Best Lyricists in Rock


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21 Trent Reznor Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.

Trent shares the darkness of the human heart and mind through his lyrics... His words are top notch and wickedly enticing!

22 Bernie Taupin
23 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.

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! -

24 Alex Turner Alex Turner Alexander David "Alex" Turner is an English musician. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter of the English rock band Arctic Monkeys. V 1 Comment
25 Gerard Way Gerard Way Gerard Arthur Way is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released more.

Gerard is incredible in every single way. He deserves this spot.

26 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

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

27 Paul Simon Paul Simon Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel.
28 Tim Mcllrath

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.

29 Mikael Akerfeldt Mikael Akerfeldt Lars Mikael Ã…kerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath.
30 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.
31 Morrissey Morrissey Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May, 1959), known as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author, rose to prominence as the lead singer of The Smiths, an indie rock band - which was active from 1982 to 1987 . Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career making the top ten of the UK singles more.

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!

32 Mike Patton Mike Patton Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.

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.

33 Pete Wentz
34 Isaac Brock

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.

35 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
36 Phil Anselmo Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.
37 Kyo Kyo Kyo is a Japanese musician, poet and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in La:Sadie's.

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

38 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

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

39 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise .
40 Max Bemis

Stellar lyrics that cut deep with a subtlety from above that you need to really dig into to understand

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