Remember that moment when you learned Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" is not quite about the year ? Yes, it's a classic case of misinterpreting song lyrics that you sung along naively to before realizing their true meaning. Actually, plenty of hit songs that you've heard dozens of times have messages you've missed. In fact, it's quite possible many of your favorite chart-topping artists have been fooling you for decades.
So, if you want to get smart, check out these 20 songs with secret messages you probably didn't know about. Even though the first letter of each word in the song title spells out "LSD," John Lennon repeatedly denied claims that The Beatles' hit "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was about any questionable recreational activities.
It's all about the darkness, the power of darkness and love's place in dark," the composer told Playbill in So, the next time you listen to this s classic, imagine it being about two vampires necking. Take his song "I Shot the Sheriff," for example.
According to Marley's ex lover, the song actually details his desire for her not to take birth control pills, something he allegedly believed to be sacrilegious. Marley's ex says "the sheriff" was the doctor who prescribed her the pills.
And though Marley never confirmed the meaning himself, he did say in , "That's not really a sheriff—it's the elements of wickedness. In some, it was openly discussed, like in "So Happy I Could Die" where she talks about falling for a "lavender blonde. And that was the case with 's "Poker Face. Contrary to popular belief, this steamy love song that appeared on Maroon 5's debut album, Songs About Jane , was actually not detailing lead singer Adam Levine's love life.
In fact, "Harder to Breathe" was actually inspired by pressure from the band's record label when it came to the album. It was the 11th hour, and the label wanted more songs. When Sia released her song "Chandelier" in , it was widely interpreted as a party song. But the artist intended it to be just the opposite. She actually penned the song about her past struggles with addiction and alcoholism , which she dealt with after her boyfriend was fatally hit by a taxi in Sia turned to drugs and alcohol to cope, but eventually got into Alcoholics Anonymous and is now sober.
And I thought it'd be interesting to do a different take on that. And while we're talking about the singer, did know Sia's last name was Furler? Phil Collins' first solo single after leaving Genesis, "In the Air Tonight," contains a disturbing monologue about what sounds like the singer's brush with a man who refused to save someone who was drowning. But Collins revealed his first big hit is actually about something else entirely. It's the angry side, or the bitter side of a separation," he said.
Since its release in , many believed that this popular song by the Goo Goo Dolls is a love story. The lead singer said "Slide" is about "these two teenage kids, and the girlfriend gets pregnant, and they're trying to decide…whether she should get an abortion or whether they should get married…and I don't think a lot of people got that.
Want to know more? But according to the pop star, what inspired it was actually her own inevitable death. Perry added that she liked the fact that fireworks make crowds "ooh" and "ahh. If you've attended a graduation ceremony, funeral, wedding, or goodbye party in the last 20 years, it's highly likely that you've heard "Good Riddance Time of Your Life " by Green Day a few times.
The song has been widely interpreted to be about moving on to the next chapter of one's life. Contrary to popular belief, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is not telling a clingy boyfriend to get off her back in her hit "Love Song. This seemingly simple song about a bar closing after a long night of merrymaking is actually, at its core, something much more. Here's another hit song from the '90s that has a much deeper message within its seemingly surface-level lyrics.
And that's fine with me," he added. But the songstress admitted in an interview with VH1 that her song "Royals" was actually inspired by a photo of Kansas City Royals baseball player George Brett being hounded for autographs by fans.
I was like, 'I really like that word,' because I'm a big word fetishist. I'll pick a word and I'll pin an idea to that. So, it's safe to say she's basically a royal now. At the height of their popularity in , the Jonas Brothers released a song called "A Little Bit Longer," which sounded like a breakup song.
And it was because I had this strong inspiration," he told MTV shortly after the song came out. Many of The Weeknd's fans initially believed that his first hit song, 's "I Can't Feel My Face," was about the euphoria of being in an exciting new relationship. But he was actually using his songwriting prowess to personify his past drug abuse , according to Billboard.
In the case of 's "Wolves," they figured out early on that the upbeat pop song is most likely about Gomez's struggle with lupus. After all, the Latin word "lupus" directly translates to "wolf. Though the singer hasn't been explicit about the song's meaning, Gomez told Beats 1 that "the song is very beautiful and personal and the lyrics just have a whole story of its own. Weirdly, at the same time I was working on it in Japan, I was going through stuff, too, so it's mirrored everything.
You may not know Portugal. The Man by name, but chances are you've heard their catchy single "Feel It Still," which earned the band their first Grammy in The Cure's lead singer Robert Smith is known for spinning rather esoteric poetry into chart-topping hits.
Case in point, 's "Just Like Heaven," a seemingly innocent song about falling in love. But lead singer Scott Stapp said that the hit that inevitably helped Creed reach meteoric success was actually about the benefits of lucid dreaming. And that's what "Higher" is about. All Rights Reserved. Open side menu button. These hit tracks have some hidden meanings you might've missed on first listen.
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