throats), but the themes of obsession and madness are still very noticeable.So don't tell me promises that you and I know that you'll never keep
And don't tell me lies when we both know that over you I'm losing sleep
Am I crazy for believing that if I could turn back time
I'd be the only one and you'd be only mine?
- Mayu is the only Vocaloid3 who has been confirmed to be a yandere. Her character item is an axe. Her two songs from The Happiness Series show this well; The songs "An Earnest, Unrequited Love" and "You're Seriously Mad? I'm Not Mistaken Here" are about a school girl who stalks her crush and monitors every aspect of his life at all times. When she discovers that he's been talking to other girls, she claims that she's going to kill them all, either by plain old murder or by bullying them into suicide. She then reveals that she's lying and says that it's the crush she'll kill. Fans debate whether the second song is about her killing him, disposing of his body and the evidence, and then being caught by the police; or about him discovering the stalking, and then her trying to kill him for rejecting her before being caught by the police.
- Justified and deconstructed in "Gothic and Loneliness". Justified in that Rin's character in the song, when she's granted immortality, is made to live in a mansion all by herself for centuries, leading her to Go Mad from the Isolation, and was even ridiculed (and presumably ostracized) for it. Deconstructed in that it showcases how Rin rushing into a relationship, especially after being deprived of social interaction for so long, is only going to end in her downfall; as soon as someone with no ill intent shows up at her mansion, she immediately falls in love with him, then she slips an aphrodisiac in his drink and attempts to monopolize him and keep him from ever leaving — she even begs him to save her from the life she's been leading. It gets so bad that she starts threatening violence on him, and then consumes his arm!
- "Sweet Shackles" is a song featuring GUMI, about a Creepy Housekeeper vying for her master's affections. Realizing that her master is engaged and soon to be wedded, the maid closes off the entire mansion, holding her master hostage in his own household. By the end of the night, she forces him into marriage, and it's heavily implied she'll be ravishing him against his will.
- The aptly named "Yandere Love Song" by Lelele-P features Len as a yandere who's painfully aware of how destructive his feelings are. He knows that his romantic feelings are unrequited and he just wants his emotional agony to end, but he can't help but give into his hallucinations telling him to destroy everything, and it's implied that he accidentally murders his love interest in a fit of passion.
- In "Ex Lover's Lover" by Voltaire, the singer fantasises about murdering his ex and their new boyfriend. Slightly subverted in the end, as he admits that he knows that he doesn't have the courage to actually carry out his revenge fantasies.
- "RoboCop" by Kanye West is about a woman who obsessively finds out everything she can about her boyfriend. The title is a reference to how she's just as tenacious as the character in question.
- The White Tie Affair's "Watching You" is an Obsession Song from the POV of the guy being stalked by a yandere: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"
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Melanie" is a parody of 80s stalker songs, and despite being Played for Laughs, it's still one of the creepier things Al's ever done, and he's written humorous songs featuring serial killers.
- "Text Me Back" by Your Favorite Martian is as yandere as it gets. Just listen to the lyrics. It also doesn't help that one of the band members is in prison while the other three are in a mental institute, and the entire chorus is just the words "I wasn't crazy until I met you" over and over.
Or the sound of Alice's screaming...!!