It is a known fact “Music is a Universal Language.” It doesn’t matter what your native language, race or colour is. It is enjoyed and celebrated all over the world. When you hear a song that resonates with you, you become one with the song. But sometimes artists like to hide easter eggs in their songs or song titles, which can change the way you think and feel about a song. It makes or breaks a great song.
Here are 10 song titles that had a slightly different meaning than you imagined.
- ‘I shot the sheriff’ by Bob Marley.
When talking about songs having deeper meanings and complex lyrics that are hard to grasp at first listen, Icon Bob Marley comes to our mind. The Reggae singer who has a history of incorporating complex concepts in his songs did the same thing with his 1973 hit song ‘I Shot the Sheriff’. It was later revealed in 2011 through the film Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend. And as per Marley’s ex that the singer did not want her to take the birth control pill and that “the sheriff” is used as a metaphor for the doctor who prescribed her the pills.
2.‘Poker Face’ By Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has always been vocal about her sexuality and exploring bisexuality. And that was the case with her 2008 song ‘Poker Face’, and the significance was so subtle that nobody noticed! It was when Lady Gaga herself revealed in 2009 that the song is about ‘fantasying to be with a woman when in a relationship with a man’ according to NBC.
3.‘A Little bit longer’ by the Jonas Brothers
It’s 2008 and you’re listening to the new Jonas Brothers song and it feels like the perfect breakup song of the year. But what if the song is not about a break-up at all and something else entirely? (You’d go on social media and post ‘my childhood is lie’) Singer Nick Jonas told MTV that the song is about the struggle with his diabetes. “I had a day when my sugar was out of range, and I sat down at the piano and wrote it in 20 minutes. And it was because I had this strong inspiration,” Nick told MTV
4. ‘Baepsae’ (Silver Spoon) by BTS
BTS are the kings of articulate lyricism and socially impactful messages. When the song Baepsae came out in 2015, fans had a field day trying to decipher what it meant, because with BTS nothing is ever unintentional.
It was quickly interpreted by the ARMY’s that Baepsae is the Korean word ‘crow-tit’ bird but it is also used as a slang word for the people who are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. However, the song addresses the baby-boomers, BTS through the lyrics conveys that because of the older generation our generation has it hard. And demands to bring a change in society.
5.‘If You Seek Amy’ by Britney Spears
When the queen of bangers and pop released a new song in 2008 titled ‘If you seek Amy’, fans were quick to ask, who is Amy? But after listening to the song and looking at the lyrics, it was obvious that the song is NOT about Amy. If you say ‘If you seek Amy’ fast it spells out ‘F*uck me’ and this had many people lifting their eyebrows.
6.‘WAP’ by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion
Speaking of lifting eyebrows, the 2020 mega-hit song WAP had left people shocked after finding out what WAP is the abbreviation of. It stands for wet as* p*ssy. The song despite its name was a bop and entertained a large amount of mass in the difficult time of the pandemic.
7.‘Love Myself’ by Hailee Steinfeld
At one glance the song seems like an uplifting and motivational song about self-love, right? Well, it can be perceived that way as well, however, according to Hailey, it can also mean self-pleasure.
Hailey stated that – ‘I don’t think its anything to be ashamed of. There are so many lines that are drawn between male and female when it comes to sexuality, lines that NEED to be cleared.’
8. ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police
When you search for the most romantic song of all time or romantic ballad, every breath you take is the first one that pops up, but the meaning of the song is harrowing. It was revealed that Sting wrote this song about a breakup and it was not supposed to be a romantic song.
“I didn’t realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control.” Sting told the Independent in 1993.
9. ‘134340’ by BTS
When I said BTS is the king of genius lyricism and articulates meanings in songs, this is what I meant. This song conveys the feelings of loneliness and feeling like you have been abandoned by metaphors the planet Pluto, which used to be the ninth planet of our solar system. 134340 is the number assigned to Pluto.
10. ‘Wolves’ by Selena Gomez
When Selena Gomez released her single Wolves with Marshmello, fans were quick to notice the reference with her then struggle with lupus, as lupus is the Latin word for wolf. But later Gomez said in a statement that the song was not just about her that, but about various things. The song is very beautiful and personal, and the lyrics have a whole story of its own,” Gomez said during an interview with Zane Lowe in October 2017. “Weirdly, at the same time, I was working on it in Japan I was going through stuff too, so it’s mirrored everything.”
Which song’s meaning did you find the most shocking?