Based on a totally unscientific, non-music-theory-based analysis. Which means I just really like them.
1. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – The End, The Beatles
My favorite lyric ever. So much so that I had it permanently etched on to my skin. It basically encapsulates the Golden Rule and all religious philosophies in two lines. Paul McCartney is a genius.
2. “We’ll shine like stars in the summer night, we’ll shine like stars in the winter light. One heart, one hope, one love. ” – With Or Without You, U2
This is the coda to With Or Without You that Bono only ever sings live. This was never recorded and it’s a treat for fans if he decides to sing it at concerts. Knowing it’s not on any album makes the existence of the words even more special.
3. “Well, I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me.” – Take It Easy, Eagles
Try singing it – so many words but everything flows together so smoothly. And try singing it without cracking a smile – it’s impossible!
4. “You got that hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on, baby.” – Boys of Summer, Don Henley
Is there any other song that evokes the mood of summer better than this one? And this line made me determined to buy Wayfarers.
5. “I’ve looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow, it’s life’s illusions I recall, I really don’t know life at all.” – Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell
Because really, we don’t know shit.
6. “You ask me to enter but then you make me crawl, and I can’t be holding on to what you got when all you got is hurt.” – One, U2
The song that saved U2. And the line that proves that Bono is God…-like.
7. “Going back to the corner where I first saw you, gonna camp in my sleeping bag I’m not gonna move.” – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, The Script
You can almost feel Danny O’Donoghue’s heart being ripped out. Also another wordy lyric that is just perfect when sung out loud.
8. “You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.” – Two Of Us, The Beatles
Paul has said that he wrote this for Linda. But music journalists also point out that he wrote this when The Beatles were falling apart, so this was also about John. Doesn’t that make you just want to bawl your eyes out?
9. “I’ve been tryin’ to get down to the heart of the matter but everything changes and my friends seem to scatter, but I think it’s about forgiveness.” – The Heart of the Matter, Don Henley
Don Henley is the master of the powerful realization.
10. “I may not always love you but long as there are stars above you, you never need to doubt it, I’ll make you so sure about it, God only knows what I’d be without you.” – God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
People never seem to get that this is a love song. You have to get past the first line! That’s the twist to it all. I think it’s called irony. I also think it’s one of the best songs ever.