Everybody has their own interpretation of their favorite songs. As fans, we pick up on the most relatable or immediately satisfying aspects of songs. Usually our interpretations are not what the musician or writer originally intended. Imagine all the songs that had us swaying and singing along. The lyrics themselves and the subtext of them is irrelevant to most. Does that stop us from jumping headfirst into blissful ignorance? Of course not. So, here are the songs that most of us were blissfully unaware were about sex. Surprise!
1. “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfield.
On the surface, it’s a song about loving yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. Think ‘loving yourself’ a little deeper and a little more physically. “When I get chills at night/ I feel it deep inside without you, yeah/ Know how to satisfy/ Keeping that tempo right without you, yeah.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out.
2. “You Outta Know,” by Alanis Morisette.
She’s the ground you girl we all know and love. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, that’s for sure. Not even want to comes to sex, apparently. You all to know, that this song is it what you thought it was. Does she go down on you want to feed her? Your conscience probably skipped over that little bit while you were screaming the chorus in front of the mirror or on a whim blowing car ride but now you know.
3. “Crash Into Me,” by Dave Matthews Band.
That song you thought was poetically spelling words of love and adoration? It’s actually the secret peeping-tom anthem. “Oh I watch you through the window/and I stare at you/ you wear nothing but you wear it so well.”
4. “This Love,” by Maroon 5.
“I tried to best to feed her appetite, keep her coming every night.” I lost count of the amount of times I sang the song in front of my parents. Truth be told I’d have been OK remaining in the dark about this one. Once upon a time, this was the desperation of a man showing his love and effort to keep his girl around. Now, well now it’s a matter of fear of abandonment for lack of sexual satisfaction.
5. “White Houses,” by Vanessa Carlton.
“My first time, hard to explain – rush of blood, oh, and a little bit of pain – on a cloudy day.” It all makes sense now, right? When you aren’t just singing the misunderstood words with no direction, when they’re smacking you in the face with their sudden obviousness. Makes you really think about the words that you sang with such conviction… Such ignorance. I guess it’s true, ignorance really is bliss.
6. “Little Red Corvette,” by Prince
“I guess I must be dumb/ because you had a pocket full of horses/ Trojan and some of them use/ but it was Saturday night/ I guess that makes it all right.” I guess I must be dumb for not putting two-and-two together. Let’s just blame this one on the childhood innocence. One thing is for sure, Prince was just like the rest of us – looking for love but settling for Saturday night booty call and possibly with a lady of the night.
7. “If You Seek Amy,” by Brittany Spears.
This one requires little explanation. In the simplest terms possible – I had no idea the song wasn’t about a girl named “Amy”. Kudos, Britney, for your less–than-subtle, but successfully clever, ways.
8. “Here’s to the Night,” by Eve 6
The words you focused on: “Here’s to the night we felt alive…tomorrow’s gonna come too soon.” It’s a sentimental song that resonates with audiences of all ages. Reminiscent adults reliving their past, check. Angsty teenagers soaking up the sadness of the confusing lyrics. Double check. We all had it pegged as a reminder to live in the now. Except, it’s not a headbanging high school graduation tune, it’s about a one night stand, ‘hit-it and quit-it’. Call it what you will. Once you see it – it cannot be unseen.
9. “MMMBop” by Hanson.
You probably thought that because these boys were so young that they were immune to the perversions of a male dominated industry. You thought wrong. Hanson, you can’t fool us with you pubescent pale hair and innocent smiles. Maybe it’s better to leave this stone unturned.
10. “Dancing with Myself,” by Billy Idol
I saved the best for last, of course. This real meaning of this song redirected the memory of my childhood dreams- tainting what was once a fun, guilty pleasure and twisting it into something only my adult mind could comprehend. We danced to the literal interpretation of these lyrics. We would dance without a care, without anyone. Dancing, don’t always mean dancing, though. Who knew? Not me?