Top Ten Misunderstood Songs

These songs are the most misunderstood in history. Note, the meanings of the songs are based on m opinion entirely. if you disagree, feel free to post a comment or contact me explaining why. Hope you enjoy. Thanks!

The Top Ten

1 Imagine - John Lennon Imagine - John Lennon

This song receives so much negativity, and here is why. The song talks about, "Imagine there's no heaven... No hell, below us... Above us, only sky." Most people, when they here this, thinks that John believes that Christians are bad (the majority of the people complaining are Christians for this very reason), and that he has no respect for them. This is not true. The meaning behind the words, in my opinion, is that John wishes that the whole world either worshipped one religion, or none at all. Which does kind of scream, "ILLUMINATI! " in my opinion, but once you think about it, he's right. What is the one thing that causes 80% of wars, fights, disagreements, scandals, etc. ? It's religion. If the world was like John's vision, most of our sorrows will be gone. The same goes for, "Imagine there's no countries... Imagine no possessions..." This song is a masterpiece, and it deserves to be treated like one. - Alpha101

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2 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Most people think that the whole song is talking about sex and drugs, but what the song is really about is having fun. Letting lose, going wild, doing whatever you want, it's your life, and you should live however you want to live it. - Alpha101

3 Dreamer - Ozzy Osbourne Dreamer - Ozzy Osbourne

Basically misunderstood for the same reason as, "Imagine." He's talking about unity, when people believe that he is talking about things COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! - Alpha101

4 Demons - Imagine Dragons Demons - Imagine Dragons

People dislike this song because when they hear the lyrics, "Don't get too close, it's dark inside! It's where my demons hide! It's where my demons hide! " they believe that they are talking about REAL DEMONS and that they are satanic. This is not true. By "demons" they mean their troubles. - Alpha101

Some people just don't know how to spot metaphors in songs or think of the deeper meaning a song might have.

Its saying don't get too close, because that's where his darkness and troubles are. The song is basically protecting someone from his dark side that he can't control.

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5 There's Always Someone Cooler Than You - Ben Folds There's Always Someone Cooler Than You - Ben Folds

People find this song repulsive because they believe that Ben FOlds wrote this song to make you feel bad about yourself. here is some of the lyrics. "Make me tiny if it makes you feel tall, 'cause there's always someone cooler than you! Yeah, you're the ____ but you won't be for long, 'cause there's always someone cooler than you! " The real meaning behind this song is that do not brag about your life, and do not place yourself above all others, because, in reality, THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE COOLER THAN YOU! - Alpha101

6 Polly - Nirvana Polly - Nirvana

People think this song is about a parrot while it's actually based on a horrifying true story.

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7 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Some people believe that this song is anti-religion, but it is not true. It is about a man on death row, simply questioning God's existence, because he is on death row. Eventually he realizes that he will see God in heaven, and that God IS REAL! Great metal song, and it deserves to be fully understood. - Alpha101

8 My Religion - Skillet My Religion - Skillet

Again, people believe that this song is anti-Christian (from a Christian band, how ignorant some people are), but really when they say, "You are my religion, my religion is you." he is not talking about a girl, and that God means nothing to him. He is talking about that as long as he believes in God, it does not matter how he dresses, what he listens to, etc. - Alpha101

I agree, what its saying is that religion isn't only going to church and dressing up, and all, its about trusting God and glorifying Him. Its saying that you don't need to focus on those things, but only on God.

9 Used to Love Her - Guns N Roses Used to Love Her - Guns N Roses

Now there are two possible meaning to this song. One is that there is a man murdering his girlfriend/wife, or, like Axle Rose said, is about a man murdering his dog. Either way, it is very creepy. - Alpha101

10 Hotel California - The Eagles Hotel California - The Eagles

A greatly misunderstood song. The song has no clear message to it, and is full of metaphors, so it can interpreted the way anyone wants. - Kiteretsunu

Christians believe this song is about Satan Worshipping

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The Contenders

11 This is the New S**t - Marilyn Manson This is the New S**t - Marilyn Manson

A lot of people thin this is a song about partying, drugs, sex, and violence, but it's really a song that's against music about partying, drugs, sex, and violence.

I dedicate this song to every bad mainstream pop song ever made.

If any mainstream person says "oh I don't listen to Marilyn Manson because he talks about drugs, partying, and sex! " They're hypocrites because most mainstream people listen to Ke$ha And Wiz Khalifa and those two artists always talk about drugs, partying, And sex.

12 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
13 Closer - Nine Inch Nails Closer - Nine Inch Nails

Lots of people think this song is a lust anthem, but it's really a meditation on self-hatred and obsession.

14 Paranoid - Black Sabbath Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Yes, some think that they lyrics are "blow my brain" but they are really "occupy my brain." - Alpha101

15 In - a - Gadda - Da - Vida - Iron Butterfly In - a - Gadda - Da - Vida - Iron Butterfly

This was supposedly somebody stoned on LSD trying to say "In the Garden of Eden".

16 The Nobodies - Marilyn Manson The Nobodies - Marilyn Manson

I honestly thought this was an atheist song until I learned that it's really about the Columbine killers.

17 Big Man With a Gun - Nine Inch Nails Big Man With a Gun - Nine Inch Nails V 1 Comment
18 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

Excuse me while I kiss this guy!

19 Losing My Religion - R.E.M. Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

Completely agree with whoever added that one. - PositronWildhawk

20 Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne

This is greatly misunderstood. When I posted this song on the top ten darkest songs, I only listened to it once, and di not pay much attention to the lyrics. Really, this song has nothing to do with suicide. It is about how dangerous alchahol is.

"Wine is fine, but whiskey's quicker. Suicide is slow with liquor. Take a bottle, drown your sorrows. Then it washes away tomorrows..." - Alpha101

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Top Remixes

1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Dreamer - Ozzy Osbourne



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