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Whether you like your lyrics romantic, inspiring or political, there's something for everyone in our roundup of the best hit music song words. Check out if your favourite track makes the cut. Use the comments box below to tell us what you think of the lyrics or leave your own suggestions. 'Like' your favourite to vote in the ultimate Capital FM top ten lyrics.
"We used to be so so soulful. Al Green on the background vocals. T-Total we're on the next high. We get by with a so-called soul mate. Made for each other chit-chat. But that dried up. Wise up to the cutting edge facts." Example's break up song, in which he laments the end of a love affair and warns his ex that she'll never get over him, was the dance floor anthem of summer 2011.
"Baby Baby, I can hear the wind whipping past my face. As we dance the night away. Boy your lips taste like a night of champagne. As I kiss you again and again and again and again." Beyonce's multi key-change track is unashamedly romantic.
"Life's too short to be sittin' round miserable. People gon' talk whether you doing bad or good, yeah. Got a drink on my mind and my mind on my money, yeah. Looking so bomb, gonna find me a honey." Rihanna's 'Cheers (Drink To That)' makes us wish it was Friday night, every night. Picture: Facebook
"Ripped my favourite party dress. Warrants out for my arrest. Think I need a ginger ale. That was such an epic fail!" Arrest warrants, menage-a-trois, streaking, skinny dipping and blackouts... Katy Perry's idea of a good Friday night is every dry cleaner's nightmare.
"White lips, pale face. Breathing in snowflakes. Burnt lungs, sour taste. Light's gone, day's end. Struggling to pay rent. Long nights, strange men." No, Ed's massive hit isn't about Mr T and B.A. Baracus - it's actually about addiction to Class A drugs. Apparently Ed found inspiration for the song during a gig he played at a homeless shelter.
"Hey Simon, we're f***ing them up, turning 'em psycho. Everybody rock. Let's bring the house down to rubble and dust. Cause we'll be f***ing it up. Somebody say...you better run!" Labrinth explains the song's meaning: "For me, the track is about making an earthquake and having people look my way because of how much noise I'm making. Sometimes, the one that shouts the loudest is the one that gets heard so, earthquake is shouting as high as it can." The 'Simon' mentioned in the song is Syco boss Mr Cowell. Labrinth is the only non-reality TV star artist currently signed to the record label.
"You're in control pressing 'pause' on my heartbeat. Someone stole all the air so I can't speak now. I know the chase is on. I feel as though my time has come. When your lips touch mine, it's the kiss of life. I know, I know that it's a little bit frightening. We might as well be playing with lightning. We touch like, like it's our first time. I know that it's a little bit frightening. We might as well be playing with lightning." The Wanted's lyrics for their love song 'Lightning' is their raunchiest yet. Watch the video below.
"I want your ugly. I want your disease. I want your everything. Nine miles to freedom. I want your love. I want your drama. The touch of your hand. I want you leathe-studded kiss in the sand." Lady Gaga's hit single isn't just a long list of stuff the singer wants - it's a reflection on wanting something that isn't good for you, in this case a troubled relationship.
"Excuse me, you're a hell of a guy. You know I really got a thing for American guys. I mean, sigh, sickenin' eyes. I can tell that you're in touch with your feminine side." The 'Super Bass' in Nicki Minaj's song title refers to the beating of her heart when she sees the guy she fancies. Bless.
"Don’t let ‘em bring you down, no. The beauty is inside you. Don’t let ‘em bring you down. Cos you start your life today. Live any thoughts you’ve dreamed off." Chris Brown's biggest song to date contains a strong message about working hard, sticking to your dreams and daring to be different.
"It's okay not to be okay. Sometimes it's hard to follow your heart. But tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising, There's nothing wrong with who you are!" Jessie J's heartfelt ballad urges fans to accept themselves for who they are and to allow themselves to show their emotions and imperfections.
"Can call all you want, but there’s no one home, and you’re not gonna reach my telephone! Out in the club, and I’m sippin’ that bub, and you’re not gonna reach my telephone!" Just to clarify, if you try calling Beyonce or Lady Gaga, you'll be getting voicemail.
