It’s happened to everyone. You’re singing along to one of your favorite tunes, belting out lyrics that you’ve taken at a surface level. There’s no hidden meaning behind these lyrics about delicious, thick slices of cake, right? Wrong! Suddenly you realize the sordid truth: some of your most cherished tracks are songs about begging someone to have sex.
These days, it seems like every song is about sex. Whether the lyrical content is more overt or laden with metaphors, sex is all over the radio airwaves. Maybe these are tracks from your childhood that you never knew were songs that are secretly about sex. Maybe these are current pop songs that favor food similes that gave you pause. One thing’s for sure: they’re all classic songs with dirty meanings.
Sex truly is the great unifier in music. Dirty meanings span rock, alternative, pop, hip-hop, and R&B. Check out the most secretly horny bangers below, and if nothing else, you’ll come away from this list with some new jams to add to your steamiest playlists.
You’d be forgiven for mistaking "All My Life" for an angsty rock song about impatience, but Dave Grohl himself confessed that this song was all about his love of oral sex. He explained the lyrics to Q Magazine in 2003:
"That song is a little dirty... I’m very fond of giving oral sex to women. It’s a pleasure-giving experience - giving someone something that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, and if you do it right they will."
Artist: Foo Fighters
Albums: One by Onesee more on All My Life
The Beatles have a reputation for writing songs that had a distinctly druggy undertone, but some of their earlier hits were about an entirely different type of vice. "Ticket to Ride" is rumored to be about the medical card that German prostitutes carried around to prove their were STD-free. The more you know!
Artist: The Beatles
#14 on The Best Beatles Songssee more on Ticket to Ride
Most fans wouldn't go to their Weezer collection for songs about sex work. But Rivers Cuomo has supposedly claimed that "Hash Pipe" is "a totally insane song about a homosexual transvestite prostitute."
You can kind of see it when you take a closer look at lyrics like, "These players come to get me 'cause they'd like my behind / I can't love my business if I can't get a trick / Down on Santa Monica where tricks are for kids."
Albums: Weezersee more on Hash Pipe
"Well, Rhonda you look so fine / And I know it wouldn't take much time / For you to help me Rhonda / Help me get her out of my heart." The Beach Boys are often held up as a bastion of wholesome Americana entertainment, but this song is nothing short of harassment. The singer claims that this poor woman is the only way he can get over his ex, going so far as to shriek "Help me Rhonda!" over and over again. Run, Rhonda!
Artist: Al Jardine
Albums: A Postcard From California
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