20 Songs That Make No Sense

I want it that way. Wait, you want what what way?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2010 11:33 AM CST
20 Songs That Make No Sense
Salt n' Pepa performing at the MTV 20th Anniversary party, 'MTV20: Live and Almost Legal' at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on 8/1/01.   (Getty Images)

Some lyrics are just so ambiguous you have no idea what you’re singing about when you sing along. Willa Paskin lists 20 “songs that make you go, huh?” on BlackBook:

  • “I Want It That Way,” Backstreet Boys: “Make up your minds dudes, is ‘that way’ a good or a bad thing? Or is it anal sex?”
  • “Push It,” Salt N’ Pepa: OK, maybe this one isn’t so vague: “Yeah, the ‘it’ in this song is pretty definitively ween.”

  • “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Snoop Dogg: “There’s a number of things ‘it’ could refer to in this song: I refuse to believe any of them but poop.”
  • “Whip It,” Devo: OK, so the line about whipping cream sorta makes sense, but as the song goes on it makes decidedly less sense. “Possibly we’re still talking about butter, but I doubt it.”
  • “And It Stoned Me,” Van Morrison: “Van Morrison apparently said this song was about a quasi-mystical experience he had when an old dude gave him some water”…but it’s probably about actually getting stoned.
For the complete list, click here. (More Backstreet Boys stories.)

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