If there’s one song that can come close to being called the song of 2015, it’s Can’t Feel My Face. The Weeknd‘s hit became the love song of the year. Whether or not you’ve listened to it, you’ve probably seen at least one status update saying, "I can’t feel my face when I’m with you… But I love it. <3"

Here’s the awkward part. Can’t Feel My Face is not a love song. In fact, it’s a song about the numbness induced by snorting cocaine! But this is not the only song that has been misinterpreted by the masses. Far from it. Here are 10 more songs whose real meanings will surprise you:

Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

The real meaning behind Hollaback Girl will make you go B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Few people know that the smash hit is actually a diss track aimed at Courtney Love. When she called Gwen Stefani "a high school cheerleader", the singer clapped back with this song!

Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana

Hollaback Girl isn’t the only song with a hidden meaning about Courtney Love. Heart-Shaped Box, commonly considered a love song, is actually about her vagina! OMG!

Hotel California – The Eagles

Most people believe that Hotel California is actually about a hotel owned by Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan. The theory was further backed by its spooky cover art and sinister lyrics. However, the song is actually about greed and excess in America.

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

The video might fool anyone into believing that Green Day‘s chartbuster is a statement about war. However, Billie Joe Armstrong has admitted that the song is actually about how he dealt with the death of his father, which took place in September.

Poker Face – Lady Gaga

Poker Face isn’t as much of a shallow pop song as people like to believe. Lady Gaga has said that the song is about how she dealt with her bisexuality. The singer put on a ‘Poker Face’ when she was with a man, but fantasizing about a woman!

Jump – Van Halen

Very few songs can get us as pumped as Van Halen‘s Jump. But the meaning behind the track is actually much darker than most people would imagine. David Lee Roth actually wrote it about a man who was threatening to commit suicide by jumping off a rooftop!

Macarena – Los del Rio

If you grew up in the 1990s or the early 2000s, it’s very likely that you did the Macarena at every birthday party. But did you know that the song is actually about a woman named Macarena, who wants to spice up her sex life? Childhood ruined.

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) – Beastie Boys

Upon its release, Fight for Your Right became one of the biggest party anthems of all time. The song, which is still played in every club, was actually written to mock conventional party songs!

Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams

Let’s get it straight. Bryan Adams wasn’t doing anything exciting in 1969. He was 10! All those ’69’ jokes about the song? Turns out they’re all right! Bryan Adams‘ biggest hit, which is actually about people making love in the summer, is an ode to his favorite position.

Marry You – Bruno Mars

We all know at least one person who has proposed to, or been proposed to, using this song. But it isn’t as romantic as it seems! Marry You is actually about people "looking for something dumb to do". Drunken night in Vegas, anyone?


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  1. David Gagnon

    August 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    The Summer of 69 is a classic double entender that Bryans lyrics has some truth to but the number dont add up. In 1969 Bryan lives in Texas & it is not until 1970 that Bryan arrives in a seldom mentioned hamlet between the Ottawa River, the Queensway & the Edge of the city. This is the same place & time that a future Tom Cruse would move down the road from a certain drive-in theater & five houses away from me but thats another story ENTIRELY. So 1970 is the year Bryan moves to Beacon Hill with the Queensway Drive-In Theater & also gets his “first real six string” from a toy guitar received as a Christmas present years before. Bryan, Tom & myself were base brats (born, raised & transferred somewhere) with violent alcoholic fathers hooked up to the military's free flowing booze supply suing for divorce. In the video it shows Bryan working at the drive-in but he would have been far too young at ten or eleven for that. The actual reason Bryan would hide out at the drive-In was to get away from his family situation. Thats where I met Bryan, hiding 40ft off Shefford Rd. behind a large bush in a field of tall grass directly in front of the Queensway Drive-In, late summer of 70 or 71. I was slowly riding a 1969 prototype Raleigh Chopper bicycle that I think may be the more likely inspiration behind the “69” because he took it. Bryans explanation of a 69 sexual reference doesn't quite jive & the song is generally considered about a lost childhood, a reoccurring theme in his lyrics. Bryan has stated it is not about a year but Jim Vallance has testified that Bryan was playing around with year numbers when developing the lyrics to this song. This is when Bryan started having problems with the police & long story short, the more accurate title of the song is “Summer of the 69 Chopper”.

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