This week marked the 50th anniversary of John Lennon's infamous proclamation that "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus." Without wishing to reignite the controversy... half a century on, he's kind of been proven right.
Perhaps once 50 more years have passed then, we'll see the truth in Johnny Borrell's claims of genius, or Bono's suggestion that U2 are "an original species." Who knows? Here's the 12 most brilliantly cocky claims in music