Quiz: Can You Spot the Grammatical Errors in These '80s Songs?
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Can You Spot the Grammatical Errors in These '80s Songs?
By: Sameena Mughal
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About This Quiz

Music went to the next level in the '80s. MTV created a whole new generation of music heads. Who doesn't remember The Police and Bon Jovi? Remember the hair bands like Whitesnake or New Wave bands like A Flock of Seagulls? Classic rock bands like The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith were leaving their mark in the '80s, too. 

The songs from this time come up in our lives every day. We hear them in commercials and movies. When we're out, we hear them at weddings, restaurants and cafes. How many people have "Livin' on a Prayer" as their go-to karaoke song? Catchy songs like Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and Dexy's Midnight Runner's "Come on Eileen" are etched on our brains. Most of us have a memory attached to at least one of these songs.

But have you ever paid attention to the grammar in some of these musical gems? You can snap your fingers to it, but your English teacher would cringe at some of the fun with words in lyrics. Missing letters, extra letters, wrong words and plain made-up words abound in these songs. Take our quiz and see if you can spot the grammar mistakes! Have fun!


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"I Wanna Dance With Somebody. I wanna feel the heat with somebody… With somebody who loves me." But I have to understand them first. What's wrong with these lyrics?
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"I can't get no satisfaction. I can't get me no satisfaction." You'll get no satisfaction with grammar here. Can you tell us the mistake?
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In "Sweet Child O' Mine," that "Sweet love of mine… And if I'd stare too long, I'd probably break down and cry…" Can you see the mistake?
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"She knows just what it takes to make a pro blush. She got Greta Garbo stand-off sighs… She's got Bette Davis Eyes." She'll make an English teacher blush, too. Where's the mistake?
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"Now I know I've got to run away. I've got to." That's "Tainted Love," but it's tainted English, too. Where's the mistake?
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"Buying bread from a man in Brussels. He was six-foot-four and full of muscles. I said, 'Do you speak-a my language?' He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich." They came from a land "Down Under." Can you spot the mistake?
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Madonna felt "Like a Virgin." She "made it through the wilderness…I was beat, incomplete… I'd been had. I was sad and blue." The grammar beat her here. Where's the mistake?
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"I'll do anything that you want me to do. I'll do almost anything that you want me to. But I can't go for that (No can do)." Can't do the grammar here. Can you spot the error?
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Queen couldn't handle "This thing called love. I just can't handle it… It shakes all over like a jellyfish. I kinda like it. Crazy little thing called love." But I can still spot the mistake. Can you?
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ABBA knew "The Winner Takes It All." "The gods may throw a dice, their minds as cold as ice. And someone way down here loses someone dear. The winner takes it all." You'll be a winner if you can tell us the grammar mistake. What is it?
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Eurythmics knew "Sweet dreams are made of this. Who am I to disagree? I travel the world and the seven seas." Can you spot the grammar mistake?
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Whitesnake said, "Here I Go Again." "I never seem to find what I'm looking for. Oh Lord, I pray you give me strength to carry on. 'Cause I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams."
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Musical Youth wanted to "Pass the Dutchie." "So I stopped to find out what was going on. How does it feel when you've got no food. The spirit of Jah, you know he leads you on…"
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"I Melt With You." "(You should know better). Dream of better lives, the kind which never hate (You should see why). Dropped in the state of imaginary grace." But I don't melt over the grammar. Where's the mistake?
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The Clash talked about "London Calling." Their English teacher is calling. "Engines stop running, the wheat is growin' thin. A nuclear error, but I have no fear 'cause London is drowning. 'Cause I, I live by the river."
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The Beastie Boys wanted to "Fight for Your Right." They won't win with this grammar. "Don't step out of this house if that's the clothes you're gonna wear. I'll kick you out of my home if you don't cut that hair. Your mom busted in and said, 'What's that noise?'"
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Billy Idol talked about his sister's "White Wedding." Can you spot the grammar error? "Hey, little sister, who is it you're with?"
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"Bust a Move" and tell us the grammar mistake. "But you're standing on the wall like you was Poindexter. Next day's function, high-class luncheon…"
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"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go." Now go-go find the grammar mistake. "Don't leave me hanging on like a yo-yo… I don't want to miss it when you hit that high."
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"Straight Up." Find the grammar goof. "Wouldn't like to get my love caught in the slammin' door. How about some information, please? Straight up now, tell me."
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"Word Up." There's a grammar mistake. Can you spot it? "Come on, baby, tell me, what's the word? Oh, word up! Everybody say when you hear their call. You've got to get it underway."
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"Ain't Nobody" who likes a grammar goof. Where is it? "Ain't nobody loves me better, makes me happy, makes me feel this way."
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The Pretenders had "Brass In Pocket." But they didn't have the grammar in pocket. Tell us the mistake. "Got brass in pocket. Got bottle… There's nobody else here, no one like me. I'm special, so special…"
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"Start Me Up." Start checking the grammar. Where is the mistake? "I've been running hot. You got me ticking, going to blow my top."
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"I Love Rock 'n Roll." But I don't love bad grammar. Where's the mistake? "I knew he musta been about seventeen… I love rock 'n roll, so put another dime in the jukebox, baby. I love rock 'n roll, so come and take your time and dance with me. Ow!"
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Janet Jackson said she "Miss You Much." She missed some grammar, too. Can you spot it? "Send it in a letter, baby. Tell you on the phone. I'm not the kinda girl who likes to be alone. I miss ya much… I really miss you much."
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Let's check the grammar on "Electric Avenue." Can you spot the error? "Now in the street there is violence and a lots of work to be done. No place to hang out the washing, and I can't blame all on the sun, oh no. We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue."
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Men Without Hats did "The Safety Dance." But they weren't safe with grammar. Can you find the mistake? "The night is young and so am I. And we can dress real neat from our hands to our feet… It's safe to dance. It's a safety dance."
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