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Probably one of the best rappers interms of flow and lyrics, comical and metaphorical, he plays on words like a gangster shakespeare.
However unheard of, one listen to a Citizen Cope record, and you will be hooked. In some songs, this man tells stories not at all relevant to his own life in such detail that you would believe you are living them yourself, and in others, write from the deepest corners of his heart. Top 5 all time.
1 song I ever heard actually, its kind of good actually. "let the drama kid dead"
Layne Staley should be number 1, have you listened to Alice in Chains?
DOOM is below JB? This list is a complete joke. DOOM should be in top 5 lyricists of all time. His wordplay and rhyme schemes are off the charts.
As a lyricist only... You'd think he'd be higher up. I'd put him in the top 25. Daniel, Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer, Yellow Brick Road, All the Young Girls Love Alice, Harmony, Blues for Bobby and Me. I've Seen That Movie Too, Your Song, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Take Me To the Pilot, Bennie and the Jets
... Man... The list goes on and on.
Bernie Taupin is vastly underrated in this pole! No, I don't think he is the best by a long shot, but he certainly should rank in the top 25. Just my opinion.
Oh my goodness! 110! No, No, NO - more like #10
Nick Drake speaks to the soul. You yearn to find the meaning behind his songs. He died young with so much sadness in his heart but never lost the ability to capture the beauty in the world in his lyrics.
"We are nowhere and it's now' are probably my favourite lyrics of all songs ever.V1 Comment
Completely under-appreciated; the Decemberists' songs have some of the greatest lyrics ever written. If you need evidence, listen to "Sleepless" or "On the Bus Mall", some of their best songs lyric-wise. Colin Meloy's lyrics are some of the best, and they deserve more recognition then they get.
Whether speaking earnestly, ironically, on topical issues or ethereal human truths, Ochs's writing was captivating and masterful. Ochs was nearly Dylan's peer as a songwriter, and he was probably the best political songwriter of all time.
A good lyricist identifies with the masses and it shows itself in various ways. Now there's a lot of packed stadiums of fabricated bands and that's one thing. But Drake writes everything himself and outsells, out performs, has numerous billboard record achievements, represents the current mass mentality. I'm a 39 year old white male and I find him arrogant yes, but inspiring and he should be represented on this chart.
Outstanding. It is sad that he doesn't already feature on this list. I hope his new Selected Lyrics, just out from Faber and Faber, will help to get Bragg some of the recognition that he deserves.
Beautiful lyrics and powerful, should be high on the list.
He can blend dark political stuff with heart-warming love songs like no one else - GillisL
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