Mormon pop band The Killers have been credited with writing the weirdest-ever pop lyric. "Are we human or are we dancer?", from the band's 2008 single Human, topped a poll of 2,000 music lovers conducted by streaming service Blinkbox.
As Killers frontman Brandon Flowers explained in an MTV interview, the lyric is inspired by a comment by 'gonzo' journalist Hunter S Thompson (1937-2005) who said America was raising a "nation of dancers".
"It's taken from a quote by Thompson... 'We're raising a generation of dancers,' and I took it and ran," explained Flowers. "I guess it bothers people that it's not grammatically correct, but I think I'm allowed to do whatever I want."
Also included on the list of weird lyrics are The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Oasis. Surprisingly there is no place in the top ten for Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa or One Direction.
Pop's 10 Weirdest Lyrics (according to Blinkbox subscribers)
1 The Killers, Human
"Are we human, or are we dancer?"
2 The Beatles, I Am The Walrus
"I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob."
3 Michael Jackson, Earth Song
"What about elephants? Have we lost their trust?"
4 Lionel Richie, All Night Long
"Tom bo li de se de moi ya, yeah jambo jambo."
5 Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe
"Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad."
6 Black Eyed Peas, Boom Boom Pow
"Beats so big I'm stepping on leprechauns."
7 Duran Duran, The Reflex
"The reflex is an only child, he's waiting in the park."
8 Wham! Club Tropicana
"Club Tropicana, drinks are free, fun and sunshine, there's enough for everyone, all that's missing is the sea."
9 Taylor Swift, Love Story
"Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter, and my daddy said stay away from Juliet."
10 Oasis, Champagne Supernova
"Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball."