What You Know About That: 20 Songs We Had No Business Singing as Kids

And I mean no business.


Source: AURN Graphic Prince Aaliyah
Source: AURN Graphic Prince Aaliyah
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20. “FREAK ME” – Silk

“Let me lick you up and down, till you say stop,” is the first line of the song, and by the second line you realize they weren’t talking about butter pecan ice cream on a cone.


Add that the song is about an underage girl singing the title to an adult  man. Then add what we always knew about grown Robert Kelly and then teenage Aaliyah’s relationship, and you create the recipe for all types of wrong.

18. “OOPS” – Tweet

A grown woman is singing about pleasing herself; liberation. Middle-school adolescent repeating the song out loud in front of grandma; go to your room.

17. “DARLING NIKKI” – Prince

How do we know Nikki was troubled? When the 11-year old daughter of former Vice President Al Gore was caught just listening to this song, we all got stuck with those infamous Parental Advisory stickers forever after.

16. “WHAT’S YOU FANTASY” – Ludacris Ft. Shawnna

The song expresses the joy of licking, and it’s not referring to ice cream.

15. “BACK THAT THING UP” – Juvenile Ft. Mannie Fresh & Lil Wayne 

Understand that all plates and drink cups drop to the floor whenever a 30+ year-old hears the national summertime call to twerk, “Cash Money Records taking over for the ’99 & 2000.” However, no prepubescent male should be telling a young lady, “Girl, you look good, won’t you back that thang up?!!”

14. “ALL THE THINGS” – Joe

Joe raised a generation of kids to believe that playa-hatin’ was okay. (How many of us are paying for that now?)


Your mom had a reason for singing this song. You, at age 11, did not. 

12. “NANN” – Trick Daddy & Trina

The chorus. Enough said.

11. “ANTE UP” – M.O.P.

These are step-by-step audio instructions for how to rob someone.

10. “I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU” – Boyz II Men

Newsflash: You singing this song in the same mirror that showed a reflection of your toys in the background wasn’t the best look.

9. “ANY TIME, ANY PLACE”– Janet Jackson

“People walkin’ by are watchin’ us/ You feel so good inside my love” may not be the best poetry to recite in front of your elementary class.

8. “MY LITTLE SECRET” – Xscape

An excellent cheat song that was levels above the typical Hide & Seeks for young ears.

7. “TOO CLOSE” – Next

With “I wonder if she could tell that I’m hard right now?!!” as the opener and “You’re making it hard for me” as the hook, you should’ve been on punishment for three summers if caught singing this song.

6. “FREAK YOU” – Jodeci

It took adult years to realize that those memories of you and your friends in the back seat singing in a chorus fashion begging to have sex with someone for one night before puberty was not the best look.

5. “DOIN’ IT” – LL Cool J

Hey Mom, what exactly does “Doin’ it and Doin’ it, and Doin’ it well,” mean?!!


As a child, you and your mother should not have been singing this song with the same passion.

3. “FREAK LIKE ME” – Adina Howard

See title.

2. “AIN’T NO FUN” – Snoop Dogg

As a kid, Snoop Dogg’s early catalog is a list within itself, but this one is the crown jewel of I-know-you-bet-not!!

1. “SLOB ON MY KNOB” – Three 6 Mafia

As much as this dirty South classic STILL goes hard in the club today, it remains THE most wrong song to sing of all time–whether you’re a kid, teen, adult, or soon-to-be senior citizen.

Honorable mentions:

Notorious B.I.G. – “F*** You Tonight”

Lil Kim’s first album (the whole thing)

Any R. Kelly song

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