20 Songs The Internet NEEDED To Learn This Year

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If there's one thing everyone can relate to it's this: not knowing the lyrics to their favorite song. Or even worse, not understanding what those lyrics mean.

This year, there have been tons of songs with lyrics that aren't quite clear (please see "Panda" for reference). We wanted to know which songs had lyrics that people were constantly checking — and not just which songs, but which lines in particular, were especially tricky or confusing.

That's where Genius, the world's biggest collection of song lyrics, comes in handy. You can check the site for all the words to your favorite songs. Click a line and — voila! — instant analysis of its meaning.

Last week, Genius released "The Year In Lyrics 2016," which included data about the most-viewed songs on their site. In other words, songs that people viewed so they could learn the lyrics, the meaning behind the lyrics, or more about the artist behind the song. They also included data on which lyrics — specific lines — had been clicked on the most. Basically, they're the lyrics that confused the internet so much, that they needed an analysis to figure out just what they meant.

Ahead, we've rounded up the most-viewed songs on Genius and included information about lyrics that people needed to know or just couldn't figure out on their own. Maybe now you'll know exactly what they're saying in "Work" or "One Dance" without looking. Click through and may your karaoke game reach new heights.
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Rihanna ft. Drake, "Work"
With nearly 7 million views, "Work" was the most viewed song on Genius. In other words, people could not figure out what the hell Rihanna was saying.

"Work" was so confusing, that it also garnered more than one million lyric clicks. That means specific lyrics from "Work" were clicked on over and over again, so Genius users could learn their meaning.
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The most clicked lyrics for "Work" were:

"Work, work, work, work, work, work
He said me haffi
Work, work, work, work, work, work!
He see me do mi
Dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt!"

According to Genius' analysis, the lyrics are "Jamaican patois," and "Haffi" means “have to."
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Drake ft. Kyla & Wizkid, "One Dance"
Drake's "One Dance" was the second most viewed song on Genius with 4,957,648 views. Yes, another set of Patois-infused lyrics. Notice a pattern emerging here?
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Yes, that's Drake doing his "One Dance" dance moves on Saturday Night Live. And yes, Drake's "One Dance" also made the top 10 most clicked lyrics.

"That’s why I need a one dance
Got a Hennessy in my hand
One more time ‘fore I go
Higher powers taking a hold on me"

In case you're wondering, Genius' analysis says the “higher powers” Drake is talking about seem to be his desire to dance more when he’s drunk.
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Beyoncé, "Formation"
Do you remember where you were the day that "Formation" dropped? Of course you do: It was one of the few shining moments of 2016. Since most people didn't have access to the video or song — without a Tidal account, that is — it was pretty hard for the Hive to learn the lyrics quickly. Maybe that explains why "Formation" got over 4 million views on Genius this year.
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The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey, "Closer"
The Chainsmokers' "Closer" was the fourth most viewed song on Genius this year with 4,580,173 views (and counting). The song also had some of the top clicked lyrics on Genius, meaning that they weren't just hard to hear, but confusing AF too.
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The most clicked lyrics for "Closer" were:

"So, baby, pull me closer
In the backseat of your Rover
That I know you can’t afford"

According to the song's writer, Andrew Taggert, "Different lines are pulled from different relationships. The main concept for the girl is a rich girl who lives off her parents' allowance and above her means."
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Desiinger, "Panda"
"Panda" got 4,352,944 views on Genius in 2016. Not too shocking, considering all the hype surrounding the lyrics. Particularly, the confusion about what Desiigner was saying, what it meant (yes, it's about a car, which you can see in his commentary on Genius), and his rapping style (which has been compared to Future time and time again).

Something else that's not shocking: "Panda" made the list of most-clicked lyrics three separate times.
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Lyrics that confused the hell out of people from "Panda" included:

"I got broads in Atlanta
Twistin' dope, lean, and the Fanta"


"Black X6, Phantom
White X6 look like a panda"

But most interestingly, people clicked on these too:

"Panda, Panda
Panda, Panda, Panda, Panda, Panda"
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Gnash ft. Olivia O'Brien, "i hate u, i love u"
If you're not sure how "i hate u, i love u" made the list of top 20 songs viewed on Genius, consider this: As of November 2016, "i hate u, i love u" had topped the charts in Australia. It also reached the top 10 in the States.
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The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk, "Starboy"
It if feels like The Weeknd is everywhere, it's because he is. "Starboy" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 this year, and it's only been on the charts for 12 weeks. Which means it's very popular and people want to know the words and explains why "Starboy" got 3,215,011 views on Genius this year.
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"Starboy" also had some of the most-clicked lyrics of the year too. The lyrics that were clicked the most:

"20 racks a table cut from ebony
Cut that ivory into skinny pieces
Then she clean it with her face man I love my baby"

For the record, "ivory" is cocaine, which is so Weeknd, am i right? And he's totally making an "Ebony & Ivory" play here. Well done.
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Kanye West ft. Kid Cudi, "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1"
We all know that Kanye has been going through some serious issues and meeting with the president-elect. But on the music front, he's had a big year. The Life of Pablo reportedly doubled Tidal subscriptions thanks to its popularity. "Father Stretch My Hands" was the first track from the album to hit number one on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
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Young M.A, "OOOUUU"
Remember when Young M.A was that incredible rapper blowing up your Facebook feed? Well, now she's blowing up the charts. Her song "OOOUUU" was so popular, that it was one of Genius' most-viewed songs.
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Young M.A herself explained the lyrics, stating: "I’ve been saying 'OOOUUU' for a year—we’ve just been randomly saying it. Me and the bros will be like, 'OOOUUU,' and at first I wasn’t going to name the song this. When I recorded the track and was saying 'OOOUUU' on it, I listened to it and was like, 'I'mma just call it ‘OOOUUU.'' And then people will be like, 'What the hell is O-O-O-U-U-U?!' People thought it stands for something."

