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What are some of the best lyrics written and why are they meaningful to you? If you were to write a song, what would it be about?


Songs can convey a range of emotions, feelings and messages, whether the format is a ballad, a dance song, a storytelling vehicle, or other type of song. In a Rolling Stone article, Jay-Z explains what makes a classic song.

“A great song doesn’t attempt to be anything — it just is. When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements — melody; emotion; a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon; and great production. Think of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ by Queen. That song had everything — different melodies, opera, R&B, rock — and it explored all of those different genres in an authentic way, where it felt natural.

When I’m writing a song that I know is going to work, it’s a feeling of euphoria. It’s how a basketball player must feel when he starts hitting every shot, when you’re in that zone. As soon as you start, you get that magic feeling, an extra feeling. Songs like that come out in five minutes; if I work on them more than, say, 20 minutes, they’re probably not going to work.”

Songwriting is an art honed by songwriters worldwide. Many artists write their own songs, while others just perform the written work of others. Many pop stars don’t write their own songs, and many songwriters are not effective singers. But the fact remains that songwriters must be knowledgeable about music and, if they want their songs to be enjoyed by a wide audience, they must consider what kinds of lyrics and songs will appeal universally. In your opinion, what are some of the best lyrics ever written, and what makes them so meaningful to you? If you were to write a song, what would it be about? Who would the audience be? (Bonus points if you write a song and make a video of you or a friend singing it).


KQED Art School video In the Studio with American Nomad
American Nomad is a band fronted by singer-songwriters Hassan El-Tayyab and Shiloh Parkerson. Performing as either a duo or a full band at venues of all sizes, they keep Americana music traditions alive, performing tunes that are reminiscent of the days “when our country was first starting to form,” as Parkerson notes in this episode of Art School.

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We encourage students to reply to other people’s tweets to foster more of a conversation. Also, if students tweet their personal opinions, ask them to support their ideas with links to interesting/credible articles online (adding a nice research component) or retweet other people’s ideas that they agree/disagree/find amusing. We also value student-produced media linked to their tweets like memes or more extensive blog posts to represent their ideas. Of course, do as you can… and any contribution is most welcomed.

More Resources

KQED Art School video Songwriting with Hassan El-Tayyab
Hassan El-Tayyab of American Nomad shares tips for songwriting.

KQED Art School video Singing with Emotion with Shiloh Parkerson
Shiloh Parkerson of American Nomad shares tips for singing with emotion and feeling.

Rolling Stone article 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine came up with a list of the 500 best songs of all time. Check out this comprehensive list to see what songs have been recognized as the greatest according to Rolling Stones magazine.

Rolling Stone article Jay-Z on What Makes a Classic Track
Rapper Jay-Z explains what makes a classic song. This article was written as an introduction to Rolling Stone’s top 500 songs.

What Song Is the Most Meaningful to You? 8 March,2017Kristin Farr

  • 18cloc

    “Just close your eyes
    The sun is going down
    You’ll be alright
    No one can hurt you now
    Come morning light
    You and I’ll be safe and sound”
    Those lyrics from the song “Safe and Sound” by Taylor swift means a lot to me. It’s explaining that you are going to be alright if you close your eyes. You will be safe and sound and the morning kith will come.

    • Kalib Sundquist

      I think the song that’s most meaning to me is Red Nose by Tech n9ne, because there’s so much emotion and he’s laying it down because people treat him different they treat him like he’s got a red nose @KqedEdSpace #DoNowSong KSundquist

  • 18rche

    The quote that is most meaningful to me is “who says you’re not perfect, who says you’re not beautiful.” This is Who Says by Selena Gomez. She is telling us that everyone is perfect, everyone is beautiful, and she’s questioning who’s telling you you’re not. This song gives a sense of self esteem to every person who listens to this song, and it is really meaningful to me.

    • 18kgoe

      Any early Selena Gomez song for me!! Especially Naturally, Falling Down, and Who Says!

  • 18jcol

    I think the best song is the pokemon theme song it’s very uplifting and makes you feel like you can do anything.

    • Matthew Mitchell

      The pokemon theme song is the greatest theme song ever cause it makes you feel like you can be the very best like no one ever was

    • TFackrell

      I wanna be the very best too. Thank you for reminding me of the Pokémon theme and its uplifting content.

