Best Lyricists in Rock
The Top Ten Best Lyricists in Rock
Inspired, other worldly, cutting edge poetry from this amazing man, never anything less.. He was the best! 1
Amazing songs the lyrics go in perfect harmony with the instruments. - Beautifulsound
John Lennon was the best at everything. He was an amazing lyricist and had more heart, soul, unflinching honesty and creativity than any other writer!
RUBBISH! The Beatles were a POP BAND, not a rock band. Beatles fans are DELUSIONAL or maybe they don't know the difference between Rock & Pop!
No one can even come close to him
Roger waters- the best lyricist of all time
While Gilmour was the soul, Roger was the brain behind one the most magical bands ever.. Pink Floyd.
Makes you wonder that is it possible to convey so much with just a few words...
And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear.
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon. ---Brain Damage
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
- Wish You were here
Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a scream.
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream. ----- Sheep
In my opinion he's number one. He's a genius I want my lyrics to be like his
His lyrics like to deal with the hard topics, evident in some of his best work. Like, for example. Dark Side of The Moon. there, it deals with mortality, insanity, greed, and the fact that we can either waste our lives and leave a bad mark, or make a positive effect, no matter how small it may be.
How is he not #1. Both Lennon and Waters would be the first to stay it is absurd they ahead of their writing Idol Dylan.
The most inspirational and metaphorical lyricist that has ever graced this earth.
Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The hand made blade, the child's balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There's no sense in trying.
Then morrison, cobain, Maynard, waters.
Bob Dylan at number 4? This is preposterous. Bob Dylan is the best lyricist of all time hands down and without question. He was more than the voice of the generation, he was one of the best poets of all time. If you could ask any of the 3 writers listed above him, they would all say Bob Dylan is the GOAT.
ummm, are you completey insane? bob dylan is by far the best lyricist ever and really? zack de la Rocha? a five year old can come up with better lyrics. - this_is_the_worst_website_ever
Pete is the best writer of his generation when tackling the issues of teenage angst.
Pete Townshend's song: "Come To Mama" " It's hard to write about Townshend's songwriting and not simply copy and paste his poetic lyrics "His pride is like a bandage/He is wrapped in a warm cocoon/His pride is like heroin/He is back inside the womb His pride is like an ocean/Encircled by a reef/His pride's a hypnotic potion/His memory is a leaf Her pride is like an armor/Flaming ring of fire/Her pride is like a blindness/An ever tightening wire Her pride is like a razor/A surgeon's purging knife/Her pride is like a censor/She's slashed out half her life"
Album: White City - Garjen
I love Pete Townshend's lyrics and how they weave through his music. I am happy to see him high on this list. Some other list had him way down or not at all! Probably should be one or two behind Dylan, although I think his music is more listenable than Dylan's. Paul Simon and Elvis Costello after them.
Best lyricist...probably only behind Bob Dylan. Listen to his compositions like Behind Blue Eyes,We Won't Get Fooled Again,My Generation,etc;. Also he was the main guy with the idea of "rock operas" like Tommy and Quadrophenia
I put Keenan right up there with Dylan. Completely different styles and it comes down to preference. As far as the hard rock/metal genre goes, he's at the top of the food chain. I love the variety of MJK's writing. His catalog hits all levels of human emotion as well as tackling traits and obstacles that keep us from growing. While I feel his best work is with Tool, his writing with APC and Puscifer is also strong. Tool is definitely an acquired taste that takes several listens to fully appreciate. Those who find the time and patience will be rewarded!
maynard james keenan is a lyrical genius. instead of trying to put emphasis on biasness, we should dig deep into maynard's lyrics. just by telling james hetfield should top this list, he does not become one to do so. rockstars mostly reflect their personal struggles through their lyrics unlike maynard who does that along with penning down lyrics relevant to various other aspects of life. he urges for introspection and dreams of a changed world. listen to his voice alogwith his words. THE FEMALE VERSION OF MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN IS THE GENIUS NAMED OTEP SHAMAYA
Lyrical genius. Never would have expected to have seen him at #1, and I think I'm more pleased with this list for that reason than any other list on the top tens. No wonder it takes 5 years to make their albums! It's music you can really connect with, and have fantastic meanings. He is also a magnificent singer as well. This list shows that it's maker at least knows what he/she is talking about. - moose4life19
yes! people actually have some sense on this list thank god!
maynard james keenan is the most amazing lyricist in the entire world!
Tool spends upto 3 monthes working on 1 song, because the lyrics are so deep, and their songs' meanings are probably the most controversial and the most discussed, beacuse everyone has their own theory on what they mean... ans every song is amazing and Tool is the best! - Okami
Kurt should be at first. Some people find his lyrics non sense. But if listen him and try to under understand his words you will find that he is the best... And in his songs he takes out all his feelings...
"Throw dwn you're umbilical nuece
So I can climb right back"
Jim morrison should be 2nd after dylan. Possibly the most intelligent and poetic rockstar ever.
The End, Celebration of the Lizard to name a few.
Break on through to the other side. Enough said.
Squirmin like a toad seriously.
If you didn't vote for James, you better have never listened to Metallica.
