NEVER LET GO, my latest novella, is about a woman who stalks her ex-boyfriend, so I put together a stalker soundtrack for this week's Musa Top Ten list. It's amazing how many "love" songs are downright disturbing when you listen more closely.
No stalker song list would be complete without this one. It still surprises me when people think it's a love song or, worse yet, an appropriate wedding song. "Every step you take, I'll be watching you" isn't my idea of a healthy relationship, but maybe that's just me.
Some people don't know how to take "no" for an answer. This song is perfect for Jessica, my main character, who's essentially tells her ex-boyfriend "I won't let you let me down so easily./You gotta spend some time, love/You gotta spend some time with me."
The lyrics for Posession were taken from a stalker's fan letter. I'm not sure what parts were actually from the letter, but could you imagine getting one that read "'Cause nothing stands between us here/And I won't be denied/And I will be the one to hold you down..."? :shudders:
This song is a lot like Jessica: seemingly harmless and cute, but obsessive when it comes to the man of her dreams. At least Jessica got some kisses before flipping out. Little Peggy March's guy only touched her hand before she vowed to follow him over mountains and through oceans wherever he may go.
Unlike many other stalkerish songs, this one isn't subtle about it. There's no mistaking the intent of "One way or another I'm gonna find ya/I'm gonna getcha getcha..." Heck, Blondie even sings about driving past his house and seeing who's around. That's Jessica's M.O. too.
Clay Aiken? I know, I know, this pick is worthy of a facepalm. Despite its pop cheesiness, I included Invisible on the list because I found it a tad disturbing the first time I heard it. Maybe it should be sparkly Edward's theme song: "If I was invisible/Then I could just watch you in your room."
I normally associate BNL with happy, goofy songs. This Old Apartment sounds light-hearted, but the lyrics are anything but. "Why did they change the locks?/Why did I have to break in, I only came here to talk." Nothing like a little breaking and entering to make stalking even more creepy.
I used to think this was a song about unrequited love. You'd think I would've gotten a clue after seeing the hilariously bad music video of Lionel Ritchie stalking his blind student, but hey, I was a dumb teenager back then.
The entire song (and video) is about a guy chasing someone all over town, so it's a no-brainer for this list. The song gets extra points for actually using the word "stalked" ("Stalked in the forest too close to hide..."). Honestly, though, I wouldn't complain if Simon Le Bon or Roger Taylor chased me.
It wasn't easy choosing only ten songs for the list. What would you add? Share your top picks in the comments!