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 its 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

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

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.

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.

The song was released in 1975, AIDS wasn't even a known disease until the early 80's.

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3 Fireflies - Owl City

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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.

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!

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4 Four Letters In Two Words - The Urge
5 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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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.

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

Hotel California is about Hell

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

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7 Cassandra - Abba

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

8 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.

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. -

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
12 Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis V 1 Comment
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 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

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 Hurt - Johnny Cash

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

Originally by NiN, But cash did it Better!

17 Jigsaw Falling Into Place - Radiohead
18 Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park
19 Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
20 Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen

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

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