“Like a virgin... touched for the 31st time”
Madonna, Lady Gaga and Ozzy Osbourne's lyrics named hardest to understand
Published 18/04/2014 | 15:43
If you’ve ever been caught singing the wrong lyrics to a famous tune, you are not alone.
A new survey has revealed an alarming number of popular song lyrics misunderstood by the British public.
Almost a quarter of people think lyrics to Abba’s Dancing Queen “See that girl, watch that scene, diggin’ the dancing queen” are actually “See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen.”
Queen’s “We Will Rock You” was the second most commonly misheard lyric, with 18 per cent of respondents hearing “Kicking your cat all over the place” in place of “Kicking your can all over the place”.
Ozzy Osbourne and Lady Gaga topped the poll of artists with the hardest lyrics to understand.
Many believed the line in Gaga’s “Polka Face” was “Polk Her Face”, while Ozzy’s lyric “Off the rails on a crazy train” was misheard as “Off the rails on a gravy train.”
The top ten most commonly misheard music lyrics
1. ABBA – Dancing Queen
“See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen"
2. Queen – We Will Rock You
“Kicking your cat all over the place”
3. Bon Jovi – Living on a Prayer
“It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not”
4. Madonna – Like a Virgin
“Like a virgin, touched for the thirty-first time”
5. The Monkees – I’m A Believer
“Then I saw her face, now I’m gonna leave her”
6. Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
“I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone”
7. Rihanna – We Found Love
“What it takes to form a line"
8. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
“Excuse me while I kiss this guy”
9. Spice Girls – Wannabe
“If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get rid of my friends”
10. Starship – We Built This City
“We built this city on logs and coal”
Independent News Service