Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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141SadeHelen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
142Maurice Gibb

How the hell can a list containing the best lyricists NOT include ANY of the Bee Gees? The group of them together wrote or co-wrote almost a thousand songs. That's not even an understatement, it's in the nine-hundreds, and the most creative of the three was Maurice by a long shot.

143Qmoney
144Jack BruceJohn Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.
145Ian Brown

Ian Brown was a true poet. Just listen to Waterfall and you will see.

146Tom DeLongeThomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer.

He has proven he can have a sense of humour with his early blink stuff. Yet he can have a deep and meaningful side with Angels & Airwaves, and some of his later blink stuff. - Clamey

147Diane Warren

Are you guys serious, she has more monster hits than any five people combined on this list!

148Bryan Adams

You have got to be kidding me! No Bryan Adams! Really?

149K'naan

K'naan grew up invelloped in the portent mix of generations of Somali poets and urban rappers, bringing together the best of both world - social and political consciousness, and raw, personal story telling with some of the best flow in the game. His first two albums are pure poetry, featuring songs like "Fatima", "Waving Flag", and "People like me".

150Big PunChristopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper. Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in The Bronx borough of New York City, in the early 1990s, he was the first Latino rapper to have an album certified platinum as a solo act. ...read more.

133? Pun's lyrics are on the level if not above that of Biggie. This guy should even be above Nirvana, at least.

151John Rzeznik
152Steve Earle
153Jeff Mangum

Neutral Milk Hotel has some of the most powerful lyrics I have ever heard. The blend of emotion and imagery creates visions inside of my mind that bring me to tears.

" Oh how the notes all bend and reach above the trees"

154Jonathan DavisJonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.
155R.A.The Rugged Man

I think Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan should be up at the top of the list. I can't ignore the talent of RA.

156Brandon Boyd
157Scott Hill (Fu Manchu)
158Irving Berlin

Any professional songwriter, whether old school or contemporary, will tell you the Irving Berlin may be the greatest songwriter of all time and that they were influenced by the tremendous contributions he made to the craft of songwriting.

159Xavier Mckillop
160Patch Simmons
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