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9 Popular Songs With Recording Mistakes You Can’t Unhear

Considering all the time and effort — just the sheer amount of people who listen to a major label release during production — that gets invested in a record, it’s surprising how many little mistakes can fall through the cracks. On the other hand, it really depends if you view all of these as “mistakes;” music is simply about the feeling (, man). The users on the subreddit /r/Productionglitches try to figure out whether the anomalies they hear are legit editing oversights or just mistakes that they decided to keep on a whim. Either way, these might ruin (or enhance) your experience going forward. No looking back:

1. Panic! At the Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies

At 2:14 there’s an Auto-Tune glitch on the word “haven’t”

via evenstevens280

2. The Police – Roxanne

Sting accidentally sits on the piano at the beginning of the song and laughs.

via Rod_Torfusion

3. War – Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Another blooper two seconds in; piano mishit.

via LimeGreenTeknii

4. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful

You can hear the accompanying instrumental track — playing from the headphones she’s wearing in the vocal booth — bleeding into her vocal feed at 3:45.

via Andyd4

5. James Blunt – You’re Beautiful

Starts singing four bars too early at 0:14. Bizarre that it was kept.

via Farafee

6. The Kingsmen – Louie Louie

Another case of vocals coming in too early. Here at 1:55

via Toberoni

7. M.I.A. – Paper Planes

There’s a pop before every chorus. You can’t unhear this.

via Black0uT24

8. Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Zephyr Song

Vocal blip at 3:01

via brndnhghs

9. Megadeth – Paranoid

Drummer thinks there’s another verse at the end of the song (at 2:22). Lead singer says “hey!” and they argue.

via Wayfaerer
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