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I used to think that the top 40 music charts were agreed on every week by a group of grown ups who decided which songs they liked best.
When I was youn I thought a 78 rpm record could only be played once and was then discarded. I was impressed by the largesse of my father's friend who played his John McCormack records for us.
Every (former)child in my family has a copy of the record "The Muppets Christmas With John Denver". Just a few Christmases ago we were all sitting around talking about it, and my sister and cousins were saying something about how much fun it must have been to record it. I casually observed how funny it was that it was an album supposedly made by singing puppets, and they all looked at me like I had just shoved Santa off the roof. Even though they were in their late 20's/early 30's, they still believed that the album had been recorded in some giant studio, with John Denver really surrounded by all the Muppets, who were really all being worked by the puppeteers so they were "singing along".
Songs (or music videos) that scared me when I was little:
1) The video for "Opportunities," by the Pet Shop Boys. (I think there are two videos for this song) It was the one where the singer with the glasses and Amish hat is stuck in the floor in front of a limousine. I kept my parents up all night once because I thought that singer was going to come get me.
2) "Justify my Love," by Madonna. I thought the whispering lady was some scary person that was going to come get me and the whispers were warnings that she was coming. I later found out when I grew up that it was pornographic.
3) "Dream Weaver," by Gary Wright. Simply the beginning freaked me out. The scary "eeeeeeee" opening notes and the weird bird like sounds. I still don't listen to that song to this day.
4) "I'm Not In Love," by 10cc. That was just WAY too psychological for me to hear at age 10. I don't want to hear some guy's creepy mother whispering "Be quiet, big boys don't cry" in the past during the musical interlude. Don't listen to that one either.
On a positive note, I started getting moved by pretty love songs at age 4. Would cry and say "That's SOOOO pretty!"
I used to think that the song "Cocaine" was "Cocoa." I would go around the house singing "she don't like... cocoa."
Until I was like 7 I believed that a song was a long as a TV show...30 minutes. So when I asked my mom something like how long it was going to take to drive somewhere and she would say "3 songs", I thought it was like and hour and a half.
i had seen many old musicals when i was a kid and i thought that people randomly made up a song at any time.
i had heard stuff about the 'good old days' and i thought that over time people were getting less creative so they cant judt make up songs like that anymore.
When I was about eight years old I heard about copyright laws. I thought that to sing the song in that you had to write to the person singing it and ask permission.
On the song "I'm too Sexy" by Right Said Fred I thought the line "I'm a model, you know what I mean" was "I'm a martyr, you know what I mean" I figured some people might think it was sexy if you were willing to suffer for your beliefs.
When I was younger, my older sister would blast the top 40 hits while she got ready for school. This was when Autotune became popular, and I thought the majority of songs were sang by robots, like in SpongeBob. Every morning I would do the robot dance to the radio, and I never understood why my sister looked at me like I was crazy.
I used to believe that no one could hear me when I hummed
When I was a lot younger I used to think that everytime I played a record on my record player that the singers were singing it live in the studio for me. And when I played a song over and over I worried that the singers were getting tired.
My dad had a really good voice, and to me he sounded like an opera singer. Sometimes he also sang music from the 70s. So whenever I heard an opera singer, or whenever I heard like the Carpenters singing, I was totally convinced that it was my dad singing on the radio or the recordor tape or whatever. It was years before I figured out that my dad did not sing on the radio or on a record or tape.
when i heard the song "ticket to ride" when i was little, i thought ride was a place. like someone might say they have a ticket to los angeles... when i asked my mom where ride was, and she got a bit confused before explaining it meant she has a ticket to ride the train/bus/plane/whatever. i still think the phrasing is a bit weird if it means that.
My family and I go to this pizza place. At the pizza place there are mini juke boxes at each table. When i was little I always wanted to play Achey Braky Heart by the Chipmunks. My parents told me if I played that song i would arrested! Let me tell you, I steared clear of that song for a while!
When I heard the phrase "melting in my arms" in a song, I thought it was literal. I remember thinking it was such a sad song.
When I was younger I would listen to the radio a lot. One station often broadcasted live from different clubs where they were playing remixes of songs. I always thought that singers had to go perform live at these clubs and sing the songs differently to the different beats. When I got a little older I told my Dad what i used to think, and told him I now knew what they did... I now knew they just hired other singers to sounds like the famous people to sing those songs live. I was thirteen or fourteen before i realized the truth!
When I was about 5, my family and sunday school liked to sing the song "Climb up Sunshine Mountain." The lyrics said "Climb up Sunshine Mountain, faces all aglow." I thought that the glowing faces were what the mountain was made of. I always felt eerie hearing about little kids climb up (what I pictured to be) a mountain giant green monster faces.
this is about music... when i was young and i watched performances, i thought the conductors and the performers have a secret code, like "when i raise my right hand you start playing." i didnt know conductors were there to keep the time til i joined a band...
When I was about 4 or 5, there was this song I heard on the radio all the time (apparently by Quarterflash, according to a Google search I just performed), which contained the lyrics "I'm gonna harden my heart, I'm gonna swallow my tears". I took this literally. I believed that if you swallowed your tears, your heart would harden and you would die. One day, after bumping my head on a table leg, I started to cry a little, and a tear dripped into my mouth. I started screaming hysterically, telling my mom I needed to go to the hospital. Of course she was freaking out, thinking I'd split my skull open or something. Through my sobs, I explained that I had jusy swallowed a tear, and would soon die of heart failure. Just like the song says. She looked at me in disbelief, and started laughing.