Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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221 Smokey Robinson Smokey Robinson William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. V 1 Comment
222 Ray Thomas
223 Jello Biafra

Should be far, far higher - definitely the thinking man's punk!

224 David Byrne (Talking Heads)

His lyrics are versatile and utterly brilliant. Very intellectual (sometimes disturbingly so) vibe to most of his songs.

225 Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen (born 25 December 1976) is a Finnish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician (but mainly keyboardist) and record producer, best known as the founder, leader, keyboardist and songwriter of symphonic metal band Nightwish. He also studied jazz and classical styles.
226 TV Smith

"It's a chain store massacre, bodies lying everywhere, those with the biggest clout, punch the independents out, we're spied on, herded round, stranded in the underground, abandoned with our happy meal inside a ring of steel. It's disturbing, but it's working, I don't fit in to a clone town. Where the faceless, tasteless get rich quick, we're too busy shopping to notice the apocalypse, fuming in the rat runs, no-one's having any fun, the streets are paved with chewing gum, my mind is going numb. It's disturbing, but... Where all we know is what they tell us, nothing slipping through the censors, manifactured satisfaction, war reduced to pure abstraction, too confused to take a stand, imprisoned in a promised land, predictable, repetitive and bland and do you really want to know how they get those prices so low? It's disturbing, but it's working, I don't fit in to a clone town."
This speaks for itself!

227 Alex Harvey

"... And then I told my story to the cannibal king, he said 'shake that thing', go and see the frogmen and tell him all your troubles, take your umbrella, 'because he keeps on blowing bubbles. Come up and let me analyse you, said the monkey to the weasel and I paint your picture on the wall if you can buy the easel...". He's written many more witty, meaningful, quite profound lyrics mainly, but that's one of the funniest and most surreal ever.

228 John Lydon John Lydon John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.

First as Johnny Rotten with lyrics to songs like 'Bodies', 'Pretty Vacant', 'Holidays in the Sun' or classics 'God save the Queen' and 'Anarchy in the UK' and then dozens of songs with PIL, 'Public Image', 'Religion', Flowers of Romance', 'Rise', just to mention a few. "Anger is an Energy".

229 David McComb
230 Hazel O'Connor

The whole concept-album (i.e. OST) 'Breaking Glass' is excellent. "...I won't be the one to be bound by the sound of "if only, if only".

231 Marius Mueller-Westernhagen
232 Matthew Houck V 1 Comment
233 Black Francis Black Francis Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs under the stage name Black Francis.

Just take the lyrics of 'Cactus' by the Pixies, for example. Brilliant!

234 Johnny Thunders Johnny Thunders John Anthony Genzale Jr. (July 15, 1952 – April 23, 1991), better known by his stage name Johnny Thunders, was an American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of the New York Dolls. He later played with The Heartbreakers and ...read more.

"You can't put your arms around a memory"

235 Mensi (Angelic Upstarts)
236 Pete Doherty Pete Doherty

The man writes poetry, Very heartfelt and poetic

237 Tim Rice-Oxley
238 Aaron Weiss V 1 Comment
239 Till Lindemann (Rammstein) Till Lindemann (Rammstein)
240 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather ...read more.
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