With countless songs and amazing lyrics out there, it is difficult to just pinpoint 15. Music is admired by everyone and can have all types of ranges. It is creative, personal and endless.
Whether it is the type of instruments that blend effortlessly together or the lyrics to a song that captures your attention, there is no question that music has the power to move people in all types of ways.
Some of the most famous songs are iconic just because of the words sung in them. They can invoke rage, passion, love or desires you did not even know existed. Some lyrics can motivate you to change your life drastically or relax you just when you need it.
They can reassure you that you are not alone with some feelings or teach you things about life that you never knew before. Let’s listen up and tune into 15 of the best song lyrics…
15. Three little birds — Bob Marley
“Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gunna be alright”
Marley was inspired by life and what he observed around him. Quite literally, he was fond of three little birds that would always approach him in real life. The song has been covered countless times by other artists. The lyrics relate to the overall attitude and easy going way that Bob always portrayed.
14. Imagine — John Lennon
“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace”
This song was the best-selling single for the Beatle in his solo career. The lyrics send out messages of peace and tranquility to the world. Yoko Ono was a big inspiration for Lennon writing this song, specifically because of her book Grapefruit.
It just allows listeners to think about what the world would be like if the complications that follow religion and politics no longer existed. A simple thought, with mass complication in reality.
13. Masters of War — Bob Dylan
“I think you will find/When your death takes its toll/All the money you made/Will never buy back your soul”
This song was actually made as a protest against the Cold War; it was released in 1963. Dylan has said: “I’ve never written anything like that before. I don’t sing songs which hope people will die, but I couldn’t help it with this one. The song is a sort of striking out… a feeling of what can you do?”
12. Thirty Two Flavors — Ani DiFranco
“and god help you if you are an ugly girl
course too pretty is also your doom
cause everyone harbors a secret hatred
for the prettiest girl in the room
and god help you if you are a phoenix
and you dare to rise up from the ash
a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
while you are just flying past”
DiFranco has a way with words, she tells it like it is and does it in such a poetic way. She can make harsh realities sound like something of beauty. She has a reputation of being a feminist icon and her lyrics can easily tell you why. She is real and empowering and maintains an overall positive feedback in regards to most of what she puts out, including herself.
11. Good times, bad times — Led Zeppelin
“In the days of my youth, I was told what it means to be a man / Now I’ve reached that age, I’ve tried to do all those things the best I can.”
This song was released in 1969 and was recorded a bit differently than usual. The band had microphones placed all over the recording studio to capture a more live sound. The band rarely played this song live in concert though, ironically enough.
10. Sad, sad song — M. Ward
“She said the hardest thing in the world to do is to find somebody who believes in you.”
This song is about a man who is lost in heartbreak over a love leaving. He sets up and questions the world for answers about what to do. He seems to get a multitude of repetition about his next move, but it all eventually leads full circle in having it be difficult to have someone truly believe in you.
9. You can’t always get what you want — The Rolling Stones
“You can’t always get what you want
And if you try sometime, you find
You get what you need”
Rolling Stone magazine ranked this song at number 100 on their “500 greatest songs of all time” list in 2004. The main themes of the tune encompass love, politics and drugs. The Rolling Stones play this song at almost all of their shows. It is loved by audiences as it is easy to sing along to.
8. The Gambler — Kenny Rogers
“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away, and know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done”
This song was actually not written by Kenny Rogers, but Don Schlitz instead. It became a huge hit in the country music genre. The song is about a meeting on a train with an exchange of alcohol for advice. It leads the message of knowing when to stop pushing your limits, because it may be too much and too late until you realize not to cross your lines.
7. Peace of Mind — Boston
“I understand about indecision, but I don’t care if I get behind. People living in competition, all I want is to have my peace of mind.”
The song is inspired by the entire process of releasing a song and the music business. The importance of not trying to climb the corporate ladder and remaining positive. Combating and competing with others is a huge downfall in their eyes. It is an uplifting song inspiring others to find their own creativity and deeper meaning.
6. The Temptations — My Girl
“I don’t need no money, fortune, or fame. I got all the riches baby, one man can claim.”
In 1965, this song became an instant number one hit. Smokey Robinson was one of the writers of this song alongside Ronald White and The Miracles. Robinson stated that he was inspired by his wife as he was writing the song.
5. Time — Pink Floyd
“Then one day you find, ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.”
From 1973’s The Dark Side of the Moon album, “Time” was the only song on the album where all of the band members added their own input and collaborated. The song holds a simple message that we all have heard, about how time is so short and can slip right by you quickly.
4. Daughters — John Mayer
“Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers be good to your daughters too”
This song has a pretty in your face meaning. It hints at the circle of things and how important it is to raise your children right. What they see, they emulate and will recreate in their older days. It is a cycle that is noted about how important treatment is because it goes full circle.
3. Beautiful — Eminem
“Nobody asked for life to deal us
With these bullshit hands we’re dealt
We gotta take these cards ourselves
And flip them, don’t expect no help
Now I could have either just
Sat on my ass and pissed and moaned
Or take this situation in which I’m placed in
And get up and get my own”
This song samples a lot of other songs making it what it is today. It was from his album Relapse and had a very accepting and approving reaction from listeners. Billboard referred to the song as epic and hinted that it is somewhat autobiographical.
2. Keep ya head up — Tupac
“I think it’s time to kill for our women time to heal our women, be real to our women and if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, that make the babies and since a man can’t make one he has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one.”
This song was dedicated to black women and Latasha Harlins released in 1993. The song touches issues of abortion, misogyny and negligent fathers. It emits words of comfort of acknowledging what is right and wrong in the world today and that he is on their side even though he is a man.
1. It’s my life — Bon Jovi
“It’s my life It’s now or never I ain’t gonna live forever I just want to live while I’m alive”
This song was released in 2000 and was a huge success in many countries. This song wowed listeners because of the message and especially hit a younger generation. It is about taking control of your own life and everyone has that feeling at some point in their life no matter what background one is.