Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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181 Paul Westerberg

Tragically underrated on this list! Should be up there with Springsteen!

182 Chris Whitley

How come nobody talk about that great artist, it always amazed me. So deep, so full of heart, an amazing guitarist, an amazing songwriter, every chris's songs could be hits, he was such a great melodist, one of the greatest for sure.

183 Fish (Marillion)

Read them and make your own decision but it is clear he is/was way ahead of anybody on the list. Should be number 1 by a mile.

184 Travis Morrison
185 Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe.

Very underrated lyricist, Yes I'm talking about the bassist for "Motley Crue". Believe it or not, He's the soul lyricist for Motley. The only thing better than his bass playing is his lyrics, yes sometimes Tommy, Mick, and Vince help write a song, But every song I know of Sixx was involved in the lyric writing process.

186 Izzy Stradlin Izzy Stradlin Jeffrey Dean Isbell, better known by his stage name Izzy Stradlin, is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Izzy Stradlin wrote a bunch of lyrics for Gn'R, Usually the whole band sits down and writes together, but Izzy And Axl Do most of the writing, That I know of. Although I believe that Axl is a great lyricist, Izzy deserves to be mentioned too. (I'm pretty sure he wrote "Patience")

187 Mark E Smith

None of these can touch Mark Smith.

188 Warren Zevon Warren Zevon

"saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand"...do opening lines get any better than that?

189 Carole King
190 James Taylor James Taylor James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
191 Tegan Quin
192 Paul Kelly
193 Don Walker

Cold Chisel main songwriter

194 Colin Hay
195 Graeham Goble

The Little River Bands Graham Goble has radio AirPlay than any other songwriter! With songs like " It's A Long Way There" " Curiosity Killed The Cat " " Reminscing " " The Night Owls " " Take It Easy On Me " " The Other Guy " " Lady and We Two

196 Michael Franti
197 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.
198 Richie Sambora Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years.
199 Daniel Johns
200 Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur.
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