25 Greatest opening lines in music

Some songwriters can tell a whole story within a single line. From The Beatles to Lady Gaga, these are our favourite opening lyrics.  


"Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell 

"They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot" 



"Sign o' the Times' by Prince 

"In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name"



"Heart of Glass" by Blondie 

"Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass"



"Love and Some Verses" by Iron & Wine 

"Love is a dress that you made long to hide your knees" 



"Across the Universe" by The Beatles 

"Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup"



"Bigmouth Strikes Again" by The Smiths 

"Sweetness, sweetness
I was only joking
When I said I'd like to
Smash every tooth in your head"



"Into My Arms" by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds 

"I don’t believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do"



"Disco 2000" by Pulp 

"Oh we were born within one hour of each other

Our mothers said we could be sister and brother

Your name is Deborah 


It never suited ya"



"Stronger Than Me" by Amy Winehouse 

"You should be stronger than me
You been here 7 years longer than me"



"Refugee" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 

"We did somethin' we both know it 
We don't talk too much about it" 



"Shadows in the Rain" by The Police 

"I woke up in my clothes again this morning 
I don't know exactly where I am"



"Jolene" by Dolly Parton 

"Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please don't take him just because you can"


"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys 

"I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it"



"Baltimore" by Nina Simone 

"Beat-up little seagull
On a marble stair
Tryin' to find the ocean
Lookin' everywhere"



"Serve the Servants" by Nirvana 

"Teenage angst has paid off well 
Now I'm bored and old" 



"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

"It doesn't matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M"



"Manafon" by David Sylvian 

"There's a man down in the valley
Who doesn't speak in his own tongue
He bears a grudge againt the English
The tune to which his songs are sung"



"Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush 

"Out on the wiley, windy moors
We'd roll and fall in green
You had a temper like my jealousy
Too hot, too greedy"



"Stayin' Alive" by Bee Gees

"Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
I'm a woman's man: no time to talk"



"Sexuality" by Billy Bragg 

"I've had relations with girls from many nations 
I've made passes at women of all classes" 



"Independent Women" by Destiny's Child 

"Question; tell me what you think about me
I buy my own diamonds and I buy my own rings"



"Angelene" by PJ Harvey

"My first name Angelene 
Prettiest mess you've ever seen" 



"Fell in Love with a Girl" by The White Stripes 

"Fell in love with a girl
Fell in love once and almost completely"



"I'm Your Man" by Leonard Cohen 

"If you want a lover
I'll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I'll wear a mask for you"



"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" by Bob Dylan 

"Well it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
Ifin' you don't know by now
An' it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It'll never do some how"