12 Lyric Prank Songs that will Confuse Your Friends and Have You Rolling in Laughter



Texting lyric pranks has become a popular joke to play on your friends and family, whether they’re in on it or become sincerely confused by your shenanigans. Usually, it starts with a simple word or phrase taken from song lyrics that might seem like a genuine inquiry. As your friend responds, you continue to text the lyrics to him or her in small bits. The fun is in seeing if your friend will catch on or if they’ll become annoyed and/or confused. Whatever happens, you’re sure to get plenty of enjoyment out of it! Here are some of the best lyric prank songs to text to your friends and family members.


  1. 1.) Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen


    This one is perfect for the specific purpose of scaring your mother and getting a good laugh out of it. Start with the verse after the intro, as the lyrics, “Mama, just killed a man” are sure to elicit a shocked response! Your mother might know the song and decide to play along, but if she doesn’t, you could be in for a fantastically maniacal response! The song continues with dramatic themes and criminal imagery, so make sure you let your mother know that it’s a prank by the end of it, otherwise she might end up calling the cops on you.


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  2. 2.) Hello by Adele


    What better way to open a conversation than with the most common greeting of all time? When you text someone “Hello,” they’ll be expecting a perfectly normal conversation before you throw them for a loop. Bonus points if you can text from a masked or new number, because if they ask who it is, you can easily slip the next line – “it’s me” in there. Savvy pop music fans might catch on right away, but if they don’t, you can have a lot of fun with this one.


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  3. 3.) Just Dance by Lady Gaga


    When you open a text conversation with “I’ve had a little bit too much,” your friends might think you’re out having a wild night and are about to ask for a ride home! You very well could be, but you might just be on your couch texting them the lyrics to Lady Gaga’s debut hit “Just Dance.” When you get to the line saying, “I lost my phone,” your friends might think you actually have had a little bit too much. That is, if they don’t catch on and start singing and dancing along to this catchy pop classic.


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  4. 4.) All Star by Smash Mouth


    This wonderfully cheesy hit from the 90s is one of those that you either love or hate. Most of your friends should know the lyrics, but if you can sneak a “somebody once told me” into a conversation without them noticing, you’ll be on your way to a great prank! Even if they do pick up on it, there should be plenty of laughs to go around. You can get a great laugh by planting this on a friend who you know can’t stand the song and might have a text worthy of a screenshot when they show their overall frustration!


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  5. 5.) History by One Direction


    You can really freak some people out by starting a text with “you gotta help me.” Friends and family members will think that this ominous text means that you’re in some serious trouble! With the next line “I’m losing my mind,” they’ll really be thrown for a loop and wonder what the heck is going on inside your head. That is, if they don’t get that you’re sending them a hit by famous boy band One Direction. Still, they might continue asking you what’s wrong, and when you respond with “Keep getting the feeling you wanna leave this all behind,” they should start to understand that you’re messing with them. If they don’t pick up on it though, there’s a lot more fun to be had with this one.


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  6. 6.) Hey Jude by The Beatles


    This one is especially effective if you have a friend named Jude, as the opening lyric is simply “Hey Jude.” However, even if they aren’t named Jude, you can cause some great confusion with this. When they answer letting you know that that’s not their name, you can continue with the next line of “Don’t make it bad” and they’re certain to be wondering what’s going on (unless they’re a Beatles fan). From here, the rest of the song may sound like you’re trying to give relationship advice, so this could be a great prank on a friend that just got into or out of a relationship.


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  7. 7.) Disturbia by Rihanna


    Here’s a great one to text a close friend and/or significant other, as they might think you need them to come save you from an empty tank of gas. Starting with the line “No more gas in the red, can’t even get it started,” might make them think you’ve run your car dry and that you’re stranded somewhere far away. Once you hit them with “Nothing heard, nothing said, can’t even speak about it,” they’ll be wondering what the heck your cryptic messages mean. As you continue on, it should be clear that you’re pranking them with the rhymes from one of Rihanna’s oldest hits!


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  8. 8.) Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley


    This 80s hit resurfaced in the 2000s when everyone started “Rickrolling” their friends by sending them to the video for the music video. You can get into another form of Rickroll by pranking your friends with the lyrics to this song. It will work especially well if you’re texting a boyfriend or girlfriend. Start in the middle of the song with “I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling.” If they tell you to go ahead, hit them with the next line “Gotta make you understand.” Hopefully they’ll be slightly confused and ask what it is that they need to understand. This is when you’ll bust out “Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down” and they will likely feel like a fool for once again falling for this ruse!


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  9. 9.) Telephone Line by Electric Light Orchestra


    Another song that starts with “Hello” and follows up with “How are you?” Telephone Line is a great lyric prank to make your friends think you’re engaging in an actual conversation with them. However, once you send them “Have you been alright through all those lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, nights?” they’ll start to wonder if something is up. As you continue on with this classic rock hit, they should start to see it unfolding. ELO fans will gladly join in with you, but if they don’t know the song, you’ll get a good laugh out of their confused responses.


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  10. 10.) Basket Case by Green Day


    This pop-punk classic is pretty well known across generations, but the opening lines might not be caught as you prank your friends with the lyrics to this song. “Do you have the time?” is an innocent enough opening line and might lead your friend to believe that you actually have something to say. Continuing on with “to listen to me whine” might have them thinking they’re about to get an earful! Well, they certainly are going to get an earful, but it won’t be actual whining, it will be you reciting the lyrics and seeing if they can pick up on it! By the time you’re sending them “sometimes I give myself the creeps,” they should know what’s going on.


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  11. 11.) Photograph by Nickelback


    You might not like Nickelback. In fact, you might hate Nickelback. Chances are, your friends hate them too. That’s will make this so much more enraging for them. Start your text with “Look at this photograph.” They’ll be expecting you to send some funny or interesting picture from your phone, but little do they know that you’ll be hitting them with the next line to this terrible song – “Every time I do it makes me laugh.” It’s one of those songs that everyone knows but very few like, so they’ll probably recognize it and start yelling at you as you laugh right back at them.


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  12. 12.) Into You by Ariana Grande


    This is a fun one that will have your friend or significant other worried that you might be about to start a fight. Jump into the second verse, starting your conversation with “Oh baby, look what you started.” They might know this song but won’t immediately recognize that you’re pranking them. Reactions could range from confused or surprised to worried and inquisitive. They could think that you’re about to accuse them of some sort of bad behavior – until you send them the next line – “The temperature’s rising in here, is this gonna happen?” At that point they should know that they just got punked by an Ariana Grande song!


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