Top 10 Songs with the Most Misleading Titles

The Top Ten

Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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." - Metal_Treasure

Like a Virgin - Madonna Like a Virgin - Madonna Cover Art

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. - Metal_Treasure

Best Song Ever - One Direction Best Song Ever - One Direction Cover Art

No, it's not misleading... Baba O'Riley is seriously one of the best songs ever, because it's 90% of Baba O'Riley

More like the worst song ever.

(It isn't actually the worst song ever, but it's still awful regardless.)

Heavy - Linkin Park Heavy - Linkin Park Cover Art

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'. - SuperSonic17

Poker Face - Lady Gaga Poker Face - Lady Gaga Cover Art

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)." - Metal_Treasure

Battery - Metallica Battery - Metallica Cover Art

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. - Metal_Treasure

Save Rock and Roll - Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll - Fall Out Boy Cover Art

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

Waterfalls - TLC Waterfalls - TLC Cover Art

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." - Metal_Treasure

Hotel California - Eagles Hotel California - Eagles Cover Art

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

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." - Metal_Treasure

Every Breath You Take - The Police Every Breath You Take - The Police Cover Art

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.

I don't care if it's a stalker song, I still like it anyways. lol - Misfire

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. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

Perfect - One Direction Perfect - One Direction Cover Art

Well its far from Perfect - christangrant

No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers Cover Art

Yes that happens in English speaking countries as well

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."). - Martin_Canine

Slide - The Goo Goo Dolls Slide - The Goo Goo Dolls Cover Art

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

Do Me Like a Caveman - Edguy Do Me Like a Caveman - Edguy Cover Art

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" - Metal_Treasure

Sonne - Rammstein Sonne - Rammstein Cover Art


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. - Martin_Canine

Mach's dir selbst - Silbermond Mach's dir selbst - Silbermond Cover Art

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. - Martin_Canine

Climax - Usher Climax - Usher Cover Art

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

Scream - Primal Fear Scream - Primal Fear Cover Art

The singer usually screams very much in other songs but there's no single scream in this one. Lyrics are relevant though. - Metal_Treasure

For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield Cover Art
On the Edge - Tokio Hotel On the Edge - Tokio Hotel Cover Art

This song is not about partying or going extreme. It is the story of a teenage girl's first drug experience on her birthday, and how it negatively affected her ("the first time on the edge / the scars will stay forever").
While the German version has almost identical lyrics if you would translate them, the line giving the title is different. In German they sing "The first sting into luck / the scar will stay forever". - Martin_Canine

Du riechst so gut - Rammstein Du riechst so gut - Rammstein Cover Art

"You Smell So Good"

In the context of the song, this is not a compliment by a man to his dear love. The song is about a sexual predator stalking his victim, and chases them by their smell. - Martin_Canine

Heirate mich - Rammstein Heirate mich - Rammstein Cover Art

"Marry Me"

What a sweet title for a song about a man longing for his dead wife so much that he digs into her grave to embrace, caress and kiss her. However, being already decayed, she falls apart, making him lose her a second time. - Martin_Canine

Wing$ - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Wing$ - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Cover Art

The song is not about wings or flying but about the craze for brands and how a man's love for shoes turns into a paranoid obsession. - Martin_Canine

I had not heard this song but that is really cool Macklemore is the only rapper I have heard that would write a song about something like that. - Powell

Bitch Bad - Lupe Fiasco Bitch Bad - Lupe Fiasco Cover Art

While the title sounds like your typical sex anthem, the whole phrase in the chorus goes "Bitch bad, woman good, lady better, they misunderstood". - Martin_Canine

Unforgivable Youth - Lupe Fiasco Unforgivable Youth - Lupe Fiasco Cover Art

This great, great, great, great, great hip hop song by Lupe Fiasco is not about a young person but about the two racial crimes in American history (the genocide of the Native Americans and the slavery of the Africans). - Martin_Canine

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