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12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

We all have these songs that are dear to our heart and we LOVE them. We play them over and over, thinking we know what they are all about. Or other times not really caring because we like them so much. Then comes along some music aficionado (as I like to call them.) They know everything there is to know. They casually mention that the song you have been loving is about something totally different from what you thought. And the song is pretty much ruined for you. These 12 popular songs fall into that category. Enjoy having them ruined.  Or many just changed a little.

1. Brian Adam’s “Summer of 69” is not about the summer in the year 1969. It’s about oral sex. Yep.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
Bryan Adams

2. Third Eye Blind’s song “Semi-Charmed Life” is not about a charmed life. It is about a couple on crystal meth.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
Third Eye Blind

3. M.I.A.’s song “Paper Planes” is thought to be about a drug dealer.  It’s actually satire about immigrant stereotypes.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
M.I.A.

4. The Psychedelic Furs song “Pretty in Pink” sounds like it is about a girl that is pretty wearing the color pink. Richard Butler said it is, “About a girl who sleeps around a lot and thinks she is wanted and in demand and clever and beautiful, but people are talking about her behind her back.”

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
The Psychedelic Furs

5. Bonnie Tyler’s song “Total Eclipse of The Heart” is not about having a lifelong relationship. It is about vampires. Yep, it was a vampire love song.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
Bonnie Tyler

6. U2’s song “One” is not about love; it’s actually about splitting up. I’m thinking all the people who played it at their weddings had no clue.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
U2

7. Psy’s hit song “Gangnam Style” is thought to be about a dance. In actuality, it is satire about the affluent Gangnam District in Seoul. Young Koreans get themselves further into debt to attain a “Gangnam Style” wealth that can only be achieved by getting themselves into further debit.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
PSY

8. Daryl Hall and John Oates hit “Rich Girl” made it sound like they were talking about a rich girl. It was actually about a guy.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
Daryl Hall and John Oates

9. The Boomtown Rats song “I Don’t Like Monday’s” is not about someone not wanting to go to work on a Monday. It is about Brenda Ann Spencer. She went on a killing spree in 1979 at an elementary school killing two adults and injuring eight children. When asked why she did it her reply was, “I don’t like Mondays.”

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
The Boomtown Rats

10. Billy Joel’s song “Only The Good Die Young” is not about dying young. It is about Billy trying to get into his catholic girlfriend’s pants.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
Billy Joel

11. The Police song “Every Breath You Take” is not about romance and love. You may be surprised to hear it is about someone stalking an ex-lover.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
The Police

12. Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” is about birth control. Bob Marley didn’t want his girlfriend to take birth control pills. The doctor who prescribed the pills was also the sheriff.

12 Popular Songs That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
Bob Marley

There are a lot of songs like this. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I like finding out the true meaning behind songs.