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Top 10 Memorable Pop Song Lyrics of 2012

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Sometimes great song lyrics appeal to your head. Other times they appeal more to your heart. On occasion they grab the attention of both. These are some of the very best pop song lyrics of 2012.

1. fun. - "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae

Courtesy Fueled By Ramen

Songwriters Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, and Jeffrey Bhasker

Give me a second
I need to get my story straight
My friends are in the bathroom
Getting higher than the empire state
My lover she is waiting for me
Just across the bar
My seat's been taken by some sunglasses
Asking 'bout a scar
And I know I gave it to you months ago
I know you're trying to forget
But between the drinks and subtle things
the holes in my apologies
You know I'm trying hard to take it back
So if by the time the bar closes
And you feel like falling down
I'll carry you home

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2. Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Courtesy Big Machine

Songwriters Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback

We are never ever ever ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends
Talk to my friends
Talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

Like ever...

I'm really gonna miss you picking fights
And me, falling for it screaming that I'm right
And you, will hide away and find your peace of mind
With some indie record that's much cooler than mine

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3. Ed Sheeran - "The A Team"

Ed Sheeran - "The A Team"
Courtesy Atlantic Records

Songwriter Ed Sheeran

White lips, pale face
Breathing in snowflakes
Burnt lungs, sour taste
Light's gone, day's end
Struggling to pay rent
Long nights, strange men

And they say
She's in the Class A Team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since 18
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries

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4. Gotye - "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra

Gotye - "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Courtesy Universal Republic

Songwriter Wally de Backer

You can get addicted to a certain kinda sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I'll admit that I was glad that it was over

But you didn't have to cut me off
Make it like it never happened and that we were nothing
I don't even need your love, but you treat me like a stranger
And that feels so rough

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5. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"

Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
Courtesy Interscope

Songwriters Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay, and Tavish Crowe

Hey, I just met you,
And this is crazy,
But here's my number,
So call me, maybe?

And all the other boys,
Try to chase me,
But here's my number,
So call me, maybe?

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6. Frank Ocean - "Thinkin Bout You"

Frank Ocean - "Thinkin Bout You"
Courtesy Def Jam

Songwriters Christopher Francis Ocean and N. Cobey

A tornado flew around my room before you came
Excuse the mess it made, it usually doesn't rain
In Southern California, much like Arizona
My eyes don't shed tears, but, boy, they bawl

When I'm thinkin' 'bout you
I've been thinkin' 'bout you
I've been thinkin' 'bout you
Do you think about me still?

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7. Calvin Harris - "Feel So Close"

Calvin Harris - "Feel So Close"
Courtesy Columbia Records

Songwriter Calvin Harris

I feel so close to you right now
It's a force field
I wear my heart upon my sleeve, like a big deal
Your love pours down on me, surrounds me like a waterfall
And there's no stopping us right now
I feel so close to you right now

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8. Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"

Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
Courtesy RCA

Songwriters Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, and Greg Kurstin

You know the bed feels warmer
Sleeping here alone
You know I dream in color
And do the things I want

You think you've got the best of me
Think you've had enough the last laugh
Bet you think that everything good is gone
Think you left me broken down
Think that I'd come running back
Baby, you don't know me, 'cause you're dead wrong

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9. Katy Perry - "Wide Awake"

Katy Perry - "Wide Awake"
Courtesy Capitol Records

Songwriters Katy Perry, Bonnie McKee, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, and Henry Walter

How did I read the stars so wrong
I'm wide awake
And now it's clear to me
That everything you see
Ain't always what it seems
I'm wide awake
Yeah, I was dreaming for so long

I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn't dive in
Wouldn't bow down
Gravity hurts
You made it so sweet
Till I woke up on
On the concrete

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10. Alicia Keys - "Girl On Fire" featuring Nicki Minaj

Alicia Keys - "Girl On Fire" featuring Nicki Minaj
Courtesy RCA

Songwriters Alicia Keys, Jeff Bhasker, Salaam Remi, and Billy Squier

She’s just a girl and she’s on fire
Hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway
She’s living in a world and it’s on fire
Filled with catastrophe, but she know she can fly away
Oh, she got both feet on the ground
And she’s burning it down
Oh, she got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down
This girl is on fire

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