  • 18kgoe

    “Always gonna be another mountain, I’m always gonna want to make it move…. Ain’t about how fast I get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side….” Miley Cyrus’s The Climb. This song has gotten me through a lot of hardships because it sends a great message. Yes. There will always be something else that gives you troubles, and you must push through, because everything will be okay! Have fun getting to the good part! Even though now it might be bad, make the best of it! If I wrote a song it would be about ignoring everything negative people tell you, and to do what you know you can do!

  • 18tmon

    The most meaningful songs to me involve my childhood. One song that reminds me of swimming when I lived in Indiana is Stranger in Moscow by Michael Jackson. It sounds almost like I’m in a dream whenever I listen to it. It reminds me of trees rolling by and a nice warm car when it’s cool fall outside.

    • Alton Barnhart

      Such a classic is this a song you will always remember

  • Guest

    I think the best song lyric is from the song Young and Beutiful by Lana Del Ray. “Will you still love me
    When I’m no longer young and beautiful?
    Will you still love me
    When I got nothing but my aching soul?”
    I think that these are good questions to ask today’s kids and teens of this era (21st Century) this question. Kids love people nowadays because the person is beautiful and not because they have a nice personality. They judge the person on their looks and not their character. Even though beauty is important, inner beauty is more important. Think about when they grow old and they are not beutiful anymore. Will you still love them?

  • 18vmon

    I think the best song lyric is from the song Young and Beutiful by Lana Del Ray. “Will you still love me
    When I’m no longer young and beautiful?
    Will you still love me
    When I got nothing but my aching soul?”
    I think that these are good questions to ask today’s kids and teens of this era (21st Century) this question. Kids love people nowadays because the person is beautiful and not because they have a nice personality. They judge the person on their looks and not their character. Even though beauty is important, inner beauty is more important. Think about when they grow old and they are not beutiful anymore. Will you still love them? Will you still want to be with them?

  • Pinya Colada

    My favorite lyrics from songs change a lot. At the moment, I would have to say the lyrics that mean most to me are, “We are the ones, the ones you left behind, don’t tell us how, tell us how to live our lives, ten million strong, we’re breaking all the rules, thank you for nothing, cause there’s nothing left to loose” from MKTO’s song, “Thank You.” I love these lyrics because they’re saying that even though you made us feel so worthless and manipulated us, we’re not gonna let you tell us how to live our lives and we’re gonna use that pain to breakthrough.

    • MKimball

      It’s a very catchy song. 🙂 I like the part where they say, “Thanks for the ropes you used to hold us down, ‘Cause when I break through I’ma use them to reach the clouds.” I related them to how they’re “ten million strong”– when they were hurt or offended, they recovered and became stronger and better because of it.

  • 18edau

    One of the best songs is Skinny Love by Bon Iver. I think that this song can be interpreted in many different ways since the lyrics can be seen in a lot of ways.

    “Come on skinny love just last the year,
    Pour a little salt we were never here,
    My my my, my my my, my-my my-my…
    Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer.”

    These lyrics could be seen in different ways and I know that a lot of people think of this song in different ways.

  • KGroberg

    There are many songs that mean a lot, but for the time being I like many of Lorde’s songs because she puts a lot of meaning in her lyrics… Also, her live performances are so awkward and weird that it is actually really entertaining.

  • Alton Barnhart

    I think the song that is most meaning to me is Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. It’s because there was a very important person in my life that told me it’s our song. Since she left I can’t listen to it without tearing up. @KqedEdSpace #DoNowSong abarnhart

    • Collin Park

      way to connect with the song. every song should have that much emotion behind it.

  • Landon Gregory

    The best song I have ever heard is “the prayer” by Kid Cudi. The reason I love this song is because I remember listening to it in my bed after I downloaded it, and I remember Laying there not even knowing what just happened. It’s like the only thing that was going on in the world at that time was that song.

    • KGroberg

      What is your favorite lyric from the song?

      • Landon Gregory

        I have got to say, I love the lyric talking about his demons saying,”dreamed of being free since my birth, cursed but the demons I confronted would disperse”

    • DJohnson

      I love Cudi! Solid choice in music my friend. what is your favorite part of the song?

  • Landon Hamren

    One of my favorite and most memorable songs I have ever heard is Nÿfallið Regn by Asgeir Trausti. When I first heard this song it was during the summer time and it brings back really good memories of just hanging out with my buddies and going on vacation during the summer.

  • msittler

    The most memorable song that I’ve heard so far is “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I really love this song because it has such a catchy tune and great lyrics. I heard it for the first time last year when I was in the car with my friends and we all instantly loved it. It brings back really good memories for me.

