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

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

I had a feeling that this would be number 1. Why do people think that this song is against Christians? - Userguy44

I don't understand why some people think song is an anthem of communism. I don't notice any signs of communism on this song.

I am Christian and this is one of my favorite songs, I don't know how anyone of my religion would be so stupid and idiotic to interpret it that way.
RIP John Lennon

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2 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

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

Wait this is misunderstood? - Userguy44

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.

I like this song. It is very good. - LokiLover2000

5 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

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

Some people believe that, sadly, this song is about an actual parrot. Actually, it is bout a girl being raped and tortured, and it is a true story. Her rapist used, "A blowtorch" and "some rope". And the phrase, "Give her a cracker" means, to reward her for being good. Kind of creepy, huh? - Alpha101

7 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

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

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 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.

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.

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

The Contenders

11 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

Most people think that this song is about a whore-house, but it is really about living your life about how you want to live it. - Alpha101

12 Every Breath You Take - The Police
13 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 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
15 Suicide Solution - Ozzy Osbourne

A teenager named John McCollum committed suicide after hearing this song and the parents tried to sue Ozzy saying the song inspired their song to end his life. Ozzy had to explain that the song isn't about committing suicide, it's about the dangers of alcohol and what is can do to you. But I guess you always gotta blame somebody for something, especially if it's a celebrity. That's much easier than being a parent and taking responsibility and being more involved in their kid's life. It's sad, really.

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

16 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

A lot of people think this song is about drugs but it's really about a time in the song writers life when he was a child and had a fever. - Sabbath

17 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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

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

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

19 Daddy - Korn

Daddy is a scary song because the past shown here could be happening again! No!

20 The Nobodies - Marilyn Manson

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

21 Big Man With a Gun - Nine Inch Nails

An attack towards rap. Also shows a man going crazy and trying his best to somehow over-power himself through rape and murder.

Thought to be a misogynistic song.

22 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

Excuse me while I kiss this guy!

23 Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

Completely agree with whoever added that one. - PositronWildhawk

24 Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus

They base it off the music video -_- - Bammer73

25 Migraine - Twenty One Pilots

I was extremely disappointed reading the comments of a YouTube video about the song. Apparently, although the song straight out says the meaning of the song in the lyrics of the first verse, people still think the song is about headaches, even with the metaphors in the second verse, those simpletons refuse to acknowledge the true meaning. - saturatedsunrise

26 Heaven's a Lie - Lacuna Coil
27 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

We are in that season of the year when stupid people start saying "Almost time to wake up that Green Day dude".
Truth is that the song is inspired by Billie Joe's father who died in this month when he was just a kid. When he knew this he ran to his bedroom and told her mom to wake him up when september ends. And that's the story, folks.

I love this song so much! - Alpha101

28 Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots
29 No Jesus Christ - Seether
30 Dance With the Devil - Breaking Benjamin
31 Rape Me - Nirvana

It's an anti-rape song. - Userguy44

32 Sleep Alone - Moby

I used to think this was just about a failed relationship. I was wrong. - PositronWildhawk

33 Ghosts N' Stuff - Deadmau5

It's not about drugs, like people on them suggest, it's more about fitting in and learning from the mistake of taking them. - PositronWildhawk

34 We Are All Made of Stars - Moby

This song was met with mixed reactions as it came out, and that'as because people misunderstood it. It's not just saying "we can achieve anything because everyone else can", it's really reflecting on how lucky we are to have our lives, spanning from our beginnings. It has a large number of hidden meanings. - PositronWildhawk

35 Stan - Eminem
36 Angel of Death - Slayer
37 Tiny Dancer - Elton John

How is this misunderstood? - Misfire

38 I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry
39 Ur So Gay - Katy Perry
40 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
41 I Am the Walrus - The Beatles

Simply written to confuse people who were trying to read into Beatles songs. Nothing profound. - PetSounds

42 Surf's Up - The Beach Boys
43 Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel

A lot of people interpret this as being about Vietnam, when in reality Paul Simon wrote it about returning to his girlfriend, Kathy Chitty. - PetSounds

44 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater
45 Hooker With a Penis - Tool
46 God Is Dead? - Black Sabbath
47 I Miss the Misery - Halestorm
48 Flying High Again - Ozzy Osbourne
49 Smack My B**** Up - The Prodigy
50 Nemo - Nightwish
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Top Remixes

1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. Dreamer - Ozzy Osbourne
1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. Every Breath You Take - The Police
3. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day


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