Do You Know the Real Words to These Mispronounced Song Lyrics?

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Isadora Teich

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“Then I saw her face, now I’m ____________."

This line is from "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees. The correct line is, “Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer.”

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“I can see clearly now ___________ is gone.”

This line is from Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now." The correct lyric is “I can see clearly now the rain is gone."

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“I want to hold your _______.”

"I Want To Hold Your Hand" is a song by The Beatles. It was released in 1964.

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"This is for all you girls about 42 / Tossing __________ into the fountain of youth."

This line is from "This One's For The Girls" by Martina McBride. The correct lyric is "This is for all you girls about 42 / Tossing pennies into the fountain of youth."

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“It doesn’t make a difference if _________________.”

This is from Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer." The correct line is “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.”

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“See that girl, ______________, dig in the dancing queen.”

This line is from the song "Dancing Queen" by Abba. The correct line is "“See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen.”

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"Take me to church, I'll worship like a ________ at the shrine of your lies."

This line is from "Take Me To Church" by Hozier. The correct lyric is "Take me to church, I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies."

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"Shake it like a ______________."

This line comes from "Hey Ya" by Outkast. The correct lyric is "shake it like a polaroid picture."

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“We didn’t start the fire. It was always burning ____________________.”

This lyric comes from the Billy Joel song, "We Didn't Start The Fire." The right line is “We didn’t start the fire. It was always burning since the world’s been turning.”

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"You big disgrace/ Kickin' your ______ all over the place."

This line is from Queen's "We Will Rock You." The correct lyric is "You big disgrace/ Kickin' your can all over the place."

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“Here we are now, __________.”

This line is from "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. This song's lyrics are famously hard to understand.

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“A year has passed since I ___________.”

This line comes from "Message in a Bottle" by The Police. The correct line is "“A year has passed since I wrote my note."

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“Money for nothin’ and your ________ for free.”

This is from the Dire Straits song, "Money For Nothing." The correct line is “Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free.”

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“I like big butts ____________."

This is a line from "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot. The correct line is “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”

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"You can call me __________ / And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule."

This is from "Royals" by Lorde. The correct lyric is "You can call me queen bee / And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule."

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"Go, get your __________."

This comes from "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliott. This song was released in 2001.

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“Hold me closer, __________."

This is a line from Elton John's, "Tiny Dancer." The correct line is “Hold me closer, tiny dancer.”

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"We built this city on_________."

This line comes from the Starship song, "We Built This City." It was released in 1985.

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"________ has a devil put aside for me."

This line comes from Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." It as originally released on the band's 1975 album, "A Night At The Opera."

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"Don't go ___________ waterfalls."

This line is from "Waterfalls" by TLC. The correct lyric is "Don't go chasing waterfalls."

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"Just another day, had to pick up all the ________."

This line comes from "No Problem" by Chance the Rapper. The song features 2 Chains and Lil Wayne.

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“There’s a __________ on the rise.”

This line comes from Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising." The right lyric is, “ There’s a bad moon on the rise.”

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"Say you’ll remember me, _____________, staring at the sunset, babe.

This lyric is from Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams." The right line is "Say you’ll remember me, standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe."

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"There's nothing that a hundred men __________ could ever do."

This line comes from "Africa" by Toto. Originally released in 1982, this song has recently become popular again.

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"The story of my life, I take _________."

This line comes from the One Direction song, "Story of my Life." The correct lyric is "The story of my life, I take her home."

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"I want you to take me, like a ___________ in the night."

This line is from "Only Girl" by Rihanna. The correct lyric is "I want you to take me, like a thief in the night."

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"It’s gonna be ________."

This line comes from the *NYSYNC song, "It's Gonna Be Me." Despite being a popular meme, the lyric is actually "me" and not "May."

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"I wanna love you but __________ are venomous poison."

This line is from "Poison" by Alice Cooper. The correct lyric is "I wanna love you but your lips are venomous poison."

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"Give me the ________ boys and free my soul."

This line is from the song, "Drift Away." The correct line is "Give me the beat boys and free my soul."

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"And the last known survivor _______________ in the night."

This line comes from "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. It was released in 1982.

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"Last night I dreamt of __________."

This line is from the Madonna song, "La Isla Bonita." The correct lyric is "Last night I dreamt of San Pedro."

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"I took a pill ___________."

This is from the Mike Posner song, "I Took A Pill In Ibiza." It was released in 2015.

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"Living with a lover with a ___________"

This line is from "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard. The correct lyric is "Living with a lover with a radar phone."

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"Fire up ____________, another round of shots!"

This lyric comes from DJ Snake's "Turn Down For What." The correct lyric is "Fire up that loud, another round of shots!"

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"...got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips / Hold me tighter than my _________ jeans."

This line is from the Beyonce's song,​"Single Ladies." The correct lyric is "got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips / Hold me tighter than my Dereon jeans."

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About This Quiz

Think you are a music buff? You may be a total music lover, but sometimes it can be hard to know the exact lyrics to popular songs. While Broadway and more classical styles of music often have strict pronunciation rules for vocalists, all that goes out the window when it comes to pop and rock and roll. In fact, sometimes, the rougher and more unintelligible the pronunciation of the words in these songs, the better they can be. No one judges rock stars on how round their vowel sounds are. What matters is that we can feel their passion and energy.     

This leads to all sorts of accents, pronunciations, and quirks, making songs a bit hard to understand at times. Misunderstood song lyrics are super common. People can listen to the same song for years without really knowing the words. In a group of friends, they all might even have different ideas of what the words in one single song are. This is why this quiz is for the true music fiends who know their favorite songs inside and out. 

If you are a music lover with a well-trained and talented ear, put it to the test with this very musical quiz! 

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