Misheard Words: The Mondegreen Quiz
by Staff
What's a mondegreen, you ask? It's when we you mishear song lyrics and, well, make up your own. There are songs so many of us butcher the lyrics for, and these are the most common. Take this quiz to see what you know about mondegreens.

Many people think Jimi Hendrix crooned "excuse me while I kiss this guy" in what song?

  • "Purple Haze"
  • "Hey Joe"
  • "Foxy Lady"

"And there's a wino down the road" is misheard in what Led Zeppelin song?

  • "Whole Lotta Love"
  • "Stairway to Heaven"
  • "When the Levee Breaks"

Elton John did NOT sing about Tony Danza in which of his hit songs?

  • "Tiny Dancer"
  • "Your Song"
  • "Sacrifice"

Which Beatles song lyrics are misheard as the unfortunate line "the girl with colitis goes by"?

  • "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
  • "Revolution"
  • "Can't Buy Me Love"

"Wrapped up like a douche, another rumor in the night"? Um no. A song by this English band is one of the most butchered.

  • the Who
  • Rolling Stones
  • Manfred Mann

Bryan Adams' ode to 1969 took on an unintended tone when many listeners misheard the opening lyric as what?

  • I got my first real sixteen.
  • I got my first real sex dream.
  • I got my first real six string.

In the Police's hit "Message in a Bottle," a year did NOT pass since I broke my nose. But a year has passed since what?

  • I wrote my note.
  • I wrote that note.
  • I wrote that nose.

Queen's "scaramouch, scaramouch, will you do the fandango?" from what song is misheard as "will you do the banned tango?"

  • "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  • "Under Pressure"
  • "You're My Best Friend"

"Shamu is the mysterious whale" are NOT lyrics from this U2 song.

  • "Mysterious Ways"
  • "Kite"
  • "The Unforgettable Fire"

The Bee Gees sang "it's alright; it's okay; you may look the other way" in what song?

  • "Stayin' Alive"
  • "Jive Talking"
  • "More Than a Woman"

R.E.M. never sang about calling Jamaica in what song?

  • "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight"
  • "Superman"
  • "Man on the Moon"

Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty has played along with the lyrical misunderstanding from which of his band's famous songs?

  • "Proud Mary"
  • "Fortunate Son"
  • "Bad Moon Rising"

Madonna's first No. 1 hit includes a misheard lyric. What's the song?

  • "Borderline"
  • "Material Girl"
  • "Like a Virgin"

Jesus don't fear the reaper. (He don't. Trust me.) What really does fear the reaper in this Blue Oyster Cult hit?

  • reason
  • seasons
  • treason

What Black Eyed Peas huge hit has two lines that are commonly misheard?

  • "I Gotta Feeling"
  • "Boom Boom Pow"
  • "Let's Get It Started"

"The ants are my friends, they’re blowing in the wind." Well, not really. According to Bob Dylan, what is really blowing in the wind?

  • the answer my friend
  • the ants and my friends
  • the answer might end

Which song is Bon Jovi's "it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not" from?

  • "Never Say Goodbye"
  • "Living on a Prayer"
  • "Runaway"

She didn't come in like a rainbow. What does Miley Cyrus come in like in her 2013 hit song?

  • wrecking ball
  • orange ball
  • raining ball

Complete this Queen lyric: "Spare him his life ___."

  • from this monstrosity
  • for this one cup of tea
  • from this one ounce of sea

Guns N' Roses didn't sing about being taken down to a very nice city. What did they sing about?

  • our city
  • Paradise City
  • next city

Who was Annie Lennox talking to?

  • baby
  • a ninja
  • an angel

Pink Floyd's hit song "Another Brick in the Wall" talks about NOT needing what?

  • education
  • sex vacation
  • music station

In what song did listeners think Ricky Martin sang "she smells like a flower, but she stinks."

  • "Livin' la Vida Loca"
  • "Come With Me"
  • "She Bangs"

Lady Gaga never wanted you to poke her face in this song.

  • "Bad Romance"
  • "Poker Face"
  • "Alejandro"

Taylor Swift has a long list of these in her song "Blank Space."

  • ex-lovers
  • lovers
  • boys

What huge Alanis Morissette hit has a butchered lyric about a cross-eyed bear?

  • "You Oughta Know"
  • "Ironic"
  • "Hand in my Pocket"

So many lyrics were misconstrued in this song by Nirvana, but the most common is "here we are now, in containers."

  • "Lithium"
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
  • "Come as You Are"

"Let's drink pop" was the commonly misinterpreted refrain in what song by the Ramones?

  • "Hey Ho, Let's Go"
  • "I Wanna Be Sedated"
  • "Blitzkrieg Bop"

What band performed "Rock the Casbah," not "Rock the Cat Box," as many people heard it?

  • the Clash
  • the Ramones
  • the Who

David Lee Roth and the boys in Van Halen didn't sing "animal"! What did they sing about?

  • eruption
  • Panama
  • jump