Top 10 Great Drummers Who Are Also LyricistsHow good their drumming is and how good their lyrics are? Did they write many lyrics? Were lyrics related to important songs in their career, or the success of the band?
Whatever you thought about drummers, was wrong, haha. Here's why:
The Top Ten
Primary lyricist for Rush. He influenced some of the guys on this list - as Drummers AND Lyricists. - Metal_Treasure
His lyrics are solid gold. Bravo Neil, I salute you. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva
He wrote most of the songs for his solo career entirely when he was also a lead singer. Lyrics to his biggest solo hits are his lyrics. Hands down.
Some of them are: In the Air Tonight, Another Day in Paradise, One More Night, I Wish It Would Rain Down, Sussudio, and more. - Metal_Treasure
He wasn't the only Dream Theater lyricist but he contributed a lot. Pretty great lyrics if you ask me. His drumming skills don't need an introduction. - Metal_Treasure
Gene Hoglan also said he was influenced by Neil Peart as a Drummer AND Lyricist:
"Peart came up with so many great drum parts that were so memorable yet they were understandable from a drum standpoint. [...] Their lyrics really appealed to me, like, "Wow, they aren't just singing about partying or getting chicks on the weekend. There's something of merit, there's some heady stuff happening with their lyrics." So, I guess that was just my big influence, their whole approach. Then shortly after being a Rush fan, that's when I started getting really into all the super duper heavy metal stuff like that. So it was just a natural progression for me, for myself." - Metal_Treasure
He wrote "Radio Ga Ga", my fave Queen song.
Not a primary lyricist for Queen but he wrote or co-wrote some. He completed the lyrics to Innuendo, and lyrics to other songs as well.
For his solo albums he wrote songs entirely, including lyrics. - Metal_Treasure
He did some great things for Queen. - Userguy44
Primary lyricist for his band. He also said Neil Peart influenced him as a Drummer AND Lyricist:
Rush was "the band that I always kept going back to, [...], it was just an eye opener." [...] "That was the first band in my teenage years where the drummer was writing the lyrics - like what the hell, how is that possible? In that sense, Neil Peart was who made me get into writing lyrics and reading books, and getting inspiration from books." - Metal_Treasure
Primary lyricist for The Descendents and one of Punk's best drummers. He also contributed lyrics while drumming for Black Flag. - THC13
I an English band didn't have a drummer, Cozy Powell was their drummer.
Best known as Obscura drummer, he wrote some songs for his side project.
He's an amazing drummer who got nominated as "Best Drummer of
2018" by Metal Injection but I didn't put him high because he writes lyrics for a lesser known band. - Metal_Treasure
He was the drummer in Heatwave - the original London pop group by that name. He wrote lyrics to pop rock songs, including lyrics for other pop rock artists. At least 3 songs with his lyrics won The Akademia Music Award in Los Angeles, U.S.A. (in 2015, 2017 and 2018, respectively).
To be honest, the songs and their lyrics didn't impress me but I'm not much into the pop rock of the 2010s so... - Metal_Treasure
Former REM drummer wasn't the primary lyricist but contributed.
"Berry was also responsible for toning down the lyrics of the song "Welcome to the Occupation." Stipe's original lyric was "Hang your freedom fighters" which, given the Reagan administration's active support for the contra "freedom fighters" in Nicaragua, sounded very violent and militant, although Stipe himself countered that the line could be taken multiple ways ("hang" as in either "lynch" or "frame on a wall"). Berry's objection ultimately led the line to be changed to "hang your freedom higher." (wiki) - Metal_Treasure
Wrote some songs with The Beatles, like Octopus Garden and Boys. - JoLeKosovo
Great drummer and vocals.