Sometimes, that's the fault of the lyricist, who may have put two conflicting syllables end-to-end. Sometimes it's the fault of how the singer may or may not be enunciating or pronouncing an otherwise distinguishable word (e.g. "Surfbort" in "Drunk in Love"). But for whatever the reason, it's a topic that continues to fascinate.
Per Reddit, here are the most hilarious frequently-misheard song lyrics and, where necessary, the actual lyrics.
Selena Gomez, 'Good for You'
Misheard Line: "I'm farting carrots"
Actual Line: "I'm fourteen karats"
Elton John, 'Tiny Dancer'
Misheard Line: "Hold me closer, Tony Danza" (Or, "Count the head lice on the highway")
Actual Line: "Hold me closer, tiny dancer" and "Count the headlights on the highway"
Misheard Line: "Everybody in the club eatin' chips"
Actual Line: "Everybody in the club gettin' tipsy"
Misheard Line: "You can call me green bean"
Actual Line: "You can call me queen bee"
College & Electric Youth, 'A Real Hero'
Misheard Line: "A real human bean"
Actual Line: "A real human being"
Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys, 'Empire State of Mind'
Misheard Line: "Concrete jungle wet dream tomato"
Actual Line: "Concrete jungle where dreams are made of"
Misheard Line: "Don't go Jason waterfalls"
Actual Line: "Don't go chasing waterfalls"
Taylor Swift, 'Blank Space'
Misheard Line: "Got a lot of Starbucks lovers"
Actual Line: "Got a long list of ex-lovers"
Lipps, Inc., 'Funkytown'
Misheard Line: "Taco party, taco party, taco party, taco part-ay"
Actual Line: "I talk about it, talk about it, talk about it, talk about it"
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, 'Black Widow'
Misheard Line: "I'm gonna love you like a bad widdle baby"
Actual Line: "I'm gonna love you like a black widow, baby"
Sublime, 'Smoke Two Joints'
Misheard Line: "I spoke to Joyce in the morning, I spoke to Joyce at night / I spoke to Joyce in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright"
Actual Line: All that, but with "I smoke to joints" instead of that nice line about Joyce.
Adele, 'Set Fire to the Rain'
Misheard Line: "I set fire to Lorraine"
Actual Line: "I set fire to the rain"
Taio Cruz, 'Dynamite'
Misheard Line: "I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, singing hey-o, Gaileo"
Actual Line: "Singing hey-o, gotta let go"
Far East Movement, 'Like a G6'
Misheard Line: "Now I'm feeling so fly like a cheese stick"
Actual Line: The uh, title of the song.