If not look up a lyric video of One or The Unforgiven
He kicks any of the top ten writers' asses. Maynard is an acid tripped dumbass. Jerry is good but not that good. Bob Dylan is way overrated. Trent is just okay. Kurt was a little heroin junkie who couldn't make sense to save his life. (He proved it) Eddie Vedder couldn't even comprehend a rhyme or consecutive lines that aren't their own little sentences. John Lennon was good but way overrated considering it was just the acid talking, but his acid talks better than Maynard's.
"Dylan is way overrated". - again someone here doesn't understand the proper use and concept of "overrated". It doesn't mean someone/something that an individual (you, the visitor quoted here) doesn't care for or have an appreciation for (perhaps a very limited knowledge of as well. Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature. His lyrics are acclaimed by an abundance of those in the music industry and beyond. The existence of a few who disagree with the praise he's given and deserves does not constitute any validity to a claim he's overrated. The majority evaluation is overwhelming - your individual opinion is irrelevant in determining or claiming that he's overrated. - Billyv
His lyrics are a lot more complicated than people seem to notice. After the first 2 albums, metallica songs had very deep meanings. Although even lyrics to early songs like jump in the fire consist of fun yet complex lyrics
James should be #1! His lyrics kick ass!
You my friend
I will defend
And if we change, well I
Love you anyway
I love alice in chains lyrics.. they're so emotional! I think I'm gonna cry...
"I live for you but I'm not alive... "
"what more in the name of love"
Only 12? I mean he's worse lyricst than Lennon, but he was one of the first songwriters to write more mature songs like For No One, She's Leaving Home, Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday.
Number 12? Paul McCartney should be at least in the top 3
Just listen to well um... ANY SONG
Axl is one of the most underrated lyricists in rock. Coma, November Rain, You Could Be Mine and Civil War is some of his best work lyrically
How Axl isn't at least in the top three is beyond me. Definitely the most underrated lyricists of all time. Simply outstanding
Try to listen to Coma and then we'll talk
To have Bernie Taupin at 15 is total disrespect to one of the greatest lyricists of all time.
He should definitely be in the top 5, if not the top 3 lyricists of all time.
Has to be in the top 5.
Complex and innovative when most hits were written for three chords
Thoughtful and explicit, Neil is able to tackle both philosophical and personal topics with beauty and precision. His writing was never tired or cliche. It is inspirational, descriptive and thought-provoking.
BEST. LYRICIST. IN. THE. ENTIRE. WORLD! So moving his lyrics are. They are amazing. Listen to the song The Garden and you will cry.
Listen to songs such as limelight, the pass and prime mover etc and the lyrics will blow your face inside out.
His lyrics really "deviate from the norm"
This man has made and continues to make some of the most profound and moving pieces of literature through his amazing storytelling capabilities in his music. He should be way higher
Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of some of the people listed above but Alex's lyrics are so creative and beautiful, how can you list him this low
19 SERIOUSLY?! Alex is incredible!
He should definitely be higher, he did make one of the best songs in history and that is even stated. - IUYSIXCXL
He will be easily higher if you create a remix where you put him #1. - Alkadikce
25th? I don't believe this!
? Only 25th?
One of the most honest song writers of my generation. He bared his soul and then delivered it to us with the most beautiful melodies. The songs he wrote with Jerry Cantrell and his work on Mad Season is the best.
Layne's writings and his collaborations with Jerry Cantrell were the stuff of legend. These guys were amazing song writers, so honest. Still enjoy listening to them today.
He was the man who combined grunge with glam metal with his touching voice and heart through lyrics just like Cobain...
Zack's lyrics contains such a meaningful lesson of our world and I'm so glad that he got number 3(however he should've gotten higher).
Defiantly should be higher. He is a mastermind. He has the ability not only to write about his own experiences but also those of others. Jeremy, better man, the end, yellow Ledbetter, why go, all songs about others experiences
Eddie is just the best. Songs like Corduroy, I got ID, Black, Light years are masterpieces
The only reason many of theese artist are higher is because they're dead. I love Kurt cobain so much but to say he is a better lyricist than Eddie who has been doing it for such a longer time and has produced in quality for so long
I can't believe eddie is on 8!
I love his work on into the wild soundtracks
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Actually all of his songs...
He is amazing lyricist
You stare at me like I�m a vitamin
On the surface you hate,
But you know you need me.
I'll come dressed as any pill you deem fit.
Whatever helps you swallow the truth,
All the more easily.
Imagine your brain as a canister filled with ink.
Now think of your body as the pen where the ink resides
Fuse the two; kapow! What are you now?
You�re the human magic marker,
Won�t you please surprise my eyes?
How is Morissey so far from the number one? It's almost outrageous. He penned some of the best lyrics in english language. His realistic, sometimes cynical poetries are something out of this world. Even if you're not into his song it's obvious that the guy's very good at it
"I was looking for a job, and then I found a job / And heaven knows, I'm miserable now / In my life, why do I give valuable time to people who don't care if I live or die? "
"If you're so funny, then why are you on your own tonight? / And if you're so clever, then why are you on your own tonight? / If you're so very entertaining, then why are you on your own tonight? / If you're so very good-looking, why do you sleep alone tonight? "
22! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! He's easily one of the most influential lyricists of all time! "I'm the sun and the heir of a shyness that is criminally vulgar" - not one mind in the above 21 can ever come up with lyrics this painfully distinct! People PLEASE listen to every artist before rating! Not merely rate your favourite artists. as a die-hard brit music fan this is a pain to see!
