16 Hit Songs We *Totally* Misunderstood When We First Heard Them

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“…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears

Misunderstood Hit Songs

Jive Records

Max Martin is a hit machine in the United States, but the Swedish songwriter and his partner Rami Yacoub didn’t really understand what a “hit” meant to Americans when they wrote Britney Spears’s baffling classic, “… Baby One More Time.” Did she actually want to get hit? Was it a metaphor for sex? Honestly, we thought it was a metaphor for sex, but Max and Rami were a little confused about American slang and thought “hit” was the same thing as “call.” It’s really just a song about a girl who’d appreciate a call back from her ex, a feeling we can all relate to. Our question is why no one else involved in the song pointed out that that word didn’t mean what they thought it meant.

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