10 Songs That Have Hidden Messages When Played in Reverse

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Styx's infamous backmasking message
For years, non-metal people have been accusing various metal bands of influencing their flock with hidden messages that could only be heard by playing the vinyl backwards. Overnight, this "backmasking" became a threat to national security, especially after Dan Rather played clips of hidden messages on CBS Evening News in 1982. Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd were also implicated in promoting Satanic messages that "can manipulate our behavior without our knowledge or consent and turn us into disciples of the Antichrist." Furious, politicians demanded that TG&Y and Wolworths, the grandparents of Wal-Mart, place warning labels on the records.

So here's a list of some of the more infamous backmasking messages for your not-so-virgin ears.

Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"
When my best friend first played this record backwards, I was 14 and seducing his sister in his parents' bedroom. The eerie crackling helped to set the mood, but when the words "Here's to my sweet Satan" echoed through the speakers, I thought he said "Santa" and started to laugh and ruined the mood. I hated this song for years.

Styx, "Snowblind"
If you play this song backwards for about 33 minutes, you'll finally understand the hidden message: "Satan moves through our voices." Yet it still didn't move me to buy the band's album.

The Beatles, "Revolution 9"
During my backmasking heyday, I played my aunt's Beatles album backwards just for the hell of it, so imagine my surprise when I heard: "Turn me on, dead man... turn me on, dead man... turn me on, dead man." Talk about scary. I still shiver when I hear Paul McCartney's voice.



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15 comments
Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson

My dad was famous at one point for being one of the people who discovered and started this. Got called by the Eagles at one point ... did seminars in front of thousands of people at a time.

Coleman Chance
Coleman Chance

Interestingly enough, dubstep sounds exactly the same when played backwards or forwards. It can only be an occult conspiracy.

Anthony Muelle
Anthony Muelle

On Iron Maiden's "Piece of Mind" album, there's a backtrack message on the song "Still Life". It's actually a joke.

Kenneth L. Kemp
Kenneth L. Kemp

I always liked the backwards passage on ELO's Fire on High that said "the music is reversible."

Marc C. Socolov
Marc C. Socolov

If you think this is controversial, you out to listen to them in pig Latin.

David McCollum
David McCollum

Who gives a shit.... it's anything you want it to say backwards!..lol

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

ELO had a funny one, 'Fire on High' played backwards says 'the music is sometimes reversible.....turn back, turn back...'

JustSaying
JustSaying

The Judas Priest song should probably not be on this list. Sure, its the most infamous example of supposed backmasking but nobody in a courtroom full of people aching to convict actually believed that you could hear "do it" when the song was played backwards.

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