Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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121 T.I. T.I. Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage names T.I. and Tip, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Atlanta, Georgia.

T.I. is great lyricist because of why he helps people understand him, but at the same time helping other people with their life.T.I. really touched the world with his beautiful lyrics. King of the South!

T.I. is like the new "Tupac". He is and will always be for the people and the community. His music inspires me to be a better person than what I am, and can accomplish anything in the world.T.I. is King.

122 Jeff Buckley Jeff Buckley Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more.

"It's never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder"

"Moving with grace the men despise
And women have learned to lose"

"A heart that beats as both siphon and reservoir. "
"Just like the ocean, always in love with the moon. It's overflowing now, inside you. "

123 Willie Dixon

Perhaps the most underrated and unknown songwriter ever he wrote the he wrote "little red rooster", "hoochie coochie man", "spoonful", and almost half of all led zepplins first two albums

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124 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

Layne Staley should be number 1, have you listened to Alice in Chains?

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126 MF Doom MF Doom Daniel Dumile, also known as MF DOOM, is a British-born hip hop recording artist who spent most of his life in the United States.

Most intelligent word play and rhyme schemes in the game

DOOM is below JB? This list is a complete joke. DOOM should be in top 5 lyricists of all time. His wordplay and rhyme schemes are off the charts.

127 Andrew VanWyngarden

Siberian breaks, enough said

128 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

From the Iron Maiden song "Dance of Death" that he wrote.

"Let me tell you a story to chill the bones
About a thing that I saw
One night wandering in the Everglades
I'd one drink, but no more

I was rambling, enjoying the bright moonlight
Gazing up at the stars
Not aware of a presence so near to me
Watching my every move

Feeling scared and I fell to my knees
Something rushed me from the trees
Took me to an unholy place
And that is where I fell from grace"

And that's just the beginning. Look up the whole lyrics to read a brilliant story.

Perhaps not known to many, Steve Harris is the founder, bassist and principal songwriter of the British Metal band Iron Maiden.

129 Conor Oberst

"We are nowhere and it's now' are probably my favourite lyrics of all songs ever.

Genius! The Dylan of today!

Best Lyricist of all time. Unfair could be defined by how underrated he is. His poetic lyrics span over many different topics and he doesn't constrict himself like other artists do. He lays his feelings flat out for everyone to witness in the most beautiful and emotional way.

"Kick you know this life is rich
But pleasure's not the same as happiness
If you don't collide with the traffic in your mind
I think you'll find your way out of this
I hope you find your way out of this"

130 Al Stewart

Listen to his historical album Past Present and Future, and you will be impressed. Such knowledge and a way with words.

131 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.

He should be right next to Bob Dylan... The fact he is nowhere around him is a pity & proves how his genius is underrated, misunderstood & easily overlooked...

"I am a diamond that is tired
of all the faces I've acquired
we must secure the shadow ere
the substance fades" MM

132 Joe Strummer Joe Strummer John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.
133 Billy Bragg

Outstanding. It is sad that he doesn't already feature on this list. I hope his new Selected Lyrics, just out from Faber and Faber, will help to get Bragg some of the recognition that he deserves.

Beautiful lyrics and powerful, should be high on the list.

134 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.
135 Ian Gilan
136 John Mellencamp
137 Ben Folds
138 Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) Childish Gambino (Donald Glover)

Probably one of the best rappers interms of flow and lyrics, comical and metaphorical, he plays on words like a gangster shakespeare.

139 Citizen Cope

However unheard of, one listen to a Citizen Cope record, and you will be hooked. In some songs, this man tells stories not at all relevant to his own life in such detail that you would believe you are living them yourself, and in others, write from the deepest corners of his heart. Top 5 all time.

1 song I ever heard actually, its kind of good actually. "let the drama kid dead"

140 Steve Earle
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