10 Most Commonly Misinterpreted Songs

1. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day.

Album: American Idiot (2004)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong

What People Think It’s About: 911

What It’s Actually About: The tragedy that was Billie Joe Armstrong’s deceased father, who died of cancer when he was only 10.

https://youtu.be/ulRXvH8VOl8

2. Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

Album: Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

Genre: Pop Rock

Written by: Bruce Springsteen

What People Think It’s About: The blessing that is being born in God’s country – America.

What It’s Actually About: Protesting against America, in particular association with being anti-Vietnam war.

https://youtu.be/tRx212PUa4g

3. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan.

Album: Highway 61 Revisited (1967)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: Bob Dylan

What People Think It’s About: Being a rock star, living on the road – wishing you had a place to call your home.

What It’s Actually About: Getting dumped.

https://youtu.be/IwOfCgkyEj0

4. Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band.

Album: Crash (1996)

Genre: Soft Rock

Written by: Dave Matthews

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: Lust.

https://youtu.be/SvgGZB8wXiY

5. Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones.

Album: Sticky Fingers (1971)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards.

What People Think It’s About: Cocaine addiction.

What It’s Actually About: Falling in love with an African-American woman.

https://youtu.be/SvgGZB8wXiY

6. Every Breath You Take – The Police.

Album: Synchronicity (1983)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland.

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: An obsessive stalker.

https://youtu.be/OMOGaugKpzs

7. The One I Love – R.E.M.

Album: Document (1987)

Genre: College Rock

Written by: Michael Stipe, Peter Buck.

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: Sleeping around and slacking off.

https://youtu.be/j7oQEPfe-O8

8. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd.

Album: The Wall (1979)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: David Gilmour

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: Pink Floyd’s ex-frontman Syd Barrett who lost his mind due to drug abuse.

https://youtu.be/j7oQEPfe-O8

9. One – U2.

Album: Acthung Baby (1991)

Genre: Adult Alternative

Written by: Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton.

What People Think It’s About: Love.

What It’s Actually About: U2 becoming mainstream top 40 artists.

https://youtu.be/JFWPeVfWB9o

10. New Kid In Town – The Eagles.

Album: Hotel California (1975)

Genre: Classic Rock

Written by: Glenn Frey, Don Henley.

What People Think It’s About: The pitfalls of relationships.

What It’s Actually About: The music industry.

https://youtu.be/-Pa5nqYXEnY

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