6 Famous Songs With Misunderstood Meanings

While seemingly pretty straightforward, many mainstream classics have turned out to be different in meaning from what the general populace thinks, resulting in ‘Ah-haa’ moments and ruined childhood memories.

Have you ever sat down and thought about what the lyrics of some of the most famous songs mean? While seemingly pretty straightforward, many mainstream classics have turned out to be different in meaning from what the general populace thinks, resulting in ‘Ah-haa’ moments and ruined childhood memories.

Let’s look at a few popular songs that the fans just didn’t get right.

1.    Gangnam Style – Psy

A South Korean anthem that has the record for most views for a music video on YouTube, it is often quite baffling how popular this Korean-written song is, regardless of the fact that most people have no idea what it is talking about. As it turns out, the catchy global smash is actually about an upscale community in Seoul and the symbolic grand lifestyle it represents for young Koreans.

2.    Summer of ‘69 – Bryan Adams

If listening to this song has you thinking about wispy summer days in the year 1969 then you’d be among the many who have been fooled by the title. As Bryan Adams himself has admitted, the classic is really about a sexual position – one that he happens to like. It couldn’t have been 1969, the year the singer turned 10 years-old.

3.    Can’t Feel My Face –The Weeknd

Probably The Weeknd’s biggest hit, this track seems to be an unhealthy and unnatural attachment to a woman. However, closer analysis of the catchy pop tune reveals it’s actually about a different kind of addiction…that with drugs. In fact, while many people try to relate the song to someone they might have been or are addicted to, others are sure he’s singing about being coked out from cocaine, which has a tendency to make people feel they “can’t go without it.”

4.    Work – Rihanna featuring Drake

This song has left numerous Rih Rih fans fuming and not just because the meaning of the song is misunderstood but because many don’t know what it is saying, period. “Work” created a fire storm on social media with fans saying Rihanna was singing gibberish while others said all they were hearing was a lot of ‘work.’ On the other hand, those with a grasp of Jamaican patois have been able to piece the song’s catchy chorus and lyrics together, only to find out it’s merely talking about an on-again/off-again relationship.

5.    Poker Face – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is among the most dynamic singers and performers in recent times and her songs are often laced with double meanings. Hence, it’s no surprise that “Poker Face” led to different interpretations from fans. However, Gaga herself has gone on record admitting what the monster hit is really about – a bisexual affair. The story is that she had a male lover but kept a poker face with him so he wouldn’t find out she was secretly thinking about another woman.

6.    Blackbird – The Beatles

This is a classic song by a classic group that led many fans to believe the Beatles were singing about an actual blackbird. The song was actually written by Paul McCartney about the struggles of black people in the American Rights Civil Movement that was taking place at the time in the US of A.

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