Top 10 Best Lyricists of All TimeMarcopwnzatdrums
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Extremely underrated. He wrote a good portion of REMs lyrics, and almost all of "Losing My Religion" and "Country Feedback." Both are some of the most well written songs of the 90s
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!
Died so young had a lot more to give, would have been up there with pac
His words have shown his depression and pain before his subsequent suicide. They flushed into a depressing and dark chasm that was unique in every right. Joy Division was never as popular as the band that evolved after, New Order, but the impact is there. Their final release as Joy Division impacted many of the time to form a whole new genre called Gothic Rock.
I cannot believe he is so low on the list. I guess most people haven't even heard of Joy Division. To those people: if Eminem's lyrics is the deepest stuff you've ever heard? I feel truly sorry for you.
The most authentic person ever in the history of rock music. Dylan could write genius poetry and still sing like a lazy, overpaid ass. With Curtis everything mattered, no one comes close to his intensity.
Now I know this is a world of injustice! How can I an Curtis be so low on this list? His lyrics are personal, yet universal, esoteric and understood.
Beautiful poetry vital unflinchingly fatalistic, no one comes close to his genius in the musical arena. Kurt cobain way higher than Ian curtis (for notoriety yes), give me a break.
Before you say anything, read the lyrics of "Crossfire", "Still Loving You" and "The Good Die Young". - DarkSideOfDragons
James Murphy might even be in on the joke of how he's not a very good lyricist, insisting in "I Can Change" "love is an open verse to a book of your bad poetry/and this is coming from me", but he's selling himself short. After all, he's able to make that self-deprecating joke into vulnerability. If James Murphy the producer wore his influences on his sleeve, James Murphy the lyricist wore his heart there. They might get fumbled time to time, but they're honest and earnest like nothing else. "The worst is all the lovely weather/I'm stunned its not raining" from "Someone Great" is a good enough line to disprove any claims he's no good.
"I need a Rolls Royce, 'because it's good for my voice". Not exactly the most profound, but the lyrics to 'Cosmic Dancer' are beautiful and inspiring.
Marc Bolan deserves to be so much higher on this list. His lyrics surpassed poetry.
'Summer deep is in the hills again,
His lady is a lioness.
Winds of birds blow through the fields again,
Invaders from the true world. '
A creamed cage in August and the hidden riders of tomorrow.
His writing is so fluid and beautiful, His responsible for Ben Folds Five hits Sky High, Brick and Song for the Dumped. His hotel lights music is beautiful.
I have only recently started to listen to Darren Jessee's music. You can tell, he pours his soul into it, and, as a budding songwriter/lyricist myself I can very distinctly say that this man is very much underrated and I hope to see him climb even higher up these ranks.
Most underrated lyricist ever, he can write hits without even trying. Listen to Sky High, Magic or Super 8mm.
Hotel Lights are so underrated it hurts.V 3 Comments
His words represented the thoughts and feelings of a generation and 'live forever' is lyrically one of the best songs of all time.
If beiber is on this list then Noel should be number 1... Just listen to "If I had a gun" if you don't believe me.
Listen to Title and Registration and your view on music just might change. In fact listen to any of his songs, the lyrics are superb - ShaggysWorld
You're so cute when you're slurring your speach.
But they're closing the bar and they want us to leave.
Great lyrics that fit perfectly in each melodies.
Best ever! No competition.
Darnielle's work is dark, rich, and affecting. The contrast between honesty and vulnerability, but then raw anger and long-suffering bitterness is masterfully done. Darnielle nails the intricacies of relationships (long and short term), addiction (substance and otherwise), and pretty much every other light and dark contrast in the average person's life. Darnielle is a true poet, but that he can stage his compositions to music elevates everything to reliving life experiences through the eyes of the story's speaker. The sheer volume of his catalog speaks for how much his creative voice has to say.
John Darnielle might not line up with being the best lyricists of all time, but he is definitely one of the most astute, passionate, and empathic. He is able to articulate emotions in ways that hit hard and strike sharp, not to mention instill the song with something powerful. Whether it's basically a poem over some acoustic guitar, or a more full-fledged rock song, Darnielle is a brilliant lyricist. You only need to read the lyrics to "Cubs in Five", "No Children", or "Cry for Judas" to understand why they're great.
I half expected John to be in the top ten despite that his fans are few and far between. Still glad to see he got an honourable mention, he's written some of the most powerful lyrics I've yet to hear.V 1 Comment
High school is a hard time. Corgan really helped a lot of teens find themselves in the hardest time of their lives. His lyrics are so condensed but yet so powerful. Billy Corgan Is one of the greatest lyricists of all timeV 1 Comment
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