Top Ten Famous Songs Where People Assume the Refrain is Actually the Title

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We all know that one famous song where the refrain is stated many times, but do we actually know the real titles of the song?

The Top Ten

1 Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine - James Brown ("Sex machine", "Get up", "Get on up")

I perfer the potty song by Pinkfong - penis

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2 I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown ("I feel good")

Fun fact - The original song title was just "I Got You". Brown's earlier albums usually have that name in it. - Swellow

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3 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones ("Pleased to meet you") UListen to Sample
4 American Pie - Don McLean ("The day the music died")

But in case you are wondering, yes, this song is however based on The Day The Music Died. - Swellow

5 Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton ("My baby takes the morning train")

Fun fact - This song was originally known as "9 to 5 (Morning Train)". It was retitled when being released as a single in the US so people wouldn't confuse it for Dolly Parton's similarly named song. - Swellow

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6 White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane ("Go ask Alice", "Feed your head")

It doesn't help that the former refrain was used as the name of a book covering drug abuse. - Swellow

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7 My Name Is - Eminem ("Slim Shady") UListen to Sample
8 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence ("Save me", "Wake me up inside") UListen to Sample
9 Only Time - Enya ("Who can say") UListen to Sample
10 For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield ("Stop, hey what's that sound")

It's common to see people who don't know the name of the song but know about the refrain "Stop, hey what's that sound"!

And also, strangely enough, when I first heard this song as a 5 year old kid I used to think the title of the song was "Stop, hey what's that sound"! 😅😂

The Contenders

11 Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Rolling on the river") UListen to Sample
12 Creep - Stone Temple Pilots ("Half the man I used to be")
13 Schrei nach Liebe - Die Ärzte ("Arschloch")

While "Schrei nach Liebe" ("Scream for Love") is mentioned in a line in the chorus ("Deine Gewalt ist nur ein stummer Schrei nach Liebe", "Your violence is just a silent scream for love"), much more prominent is the shouted "Arschloch! " ("A-hole! ") at the end of each refrain, which the chorus dramatically builds up to. There was even an anti-right wing movement in 2015 called "Aktion Arschloch" which bought the song out of solidarity against racist attacks (the song is about how a neo nazi's hate and violence is only a facade to hide that he himself is in fact lacking love and affection in his life). - Martin_Canine

14 (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles - The Proclaimers (“cause I Would Walk 500 Miles”)
15 Hit 'em Up Style (Oops!) - Blu Cantrell ("Hey Ladies")
16 Voyage to Atlantis - The Isley Brothers ("I'll Always Come Back to You")
17 The Way I Am - Eminem ("I Am Whatever You Say I Am")
18 Fu-Gee-La - Fugees ("Ooh la la La")
19 You Used to Love Me - Faith Evans ("I Remember")
20 Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson ("Annie are You Ok")
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1. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine - James Brown ("Sex machine", "Get up", "Get on up")
2. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown ("I feel good")
3. Bring Me to Life - Evanescence ("Save me", "Wake me up inside")
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1. American Pie - Don McLean ("The day the music died")
2. Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton ("My baby takes the morning train")
3. Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones ("Pleased to meet you")
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