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Cryptic Song Title Meanings Quiz Stats

Quiz Updated Aug 18, 2014

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Meaning Title % Correct
Don McLean has resisted all explanations for the cryptic title of his signature song -- I guess future generations will think it's the theme of a 1999 teen sex comedyAmerican Pie
93.1%
Music scholar Sheila Whiteley thinks this Queen title comes from the individualism of the artists' world and the romantic ideals of art rock. Magnifico!Bohemian Rhapsody
81.9%
This song by the Chili Peppers gets its title from a place where Anthony Kiedis used to do drugs (he doesn't want to ever feel like he did that day)Under the Bridge
67.6%
'I get knocked down' would seemingly have been the more logical title, but instead Chumbawamba went for an obscure word meaning a bandwagonning politicianTubthumping
66.7%
Is this Don Henley song about uncleaned clothes? Nope: it's a scathing indictment of the news mediaDirty Laundry
59.1%
From a combination of the the song's two main philosophical influences, Meher Baba and Terry Riley, though still known to many as 'Teenage Wasteland'Baba O'Riley
58.9%
This Deep Purple jam, famous for its signature riff, has nothing to do with drugs: the title/song are about a fire in Montreux, SwitzerlandSmoke on the Water
58.5%
This Rolling Stones jam would not help you make cookies: it's about sex, interracial relationships, slavery, heroin, and a whole lot beyond sweetenersBrown Sugar
57.8%
It's not a call for safe sex or nuclear disarmament: this one-hit wonder by Men without Hats gets its title from the dangers of New Wave dancingThe Safety Dance
56%
This intentionally nonsensical Beatles song gets its titular animal from a Lewis Carroll poemI Am the Walrus
55.3%
Meaning Title % Correct
Rather than name the song for a desire to stand on a mountain, bathe in the sea, lay like this forever, etc, Savage Garden instead went for lots of adverbsTruly, Madly, Deeply
38.2%
I read the lyrics of this hugely influential and enduring Beatles song, oh boy, but the Fab Four never mention the title A Day in the Life
37.5%
Arguably Pearl Jam's most famous track, this song sounds like it's about water but it gets its title from a homeless man struggling to keep a coherent train of thoughtEven Flow
30.5%
Perhaps known better as 'The Hey Song,' Gary Glitter's anthem actually goes by this seemingly serialized titleRock and Roll Part 2
29.9%
Led Zeppelin took the title of this reggae-influenced song from a corruption of 'Did you make her?' or 'Jamaica,' a reference to the punchline of an old jokeD'yer Mak'er
29.6%
This popular R. Kelly song is known as a remix despite the fact that it has almost nothing in common with its supposed predecessorIgnition (Remix)
28.7%
This song, arguably Enya's most popular, is commonly known as 'Sail Away' but is actually titled for a river in VenezuelaOrinoco Flow
28.5%
No, Radiohead's not bad at math: they took the title for this album opener from a famous equation in Orwell's 19842 + 2 = 5
25.3%
There are no amphibians in this Doors song. Jim Morrison gave no explanation for its title other than the song came from his poetryPeace Frog
10.2%
Emerson Lake and Palmer's song (or extended recording, perhaps) about a futuristic carnival also takes its name from a corrupted spellingKarn Evil 9
6.6%
 
Number % Answered
20 (all)
0.8%
18-19
2.3%
16-17
6.4%
14-15
10.9%
12-13
13.8%
10-11
14.7%
8-9
13.2%
6-7
12.3%
4-5
11.6%
2-3
9.5%
1-1
4.7%

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