30 Song Titles You Probably Have Wrong

No, it's not called "Time of Your Life"

By Frank Donovan

Do you ever think of a song you want to hear, scroll through your library for a title, and think, “Damn, it’s one of those tracks with a random name that probably isn’t even a lyric! Why so tricky Smashing Pumpkins? Joni Mitchell? 4 Non Blondes?”

This list is dedicated to these misleading songs. We like to think of them as the opposite of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” the easiest song title to remember in the history of music.

We hope this list of 30 counterintuitively-named tracks along with their correct titles will save you some mental anguish next time you’re just trying to hear a song and get on with your life. Enjoy!

  • What You Call It: “Teenage Wasteland”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Baba O’Riley” by The Who (1971)

  • What You Call It: “Ground Control to Major Tom”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Space Oddity” by David Bowie (1969)

  • What You Call It: “Everybody Must Get Stoned”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” by Bob Dylan (1966)

  • What You Call It: “Freak Out”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Le Freak” by Chic (1978)

  • What You Call It: “We Don’t Need No Education”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd (1979)

  • What You Call It: “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”

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    What It’s Actually Called: The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) by Nat King Cole (1946)

  • What You Call It: “Stand By Me”

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    What It’s Actually Called: Train In Vain (Stand By Me) by The Clash (1979)

  • What You Call It: “Uhhh…”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Laid” by James (1993)

  • What You Call It: “That song from The Sandlot

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Green Onions” by Booker T. and The M.G.’s (1962)

  • What You Call It: “The Hey Song”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Rock And Roll Part 2” by Gary Glitter (1972)

  • What You Call It: “That song that’s like dada-da-da dada-da-da dada-da-da-da”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Pick Up the Pieces” by Average White Band (1974)

  • What You Call It: “Doo doo doo do dootdidoodoo”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega

  • What You Call It: “Stop Hey What’s That Sound”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield (1967)

  • What You Call It: “I’m Not Sick But I’m Not Well”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger (1997)

  • What You Call It: “Rollin’ On The River”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

  • What You Call It: “What’s Going On”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes (1993)

  • What You Call It: “I Would Walk 500 Miles”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers (1988)

  • What You Call It: “I Hope You Had the Time of Your Life”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day (1997)

  • What You Call It: “Rat in a Cage” or “The World is a Vampire”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” by The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

  • What You Call It: “Way-hoo!”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Song 2” by Blur (1997)

  • What You Call It: “Get The Cool Shoeshine”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “19-2000” by Gorillaz (2001)

  • What You Call It: “That song from The Parent Trap

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Never Let You Go” by Jakaranda (1998)

  • What You Call It: “They Paved Paradise And Put Up a Parking Lot”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell (1970)

  • What You Call It: “Just One of Dem Days”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” by Monica (1995)

  • What You Call It: “The song from Ghost that’s like, ‘Whooaa My Looove’”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers (1965)

  • What You Call It: “I Wish That I Knew What I Know Now When I Was Younger.”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Ooh La La” by The Faces (1973)

  • What You Call It: “Feelin’ Groovy”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Simon and Garfunkel (1966)

  • What You Call It: “And If You…Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah…Just Go Ahead Now”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Two Princes” by The Spin Doctors (1993)

  • What You Call It: “I’m in Heaven with My Boyfriend”

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    What It’s Actually Called: “Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club (1981)