Famous Song Lyrics That Have Become Part Of American Culture

graffiti-316288_640There are so many great songs from different genres that you could quote lyrics for days. What is your favorite type of music? Those song lyrics can really stick with you in different ways. Some have deep meanings, while others are simply ‘catchy,’ are accompanied by a great beat or have just been played so many times by different people that they are ingrained in pop culture trivia forever.

Think about MC Hammer’s big hit ‘U Can’t Touch This,’ and how in many ways he was a one hit wonder. Sure he produced other popular songs, but this first hit of his so much overshadowed the others. The lyrics have been repeated over and over and have been part of pop culture for decades. He subsequently filed for bankruptcy.

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘respect?’ Many people can hear Aretha Franklin spelling out the word, belting it out and saying ‘find out what it means to me.’ Another catchy tune with often repeated lyrics is ‘I believe I can fly,’ which was a song put out in the late 90’s by R Kelly. The song continues with ‘I believe I can touch the sky’, and many people sing the entire chorus. Despite R. Kelly being arrested for various sexually related charges, the song still is quite popular and is being sung every single day.

Queen is a rock band that has put out so many memorable tunes. Think about their song ‘We are the Champions.’ ‘We’ll keep on fighting to the end.’ Every young person who has played sports recognizes this song and its lyrics instantly. What are the songs that come to your mind when you think about famous lyrics? There are many in the modern era that people universally recognize, but it’s really interesting to look at the songs that have been out for decades and have withstood the test of time.