Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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181 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built ...read more.

How is Cube below E when E doesn't even write his own, and most the NWA album is written by Cube...

182 Tech n9ne Tech n9ne ...read more.

Tech N9ne, like Eminem, has many brilliant lyrics out there. Being the number one independent rapper in the world, also owning the number one independent record label Strange Music, Tech is definitely one of the best rap artist in the phase of mankind. Tech can get pretty lyrical, for example, the following songs: I'm Not a Saint, Nobody Cares, Low and Nobody Cares are one of many great lyrical songs by Tech N9ne. If you listen carefully to his lyrics, I'm pretty sure you will agree with me.

183 John Prine

John has deceptively simple lyrics. But there is some magic about them.

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184 Paul Westerberg

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

185 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.

186 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.

187 Travis Morrison
188 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.

189 Mark E Smith

None of these can touch Mark Smith.

190 Warren Zevon Warren Zevon

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

191 Carole King Carole King
192 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.
193 Tegan Quin
194 Paul Kelly
195 Don Walker

Cold Chisel main songwriter

196 Colin Hay
197 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

198 Michael Franti
199 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.
200 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.
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