The Most Misheard Lyrics Of All Time – a new survey reveals the most often misheard lyrics of all time.
The survey conducted by Blinkbox, the online streaming service, also asked the 2k people they interviewed to say which singer they found hardest to understand.
As far as the individual songs go the most often misheard lyric was from Dancing Queen by ABBA, with nearly a quarter of all those surveyed hearing the lyrics as “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen” rather than the correct lyric of “See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the dancing queen”.
In 2nd place in the list of most misheard lyrics was the Queen track We Will Rock You, with the line “Kicking your can all over the place” actually being heard as the less animal friendly “Kicking your cat all over the place”.
3rd place was taken by the Bon Jovi song Livin’ On A Prayer with its line of “ It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not” being heard as “It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”.
The classic Jimi Hendrix song Purple Haze came in 8th place with the line “Excuse me whilst I kiss the sky” being misheard as “Excuse me while I kiss this guy” a change from an earlier 2010 survey by Cerumol Ear Drops which ranked it as the 2nd most misheard lyric. In that earlier survey it was REM’s Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite that topped the list with the line ”Call me when you try to wake her” misheard as ”Calling Jamaica”.
Although it didn’t top the poll in the Cerumol survey ABBA’s Dancing Queen did have the distinction of having 2 different lines from the song being misheard. As well as the recent survey’s most misheard line people in the earlier survey were also shown to have misheard the line “‘Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine” as ”Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tangerine”.
The Blinkbox survey found Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne was the hardest singer to understand with almost a third of those asked saying they couldn’t hear what he was singing about. The next most difficult singers to understand according to the survey were Lady Gaga and Shaggy. Somewhat surprisingly Bob Dylan came in at just 10th place despite having a reputation with many people for being difficult to understand.
The Most MIsheard Lyrics Of All Time (according to the 2014 Blinkbox survey)
1 ABBA – Dancing Queen
Wrong: See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen
Right: See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the dancing queen
2 Queen – We Will Rock You
Wrong: Kicking your cat all over the place
Right: Kicking your can all over the place
3 Bon Jovi – Living On A Prayer
Wrong: It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not
Right: It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
4 Madonna – Like a Virgin
Wrong: Like a virgin touched for the thirty-first time
Right: Like a virgin touched for the very first time
5 The Monkees – I’m A Believer
Wrong: Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her
Right: Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer
6 Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
Wrong: I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone
Right: I can see clearly now, the rain is gone
7 Rihanna – We Found Love
Wrong: What it takes to form a line
Right: What it takes to come alive
8 Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
Wrong: Excuse me while I kiss this guy
Right: Excuse me whilst I kiss the sky
9 Spice Girls – Wannabe
Wrong: If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get rid of my friends
Right: If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends
10 Starship – We Built This City
Wrong: We built this city on logs and coal
Right: We built this city on rock and roll