Misheard lyrics: did you know there’s an actual word for that?! It’s soramimi, FYI – there’s some in-depth definition on homophonic meanings, but it basically refers to screaming out the wrong lyrics at the top of your lungs.
Don’t be ashamed! We’ve all been there, done that and sometimes even got the t-shirt (Justin Bieber’s Purpose tour merch, we’re looking at you), so we’ve rounded up some of the funniest misheard lyrics of all time - with a handy YouTube playlist below...
Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule – I’m Real
Turns out J-Lo hasn’t been asking Ja Rule if he’s Ellie since 2001 – she’s just spelling out his name (R U L E)! This just changed the game.
Taylor Swift – Blank Space
Remember when everyone thought Taylor Swift was serenading ‘all the lonely Starbucks lovers’? Ever her mum thought that’s what Tay was singing, but we were all wrong – it’s actually ‘got a long list of ex-lovers’. In fact, you can click through all of Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriends here…
Missy Elliott – Work It
Don’t even try with this one. You KNOW that part we’re talking about, just after ‘put my thing down flip it and reverse it’. It’s actually the same line played backwards, making the lyrics ‘ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup’. Got it?
Omi – Cheerleader
‘Oh I think that I’ve found myself a derriere…’ wait, it’s not that? It’s ‘found myself a cheerleader’, like the title of the song? Who knew…
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
The haters gonna hate, the players gonna play and the heart breakers gonna break, break, break, but what about those bakers?! Turns out, there are no baked goods in Shake It Off – it’s ‘fakers’.
Iggy Azalea - Fancy
Charli XCX’s line ‘I’m so fancy, can’t you taste this’ has been misheard as scone AND goat, but she’s actually a bit more high-class than that – it’s ‘can’t you taste this gold?’.
Selena Gomez – Hands To Myself
Did you ever wonder why ‘all of the dogs and the others keep making love to each other’? Maybe because it’s ‘doubts and outbursts’ instead?! We’re not why doubts are making love to outbursts…
Abba – Dancing Queen
SO. MANY. OPTIONS. ‘Feel the beat from the tangerine’, ‘see that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen’… Your drunk aunty has definirtely belted out both of those at a wedding (it’s ‘tambourine’ and ‘watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen’, btw).
Elton John – Tiny Dancer
The clue’s in the title, guys… still, SO many people misheard ‘hold me closer tiny dancer’ as ‘Tony Danza’, the American actor and boxer…
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)
Sorry to ingrain this in your brain, but ‘I’m blue I got beat up and died’ is too funny to leave out. The actual, heartfelt lyrics are ‘I'm blue da ba dee da ba die’.
Will Smith – Getting Jiggy With It
Thought you were too uncool for Will Smith’s slang? Nope, he didn’t actually say ‘kick a chicken with it’, instead he was singing Getting Jiggy With It. The clue is in th title! We will not say it again!
What are your craziest misheard song lyrics? PLEASE let us know below!