The Funniest Misheard Song Lyrics of All Time

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Everybody loves singing along with their favorite songs, but sometimes it's hard to figure out what those singers are actually saying. The good news is that most of the time, the lyrics we think we hear are way funnier than the actual lyrics. Check out the funniest misheard song lyrics ever uttered.

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"Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy"

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The iconic rock anthem "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix is well-known for its commonly misheard words.

Actual lyrics: “Excuse me while I kiss the sky."

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“Every Time You Go Away, You Take a Piece of Meat With You”

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From Paul Young's love ballad, "Every Time You Go Away." We're positive that this is not what Paul had in mind when he wrote this tune.

Actual lyrics: “Every time you go away, you take a piece of me with you.” 

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"We Built This City on Sausage Rolls"

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Poor Starship. We're sure they weren't thinking about sausages when they wrote their 1980s hit, "We Built This City." 

Actual lyrics: "We built this city on rock n' roll."

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"See That Girl, Watch Her Scream, Kicking the Dancing Queen”

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Why would ABBA be kicking a screaming "Dancing Queen?" What did she ever do to them?

Actual lyrics: "See that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen."

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"Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese"

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Some of my best dreams are about cheese, but that's beside the point. The Eurythmics definitely weren't thinking about cheddar when they wrote "Sweet Dreams."

Actual lyric: "Sweet dreams are made of these."

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"Gotta Love the Starbucks Lovers, They'll Tell You I'm Insane"

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When Taylor Swift released "Blank Space," there wasn't a soul alive who could tell what she was saying in this lyric. Even T-Swift's own mother called and asked her why she was singing about Starbucks!

Actual lyrics: "Got a long list of ex-lovers, they'll tell you I'm insane."

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"It Doesn't Make a Difference if We're Naked or Not"

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Bon Jovi wasn't actually talking about nudity in the hit "Livin' on a Prayer."

Actual lyric: "It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not."

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"Kicking Your Cat All Over the Place"

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To be honest, the real lyric for Queen's "We Will Rock You" doesn't make much more sense, but it's definitely less threatening to the feline population.

Actual lyric: "Kicking your can all over the place."

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"Hold Me Closer Tony Danza"

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This is another one that everyone seems to mishear.

Elton John wrote a song about a "Tiny Dancer," not the guy from "Who's the Boss?"

Actual lyric: "Hold me close now, tiny dancer."

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“I Guess It Rains Down in Africa”

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"Yeah, I guess it rains in Africa. What do I know?" –Toto.

Nah, that's not how it happened.

Actual lyric: "I bless the rains down in Africa."

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"Even Flow, Mozzarella Butterflies"

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When Pearl Jam released their single, "Even Flow," no one really had much of a clue what lead singer Eddie Vedder was saying... but we still loved how he said it.

Actual lyrics: "Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies."

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"She’s Got Electric Boobs, a Mohair Suit, You Know I Read It in a Magazine, Oh."

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Sir Elton again? Yep!

In "Benny and the Jets," no one could figure out what he meant by "electric boobs," and then when they heard the real lyrics, they still had no clue what he was talking about.

Actual lyrics: "She's got electric boots, a mohair suit, you know I read it in a magazine, oh."

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"Lock the Taskbar! Lock the Taskbar!"

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Call this one a misheard lyric for the digital age. We're certain The Clash wasn't thinking about computing when they wrote this song; we're also certain we're going to sing this every time we need to lock the taskbar from now on.

Actual lyric: "Rock the Kasbah."

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"The Cross-Eyed Bear That You Gave to Me"

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In the early 2000s Alanis Morissette gave us just the angry anthem we didn't know we needed with, "You Oughta Know." But what's up with the cross-eyed bear?

So many fans misheard this lyric that she was actually given cross-eyed teddy bears at concerts. 

Actual lyric: "The cross I bear that you gave to me."

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"There's a Bathroom on the Right"

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is known for a lot of things, and this misheard lyric is one of them. Their perceived directions to the powder room are helpful, sure... but not necessarily accurate.

Actual lyric: "There's a bad moon on the rise."

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"I’m a Lion, I'm a Vinyl, I’m a Skittle, I’m a Beetle"

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When Nirvana hit the scene in the 1990s, nobody had ever heard a sound quite like theirs. They went on to define the grunge era... yet nobody knew what exactly Kurt Cobain was saying in "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Turns out, the misheard lyrics made just as much sense as the real lyrics. Which is to say, they made no sense.

Actual lyric: "A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido."

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"Welcome to the Land of Flaming Sex"

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From what we know about Hollywood, these misheard Miley Cyrus words are actually pretty accurate. Now that's a "Party in the USA!"

Actual lyrics: "Welcome to the land of fame excess."

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"Just Give Me a Raisin, Just a Little Bit's Enough"

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Boy, Pink sure does love raisins!

Nah, not really. Her "Learn To Love Again" lyrics are actually not about fruit at all.

Actual lyrics: "Just give me a reason, just a little bit's enough."

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"Til' I Hit the Dumpster, Hit the Dumpster"

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Sia's "Cheap Thrills" ruled the airways in 2016, but there was a bit of confusion about what she was getting all dressed up to "hit." 

Actual lyrics: "Til' I hit the dance floor, hit the dance floor."

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"Come On Now, Your Beets Are Burning"

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No, not the beets! Anything but the beets! What were The Rolling Stones actually saying here?

Actual lyrics, "I'll never be your beast of burden."

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"Now My Bed Sheets Smell Like Poo"

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Ed Sheeran's love letter to one night stands, "The Shape of You," is rife with possible misheard lyrics.

Actual lyric: "Now my bed sheets smell like you."

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"I Took a Louisville Slugger to Both Her Thighs"

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Dang, Carrie Underwood! Those words to "Before He Cheats" are dark! We had no idea she was such a Tony Soprano-type of gal.

Actual lyrics: "I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights."