Rock Songs with the Best Lyrics


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1Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Love this choice..."We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year... Running over the same old ground, and having found... The same old fears... Wish you were here"
Roger Waters and David Gilmour were masters at their respective crafts; Roger's artistry and skill with lyrics and David's artistry and skill with guitar; yet deeply dependent upon each other. This song poetically exposes a feeling of trepidation and insecurity they both shared in moving the band's creative styling forward and more in the direction of an exploding pop-rock culture, without the strong persona of their leader and friend Sid Barrett...
Water's lyrics are so powerful and telling of his own self-doubt of the decision to move away from Sid's daringly creative style in order to capitalize on the opportunities and riches of a more popular one... "did you exchange, a walk-on part in the war, for a lead role in a cage"
Pink Floyd (during this particular time) was as good as it gets! But ...more

This is not acceptable... Waiting for the end and fake plastic trees are joke songs by joke bands... Linkin Park and Radiohead are "joke rock". I really wish I had written this song... Where are all the Floyd fans at? After Comfortably Numb and Echoes, this is the Floyd masterpiece... And if you are talking about lyrics, there are two passages, not that long, but every consonant and syllable matters... Great conversion of skill from Waters to Gilmour

Pink floyd songs always have deep meanings in their songs...! You can feel those emotions and passions which you lost when you listen to songs like shine on you crazy diamond, wish you were here, another brick in the wall part 2, Comfortably numb...! Roger Waters your the best!

Easily the best.

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2Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Greatest lyrics, greatest song

Everythings great about this song be it lyrics, riff, solo or drums

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our souls
There walks some lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to shwo
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you and i
Where all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to toll

I mean, what's better than that?

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3Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

A song like Bohemian Rhapsody is legend, is inspiring for anyone and everyone. Chilling lyrics, amazing song through and through.

I had such a hard time choosing between this, Stairway to Heaven, and November Rain. How could the greatest song of all time not be chosen?

Strong lyrics along with great guitar work... its an absolute delight to hear this song

Strangest lyrics that one can't stop loving.

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4November Rain - Guns N Roses

Indeed best lyrics with best vocal and guitar solo.
But nothing last forever even cold november rain...
Missing my old Guns N' Roses band.

God No! This is the most beautiful song I've ever heard! Deserves to be at least in top5 :O
I'm in love with each and every line of this melody, literally each and every line!
Way to go Axl!

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5Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas

Such inspirational lyrics. Always been one of my favorites. - Beatlesboy9

The lyrics of the song is very inspiring and very rhyming

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6Dream On - Aerosmith

Awesome song with the awesome guitar play..

7Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

Amazing song, amazing lyrics... Truly a brilliant. - 05yusuf09

Really great song and fantastic lyrics... I don't know if it belongs here?...but, I deeply felt it and live it in these days...

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8Imagine - John Lennon

I agree with the other comment, except that this is the greatest song ever and arguably has the best lyrics, if any song is an image of peace and is the anthem of peace loving hippie movement it is this one.


This song is a band aid to this wounded world.

I prefer working class hero though

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9Closer to the Heart - RushV1 Comment
10Without You - Breaking BenjaminV1 Comment

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?Looking for Angels - Skillet

Didn't know so many people know this band... Yea skillet

?Tom Sawyer - Rush

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11Viva la Vida - Coldplay

Anyone could apply this to one stage of their life or another. People who stop to listen to the meaning of the lyrics realise how powerful this song really is.

12Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
13People Are Strange - The Doors

People are strange,
When you're a stranger,
Faces look ugly,
When you're alone.

14Do You Hear Me - Adema
15Fin - Anberlin
16Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

Come on this is the best. Number one... Nothing even close

17The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana

The Man Who Sold the World Is a Bowie's Song! This is a Cover!

David Bowie wrote this. Credit goes to him. - PetSounds

This is a good song with awesome lyrics but technically it's by David Bowie not nirvana - jmepa123

Great song but the credit goes to Bowie.

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18Evil Angel - Breaking BenjaminV1 Comment
19Peace Sells - Megadeth

What do you mean I don't believe in God?
Talk to him every day
What do you mean I don't support your system?
I go to court when I have to
What do you mean I can't get to work on time?
Got nothing better to do
What do you mean I don't pay my bills?
Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?

20Speculum - Adema
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin
2. Do You Hear Me - Adema
3. Speculum - Adema
1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
1. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
2. Peace Sells - Megadeth
3. People Are Strange - The Doors

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