10 Songs That Have Hidden Messages When Played in Reverse

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Slayer, "Hell Awaits"
Slayer didn't need to jump on the backmasking wagon, and I didn't need to listen to their hidden message - "Join us" - over and over to purchase their 1985 album. I was hooked as soon as Kerry King raked his pick across the strings of his demonic guitar.

Soundgarden, "665"
Some enthusiasts claim that when Chris Cornell used, "I love you Santa, baby; Santa is my king" as his hidden message, he was simply parodying other Satanic bands who hid messages from the dark lord in their lyrics. Joe Dirt, an elderly custodian who sometimes travels with the band, claims that the rock star meant to say "Satan," but he just pissed off the wrong sound mixer.

Marilyn Manson, "Tourniquet"
"This is my lowest point of vulnerability," explains Manson when you play this song backwards. It's an unusual message. But never fear, Manson is notorious for backmasking other messages, from "I'm gonna kill you, kill yourself, kill yourself" in "Dope Hat" to "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world" in "Revelation #9."


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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 topcommenter

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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