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Karen Fratti
August 16, 2017 10:42 am

We’ve all been there: Cruising around with your friends, blaring cheesy radio, and belting out some song, only to have everyone bust out laughing when you totally mess up the words. It’s one thing to jumble a lyric or not keep up to the beat, but it’s a whole different sort of hilarious when you actually think you’re saying the right words, despite them not making any sense at all. Even right now, you’re probably sitting there thinking you have all the lyrics to your favorite songs down, but it’s super likely there are tons of song lyrics you mishear and are still singing wrong.

There’s actually a word for mishearing song lyrics!

It’s science: They’re called “mondegreens” and they happen when we’re hearing the same exact acoustic information that everyone else hears when the song is on, but for some reason, communication totally breaks down. According to The New Yorker, no one really knows exactly why this happens. It could be because we can’t always see the singer’s face or have other clues to help us out with context. For example, if we first heard a song via video, like way back in the days of MTV or already know the title, mondegreens might occur less.

Here are some commonly misheard song lyrics that will make you LOL all day.

1The Rembrandts, “I’ll Be There For You” (Friends theme song)

The wrong lyric:

“You love life the old way…”

The actual lyric:

“Your love life’s DOA…”

2Elton John, “Benny and the Jets”

The wrong lyric:

“She’s got electric boobs, a mohair suit…”

The actual lyric:

“She’s got electric boots, a mohair suit…”

3David Bowie, “Suffragette City”

The wrong lyric:

“I’m back in Chocolate Chip City…”

The actual lyric:

“I’m back on Suffragette City…”

4Lady Gaga & Beyoncé, “Telephone”

The wrong lyric:

“I don’t wanna think anymore, I hit my head kinda hard on the dance floor…”

The actual lyric:

“I don’t wanna think anymore, I left my head and my heart on the dance floor…”

5Steve Wonder, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

The wrong lyric:

“Signed, sealed, delivered, up yoooours…”

The actual lyric:

“Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours…”

6Radiohead, “The Bends”

The wrong lyric:

“My baby’s got Depends, we don’t have any real friends…”

The actual lyric:

“My baby’s got the bends, we don’t have any real friends…”

7The Pussycat Dolls, “When I Grow Up”

The wrong lyric:

“When I grow up, I wanna have boobies…”

The actual lyric:

“When I grow up, I wanna have groupies…”

8Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, “Blinded By The Light”

The wrong lyric:

“Wrapped up like a douche in the middle of the night”

The actual lyric:

“Revved up like a deuce, Another runner in the night…”

9Jimi Hendrix, “Purple Haze”

The wrong lyric:

 “Excuse me, while I kiss this guy…”

The actual lyric:

“Excuse me, while I kiss the sky…”

10Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

The wrong lyric:

“All the lonely Starbucks lovers…”

The actual lyric:

“Got a long list of ex-lovers…”

11Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

The wrong lyric:

“Here we are now, in CONTAINERS…”

The actual lyric:

“Here we are now, entertain us…”

12Beyoncé, “Single Ladies”

The wrong lyric:

“Got gloss on my lips, a man on my hip, hold me tighter than my very own jeans…”

The actual lyric:

“Got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips, hold me tighter than my Dereon jeans…”

13Lorde, “Royals”

The wrong lyric:

“You can call me green bean…”

The actual lyric:

“You can call me queen bee…”

14Queen, “We Will Rock You”

The wrong lyric:

“Kickin’ your cat all over the place…”

The actual lyric:

“Kicking your can all over the place…”

15Radiohead, “Creep”

The wrong lyric:

“You dress like angel…”

The actual lyric:

“You’re just like an angel…”

16Timbaland & OneRepublic, “Apologize”

The wrong lyric:

“It’s too late, you’re gonna die…”

The actual lyric:

“It’s too late to apologize…”

Now you that know, you can just pretend you always knew.

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