It’s easy enough to mishear phrases in regular spoken language—it gets way easier with songs. The rhythm and intonation are different, all the instruments can obstruct the clarity of the voice, and sometimes singers just don’t sing very clearly. With the added knowledge that song lyrics don’t always make very much sense, songs are the perfect recipe for delightfully amusing misheard phrases.
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.” Besides, sometimes the misheard version is far easier to hear than the intended original, and sometimes they even make for a more interesting song.
Here are 14 of the funniest misheard song lyrics, along with the title of the song, the artist, and a bit of information about the song’s success, as all the listed songs were big hits.