Top 10 Music Urban Legends
#10 - A PACK OF LIES
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Phil Collins' 1981 song "In the Air Tonight" concerns a man who witnessed a drowning but didn't lift a finger to help; Phil himself later saw the same man in distress and let him die. In another variation, Collins invites the guilty party to his concert and singles him out for condemnation during the song. [In a BBC interview, Collins claimed he didn't even know what the song was about: "When I was writing this, I was going through a divorce. And the only thing I can say about it is that it's obviously in anger . . . this is one song out of all the songs probably that I've ever written that I really don't know what it's about . . ."]

#09 - PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGGING
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Peter, Paul & Mary's song "Puff the Magic Dragon" is about getting stoned on some killer weed. [The lyrics for the song were actually based on a 1959 poem by Leonard "Lenny" Lipton, a 19-year-old physics major at Cornell University. Lipton claimed the poem was about the loss of childhood innocence and inspired by an Ogden Nash rhyme. In addition, Lipton once remarked in an interview, "I can tell you that at Cornell in 1959, no one smoked grass."] 

#08 - SEMI-AUTOMATIC ON MY SHOULDER
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Singer John Denver (John Henry Deutchendorff) was a sniper in Vietnam. [Denver never served in any branch of the military. In 1964, he was "classified 1-Y due to having lost two toes in a lawn mower accident, according to snopes.com.]

#07 - HAM ON RYE
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Mama Cass Elliot (Ellen Naomi Cohen) died from choking on a ham sandwich. [Mama Cass died of a heart attack in her sleep at the age of 32 in 1974. An uneaten ham sandwich reportedly was found on a nightstand near her bed.]

#06 - FLIES AND DEATH AND STUFF
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In a 1996 interview, Mariah Carey stated, “When I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean, I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” [A fictitious interview with Carey was posted by an online zine called Cupcake that contained the quote, which was reposted all over the Internet. 

#05 - A LONG LONG TIME AGO
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“American Pie” was the name of the plane that crashed on February 3, 1959, killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson. [The plane reportedly had no name. When asked what "American Pie" meant, singer-songwriter Don McLean once remarked, "It means I never have to work again."]

#04 - DARK SIDE OF THE RAINBOW
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Pink Floyd's 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon" was intentionally synchronized to The Wizard of Oz. [Over the years, Pink Floyd band members have repeatedly denied the connection. For instance, David Gilmour once remarked, "Some guy with too much time on his hands had this idea of combining Wizard of Oz with Dark Side of the Moon."]

#03 - CROSS ROAD BLUES
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Blues legend Robert Johnson (1911-38) sold his soul to the Devil at a crossroads in Mississippi in exchange for his guitar prowess. [Robert Johnson was a musical genius who honed his skill at juke joints throughout the South. The Devil (aka Satan) is a fictional character from the Bible.]

#02 - PAUL IS DEAD
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Paul McCartney of the Beatles died in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a look-alike.  [In 1969, the Beatles' press office issued an official denial of the rumor, labeling it "a load of old rubbish."]

#01 - ELVIS IS ALIVE!
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Elvis "The King" Presley faked his death on August 16, 1977, and has been spotted at various truck stops and fast food joints throughout the country over the years. [According to all rational reports, Elvis died of a heart attack caused by years of prescription drug abuse at home on the toilet while reading The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus.]

User Comments - Add a Comment
Ernie - 2012-12-11 19:11:38

What about the urban legend about Rod Stewart allegedly being taken to an ER to have his stomach pumped after allegedly ingesting too much semen? That one persists today, and has even been referenced in episodes of "Family Guy".

Shaytan - 2015-10-09 20:45:22

"The devil is fictional". This is true, but holy shit, is that edgy.