There are two types of hit songs — those that spawn an entirely new vernacular like “Hotline Bling” or “Surfboardt”, and those that take everyday terms and make them nightmares. The everyday term looks the same and innocent enough at first, but soon, every time you hear a snippet of it in real life, you’ll automatically hear the entire dang catchy song. Here are the top seven songs that ruined common phrases.
“Work” by Rihanna
Oh Rihanna, we should’ve known you’d deliver us a painfully catchy song when “Work” came out. You forever changed “umbrella”, and we stupidly thought you’d stop there. But now every time we ask Carl from accounting if he can come out to lunch with us, he tries to be funny and says he can’t because he’s got to “work work work work work”.
“What Do You Mean” by Justin Bieber
Every single time someone says “what do you mean”, it’s impossible not to hear the “doo doop doo doo doo diddly doo“ part that follows. We can’t even sing it right or describe it, but gosh darnit, we hear it every time! Justin is partly at fault for ruining the word “Baby” for us, but that train left the station long ago with the likes of Britney’s “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and also every other song ever. But seriously, we do not need to hear your catchy little dingle dongle part every time some girl in Geography asks a question.
“Let It Go” – Idina Menzel
We knew “Let It Go” would be a thing months before we even buckled down to watch the movie. This was the jam of 2013 and boy did everyone make sure everyone else knew they weren’t left out of the Frozen spectacular. And now whenever you’re trying to give your friend some solid advice, that they shouldn’t hang on to the unnecessary emotions weighing them down, you can’t ’cause that sh*t’s been ruint.
“Good Morning” – Kanye West
Kanye’s “Good Morning” is simultaneously the best alarm clock and the worst thing to ever happen to the phrase “good morning”. It’s a bit of a throwback, but if you know this song, you know that “good morning” has never been the same. Much like J-Bieb’s “What Do You Mean”, the titular phrase is followed by instrumentals that are impossible to sing right but so catchy that your brain automatically gets ’em going whenever someone greets you before noon.
“Where Have You Been” – Rihanna
Did you think we’d only have ONE Rihanna song here? That bish be ruining words left and right. I hear “where have you been” in that intense whiny sing-y way every time my mom gets on my case (which isn’t too far from what she actually sounds like). But still, it makes every inquiry into your whereabouts sound way too dramatic.
“Irreplaceable” – Beyonce
Why, Beyonce, why?! “To the left” is still a thing 10 years later. YES, people still saying it, that is a ten-year-old reference. Sure, “Irreplaceable” gives us chills every time we hear it, but seriously, Bey has forever infiltrated the mind of anyone hanging a flatscreen TV, backing into a parking spot, or describing their political leanings.
“Hello” – Adele
This one is THE worst. How else are you going to leave a voicemail besides “Hello, it’s me”?! How else are you going to greet someone besides saying “Hello, how are you?” We hear it all the dang time. It’s so annoying! Just greeting someone makes you quote the most prolific song of 2015.
What song do YOU hear every time someone accidentally quotes part of it?