Eurythmics classic track, Sweet Dreams, has been voted the most misquoted song

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Cheese, Who Am I To Disagree?

  • Eurythmics classic track, Sweet Dreams, has been voted the most misquoted song – the nations favourite ‘sing-a-wrong’ - in a study commissioned by Spotify
  • The study reveals that the British public are perfectionists when it comes to getting the words right to their favourite tunes
  • Spotify’s Sing-a-Wrong playlist is available for embedding using the Spotify Play Button

Research out today from leading music streaming service Spotify has revealed the all-time top 10 ‘sing-a-wrong’ song lyrics. The chart is topped by Eurythmics classic Sweet Dreams, which was found to be the most commonly misquoted song with the lyric ‘sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to disagree’.

Spotify asked music fans which songs they most commonly hear people singing incorrectly and has compiled the chart that features a mix of classic and current tracks. According to those surveyed, Rihanna ‘found dove in a soapless place’ whilst Paul Young was urging someone to ‘take a piece of meat’ everytime they went away.

Spotify’s Sing-a-Wrong top ten playlist includes:

1.      Sweet dreams are made of cheese / Sweet dreams are made of this (Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams) – 28 per cent

2.      We found dove in a soapless place / We found love in a hopeless place (Rihanna, We Found Love) – 26 per cent

3.      Can’t stand gravy / Constant craving (k.d. lang, Constant Craving) – 20 per cent

4.      Do it like a lady / Dude looks like a lady (Aerosmith, Dude Looks Like A Lady) – 10 per cent

5.      Peggy, Peggy Suuuuue / Beggin’, beggin youuuu (Madcon, Beggin’ ) – 7 per cent

6.      Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you / Every time you go away, you take a piece of me with you (Paul Young, Every Time You Go Away) – 3 per cent

7.      Hold me close now Tony Danza / Hold me closer tiny dancer (Elton John, Tiny Dancer) – 3 per cent

8.      Daddy I’ve fallen for a lobster / Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster (Stooshe, Black Heart) – 1 per cent

9.      Hey ho, gotta let go / Hey ho galileo (Taio Cruz, Dynamite) – 1 per cent

10.   It doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not / It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not (Jon Bon Jovi, Living On A Prayer) – 1 per cent

Hearing someone getting the lyrics wrong is a source of great frustration to music fans, with over half (54 per cent) of Brits surveyed admitting that it annoys them.

The study, by Spotify, reveals that the most annoying situation for a lyric misdemeanour is at a gig (28 per cent), followed by in an office (19 per cent), on public transport (13 per cent) and even one in four (25 per cent) hating hearing a shower sing-a-long go wrong.

Seven per cent of Brits claim they never get lyrics wrong, with over one in three (35 per cent) confessing they found it really embarrassing to get caught singing the incorrect words.

Findings revealed Brits are passionate about getting the words right with 67 per cent saying they have had arguments with friends and over half (53 per cent) saying they always corrected people with the right lyrics. Various methods of correcting a friend getting words wrong have been adopted with everything from singing louder than them with the right words (33 per cent), sending someone a link to a lyrics website (20 per cent) and just over one in 16 (six per cent) resorting to changing the track that is playing.

Will Hope, Director of Label Relations at Spotify, comments: “British music lovers have named a mix of classic and current tracks as the top songs we most often misquote. The top ten covers everything from Rihanna to Bon Jovi, so it looks like all sorts of different music fans are making funny mistakes.” 

July 12, 2013 8:11am ET by Spotify   Comments (0)

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