Top 10 Bands that are Good at Writing Lyrics

Basically these bands are good at writing lyrics. (This list is the reverse of my Top 10 Bands that Suck at Writing Lyrics list) Naturally any genre is allowed as along as it's a band that writes good lyrics.

The Top Ten

1 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

Eh they had a good sound but not so much lyrically I mean John Lennon and Paul McCartney were good singers but a lot of their lyrics are about holding hands they were basically the first pop rock band. Still though they had good songs while they lasted...

What does being a pop-rock band have anything to do with this? And songs about love are bad now lyrically? - ProPanda

Game, Set, Match. Nobody- not Queen, not Pink Floyd, nobody except Bob Dylan is close. It is a joke to even think otherwise.

They should be in this list just for A Day In The Life - TheStargazer

Hey its Beatles, who are known for their lyrics! - zxm

2 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band 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.

This band is probably the best when it comes to writing lyrics RIP Freddie Mercury.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to love, Show must go on, Innuendo...etc.

"We will rock you" isn't the best Queen line, it's ridiculous to say that. Would it be correct if I say the best Beatles line is "Let it be"- pleasant but pretty meaningless?
The quoted Beatles line about making love is very good and I understand its idea. But if we implement this advice into the real life it's not gonna work - people who need to make too much love are called sex addicts and they get medical help, not love. - Metal_Treasure

What kind of a lowlife would get a sex addiction interpretation from that Beatle lyric?

3 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

Their lyrics are quite good however there's only one band that tops them...

With Roger Waters, the band had one of the best lyricists on their hands. From classics like "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and "Dogs", even " Another Brick In The Wall PT 2", Roger Waters writes emotional and even political lyrics.

Usually progressive rock songs have better and deeper meaning - zxm

Tthe ultimate band for heavy marijuana users. The only time Floyd lyrics sound good is when you are stoned.

Their lyrics have deep meaning and you don't have to be stoned to know that their lyrics sound good.

4 Rush Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.
5 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.
6 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

Their lyrics are very good. - Metal_Treasure

I guess a lot of people misunderstood “Number Of The Beast” though. It isn’t a satanic song, even Maiden themselves admitted that. It has been inspired by a dream and the bible. - Userguy44

7 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative more.

When it comes to punk band that write good lyrics Green Day is probably 2nd place.

Their lyrics are good - zxm

8 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

If you're not including the fact most of their songs are uncredited covers then eh...

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10 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Contenders

11 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
12 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

James Hetfield is really very good - he finds important subjects and writes meaningful lyrics (society, politics, war, sad life events, personal problems). - Metal_Treasure

When it comes to Metal band that write lyrics I think it's easy to say Metallica's pretty up there.

Worst band ever

13 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.
14 The All American Rejects The All American Rejects The All-American Rejects are an American rock band formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999. The band consists of bassist and lead vocalist, Tyson Ritter, lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Nick Wheeler, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, Mike Kennerty, and drummer Chris Gaylor.

Well it comes to this band the way they write lyrics that surpass Green Day if you ask me. Especially with songs like "It Ends Tonight", "Move Along" "Time Stands Still" and etc.

15 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

Their lyrics take you to another place by creating very vivid images in your mind. They can be also philosophical or sound like true poetry - “Truth is a beast with a sad face, a demon, the cruelest of all”, "Nightfall quietly crept in and changed us all". - Metal_Treasure

16 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

While they aren't as good as Green Day they still write good lyrics about politics enough said.

17 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate more.

Eh their good in the lyric department but there are better ones out there.

18 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.
19 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance My 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.

Eh for My Chemical in the lyric department their kinda a mixed bag.

They are not a very legendary band. But their lyrics are good - zxm

20 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
21 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Some of their songs make me cry but it's my favorite band and my 1st rock band I like.

22 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.

Not really they write generic lyrics nothing special to be honest. I've heard better lyrics from Five Finger Death Punch and Godsmack.

23 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.
24 Within Temptation Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

This band is quite underrated quite a shame and they write good lyrics enough said.

25 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.
26 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

Dio was a philosopher and poet - "Don't smell the flowers, they're an evil drug to make you lose your mind". - Metal_Treasure

27 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's more.
28 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

While there are 90s rock geniuses like Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland, Billie Joe Armstrong, Anthony Kledis, Billy Corgan, Maynard James Keenan, etc., but in my opinion, Trent Reznor makes them all bite the dust. Just listen to songs such as "Hurt" and "Closer", they are both really disturbing songs especially in its well-written haunting lyrics.

29 Eagles Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
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31 Simon And Garfunkel Simon And Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel.
32 Mayday Parade Mayday Parade Mayday Parade is an American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. Their debut EP Tales Told by Dead Friends was released in 2006, and sold over 50,000 copies without any label support.
33 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
34 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
35 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana 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.

Nirvana had a good sound but they weren't too keen in the lyric department.

36 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

Eh no... even Queen can write better than U2.

37 Decyfer Down Decyfer Down Decyfer Down is a Christian rock band formed in 1999 and based in Morehead City, North Carolina. Until 2002 – the year that Christopher Clonts joined the band – they went by the moniker Allysonhymn (pronounced All-eyes-on-Him). Decyfer Down is well known in Christian music, but the band is also more.
38 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more.
39 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Alternative/Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. more.
40 Rise Against Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk.
41 Halsey Halsey Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known by her stage name Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. She was born on September 29, 1994 in New Jersey. She started her career by releasing songs on SoundCloud, and now she is a well-known pop singer with hits like Bad at Love, and Now or Never. She had originated more.

The best singer ever is amazing at writing lyrics. OH NO I ACCIDENTALLY ADDED A SINGER TO A LIST ABOUT BANDS

42 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

I can NOT believe I had to add FOB! The best band lyrically of this century! Their lyrics are SO unique and meaningful! Some of the bands on here are pretty mediocre in the lyrics department too!

43 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Love the muscle it make good sonds

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