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7 songs everyone knows, but no one knows all the words to


THE FOLLOWING TUNES are pub and nightclub standards – but even though they’re always greeted with a roar, what follows is awkward shuffling and a general impatience to get to the chorus.

Will we ever know the lyrics? Probably not. Will that ever stop us enjoying the songs? Never.

Jump Around by House of Pain

“Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin…*indecipherable rapping noises* GET UP STAND UP *more noises*…I CAME TO GET DOWN, I CAME TO GET DOWN.”

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(Here are the actual lyrics.)

Africa by Toto

“I hear the drums echoing tonight…*silence for about three bars* HURRY BOY IT’S WAITING THERE FOR YOUUUU.”

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If you actually look up the lyrics to Africa, you realise they are a lot stranger than you thought they were.

I know that I must do what’s right/As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti


(Here are the actual lyrics.)

Auld Lang Syne

At that point on New Year’s Eve, everyone is usually too drunk/too distracted trying to link arms to remember the lyrics properly. Don’t judge us.

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(Here are the actual lyrics.)

Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

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Always wait it out until you get to the “Too-ra loo-ra too-ra loo-ra-ayyy!” bit. Always.

(Here are the actual lyrics.)

Amhrán na bhFiann

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Even the most proud Irish person has a few weak spots. (Here’s how you can test them out.)

(Here are the actual lyrics.)

We Didn’t Start The Fire by Billy Joel

In fairness, even Billy himself has trouble remembering all of them.

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With the verses, it’s best to goldfish along until you get to the “JFK BLOWN AWAY” part.

(Here are the actual lyrics.)

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

If only the “Hello hello hello hello” bit could go on forever.

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(Here are the actual lyrics.)

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