  • SMiller

    I love music. For me it is hard to pick the MOST memorable song because a lot of songs are memorable at different times. One of those songs is “The Call” by Regina Spektor. I remember listening to this song at a time when I was struggling with a certain decision in my life. I remember listening to this song and just knowing the answer to my problem. Ever since, it has been my “go to” song when I need comfort. The message of the song, and how she pronounces, enunciates, and feels every word is probably what gets to me. I guess that ever since I heard it, that one time, I’m just emotionally attached!

    • Emma Samira Jones

      I agree! British people are sweet! I like that song because it sorta gives me courage, in a weird way.

    • msittler

      I remember first hearing this song from the Prince Caspian movie. It made an impression on me because of its beautiful lyrics and sound. My friend and I love this song so much and it also has a calming tune.

    • Landon Hamren

      SMiller, I have never heard your song before, but then I listened to it and I really like it. What is your favorite part of the song?

  • Jon Wallace

    Every body has that one song that defines their childhood. Whenever it comes on there is a massive wave of emotions and memories that hit forcefully. That song for me is “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith. This song brings back memories of boating on a smooth lake while the summer sun is beating down on my skin. I love that song because it reminds me of the careless days when you were on vacation not thinking about anything. This is my most memorable song. @KqedEdSpace #donowsong

    • Collin Park

      Amazing song, aerosmith will never die.

    • Stephen Jarman

      I like this song because emotions suck.

  • DHall

    I really like the song “Home” by American Authors. There is no where that is more important or anywhere that I feel so safe as my home.

    • KGroberg

      What is your favorite verse from the song

    • Landon Gregory

      What about this song makes you think about your home other than the title?

  • TFackrell

    Many songs are full of meaning to me. I really cannot say that there is one that is more meaningful than all of the others. Sometimes I enjoy songs differently depending on who I’m around. And in the presence of my family, I’d say that I enjoy certain songs the most. Anyway, one song that I always love listening to is “Lights” by Journey. I love this song because it always reminds me of camping with my dad and brothers. The long drives through the dark desert on the way to the middle of nowhere were most memorable when we had songs like this playing in the car. Now, whenever “Lights” comes on, I am reminded of the old times with my family and I feel at home. “Lights” is a classic.

    • Landon Hamren

      TFackrell, I also really enjoy this song as well. It makes me think of a road trip I went on with my family years ago.

  • LMcDermott

    The song I can always count on for anything is “Runaway” by Mat Kearney. I remember listening to the song over and over one very stressful and late night, and feeling it relieve pressure and allowing me to breathe. The song was, and still is, an escape for me. I listen to it anytime I need a break to “runaway” to my paradise.

    • SMiller

      LMcDermott! I absolutely love this song! I remember hearing it on Soul Surfer and that’s what introduced me to Matt Kearney and his wonderful style. My favorite part is the intro because the beat, the tune and the speed just make me instantly happy! I don’t even know why! 🙂 I also love to sing to the “nobody knows” part. What is your favorite part?

  • bbunker

    One of my favorite songs is Here Comes The Sun by the Beatles. Whenever it plays it brings a light, happy atmosphere and hope for a brighter day 🙂 I just love it!!

    • Alton Barnhart

      It is a good song what is your favorite lyric from it?

    • msittler

      I love this song as well because it is in the movie the Parent Trap and that is one of my favorite movies! It has an awesome tune and whenever I hear it, it makes me really happy.

    • Matthew Mitchell

      This song is one of the beatles greatest songs, it makes everyday so much better

    • Porter Yates

      What’s your favorite part in the song? It does not have to be lyrics but musical sections or beats in a certain point in the song.

    • Jon Wallace

      I love that song so much! it gives me chills every time! great choice!!!

    • Stephen Jarman

      I like this song because it it makes you feel like even if times are bad they will get better.

    • LMcDermott

      This song is a classic! I totally agree how it can make you instantly happy! 🙂

    • DJohnson

      This song is amazing! I haven’t heard this song in forever! Thanks for posting this, im goign to start listening to the beetles more (: What is your favorite part of the song?

    • SD’Antuono

      I love this song, I grew up listening to the Beatles and everything they have is fantastic.

    • jlocey

      I agree! This song is just so happy!

