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

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“Royals,” Lorde

Misunderstood Hit Songs

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The U.S. has been in the middle of an obsession with the British royal family ever since Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011. It’s pretty reasonable to assume that Lorde took inspiration from all of the pomp and circumstance while she was writing The Love Club EP in 2011, especially considering that Lorde’s stage name is rooted in her fascination with the aristocracy, but she actually had a different type of Royal in mind when she created the chart-topping hit. Lorde told Deadspin she was inspired by a picture of George Brett signing autographs in his Kansas City Royals jersey in a 1976 issue of National Geographic. Literally no one could have seen that coming.

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