I had gotten my first iPod at the age of 12, and all of these songs listed still live on my iPhone. I was finally getting my own music taste without my parents monitoring it. I was super innocent, and wasn’t quite sure what I was listening to. Take it Off by Kesha was the dirtiest song I knew back then, okay? Writing this, I realized that I’ve forgotten quite a lot of songs that I was oblivious to as a preteen. I think we all had songs we listened to and didn’t fully understand at these ages.
This came out in 2011, and I remember hearing this at a Beta Club party. I knew this was about sex, but like all of today’s 12 year olds in the YouTube comments, this 12 year old didn’t know what S&M stood for.
My dad bought me the album this song is on at the record store, by the way. It was the clean album, but my dad is still oblivious to the fact he bought his daughter something that has lyrics that clearly reference sex. My brain still fills in the rest of “Sticks and stones may break my bones,” with “but chains and whips excite me.”
Took the words right out of my mouth. (I mean, these are the lyrics.)
Like I said, I knew it was about sex, but what I didn’t understand was the lyric “The beat’s so fat gonna, make me come (over to your place)”. I thought they were coming over to hook up, which was partially true, but she’s referencing a bodily fluid that I was unaware of as a 12 year old. The original lyric from the demo was “The beat’s so fat gonna, make me come (all over your face).” Delightful, right?
Right Round- Flo Rida feat. Kesha
Okay, so this one came out when I was 10. It played in the skating rink a lot, and when my sister turned 16 it always seemed to be playing in her car. I still workout to this song, but I now know that this is a song about a stripper. There’s a lyric that says “From the top of the pole I watch her go down”, but it went over my head as an oblivious 10 year old. Whistle came out years later, and I fully understood the meaning of it. Props to my 14 year old self. Or her Jr. High classmates.
Hotel Room Service- Pitbull
This was on a playlist under a Xat chat room I used to go into. It had a nice beat, okay? I still get it stuck in my head when I stay in a hotel. Like a lot of songs on this list, I knew it was about sex, but I didn’t know exactly what it was about. There were so many innuendos I didn’t get for years after. Memorable lyrics include “Forget about your boyfriend” and “you can bring your girlfriends”. Pitbull realizes rooms in the “Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn” aren’t very big, right?
London Bridge- Fergie
My sister would listen to this song, and I had no idea what it was about. This came out in 2006, so this was my sister’s “I was 12 and didn’t know what it’s about song.”, but by the time she drove me around in our mom’s old mini van when I was 10 or 11, it was also the same for me. It’s not the actual London Bridge that’s coming down. It’s a metaphorical falling of a London Bridge brought on by “such a lady…dancing like a hoe” and Grey Goose vodka. Yay innuendos.
Take it Off- Kesha
Like I said, this was the dirtiest song I knew for a while. I absolutely adored Kesha growing up. (I still do. I bought her new album the first day it was released.) As a 10-11 year old when this was released, I was oblivious to the lyrics for a couple more years. It’s about strippers in a dirty strip club, obviously. That’s why “they go hardcore and there’s glitter on the floor.” I thought it was just a really freaky party, but they’re legally allowed to take it off in this establishment. It’s part of their job.
3- Britney Spears
I remember finding out the meaning to this song and thinking “Ew. This is so freaky.” (Way to kinkshame, younger self.) I always knew when songs were about sex, but anything deeper than that went over my head. “3 is a charm, 2 is not the same. I don’t see the harm, so are you game?” Did I think they were playing Monopoly or something? I mean, really.
Here’s links to all of them:
Please share songs your younger self didn’t understand so I can feel better about myself.