"I wanna sing, I wanna shout, I wanna scream til the words dry out. So put it in all of the papers, I'm not afraid. They can read all about it, read all about it." Professor Green has gone on record as saying his angry lyrics in 'Read All About It' are directed at his stepmother, who he fell out with following his father's 2008 suicide and subsequently sold a story on the rapper, accusing him of cashing in on his father's death with the song 'Good Night'.
"Today I don't feel like doing anything. I just wanna lay in my bed. Don't feel like picking up my phone. So leave a message at the tone. Cause today I swear I'm not doing anything." Bruno Mars' 'The Lazy Song' made doing absolutely nothing whatsoever suddenly cool.
"When she was just a girl, she expected the world. But it flew away from her reach, and bullets catch in her teeth. Life goes on. It gets so heavy. The wheel breaks the butterfly. Every tear, a waterfall. In the night, the stormy night. She closed her eyes." The poetic lyrics from Coldplay's 'Paradise' discuss the loss of childhood dreams.
"When the skies are grey and all the doors are closing, and the rising pressure makes it hard to breathe, all i need is a helping hand to stop the tears from falling. I will find him will find him next to me." Emeli Sande injects as much romantic yearning into her third single 'Next To Me' as she did her debut song 'Heaven'.
"This is my kings speech, I'm nowhere near the end, if i s-s-s-start a sorry i ain't heaven sent. I messed my life up, and yeah I've been down. I'm a changed man now Chris Brown. You know I feel your pain, cause I done been through it. I'm Kurt Cobain, but i just couldn't do it. No point in turning back, just to hit rewind. Back to the future, ma Marty McFly." In his first solo single, the N-Dubz singer discusses how he's made mistakes but doesn't regret any of them because they've made him who he is today.
"I can't believe I had to see the girl of my dreams cheating on me. The pain you caused has left me dead inside. I'm gonna make sure you regret that night." The Wanted's angry lyric talk about the pain of having someone you love cheat on you.
"When I'm at the mall, security just can't fight 'em off. When I'm at the beach, I'm in a speedo trying to tan my cheeks. This is how I roll, come on ladies it's time to go. We headed to the bar, baby don't be nervous. No shoes, no shirt, and I still get service." Suffice to say, RedFoo and SkyBlue don't have any issues with confidence.
"Don't wanna hear about it. Every single one's got a story to tell. Everyone knows about it. From the Queen of England to the hounds of hell. And if I catch you coming back my way. I'm gonna sell it to you. And that ain't what you want to hear but that's what I'll do." Marcus Collins' cover of Seven Nation Army is none the less angry or rebellious than the White Stripes' original for his more poppy twist.
"In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do, now you’re in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you, lets here it for New York, New York, New York." The lyrics to Jay-Z's 'Empire State Of Mind' make us want to pack our bags and hop on a transatlantic flight.
"My mama told me when I was young, we are all born superstars. She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on In the glass of her boudoir. "There's nothin wrong with loving who you are," she said. "cause he made you perfect, babe. So hold your head up girl and you'll go far." Lady Gaga's smash hit single has become an anthem for accepting yourself and others as you and they are, whatever the colour, sexuality, religion or background. The superstar and her mother - who is mentioned in the song - have launched the 'Born This Way' foundation encourages unity and equal rights for all.
"The most amazing feeling I feel, words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real. Baby, I paint the sky Blue, my greatest creation was you. You, you, glory. False alarms and false starts, all made better by the sound of your heart. All the pain of the last time, I prayed so hard it was the last time." The rapper's impassioned lyrics are a celebration of the arrival of his daughter Blue Ivy Carter with wife Beyonce. The deeply personal lyrics also hint that before falling pregnant with Blue, Beyonce suffered a miscarriage.
"Up in the club, we just broke up, I'm doing my own little thang. Decided to dip, and now you wanna trip cause another brother noticed me. I'm up on him, he up on me, don't pay him any attention. Just cried my tears, three good years. You can't be mad at me. Cause if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it!" Beyonce has some wise words for 'Single Ladies'.
"When I'm nervous I have this thing yeah I talk too much, Sometimes I just can't shut the hell up. It's like I need to tell someone anyone who'll listen, And that's where I seem to f*** up, yeah. I forget about the consequences, for a minute there I lose my senses. And in the heat of the moment my mouth's starts going the words start flowing." Jessie J's personal lyrics talk honestly about the mistakes she's made and how she's learned to accept her imperfections.
"Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again. Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin? Like a house of cards? One blow from caving in." Katy Perry has said that the lyrics for her uplifting summer anthem 'Firework' were inspired by the story and symbols in Jack Kerouac's famous American road novel, 'On The Road'. As well as impressing us with its intellectual origins, 'Firework' is the only song that's ever inspired us to truly wonder whether we do, in fact, ever feel like a plastic bag.
"Eye to eye, cheek to cheek, side by side. You were sleeping next to me. Arm in arm, dusk to dawn, with the curtains drawn. And a little last night on these sheets. So, how come when I reach out my fingers. It seems like more than distance between us?" Rihanna's impassioned lyrics in this 2011 ballad talk about the break down of a relationship and the loss of love.
"Mr. Play Your Games. Only got yourself to blame. When you want me back again. But I ain’t falling back again. Cause I’m living my truth without your lies. Let’s be clear, baby - this is goodbye. I ain’t coming back tomorrow." Kelly Clarkson tells her rubbish ex boyfriend where he stands in no uncertain terms.
"Baby I have no story to be told, but I’ve heard one of you. And I’m gonna make your head burn. Think of me in the depths of your despair. Make a home down there cause mine sure wont be shared." Adele doesn't mince her words when it comes to addressing her exes and their shortcomings.
"And boy I'm not hanging on. Cause I threw all your drama away. Had something good but it's gone. Yeah it's all about tonight. They got the music so loud. So I won't I hear the phone if you call. And we're so over now. Cause it's all about tonight." Pixie's 'just broken up' song epitomises the feeling of being over someone and wanting nothing more than a great night out with mates (and a new pair of shoes).
"There was, a time. I thought, that you did everything right. No lies, no wrong. Boy I, must have been outta my mind. So when I think of the time, that I almost loved you. You showed your ass, and I saw the real you. Thank god you blew it! Thank god I dodged the bullet! I’m so over you, so baby good looking out!" Beyonce's rose-tinted glasses have come off and she's finally seeing a past relationship and a dodgy ex for what it was. Her passionate lyrics send a strong message to the recently dumped - one day you'll look back and think that person was the 'best thing [you] never had'. And we bet it really does 'suck to be [Beyonce's ex] right now'!
"You got designer shades, just to hide your face and you wear them around like you're cooler than me. And you never say hey, or remember my name and it's probably cause, you think you're cooler than me. You got your high brow shoes on your feet, and you wear them around, like they ain't s***. But you don't know, the way that you look when your steps make that much noise. Shhh." Mike Posner's summer 2011 single hits back at people who look down their noses at others and think they're cooler because of the things they own and wear.
"They wanna hold you back, tell ‘em pee off. Whenever they say you can’t, take the c off. I remember when they told me I couldn’t be famous. Now my dream and reality is simultaneous. And work your own way to the top. If they put you on a pedestal they can take you off." Chipmunk and Chris Brown's lyrics discuss the rise to fame, ignoring the critics and second chances.
"I feel a cold flush going through my hair, and hey you know what I don't even care. The time has passed me by. It's gone with the wind, it's only cause the sun shined once again. Now the party’s on. Everybody’s there, and if you dont know anyone, you’ll still meet some new friends. That’s the way it is when i have myself a drink." Labrinth's uplifting summer pop tune has become the anthem for sunny days.
"When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change. Cause you’re amazing, just the way you are. And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while. Cause girl you’re amazing, just the way you are." Bruno Mars isn't shy about saying what he feels in his romantic pop tune 'Just The Way You Are'.
"He's still s*******, whether he's on salary paid hourly. Until he bows out or he s**** his bowels out of him. Whichever comes first, for better or worse. He's married to the game, like a f*** you for Christmas. His gift is a curse, forget the Earth, he's got the urge to pull his d*** from the dirt, and f*** the whole universe." Eminem has never confirmed who he is talking about in his angry diatribe in 'Not Afraid'. Some have speculated that it could be Lil' Wayne, while others have claimed the rapper is talking about himself. Answers on a postcard please.
