September 10, 2023
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The most-tattooed song lyrics of all time

If you’re among the millions and millions who have some kind of ink, there’s a good chance that you might have some song lyrics attitude somewhere. Ever wonder if your choices are in line with everyone else?

I have a few friends who are passionate about such designs. A former co-worker has a fragment of “Stairway to Heaven” wrapped around her torso. A couple of dudes have various punk lyrics incorporated into their sleeves. has an article on the most tattoos. It says that The Beatles are a favourite source, especially “Let It Be”–specifically those three words. Another popular one is “Blackbird” from the “white” album, Paul McCartney’s Black power/woman empowerment song.

Bob Marley is also a hit with tattoo fans. “Three Little Birds” is picked for those who need a reminder to maintain a positive attitude.

And yes, grunge is represented. “Come As You Are” from Nirvana continues to be popular.

Looking for some ideas? You might want to consider fragments of the following:

  • Florence + The Machine, “Shake It Out”
  • Halsey
  • Avicii
  • One Direction

TheList article is very bare-bones and woefully incomplete (what about metal lyrics like these? Or these?), but it did get me thinking about lyric tattoos. What else should be on this list?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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