Sorry, people who thought "OOOUUU" meant something else.
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Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”
If you're comparing your fame and money to the Beatles in a song, then that song better be successful. Lucky for Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane, this was one of the most popular — and fun — songs of the year. Even Paul McCartney, an actual Beatle, used it for his Mannequin Challenge. It also got 2,298,299 views on Genius.
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Kanye West feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream, “Ultralight Beam”
Raise your hand if you were so damn happy to hear Kelly Price and Kirk Franklin back at it again! Talk about a stacked line-up of performers on one song. With that said, it still leaves us longing for other Kanye songs about religion, like "Jesus Walks."

But according to an old Kanye tweet, "A lot of people tell me Ultralight Beam is my greatest artwork to date only rival being Jesus Walks." Okay, sure.
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Aminé, "Caroline"
Fun fact: Aminé directed this music video, which includes Quentin Tarantino references — just like the lyrics in the song. "Caroline" garnered 2,036,218 views on Genius.
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One of the most fun tidbits from the lyrics from "Caroline" came from Aminé himself. According to Genius, he said, "The first time I heard the name 'Caroline' was in OutKast’s 'Roses,' so that was definitely an influence on me in general. 'Caroline' represents the handful of women I’ve met in my life that I would put genuine effort in."
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Drake, “Summer Sixteen”
Apparently, everyone wants to know all the lyrics to every Drake song because "Summer Sixteen" received more than 1,991,371 views on Genius this year. Who knows? Maybe everyone just wanted to know the words to that Meek Mill diss?
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Drake feat. Rihanna, “Too Good”
Yet, another Drake song. Before you even ask, the answer is yes: Drake was the most viewed artist on Genius this year. We weren't kidding — everyone really does want to all his lyrics. This one got 1,894,282 views. Maybe it was the Rihanna collab that made it so hot. After all, as Drake once said, "We have a genuine energy between us."
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DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You”
Is it about Selena Gomez? The world will never really know. But the song is an ode to a girl ready to end a relationship and it received 1,890,118 views on Genius. The lyrics are pretty easy to understand, so we're guessing that it's the rumored SelGo connection that had people clicking, hoping to find a definitive answer.
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twenty one pilots, “Heathens”
With 1,811,720 views, "Heathens" was one of the most-viewed songs on Genius. The song was included on the Suicide Squad soundtrack — and there's a version of the video with Suicide Squad scenes mixed in too (seen here).
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And what did people click on when they went to check out the lyrics to "Heathens"?

"All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don’t make any sudden moves
You don’t know the half of the abuse"
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Drake, “Child’s Play”
Okay, Drizzy. We get it. People love your freaking songs and want to rap along to them. Everyone wants to be Drake. "Child's Play" got 1,750,377 views on Genius. Was it the Cheesecake Factory line? Please say yes.
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Desiigner, “Tiimmy Turner”
You didn't think the only Desiigner song people couldn't understand was "Panda," did you? The truth is, everyone's been looking up the lyrics and meaning to "Timmy Turner" too. And yep, its lyrics are some of the most-clicked lyrics on the site for 2016.
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The "Timmy Turner" lyrics that got the most clicks:

"Tiimmy, Tiimmy, Tiimmy Turner
He was wishin' for a burner
To kill everybody walkin’"

Desiigner said, "I was describing myself and putting myself as a character, Tiimmy Turner—you know Fairly Odd Parents, he’s got the god parents, he makes wishes and all that, you feel me."

Side note: A burner is an unregistered gun. In case you were still confused AF.
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D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Does this song just make you want to dance? Does it put you in a good mood? Do you have any idea what they're saying? If you answered no to that last question, don't worry — you're not alone. "Broccoli" was one of the most viewed songs on Genius for just that reason.
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Some of the controversial lyrics from the song include:

"Hey lil' mama, would you like to be my sunshine?
Nigga touch my gang, we gon' turn this shit to Columbine"

According to D.R.A.M., they knew the lyrics would be controversial. "We went to the people who put our music on the digital platforms and we had them take out the Columbine line at first. Then, we got so much backlash from them wild-ass [fans]—this song really caters to the youth more than anything," he said. So, they added the line back in.
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PARTYNEXTDOOR feat. Drake, “Come and See Me”
Casual romance can be so taxing, as evidenced by these lyrics. "Come and See Me" got 1,560,422 views on Genius. And while it's technically not a Drake song, of course he's on the track.
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