01/05/2012 01:17 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

10 Songs With Queer Secrets

We've all been there: You're singing along to a song and you're suddenly embarrassed to discover that all this time you've had the lyrics totally, absurdly wrong.

But what if it wasn't just the lyrics you'd bungled? What if you found out you were completely clueless about what one of your favorite songs was really about?

Embedding hidden meanings (or, upon closer listen, perhaps not-so-hidden meanings) in songs is nothing new and some of music's biggest names have woven queer themes and subject matter into their hits -- we just haven't always picked up on it.

From the truth behind Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" to the surprising inspiration for The Beatles' "You Got To Hide Your Love Away," here are 10 songs with secret queer subtexts.

Are there others out there? Let us know in the comments section below.


10 Songs With Queer Secrets