15 Songs Literally Everyone Knows The Words To


Music has been the common language between generations for years in the past and years to come in the future. There are just those songs, those iconic hits, that everyone knows and can sing along to.

Whether it’s a drunk night of karaoke, singing loudly with a hairbrush in the mirror, or jamming out in your car, we can pretty much guarantee you will recognize these 15 songs. Somehow these songs have surreptitiously sunken their teeth into your mind and have refused to let you go.

Perhaps you don’t even want to know the words to half of these songs but the truth is, you do and you’ll probably start humming along subconsciously as you scroll through this list.

The 15 songs on this list have the ability to unite every person who hears the tune blasting on the speakers. So go ahead, check out the 15 songs that literally everyone knows the lyrics to. Do you?

15. “All The Small Things” – blink-182

“All The Small Things” was one of the biggest hits off of blink-182’s 1999 album Enema of the State.

All the small things True care, truth brings I’ll take one lift Your ride best trip

As well as being one of the band’s biggest songs, it was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 Greatest Pop Songs.”

Say it ain’t so, I will not go, Turn the lights off, Carry me home

The song topped charts worldwide and gained more attention after the release of the accompanying music video which parodied boy bands like the Backstreet Boys and N’ Sync.

14. “Milkshake” – Kelis

“Milkshake” was a song you heard everyone singing back when it was released in 2003. You probably didn’t even know who Kelis was, and to be honest, we’re still not quite sure who she is.

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, And they’re like It’s better than yours, Damn right it’s better than yours, I can teach you, But I have to charge

“Milkshake” was pretty much a one hit wonder for Kelis, but we thank her for giving us one of the most iconic songs of the 2000s.

La la-la la la, Warm it up. Lala-lalala, The boys are waiting

Kelis is writing a cookbook now, in case anyone was wondering. Perhaps she will have a recipe for milkshakes included.

13. “Hey Ya!” Outkast

“Hey Ya!” was released in 2003 by OutKast on their album Speakerboxx/The Love Below.

My baby don’t mess around Because she loves me so And this I know for sure.

The song was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year. It was produced and written by OutKast member André 3000.

The song’s chorus wasn’t too hard to remember either…

Hey… ya. Hey ya. Hey… ya. Hey ya.

The song popularized the phrase “shake it like a Polaroid picture” and the Polaroid Corporation used the song to revitalize the public’s perception of its products.

Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor Uh! Here we go… Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it (oh oh) Shake it, shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake it (oh oh) Shake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture, shake it, shake it

And you guys, FYI, shaking a Polaroid picture is actually really bad for the film.

12. “Party In The USA” – Miley Cyrus

“Party In The USA” was one of Miley Cyrus‘ first big hits after transforming from her “good girl” role on Hannah Montana.

The song is basically about Cyrus’ move from Tennessee to California.

I hopped off the plane at L.A.X. with a dream and my cardigan Welcome to the land of fame, excess, whoa! am I gonna fit in?

“Party In The USA” was a major success and had everyone singing along, blasting the song on their car stereos.

Got my hands up, they’re playin’ my song And now I’m gonna be okay Yeah! It’s a party in the USA! Yeah! It’s a party in the USA!

11. “Wonderwall” – Oasis

“Wonderwall” was released by the English rock band Oasis in 1995.

Today is gonna be the day That they’re gonna throw it back to you

The band’s guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher said that “Wonderwall” describes an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself. Although, originally, it was thought to be about his girlfriend at the time.

Because maybe You’re gonna be the one that saves me And after all You’re my wonderwall

The song was a chart-topper back then and remains a classic hit to this day.

10. “Single Ladies” – Beyonce

“Single Ladies” was a major breakout for Beyonce as a solo artist after leaving Destiny’s Child. She had everyone trying to learn the “Single Ladies” dance and look even half as good as she did.

