Top 10 Songs with Secret Meanings

When we listen to songs, our brain remembers the tune and lyrics so that soon-if you liked it, you'll become obsessed. We can sing many songs but not actually know the proper meaning, we may assume it's about something like love, but it can be about so many other things, when we sing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, do we think "is this song about AIDS?", or "am I singing a song about murder?". The meanings for songs like Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven may never be known, but this list is here to prove many meanings for songs. Feel free to leave comments and even add a new song on the add item list. Make sure you give a full answer though. Enjoy the list.

The Top Ten Songs with Secret Meanings

1 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

The song was about Chester's past life of being abused sexually, his drug addiction as a teen, and his parents divorcing as a kid and how he broke the habit of that. The song speaks to me in so many ways which is why its my favorite song, I love Linkin Park forever. - lukestheman4

The song also has to do with commiting suicide. "Breaking The Habit" means he's going to kill himself, and the rest of the lyrics talk about the reasons why. - lukestheman4

This is about someone who has the tendency to do things to hurt himself physically and mentally. - A7XREVFin21

The best song ever

2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Bohemian Raphsody's lyrics tell an interesting story. It's told from the point of view of a young man, we'll call him Freddie after Freddie Mercury. Freddie's girlfriend cheats on him with another man, so he kills the man ("Mama, I just killed a man"). He tells his mother and then runs away from home ("If I'm not back this time tomorrow, carry on"). But his victim's gang catches up to him. They talk about sparing his life ("He's just a poor boy from a poor family") but they decide to take revenge. So he kills all of them (the whole Mama Mia part is that scene). The rock part is a flashback to his girlfriend cheating on him ("So you think you can love me and leave me to die" and "Don't do this to me, baby"). He then goes on the run again. The song's ending is about how he now longer cares what happens to him ("Nothing really matters to me") because he'll never see his mother again.

I think that it is all about how a young man takes a trip through hell and all of the things that he experiences there including feelings that he is having, things that are happening and other things of that sort, who really cares though, it's a great songs and will always be one of the classics.

I always have thought that it was about a young man who has to fight in the war

This is actully a song about Freddie's struggle with aids. "Mamma... I killed a man" it's about him have sex with another man and transferring his HIV. He later says "momma I don't wanna die... Sometimes I wish I'd never been born" he's talking about how he doesn't want his life to end so abruptly from aids and that he wishes he weren't around to deal with what he's involved with. Pretty dark song when you truly listen to it.

Yep! This was actually confirmed by the members of Queen many years ago that it was in fact written about Freddie's emotions after finding out he had AIDS.

3 Fireflies - Owl City

Taken from

I think this song is about the growing up and letting go of childhood, while still embracing our dreams and acting upon a few of them ("I saved a few and kept them in a jar"), with the fireflies representing those dreams.

Owl city's best song, just beautiful - Ananya

Personally I think that this song is about letting go of childhood and growing up.

This is awesome! Completely changed my outlook on the song!

4 Four Letters In Two Words - The Urge

What does it mean!?!

This is an awesome song that has a chorus riddle. "Four letters in two words. Words that mean the same. Funny how, funny how, ones in love and one is your name. "

I believe this refers to the words Lust and Slut because you Lust in "love" and slut is a reference to a person- "one's your name".

5 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Another one from
This song is about a woman who accumulates money, but finds out the hard way her life had no meaning and will not get her into heaven.
I did not write that, it was from songfacts. com

However, My belief:
Some believe its about satanism, and when reversed a highly disturbing message shows up.

6 Hotel California - The Eagles

It's a song about the dark underbelly of the American Dream, and about excess in America.

It's about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce - A7XREVFin21

I think it's a song about drugs but that's only my opinion

Hotel California is about Hell

7 Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

Many loved this piece of brilliant music, but no one really knew the TRUE meaning, taken from

The song is about love which has soured and gone stale. Cohen used a lot of religious imagery, including references to some of the more notorious women in the bible. Here's some lyrical analysis:

"You saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you" - Bathsheba, who tempted the king to kill her husband so he could have her.

