James Blunt might have ruined the word ‘beautiful’ forever, but we all love a heartbreakingly perfect couplet, right? Beautiful lyrics all mean something different to everyone but inevitably still have the power to make blokes claim that they’re not crying… it’s just raining on their face. So which lyrics do you think are the most goosebump-inducing of all time? Here are our 26 favourite

  1.    Bruce Springsteen, ‘Thunder Road’
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  3.    Arcade Fire, ‘Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)’
  4. Photo: Richard Johnson/NMESongwriter: Win Butler. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

  5.    Bat For Lashes, ‘Daniel’
  6. Photo: Richard Johnson/NMEPhoto: Richard Johnson/NME

  7.    The Beatles, ‘In My Life’
  8. Photo: PASongwriter: John Lennon. Photo: PA

  9.    Bob Dylan, ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’
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  11.    Fleetwood Mac, ‘Landslide’
  12. Photo: PASongwriter: Stevie Nicks. Photo: PA

  13.    Foals, ‘This Orient’
  14. Photo: Tom Oxley/NMESongwriter: Yannis Pilippakis. Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

  15.    Foo Fighters, ‘Everlong’
  16. Photo: Danny North/NMESongwriter: Dave Grohl. Photo: Danny North/NME

  17.    Joy Division, ‘Transmission’
  18. Photo: PASongwriter: Ian Curtis. Photo: PA

  19.    Kate Bush, ‘Running Up That Hill’
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  21.    Laura Marling, ‘Ghosts’
  22. Photo: Richard Johnson/NMEPhoto: Richard Johnson/NME

  23.    LCD Soundsystem, ‘Someone Great’
  24. Photo: Ben Rowland/NMESongwriter: James Murphy. Photo: Ben Rowland/NME

  25.    Leonard Cohen, ‘So Long, Marianne’
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  27.    The Libertines, ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
  28. Photo: Roger Sargent/NMESongwriter: Pete Doherty. Photo: Roger Sargent/NME

  29.    Nick Cave, ‘Into My Arms’
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  31.    Paul Simon, ‘Graceland’
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  33.    Radiohead, ‘Fake Plastic Trees’
  34. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NMESongwriter: Thom Yorke. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

  35.    Regina Spektor, ‘Samson’
  36. Photo: Richard Johnson/NMEPhoto: Richard Johnson/NME

  37.    The Rolling Stones, ‘Wild Horses’
  38. Photo: PASongwriters: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards. Photo: PA

  39.    The Smiths, ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’
  40. Photo: PASongwriter: Morrissey. Photo: PA

  41.    Suede, ‘The Wild Ones’
  42. Photo: Andy Willsher/NMESongwriter: Brett Anderson. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

  43.    The Cure, ‘Just Like Heaven’
  44. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NMESongwriter: Robert Smith. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

  45.    The xx, ‘Night Time’
  46. Photo: Tom Oxley/NMEPhoto: Tom Oxley/NME

  47.    Van Morrison, ‘Astral Weeks’
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  49.    Wild Beasts, ‘Bed Of Nails’
  50. Photo: Roger Sargent/NMESongwriters: Hayden Thorpe. Photo: Roger Sargent/NME