11. “Waterfalls” by TLC
You thought it was about slowing down, and not getting ahead of yourself.
It’s actually about the social plagues that kill young people, including drugs and HIV. The music video actually makes this one pretty clear, but the songs important message has just about disappeared with time.
12. “Mmmmbop” by Hanson
You thought it was about something maybe but you couldn’t understand the lyrics.
It’s actually about the fleeting nature of our time on Earth. As Zac Hanson stated in 2012, it’s about how “so much of life is fleeting.” An “Mmmmbob” is actually a moment in time.
13. “Barbie Girl” by Aqua
You thought it was about having fun and being Barbie-like.
It’s actually about the commodification of women’s bodies. Like most people, Aqua thought that Barbie dolls gave girls unrealistic expectations about their bodies and sex appeal, and wrote this catchy pop song about objectification.