Song Lyric Trivia Is My Party Trick: Here Are 14 Crowd-Pleasers
11.24.17

Fun facts are my favorite kind of facts and the only thing that makes them more fun is when they’re seamlessly fed to me with little-to-zero effort on my behalf. Nothing has done this better for me than Spotify x Genius Behind the Lyrics. No need to tire my fingers by typing a lyrical inquiry into a Google search bar; no straining my vocal chords to ask Siri a question. Instead, I simply continue staring into my phone screen, an ability that comes oh-so-naturally to me, and my eyes are flooded with FACTS!!! It’s like watching Pop-Up Video without the interrupting commercials, that weird bubble sound and having to watch VH1 in general.

While I personally enjoy knowing useless pop culture trivia year round, I realize this time of year is when you most need your back pocket stuffed with useless knowledge so you can talk about literally anything that isn’t your actual life at the billionth, small-talk-ridden holiday gathering. If you’re still stuck with your family and have officially run out of things to talk about or are worried about running into former classmate after former classmate, try lobbing one of these 14 extremely fun facts I’ve learned from Behind the Lyrics instead of updating them on your love life. Prepare to blow some minds:


1. Lying during an FBI interrogation is a felony, even if you’re doing it for ~*Love*~. 

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Down” by Fifth Harmony
The lyric: There ain’t no kind of situation / Where I wouldn’t cross a line for you / FBI interrogation / I would get up there and lie for you
The full fun fact: “Lauren Jauregui, who sings that verse, might want to think about making false statements to a federal investigator. It’s a felony offense that could land her in prison for five years.”

2. Uber is a helicopter service sometimes.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “All the Way Up” by Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana and InfaRed
The lyric: P.O.s say I can’t get high / Hopped in the helicopter / Uber and said / Go all the way up.
The full fun fact: “Uber does offer limited chopper service in some cities, and the app Blade has been called ‘Uber for helicopters.’ Safe travels!”

3. If you cut off a god’s genitals and throw them into the sea, the resulting foam can birth a goddess.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
The lyric: Make me your Aphrodite / Make me your one and only / But don’t make me your enemy.
The full fun fact: “Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty — she was born from the foam that arose when Cronus cut off Uranus’s genitals and threw them into the sea.”

4. French Montana is saying “haan” with an “n” on all of his songs.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “All the Way Up” by Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana and InfaRed
The lyric: It’s that jarring sound that appears after every time InfaRed says “I’m all the way up.”
The full fun fact: “French Montana’s signature ‘haan’ ad-lib appears on almost all of his songs.” Thought it was HAAA this whole time, guys.

5. “Hey Ya” was originally titled “Thank God for Mom and Dad”

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Hey Ya” by Outkast
The lyric:  Thank God for Mom and Dad / For sticking through together / ‘Cause we don’t know how.
The full fun fact: “‘Thank God for Mom and Dad’ was an early title of the song. Andre 3000 told Huffington Post: ‘The song went through several working titles, that was one of them.'” Can you imagine how different our tween years would’ve been if we were requesting “Thank God for Mom and Dad” all the time!!!?

6. Polaroid used to sponsor parties with OutKast where they handed out Polaroid cameras and apparently my invite got lost in the mail.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Hey Ya” by Outkast
The lyric:  Shake it like a Polaroid picture.
The full fun fact: “The song helped bolster the failing Polaroid Corporation, which was ailing financially with the growing popularity of digital cameras. The company even sponsored parties with OutKast, where the group handed out Polaroid cameras.” Remember cameras?! Me neither!

7. Renting a panda is fucking expensive.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Panda” by Desiigner 
The lyric:  Black X6, Phantom / White X6 look like a panda
The full fun fact: “A single Giant Panda, on rent from China, costs a zoo around $500,000 a year — a lot more than leasing an X6 for a year.” Choose wisely.

8. The lambo everyone raps about was named after an extremely resilient and inspiring Spanish bull. 

Where this nugget of knowledge came from:“Mercy” by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
The lyric: Lamborghini Mercy / Your chick, she so thirsty.
The full fun fact: “‘Mercy’ is short for ‘Murcielago,’ a Lamborghini model. The Murcielago is named after a Spanish bull who survived 24 sword strokes during a 1879 bull fight.” R.I.P.

9. Big Sean says “swerve” 28 times in “Mercy.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Mercy” by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
The lyric: Just ad-libbed throughout.
The full fun fact: “Big Sean says ‘swerve’ 28 times in this song.” Honestly thought it was way more.

10. Carly Rae Jepsen says “really” 67 times in “I Really Like You.”

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepsen
The lyric: Literally the entire song.
The full fun fact:“Jepsen really likes the word ‘really’ — she uses it 67 times in this song.” Really!

11. Lil Pump’s catchphrase is “Eskettit!!!” with 3 “t”s and 3 exclamation points.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump
The lyric: Ad-libbed throughout.
The full fun fact: “Lil Pump’s signature catchphrase: ‘Eskettit!!!'” I honestly have nothing else to add here.

12. Michael Jordan is as tall as a stack of 18,140 bills.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Mercy” by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
The lyric: All my cars is foreign / All my broads is foreign / Money tall like Jordan
The full fun fact: “You’d need 18,140 bills to make a money towers as tall as Michael Jordan. All hundreds would be worth $1.8 million.” Challenge. Accepted.

13. One shot of Louis XIII cognac costs about $163.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna
The lyric: Louis XIII and it’s all on me / You just bought a shot
The full fun fact: “Just one shot of Louis XIII cognac would cost about $163. A bottle ranges from $2,100 to $3,100.” Order this the next time a guy offers to buy you a drink and please report back.

14. Justin wants to apologize.

Where this nugget of knowledge came from: “Sorry” by Justin Bieber
The lyric: Just the song in general.
The full fun fact:

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  • Andrea

    I assume no one has commented yet because they are all too busy spreading these FACTS. Erica, you’re hilarious – love your posts

  • Lauren

    lol I love this website so bad

  • Amelia Diamond

    you’re the funniest human

  • Basil

    Wait … so does this mean that for number 3, Katy Perry is suggesting cutting off someone’s genitals and throwing them into the sea? Or the fun fact is more about how one would go about making an Aphrodite, rather than suggesting that this is what Katy wants?

  • Literally was reading these aloud to my husband as we drove to Thanksgiving. The behind the music for Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen is INCREDIBLE