“Bouncing Off The Walls” by Sugarcult
It’s about doing drugs, but masking the decay addiction brings in a sweet hook. “I’m bouncing off the walls again/And I’m looking like a fool again/Waking up on the bathroom floor/Pull myself back together just to fall once more.”
“Dead!” by My Chemical Romance
MCR are super-dark in this one, which is kind of disturbing (but also fun) with the peppy melody. “Have you heard the news that you’re dead?/No one ever had much nice to say/I think they never liked you anyway.” Just plain savage.
“Life Itself” by Glass Animals
“I can’t get a job so I live with my mom/I take her money but not quite enough/I make my own fun in grandmama’s basement/Said I look mad, she said I look wasted.” This song is so funky you want it to be happy, more than anything else. But it’s not. It’s really not.
“Heavy Boots” by Motion City Soundtrack
“Destiny is probably a waste hope for me and I don’t care/A waste hope for me.” Hopelessness does sound fun, doesn’t it?
“Kings Of The Weekend” by Blink-182
This one’s sad when it points out the downside of a partying lifestyle. Life might be fun on the weekend, but it kind of sucks every other time: “Did you steal my prayers/I don’t know where I was/I feel numb and all or nothing.” :’(
“Angel In The Snow” by Joyce Manor
This one’s bouncy and great until you listen in to the progressively sadder lyrics, which end with: “You’ve gotta stay this way forever/until it makes you want to die/You needed something out of nothing.”