Top 10 Songs with the Most Misleading Titles

The Top Ten
1 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

It's one of their best songs, if not the best, but... Kashmir is a mountain geographical region in Asia and lyrics are about Sahara Desert in Africa. The original title was "Driving To Kashmir."
I found this on the Internet:
"Plant wrote the lyrics in 1973 while driving through the Sahara Desert on the way to the National Festival of folklore in Morocco. Kashmir is in Southern Asia; he was nowhere near it. In Mojo magazine, September 2010, Plant explained: "'Kashmir' came from a trip Jimmy and me made down the Moroccan Atlantic coast, from Agadir down to Sidi Ifni. We were just the same as the other hippies really."

2 Heavy - Linkin Park

I hate this song. I really do.
Word of advice guys, if you want to go in a new direction and have softer sounding songs, don't get our hopes up for another 'Hybrid Theory' by calling the first song 'Heavy'.

I honestly do like this song, but I understand why Linkin Park fans would hate it.

3 Best Song Ever - One Direction

It's not the best song ever
I hate to admit it, but there was a time where I used to think this was the best song ever

4 Like a Virgin - Madonna

It is not about losing your virginity. It's about finding happiness in a new love relationship after a messy breakup when you feel like a new person.
PS. I prefer Metallica song and some other songs on this list but I put Madonna higher because her song is more popular.

5 Poker Face - Lady Gaga

It's about bisexuality and is based on Gaga's personal experience (she was with a man but fantasized about being with a woman, hence the poker face).
"No, he can't read my poker face (she's got me like nobody)."

6 Save Rock and Roll - Fall Out Boy

To be fair this is the best song on the album but this isn't a Rock song

7 Battery - Metallica

It's not about batteries at all. The song title refers to a street in downtown San Francsico where was located the club played by Metallica in the 80s (444 Battery Street).
But the song is about the glam metal scene that was popular in Los Angeles in the 80s and how much Metallica hated it. Yep, Bay Area thrash scene was much better, including the club at 444 Battery Street, which Metallica call "the family" in the lyrics.
By the way, Metallica moved from LA to SF because they didn't like the glam metal scene in LA.

8 Waterfalls - TLC

It's not about beautiful waterfalls but the video clip adds even more elements that may mislead you. The song is about HIV/AIDS, promiscuity and the illegal drug trade.
"One day he goes and takes a glimpse in the mirror
But he doesn't recognise his own face
His health is fading and he doesn't know why
Three letters took him to his final resting place."

9 Hotel California - Eagles

It's not about a luxury hotel. It's about greed and self-destruction in the music industry.
"You can check out any time you like but you can never leave."

Not only a misleading title, but also a misleading album photo...

10 Perfect - One Direction
The Contenders
11 Every Breath You Take - The Police

I first thought that the song was really beautiful, and then one day I was singing the song when it came on the radio. I misheard the lyric and sang, "you belong with me" My dad corrected me and told me it was, "you belong to me" I have never heard the song the same way. It will forever be known as the stalker song.

Yes and unfortunately this song is so much acclaimed because people think it's a love song, however it's a very mediocre song...

No, it's not a classic love song. It's about a stalker.

12 Coming in the Motion - The Arcana

It's about movie stars and sex.

13 Slide - The Goo Goo Dolls

It's about teen pregnancy where a girl and her boyfriend are debating about getting married or having an abortion.

14 Do Me Like a Caveman - Edguy

It's not exactly what you think - the song is rather sad: the character couldn't fall asleap in a hotel room because the couple in the next room had very loud sex.
"Time and time again, you don't have a choice but lie awake to verify
Did she really say "Now do me! Do me like a caveman"?
Walls come down and then a ghostly voice
It sets up crazy moans into the night"

15 Sonne - Rammstein


This is not about the sun, but about a strong and great boxer entering the boxing ring. It was written as the entrance music for the Klitschko brothers, but they eventually didn't use it, so they replaced "Klitschko" with "Sonne". Like in most Rammstein songs, the lyrics are cryptic and metaphorical and therefore many people wouldn't know what it is about unless they are familiar with analysing texts.

16 No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers

I don't know if this also happens in English speaking countries, but most people over here assume that the title (misogynically) means "as long as there's no woman there's no one crying", either because the woman is the one crying or because the woman/the relationship brings trouble that will end up in tears. Actually, he talks to a woman in the song and tells her not to cry ("No, woman. Don't cry.").

17 Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean

He turns out to be more Big "good" John.

18 Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued - Fall Out Boy

Fun fact: This song was originally going to be called "My Name is David Ruffin and These Are the Temptations" until their lawyer stepped in. The title of this song is hilarious.

19 My Name is Jonas - Weezer

It's about Rivers' brother, and his name is not Jonas.

20 No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age

But almost everyone knows it...

21 Mach's dir selbst - Silbermond

While the phrase literally means "Do it to yourself", it is usually associated with masturbation. What they actually mean is however "Mach's selbst", or "Do it yourself", the song tells you to actively fulfill your dreams instead of waiting for something to happen. No sexual undertone.

22 Climax - Usher

This song keeps building toward a climax that never really comes.

23 The Final Countdown - Europe

The song is about a countdown, so it should be played at a tempo matching a clock & to keep it uptempo & matching time, it must be 2 beats per second (bps) making our 120 beats per minute (bpm). However it's missing 2 bpm from that rate & is played at 118 bpm instead. It doesn't make sense that a song about a final countdown would be played at a pace slower than 2 bps (beats per second) when you think about how long each second is & how such a song would synchronize with time. Europe could've done better, not that this song isn't epic because it is, but it's definitely flawed.

24 The Ballad of John & Yoko - The Beatles

This song isn't a ballad.

25 Sorry - Beyoncé

It's not an apology song.

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