Can You Name These Popular Songs If We Mess Up the Lyrics?
By: Ashley Ehman
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About This Quiz
Have you ever had one of those moments where you realize you've been singing the lyrics to your favorite song wrong this whole time? (Who would actually think that Starship was singing "We built this city on sausage rolls"?!) Sometimes people sing the wrong lyrics on purpose. Other times, their ears lead them astray, and they don't even know they're wrong! Make no mistake about it; we purposely messed with the lyrics of some of the most popular songs throughout the decades. We've included songs from all the way back to the groovy 1970s up to some of today's most popular hits to grace your radio dial.
From power ballads to soul tunes, we've covered every genre of music in the questions of this quiz. There's something for everyone, so it's time to prove just how musically sound you are! Consider yourself formally warned: There are some iconic jams in this quiz, so the likelihood of getting a song stuck in your head is extremely high.
Earworms aside, did you know that Elvis had a thing for blue suede shoes? Or will you mistake his footwear choices for dew shaded shoes? Just 35 questions stand between you and the title of Lyrical Genius.
"Best friend sat me down in a restaurant chair / Panini press, get you out of my hair." What messed-up chart-topping song is this?
"bad guy" by Billie Eilish
"Lover" by Taylor Swift
"Truth Hurts" by Lizzo
Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known as Lizzo, recently climbed to the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 after releasing her iconic bop, "Truth Hurts," more than two years ago.
"I'm talking toe rings on our toes, toes / Ripping up all our clothes, clothes / Boys calling up our phones, phones" is actually what song in disguise?
"Friday" by Rebecca Black
"TiK ToK" by Kesha
Kesha's primary musical influence is her mother, Pebe. Her mother's songwriting talents can be seen most notably in the song "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You," which was sung by Joe Sun and Dolly Parton.
"Her hair is classic gold / Her lips are a nice disguise / Her hands are never old / She's got Sasha Cohen eyes." When they aren't completely messed up, these lyrics belong to which song?
"Blue Eyes" by Elton John
"Eyes Without a Face" by Billy Idol
"Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
"Bette Davis Eyes" is arguably one of Kim Carnes' most notable achievements, but she has other impressive songs under her belt. She collaborated with Kenny Rogers in "Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer" and did a well-received cover of "More Love."
"I saw him standin' there by the soft-serve machine / I knew he must a been getting some ice cream." These tangled-up lyrics actually belong to which song that was covered by Britney Spears?
"The Beat Goes On" by Sonny & Cher
"My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Joan Jett received a lot of rejection when she originally tried to pitch her solo album. In fact, the album was rejected by more than 20 different music labels. In order to remedy this problem, she co-founded a label of her own.
"You're still the one I run from / The one I got away from / You're still the one I hate for life" is the twisted chorus to which tune?
"You're Still the One" by Shania Twain
Shania Twain has always shown a love for music, even from a young age. She was performing at nearby clubs as early as eight years old, and by the time she turned ten, she had already written an original song.
"Risin' up, back on my feet / Did my time, took my advances / Went the distance, now I'm back on the streets / Just a man and his will to survive." This animal-themed tune is called what?
"A Horse With No Name" by America
"Panda" by Designer
"Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin
"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
Best known for their song "Eye of the Tiger," Survivor came into existence in 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. The original band was made up of Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan, and they were most successful during the 1980s.
"Just dust those old records off the shelf / I'll sit and listen to 'em on my couch / Today's top hits ain't got the same soul" are the jumbled opening lyrics to what song?
"Old Town Road" Lil Nas X
'Old Time Rock & Roll' by Bob Seger
Despite growing up in the era of The Beatles, Seger was more drawn to the music of James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Little Richard. His most valued album was "James Brown Live at the Apollo, Volume 1."
What song opens with almost these lyrics: "She take my spirit when I'm in need / Yeah, she's a bad person indeed / Oh, she's a gravedigger / Keeping me down, that digs on me"?
"Gold Digger" by Kanye West
Despite his fame as a singer, Kanye West produced music for other singers before he laid down vocals to his own songs. Some of the people he has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Drake and Justin Bieber.
