I've put together this certainly incomplete list of the best stalker songs of all time. A "Stalker Hall of Fame," if you will.
Naturally, we must first give a nod to Sting and the Police for 1983's "Every Breath You Take
." Hidden behind the upbeat chord progression is, in Sting's own words, a "very, very sinister and ugly" song.
But Sting isn't the only one to encapsulate a threatening message in pop music. How about Hall & Oates' "Private Eyes
," where the smooth music duo promise, "You can't escape my private eyes/They're watching you."
And who can forget Blondie, who promises in 1978's "One Way or Another
:" "I will drive past your house and if the lights are all down, I'll see who's around.... I'll follow your bus downtown. See who's hangin' out."
My favorite is the sweet-sounding "Hey There, Delilah
," by the Plain White T's. With lyrics like "I'm a thousand miles away/But girl, tonight you look so pretty," you'd think it was a beautiful love song to a long-distance girlfriend. That is, until you realize that this song was written by Tom Higgenson after he met a girl named Delilah
who told him she already had a boyfriend.
It's one thing write a stalker song, it's another to write it about a specific person and use her real name.