9 Unusual Love Songs That Are Almost Romantic

9 Unusual Love Songs That Are Almost RomanticAre you in the mood to listen to typical love songs? If so, you’re in the wrong place! In this article, you’ll get a look at 9 unusual love songs that raise more questions than answers…

 

We’ve all heard conventional love songs before; When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge, Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars, and hundreds of thousands more. But what’s so interesting about someone professing their undying love for someone else? Where’s the interesting twist?

Without giving too much away, this article features a list of unusual love songs, or love songs that defy your expectations and deal with unconventional situations. These selections range from the 1960s to the 2010s. Ready to see what’s so unusual about these? Let’s take a look at 9 unusual love songs!

*This list is in no particular order.


1) Computer Love by Zapp and Roger (1985)

Overview:
The singer seeks a romantic partner through his computer.

Why it’s unusual:
Given the time period, this was quite the unconventional love song. The internet didn’t become a household commodity until the early 90s when the first commercial internet service providers (e.g. AOL) came about. The band, also known as Zapp, was certainly ahead of its time, credited for the inspiration behind the early 90s G-funk sound of hop hop. Finding love through the internet must have seemed like a strange, distant concept when this song was released.

Example lyrics:

You know I’ve been searching for someone
Who can share that special love with me
And your eyes have that glow
Could it be your face I see on my computer screen
Need a special girl, ooh yeah
To share in my computer world, my computer world
I no longer need a strategy
Thanks to modern technology


2) Cupid’s Chokehold by Gym Class Heroes (2005)

Overview:
The lead singer goes through trials and tribulations finding the right girlfriend.

Why it’s unusual:
The ease at which the singer is able to gush about one girlfriend and move on to the next is astounding. In the music video, Cupid attempts to match the singer with a few different girlfriends. What’s most unusual about this concept is the chorus, in which Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy sings, “Take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got. Not much of a girlfriend, I never seem to get a lot.” Even though the singer’s verses sound sweet and romantic toward his new love interests, one can’t help but feel cheated by his kind words.

Example lyrics:

It’s been some time since we’ve last spoke
This is gonna sound like a bad joke
But Momma, I fell in love again
It’s safe to say I have a new girlfriend
And I know it sounds so old
But Cupid got me in a chokehold
And I’m afraid I might give in
Towel’s on the mat, my white flag is wavin’


3) What’s New Pussycat by Tom Jones (1965)

Overview:
A man sings relentlessly about the facial features of a woman.

Why it’s unusual:
A catchy melody can’t mask the lyrics of this unusual love song. While many love songs attempt to make the love interest sound appealing in terms of personality or temperament, this one makes no attempt whatsoever. The singer goes on and on about the nose, eyes, and lips of a woman he finds beautiful. By the off-chance a woman DOES finds these lyrics appealing, we’ll be sure to take this off of the “unusual” list.

Example lyrics:

Pussycat, Pussycat
I’ve got flowers
And lots of hours
To spend with you
So go and powder your cute little pussycat nose!
Pussycat, Pussycat
I love you
Yes, I do!
You and your pussycat nose!


4) She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5  (2002)

Overview:
A man sings about his obsession with making a sad girl happy.

Why it’s unusual:
The singer drives miles and miles to wait outside the house of an insecure, vulnerable 18-year-old woman. Regardless of how the woman feels, the singer says he “wouldn’t mind” standing on her street corner in the pouring rain, waiting for her to approach him. Even though the sentiment of sweetness is there, the imagery of a street stalker sours this unusual love song’s mood a bit.

Example lyrics:

I know where you hide
Alone in your car
Know all of the things that make you who you are
I know that goodbye means nothing at all


5) Ben by Michael Jackson (1972)

Overview:
A boy sings about his new friendship and how it makes him feel.

Why it’s unusual:
It’s not a traditional love song, but it exhibits many qualities of one; loneliness, insecurity, and understanding. What makes this love song unusual is the fact that it’s about a boy professing his admiration for… his pet rat. It was originally written for a movie about a rat named Ben, but it eventually sold itself as a single, even ranking #20 on the Billboard Top 100 during its release. While it’s still a nice song about a child’s love for a pet, it’s not as deep as a traditional love song would usually permit.

Example lyrics:

Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I’ll never be alone
And you my friend will see
You’ve got a friend in me


6) Mirrors by Justin Timblerlake (2013)

Overview:
The singer professes his love for someone because they remind him of himself.

Why it’s unusual:
While couples usually thrive because they share common interests, the singer here thrives off of dating a carbon copy of himself. It’s nice to admire the qualities of a person who you think reflects your own traits, but calling them a mirror voids them of any individuality. Play this song for someone you love when you’re feeling especially narcissistic.

Example lyrics:

I can’t ever change without you
You reflect me, I love that about you
And if I could, I
Would look at us all the time


7) Sweet Tangerine by The Hush Sound (2006)

Overview:
A desperate ex-boyfriend pleads for his girlfriend to come back to him.

Why it’s unusual:
Upon first listen, you may be too distracted by the upbeat nature of the song to really listen to the lyrics. The lyrics start with the singer trapped outside, freezing in the rain, hoping to be let inside by his ex-girlfriend. He made a mistake in their past relationship and tries to justify it by saying, “Without the sour, the sweet wouldn’t taste as…” In just a couple verses later, the song quickly turns into the tale of a desperate stalker breaking into his ex’s house and waiting under her bed until she wakes up. Can you see how it’s one of the more unusual love songs?

Example lyrics:

Crept through the curtains, as quick as the cold wind
Slowly exploring the room where you sleep
The stare of your portrait, the passing of your scent
Left me no choice but to stay

I will dissolve into the dark beneath your bed
My hands will wait for a taste of your skin


 8) These Foolish Things by Sam Cooke (1962)

Overview:
The singer thinks about his lover every time he experiences certain phenomena.

Why it’s unusual:
It’s a sweet song to sing to your lover… but only after they’ve passed away. In the singer’s everyday life, he sees, hears, and smells things that remind him of his former sweetheart. If you choose to ignore the lyrics about the “ghost”, you can get away with singing this to someone you love!

Example lyrics:

The sigh of midnight trains in empty stations
Silk stockings thrown aside dance invitations
Oh how the ghost of you clings
These foolish things
Remind me of you


9) What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction (2011)

Overview:
The singers are infatuated with a girl they deem as insecure and unaware of her beauty.

Why it’s unusual:
No matter how many compliments you give someone on their physical appearance, it won’t change their internalized insecurities. The singers in this song seem to think otherwise, noting that what makes the girl beautiful is the fact that she doesn’t know she’s beautiful. It’s a concept that makes sense if you don’t think about it much.

Example lyrics:

If only you saw what I can see
You’ll understand why I want you so desperately
Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe
You don’t know, you don’t know you’re beautiful
That’s what makes you beautiful


BONUS: Every Breath You Take by The Police (1983)

Overview:
A singer vows to look after his love interest in an obsessive way.

Why it’s unusual:
If you listen to this song once, it’ll become immediately apparent that the singer is actually a stalker. No matter what the love interest does in their everyday life, the singer wants to watch them do it. Even Sting, the lead singer of The Police, said that the song was deliberately about a stalker. It’s certainly not the greatest song to sing at a wedding.

Example lyrics:

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I’ll be watching you


Conclusion

See what we mean about unusual love songs? Trust us, there are PLENTY more of these out there! If you’re interested in songwriting but aren’t sure how to begin, consider scheduling a private lesson with a songwriting teacher. With some practice, maybe you’ll make the next list of unusual love songs!

 

Were any of these unusual love songs surprising? Know any more? Comment below with your thoughts!

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