What Some of Your Favorite Songs Really Mean

)  Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People was written to describe what it’s like inside the mind of a psychotic young individual and the need to raise awareness about gun violence.

 

)  Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong wrote “Wake Me Up When September Ends” in honor of his father, whom he never really got to know, since he died not soon after he was born.

      

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)  The Police’s Sting wrote “Every Breath You Take” with regard to possessive stalking over a girl that a guy likes or was heartbroken by.

 

)  The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Slide” was actually about a teenage girl who raised Catholic, got pregnant and was confused about teen marriage or abortion.

 

)  TLC’s “Waterfalls” was catchy, yet also thematic at the same time, discussing issues such as HIV, drug trade and the sort.

     

)  Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” wasn’t necessarily about sex, but a failed relationship that composer Billy Steinberg had and meeting someone new.