‘Cause if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it Don’t be mad once you see that he want it If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it Oh, oh, oh

The song has over half a billion views on Youtube and is easily one of Beyonce’s most recognizable songs.

The song and particularly its music video have been widely parodied and imitated. Several notable artists have performed cover versions and you know you’ve probably selected this song for a drunken night of karaoke after a breakup.

9. “Wannabe” – Spice Girls

“Wannabe” by the Spice Girls was the sing-along anthem of every girl in the nineties.

Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want So tell me what you want, what you really, really want I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want So tell me what you want, what you really, really want I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna really, really, really wanna zigazig ah

But did anyone take a step back to look at what the lyrics of this song actually say?

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends Make it last forever, friendship never ends

Wait, why would you want your friends to hook up with the guy you liked before you did? Maybe they meant “get with” as in get in good with their friends… but that is sure not what it sounds like!

8. “Ignition (Remix)” – R. Kelly

Is there even a non-remix version of this song?

If so, it wasn’t nearly as popular as “Ignition (Remix)” which peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Turns out, R. Kelly allegedly wrote “Ignition (Remix)” five whole years before he wrote “Ignition.”

This really gives the first few words of the song little meaning.

It’s the remix to ignition Hot and fresh out the kitchen Mama rollin’ that body Got every man in here wishin’

The song was recorded in 2002 on R. Kelly‘s sixth studio album Chocolate Factory. 

“Ignition (Remix)” was one of those songs everyone knew and sang, but didn’t really understand what the lyrics meant.

Privacy is on the door But still they can hear you screamin’ more Girl I’m feelin’ what you feelin’ No more hopin’ and wishin’

Looking at the lyrics point blank, it is pretty clear what “Ignition (Remix)” is referring to.

I’m bout to take my key and Stick it in the ignition

7. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

“Don’t Stop Believin’” was released in 1981 on Journey’s album Escape. The song has a unique structure, which helps it stick in your mind. Whereas most songs repeat the chorus throughout a song, “Don’t Stop Believin’” only features the chorus at the end.

Don’t stop believin’ Hold on to that feelin’ Streetlight people Don’t stop believin’ Hold on Streetlight people Don’t stop believin’ Hold on to that feelin’ Streetlight people

Although not their biggest hit (“Open Arms” was their most famous song), this song is by far one of the most widely recognized songs in the world.

The song experienced a huge resurgence in the ’00s.

Just a small town girl Livin’ in a lonely world She took the midnight train Goin’ anywhere

Anyone who has seen Glee will be very familiar with this classic. The television show famously covered the song in their first season and it was a huge hit.

6. “All Star” – Smash Mouth

“All Star” was probably one of the biggest hits that the rock band Smash Mouth ever had. The song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“All Star” was first released in 1999. The music video for the song had tons of celebrity appearances like William H. Macy,Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Paul Reubens, Kel Mitchell, Dane Cook and Doug Jones.

This song has lyrics that are hard to forget. We bet you remember making the shape of an ‘L’ on your forehead.

Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb In the shape of an “L” on her forehead

The catchy tune is still played to this day.

Hey now, you’re an all-star, get your game on, go play Hey now, you’re a rock star, get the show on, get paid And all that glitters is gold Only shooting stars break the mold

The song gained a resurgence when it was used heavily for the Shrek franchise.

5. “…Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears

“…Baby One More Time” was the biggest song off of pop star Britney Spears‘ debut album in 1998. The song reached number one in several companies and Spears was an instant star.

Girls around the world were singing along to the song and dressing up like school girls.

“My loneliness is killing me (and I) I must confess, I still believe (still believe) When I’m not with you I lose my mind Give me a sign Hit me, baby, one more time”

“…Baby One More Time” actually was not even intended for Britney. The song was originally written for the Backstreet Boys or TLC, but they rejected it.

“Oh, baby, baby How was I supposed to know That something wasn’t right here?”

