Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time

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141 Adam Gontier Adam Gontier Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.
142 Bon Scott Bon Scott Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more. V 1 Comment
143 Nick Drake Nick Drake Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition.

Nick Drake speaks to the soul. You yearn to find the meaning behind his songs. He died young with so much sadness in his heart but never lost the ability to capture the beauty in the world in his lyrics.

144 Izzy Stradlin Izzy Stradlin Jeffrey Dean Isbell, better known by his stage name Izzy Stradlin, is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Izzy Stradlin wrote a bunch of lyrics for Gn'R, Usually the whole band sits down and writes together, but Izzy And Axl Do most of the writing, That I know of. Although I believe that Axl is a great lyricist, Izzy deserves to be mentioned too. (I'm pretty sure he wrote "Patience")

145 John Butler John Butler
146 Chris Martin Chris Martin

He should be higher on this list.

147 Jared Leto Jared Leto

Jared Leto is the best lyricist right now. -.-

148 Colin Meloy

Completely under-appreciated; the Decemberists' songs have some of the greatest lyrics ever written. If you need evidence, listen to "Sleepless" or "On the Bus Mall", some of their best songs lyric-wise. Colin Meloy's lyrics are some of the best, and they deserve more recognition then they get.

149 Phil Ochs

Whether speaking earnestly, ironically, on topical issues or ethereal human truths, Ochs's writing was captivating and masterful. Ochs was nearly Dylan's peer as a songwriter, and he was probably the best political songwriter of all time.

150 Steve Harley Steve Harley V 1 Comment
151 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

Say what you will about her personal life,she is one of the most passionate and gripping lyricists of all time. The best lyrics are formed by those that can utilize song as an outlet for pain and hardship. Cobain, Winehouse are among the best at this. I have no idea why I had to put this up myself.


For you I was a flame
Love is a losing game
Five story fire as you came
Love is a losing game

One I wish I never played
Oh what a mess we made
And now the final frame
Love is a losing game

Played out by the band
Love is a losing hand
More than I could stand
Love is a losing hand

Self professed... profound
Till the chips were down
...know you're a gambling man
Love is a losing hand

Though I battle blind
Love is a fate resigned
Memories mar my mind
Love is a fate resigned

Over futile odds
And laughed at by the gods
And now the final frame
Love is a losing game

152 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.

A good lyricist identifies with the masses and it shows itself in various ways. Now there's a lot of packed stadiums of fabricated bands and that's one thing. But Drake writes everything himself and outsells, out performs, has numerous billboard record achievements, represents the current mass mentality. I'm a 39 year old white male and I find him arrogant yes, but inspiring and he should be represented on this chart.

153 Pete Doherty Pete Doherty

The man writes poetry, Very heartfelt and poetic

154 Iggy Pop Iggy Pop James Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. V 1 Comment
155 Matthew Bellamy Matthew Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

He can blend dark political stuff with heart-warming love songs like no one else - GillisL

156 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.

Metal music is nuisance but metallica made them whole lotta classy by their albums and with cliff on first two it makes him best

157 Dani Filth Dani Filth

WHY IS HE NOT ON THE TOP? Nobody's been able to depict beauty and emotion as good as he can. He's an amazing man.

158 Jonas Renkse Jonas Renkse Jonas Petter Renkse (born 19 May 1975, Sweden) is a founding member, songwriter, lead vocalist (1991–1994, 1997-) and ex-drummer (1991–1994, 1996–1998) of the band Katatonia; founding member, songwriter, bassist, backing vocalist, ex-guitarist (2004) of the band Bloodbath.
159 Sade Sade Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
160 Maurice Gibb

How the hell can a list containing the best lyricists NOT include ANY of the Bee Gees? The group of them together wrote or co-wrote almost a thousand songs. That's not even an understatement, it's in the nine-hundreds, and the most creative of the three was Maurice by a long shot.

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