The end of the decade is fast approaching, and much faster than we or anyone would like. With only mere weeks left until we enter the 2020s, music publications and music lovers are looking back fondly on the best music moments of the decade. And, now, we’ve turned attention to the decade’s best lyrics, and there have been some good ones.
The conversation was started by writer Ilana Kaplan, who tweeted “what’s the best song lyrics of the decade?”
what's the best song lyric of the decade?
— ilana kaplan (@lanikaps) October 10, 2019
And the replies came in hard and fast.
A lot of people seem to love the lead line of the chorus from Rihanna’s 2012 hit ‘We Found Love’.
"we found love in a hopeless place"
— 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚌 𝚙𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕 (@mathewrodriguez) October 10, 2019
Just as many people think a line from Taylor Swift’s 2012 Red cut ‘All Too Well’ deserves the praise.
you call me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest
— Jeanette Wall (@missmiscreant) October 10, 2019
Others are looking towards Paramore’s 2013 song ‘Last Hope’.
“I don’t even know myself at all. I thought I would be happy by now.” Is one of my faves.
— Keah Brown (@Keah_Maria) October 10, 2019
Another writer, Steven Edelstone, cited two lyrics from two songs: Weyes Blood’s ‘Picture Me Better’ and the “I remember you was conflicted” repetition throughout Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
“We finally found a winter for your sweater” is so simple and so beautiful and Weyes Blood is a legend for it
…but it’s probably gotta be the “I remember you was conflicted / Misusing your influence / Sometimes I did the same…” refrain throughout To Pimp a Butterfly, right?
— Steven Edelstone (@ed_and_thestone) October 10, 2019
A whole stack of others have been referenced, like Lorde’s ‘Sober II (Melodrama)’, Courtney Barnett’s ‘Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party’, Vampire Weekend’s ‘Harmony Hall’, Jason Isbell’s ‘Cover Me Up’, Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Should Have Known Better’ and plenty bloody more.
What’s your favourite lyric of the past decade? Let us know on Twitter at @musicfeeds.