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The 40 best song lyrics of all time

Whether it’s Nick Cave or Nas, The Libertines or Kate Bush, what they all have in common is the ability to make you stop dead in your tracks and feel as if your world has briefly been tipped head over heels. Ed Power and Roisin O’Connor pick their favourites

The 40 best albums to listen to before you die

Some records are so good that they can change your life. Our critics Helen Brown, Chris Harvey and Roisin O’Connor pick the albums you need to hear