Hyperbole: Best Day of My Life!

Best Day Of My Life is a song with CONTAGIOUS lyrics by a band called American Authors. When you listen closely you hear the song uses a literary technique called HYPERBOLE. We use hyperbole with frequency and many times we don’t know we are using it to express an exaggerated moment or emotion. When listening to this song, we make connections to our own personal moments and emotions. This is why listeners call this a feel-good song and we can’t get enough of it.

Here are two examples on how hyperbole is used in this song:

  • “I had a dream so big and loud
    I jumped so high I touched the clouds”
  • “I howled at the moon with friends
    And then the sun came crashing in”

Did you miss it? In these lyrics, howling at the moon can encourage the sun to come “crashing in.” Is it possible to “jump so high” and touch the clouds? Really?

Let’s be real. Are these words supposed to be taken LITERALLY? Could the events in this song really happen? Maybe, but we get the picture at how much fun we can have with words and that makes us feel good!

We Are American Authors

American Authors | weareamericanauthors.com

I had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh
I stretched my hands out to the sky
We danced with monsters through the night
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh

I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don’t wake me now

Oo-o-o-o-oo
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My life
Oo-o-o-o-oo
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My life

I howled at the moon with friends
And then the sun came crashing in
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh
But all the possibilities
No limits just epiphanies
Wo-o-o-o-o-oh

I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, just don’t wake me now

Oo-o-o-o-oo
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My life
Oo-o-o-o-oo
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My life

I hear it calling outside my window
I feel it in my soul
The stars were burning so bright
The sun was out ’til midnight
I say we lose control

This is gonna be the best day of my life
My life
Oo-o-o-o-o
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My life
This is gonna be, this is gonna be, this is gonna be
The best day of my life
Everything is looking up, everybody up now
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My life

(Lyrics by Michael Goodman, Aaron Accetta, Zac Barnett, James Shelley, Matt Sanchez, and Dave Rublin)

  • Read at the lyrics above, can you find all the lines that use hyperbole?
  • Think of the songs title, Best Day of My Life, what comes to mind when you think of this sentence?
  • Create your own hyperbole sentences using exaggeration to create a strong effect like the examples written in this song.


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43 replies

  1. Thank you. Yah true good days start like that.😋

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