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30 Beautiful Song Lyrics

By Anna Conrad

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Posted on 24 May 12

 
 


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?

Comment below with your suggestions or tweet us your choices @NME followed by #beautifullyrics. Your suggestions will appear in the widget at the bottom of the page. Here are a few of my own choices. Oh, and mouse over the tag on each image if you want to hear the track.





  1.    Bruce Springsteen, 'Thunder Road'

  2. Photo: PA

    Photo: PA



  3.    Arcade Fire, ‘Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)’

  4. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Songwriter: Win Butler. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME



  5.    Bat For Lashes, ‘Daniel’

  6. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME



  7.    The Beatles, 'In My Life'

  8. Photo: PA

    Songwriter: John Lennon. Photo: PA



  9.    Bob Dylan, ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’

  10. Photo: PA

    Photo: PA



  11.    Fleetwood Mac, 'Landslide'

  12. Photo: PA

    Songwriter: Stevie Nicks. Photo: PA



  13.    Foals, 'This Orient'

  14. Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Songwriter: Yannis Pilippakis. Photo: Tom Oxley/NME



  15.    Foo Fighters, 'Everlong'

  16. Photo: Danny North/NME

    Songwriter: Dave Grohl. Photo: Danny North/NME



  17.    Jeff Buckley, 'Dream Brother'

  18. Photo: Retna

    Photo: Retna



  19.    Joy Division, 'Transmission'

  20. Photo: PA

    Songwriter: Ian Curtis. Photo: PA



  21.    Kate Bush, 'Running Up That Hill'

  22. Photo: PA

    Photo: PA



  23.    Laura Marling, 'Ghosts'

  24. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME



  25.    LCD Soundsystem, 'Someone Great'

  26. Photo: Ben Rowland/NME

    Songwriter: James Murphy. Photo: Ben Rowland/NME



  27.    Leonard Cohen, 'So Long, Marianne'

  28. Photo: PA

    Photo: PA



  29.    The Libertines, ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’

  30. Photo: Roger Sargent/NME

    Songwriter: Pete Doherty. Photo: Roger Sargent/NME



  31.    Nick Cave, 'Into My Arms'

  32. Photo: PA

    Photo: PA



  33.    Paul Simon, 'Graceland'

  34. Photo: PA

    Photo: PA



  35.    Radiohead, 'Fake Plastic Trees'

  36. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Songwriter: Thom Yorke. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



  37.    Regina Spektor, 'Samson'

  38. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME



  39.    The Rolling Stones, 'Wild Horses'

  40. Photo: PA

    Songwriters: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards. Photo: PA



  41.    The Smiths, 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'

  42. Photo: PA

    Songwriter: Morrissey. Photo: PA



  43.    Suede, 'The Wild Ones'

  44. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Songwriter: Brett Anderson. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME



  45.    The Cure, 'Just Like Heaven'

  46. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Songwriter: Robert Smith. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME



  47.    The xx, 'Night Time'

  48. Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME



  49.    Van Morrison, 'Astral Weeks'

  50. Photo: PA

    Photo: PA



  51.    Wild Beasts, 'Bed Of Nails'

  52. Photo: Roger Sargent/NME

    Songwriters: Hayden Thorpe. Photo: Roger Sargent/NME







 
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