"She tied you to her kitchen chair, she broke your throne and she cut your hair" - Delilah, who cut off Sampson's locks that held his superhuman strength.

"But remember when I moved in you and the holy dove was moving too" - This could be a reference to the divine conception and Mary.
The lines referring to the immaculate conception can also be interpreted as having a sexual connotation: "And every breath we drew was hallelujah. " -

I found this song amazing and loved it from the botooom of me heart.

8 Cassandra - Abba

The song is about Cassandra (also known as as Alexandra) and the destruction of Troy - from Greek Mythology. - ekos

9 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

I personally thought it had something to do with AIDS and all the AIDS related deaths

Stairway to heaven, hotel Cali, in the air tonight definitely have no secret meanings whatsoever, but this does, it's about drugs.

Some say its about the st valentines massacre, some believe its about drugs. -

This is one of the hardest Queen songs to understand. The opening line reads, "Steve walks warily down the street, his brim pulled way down low. Ain't no sound but the sound of his feet, machine gun ready to go..." Also, the last phrase spoken in the song is not "Shoot Her" or "Shooter," but "Shoot Out."

Though probably not intentional unless someone did an excellent splicing job, the "Another one bites the dust" line quite clearly says "...Decide to smoke marijuana" when played backwards. This is especially clear toward the end of the track when Mercury repeats the line with only the drums playing. - A7XREVFin21

10 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

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I don't understand why the lyrics puzzle people - it's an obvious song of pure jealousy. The singer is the deceived husband and the person addressed in the verses is the other man. They know each other, but the other man hasn't admitted he's having an affair with the singer's wife. The singer has just found out. The chorus is a bit incongruous because it sounds like he's relishing the confrontation which is about to come. Perhaps he feels it will relieve the suffering. With this interpretation, there is a nasty vengeful edge to the lyrics which also comes through in Phil's song "Mama", although this time addressed to the unfaithful wife. Personally I find it a bit much to make a dramatic pop statement out of being a cuckold. It doesn't express the true degradation and dejection of such a situation and pretends to turn it into an egotistical triumph. Both "In The Air Tonight" and "Mama" chillingly remind me of the ...more -

agree, I too don't understand why people don't understand this.

The Contenders

11 Castle of Glass - Linkin Park

Like most of the songs on Living Things, the song's lyrical content can be interpreted in several ways. Chester Bennington explained to MTV News: "When Mike was talking about the lyrics, at one point he had said, 'You know, it's kind of like finding yourself as this broken part of this big machine, and feeling like you're not part of that, or trying to find your place in the bigger scheme of things.' And that can mean a solider coming home from war, and trying to fit back into society, or a person getting out of prison, or whatever. - A7XREVFin21

12 Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

This one's pretty obvious... - ProPanda

13 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

yes, but; why is Stairway to Heaven here? Robert Plant said that they tried to make the song with great meaning, and some guys who were jealous of their great job reversed "for good" the song. He also said "our turnables only play music forward". The song is great, that backwards thing is a stupidity, so what the hell is doing here? - rock2metal

Some say this song has a gay meaning. Its quite Obvious -

14 Kitchen Sink - Twenty One Pilots

Pretty much any tøp song, actually. They mean something to different to everybody that hears them, but only Tyler Joseph knows the true meaning.

15 Champion - Kanye West

Basically saying that life is great, I kept trying hard now I'm one of the most successful rappers of all time. I regret the wrong things that I did, but I'll clean up my act.
the moral? No matter who keeps you down, who hates on you, whoever says you can't make it, YOU ARE A CHAMPION. - Mushroom99

16 Take Me to Church - Hozier
17 Hurt - Johnny Cash

About Heroin addiction, And how it effects everyone you know.

Originally by NiN, But cash did it Better!

