Top Misquoted Song Lyrics

"Hold me closer, Tony Danza"

Wait, that's not how Elton John's Tiny Dancer goes? If you often "mishear" song lyrics, you're in good company. Music streaming service Spotify has compiled a list of the Top 10 Misquoted Song Lyrics:

1. Manfred Mann's Earth BandBlinded By the Light (52%)
WRONG: "Blinded by the light ... wrapped up like a (pejorative word) when you're rollin' in the night"
RIGHT: "Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night"

2. Jimi HendrixPurple Haze (19%)
WRONG: "Scuse me, while I kiss this guy"
RIGHT: "Scuse me, while I kiss the sky"

3. The ClashRock the Casbah (14%)
WRONG: "Rock the cat box"
RIGHT: "Rock the Casbah"

4. Elton JohnTiny Dancer (13%)
WRONG: "Hold me closer Tony Danza"
RIGHT: "Hold me closer tiny dancer"

5. Credence Clearwater RevivalBad Moon Rising (12%)
WRONG: "There's a bathroom on the right"
RIGHT: "There's a bad moon on the rise"

6. Guns N' RosesParadise City (10%)
WRONG: "Take me down to a very nice city"
RIGHT: "Take me down to the paradise city"

7. Van HalenPanama (9%)
WRONG: "Animal!"
RIGHT: "Panama!"

8. Far East MovementLike a G6 (8%)
WRONG: "Like a cheese stick"
RIGHT: "Like a G6"

9. TLCWaterfalls (7%)
WRONG: "Don't go Jason waterfalls"
RIGHT: "Don't go chasing waterfalls"

10. Macy GrayI Try (4%)
WRONG: "I blow bubbles when you are not here"
RIGHT: "My world crumbles when you are not near"

Link (Image: Tony Danza in Who's the Boss - via IMDB).

Like that? Mashable has extended that list to 34 songs, for example:

  • The Rolling Stones, "Beast of Burden:" "I'll never leave your pizza burning" instead of"I'll never be your beast of burden"

  • John Mayer, "Your Body Is a Wonderland:" "And if you want love, we'll make it / Swim in a deep sea of bacon" instead of "... Swim in a deep sea of blankets"

  • Taylor Swift, "22:" "You look like Batman" instead of "You look like bad news"

  • Wilson Phillips, "Reckless:" "Talking 'bout the washer and breakfast" instead of "Wanna be impulsive, reckless"

  • The Beatles, "Something:" "Something's in the way, she moves" instead of "Something in the way she moves" (A subtle but silly change.)

  • Ke$ha, "Your Love Is My Drug:" "Get out, get out, get out, it's my truck" instead of"Your love, your love, your love is my drug"

... or just sing along:


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When I was a kid I heard the Beatles "Can't by me love" as "Bobby luh huh". Didn't help my dad's name is Bob. Kept wondering why the were singing about him.
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