  • MKimball

    One of my favourite musical pieces is “Rhapsody in Blue”, by George Gershwin. My favourite version was performed by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, mainly because the man at the piano, Leonard Bernstein, was conducting as he played. There are no lyrics, but “Rhapsody in Blue” has, perhaps, the best piano accompaniment ever. I can listen to this piece over and over again, particularly the last two minutes, when the music builds up and finally erupts into the piano taking over the theme. I can’t seem to place any particular memory with it, but I’m aware that it immediately brightens my mood, no matter how stressed or upset I’m feeling at the time. It’s quintessential happiness bottled up into seventeen minutes.

    • Porter Yates

      I must say I have never heard your song but I do like classical or orchestra music. It’s very calming and peacefull while also having a sense if adventure. Classical music is great because you can pull so many different feelings you can pull from it. Thank you for recommending this song, I will listen to it.

  • Porter Yates

    The song that is the most meaningful to me is probably The Piano Man by Billy Joel. Even though this song has a very sad and downer side to it, it also is lifting with a sense of opportunity and potential. It really explains the life of normal Americans in the time period as the shuffle in and sit to have a drink. It shows the emotion of the people and the life they wish they had. #DoNowSong @KqedEdSpace

    • Jon Wallace

      I Love this song!! you have a very good taste in music sir. What Is your favorite part of that song? mine is when he says “man what are you doing here?”

    • SMiller

      This is a great song! 🙂 I love the feeling and soul that Billy has when he sings this. His raw emotion just transfers to you, so that you can feel exactly what he’s feeling. I love that aspect of this song, that he connects, rather than just sings. That’s why I appreciate this song so much, because I feel like a lot of modern artists miss that, the soul. What is your favorite part of this song?

    • Jared Worth

      That is by far one of my favorite songs! I love the mood it brings and how it truly feels like a bar song with soul and passion. I feel like it has more depth and history to the lyrics because I think that’s how Joel got his start, was playing in bars. He definitely delivers an intriguing point of view about the bar scene

  • JTidwell

    This song reminds me to be happy about life. There will always be good and bad things but you just have to keep dope shredding through them all. It is very fast paced and uplifting.

    • Emma Samira Jones

      Great song! It sorta makes me feel like I am on drugs becausef the beat, but the lyrics I agree make me want to smile! What is the theme of the song besides happiness?

    • MKimball

      It has a great message! Everyone has a hard time at some point or another, but it’s important to have a good attitude about it. Being pessimistic doesn’t do anything to help at all. What’s your favourite line of the song?

    • bbunker

      I love Gnarls Barkley!! His songs are so unique- if you like this song you should look up “Crazy”

  • Emma Samira Jones

    Probably, How Bad Can I Be from the Lorax, I love this song! It acknowledges the human condition of idiocy and isn’t ices my sense of excitement by making me inspired!

    • TFackrell

      I love that song too because it is so contradictory. It makes you think about your own actions.

    • LMcDermott

      I love the movie The Lorax! I’ll have the check out this song, because if it is as great as the movie I’ll probably love it!

  • Stephen Jarman

    I like Walt grace’s submarine test because it tells you that you can do anything if your work hard. It is really motivating to follow your dreams and go for it.

  • Matthew Mitchell

    The most meaning full song ever is Peter Tosh’s Reggaemylites, because every time i hear it i stop caring about the world around me , and the good vibes just take over
    : )

  • Adam Witbeck : roller derby queen by Jim Croce. I listened to it all the time with my dad when I was a kid and it reminds me of one of my good friends

    • SD’Antuono

      This song makes me think of flowers in the springtime and makes me feel good inside.

  • DJohnson

    Imagine Dragons- It’s Time

    Whenever i’m feeling down or depressed i listen to this song, the lyrics, the beat, this song is uplifting and makes me fell a lot better.

    • bbunker

      I really like this song too. I know its cheesy but i love the way they sing “I’m never changing who I am”- it sounds so confident and defiant; like they know that sometimes in life it’ll be hard to stay true to yourself, but they can do it. Do you have a favorite lyric?

      • Jared Worth

        I also really like this song. It reminds me of freshman year in AZ and how warm the air was.

  • Shannon Wareham

    @kqededspace#donowsong Imagine Dragons “It’s Time” Thins is meaningful to me because at Brighton there was a kid that died from cancer and this song was dedicated to him by the imagine dragons. This reminds me of the time when my friend died (very different way from the brighton student) I dedicated a song to her called “Wild Horses” because she was one wild girl and did not like to be told what to do and defy any rules that were given to her. I wished I was able to save her when I was so far away.

  • SD’Antuono

    @KQEDedspace #donowsong I like this song because whenever I’m feeling down I can listen to this and somehow it makes me feel better.

