We've all been there: You're out with your squad, vibing to the music, and belting out the lyrics to a song, (low-key knowing that they're a little off but rolling with it anyways). And then some Debbie Downer inevitably corrects you mid-chorus and it's like, really, is this karaoke because I did not sign up for the real-deal lyrics in my face like that?? Anyways, the wrong lyrics are arguably the best lyrics, because they give the song in question a new, more interesting meaning. Here, 34 musical classics that you get wrong every damn time, and WHO EVEN CARES REALLY?!?!?
1. NSYNC, "It's Gonna Be Me"
Misheard lyric: It's gonna be May!
Actual lyric: It's gonna be me!
2. Beyonce and Jay Z, "Drunk in Love"
Misheard lyric: We woke up in the kitchen saying how did healthy dishes happen, oh baby.
Actual lyric: We woke up in the kitchen saying how the hell did this shit happen, oh baby.
3. Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Misheard lyric: Gotta love these Starbucks lovers.
Actual lyric: Got a long list of ex lovers.
4. Maroon 5, "Animals"
Misheard lyric: Just like animals, animals, like animals balls.
Actual lyric: Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals.
5. Selena Gomez, "The Heart Wants What it Wants"
Misheard lyric: What the Farquaad, the Farquaad.
Actual lyric: What the heart wants, the heart wants.
6. Taylor Swift, "Shake it Off"
Actual lyric: And the fakers gonna fake.
7. Missy Elliott, "Work It"
Misheard lyric: Something along the lines of "Iss yurr fweminippi fwep yet"/ total jibberish.
Actual lyric: Ti esrever dna ti plif nwod gniht ym tup I (which is "I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it" backwards) As in, Missy actually flips and reverses the lyrics to this iconic song. MIND. BLOWN. Bow down!
8. Elton John, "Tiny Dancer"
Misheard lyric: Hold me closer, Tony Danza.
Actual lyric: Hold me closer, tiny dancer.
9. Nirvana, "Smells like Teen Spirit"
Misheard lyric: I'm a lion, I'm a vinyl, I'm a Skittle, I'm a beetle.
10. Backstreet Boys, "I Want it That Way"
Misheard lyric: Tummy, why? Ain't nothin' but a fart, hey.
Actual lyric: Tell me why! Ain't nothin' but a heartache.
"I want it that way - Backstreet Boys" Tummy why? Ain't nothin but a fart hey #misheardlyrics— Kat Ljubic (@_sincerelykat_) February 20, 2014
11. Miley Cyrus, "Party in the USA"
Misheard lyric: Welcome to the land of flaming sex.
Actual lyric: Welcome to the land of fame excess.
I used to think Party in the USA said "welcome to the land of flaming sex" and I was embarrassed to sing it.— Madison Collins (@madison_collins) January 19, 2013
12. Hootie and The Blowfish, "Hold My Hand"
Misheard lyric: I want to love you, the bear said, the bear said I can't.
13. DJ Snake, "Turn Down for What"
Misheard lyric: Farting loud, another round of shots!
Actual lyric: Fire up that loud, another round of shots!
14. Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"
Actual lyric: Say you'll remember me, standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe.
I thought Taylor Swift said "say you'll remember me, standing in an ice chest"... I was like damn, girl gets down like me! Cheers boo ????— Buffaloco™ (@Arreguy23) June 13, 2016
15. Missy Elliott, "Get Ur Freak On"
Actual lyric: Go, get your freak on.
16. Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines"
Misheard lyric: Baby can you breed a cactus from Jamaica?
Actual lyric: Baby can you breathe? I got this from Jamaica.
17. Drake, "Hotline Bling"
Misheard lyric: You made me feel like a Digimon.
Actual lyric: You make me feel like I did you wrong.
Oh! Drake in hotline bling doesn't say "You make me feel like a Digimon" rather "You make me feel like i did you wrong" Ok what's a Digimon?— iDaywa (@iDaywa) August 1, 2016
18. Pink, "Learn to Love Again"
Misheard lyric: Just give me a raisin, just a little bit's enough.