"Yellow diamonds in the light, and we're standing side by side, as your shadow crosses mine, what it takes to come alive. It's the way I’m feeling I just can't deny, but I've gotta let it go. We found love in a hopeless place." Rihanna's romantic lyrics place her in a relationship she knows isn't good for her, but she can't walk away.
"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me. Papa-paparazzi. Baby there's no other superstar, you know that I'll be your Papa-paparazzi. Promise I'll be kind. But I won't stop until that boy is mine. Baby you'll be famous. Chase you down until you love me. Papa-paparazzi." Lady Gaga is prepared to do anything for her man, even hunting him down like a member of the paparazzi. Whether he likes it or not.
"You think you got the best of me, think you had the last laugh. Bet you think that everything good is gone, think you left me broken down. Think that I'd come running back. Baby you don't know me, cause you're devil. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller. Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone." Kelly Clarkson's hit single does what it says on the tin - reminds listeners that heartbreak can sometimes be a good thing.
"I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited, but I couldn't stay away I couldn't fight it. I hoped you'd see my face and be reminded that for me it isn't over." Adele's global hit is about how difficult it can be to let go of a relationship and the pain of realising your ex has moved on before you have.
"Just gonna stand there and watch me burn. But that’s alright because I like the way it hurts. Just gonna stand there and hear me cry. But that’s alright because I love the way you lie." Eminem and Rihanna's dark lyrics discuss a violent and addictive relationship.
"Yeah we bring the stars out. We bring the women and the cars and the cards out. Let's have a toast, a celebration, get a glass out. And we can do this until we pass out." There's no hidden meaning in Tinie Tempah's lyrics - the song really is just about having a good time until you literally 'Pass Out'.
"Promise this: If I die before I wake. Promise this: take the time to say your grace. On your knees, you’ll pray for me. Promise this, be the last to kiss my lips." Released following Cheryl's brush with death due to contracting malaria during a trip to Africa, it's no wonder Cheryl's lyrics drew parallels with her private life.
"It's a beautiful night we're looking for something dumb to do. Hey baby I think I wanna marry you. Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice. Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you." Too shy to ask the big question? Just pop Bruno Mars' 'Marry You' on the radio and let the music do the talking.
"See, I write my own tune, and I write my own verse. Don't need another wordsmith, to make my tune sell. Call yourself a singer-writer? You're just bluffing. Your name's on the credits. You didn't write nothing. I sing fast. I know that all my s**** cool. I will blast. And I didn't go to BRIT school." Ed Sheeran's 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You' is an attack on certain aspects of the music industry and individuals within it who take credit for others' work and achievements.
"Feels so good being bad. There’s no way I’m turning back. Now the pain is my pleasure. Cause nothing could measure. Love is great, love is fine. Out the box, out of line. The affliction of the feeling leaves me wanting more. Cause I may be bad but I’m perfectly good at it. Sex in the air I don’t care I love the smell of it. Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me." The lyrics for Rihanna's controversial single leave little to the imagination. Watch the video below.
"Kiss me, k-k-kiss me. infect me with your love, and fill me with your poison. Take me, t-t-take me. Wanna be your victim, ready for abduction. Boy, you're an alien, your touch so far away. Its supernatural, extraterrestrial." Katy Perry's love is out of this world - literally.
"Now and then I think of when we were together. Like when you said you felt so happy you could die. Told myself that you were right for me. But felt so lonely in your company. But that was love and it's an ache I still remember." Gotye's Big Top 40 No.1 single deals with the pain of seeing a partner move on an no longer being part of their life.
"Some girls are sweet. One thing in common. Got a hold on me. At the party, in the street. Getting me trouble. That's alright me got my engines turning. Every time pretty girl wanna make her mine. Rocket to the sky want them. Should i go for them? Houston...I think we got a problem." Conor Maynard is literally addicted to the female sex.
"I just wanna throw my phone away. Find out who is really there for me. Cause you ripped me off, your love was cheap. It’s always tearing at the seams. I fell deep and you let me drown. Baby, that was then and this is now. Now look at me. This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no. These sticks and stones fill your body and boots. But you’re not gonna break my soul." 'Part Of Me' was the first song Katy Perry performed live after it was announced that she was being divorced by husband of just one year, Russell Brand. No wonder the lyrics drew parallels with her personal life, particularly when she changed the live version's lyrics to mention the loss of a diamond ring.