Greatest Storytellers In Music

Here is the list of the greatest storytellers the music industry has ever seen.

The Top Ten

1 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

The best song writer to ever live and even if he doesn't want to be he was the voice of his generation a time when lyrics had meaning and instead of auto-tune he had an acoustic guitar a cracked voice and a harmonica

One of the greatest lyricist to ever live.

Genius... full stop

Absolutely the best artist on this list. However, you've forgotten his great friend Johnny Cash for wirth out Johnny, Bob wouldn't have made it.

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2 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Eminem is a great inspiration for storytellers and poets alike and what he wraps about and how he says is has a very calming effect when life is at it's worst he lifts you higher than the stars themselves the world would be greatly impacted if he sings forever!

eminem talks about his life in his awesome rap, most rappers you can't even understand them but eminem raps rapid speed and you can still clearly understand him - decorulez97

Eminem shares more of his life than any other artists

3 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.

2pac and Eminem ain't got nothing on Mercury

The greatest vocalist of all time.

Greatest songwriter of all time.

Great song writer, too!

4 Harry Chapin Harry Chapin Harry Forster Chapin was an American singer-songwriter, humanitarian, and producer best known for his folk rock and pop rock songs, who achieved worldwide success in the 1970s and became one of the most popular artists and highest paid performers.

Simply the greatest storyteller among musicians.

He wrote observational songs. They were very simple and you could relate to everyday people. Sorry to see him go so early.

Wrote songs about slices of life that all can relate to. simple but never ending tales of us.

By far the most exceptional of them all. a true storyteller.

5 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

"She was born a heavy set girl with pig tails and curls, a heart full of gold still it wont change the world"
from "MAMA's JUST A LITTLE Girl"
By far the greatest storyteller ever, songs like Dear Mama, My block, Dopefiend's diner and So many Tears have made Tupac Immortal.

6 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

"Woman held her head and cried because her son had been shot down in the street and died. " Long Live Bob Marley!

7 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political ...read more.
8 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
9 Tom Waits Tom Waits Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...read more.

He is a master storyteller. Hookers at a donut shop, a one armed dwarf throwing dice on the wharf, Downtown Train, so much more

10 Notorious B.I.G. Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only ...read more.

"It was all a dream" and he lived it!

The Contenders

11 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

"And the red sun sinks at last into the hills of gold, peace to this young warrior without the sounds of gun"
Can't forget this one, specially when mixed with the genius lyrics of Tupac

12 Jim Croce Jim Croce James Joseph Croce was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and singles. His songs "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
13 John Fogerty
14 Slick Rick Slick Rick

The first storyteller in hip hop. - venomouskillingmachine

Best stotyteller Of All Time

15 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur born on September 14, 1973 in New York City. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time. He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.
16 Frank Ocean Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Breaux, known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.

Although he has only one album out right now, Frank Ocean has managed to paint a pretty vivid picture with the use of double entendres in his music and his smooth voice in songs such as "lost", "Pryamids", and "Monks".

17 Paul Weller Paul Weller John William "Paul" Weller Jr is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Weller achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam.

During the late 70s and early 80s the Jam wrote songs with stories about young people in Thatcher's Britain: working class kids without jobs or hope. His intelligent and incisive songs were politicised messages, but always encased in stories of struggling against the odds.

18 J. Cole J. Cole Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer.
19 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "New Beginning" and "Telling Stories".

"You have a fast car I want a ticket to anywhere"

20 Scarface Scarface Brad Terrence Jordan, better known by his stage name Scarface, is an American rapper, music producer, and author.

Just listen to ''I Seen A Man Die''

21 Dan Fogelberg

Beautiful storytelling, just listen

22 Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.
23 Jimmy Buffett
24 Chris de Burgh
25 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.

One of the best storytellers ever!

26 Rakim Rakim William Michael Griffin, Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. He was born on January 28, 1968.
27 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969 in Baldwin Hills, CA, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, ...read more.

Just listen to songs like Ghetto Vet

28 Fela Kuti

With profound knowledge and impeccable skill in music making, Fela's music shook a generation with the ripples still felt today.
With great delivery, he informed through melody on multiple records especially coffin for head of state, unknown soilder, sorrow tears and blood, teacher don't teach me nonsense, and many others.

29 Immortal Technique Immortal Technique Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist from Lima, Peru. He was born on February 19, 1978

One og best underground rappers with an incredible flow and lyrics thet combine poetry and genius

30 K-Rino K-Rino
31 Oliver Sykes
32 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on 16 February 1990 in Toronto, Ontario. He used to upload songs on YouTube in 2010, now he has 3 studio albums. He has won 3 Grammy awards and 9 Juno Awards
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