The Greatest Song Lyrics Of The Year (So Far)

It's already become pretty clear that 2017 is going to be a stellar year for music. We're anticipating new albums from tons of our favorite artists, which you can keep track of here. We've got a running hot new songs each week to add to your playlist rotation. And now, we're keeping you clued in on the best lyrics we've heard this year (so far).
But what makes a lyric great? Well, that's up to the songwriter and the listener — music is personal, and what sticks with one person might soon be forgettable to another, but we think you'll agree that these have a way of perking one's ears up. Great lyrics can make you laugh, make you think, make you feel. From the witty to the heartbreaking, from sweet pop choruses to politically-charged rap verses, we appreciate them all.
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So enjoy our very favorite lyrics of 2017 so far. We'll be updating this post every couples of weeks to keep things fresh.
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"Heartbreak Diet," Sälen

I am done with sticky people (sticky people)
That are too hard to pick out of my teeth
Don't call me
I'm on my heartbreak diet
Love isn't good for you
I think I'll burn it


Don't be deceived by the lead singer's sweet soprano voice. Like Lily Allen, bracingly clever lyrics are paired with a saccharine voice — and the results are perfect.
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"I Love You So Much," DJ Khaled and Chance the Rapper

You're my son, you're a mogul
You're an icon, you're a legend
You're the greatest, I love you, I love you so much

Does this song display lyrical acrobatics? No. But this exuberant song about DJ Khaled and Chance the Rapper's love for their kids has made us cry more than once.
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"Call It Dreaming," Iron & Wine

Where the sun isn't only sinking fast
Every night knows how long it's supposed to last
Where the time of our lives is all we have
And we get a chance to say
Before we ease away
For all the love you've left behind
You can have mine

Leave it to the bearded mountain man to write the most beautiful, profound song of the year.
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"While You Wait for the Others," Grizzly Bear

While you wait on the answers
That I'll pretend to find
Keeping up with the motions
Still occupies our time

The entire album details the disintegration of a relationship, but this stanza especially captures the slow pace of unhappiness.
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"If You Need To, Keep Time On Me," Fleet Foxes

How could it all fall in one day?
Were we too sure of the sun?
If you need to, keep time on me

Written as a response to the state of American politics, this Fleet Foxes offers a lyrical alternative to the phrase, "You can count on me."
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"Green Light," Lorde

'Cause honey I'll come get my things, but I can't let go

Simple, yes, but single line captures the pain of moving on from a break-up in a neat image.
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"Everything Now" by Arcade Fire

Every inch of sky's got a star
Every inch of skin's got a scar
I guess that you've got everything now
Every inch of space in your head
Is filled up with the things that you read
I guess you've got everything now
And every film that you've ever seen
Fills the spaces up in your dreams

In this ridiculously catchy song with a cynical heart, Arcade Fire remarks that while we have everything at the tip of our fingers, we're prone to overlooking the important things.
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"Signal," Sylvan Esso

It's a signal in the noise
It's a bell in a mine
It's a black dog in a junkyard
Gonna chase you down in time
Chase you down in time
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"american dream," LCD Soundsystem

So you kiss and you clutch but you can't fight that feeling
That your one true love is just awaiting your big meeting
So you never even asked for names
You just look right through them as if you already came
It's a drug of the heart and you can't stop the shaking
'Cause the body wants what it's terrible at taking, oh
And you can't remember the meaning
But there's no going back against this California feeling

LCD Soundsystem vs. carnal attempts at intimacy.
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"Want You Back" by Haim

Some things are long forgotten
Some things were never said
We were on one endless road
But I had a wandering heart

We'd take them back just by virtue of how amazing this pop song is.
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"Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles

"You can't bribe the door on your way to the sky
You look pretty good down here
But you ain't really good"

We'll forgive him for the falsetto, because the song is pretty great.
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"Glow" by Drake

“Watch out for me/I’m about to glow”

It's impossible to narrow down the best lyric off of Drake's 2017 album "More Life," but this one comes pretty close.
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"Biking" by Frank Ocean, feat. Tyler, The Creator and Jay-Z

Gave you what you could handle
I got the grip like the handle
And I'm bikin'
I'm bikin' with me and my Daniel
Hades got the angels
TV's got the angles
I'm brakin'

Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator, and Jay-Z bring a different twist to the theme of cycles (and bicycling) in this interwoven song.
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"I Live Now As a Singer," Julie Byrne

And I have dragged my life across the country
And wondered if travel led me anywhere
There's a passion in me, just does not long for those things
Tell me how'd it feel for you to be in love

The nod beneath the universe you walk with me
Said I'd be ever in the air of your honesty

This folky singer-songwriter's recent album Not Even Happiness is spun from poetry.
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"Pure Comedy," Father John Misty

The comedy of man starts like this

Our brains are way too big for our mothers' hips

And so Nature, she divines this alternative

We emerged half-formed and hope that whoever greets us on the other end

Is kind enough to fill us in

And, babies, that's pretty much how it's been ever since

FJM’s latest cynical single pokes fun at the theater of mankind, which he distills down to comedy. As always, it’s unclear how much of this is the opinion of Father John Misty the character, or Josh Tillman's, the real identity of the singer.
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"That's What's Up,” Alicia Keys

Ladies and Gentleman, allow me my testimony
I'm so blessed, I'm so blessed
Stow your blessings upon me
And it feels so good, it feels so good
So good to be free
Oh, keep your presence
Keep your presence on me

Keys released this song about faith and gratitude, which samples Kanye West’s "Low Lights," on her 35th birthday.
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Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage.
“Moving on and Getting Over,” John Mayer

Tell me I can have the fact you’ve loved me to hold onto
Tell me I can keep the door cracked open, to let light through

The singer-songwriter gets vulnerable on this melancholy track from his new EP, The Search for Everything: Wave One.
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"Shape Of You," Ed Sheeran

I'm in love with the shape of you
We push and pull like a magnet do
Although my heart is falling too

This is Sheerhan's tender, poetic way of saying "I like your hot bod."
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Photo: Tom Nicholson/REX/Shutterstock.
"High For Hours," J. Cole

Here's a thought for my revolutionary heart
Take a deeper look at history, it's there to pick apart
See, the people at the top, they get to do just what they want
'Til after a while the people at the bottom finally get smart
Then they start to holla "Revolution!"

Cole released his soulful, incisive new song about racial oppression and revolution in America on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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"(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano," Sampha

No one knows me like the piano in my mother's home
You would show me I have something, some people call a soul
And you drop-topped the sky, oh you arrived when I was three years old
No one knows me like the piano in my mother's home

The Brit's beautiful meditation on his mother's death and the healing power of music will make you tear up.
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"Say Something Loving," The xx

Say something loving
I just don't remember the thrill of affection
I just don't remember
Say something loving
I need a reminder, the feeling's escaped me

The xx returns to peak lyrical form on I See You, like in this bittersweet track about feeling nostalgic for closeness.
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"Black Magic," Yung Mavu

My wizards lit, y'all don't even know
When I'm with your girl I steal the show
Glass on my face, you're a disgrace
A Dementor try to suck up my face

The first viral hit of 2017 is creative and ingenious, thanks largely to its perfect Harry Potter references.
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