Top 10 Songs with Innuendos We Missed as Kids

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Top 10 Songs with Innuendos We Missed as Kids

VOICE OVER: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Felix Quinonez
You'll be shocked when you find out just how many innuendos are in this classic songs. For this list, we'll be looking at the songs we loved, even if we didn't fully understand them. Our countdown includes “Genie in a Bottle”, “No Diggity”, “Barbie Girl”, and more!
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Top 10 Songs with Innuendos We Missed as Kids


Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Songs with Innuendos We Missed as Kids.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the songs we loved, even if we didn’t fully understand them.

So, tell us, did you have inadvertently awkward sing-alongs to any of these tunes? Let us know in the comments!

#10: “Genie in a Bottle” (1999)

Christina Aguilera

On the surface, this classic teen anthem sounds like a sweet, innocent song. The title itself brings to mind a certain animated classic. With lyrics about a young girl longing to be set free, it was easy to imagine the singer as a Disney princess waiting for her prince charming. That’s why many of us were shocked to learn what the song was really about. It turns out she was singing about… sex, well, less than stellar sex, to be precise. Feeling frustrated about the quality of her love life, she’s waiting for someone to rub her “the right way,” literally. Had we known that, it might have made us think twice about blasting it in our parents’ cars as they drove us to school.

#9: “​​(I Just) Died in Your Arms” (1986)

Cutting Crew

The 80s were an era of big emotions and even bigger choruses, and they don't get much bigger than this Regan era classic. For more than 30 years, this beloved classic has been gracing weddings, karaoke bars, and everywhere in between. But have we been missing the meaning all along? The lyrics about dying in the arms of a loved one certainly sound romantic and epic. It even brings to mind Romeo and Juliet. However, lead singer Nick Van Eede actually wrote the lyrics during sexual intercourse. The title and chorus were inspired by the French phrase "la petite mort," which translates to "the little death," a metaphor for the big O. Well, at least they get credit for being creative with their innuendoes.

#8: “Summer of '69” (1985)

Bryan Adams

There’s something magical about those short months between spring and fall. As kids, summers represented freedom. We got to hang out with friends, make memories, and share formative experiences. As adults, we often reminisce about these times and consider them “the best days of our lives.” Perhaps that’s why this song connected with so many listeners. After all, everyone has a “summer of '69,”—an amazing summer filled with memories that make us wish we could turn back time. Except, the song isn’t about a cherished summer that took place in 1969. It’s about summertime sex, and as the singer explains it, the number in the title is a “sexual reference.” Now, we’re guessing this knowledge makes a lot of mixtapes a little less romantic.

#7: “Locked Out of Heaven” (2012)

Bruno Mars

If we’re being honest, it’s probably not as surprising that so many of us missed this one. There’s something about Bruno Mars that just feels wholesome. He seems like the kind of guy you would bring home to your parents. Because of that, many of us assumed that the song was a romantic ode to a loved one. We thought that the heaven he was locked out of was a metaphorical paradise just for the two of them. So, needless to say, we were more than a little surprised to learn that the song’s meaning was a little more carnal.

#6: “No Diggity” (1996)

Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen

For those who came of age in the 90s, this song brings back fond memories. It could be heard at summer parties, barbecues, and its video seemed to always be on TV. We couldn’t resist singing along to it, even if we didn’t know what the lyrics were about. We just knew that they sounded cool. Needless to say, many of us did a spit-take when we finally learned what the lyrics meant. Suddenly, lines about getting paid and ‘having game by the pound’ made sense… and painted many a middle school dance in a whole new light..

#5: “Shut Up and Drive” (2007)

Rihanna

In hindsight, perhaps we should have seen this one coming. But the thing about being a kid is that we often just take things at face value and accept them. Sure, it seemed a little odd that Rihanna was suddenly a car enthusiast, but we kind of just shrugged our shoulders and sang along. It was, after all, another banger from Rihanna, so who were we to complain? But it wasn't too surprising when we finally realized the car talk was just a thinly veiled metaphor. After all, Rihanna has never shied away from injecting sexuality into her songs.

#4: “Y.M.C.A.” (1978)

Village People

We still find it hard to believe that a song this fun and upbeat could be anything less than wholesome. It’s almost impossible to hear it and not sing along or have it stuck in your head all day. Not only did it top the charts, but it also took over seemingly every family gathering. Was it even a party if family members didn’t sing and dance along to this song? However, little did we know that beneath the surface of this infectious gem, there was a hidden meaning that so many of us missed. The song was actually a celebration of the fact that, to many gay men, the YMCA was a popular destination for sexual rendezvous.

#3: “Whistle” (2012)

Flo Rida

Let’s be honest, this one isn’t all that subtle, but even so, many of us missed the song’s meaning. It’s not that the lyrics went over people’s heads, it’s just that it doesn’t really inspire a lot of analysis. Most people just accepted it as silly and sang along. So, when we eventually realized that Flo Rida’s request to have his whistle blown was a barely disguised euphemism for oral sex, it wasn’t exactly shocking. Instead, it was like a lightbulb suddenly turned on in our heads, and we wondered how we ever missed it. But at least what the song lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in catchiness.

#2: “Barbie Girl” (1997)

Aqua

We can't really be blamed for missing the subtext of this one. Everything from the title to the tone seems to be aimed at young kids. The song was a catchy blast of bubblegum pop. That's why so many of us were oblivious of its meaning. Instead, we were too busy singing along to realize how inappropriate it was. Even though the song was named after one of the most iconic children's toys, the lyrics are not for kids. They dealt with sexual themes, and some considered them sexist. Not surprisingly, the song inspired controversy when parents became, understandably, upset to hear their young daughters singing along. In fact, the song even inspired a lawsuit from Mattel, the manufacturers of the legendary Barbie doll.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Milkshake” (2003), Kelis
This Beloved Classic Managed to Be Silly & Sexy

“2 Become 1” (1996), Spice Girls
This Lovely Ballad Doesn’t Shy Away From Adult Themes

“Candy Shop” (2005), 50 Cent feat. Olivia
This Candy Shop Is Not For Kids

“Cake by the Ocean” (2015), DNCE
An Ode to the Kind of Dessert That’s Best Enjoyed in the Bedroom

“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (2011), Katy Perry
An Unapologetic Celebration of Having Too Much Fun

#1: “Poker Face” (2008)

Lady Gaga

Over the years, we’ve gotten to know more about the enigmatic singer. But at the beginning of her career, she was nothing if not mysterious. Aside from putting out hit after hit, part of her appeal was the mystery around her. Because of that, it made sense that her songs were a bit cryptic. It almost felt like us mere mortals weren’t meant to understand the lyrics. So, even though most of us knew that this song wasn’t really about a card game, its true meaning was lost on many of us. Much to the surprise of many listeners, she was actually singing about an ex-boyfriend and the fact that every time they had sex, she fantasized about women.
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