Rock Bands With the Most Intelligent Lyrics

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21QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Just listen to Killer Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure Etc. All of them have very complex lyrics.

With the constantly declining intelligence in song lyrics its nice to have an intellectual space in music

Queen had a Doctor in the band. And they all wrote some pretty deep lyrics to their songs

23MuseMuse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, more.

Lyrics don't get much deeper than this

24My Chemical RomanceMy Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

Ambulance, Burn Bright, Fake Your Death, The Ghost of You, The Light Behind your eyes, The World is Ugly to name just a few. My Chemical Romance have created some of the greatest songs I've ever heard. By far the most thought provoking and deepest lyrics I've ever heard. There's a reason their my favorite band.

25Dog Fashion Disco

Listen to "We aren't the World" and you'll see. But actually listen.

26Alice in ChainsAlice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Seems like a lot of people are unaware of this band.I will place it next to Pink Floyd and definitely above Nirvana.


Also took me some time to really understand the depth of these guys plus the lead singers voice is epic

28NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

So understated. Not always saying something pertinent, and sometimes not saying anything at all, but the genius comes from being able to connect through emotion and melody. in my humble opinion harder and smarter to sing that way.

29Poets of the Fall

A band centering around philosophy, psychology, and politics its strange that they aren't on this list.


Eric Johanson's second band, a very mellow and thought provoking band who's lyrics invoke emotion with heavy meaning and well thought out structure. every song tells a story that can either bring you to tears or lift your spirits to new heights.

33Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s.

Pick any song of this master's discography and you will know why he deserves the Number One spot. The Beautiful People, Get Your Gunn, The Fight Song, and Cake and Sodomy, you will see that Manson is undoubtedly the most intelligent Metal Singer this world has ever seen.

A lot of people think his lyrics have bad messages, but if you dig deeper, they actually have good messages.

34Coheed and CambriaCoheed and Cambria is an American progressive rock band from Nyack, New York, formed in 1995. The band consists of Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, Josh Eppard, and Zach Cooper.

The Coheed and Cambria albums have been released out of sequence in relation to The Amory Wars story arc; the last album released was the first part of the series. The Amory Wars, originally titled The Bag. On. Line Adventures, is an ongoing series of comic books written by Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez and published by Evil Ink Comics. The story of The Amory Wars is also the focus of the band's music. Each studio album released by the band tells a chapter in the science fiction tetralogy originally narrated by Sanchez's lyrics.


Plenty poetry, social comment, on relationships, global apocalypse, some clever, some really visceral. Fugazi, Misplaced Childhood albums, say. Bass-line arpeggio in Chelsea Monday from "Script for.." album.. is more poetry - like many tracks from around this period.

36Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. more.
37Pearl JamPearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. more.
38EaglesThe Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

Don Henley is one the most intelligent lyricist that I know of. He was an English major and attended college. All the other members of the Eagles were also good at writing lyrics, but not as good as Don Henley.

39Smash MouthSmash Mouth is an American rock band from San Jose, California. The band was formed in 1994, and was originally composed of Steve Harwell, Kevin Coleman, Greg Camp, and Paul De Lisle.V1 Comment
40Dream TheaterDream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.
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