Do You Know These Famously Misunderstood Song Lyrics?
Jimi Hendrix had no intention of having “Purple Haze” become one of those popular songs with a misheard lyric that people sing as if it was the actual lyric. No song is safe from having a misheard lyric or two either. Bon Jovi’s “Livin on a Prayer” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” have infamous misheard lyrics. Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” and Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind” also have famous misheard lyrics.
Once a song gains notoriety for having difficult lyrics, people tend to make up their own, and it just keeps getting bigger until that misheard lyric turns into the one everyone now sings. But if you know the actual lyric of these songs, then you shouldn’t have a problem getting a perfect score on this quiz, right?
Misunderstood Song Lyrics
Misunderstood song lyrics are commonly heard lyrics from popular music that are incorrect but sound just like the actual lyric. The confusion from misheard lyrics is that people cannot hear what the artist is saying, and it can sometimes lead to controversy too.
Not all song lyrics are written in stone, and the artists themselves have to deal with misheard lyrics replacing the actual ones over time. Artists are often aware of their song's misheard lyrics and will start singing the wrong lyric for fun.