Mondegreens: The Misheard Lyrics Quiz

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Which Jimi Hendrix song supposedly contains the lyric, "'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy?"

Many listeners confuse Purple Haze's "kiss the sky" with "kiss this guy." In fact, the song ranked second in a survey of misheard lyrics conducted in 2013 by Spotify.

What 1973 Bob Marley hit is often mistaken for a song about a popular breakfast food?

No, Bob Marley wasn't singing an ode to "Cereal," when he crooned, "Stir it up, little darlin', stir it up."

Bathroom's on the right -- according to this Creedence Clearwater Revival song from 1969.

No this CCR classic is not about restrooms -- the lyric actually reads, "There's a bad moon on the rise." This lyric ranked fifth in a 2013 poll by Spotify, with 12 percent of respondents admitting to botching the words.

Which unfortunate 1976 ABBA classic contains not one, but two commonly confused lyrics?

"See that girl, watch her scream, kicking the dancing queen?" Close, but no. The lyric actually reads,"See that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen." Listeners also frequently mistake the beat of the tambourine from the rollicking beat of a "tangerine."

"Do it like a lady?" Not quite, according to a 1987 song by this band:

Aerosmith declared," Dude looks like a lady," in this 1987 song by the same name. The song was allegedly inspired by the luscious locks of Motley Crue singer Vince Neil.

In their 2012, the band fun was not splashing in a bath tub. What were they actually doing, according to the lyrics of the song "Some Nights"?

Fun sang about cashing in on bad luck in "Some Nights". Despite the misheard lyrics, the song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Phoebe from the TV show "Friends" said what everyone was thinking when she mentioned how sweet it was for this artist to write a song for Tony Danza.

Elton John's "Tiny Dancer," is often misheard as Tony Danza. We're sure the "Who's the Boss" actor is flattered.

What Police song topped the list of misheard lyrics in a 2008 U.K. survey conducted, appropriately, by a hearing aid manufacturer?

U.K. listeners reportedly heard, "A year has passed since I broke my nose," not the correct, "A year has passed since I wrote my note," when listening to "Message in a Bottle."

What are sweet dreams made of, according to a tough-to-decipher Eurythmics lyric?

One-third of people surveyed by Spotify in 2013 believed that the Eurythmics were crooning, "Sweet dreams are made of cheese," not, "these."

What Bon Jovi song featured the lyric, "It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not?"

Bon Jovi listeners often heard the words, "naked or not," rather than the correct, "make it or not," when rocking out to "Livin' On a Prayer".

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About This Quiz

It's hard to believe that so many music fans mix up the words to their favorite songs. Yet it's not only common, there's actually a name for it -- Mondegreen. Take our quiz to see what you know about some of music's most frequently misheard lyrics!

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