Top Ten Bands Who Write the Most Lyrically Deep Songs

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1MetallicaMetallica 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". ...read more.

Hetfield is a very good lyricist. While songs from the mid- and late 90s are not considered great, most of these songs still have great lyrics. - Metal_Treasure

2Pearl JamPearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

Every single song of theirs tells a story, whether it is a true story or not, through very meaningful words. - Songsta41

3NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.
4Led 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 ...read more.
5Iron 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.
6The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.
7Iced EarthIced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

Iced Earth - Anthem:

"We have the power make our lives what they ought to be
Reconnect with our humanity
Transcend to a higher place, accepting reality
You are the key to the life you seek" - Metal_Treasure

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8Demons and WizardsDemons and Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi K├╝rsch, and the guitarist for Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer.

Songs about personal struggles, fears, painful memories, depression and unhappy life events (death, suicide, baby born with Down Syndrome).

Fiddler On the Green - a song about two car accidents that killed two kids
Down Where I Am - it's about a father who rejects his newborn child diagnosed with Down Syndrome
Love's Tragedy Asunder - It's about a man whose wife is terminally ill, and he assists her suicide, and ends up killing himself. - Metal_Treasure

9SavatageSavatage is an American heavy metal band founded by the brothers Jon and Criss Oliva in 1978 at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

All Savatage songs have great lyrics.

Try "Chance", which is also a masterpiece - a song about a Japanese diplomat in the Soviet Union during WW II, who defied government orders by signing exit visas for thousands of Jewish refugees, who were lining up in front of the embassy. - Metal_Treasure

10My Morning JacketMy Morning Jacket is an American rock band formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1998. The band currently consists of vocalist/guitarist Jim James, bassist Tom Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan, guitarist Carl Broemel, and keyboardist Bo Koster.

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11Imagine DragonsImagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.
12MegadethMegadeth 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.V1 Comment
13ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.
14Muse
15Kings of Leon
16Blind 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 ...read more.

Deep and beautiful lyrics.
"Truth is a beast with a sad face, a demon, the cruelest of all" - Doom

"Nightfall quietly crept in and changed us all" - Nightfall - Metal_Treasure

17The Beatles The 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 ...read more.

In My Life, Yesterday, Blackbird, A Day in the Life, The End, and many more; even many of George Harrison's solo masterpieces like Beware of Darkness were actually written when he was a Beatle.
Nobody except for Bob Dylan is in their league.

18EvanescenceEvanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
19DioDio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

Dio was a poet.

Don't write in starlight
'Cause the words may come out real
Don't hide in doorways
You may find the key that opens up your soul

(Don't Talk To Strangers) - Metal_Treasure

20The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive ...read more.
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