It’s been a really long time since Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie Psycho came out, with its terrifying shower scene and iconic score. A lot of artists have taken inspiration from this film over the years and so we’ve compiled some of the best songs inspired by or just that are directly about psycho. Here are the 20 best songs about psycho:
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Sweet but Psycho – Ava Max
“Sweet but Psycho” is a song about a girl who is in a destructive and dangerous relationship. She’s aware that her partner is psycho, but she’s in love with him and can’t let go. The lyrics are heartbreaking, and the song is super catchy. Its lyrics are about a woman who is in an abusive relationship with a man who she knows is psycho. “I’m not scared of him, I know what he’s capable of” she sings defiantly.
Space – Mister Psycho
Space’s song “Mister Psycho” is inspired by the film Psycho and its infamous shower scene. The song is dark and brooding, with heavy bass and haunting strings. It’s a perfect song to listen to if you’re in the mood for something spooky. Its lyrics are about a man who is struggling with his own inner psycho. Some people might say that we all have a bit of psycho inside of us, and this song definitely captures that.
4.48 Psychosis – Tindersticks
The song “4.48 Psychosis” by Tindersticks is a haunting, ethereal ballad that is inspired by the breakdown of British playwright Sarah Kane. The lyrics are written as a stream-of-consciousness monologue that reflects on a person’s mental state in the moments before they take their own life. The song is incredibly moving and provides a unique perspective on mental illness.
Psycho – Muse
Muse has always been a band that incorporates darker, more psychological themes into their music and “Psycho” is no exception. The song is about a man who is in a relationship with a woman who he believes is mentally unstable. He starts to worry that she might be a danger to him and to society as a whole and so he decides to break up with her. Its lyrics are about the fear and paranoia that can come with being in a relationship with someone who is unstable.
Psycho Therapy – The Ramones
Psycho Therapy is a classic punk rock song about mental health, written by Dee Dee Ramone. The lyrics are dark and intense, painting a picture of someone who is struggling with their mental health. The song is a great reminder that it’s ok to talk about mental health and that there is help available. Its lyrics are about a person who is in a bad place and is considering suicide.
Psycho Magnet – Spearmint
Psycho Magnet is a great song about a psycho. The lyrics are dark and twisted and really capture the essence of a psycho killer. The song is sung from the perspective of the psycho killer, and it’s a great example of how to write a song about a psycho. Some people might think that it’s too dark or violent, but I think it’s a great song.
Psycho – Red Velvet
Red Velvet’s “Psycho” is an eerie, synth-heavy ballad that tells the story of a love triangle gone wrong. The song’s lyrics describe a woman who is in love with a man who is in love with someone else. She is willing to do whatever it takes to keep him, even if that means becoming a psycho herself. Its lyrics are about obsession and love gone wrong, making it the perfect song for this list.
Psycho – Imelda May
Imelda May’s song, “Psycho” is a haunting ballad about a woman who is in love with a man that is dangerously unstable. The lyrics paint a picture of a woman who knows that her partner is capable of violence and murder, but she can’t help but be drawn in by his passion. The song is a perfect example of how a great tune can perfectly capture the essence of a movie or story.
Psycho Street – Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson’s “Psycho Street” is a haunting ballad that tells the story of a man who is stalked by his ex-lover. The song is full of dark imagery and Thompson’s ethereal vocals make it a truly spine chilling experience. Its lyrics are about as creepy as it gets: “She’s waiting in the shadows with her blade in hand/She’ll cut you open if she can/And she’ll drink your blood like wine.”
Child Psychology – Black Box Recorder
One of the best songs about psycho is “Child Psychology” by Black Box Recorder. The song is off their album The Facts of Life and it’s a really haunting track. It tells the story of a young girl who was taken advantage of by her teacher and how that has affected her for the rest of her life. It’s a really powerful song and it’s easy to see why it was inspired by Psycho.
Psycho – Post Malone
Post Malone’s “Psycho” is a reference to the classic Hitchcock movie. The lyrics talk about being in a toxic relationship and how it feels to be in love with a psycho. The song is about being addicted to the drama and excitement of a bad relationship. Its lyrics are about wanting to break free from a toxic relationship but not being able to let go.
The song was released in February 2018 as the third single from Malone’s second studio album “Beerbongs & Bentleys”. The music video for the song, directed by Andrew Donoho, was released on April 26, 2018. It features Post Malone driving a white Rolls-Royce while rapping in a desert.
Psycho – The Sonics
The Sonics were a garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington who are widely considered to be one of the pioneers of punk rock. They formed in 1963 and released their debut album in 1965. The title track of their debut album is a song about Psycho, the Alfred Hitchcock movie. The song is about a man who is obsessed with the film and is so disturbed by it that he starts to act out the murders himself.
Puddle Of Mudd – Psycho
Puddle of Mudd’s 2001 song “Psycho” is a perfect example of a hard rock song inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie Psycho. The lyrics talk about the character of Norman Bates and his psychosis, and the song is full of anger and intensity. Its lyrics are about as Psycho as you can get, with lines like “I’m the one that’s in control/ I’m the one with the psycho bone”.
Hip To Be Square – Huey Lewis & The News
Huey Lewis and the News hit it big in the mid-80s with their song Hip To Be Square. The song is an ironic look at the conformist attitudes of the time, with Lewis singing about how it’s better to be boring and mainstream than to stand out and be unique. The song became a hit, and is still regularly played on classic rock stations today. But Lewis apparently wasn’t always happy with the song’s success. In a 2013 interview, he revealed that Hip To Be Square was actually written about Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
One of the most famous songs inspired by Psycho is Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” The song is about a serial killer who is “sick of hearing people tell me what to do.” The lyrics are dark but strangely catchy, and the music video is appropriately creepy. Its lyrics are about the killer’s mind and how he’s “sick of trying to be normal.” Some people interpret the song as being about David Byrne’s own struggles with mental health.
Psycho – Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello’s “Psycho” is a haunting ballad about a man who is struggling to come to terms with his own psyche. The song paints a vivid picture of a man who is deeply troubled and maybe on the brink of self-destruction. The lyrics are evocative and intense, and the song is Transporting and dark. Its lyrics are about a man who is struggling to keep his sanity, while the music video features a woman being menaced by a madman.
You’re in Love With a Psycho – Kasabian
Kasabian’s song “You’re in Love With a Psycho” is about a man who is in love with a woman who is unstable and dangerous. He sings about how he can’t help but be drawn to her and how he knows that she’s bad for him, but he can’t resist her. The song is dark and brooding, with a sweeping guitar line that sounds like it was ripped straight from the movie soundtrack.
Mia Rodriguez – Psycho
Mia Rodriguez’s song “Psycho” is an ode to the famous movie of the same name. The song talks about how the protagonist feels like a psycho and how she relates to the character in the movie. She sings about how she sometimes feels like she’s losing her mind and that she’s just not right in the head. The song is dark and atmospheric, building tension as it goes on.
Psycho – Russ
Russ’s song “Psycho” is about a man who can’t seem to get over his ex-girlfriend. He’s so obsessed with her that he starts to act like a madman, stalking her and even breaking into her house. The song is a warning to anyone who might be in a relationship with someone like this that they need to get out before it’s too late. Its lyrics are about as psycho as it gets and will definitely send chills down your spine.
Psycho! – MASN
In a world full of psycho killers, there’s one song that stands out from the rest. MASN’s “Psycho” is a hard-hitting ballad that tells the story of a man who is pushed to the brink by the woman he loves. The lyrics are intense and will have you on the edge of your seat, just like the classic Hitchcock film. Many songs have been written about psycho killers, but this one is by far the best.