Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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61 Van Morrison Van Morrison
62 Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie
63 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. V 1 Comment
64 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

I don't know whats wrong with you people not putting the man in black on this list, he's up their with Bob Dylan and John Lennon

Johnny is one of the greatest of all times

Really, Johnny Cash at 70, ok he is not number 1 but he is defiantly top 10.

65 Jason Lancaster

Dude Jason's the best! All lyrics to songs by Go Radio are incredible as well as his lyrics for Mayday Parade's first EP and album! He's highly unrecognized! Check out songs Redemption in The Verse, Any Other Heart, and House of Hallways by Go Radio, and Three Cheers for Five Years, Miserable At Best, and Ocean and Atlantic by Mayday Parade!

The best in pop punk.
The way he sings ABOUT singing in "if you wanted a song written about you all you had to do was ask? "

You dropped a note and we changed key
You changed yourself and I changed me
I really didn't see us singing through this
You screamed the bridge and I cried the verse
And our chorus came out unrehearsed
And you smiled the whole way through it
I guess maybe that's what's worse

Listen to "hold on" from his new band go radio's new album "lucky street", and anybody who's ever listened to mayday parade's first album knows how great his lyricism is.

Drove 9 hours to see go radio in nashville... And it was absolutely worth it

66 Townes Van Zandt
67 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more. V 1 Comment
68 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise .

Chester bennington is world best singer I love chester voice and very good singing

69 Pete Seeger

All those rappers above this man. Seriously guys? Do you understand music?

70 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.

Phil Collins said that if he were to continue writing with Peter Gabriel, he would have gone crazy because of his deep thinking. He is so underrated.

Eminem at 3 and Peter Gabriel down here? - RalphSaad

The lyrics of "The Lamb Lies Down..." are great - DarkSideOfDragons

71 Ezra Koenig
72 Harry Chapin
73 Shannon Hoon
74 Isaac Brock

Criminally underrated. Imagery, storytelling, complex subject matter and metaphors galore

No one can make lyrics this complex yet meaningful like him.
WARNING: Interpretation is required.
Props to this guy.

One of the more under rated lyricists. Every song has multiple meanings...

75 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band. V 1 Comment
76 Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its inception in 1983.

Brilliant use of metaphors.. His lyrics can be interpreted in so many different ways, the guy's a true poet.

"I'm an ocean
In your bedroom
Make you feel warm
Make you wanna re-assume"

"It's the edge if the world and all of western civilization
The sun may rise in the east at least it settles in the final location
It's understood that Hollywood sells californication"

"Over the laws of light
Over the moon by midnight"

And so many more... He should be in the top 10

The Best. All others are just name-dropping

77 Michael Stipe Michael Stipe John Michael Stipe is an American singer, songwriter, film producer, music video director, and visual artist.

Extremely underrated. He wrote a good portion of REMs lyrics, and almost all of "Losing My Religion" and "Country Feedback." Both are some of the most well written songs of the 90s

78 Immortal Technique Immortal Technique Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist from Lima, Peru.
79 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave.

His vocals are amazing and his guitar playing so it's easy to see how his fantastic lyrics can be overlooked

Dark, poetic, and real. Cornell's beautiful, imagery laden lyrics are consistently brilliant throughout his musical catalog with smart and enchanting metaphors that make you think. Such an underrated songwriter, should be much higher on this list.

The absolute best. You just have been listening to crap

Should be #1 on this list.

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80 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
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