10 Songs That Have Hidden Messages When Played in Reverse

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Judas Priest, "Better By You Better Than Me"
"In the dead of the night, love bites" is just one of the infamous messages spewed by Judas Priest. A different hidden message, "Do it," led to the band standing trial in 1990, after two young men committed suicide, allegedly prompted by the band's message.

Pink Floyd, "Empty Spaces"
"Congratulations. You have just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the Funny Farm, Chalfont." When I heard this message, I thought for sure I'd receive a prize for discovering the hidden meaning. I even sent a letter in care of the Funny Farm. Later, a friend told me that Roger Waters was simply referring to Syd Barrett. So I sent him a letter as well, but never received a reply.

Frank Zappa, "Hot Poop" (Originally "Mother People")
"Better look around before you say you don't care/Shut your fucking mouth 'bout the length of my hair/How would you survive/If you were alive/Shitty little person?" After hearing these words as a teenager, I quit cutting my hair and stayed locked in my room for a month, questioning the meaning of the labyrinth that spirals around all things. I never did find the answer, but I did enjoy smoking all of my best friend's weed trying to understand.

Cradle of Filth, "Dinner at Deviant's Palace" Listening to the Lord Prayer's backwards would send you straight to a fiery stake in the days of the Puritans. Today, it simply conjures a horde of demons to whisk you away to the local McDonald's for another round of Happy Meals. I'm still not sure which is worse.


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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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