Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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221 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!

222 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.

223 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".

224 David McComb
225 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".

226 Marius Mueller-Westernhagen
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228 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!

229 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"

230 Mensi (Angelic Upstarts)
231 Pete Doherty Pete Doherty

The man writes poetry, Very heartfelt and poetic

232 Tim Rice-Oxley
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234 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys . She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching ...read more.

Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise.
So casually cruel in the name of being honest.
I'm a crumpled up piece of paper lying here
'Cause I remember it all, all, all... too well.

Time won't fly, it's like I'm paralyzed by it
I'd like to be my old self again, but I'm still trying to find it
After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own
Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone

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235 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

The master himself this guy has more experience than anyone I know if it wasn't for him rap wouldn't be at this standart so yeah dre is awesome

236 Royce da 5'9" Royce da 5'9 Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan.

Yo 5'9 is a great rapper not the best but he lies among the best he even dissed kanye west on a track with em just so he ain't scared but he will be if you got em on your side..

237 50 Cent 50 Cent Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

I Think you're on the wrong list dude... This is "Best lyricists of all time" Not "Top 10 worst artists". Can all you musically illiterate people saying that rap is the greatest genera of music please, go somewhere else. The only decent, Famous, rapper is Eminem, That I know of anyway.

Hour got swag but other than that he is na average rapper

238 Eazy-E Eazy-E Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications ...read more.
239 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...

240 Hopsin Hopsin Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California.

As many as you may know, Hopsin is a brilliant man and makes good music. Successfully, owning his successful record label Funk Volume, Hopsin managed to make it into XXL, and have his fellow signees' Jarren Benton and Dizzy Wright make it to XXL. Hopsin is successful and one of the best rappers alive. Hopsin inspired me to be independent and to be irrelevant to what society has to say about me. Listen to his song Tears To Snow

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