Guessing Game: 7 Popular Songs Translated into Emoticons


Dear readers, as you may know, it’s finals season. So, naturally, the students among us have been cooped up in the library, sending unsolicited emoticon songs to our easily entertained friends. We began by mindlessly inserting the tiny images amongst lyrics where we saw fit, much like our beloved Aziz Ansari’s Emoji app cover of Kanye’s and Jay-Z’s “Niggas in Paris,” but soon moved onto bigger, weirder things — guessing games, in which the song at hand must be represented entirely by emoticons. Needless to say, the results were pretty ridiculous. Play along with our silly time-waster after the jump, then feel free to text our covers to your easily amused and/or annoyed friends. Caution: Stay classy — don’t overuse emoticons in real life. Cool? Cool.

Hint: Liz Lemon loves this song.

Answer: “99 Red Balloons,” Nena (Highlight or double-click to view)

All together now!

Hint: Mr. Mustachio up there is Ringo.

Answer: “Octopus’s Garden,” The Beatles (Highlight or double-click to view)

Hint: That guy may or may not be hosting this season’s SNL finale.

Answer: “Some Girls,” The Rolling Stones (Highlight or double-click to view)

For all intents and purposes, that tomato is an onion.

Hint: The name of this song is also a restaurant. The last name of the artist is also a means of serving food.

Answer: “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” Jimmy Buffet (Highlight or double-click to view)

Hint: Fighting fire with fire.

Answer: “Burning Down the House,” Talking Heads (Highlight or double-click to view)

Hint: This band’s latest single is called, “That’s Why God Made the Radio”

Answer: “Surfin’ U.S.A,” The Beach Boys (Highlight or double-click to view)

Hint: Courtney Cox.

Answer: “Dancing in the Dark,” Bruce Springsteen (Highlight or double-click to view)