It’s gettin hot in here, So take off all your…Oh. Oh, wow. This is awkward.
My 8th grade dance never felt so wrong.
Music has always been filled with double entendres and innuendos, but that doesn’t mean that every single listener is going to understand what’s going on.
This is especially true of young children who have a reputation for latching onto catchy tunes even if they don’t know what half the words are.
This can unfortunately create some awkward situations, like that one time your friend’s younger sister wouldn’t stop singing the hook to “Laffy Taffy.”
After looking back at my childhood, I realized there were some tunes I sang along with that I probably shouldn’t have
Most people would agree that a 10-year-old probably shouldn’t know the words to “The Real Slim Shady”.
Here are additional songs that will make your adult-self cringe.
“Wannabe” by The Spice Girls
There are a lot of words the Spice Girls could have used to complete the “If you want be my…” line. For example: friend, casual acquaintance, classmate, domestic partner, potential sublet. Unfortunately, they went with “lover” despite the fact that their music catered almost exclusively to girls under the age of 12.
“Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith
There was a while there where everyone and their grandma was getting jiggy with it — a term that supposedly applied to dancing. This isn’t the first time a large segment of the population totally missed the point of a song, but now everyone knows what it really means…
“Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera
“Gotta rub me the right way” isn’t even innuendo, Christina.
“Lady Marmalade” by A Bunch Of People Who Are No Longer Relevant
In fairness to “Lady Marmalade,” everything sounds classier when you say it in French, but that doesn’t make “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?” any less scandalous — especially when it was seemingly always on the radio.
“Hot in Herre” by Nelly
This one is self-explanatory, but also surprisingly disturbing. Nelly was never shy about the true meaning (if you can’t tell by the chorus, it involves getting naked), but it was still widely acceptable to sing along to this song at middle school dances despite not really knowing what to do after unrobing.
“Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
If you only listen to the chorus, “Tubthumping” is an awesome pump-up song that was perfect for encouraging you to get back on your feet after losing your balance at a roller rink birthday party for the hundredth time.
If you listen to the rest of the song (and manage to decipher the accents), you realize the subject of the song only gets knocked down because he has a crippling alcohol problem. That’s a lot less fun than the roller rink.