It's like Ludacris is speaking directly to my soul.
July 25, 2017 11:24 AM   Subscribe

Seeking, for lack of a better term, introvert anthems. Music that demands that others leave you the heck alone.

My coworker and I have been griping about the frequency of interruptions lately, and I'd like to assemble a "don't talk to me" playlist for her.

Obvious inclusions so far:

The Police - Don't Stand So Close to Me
Ludacris - Move Bitch
Ludacris - Get Back (also, can we just talk about how this video is sheer perfection? ok thanks)

I realize that these songs aren't necessarily about being left alone in a broad sense, but for all of them the hook is imperative and on-message and that's really what I care about most.

Thank you!
posted by phunniemee to Media & Arts (45 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
 
Alessia Cara - Here
posted by AppleTurnover at 11:31 AM on July 25, 2017 [4 favorites]


"Go Away from My Window," Joan Baez and others
posted by Melismata at 11:32 AM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized
posted by Squeak Attack at 11:32 AM on July 25, 2017 [2 favorites]


The most obvious: I Am a Rock
posted by dlugoczaj at 11:33 AM on July 25, 2017 [4 favorites]


And, as a simple intro/outro: Fingertips 10
posted by dlugoczaj at 11:46 AM on July 25, 2017




I know that if you read the lyrics carefully, Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" is a breakup song.

But I prefer to ignore the lyrics in the verses, and take the chorus as an anthem celebrating solo independence.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:49 AM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]




Here's another one:

Meghan Trainor - NO
posted by phunniemee at 11:55 AM on July 25, 2017 [2 favorites]


Leave (Get Out)-JoJo

It ain't me babe - Bob Dylan or preferably Johnny and June:

"Go away from my window
Leave at your own chosen speed
I'm not the one you want babe
I'm not the one you need"
posted by threetwentytwo at 11:56 AM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


Nookie is really also a breakup song, but the bridge, and it's echoey "Leave me alone," was one of the first songs I thought of with this question.
posted by dlugoczaj at 11:58 AM on July 25, 2017


The Swell Season - Leave
posted by cnc at 11:59 AM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


PJ Harvey -- Who The Fuck?

Who the fuck do you think you are?
Get out of my hair
Who the fuck do you think you are?
Comin' round here
posted by rollick at 12:07 PM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


New Order - Leave Me Alone

Bonus: Destroyer cover
posted by ohkay at 12:07 PM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]




The Sesame Street Alone Song.
posted by Melismata at 12:26 PM on July 25, 2017


Bitch don't kill my vibe fits.
posted by Rinku at 12:32 PM on July 25, 2017 [2 favorites]










Can't Tell Me Nothing , Kanye
posted by Fig at 12:47 PM on July 25, 2017 [2 favorites]


Twiztid - Leave Me Alone [strong language, etc.]
posted by Carouselle at 12:48 PM on July 25, 2017


ASAP Ferg, Fuck Out My Face
posted by kapers at 12:53 PM on July 25, 2017


Dr. Butcher - Don't Talk to Me
Don't Talk to Me - I don't want to talk about it
Don't Talk to Me - Leave me alone
Don't Talk to Me - I'm sick and sick and tired of your talk
Talk - Talk - Talk - FUCK YOU!!

posted by Wolfdog at 1:00 PM on July 25, 2017


I'm gonna go with Pearl Jam "Drop the Leash", "Animal" and "This is Not For You".
posted by effluvia at 1:12 PM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


De La Soul's "Me Myself and I"
posted by shortyJBot at 1:24 PM on July 25, 2017


I Drink Alone
posted by BigVACub at 1:30 PM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


There's a party in my head
And no one is invited.

Tame Impala - Solitude is Bliss
posted by kelborel at 1:35 PM on July 25, 2017


Belle And Sebastian's "I don't love anyone"
posted by Dressed to Kill at 2:14 PM on July 25, 2017


Kate Bush - Get Out Of My House
posted by brushtailedphascogale at 2:31 PM on July 25, 2017


These are more misanthropic than introverted, but they do get right to the point, and are broadly directed to every other person everywhere ever:

Deejay Punk-Roc - I Hate Everybody
MC 900 Ft Jesus - Everybody Shut Up and Leave Me Alone
Skrillex - Kill Everybody
Weezer - Everybody Go Away
posted by Durhey at 2:32 PM on July 25, 2017




She Talks Too Much
posted by bookworm4125 at 2:43 PM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


Not sure if Electric Six's "I Don't Like You" exactly meets your criteria (though I think it does), but I have made a vow to Satan to promote Electric Six at all opportunities, so here ya go.
posted by Dr. Wu at 2:57 PM on July 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


Groovie Ghoulies - Doin' Fine

I'm doin' fine
So leave me alone
So leave me alone
So leave me alone

posted by Aznable at 3:24 PM on July 25, 2017


michael jackson - leave me alone
posted by carlypennylane at 3:39 PM on July 25, 2017


Joan Armatrading - Me Myself I
I sit here by myself
And you know I love it
You know I don't want someone
To come pay a visit
I wanna be by myself
I came in this world alone
Me myself I

I wanna go to China
And to see Japan
I'd like to sail the oceans
Before the seas run dry
I wanna go by myself
I've just room enough for one
Me myself I

I wanna be a bigshot
And have ninety cars
I wanna have a boyfriend
And a girl for laughs
But only on Saturdays
Six days to be alone
Just me myself I
Me myself and I
Just me myself I

Don't wanna be the bad guy
Don't wanna make a soul cry
It's not that I love my self
I just don't want company
Except me myself I
Me myself and I
Just me myself I
posted by Lexica at 4:39 PM on July 25, 2017


First one that comes to mind is "Buggin Out" by A Tribe Called Quest.
"Yo when you bug out, you usually have a reason for the action
Sometimes you don't it's just for mere satisfaction
People be houndin, always surroundin
Pulsin, just like a migraine poundin
You don't really fret, you stay in your sense
Camouflage your feeling, of absolute tense
You soar off to another world, deep in your mind
But people seem to take that, as being unkind"
posted by aecorwin at 4:45 PM on July 25, 2017


Robbie Fulks - I Like Being Left Alone
posted by borkencode at 5:34 PM on July 25, 2017


Rich Homie Quan ft. Young Thug - Get TF Out My Face

Get the fuck out my face / unless you owe me money :D
posted by so fucking future at 5:54 PM on July 25, 2017


Mother Mother - Get Out The Way
There’s spit on my face
The hot breath of the human race
And I know, I know, I’m supposed to integrate
But hows about instead I inch away?
Just get out the way, get out
Get out the way, get out
Get out the way, get out the way, get out the way.
posted by automatic cabinet at 7:13 PM on July 25, 2017


More downbeat than anthem, but Simple Kid: Old Domestic Cat.

Just to sit reading quietly behind a closed door
Cook food while listening to Radio 4
Don't want no lover or troubles like that
Just wanna stay at home like an old domestic cat

posted by distorte at 2:28 AM on July 26, 2017


Primal Scream - Velocity Girl

(OK it's about drug use/addiction, but it ends by repeating 'leave me alone' so I think it fits).
posted by Pink Frost at 1:25 PM on July 26, 2017




Oh, just thought this morning of an even more perfect answer:

Spooned Out on Tick by King Creosote

For the best part of a year
You’ve pestered me
There’s nothing I crave more
Not to have you darken my door again


and many variations thereof.
posted by distorte at 1:01 AM on July 27, 2017


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