I found this interesting article that talked about grammar violations in songs.

Improper use of the objective pronoun

  • Bryan Adams, “Run to You” – “But that’d change if she ever found out about you and I.”
  • Queen, “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy” – “I’d like for you and I to go romancing.”
  • Eric Carmen, “Hungry Eyes” – “I feel the magic between you and I.”
    (*It should be you and me.)

Lie vs. Lay

“Lie” is for lying down, to make oneself horizontal on a surface; it does not carry an object. “Lay” requires an object, i.e., you’re laying something on a table.

  • Bonnie Raitt, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” “Lay down with me, tell me no lies.”
  • Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars.” Snow Patrol committed the violation twice, then realized it and used it correctly on the third verse: “If I lay here / If I just lay here / Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

Making up words to complete a rhyme

  • Gwen Stefani, “Bubble Pop Electric” – “I’m restless, can’t you see I try my bestest.”
  • Justin Timberlake, “What Goes Around” – “When you cheated girl, my heart bleeded girl.”

Subject-verb agreement

  • The Police, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” – “Everything she do just turns me on.”
    (*It should be “Everything she does just turns me on.”)
  • Timbaland, “The Way I Are” – “Can you handle me the way I are?”
    (*”…the way I am?”)

You can read the full article here. Enjoy!