Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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41 Sixto Rodriguez Sixto Rodriguez Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, going only by his surname Rodriguez as his stage name, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist born on July 10th, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. ...read more.

If you don't Know his work listen the song "Like Janis"..

42 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.

Come on if you have to listen to the song again to make sure that that's what he said then he is really good

Serj fuses dead serious topics, delivery, and gravity while maintaining a sense of delightful absurdism in many of the songs he has been responsible for.

43 Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.

Deep, ironic, political, fun, relevant to the times, rock n' roll. What else do you need in music?

Those people who vote here haven't tried to write lyrics of their own. When they do, they would understand that Eddie is on another level

Eddie Vedder would have to be in the top 5!

Eddie vedder has to be one of the most talented song writers of all time, anger, love, sorrow. old soul in a young relevant mind!

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44 Billy Joel Billy Joel

Honesty has such great lyrics. I think billy joel would write an awesome musical. his lyrics go perfectly with the music he writes, he builds so much suspense and really makes you feel what he's saying

Greatest songmaker ever (that I have ever heard of). May not be the best lyricist but definitely up there with the big ones.

Best. Lyricist. Ever. "And they're sharing a drink they call 'loneliness, ' but it's better than drink in' alone."

45 Bono Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

At times can be cliche but can paint beautiful pictures with his words. Check out "Running To Stand Still" for Bono at his absolute best.

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46 Guy Garvey

Justin Bieber?! Taylor Swift?! Guy Garvey writes POETRY

So I'm there,
Charging around with a juggernaut brow
Overdraft speeches and deadlines to make
Cramming commitments like cats in a sack
Telephone burn and a purposeful gait

When out of a doorway the tentacles stretch
Of a song that I know and the world moves in slow-mo
Straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day

And it's you and it's May
And we're sleeping through the day
And I'm five years ago
And three thousand miles away

Do I have time? A man of my calibre?
Stood in the street like a sleepwalking teenager?
No. And I dealt with this years ago
I took a hammer to every memento

But image on image like beads on a rosary
Pull through my head as the music takes hold
And the sickener hits, I could work till I break
But I love the bones of you, that I will never escape

And it's you, and it's May
And we're sleeping through the day
And ...more

Guy Garvey would have topped this list were he better known. He writes epics of the everyday, turning little, mundane vignettes into things of pure, exotic beauty. He is unrivaled.

47 Patti Smith Patti Smith Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. V 1 Comment
48 Craig Finn

Right up there with Mr. Bob Dylan. Craigs Lyrics are the best and most dense rock lyrics written in over 30 years. This man is a living legend.

Tied with Bob Dylan in my mind. Every time I listen to a song or an album by the hold steady (And when I listen to a song I almost always listen to a full album) I always notice something new. Every album is a deep and emotionally driven story. It takes time to get used to Craig's voice, but his lyrics are always gold.

A true genius, he can weave stories together referencing poets, song and historical events. Also has the best voice for singing them

Fantastic, visceral storytelling with situations and characters which are amazingly relatable. There is nothing to not like about Finn's work, whether it is solo, LFTR PLLR, and The Hold Steady. The only real shame about his work is that it is not more widely recognized by a larger audience.

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49 Regina Spektor Regina Spektor Regina Spektor is a Russian-born, American recording Artist. Born on the 18th of February she is 37 years in age. Best known for her meaningful, and joyful music, her best songs include, 'Samson' (2002), 'Eet' (2009) and 'The Call' (which was apart of the 2008 film 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince ...read more.

awesome ~

50 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is the most important artist of his generation because he delivers music from his soul whilst still appealing too young people, This guys delivery is also spot on you can feel the emotion in his voice

51 Pete Townshend Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who .
52 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Lead vocalist of bands, Slipknot and Stone Sour. Corey can get pretty lyrical in all honesty. Slipknot's song Dead Memories, is one of the most melodic Nu Metal songs known to man. He also has great songs with Slipknot, such as Psychosocial, Vermilion Part one and two.

Listen to the lyrical genius that is everything on both parts of House Of Gold And Bones. It's obvious he should be up there with Roger Waters (who should be first)

Best lyricist of this genre.

53 Guy Clark
54 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

He must be top 10
I think people were not healed by his lyrics
I wish him comeback

55 Jarvis Cocker

Britpop's best lyricist. He captured a tone in his writing that illustrated frustration, rage, and resignation unlike anyone else, while also making the most awkward of sensual exploits sexy. I mean, he wrote "Common People". That's some hard evidence there.

"Life would be a bed of roses
If it wasn't filled with so many pricks."
Need I say more?

56 Don McLean Don McLean

Lists are usually wrong, but the man who wrote American Pie languishing at 65 makes me want to hit all of you rap aficionados in the bollocks.

57 Richey Edwards Richey Edwards

This young perceptive intellectual should be way more appreciated.

"Conservative say: there ain't no black in the union jack

Democrat say: there ain't enough white in the stars and stripes"

What's Richey doing down here? He should be at the top! The best lyricist for sure, just listen to The Holy Bible

'I wanna walk in the snow and not leave a footprint'
'I wanna walk in the snow and not soil it's purity'

The missing Manics Lyricist and Rhythm Guitarist was an Icon is the 1990's for troubled youth.

Richey should at least be in the top ten along with Nicky Wire

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58 Tom Paxton
59 Tom Waits Tom Waits Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...read more.

He invented his own genre of lyrics and music, must be in top 10!

This is a no brainier. Top 10 for sure. Just listen to 'San Diego Serenade' - and he has 50 songs better than that.

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60 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

LOL do you know how this list is a joke because the man that wrote the lyrics
By himself to Guns N' Roses's BIGGEST 3 HITS (still heard on the radio today) Sweet Child O' Mine, November Rain and Welcome To The Jungle is not even in the top 200. Yet The Fall Out Boy Singer,Taylor Swift, and a slew of thugs that have no talent and somehow are popular called rappers are ahead of him. So the guy that wrote the lyrics to Estranged, Breakdown, One In A Million, Rocket Queen, Street Of Dreams, among many, MANY others doesn't make the top 200 but Eddie Vedar makes the top 60? ,The legend that had a big hand in writing Nightrain, Coma, The Garden, You Could Be Mine, Don't Cry but Ozzy makes the list what? (I love Sabbath but Geezer Butler wrote 90% or more of their lyrics) I'd put the man in the top ten but if you don't have him or Izzy in the top 25. The list is a joke.

Chinese democracy was a brilliant album
I loved street of Dreams
"All the love in the world couldn't save you
All the innocence inside"

He should be much much higher on this list This I know. He should be at least in the top 30, Axl Rose has one of the worst childhoods of any famous singer I know. He has a great range, can play the piano very, very well, And he never gave up on his dream of Gn'R. He could of just quit, or not come back after being gone for 10 years. I love Guns'N' Roses whether Slash is on the band or not. Rock on Axl, I hope he's still rocking decades from now, One of the greatest artists out there, in my mind at least. (If you don't agree listen to "November Rain" Or the album "Chinese Democracy") m/

Axl Rose is an a**hole but he is one of the finest lyricists of all time for sure, nothing can take that away from him, his lyrics speak, the band would write the music juz in a day or two but axl would sit few more days on the lyrics. Definitely one of the best lyricist.

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