18 Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
19 Jigsaw Falling Into Place - Radiohead
20 Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park
21 The Flight of Apollo - Angels & Airwaves
22 In This River - Black Label Society

This song means more than any other on the list its about zakk wyldes best mate dimebag darrel dyind its a awesome tribute that means a loot to pantera and dimebag darrel fans

23 Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen

I won't tell you the meaning straight forward, but if you lived when Queen was popular, think about motorcycles. -

Queen guitarist Brian May wrote this song, which is about a young man who comes to appreciate women of substantial girth. May told Mojo magazine October 2008: "I wrote it with Fred in mind, as you do especially if you've got a great singer who likes fat bottomed girls… or boys." - A7XREVFin21

24 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
25 Murder Game - Kevin Gates
26 Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
27 Creep - Radiohead

Even the band itself have stated that this is more of a happy song and as of why. The follow up for this song is My Iron Lung and like other than that: other songs with them, like Fake Plastic Trees and Bangers & Mash sounds in certain ways but the lyrics quite differs. I have no personal favourite with the band but I adore songs with them like Backdrifts and The National Anthem as well as of Tell Me Bitch and Jerusalem from Thom Yorke's On A Friday era. P.S Ever heard of Atoms For Peace?

28 Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
29 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles

Its about LSD. Because if you look at the song name its Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. And the song lyrics really explain themselves

30 Timmy Turner - Desiigner

*Warning* This is so scary backwards. *Warning* - CartoonCriticizer

31 Darkness Within - Machine Head

Many people will think this song is about depression or dying, but it is actually about having a deep love for music.

32 Them Bones - Alice In Chains

I think its about the fact that why live if your going to die? The music video shows insects killing each other, but its not that obvious at first

33 Kim - Eminem

Eminem raps in this song about his wife, Kimberly, who is also the mother of his daughter Hallie. They had a very volatile relationship and divorced in 2001, but reconciled and got back together in 2006 before splitting up again a short time later. - A7XREVFin21

34 Lithium - Nirvana

Lithium is an anti-depressant drug and the verses of the song represent the stages a person goes through while on the drug. "I'm so happy... Cause today I found my friends, they're in my head. I'm so ugly, that's okay cause so are you." And then the end of the song becomes angry, uncontrollable, and blazing with confusion and rage. "I like it I'm not gonna crack. I miss you I'm not gonna crack. I love you I'm not gonna crack! I'd KILL you I'm not gonna crack! "

35 I Am the Walrus - The Beatles

This is the song that INVENTED secret meanings!

36 Norwegian Wood - The Beatles

John Lennon's confession to having an affair.

37 Sexy Sadie - The Beatles

Blasts the Maharishi for being really just a dirty old man.

38 Beauty School - Deftones
39 Mamma Mia - ABBA

I don't know what it is about, but did a video about happy sounding songs with secret lyrics and one of the honorable mentions was Mamma Mia.

40 Leaving On a Jet Plane - John Denver

Seemingly a love song about young lovers, the singer of which has been a regretful fool. However, one unsung version laments in the last chorus, "Don't know if I'll be back again." The reason is that the jet plane is taking him to Vietnam and yes he doesn't come back.

41 Hot Fun In the Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone

While on the outside it talks about a beautiful summer day, it has a more political meaning in reality

42 The End - The Doors
43 Hey Ya! - Outkast

This fun and catchy song is about... a failing relationship. Wow... - SwagFlicks

44 Holiday - Green Day

This is about the American government and society during the Iraqi War. It begins by commenting on how the thousands of dead Americans and Iraqis are nameless to the average American citizen. The song expresses resentment with the corporate greed and corruption involved in the "rebuilding" effort, and shows how the average protester realizes that the pro-war money involved has more power than they can ever have. It also points out the irony of the Christian right-wing feeling religiously justified in this war: "Can I get another 'Amen'? There's a flag wrapped around the score of men." - A7XREVFin21

45 Waterfalls - TLC
46 Mind is a Rebel - Thabani
47 Stupid Hoe - Nicki Minaj

This song is actually very sarcastic with the immaturity and is really a giant mockery of petty beef that went over everyone’s head. Very deep, meaningful song with a meaning that the least number of people realize. Everything about the song and the video all fits together to fit the theme, from the purposely annoying production to the exaggerated faces Nicki makes in the video. While this song may not be the most pleasant to listen to, the deep, meaningful messages it embodies make it one of the best songs ever in my opinion and definitely a phenomenal example of a song with a “secret” meaning. - NotMisterThompson

48 Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper - Dream Theater
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