Top 10 Songs with the Most Misleading Titles

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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." - Metal_Treasure

2 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. - Metal_Treasure

3 Best Song Ever - One Direction

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

More like the worst song ever.

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

4 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'. - SuperSonic17

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)." - Metal_Treasure

6 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. - Metal_Treasure

7 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 - christangrant

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." - Metal_Treasure

9 Hotel California - Eagles

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

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

10 Perfect - One Direction

Well its far from Perfect - christangrant

The Contenders

11 Every Breath You Take - The Police

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

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

12 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. - Metal_Treasure

13 Do Me Like a Caveman - Edguy

The meaning of this song is hilarious. - Rambles

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

14 Sonne - Rammstein

"Sun".

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

15 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."). - Martin_Canine

16 Scream - Primal Fear

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

17 For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
18 On the Edge - Tokio Hotel

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

19 Du riechst so gut - Rammstein

"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

20 Heirate mich - Rammstein

"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

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. - Martin_Canine

22 Wing$ - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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

23 Bitch Bad - Lupe Fiasco

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

24 Unforgivable Youth - Lupe Fiasco

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

25 Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue

The title sounds romantic and for a long time the song also does. Until the third verse. I don't want to spoil it though. - Martin_Canine

26 Sanageyama - Dat Adam

Not a nerdy song about the anime character of the same name.
The song is about several problems and issues of the world that are eating the two vocalists up (one lyric translates to "Why are so many in love with their ego? / Why is democracy no democracy? / And why don't all beings deserve a life? "). - Martin_Canine

27 Cool Vibes - Vanilla Ninja

While I am not 100% sure what the song is about, it most definitely isn't cool vibes in the sense of a laid back mood. - Martin_Canine

28 Blue Tattoo - Vanilla Ninja

Since Vanilla Ninja's previous album "Traces of Sadness" showed them as tough and strong rock women, one could assume "Blue Tattoo" (which is their third album's title track) is about tattooed girls who love rock, motorcycle and are braver/stronger than any man they meet, right?
No, for their third album they adopted an orchestral rock outfit, and "Blue Tattoo" is about an ancient prophecy, with the blue tattoo being some sort of mystical artefact (in the music video, it's a blue stone with ornaments and a crystal in the middle). - Martin_Canine

29 Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks

Sounds like a nice song about having fun on the beach... is in fact about a man that is dying and tells his friends that they had much fun together and to remember the good times. - Martin_Canine

30 Sugar Man - Rodriguez

The Sugar Man is not someone like Willy Wonka, but a drug dealer. In the song, Rodriguez is begging the sugar man for drugs so they wash away all of his problems... - Martin_Canine

31 Metal Queen - Vanilla Ninja

The song isn't metal.
It's about a tough girl who is underestimated by the guys but in the end is stronger than them and breaks their hearts instead of the other way around. - Martin_Canine

32 Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued - Fall Out Boy
33 Standing Outside a Broken Phonebooth with Money in My Hand - Primitive Radio Gods
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