21 Iconic Pop Songs With Lyrics That Make No Sense At All
Who here can honestly say they weren't so obsessed with “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys back in the day. Personally, I'd basically memorized every word within a week of the song's debut. And as soon as I got my hands on that Millenium album, I played the track on a constant loop for hours at a time, proudly singing along to it off-key. But of course, I didn't have the slightest clue what the words really meant (which, let's be honest, most of the songs we listened to at that age were total gibberish in our brains). But in the case of this classic BSB single, almost two decades later… I still don't have any idea what the Boys were talking about. The same can be said for a lot of today's most iconic pop songs because the fact of the matter is, the lyrics make absolutely no sense. Zero. Ziltch.
It's pretty insane how songwriters will forego logic and reason just to get a certain lyrical rhythm that sounds good. In fact, Backstreet Boy, Kevin Richardson once explained that that's exactly why the band chose to keep those nonsensical lyrics for “I Want It That Way,” rather than going with a second version that made more sense.
“Sometimes you overthink things,” he once told the Huffington Post. “I think the newer version or the second version that we did that was more of a literal context didn't… It was the rhyming scheme that didn't feel right. Yeah, it just didn't feel as good, so sometimes you just got to go with what feels right.” …Okay then.
With this snippet, we're finally starting to understand why these artists end up singing some of the weirdest lyrics ever. Sure, they may leave us all scratching our heads, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to what “feels good.” And not gonna lie, it does sound good… just don't think about it too hard. Right?
1. “Summer Girls” by LFO
Sample Lyric: “New Kids On The Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick / And I think it's fly when girl's stop by for the summer”
Just… Wow. It's like the writers just scribbled their most random thoughts onto a piece of paper and then decided “Hey! Let's make this into a song!” Later on, the guy sings “Hip-hop mama, spic n span / Met you one summer and it all began.” #DoItForTheRhyme