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Top 10 songs that taught us to spell!

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Have you ever found yourself repeating a lyric in your head whilst remembering how to spell a certain word? We know we have! Here are a collection of our favourite songs that taught us to spell – it’s a lyrical spelling bee!

Glamorous – Fergie

Fergie definitely taught a few of us this trick! No dictionary needed, we know how to describe our lavish lifestyles… or at least the lifestyles we wish we had.

Lyric: (G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S, yeah G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S)

Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

This is an obvious one and we challenge you to find anyone who doesn’t hum this song when spelling Bananas! (Full disclosure – I just did right there.) 

Lyric: (This is Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!)

L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

Not that anyone would have trouble with this one, but it’s a great song so we’re including it here. Plus, Neneh can’t seem to get it out of her head!

Lyric: (L is for the way you look at me, O is for the only one I see, V is very, very extraordinary, E is even more than anyone that you adore can)

Dinosaur – Ke$ha

Ke$ha utilises some funny wordplay to get her point across with some help from the long-gone kings of the earth. No doubt they would be roaring to this one…

Lyric: (D-I-N-O-S-A, U R a dinosaur!)

RESPECT – Aretha Franklin

Sometimes you have to really break it down to make a point. Few can pull off the powerful vocals to do this song justice – but Annie from The Electric does it flawlessly.

Lyric: (R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out what it means to me)

The Dreaming – Kate Bush

This one is a bit harder to spot but if you listen closely, Kate Bush is trying to lull us into a dream state, one letter at a time. 


Lyric: (Dree-ee-ee-ee-ee, A-a-a-a-a, M-m-m-m-m, Ti-ti-ti-ti-ti, I-i-i-i-i, Me-me-me-me-me)

Fergalicious- Fergie

Making the list twice, Fergie has been working overtime to really show off her spelling prowess, in fact this song is simply full of inventive ways to describe your dinner.


(T to the A to the S T Y, girl, you tasty /D to the E to the L I C I O U S)

Calling you – Aqua

When Aqua calls – You answer!! And before you say it – no! This isn’t calling Dr Jones, and it’s not Ken calling Barbie to go party either! I have a feeling a certain band may have had a rather large phone bill…

(C-A-L-L-I-N-G, I’m calling you now!)

Inject the Venom – AC/DC

Don’t mess with AC/DC – they mean business! Rumours speculate the song is actually an anti-drug statement and not a song depicting vengeance, though fans are divided on the songs true meaning… You may have to spell it out for us, boys.


(No mercy for the bad if they need it, V-E-N-O-M)

U.G.L.Y – Daphne and Celeste

You’re not going to believe me when I tell you this song was released in the summer of  2000. That’s right, you can’t blame this one on the 90’s! And now it’s going to be stuck in your head all day – you’re welcome!

(U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi, you ugly!)

We hope you’ve enjoyed our top picks. Please let us now if you remember any others!

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