Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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61 Sting Sting Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist.
62 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

Who's the Musically illiterate 12 year-old (Not that 12 year-olds are musically illiterate, I'm 12. ) who put JAY-Z on the list! I mean I can almost see why Taylor Swift is on the list, but jay-Z? Really people! Can you put Jay-Z on this list while Robert Plant is still alive? Who ever put him on this list, Must not have heard Rock'N'Roll In their lifetime, and with that being said I almost feel bad for you... Almost.

63 Van Morrison Van Morrison
64 Harry Chapin
65 Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie was an American singer-songwriter and musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional, and children's songs, along with ballads and improvised works.
66 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. V 1 Comment
67 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.

I don't know whats wrong with you people not putting the man in black on this list, he's up their with Bob Dylan and John Lennon

Johnny is one of the greatest of all times

Really, Johnny Cash at 70, ok he is not number 1 but he is defiantly top 10.

68 Jason Lancaster

Dude Jason's the best! All lyrics to songs by Go Radio are incredible as well as his lyrics for Mayday Parade's first EP and album! He's highly unrecognized! Check out songs Redemption in The Verse, Any Other Heart, and House of Hallways by Go Radio, and Three Cheers for Five Years, Miserable At Best, and Ocean and Atlantic by Mayday Parade!

The best in pop punk.
The way he sings ABOUT singing in "if you wanted a song written about you all you had to do was ask? "

You dropped a note and we changed key
You changed yourself and I changed me
I really didn't see us singing through this
You screamed the bridge and I cried the verse
And our chorus came out unrehearsed
And you smiled the whole way through it
I guess maybe that's what's worse

Listen to "hold on" from his new band go radio's new album "lucky street", and anybody who's ever listened to mayday parade's first album knows how great his lyricism is.

Drove 9 hours to see go radio in nashville... And it was absolutely worth it

69 Townes Van Zandt
70 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

Chester bennington is world best singer I love chester voice and very good singing

71 Pete Seeger Pete Seeger Peter "Pete" Seeger was an American folk singer and social activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene", which topped the charts for 13 weeks ...read more.

All those rappers above this man. Seriously guys? Do you understand music?

72 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.

Phil Collins said that if he were to continue writing with Peter Gabriel, he would have gone crazy because of his deep thinking. He is so underrated.

Eminem at 3 and Peter Gabriel down here? - RalphSaad

The lyrics of "The Lamb Lies Down..." are great - DarkSideOfDragons

73 Ezra Koenig
74 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.
75 Shannon Hoon
76 Lionel Richie Lionel Richie
77 Isaac Brock

Criminally underrated. Imagery, storytelling, complex subject matter and metaphors galore

No one can make lyrics this complex yet meaningful like him.
WARNING: Interpretation is required.
Props to this guy.

One of the more under rated lyricists. Every song has multiple meanings...

78 Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its inception in 1983.

Brilliant use of metaphors.. His lyrics can be interpreted in so many different ways, the guy's a true poet.

"I'm an ocean
In your bedroom
Make you feel warm
Make you wanna re-assume"

"It's the edge if the world and all of western civilization
The sun may rise in the east at least it settles in the final location
It's understood that Hollywood sells californication"

"Over the laws of light
Over the moon by midnight"

And so many more... He should be in the top 10

The Best. All others are just name-dropping

79 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.

Legend!

80 Trent Reznor Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.

Trent Reznor influenced the alternative and metal genre incredibly. The way he is able to say what everyone in today's society is too afraid to say leaves one in a state of complete awe and understanding that the world is just a time bomb ticking and as humans we're cutting the wrong wires and speeding up the process a lot quicker. Not only that, but Reznor wrote "Hurt", one of Johnny Cash's most famous songs, and definitely one of the most remembered. He IS a legend and should definitely be higher, never have I ever heard anyone with such phenomenal lyrical talent.

How is he not in the top ten? All his lyrics are genius!

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