While they do exist, it’s incredibly rare to find someone that doesn’t really listen to music. No matter what genre you prefer, music allows us a respite from everyday life. It can relax, invigorate and anything else in between. Because of our affinity for language, it’s most often the lyrics that stick with us. Even if you’ve only heard the song once or twice (or sometimes even if you’ve never actually heard it at all) some songs are so well known throughout the world that the lyrics are already imbedded in our minds. How familiar are you with some of the most memorable song lyrics of all time? Let’s take a look at five classic examples.
How does it feel? To be without a home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone.
If the lyrics weren’t in print, you might have trouble deciphering what this legendary musician is singing about. Can you guess who it is? It’s none other than Bob Dylan, the man famous for his songwriting while simultaneously infamous for his sub-par singing voice. Despite this apparent handicap, he’s written multiple hits that will stand the test of time in addition to Like a Rolling Stone.
We all want a little Respect, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone better suited than Aretha Franklin to remind us just how important it is.
And the waitress is practicing politics while the businessmen slowly get stoned. Yes, they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness, but it’s better than drinking alone.
If you’ve ever sat alone in a bar in front of your drink at the end of the night then you know exactly what Billy Joel was trying to say when he wrote Piano Man.
It’s better to burn out than to fade away.
Can you hear the high nasal voice singing these famous words as you read them? Of course you can. The voice belongs to Neil Young, a man actually inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a solo artist and as a member of Buffalo Springfield), singing the most memorable part of Hey Hey, My My. One of the greatest singer-songwriters of his generation, these words will forever remind us of the “live fast, die young” attitude that rock and roll epitomized in its heyday.
This feel good line should be recognizable to all and you probably don’t have to be told that it’s none other than Sir Paul McCartney of the iconic Beatles. All You Need is Love is a great reminder to live happily and peacefully from the biggest band there ever was.
What are your favorite song lyrics?