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13 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

Here's a list of songs whose meanings we completely miss because we either don't listen to lyrics properly or we just take the song at face value, ignoring any origins or intent of the artist. Or we just don't even realize what the lyrics really are. Then, one day, your world breaks down. The real meanings of these popular songs will shock you.

Everything you knew and loved about these songs is about to turn out to be a lie because that songs you thought were innocent and sweet are often actually about the opposite. Think "Born in the USA" is a patriotic anthem? Think again.

Hopefully, learning the truth about these popular songs doesn't shatter your world too much, though it will certainly make you think twice at the next karaoke night.
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    Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones

    Many an unsuspecting singer chooses "Brown Sugar" for karaoke and balks at the ... more
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    Tutti Frutti by Little Richard

    You probably heard this song a lot as a kid and didn't think much of it. Well, give ... more
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    Like a Virgin by Madonna

    "Like a Virgin" isn't about a sensitive girl, and is, in fact, not about a girl at ... more
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    There She Goes by Sixpence Nonethericher

    This is actually a cover of a song by British rock band The La's from their eponymous album. more
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    My Sharona by The Knack

    We all probably know that "My Sharona" is about sex or trying to get laid, but how ... more
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    Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen

    Only The Boss could make an anti-war song sound like a jingoistic rock anthem that most people ... more
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    Money For Nothing by Dire Straits

    Probably best known for the repetitive chanting of "I want my MTV" by Sting, the ... more
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    Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind

    Misconstrued by eBay and many others as an anthem for consumerism (thanks no doubt in part to ... more
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    Ben by Michael Jackson

    This song is particularly interesting because it was not originally intended to be performed ... more
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    Material Girl by Madonna

    So you think "Material Girl" is about a gold digging wh*re? Well, that's not exactly ... more
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    (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party) by by The Beastie Boys

    Without question "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party)" is one of the ...
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    Every Breath You Take by The Police

    The sweet tenderness of this tune makes the song seem like it's just another love song we can ... more
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    White Wedding by Billy Idol

    Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli played this song at their wedding, and since that has ... more

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