Trent shares the darkness of the human heart and mind through his lyrics... His words are top notch and wickedly enticing!
davey's lyrics don't describe emotion, they express emotion - blaqksails92
Gerard is incredible in every single way. He deserves this spot.
SErj is a fantastic lyricist suiting his audience. while my opinion was spli8t between serj and Maynard from tool/apc.. maynard always gets exccesive attention due to the fantasticisty iof his band... the depth of his lyrics would mean little if not for his bands mates (EG danny carey-what fantastic time signiatures, besides.. I have it from inside sources that tool is and always has been danny's band)
While Serj, has left SOAD and proven himself both great behind and infron tof the mic.. writing and performing his album in its entirety.
My other favourites are:
- Layne staley who is a god and is above such lists...
- mike patton who is a great vocalist if not a lyricist... same for Phil Anselmo (My personal favourite vocalist)
... and who put Gene Hoglan on here, he's a drummer?!?!?
Expected to see him in the top ten! -
This man is unbelievably talented and an excellent songwriter. He has an ability to write great lyrics about almost any topic, whether it be a solemn ode to his dead father ("Wake Me Up When September Ends") mental illness ("Basket Case" "Panic Song" "Give Me Novacaine") or a lighthearted song about adolescent boredom ("Longview")
When I was a kid, I thought
I wanted all the things that I hadn't got
Oh, but I learned the hardest way.
Then I realised what it took
To tell the difference between thieves and crooks
A lesson learned from me to you
Tim's lyrics are deep and emotional. Such an underrated band and lead singer. He's got the most talent out of anyone on this list.
Should be top 10! The Beatles weren't even a rock band, neither are the Arctic Monkeys! His lyrics are so deep and meaningful, they all come from the heart and they're all about things that really matter to him. The only other person on this list who I think comes close is Gerard Way, but Pete's still my No1!
The best lyricist of the 21st century, in my opinion! His lyrics are SO unique! Like; 'I wanna scream "I love you" from the top of my lungs, but I'm afraid that someone else will hear me' and 'you're a cherry blossom, you're about to bloom, you look so pretty but you're gone so soon' No one even comes close for me! Look up the lyrics for Disloyal Order of water Buffaloes by Fall out boy and try to tell me you don't agree!
Awesome lyrics on every single Radiohead album. He can't be this low. His solo work is good too. But all those lyrics on Radiohead albums are pure rock Jewels. Man is just one of the best things that ever happened to rock.
From Pablo honey to king of limbs just brilliant.
His songs helped every other teenager..He gave everyone support.. No. 37 is very low for him.. He is at least better than Alex Turner, Kurt Cobain, and others even though I like them too.. All his songs have great meanings...
Richey is so underrated that it drives me mad. You could dislike many songs of "Manic Street Preachers", but you just have to READ the lyrics like if they were poetry to realize that he was brilliant. Dark themes mixed with twisted humour. Way more intelligent than many of the people who are above him in this list.
Listen to "Ten years gone" and then tell me why Robert isn't in the Top 10
Possibly the most underrated lyricist of all time. Just listening to the meaning in his songs sheds a whole new light on life. Just listen to the album "the moon and Antarctica" absolutely incredible. But it doesn't stop there, his work on "the lonesome crowded west" is outstanding as well. Definitely not someone to overlook for this list, if not even the top ten.
Utter genius! He might be a chubby bloke with a lisp but he's a brilliant wordsmith.
The guy writes different style lyrics for different bands
Pantera = Positivity, growth, strength, perseverance etc.
Down = Depression on Debut and more poetic on later albums
Superjoint = X rated no holds barred.
Mike would be WAY higher in this poll if he and his band were more famous. This man is more underrated than anyone period. Mr. Bungle is even less known publicly than Buckethead, by alot!
Plus, with songs like "Carousel" and "Goodbye Sober Day", Mr. Bungle is honestly one of the five greatest bands I've ever heard.
And Mike is also the most diverse lyricist I've ever heard in my life, at least 6 times more diverse than Daron Malakian.
I find Kyo's lyrics not only more complex but also have more meaning to them than Maynard's. I am comparing Kyo to Maynard as I see small similarities as well as him being top. Although maybe not as re-known as him but for a fan of Tool I recommend strongly to check out Kyo's band Dir en grey. Also if you can get a hold of his poems. - Taloper
Jimi Hendrix may be widely recognized for his guitar playing, but I think he was just as great as a songwriter, if not better. He could write hard rocking songs (Purple Haze), weird songs (1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be), and songs that put you in bliss (May This Be Love). If anybody put as much feel into their music as Hendrix, I guarantee they would be very hard to find. - c0mf0rta61ynum6
Stellar lyrics that cut deep with a subtlety from above that you need to really dig into to understand