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
1 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park Cover Art

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 it's my favorite song, I love Linkin Park forever.

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.

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

The best song ever

2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

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.

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.

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.

A classical song. My favorite part is "Mama, I just killed a man, put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he's dead"

3 Fireflies - Owl City Fireflies - Owl City Cover Art

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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.

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!

Owl city's best song, just beautiful

4 Four Letters In Two Words - The Urge

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".

What does it mean!?!

5 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

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 Hotel California - The Eagles Cover Art

I always interperted it as Henley and/or Glenn (the two writers) having a dream about dying and seemingly going to heaven. Then as time lapses it turns out that Henley/Glenn are in hell. The experience helps Henley/Glenn make better decisions to escape the fate (no pun intended).

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

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

It's an amazing song, I love it. I have always thought it was about ghosts. laugh out loud

7 Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen Cover Art

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 Cassandra - Abba Cover Art

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

9 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Cover Art

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.

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

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

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

10 In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins Cover Art

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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 justifications given by men who murder ...more

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

The Contenders
11 Castle of Glass - Linkin Park Castle of Glass - Linkin Park Cover Art

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.

12 Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Cover Art

This one's pretty obvious...

13 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood Cover Art

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?

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

14 Take Me to Church - Hozier Take Me to Church - Hozier Cover Art

Sounds like an ode to Church, but Take Me to Church is actually a slap in the face to churches.

15 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.

16 Champion - Kanye West Champion - Kanye West Cover Art

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.

17 Hurt - Johnny Cash Hurt - Johnny Cash Cover Art

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

Originally by NiN, But cash did it Better!

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

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 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles Cover Art

This isn't about LSD. It's literally about a painting Julian Lennon made with his friend Lucy actually in the sky with diamonds.

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

24 Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen Cover Art

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."

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

25 Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions Cover Art
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