Every summer, there are certain catchy hits that make up the soundtrack to the whole season, and 2017 is no exception. However, some of this year’s “songs of the summer” contain chilling hidden messages that have gone largely unnoticed. Here are five of them… but be prepared. You may never listen to these songs the same way again.
1) “Despacito” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
Despite only being released six months ago, “Despacito” is already the most streamed song of all time (combining the original version and remix with Justin Bieber), and is also the first primarily Spanish song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since “Macarena” in 1996. However, that Spanish has made it easy to conceal a very dark message.
The word ‘despacito’ translated to English is ‘euthanasia.’ Yikes. If you speak Spanish, you already know this, but if not, Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and other Spanish speakers around the world have successfully kept this a secret from you. Might be hard to keep jamming out to this tune in the car now, huh?
2) “Wild Thoughts” - DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
The catchy DJ Khaled-produced hit is a sensual jam filled with innuendos, but those are out in plain sight. What’s not is the meaning of the term ‘wild thoughts.’ Naturally, listeners have assumed Rihanna is referring to sexual desire for her partner when she sings, “When I’m with you, all I get is wild thoughts.” However, that couldn’t be further from the case.
Rihanna has a documented obsession with wanting to know the future, and the song is directed at her fortune teller. When Rihanna is with her, she gets literal wild thoughts—psychosis-induced hallucinations as she panics about what’s in store for her in her career and personal life. The song is a cry for help and we all hope she receives it.
3) “Mask Off” - Future
Future churns out bangers like few others in the music industry, and his song “Mask Off” is no exception. Chances are you’ve sung along to the hook, “Percocets, Molly, Percocets,” without thinking twice. Well, it turns out Future wasn’t merely talking about recreational drug use. He’s actually referring to a West Virginia woman named Molly Per Cassettes (in the James Bond form of introduction), who tragically disappeared in 1999, never to be seen again. Kind of changes things, doesn’t it?
4) “Feels” - Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean
Another catchy summer jam with an all-star line-up… and again, with a depressing secret message. The purported meaning of the song and Katy Perry-sung chorus, “Don’t be afraid to catch feels,” is encouraging one’s current or prospective partner to not shy away from embracing romantic feelings for the other person. However, the real meaning isn’t so innocent.
‘Feels’ in this case is a coded word for sexually transmitted diseases. For skeptics of this theory, the proof is right there, as later in the chorus Perry sings, “I know you ain’t afraid to pop pills,” which is, of course, in reference to medication to treat the STDs that have been caught. Certainly a more consequential decision than opening up emotionally.
5) “I’m The One” - DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne
Last but not least, DJ Khaled finds himself on the list again, with an even catchier chorus and star-studded lineup of features. But underneath the seemingly straight-forward message in the song—hypermasculine men touting themselves as “the only one” for the ladies in their lives—there is the most morbid, hidden message yet.
When Justin Bieber croons, “I’m the one,” it is not a braggadocious mating call, but rather an admission. Bieber is admitting that he is the Zodiac Killer— the infamous, previously unidentified murderer who terrorized northern California in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, killing as many as 37 people. And how many times did Bieber say “I’m the one” in the song?
You guessed it. 37.
Are there any other dark hidden messages in 2017’s songs of the summer that we missed? Let us know in the comments!