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The Hidden Meanings Behind Your Favorite Pop Songs


Whether it’s a sexual innuendo or just a lost-in-translation moment, sometimes we have to look a little closer at the lyrics of our favorite pop songs to really understand the real message.

Take, for instance, the 2012 smash hit “Gangnam Style” by Psy. It may seem like a fun song to ridiculously dance along to, but deep beneath the surface, the song and video is a biting social commentary on the people who live a wealthy lifestyle. Who knew it had such depth?

And then remember Bryan Adams’ hit single “Summer of ’69” from 1984? It’s actually less about the summer of 1969 and more about the summer of 69-ing. Adams confirmed in 2008 on The Early Show that ‘Summer of ’69’ is about having sex in the summertime and that the title refers to the sexual position, not the year. OK, then…

We’re just warming up. Even Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” had different lyrics, giving the song an entirely different meaning. We’ll touch on that and more current pop songs from Taylor Swift, Hailee Seinfeld and many more.

A version of this article was originally published in November 2015.

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