What’s Your Favourite Lyric Of 2012?

Yesterday on Twitter we asked you for your favourite song lyrics of 2012 – under #fave2012lyrics – and you came back with enough choices to fill a Bob Dylan album. Wordsmiths Spector, Jake Bugg and Alt-J figure strongly, but only one vote for ‘Gangnam Style’. How soon we forget.

Anyway, we’ve sifted through and chosen a provisional top 20 below, but we’d like you to keep on thinking. Choose your favourite lyric of the year, explain why it’s so damn good, and you could find your choice printed in the magazine.

Jake Bugg

20Richard Hawley, ‘Seek It’

I had my fortune told and it said I would meet somebody with green eyes/ Yours are blue

19The Vaccines, ‘No Hope’

I could make an observation, if you want the voice of a generation but I’m too self-absorbed to give it clout

18My Chemical Romance, ‘Boy Division’

I’m not laughing, you’re not joking/ I’m not dead I only dress that way

Jessie Ware

17Jessie Ware, ‘Wildest Moments’

Maybe in our wildest moments we could be the greatest/ Maybe in our wildest moments we could be the worst of all

16Jack White, ‘Sixteen Saltines’

Force fed, forced meds, ’til I drop dead

15Cat Power, ‘3, 6, 9’

Abusive, a stranger in bed/ Elusive, forget everything you said

Arctic Monkeys

14Arctic Monkeys, ‘R U Mine?’

Unfair we’re not somewhere misbehaving for days/ Great escape, lost track of time and space

13Tame Impala, ‘Mind Mischief’

But I saw her love gauge running low/ I tried to fill but it overflowed

12Swim Deep, ‘Honey’

Don’t just dream in your sleep/ It’s just lazy

Biffy Clyro

11Biffy Clyro, ‘Stingin’ Belle’

Grow some balls and speak your mind/ You think you’re cool, like a porcupine!

10Mystery Jets, ‘Greatest Hits’

But when you sober up it’s always, ‘Why the fuck are you still listening to Mark E Smith?’

9Everything Everything, ‘Cough Cough’

And that Eureka moment hits you like a cop car/ And you wake up just head and shoulders in a glass jar

Lana Del Rey

8Lana Del Rey, ‘National Anthem’

Money is the anthem of success so before we go out, what’s your address?

7Frank Ocean, ‘Pyramids’

Then your lipstick, Cleopatra/ Then your six inch heels catch her

6Plan B, ‘iLL Manors’

There’s no such thing as broken Britain/ We’re just bloody broke in Britain


5Spector, ‘Twenty Nothing’

Heard he was your rock/ Does that make me your hard place?

4Blur, ‘Under The Westway’

An automated song and the whole world gone/ Fallen under the spell of the distance between us when we communicate

3Jake Bugg, ‘Two Fingers’

I drink to remember, I smoke to forget/ Some things to be proud of, some stuff to regret

2The xx, ‘Angels’

If someone believed me/ They would be as in love with you as I am


1Alt-J, ‘Tessellate’

Triangles are my favourite shape/ Three points where two lines meet

We’ve waxed lyrical. It’s over to you.