  • Reychel P

    @KQEDedspace I love that song, its beautifull. I listened to it with my mather and we sing it all the time. #DoNow_galileo and #DoNowSong.

  • Reychel P

    @KQEDedspace And I love this song to. my father and I listened it when we travelled in our car when I was 7.#DoNow_galileo and #DoNowSong.

  • fernanda mendoza

    One song that really gets to me is called “stronger”. It talks about what makes you stronger and basically never to give up we can handle anything. And when you feel like falling there will always be a time when you will get up and be stronger. If i were to write a song. I think it would be a rap about bringing peace to the world to end wars and have faith in humanity.

  • Allee Dietrich-Kelloff

    @kqededspace the most meaningful song to me is La Camisa Negra by Juanes. Throughout the song, it explains the heart break from loosing someone close to you. Although I presume the directed audience is recently broken up couples I can relate it to my general relationships in life along with other situations that have caused great hurt to other people dear to me. Here’s a link to the English translation: #donowsong

  • Liz Powley

    @kqededspace #DoNowSong The most meaningful song to me is Gravity by Sara Bareilles. this song to me Just has so much emotion yet calms me down. It makes me feel strong yet vulnerable at the same time. This song reminds me of many things, family that has died or I don’t see, friends, boyfriends, etc. but for some reason this song is empowering to me it makes me feel independent and I am who I am supposed to be. This song also gives me hope and is a stress reliever. Something about the words and the melody makes this song a song I could never be sick of and could listen to over and over. I think meaningful songs are one that remind us of who we are and a song that can bring us peace. And that is what this song does for me.

  • Jared Worth

    @kqedspace I love the song Fire It Up by Modest Mouse. It gets better every time I listen to it gets me in a different state of mind. It always puts me in a serene mood and I don’t know why, but it reminds me of the Tetons. #DoNowSong

  • Heather Wilkinson

    @kqedspace I love the song Carry On by fun. This song carries so much passion and soul that you can’t help but sing with your heart bursting. It makes me able to forget present conflicts and just carry on with life with a thankful heart. Also, I love watching Nate Reuss perform, his faces are legendary in my opinion.


    • jlocey

      I totally agree! I chose this song, too!

  • M Jesús García San Martín

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  • Colton Guymon

    @kqedspace The song that has impacted me the most would probably be “Every Rose has Its Thorns” by Poison. I love the lyricism
    “Every rose has it’s thorn

    Just like every night has it’s dawn

    Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song

    Every rose has it’s thorn”
    I believe that it holds a strong theme to life, that with the good will inevitably come the bad. The rhythm and tune bring back memories of long roads trips with my dad and the experiences that came with them.

  • davidjenny

    I would pick “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads. I guess all I will say is, it is the most loving love song. About finding that feeling of being home in a person, about spending time with this person and never wanting it to end.

    “Home, is where I want to be
    But I guess I’m already there.
    I come home, she lifted up her wings
    I guess that this must be the place.”

  • Nick M

    Better Days by The Goo Goo Dolls has always had an important place in my life. In the best and the worst of times, it has reminded me there is always betters days ahead, and to realize the most important thing in life: hope and love for everyone in this world.

  • Abbie M.

    The Dixie Chicks have been an influential band throughout my life. I have been singing their albums since I was able to talk. I can still remember learning the words to Wide Open Spaces and feeling like I wanted to grow up to be the girl in that song. I have always been a very independent and this song really speaks to being on your own and embracing your independence. Wide Open Spaces has definitely been a pivotal message in my life.

    She traveled this road as a child,
    wide eyed and grinning, she never tired.
    But now she won’t be coming back with the rest,
    if these are life’s lessons, she’ll take this test.

    She needs wide open spaces,
    room to make her big mistakes.
    She needs new faces,
    she knows the highest stakes.

  • Fiona Boomer

    Miss Disregard by Lake Street Dive is the song of my life. I really like the new funk, jazz, bluegrassy sound of Lake Street Dive; it’s completely different than any other sound out there. This four man band studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and understands the power of harmonies and a major scale. They use improvisation elements of Jazz as well as Bluegrass slapping techniques to create a sound that is completely all their own. Bass plays melody, which never happens, and their lyrics can relate to anyone with feelings. Love them!

  • Victor Herrera Johnny Cash’s Men in black is the most meaningful to me. His lyrics are to help and change the world for the better . He talks that people deserve to be treated equal and the world needs to change .

