Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, has lyricism in her blood: Her mom is a poet!

She's only 16 years old, and began writing songs at 14 ... and her lyrics make some peers 10 years older than her pale in comparison. Lorde's wise-beyond-her-years words and powerhouse pipes put 'Royals' on the top of the charts. Her aversion to commercialism and her embrace of introversion and being true to one's self made 'The Love Club' and 'Pure Heroine' records collections of anthems. No wonder why everyone worships Lorde.

  • "Don't you think that it's boring how people talk / Making smart with their words again, well I'm bored / Because I'm doing this for the thrill of it, killin' it / Never not chasing a million things I want / And I am only as young as the minute is full of it / Getting pumped up from the little bright things I bought / But I know they'll never own me."

    - 'Tennis Court' (From the Album 'Pure Heroine')
  • "I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air, so there / So all the cups got broke shards beneath our feet but it wasn’t my fault / And everyone’s competing for a love they won't receive / 'Cause what this palace wants is release."

    - 'Team' (From the Album 'Pure Heroine')
  • "'Cause I was raised up / To be admired to be noticed / But when you're withdrawn / It's the closest thing / To assault when all eyes are on you."

    - 'Bravado' (From the Album 'The Love Club')
  • "And I'll never go home again / (Place the call, feel it start) / Favorite friend, and nothing's when nothing's true / I'd live in a hologram with you."

    - 'Buzzcut Season' (From the Album 'Pure Heroine')
  • "Your clothes are soaked and you don't know where to go / So drop your chin and take yourself back home / And roll out your maps and papers / Find out your hiding places again / The only problem that I got with the club / Is how you're severed from the people who watched you grow up / When you're a member go on your great adventure again / They will be waiting at the end."

    - 'The Love Club' (From the Album 'The Love Club')
  • "I've never seen a diamond in the flesh / I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies / And I'm not proud of my address / In the torn-up town / No post code envy."

    - 'Royals' (From the Album 'Pure Heroine')
  • "We wouldn't be seen dead here in the day / I guess you're lucky that it's dark now / And if I like it then we'll stay / Impress the empress / Take a shot now."

    - 'White Teeth Teens' (From the Album 'Pure Heroine')
  • "There's nothing I want but money and time / Million dollar bills and a tick tick tick tick / There's nothing more cruel than only nine lives / A limit in spite will do the trick trick trick trick."

    - 'Million Dollar Bills' (From the Album 'The Love Club')
  • "This dream isn't feeling sweet / We're reeling through the midnight streets / And I've never felt more alone / It feels so scary getting old / You're the only friend I need / Sharing beds like little kids / I will laugh until my ribs get tough / That I will never be in love."

    - 'Ribs' (From the Album 'Pure Heroine')
  • "Riding around on the bikes, we’re still sane / I won’t be her, tripping over onstage / Hey, it’s all cool, I still like hotels, but I think that'll change / Still like hotels, and my newfound fame / Hey, promise I can stay good / Everything feels right / Chase paper, get it I'm little, but I'm coming for the crown / I'm little, but I’m coming for you / I'm little but I’m coming for the title / Held by everyone who’s up."

    - 'Still Sane' (From the Album 'Pure Heroine')