Meaning of “Sweet but Psycho” by Ava Max

The song “Sweet but Psycho” by American singer and songwriter Ava Max came out in August 2018. Lyrically, the song tells the tale of a rough diamond – a girl who is super sweet yet totally deranged. Hence the interesting title “Sweet but Psycho”.

In an exclusive interview with CelebMix, Max said of the song as one about a girl who is sweet but “grab-a-cop-gun-kinda-crazy”. She added that the girl is “poison but tasty”.

Some analysts have interpreted parts of the lyrics as containing strong female empowerment elements.

By the way, who’s a psycho?

The English dictionary describes a psycho as a person who is both deranged and scary. And that’s exactly how our character in the song is. The only difference is that she is also sweet, tasty and hot.

“Sweet but Psycho” Facts

  • Max co-wrote this track along with three others, including the multiple award winning Canadian record producer and songwriter Cirkut. The other writers are: Andreas Haukeland (best known as Tix) and Madison Love.
  • Cirkut took care of the production duties of “Sweet but Psycho”. According to Max, Cirkut made the song’s “beat in five minutes”.
  • On August 17, 2018, Atlantic Records released this pop anthem as a single. It was Max’s third single of 2018.
  • The track was a hit in many places around the world, including in Norway and Sweden where it reached number 1.
  • The song was Max’s breakthrough hit.
  • The music video for this hit was directed by filmmaker Shomi Patwary. Patwary was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She’s one of the most famous filmmakers to come from Bangladesh.


Is this song Ava Max’s first collaboration with Cirkut?

No. They collaborated a number of times before the creation of this track.

9 Responses

  1. jessica says:

    ava max sweet but psycho is one of the best songs she’s made

  2. Luke says:



    AHAHAHSHBSB I SAW THIS TREND ON TIKTOK idk if its over yet but its about this girl who stabbed her mother 151 TIMES she did have a good reason tho, her mom abused her. SOOOOO they made a trend about her saying she was “sweet but psycho”

  4. AnnaStrickland says:

    Her best song is “sweet but psycho” and ” mad at Disney” I love you Ava!

  5. Aith mark says:

    Ya its true

  6. Alex Tweezy says:

    The song is nice… Ava Max your the best

  7. Anonymous says:

    is it true that this song is about lesbian sex?

    • Kelly(here to argue about anything and everything) says:

      i got no clue. that’d make it cooler though. i think there’s a guy in the video, but who know’s with music videos these days. and btw i know ava and salem did the remix of mad at disney together, but you guys do know it’s originally just salem ilese, right?

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