Top 10 Bands that are Good at Writing Lyrics

Basically these bands are good at writing lyrics. (This list is the reverse of my Top 10 Bands that Suck at Writing Lyrics list) Naturally any genre is allowed as along as it's a band that writes good lyrics.

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1QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

This band is probably the best when it comes to writing lyrics RIP Freddie Mercury. - BoredJeff02

Just listen to Bohemian Rhapsody - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

"We will rock you" isn't the best Queen line, it's ridiculous to say that. Would it be correct if I say the best Beatles line is "Let it be"- pleasant but pretty meaningless?
The quoted Beatles line about making love is very good and I understand its idea. But if we implement this advice into the real life it's not gonna work - people who need to make too much love are called sex addicts and they get medical help, not love. - Metal_Treasure

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2Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard more.

My vote goes to them. They use simple metaphors and in a few songs just plain, simple lyrics which anyone can relate to. Their lyrics amaze me still. - LightningBlade

Their lyrics are quite good however there's only one band that tops them... - BoredJeff02

Usually progressive rock songs have better and deeper meaning - zxm

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3The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

Eh they had a good sound but not so much lyrically I mean John Lennon and Paul McCartney were good singers but a lot of their lyrics are about holding hands they were basically the first pop rock band. Still though they had good songs while they lasted... - BoredJeff02

What does being a pop-rock band have anything to do with this? And songs about love are bad now lyrically? - ProPanda

Game, Set, Match. Nobody- not Queen, not Pink Floyd, nobody except Bob Dylan is close. It is a joke to even think otherwise.

They should be in this list just for A Day In The Life - TheStargazer

Hey its Beatles, who are known for their lyrics! - zxm

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4MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

James Hetfield is really very good - he finds important subjects and writes meaningful lyrics (society, politics, war, sad life events, personal problems). - Metal_Treasure

When it comes to Metal band that write lyrics I think it's easy to say Metallica's pretty up there. - BoredJeff02

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5The WhoThe Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are more.
6Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.
7Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences more.

When it comes to punk band that write good lyrics Green Day is probably 2nd place. - BoredJeff02

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8The All American RejectsThe All-American Rejects are an American rock band formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999. The band consists of bassist and lead vocalist, Tyson Ritter, lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Nick Wheeler, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, Mike Kennerty, and drummer Chris Gaylor.

Well it comes to this band the way they write lyrics that surpass Green Day if you ask me. Especially with songs like "It Ends Tonight", "Move Along" "Time Stands Still" and etc. - BoredJeff02

9Blind GuardianBlind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

Their lyrics take you to another place by creating very vivid images in your mind. They can be also philosophical or sound like true poetry - “Truth is a beast with a sad face, a demon, the cruelest of all”, "Nightfall quietly crept in and changed us all". - Metal_Treasure

10Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.V1 Comment

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11Foo FightersFoo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of obviously Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, songwriter), Pat Smear (lead guitarist, pianist), Nate Mendel more.

Eh their good in the lyric department but there are better ones out there. - BoredJeff02

12Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

If you're not including the fact most of their songs are uncredited covers then eh... - BoredJeff02

13MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.
14RushRush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.
15The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
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17EvanescenceEvanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Some of their songs make me cry but it's my favorite band and my 1st rock band I like. - KianaLexi

18Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine is a Nu-Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

While they aren't as good as Green Day they still write good lyrics about politics enough said. - BoredJeff02

19Within TemptationWithin Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

This band is quite underrated quite a shame and they write good lyrics enough said. - BoredJeff02

20The DoorsThe Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
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