The 14 Funniest Misheard Song Lyrics
We’re all guilty of hearing what we want to hear, so when you’re hungry you could be forgiven for thinking the Eurythmics are singing “Sweet dreams are made of cheese.” Here are 14 of the funniest misheard song lyrics—they may even be better than the originals.
"Then I saw her face, now I'm gonna leave her"
Correct: "Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer"
"I'm a Believer," by The Monkees
The last song to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, it ultimately became 1967's most-sold record. It took only two days to go gold!
"Kick a chicken with it"
Correct: "Gettin' jiggy with it"
"Gettin' Jiggy with It," by Will Smith
This song was at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in 1998 and won Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1999 Grammys.
"Some nights I stay up, splashing in my bathtub"
Correct: "Some nights I stay up, cashing in my bad luck"
"Some Nights," by Fun
A sleeper hit, this song maintained third place on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US for six weeks in 2012, but only after spending seven months on the charts.
"I'm farting carrots"
Correct: "I'm 14 Carat"
"Good for You," by Selena Gomez
Her highest-ranked single ever at the time, this song remained on the US charts for 26 weeks, reaching a peak position of fifth place.
"Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you"
Correct: "Every time you go away, you take a piece of me with you"
"Every Time You Go Away," by Paul Young
Reaching fourth place in the UK, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 on July 27, 1985. It also made the top of the US adult contemporary chart.
"Let's pee in the corner, let's pee in the spotlight"
Correct: "That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight"
"Losing My Religion," by R.E.M.
On June 22, 1991, the song hit no. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the charts for 21 weeks. It was R.E.M.'s highest-ranked hit ever in the US.
"We built this city on sausage rolls"
Correct: "We built this city on rock 'n' roll"
"We Built This City," by Starship
On November 16, 1985, this song topped the Billboard charts, a position it held for two weeks, after which it remained on the chart in lower positions for 24 weeks.
"Hit me with your pet shark"
Correct: "Hit me with your best shot"
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot," by Pat Benatar
This single reached ninth place on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980, making it Pat's first-ever top 10 hit.
"You're the wobbly one"
Correct: "You're the one that I want"
"You're the One That I Want," by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
This single made no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 10, 1978. It topped the UK local singles chart in summer 1978--before the movie Grease had even been released in the UK.
"Or should I just keep chasing penguins"
Correct: "Or should I just keep chasing pavements"
"Chasing Pavements," by Adele
Peaking at no. 21 on February 28, 2009, Adele's song spent seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2008, it had more than 280,000 sales.
"These ants are my friends, they're blowin' in the wind"
Correct: "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind"
"Blowin' in the Wind," by Bob Dylan
Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994, this song earned 14th place on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
"You make the best homemade stew around"
Correct: "You make the best of what's still around"
"When the World Is Running Down," by The Police
Released on the album Zenyatta Mondatta, this song was in a medley that peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart in 1981.
"I've got two chickens to paralyze"
Correct: "I've got two tickets to paradise"
"Two Tickets to Paradise," by Eddie Money
During its 14-week run on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978, this song reached no. 22. It has since become a classic-rock favorite.
"Sweet dreams are made of cheese"
Correct: "Sweet dreams are made of this"
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," by The Eurythmics
The song's unique music video helped push it all the way to second place on the UK Singles Chart and first place on the US Billboard Hot 100.