Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time


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61Van Morrison
62Mike ShinodaMichael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.V1 Comment
63Woody Guthrie
64Jason 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

65Townes Van Zandt
66Chester BenningtonChester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park.

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

67Michael JacksonMichael 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 more.
68Pete Seeger

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

69Peter GabrielPeter 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

70Ezra Koenig
71Harry Chapin
72Shannon Hoon
73Isaac 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...

74Johnny CashJohn 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.

75Anthony KiedisAnthony 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

76Syd BarrettV1 Comment
77Michael StipeJohn 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

78Immortal TechniqueFelipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist from Lima, Peru.
79Chris CornellChris 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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80Big LLamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came more.

Died so young had a lot more to give, would have been up there with pac

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