Actual lyric: Just give me a reason, just a little bit's enough.
just give me a raisin just a little bit's enough just a second we're not broken just bent— jaehyung! (@mlfjaehyung) June 12, 2016
19. Coldplay, "Paradise"
Misheard lyric: Pair of, pair of, pair of dice.
Actual lyric: Para-para-paradise.
20. Zayn, "Pillowtalk"
Misheard lyric: In the better day, better day, better day.
Actual lyric: In the bed all day, bed all day, bed all day.
21. Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Misheard lyric: I be in the kitchen cookin' prawns with my baby.
Actual lyric: I be in the kitchen cookin' pies with my baby.
Until today I thought the lyrics to Trap Queen were, "I be in the kitchen cookin' PRAWNS with my baby" pic.twitter.com/ira2kQDlEu— Kendall Bair (@thebairminimum) June 5, 2015
22. Mumford and Sons, "Little Lion Man"
Misheard lyric: Your grace is wasted in your face, your boner stands alone among the wreck.
Actual lyric: Your grace is wasted in your face, your boldness stands alone among the wreck.
23. Avril Lavigne, "Complicated"
Actual lyric: You promised me I'm never gonna find you fake it.
24. TLC, "Waterfalls"
Misheard lyric: Have dried the tears from my eyes, like bologna fries.
Actual lyric: Have dried the tears from my eyes, no more lonely cries.
25. Mike Posner, "I Took a Pill in Ibiza"
Misheard lyric: I took a pill and ate pizza.
Actual lyric: I took a pill in Ibiza.
My dad thought I took a pill in Ibiza said "I took a pill and ate pizza"— alex milazzo (@amilazzo15) December 28, 2016
26. Sia, "Cheap Thrills"
Misheard lyric: Till I hit the dumpster, hit the dumpster.
Actual lyric: Till I hit the dance floor, hit the dance floor.
27. Chance the Rapper, "No Problem"
Misheard lyric: Just another day, had to pick up all the mayo
Actual Lyric: Just another day, had to pick up all the mail.
28. DJ Snake and Major Lazer, "Lean On"
Actual lyric: Blow a kiss, fire a gun.
Apparently it's blow a kiss fire gun and not Marcus fire gun. Which makes more sense cuz like who tf is Marcus and why he got a gun— Mitchell Styba (@Oborawatabinost) July 7, 2016
29. ABBA, "Dancing Queen"
Actual lyric: Feel the beat from the tambourine.
30. Justin Bieber, "As Long As You Love Me"
Misheard lyric: As long as you love me, we could be starfish, we could be homeless, we could be broke.
Actual lyric: As long as you love me, we could be starving, we could be homeless, we could be broke.
So the lyrics ARENT "As long as you love me/we could be starfish." Howd I find out? Not by extensively Googling Bieber on XMas! OKAY SHUT UP— Alice Stanley Jr. (@AStanJr) December 26, 2015
31. Lorde, "Royals"
Misheard lyric: You can call me green bean.
Actual lyric: You can call me queen bee.
And we'll never be royals [royals]— 9GAG (@9GAG) October 30, 2016
You can call me green bean.
32. One Direction, "Story of My Life"
Misheard lyric: The story of my life, I take a hoe.
Actual lyric: The story of my life, I take her home.
33. Anna Kendrick/ Pitch Perfect, "Cups (When I'm Gone)"
Misheard lyric: You're gonna miss me by my walk, you're gonna miss me by my taco.
@AnnaKendrick47 I just realized that in your song 'Cups' you sing "you're gonna miss me by my taco." So bold. So scrappy. I dig it.— brizzy (@FatRabbit1080) January 25, 2017
34. Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"
Misheard lyric: I feel it in my bones, enough to make my sister moan.
Actual lyric: I feel it in my bones, enough to make my systems blow.