Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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241 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.
242 Dan Reynolds Dan Reynolds Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds is an American musician, most famous as frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons. He has also released an Extended Play titled Egyptian - EP as a duo with Aja Volkman under the moniker Egyptian.
243 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.
244 Smokey Robinson Smokey Robinson William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. V 1 Comment
245 Ray Thomas
246 Jello Biafra

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

247 David Byrne (Talking Heads)

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

248 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.
249 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!

250 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.

251 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".

252 David McComb
253 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".

254 Marius Mueller-Westernhagen
255 Matthew Houck V 1 Comment
256 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!

257 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"

258 Mensi (Angelic Upstarts)
259 Tim Rice-Oxley
260 Aaron Weiss V 1 Comment
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