Pop songs have catchy tunes and phrases that get stuck in your head. Pop songs are so popular, in fact, that they are responsible for making up words that were then added to the dictionary. They are also responsible for resurrecting old words and giving them new meanings.

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Here are 5 words that have been added to the dictionary thanks to pop songs.


One of the best pop songs of 2012, YOLO (you only live once) became everyone’s motto thanks to this catchy tune.

The phrase has actually been around since 1855, but Drake made it popular again when he used it in one of his most famous pop songs.


It’s one of those pop songs you struggle to get out of your head. Will Smith’s Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It was such a hit song that it popularized an old word – jiggy, which means “uninhibited, especially in a sexual manner“.


It was and remains one of the best pop songs of all time. Bootylicious became so famous that it was added to the dictionary, officially meaning “(of a woman) sexually attractive”.

Example: “this bootylicious Texan knows what it takes to be a pop diva“.


Another one of the pop songs that took an existing word and changed the meaning. This dramatic song from Eminem has prompted the title to have a changed meaning added to the dictionary to mean “an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity“.


Proving that pop songs have an influence on many different trends, including hair styles. The Beastie Boys used their pop songs to mock certain styles and behavior, with their 1994 song Mullet Head coining the term for the questionable haircut.

Did you know that these pop songs were responsible for creating or changing or popularizing certain words? Drop us a comment below and let us know.

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