Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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161Snowflake McKillop
162Shadow Syco
163Krishna Chaitanya
164Bon ScottRonald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.V1 Comment
165Lil WayneDwayne Michael Carter, Jr., also known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age . He has been critically acclaimed and even more panned throughout his career . He's often criticized for constantly talking about money, girls, and ...read more.

Ha! This makes me laugh! Who's the idiot who put him on the list? Please I wanna know, Are you kidding? Did you put him on the list as a joke? Or to see all the comments of people agreeing with you saying: "Oh my god! I'm a stupid teenager and I LOVE Lil Wayne! " Pffft, please. If this is the best people can do than music is dead, Where did Rock'N'Roll go? If you're pissed reading this look up "Led Zeppelin" On spotify or pandora, you'll realize that rap is utter garbage like the rest of us did, and if you don't agree than I'll be the first to tell you... You're musically illiterate.

One of my favorite lyrics from this genius:

"Her mouth is like my house, so you can say I'm coming home."

166Frederick Weatherly

He lived from 1848-1929, so he is not well known today. However, it is estimated that throughout his life he wrote the lyrics to over three thousand popular songs. In terms of lyricism, that places him among the best. One of his most popular songs was 'Danny Boy'.

167AZ

This man is not only the most underrated rapper ever, he is also the best lyricist. HIs collaborations with Nas are exceptional as well as his solo work, which has sadly never broken into the mainstream. This man is a genius.

168Greg GraffinGregory Walter Graffin is an American punk rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, college lecturer, and author.
169Tech n9ne ...read more.

Tech N9ne, like Eminem, has many brilliant lyrics out there. Being the number one independent rapper in the world, also owning the number one independent record label Strange Music, Tech is definitely one of the best rap artist in the phase of mankind. Tech can get pretty lyrical, for example, the following songs: I'm Not a Saint, Nobody Cares, Low and Nobody Cares are one of many great lyrical songs by Tech N9ne. If you listen carefully to his lyrics, I'm pretty sure you will agree with me.

170John Prine

John has deceptively simple lyrics. But there is some magic about them.

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171Paul Westerberg

Tragically underrated on this list! Should be up there with Springsteen!

172Chris Whitley

How come nobody talk about that great artist, it always amazed me. So deep, so full of heart, an amazing guitarist, an amazing songwriter, every chris's songs could be hits, he was such a great melodist, one of the greatest for sure.

173Fish (Marillion)

Read them and make your own decision but it is clear he is/was way ahead of anybody on the list. Should be number 1 by a mile.

174Travis Morrison
175Nikki SixxNikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe.

Very underrated lyricist, Yes I'm talking about the bassist for "Motley Crue". Believe it or not, He's the soul lyricist for Motley. The only thing better than his bass playing is his lyrics, yes sometimes Tommy, Mick, and Vince help write a song, But every song I know of Sixx was involved in the lyric writing process.

176Izzy StradlinJeffrey Dean Isbell, better known by his stage name Izzy Stradlin, is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Izzy Stradlin wrote a bunch of lyrics for Gn'R, Usually the whole band sits down and writes together, but Izzy And Axl Do most of the writing, That I know of. Although I believe that Axl is a great lyricist, Izzy deserves to be mentioned too. (I'm pretty sure he wrote "Patience")

177Mark E Smith

None of these can touch Mark Smith.

178Warren Zevon

"saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand"...do opening lines get any better than that?

179Carole King
180James TaylorJames Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
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