The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony (1997)

Around the time crossover Britpop peaked, The Verve released this great, great song. Sadly for Richard Ashcroft, samples used in the song were ‘illegally’ pinched from Andrew Loog Oldham orchestral version of the Rolling Stones’ song, “The Last Time” and a (most likely) Jagger-induced legal brauhaha ensued, robbing Ashcroft of 100% of the song’s royalties.

The song’s iconic video featured Richard Ashcroft walking down a busy city sidewalk, defiantly and rudely.

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony
This life..
Try to make ends meet
You’re a slave to money
Then you die…
I’m a million different people from one day to the next…

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