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'Rock the cat box'?! Most misquoted lyrics of all time

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Laura T. Coffey,TODAY

(NBC) - It happens every day in showers, speeding vehicles and karaoke bars all across America. Feeling joyous and carefree, amateur vocalists belt out their favorite tunes — and botch the lyrics big time.

Which song gets butchered most frequently? A new survey reveals that it's the 1976 version of "Blinded by the Light," which tends to get interpreted like so: "Blinded by the light...wrapped up like a douche when you're rollin' in the night."

On Thursday, Spotify released the results of a June survey of more than 1,000 music fans. Respondents weighed in on the most misquoted song lyrics of all time, and the results are in:

  1. "Blinded by the light...wrapped up like a douche when you're rollin' in the night" / Actual lyrics: "Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night" (Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Blinded by the Light"), 52 percent
  2. "'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy" / "'Scuse me, while I kiss the sky" (Jimi Hendrix, "Purple Haze"), 19 percent
  3. "Rock the cat box" / "Rock the Casbah" (The Clash, "Rock the Casbah"), 14 percent
  4. "Hold me closer, Tony Danza" / "Hold me closer, tiny dancer" (Elton John, "Tiny Dancer"), 13 percent
  5. "There's a bathroom on the right" / "There's a bad moon on the rise" (Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Bad Moon Rising"), 12 percent
  6. "Take me down to a very nice city" / "Take me down to the paradise city" (Guns N' Roses, "Paradise City"), 10 percent
  7. "Animal!" / "Panama!" (Van Halen, "Panama"), 9 percent
  8. "Like a cheese stick" / "Like a G6" (Far East Movement, "Like a G6"), 8 percent
  9. "Don't go Jason waterfalls" / "Don't go chasing waterfalls" (TLC, "Waterfalls"), 7 percent
  10. "I blow bubbles when you are not here" / "My world crumbles when you are not near" (Macy Gray, "I Try"), 4 percent

(Survey participants were able to pick more than one song, which is why the percentages above add up to more than 100.)

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The survey, which was conducted via social media and SurveyMonkey.com, also revealed how frustrated people get when they hear mangled song lyrics. The majority of the 1,042 respondents — 70 percent of them — said they find flubbed lyrics annoying.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of respondents said they've felt embarrassed when they've been busted singing the wrong song lyrics themselves.

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