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British Poll Reveals Most Famous Misheard Lyrics: Lady Gaga, Rihanna & More

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We’ve all been there before: you’re blasting the car radio with the windows down, singing the lyrics to a song you’ve heard dozens of times, only to have your friend sitting next to you say, “Umm, those aren’t the lyrics. Your lyrics don’t even make sense!”

So which song lyrics are most commonly confused with alternate phrases? (Example: Elton John’s “Hold me closer, tiny dancer” incorrectly confused as “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.”) The UK’s Telegraph reveals that a new British poll has set out to reveal which lyrics Brits are getting wrong.

According to a poll by of 2,000 Brits by Blinkbox, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, Shaggy and Sean Paul topped the list of artists who overall were the hardest to understand. For Lady Gaga, pollsters often confused “P-p-p-poker face” as “P-p-p-poke her face.”

The Top 10 Misunderstood Artists:

1. Ozzy Osbourne (28%)
2. Lady Gaga (22%)
3. Shaggy (22%)
4. Sean Paul (14%)
5. Jay-Z (14%)
6. Rihanna (14%)
7. Miley Cyrus (13%)
8. Jimi Hendrix (10%)
9. Prince (9%)
10. Bob Dylan (8%)

The poll also set out to figure out which specific songs are often misunderstood. Songs by Madonna, Rihanna and Spice Girls made the list.

The Top 10 Misheard Song Lyrics

1. ABBA – ‘Dancing Queen’ (22%)
Incorrect: “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen”
Correct: “See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the dancing queen”

2. Queen – ‘We Will Rock You’ (18%)
Incorrect: “Kicking your cat all over the place”
Correct: “Kicking your can all over the place”

3. Bon Jovi – ‘Living On A Prayer’ (12%)
Incorrect: “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”
Correct: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not”

4. Madonna – ‘Like a Virgin’ (12%)
Incorrect: “Like a virgin touched for the thirty-first time”
Correct: “Like a virgin touched for the very first time”

5. The Monkees – ‘I’m A Believer’ (12%)
Incorrect: “Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her”
Correct: “Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer”

6. Johnny Nash – ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ (11%)
Incorrect: “I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone”
Correct: “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone”

7. Rihanna – ‘We Found Love’ (11%)
Incorrect: “What it takes to form a line”
Correct: “What it takes to come alive”

8. Jimi Hendrix – ‘Purple Haze’ (9%)
Incorrect: “Excuse me while I kiss this guy”
Correct: “Excuse me whilst I kiss the sky”

9. Spice Girls – ‘Wannabe’ (9%)
Incorrect: “If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get rid of my friends”
Correct: “If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends”

10. Starship – ‘We Built This City’ (8%)
Incorrect: “We built this city on logs and coal”
Correct: “We built this city on rock and roll”


We can’t help but laugh at some of these. What are some of the funniest misheard lyrics that you have been guilty of singing out loud?

Next: The Best Lady Gaga Lyrics


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