  • Brandon C

    I’m not very creative, or artsy or really to listen to music at all. I also tend to be a realist and a bit of a downer so… yeah. It’s tough for songs to be “meaningful” to me. Coupled with the facts that slow beats and mild lyrics tend to irritate me you have yourself an obnoxious teenager who can’t appreciate “good music”. The only times I listen to songs like the ones mentioned above is when they appear in Youtube videos. I’ll do Youtube videos. In fact the song I chose appears in a Youtube video which is how I found it. I have no idea what the lyrics are or what it’s about but it just makes me want to got outside and punch robots.

  • William Cisneros

    Ghostwriter byRJD2 may seem like an odd choice for a song full of meaning because it actually has no lyrics. This song to me represents adventure. My life has been one big adventure thus far and I believe this song represents my journey through life. At times it gets a little repetitive but it reminds me of wandering.

  • Maliha M

    Move your feet, by Junior Senior is my all time favorite and most meaningful song. It gets me in the mood and makes me feel happy. I found this song when I wasn’t in such a good place and it really cheered me up. I’m an old soul and a sucker for this song. I grew up dancing and I’ve never stopped. When I’m tired and I don’t feel like dancing this song changes my mind completely.

  • Sean McMinimee

    My favorite song is I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash. I’ve grown up listening to this song and it’s got a special hold over me. This song gets through rough times and it also hints toward being dangerous and challenging yourself. The remade version by Joaquin Phoenix is also a very good song that cares similar sentimental values.

  • Jae Hun

    Greenday-21guns started to show interest in electric guitar.

  • Francesca Botto

    Here Comes the Sun is the most meaningful song to me. It definitely is a song I’ve grown up with and you just can’t help singing along when it comes on. It makes me really happy and it reminds you to look to the brighter side.

  • Jae Hun

    made me start playing electric guitar

    21 gun- Greenday

  • Caroline P

    Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe is meaningful to me because of how many times I listened to it as a little kid. It brings back memories of a childhood spent outdoors that has since been replaced with a life spent indoors. This song is free spirited just as Sonny and Cher’s relationship was. This song is the ideal love song between two professional artists, but part of a hippie era, something intriguing to me.

  • Nikki J.

    L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole holds a special place near and dear in my heart. My favorite movies growing up usually had this song somewhere in the movie. The Parent Trap most notably makes me nostalgic especially when I hear this song. It gives me memories of the good old days, as a child when all the stresses of life were non existential yet.

  • Daniel Voytovich

    The most meaningful song I have ever heard is Hung My Head by Johnny Cash. I like they song because it is about a man who does something on accident, and then must spend the rest of his life repenting for his sin. For whatever reason this is one of my favorite songs, and I really like the content of the song because of how unique it is.

  • Alex M

    The song most meaningful to me is “Jetpacks was Yes (2.0)” by Periphery. The song has great lyrics about not letting your past defining you, living your life to its fullest potential, and not wasting precious time. This song always helps me let go of regret and remember to enjoy life.

    “I reach for a way out of thisI waste life like it’s nothing but a fantasy
    Fears lead me astray
    The past brings them to be
    Whats left to carry me”

  • carlos a

    The Imperial march from star wars is the song that seemed the most meaningful song to me because when I hear it I think of my when i was younger and how star wars was one of my favorite movies.

  • Safa Shukairy

    What Makes a Man by City and Colour is a great song, I think it’s about regret and mistakes made in life and you can interpret songs however you want, but I don’t think this song is about love or a break up or whatever, and I am so grateful because I am so sick of those types of songs

  • jlocey

    I love It’s Time by Imagine Dragons. I love the song Forever Young. These two songs remind me of certain people and another time. I like the lyrics from Carry On by Fun. I think it’s a good message, to keep you going through anything.

  • Briar

    Some of the most meaningful lyrics to me come from three certain artists Fall Out Boy, Get Scared, and Volbeat. The two best songs are by Get scared, don’t you dare forget the sun, and cynical skin. the first one talks about how suicide effects the people in your life, and explains that there is always light at the end of the tunnel it just takes time. the second song explains that our society is corrupt with the fascination of being perfect, girls with anorexia, humans dying over the need to be accepted, and in the end you see yourself realizing what you have done and its to late.
    if I were to write a song it would be like most of Get Scared songs. they are meaningful to multiple people, and helped people out of so many things. my songs would be about my opinions on things, my point of views, but that other views are okay. they would be about love and hate, war and peace, the upside of things for people that are down.



Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.

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