"Oh, her stars, her stars make the eyes look like they're not shinin'" is a muddled lyric from which song?
"Please Me" by Cardi B
"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
"Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars was born with the name Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez, which is quite the mouthful! He got his stage name from a wrestler named Bruno Sammartino. The 'Mars' part came from girls describing him as "being out of this world."
"Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" by Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus
"You can prance / You can thrive / Having the time of your life" are inaccurate lyrics to which song?
"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor
"Night Fever" by the Bee Gees
"Dancing Queen" by ABBA
Despite never formally announcing the end of the musical group, ABBA last performed together on December 11, 1982. They have reportedly been offered up to $1 billion to tour again but have turned it down.
"I saw him today at the reception / A can of pop in his hand" are nearly accurate lyrics from which song?
"Whole Lotta Rosie" by AC/DC
"Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who
"Hey You" by Pink Floyd
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones
The group originally got their start in London, where Jagger, Richards, Jones, Watts and Wyman came together to form one of the most popular rock groups ever. By 1965, the only group who could compete was the The Beatles.
"You may say I'm just creamer / But I'm not the only one" are false lyrics from what soft tune?
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
"Let It Be" by The Beatles
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
"Imagine" by John Lennon
John Lennon's musical success was cut short when he was assassinated by Mark David Chapman. Prior to following through with his plans to shoot Lennon, Chapman had received an autograph from the singer.
"Too late, my ride has come / Sends shivers down my spine / Heart's aching all the time / Goodbye, everybody, I've got a show." This is only one part of what power ballad?
"Miles Away" by Alias
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
Queen's lead singer, Freddie Mercury, is said to have invented the art of stand-free mic singing. During one performance, his mic stand broke, and he saw this as an opportunity to use it as a prop and continued to do so in other performances.
"She was pure like fresh bread / No one could ever burn / The memory of my bread pan / Could never cause me pain." This stanza of incorrect lyrics belongs to what song?
"Centerfield" by John Fogerty
"Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles
"(Just Like) Starting Over" by John Lennon
"Centerfold" by The J. Geils Band
While they've been known to open for Bob Seger in more recent times, the J. Geils Band has had a number of memorable acts open for them! Some of the openers for their shows included The Eagles, ZZ Top and The Allman Brothers.
"Stroke that tattoo on your shoulder / Drive the streets right off the corner / Of the apartment that you stole / From your roommate back in Boulder / We ain't ever getting older." These muddled lyrics belong to what ear worm of a song?
"Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran
"Faded" by Alan Walker
"Closer" by The Chainsmokers
From New York City, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall are the dynamic duo that comprise The Chainsmokers. They first rose to fame with their popular song "#SELFIE," which became a viral sensation.
"We're all dying people / With so much to live / Understand me, sugar / Since we've got to be here / Let's live / I love you." In their correct form, these lyrics belong to what song?
"Let's Get it On" by Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye's original name was Marvin Gay. During his youth, because of his last name and his father's tendency to crossdress, Gaye was bullied. He added the "E" to his name when he started to gain fame.
The correct version of the lyrics "I'm in the bar with my besties, try'na get a lil d- / I keep it down on the low-key, 'cause I don't want to feel / I said shawty he was checkin' up on me" can be found in what song?
"Get Low" by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
"Yeah!" by Usher
Terry Raymond IV, or as he's more popularly known, Usher, was destined to be a singer. He first began performing when he joined his church choir at six years old. Later in his young life, he was discovered through a show called "Star Search."
"Let's pee in a corner / Let's pee in the spotlight" is a messed-up lyric from what song?
"Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
When they were originally trying to figure out what they were going to name the band, R.E.M. members were considering "Cans of Piss" for their band name. They randomly found R.E.M. in the dictionary, however, and settled on that.
"Old friend, why are you so sly / Ain't like you to hold back / or hide from the fight." Released in 2011, what emotional ballad is this?
"Someone Like You" by Adele
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was inspired by the likes of the Spice Girls and Ella Fitzgerald during her younger years. It obviously paid off because her album "21" is the fourth-highest-selling album of all time in the United Kingdom.