Top Ten Good Songs with Bad Lyrics

Some songs may have good production, instrumentals, beats, etc, but when you look at the lyrics, you think "do I still like this"? There is more to music than just the lyrics, and these songs are perfect examples. Most of these are rap songs, which is not surprising to me because rap music is often criticized for poor lyricism, while still having good production and/or instrumentals.

The Top Ten

1 In Da Club - 50 Cent In Da Club - 50 Cent Cover Art

The instrumentals and flow are all good here, which is how it got so high up on many lists. However, the lyrics are just like many other rap songs, just about partying and sex. In fact, I read the comments on why it's so good on the list of "Best Rap Songs", and very few even mentioned the lyrics.

2 Faucet Failure - Ski Mask the Slump God Faucet Failure - Ski Mask the Slump God Cover Art

"Faucet Failure" is one of my favorite rap songs due to the production and creative instrumentals. But lyrics are not one of Ski Mask the Slump God's strengths. Especially not here. "Faucet Failure" is another bragging song about how much jewelry he has, and has some of the most cringeworthy lyrics ever.

3 Look at Me! - Xxxtentacion Look at Me! - Xxxtentacion Cover Art

This song actually became a meme on TheTopTens, due to its terrible lyrics. However, many have said that the beat and flow are still perfectly fine. I agree with that. In "Look at Me!", the most noted line is "Can't keep my d*** in my pants", which is a fairly socially awkward thing to say.

4 Insane In the Brain - Cypress Hill Insane In the Brain - Cypress Hill Cover Art

Perhaps this was supposed to be a meme song, but the lyrics are incredibly stupid and meaningless. The lyrics in the chorus stick out from the rest of the song and don't provide any key to understanding whatever they are trying to convey.

5 wokeuplikethis* - Playboi Carti wokeuplikethis* - Playboi Carti Cover Art

I'd argue that most Playboi Carti songs can be here, but this is probably his best. And the lyrics are also horrible, despite the good production. "wokeuplikethis*" is mostly about how much jewlery he has, and is mostly a bragging song. And he also claims to be a rockstar, even though he's a rapper, which are two way different things.

6 Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J Cover Art

While the term "dying cats" is usually used to insult bad music, LL Cool J managed to use what sounds like actual dying cats in the chorus, and it worked somehow. However, the lyrical content of this song is sure "dying cats". He seems to be a wannabe tough guy here, proclaiming his experience in rap, and his ability to knock people out.

7 Back in Black - AC/DC Back in Black - AC/DC Cover Art

Unlike many "good song, bad lyrics" songs, which are predominantly rap, this is a rock song. I like the guitar, as well as the drums, but when anyone talks about how this song is good, everybody just ignores the lyrical content. Because the lyrics are very dumb and don't mean much except for proclaiming immortality.

8 Todokete - Lil Meerkat Todokete - Lil Meerkat Cover Art

Cream Rahul, Cream Rahul, Rahul, Tommy is a ridiculously stupid lyric but it’s a good song.

9 Xo Tour Llif3 - Lil Uzi Vert Xo Tour Llif3 - Lil Uzi Vert Cover Art

Emo rap usually doesn't have good lyrics, and this is no exception. The lyrics look like they are supposed to be as depressing as possible, but in a parodic way. And it didn't work. It seems like he expresses his use of xanax because "all" of his friends are dead, while he still has some more, but they're all richer than him. Nonsense, right?

10 24k Magic - Bruno Mars 24k Magic - Bruno Mars Cover Art

For some reason my original comment was deleted as much as I like Bruno Mars he is not a lyricist and this song especially shows it with lines like “hashtag blessed” and “oh s*** I’m a dangerous man with some money in my pocket”. It still sounds great though.

The Contenders

11 Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones Cover Art
12 Tell Me When to Go - E-40 Tell Me When to Go - E-40 Cover Art

This song is an anthem of the "Hyphy" movement, which is a style of rap from Alameda (Oakland, San Leandro), Contra Costa (Richmond, Antioch), and Solano (Vallejo, Fairfield) Counties in Western California. While "Things'll Never Change", and "Choices (Yup)" both have great lyrics, "Tell Me When to Go" has some of the most meaningless lyrics of all time. Some involve bragging about how low his hometown's quality of life is, and others are about cars breaking down. I really don't get what there is to brag about that.

13 Kill You - Eminem Kill You - Eminem Cover Art
14 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden Cover Art

The lyrics are a bit immature, great song nevertheless.

I hate everything about this song.

Can’t help myself singing along though.

15 Hash Pipe - Weezer Hash Pipe - Weezer Cover Art

I love Mikey Welsh’s riff, but the lyrics kind of ruin it for me though.

16 Pork and Beans - Weezer Pork and Beans - Weezer Cover Art

The lyrics to this song are just so stupid. Ironically, that’s the reason why I love it.

17 Undone - The Sweater Song Undone - The Sweater Song Cover Art
18 Location - Playboi Carti Location - Playboi Carti Cover Art
19 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. Cover Art
20 Human - The Killers Human - The Killers Cover Art

"Are we human, or are we dancer?" is the most known line from this song. And judging just by this, you can tell that this is not a lyrically strong song. And while many people have tried to interpret it somehow, none of the band members have ever revealed what it means. The rest of the lyrics don't make a lot of sense either.

21 Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen Cover Art
22 I Love It - Kanye West & Lil Pump I Love It - Kanye West & Lil Pump Cover Art
23 Survival - Muse Survival - Muse Cover Art
24 Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 Cover Art
25 Under and Over It - Five Finger Death Punch Under and Over It - Five Finger Death Punch Cover Art
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