[PW] Appeal for Famous 21st Century/1990s Song Lyrics (Quotation Query #750)

S M Colowick januarye at gmail.com
Sat Jun 11 08:47:15 PDT 2016

On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 2:29 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> I am currently working on the second edition of the Yale Book of Quotations.  I would welcome any suggestions of famous lyrics from popular music (hip hop, rock, pop, r&b, country, Broadway shows, etc.) of the 21st century or 1990s.  "Famous lyrics" can include not only longer passages but also short sayings or phrases that have "passed into the language" or become catchphrases or memes.

The '90s were full of iconic, memorable lyrics. If you're going back
as far as 1991, you have to include this from Nirvana's "Smells Like
Teen Spirit":

"I feel stupid and contagious/Here we are now, entertain us"

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