The song was originally titled “Hit Me Baby One More Time” but was changed to “…Baby One More Time” after executives were concerned that the line “Hit Me” would condone domestic violence.

Regardless of the title, the song was a huge hit and helped Britney Spears become the pop icon that she is today.

4. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston‘s ” I Will Always Love You” is actually a cover song. Yep, that is not the original version. The first “I Will Always Love You” was recorded and released by Dolly Parton in 1974.

Whitney Houston recorded her own version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard. 

The song was a huge hit and spent 14 straight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It has become one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song re-charted in 2012 after Whitney Houston’s death.

The song has definitely been a popular karaoke choice despite it being a vocally difficult song to pull off (but that’s what tequila is for).

“And I will always love you I will always love you I will always love you I will always love you I will always love you I, I will always love you

You, darling, I love you Oh, I’ll always, I’ll always love you”

These are pretty much the only words we know. The song also has the advantage of being able to be sung by a goat!

3. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 hit song “I Will Survive” has become an iconic breakup song and karaoke anthem.

“At first I was afraid, I was petrified Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side”

The song is off of her album, Love Tracks.

“I Will Survive” has remained a popular disco song for decades. The song’s narrative of personal strength following a devastating breakup resonated with all people.

“Oh no, not I, I will survive Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive I’ve got all my life to live And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive I will survive, hey, hey”

“I Will Survive” had a particularly large influence within the LGBT community at the time of its release in the late seventies. There was an overall lack of acceptance of LGBT individuals at the time. The song is often referred to as the Queer Anthem.

In November 2013, Gaynor released a gospel album entitled We Will Survive, which includes a new, updated remix of “I Will Survive” by DJ Shpank in both extended and radio edit formats.

2. “All I Want For Christmas Is You”- Mariah Carey

This song is bound to be played in living rooms throughout the holidays for years to come. Even though Mariah Careyherself is not as popular as she once was, this Christmas song has stuck around since she first recording the classic holiday song in 1994.

Mariah Carey made two music videos for her hit holiday song.

The first music video featured Carey’s personal home footage of her, her family and her dogs during the holiday season.

Then-husband, Tommy Mottola made a cameo appearance as Santa Claus.

The second video was all black and white and featured Carey dressed in 1960’s style in homage to The Ronettes, alongside back up singers and female dancers.

“All I Want For Christmas” is basically a Christmas standard at this point. You probably know the words to this song even if you don’t celebrate Christmas.

With 14 million copies sold internationally, “All I Want For Christmas” remains Mariah Carey’s biggest international success to this day.

1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen

Somehow this song has managed to make its way through all generations as just one of those “sing-along-songs” that everyone knows.

“Because I’m easy come, easy go A little high, little low Anyway the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me, to me”

The song was released in 1975 by the rock band Queen on their album A Night At The Opera.

Whenever it comes on you can’t help but join in with a silly voice.

The song manages to be musically inquisitive while hilariously goofy at the same time, which is part of the reason that it is loved and remembered by so many.

“I see a little silhouetto of a man Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo Figaro – magnifico”

I bet you didn’t actually know that these were the words of the song. Most people just do their best to sound out the Italian words.

Funny thing is, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is actually one of the least-understood songs in the history of rock and roll. Think about it, do you know what the heck they are singing about?

The song title is thought to be a twist on Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody.” For non-music history buffs, The Hungarian Rhapsodies is a set of 19 piano pieces based on Hungarian folk themes, composed by Franz Liszt in the mid-1800s.

The song was written by Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen.

Suggested meanings of “Bohemian Rhapsody” include a veiled account of his sexuality and the impact this had on his relationship with his close friend Mary Austen.

Other theories include the song being about Freddie’s return to the trauma of being forced out of his native Zanzibar when he was a teenager.

It could also be a song about a man who killed a man and endured feverish guilt dreams while fearing for his eternal soul.

Regardless of what the song is about, we guarantee you can sing along when you hear it played on the radio.


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