20 Popular Songs With Creepy Hidden Messages

The Beatles were the first to popularise backmasking, a technique in which backwards sound is added to tracks that are designed to be played forwards. The Beatles originally used the process to hide humourous messages in their songs, a trend followed by a number of popular artists since.

Backmasking has been a controversial topic in the past, with some Christian groups claiming that it has been used to hide subliminal Satanic messages. This has led to anti-backmasking legislation being proposed, record-burning protests being held, and countless hours being spent by adolescents rewinding their tape decks and record players.

These days, backmasking is mainly used to hide little Easter Eggs in songs, often with a reference to other works, or for comedic effect. Of course, there’s also some hidden messages that are so bizarre, not even the original artists have managed to explain them properly.

This list takes a look at twenty popular songs that have very creepy back-masked messages hidden in them, from heavy metal legends to pop chart toppers.

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20. Ozzy Osbourne – Bloodbath In Paradise

Album: No Rest for the Wicked

Message: “Your mother sells whelks in Hull.”

Following the controversy of hidden satanic messages in Black Sabbath’s work, Ozzy decided to have a bit of fun with this parody of the infamous Exorcist quote.

19. Nelly Furtado – Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)

Album: The Spirit Indestructible

Message: “Oh My God! Descending to the 13th floor, 14, 16, Were on the 11th floor, descending to the 12th floor.”

These bizarre backing vocals can be found playing in reverse throughout the latter part of the song, particularly clear in Furtado’s a capella version.


 18. Franz Ferdinand – Michael

Album: Franz Ferdinand

Message: “She’s worried about you, call your mother.”

A genuinely nice message, we can still imagine how weirded out the first person to discover this little gem must have been.

17. Ash – Evil Eye

Album: Meltdown

Message: “She’s giving me the evil eye, suck Satan’s c**k.”

This delightful message can be found right at the beginning of Evil Eye, the third track on Meltdown.

16. Bloodhound Gang – Lift Your Head Up High (And Blow Your Brains Out)

Album: One Fierce Beer Coaster

Message: “Devil child will wake up and eat Chef Boyardee Beefaroni.”

It’s probably best not to read too much into this one, with Bloodhound Gang not a band known to take themselves too seriously.

15. Mindless Self Indulgence – Backmask

Album: Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy

Message: “Hurry up! Get dressed for church. Who needs me to suck their d**k?”

Considering the entire song is a tribute to the practice of back-masking, it’s probably not surprising that Mindless Self Indulgence decided to include their own hidden message.

14. Moby – Machete

Album: Play

Message: “I have to say goodbye.”

Perhaps a reference to Moby’s slowly fading relevance after his ’90s success, this melancholic message can be found about halfway through the track.

13. The Used – Cut Up Angels

Album: In Love and Death

Message: “Happiness is a warm gun, yes it is.”

This dark message isn’t quite as off the cuff as it might originally seem. It’s a reference to a Beatles track of the same name, which in turn was a reference to a gun magazine’s slogan that John Lennon found funny.

12. Chumbawamba – Look! No Strings!

Album: Shhh

Message: “Oh f**k me Jesus!”

Chumbawumba are notorious for their various hidden messages, and have found themselves on the receiving end of Satanic message claims. This one is in reference to their “F**k Me Jesus” tour.

11. Frank Zappa – Hot Poop

Album: We’re Only in It for the Money

Message: “Shut your f**king mouth about the length of my hair. How would you survive if you were alive, sh**ty little person?”

One of the angrier messages on this list, this tongue-in-cheek rant is typical of Zappa’s humorous, iconoclastic views of the world. Or he’s just unhappy because someone made fun of his hair earlier that day.

10. The White Stripes – Walking With A Ghost

Album: Walking with a Ghost EP

Message: “Get out of my mind!”

Walking with a Ghost was written by indie duo Tegan and Sara, though their original release didn’t feature this paranoid message that appears during the backwards solo.

9. Tool – Intension

Album: 10,000 Days

Message: “Listen to your mother. Your father is right. Work hard. Stay in school. Listen to your mother. Your father is right. Listen to your mother. Your father is right.”

Like the Franz Ferdinand track’s hidden message, this seems like quite a nice sentiment initially. As it goes on though, things start to get creepy.

8. “Weird Al” Yankovic – Nature Trail To Hell

Album: “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D

Message: “Satan eats Cheez Whiz.”

As someone who makes his career through parodying the music industry, it’s no surprise that Weird Al decided to create his own hidden backtrack, in this satire of the Satanic message hysteria.

7. Slayer – Hell Awaits

Album: Hell Awaits

Message: “Join us!” x45.

This creepy hidden chant begins as a hushed whisper, before slowly escalating into terrifying shouts.

6. Darkthrone – As Flittermice As Satan’s Spy

Album: Transilvanian Hunger

Message: “In the name of God, let the churches burn.”

Darkthrone’s brand of Norwegian heavy metal has no qualms about offending people, as shown in this anti-religious sentiment found near the end of the track.

5. Electric Light Orchestra – Fire On High

Album: Face The Music

Message: “The music is reversible, but time is not. Turn back! Turn back! Turn back! Turn back!”

Electric Light Orchestra might not be the first band you’d turn to when thinking of creepy hidden music, but their various works are littered with bizarre backwards statements.

4. Pink Floyd – Empty Spaces

Album: The Wall

Message: “Congratulations, you’ve just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the funny farm, Chalfont.”

This hidden message has been interpreted by fans as having two different meanings. One is the foreshadowing of The Wall’s character’s descent into madness, while others believe it references Syd Barrett’s mental breakdown before the song’s release.

3. The Mars Volta – Eunuch Provocateur

Album: Tremulant EP

Message: “Have mommy or daddy ever had to spank you?”

Perhaps The Mars Volta are genuinely conducting a study on childhood trauma, but this is one of the most unnerving hidden messages we’ve heard.

2. Soundgarden – 665

Album: Ultramega OK

Message: “Santa I love you baby. My Christmas king. Santa you’re my king. I love you Santa baby. Got what I need.”

Now, we enjoy Christmas as much as anyone. But this parody of hidden Satanic messages probably takes the love of Mr. Claus a bit too far.

1. At The Drive-In – 300 MHz

Album: Vaya

Message: “Your enamel made no reflection in our mirror, coughing up the coffins, cotton candy coated teeth these pockets were clinching all filled with teeth, amnesia proletariat, in the unlikely event that sarcasm is an unfitting dress, amnesia proletariat, amnesia proletariat, amnesia, coughing up the coffins cotton candy coated teeth, these pockets were clinching, all filled with teeth sharpened on the f**king hides of men.”

The fact that this lengthy hidden message is made up of re-cut lines from earlier parts of the song doesn’t change the fact that this is the strangest, most disturbing message on this list.

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