Top Ten Best Metal Lyricistsnooreldeen
The Top Ten
From 'Ride the Lightning' up to and including the 'Black' album, James, as a very young man, penned some of the most poignant and poetic lyrics any metal musician has ever concocted. From capital punishment, child abuse, corruption, perception, addiction, religion...the master did it all. Even the great Maynard James Keenan has acknowledged how great Metallica's first 5 albums are. People consider Hetfield as a drunkard, but despite his issues with the drink, he spoke for a generation of kids, as a kid, for a decade. I was barely learning how to talk to a girl while this genius was busy critiquing the world.
He knows what he's doing when he puts pen to paper and writes a song...
This guy is God! I was almost sure to see James on the top of the list before even clicking on the list.
The words he use is what made me addicted. He's not number one for me but one of the top ones.V 2 Comments
Mind blowing lyrics, full of meaning,Chuck is #1 and will always own the crown. - GREYBOYY
Lyrics were deep and meaningful. Every word meant something and contributed to the story perfectly. - Thomasb68
The album "Symbolic" has the best lyrics in all of extreme metal. - Caleb9000
Very amazing lyrics about society... And about humans... He is my favourite lyricist... Try "The Flesh And The Power It Holds", "Crystal Mountains", "Empty Words", "Symbolic", "0 Tolerence", Lack Of Comphersion". "Suicide Machine" - nooreldeen
Dio didn't write lyrics, he wrote poetry and poetic philosophy.
"For every moment of truth, there's confusion in life" (Heaven And Hell, Black Sabbath)
"Don't write in starlight
'Cause the words may come out real
Don't hide in doorways
You may find the key that opens up your soul
Don't go to Heaven cause it's really only Hell
Don't smell the flowers
They're an evil drug to make you lose your mind" (Don't Talk To Strangers, Dio) - Metal_Treasure
There is knowone better Ronnie was a pure musical talent I mean come on he could do it all! RIP MY FRIEND
Truly a poet
He wrote almost all of their songs (I think). - PhoenixAura81
Just look at "My Last Words". He should be at the top of the list.
James Hetfield is in the top of list are you kidding😂 this man is the king of lyrics the king of metal
Very rich vocabulary despite English is not his mother tongue.
My favorite lyrics (not typical for him - it's a bonus track):
"Vienna has got Mozart
Chopin they had in Paris (kind of)
The Catholics got the Pope
England's got the Beatles
And even more so:
England's got Steve Harris
England's got Steve Harris
And if that wasn't enough for you
England's got Bruce Dickinson
And on top of it - the other ones
In Iron Maiden too, yes it's true" (Edguy - England, 2014, bonus track). - Metal_Treasure
Great singer and lyricist who writes pure emotions! Once you hear it you will be addicted
Henrik is just the best!
Fantastic lyricist! One of the best out there.
The best lyricist ever!
Listen to anything from the 80s best lyricist in the band but sometimes he wrote questionable songs like From Here To Eternity, The Angel and the Gambler but Iron Maiden's lyrics and musical style will be nothing without Steve. Deserves more recognition than Hetfield who's lyrics nowadays is dry, plain, and uninspired
Very amazing lyricist... Try "Hallowed Be Thy Name", "Dance Of The Death", "The Final Frontier", "When The Wild Wind Blows" and other great lyrics written by steve harris - nooreldeen
Top 3 are Harris, Hetfield, and Mustaine.
Man, HARRIS IS THE REAL number 1.THIS IS A RETARDED LIST.V 3 Comments
Very amazing lyricist... I think he is the only lyricist who can come with a double-meaning songs... And sometimes hidden meanings... Try "11th Hour", "Omerta", "Laid To Rest" "Walk With Me In Hell", " Descending", "Ghost Walking", "Hourglass" " Vigil" (vigil some people look to it as an anti-christian song... But look deep and you will find it a song about iraq war and politics and about Gorege B. W) - nooreldeen
Number One In My Book For Sure. When It Comes To Bad Ass Lyrics, RaNdy's The Best Hands downV 1 Comment
Honestly, I feel that Dani Filth should be on the very top of the list. He has a very high intellectual ability when it comes to writing poetry. I feel that he has the most complex writing ability than any one else in the metal music industry.
Dani Filth is the best lyricist I've ever heard, better than all metal, hip hop or poetry writers I've ever heard. The way he delivers the gothic stories, the imagery and the complexity in his poetry is just perfect!
He does very amazing poetry lyrics with gothic themes... Even I don't like gothic themes but I have to admit that Dani Filth is Genius - nooreldeen
Best lyricist ever even though Metallica is my favorite band these guys are true poets he is by far the best with hetfield as a 2nd I'm a professional musician and I see this guy as a lyrical genius and I take notes from him
He does it very well mixing philosophy with history,his lyrics is really intersting subject and hard to understand..and also in the early album he wrote very well lyrics about nature and paganism with a touch of sorrow.. - nooreldeen
These days they write about Satanism and Thelema (Now) but unlike many Satanic bands they're not into cliche lyrics, Satan blah blah blah, Antichrist and and blah, their lyrics are strong but with bad meanings. - GREYBOYY
He writes bueatiful lyrics about nature, Relationships, Life, Inner Struggles with opeth... - nooreldeen
"But enough about the collective Judas, who could deny you were the one who illuminated your little piece of the divine." Maynard should be celebrated along with Whitman.
As below, so above I imagine.
Drawn outside the lines of reason.
Push the envelope, watch it bend.
An amazing lyricist with a powerful voice backing it.
Anyone who knows anything about writing will tell you how good Maynard is as a lyricist.
He writes amazing lyrics about pain and sorrow... - nooreldeen
Undoubtedly One of the best lyricists in metal along with Nillo Sevanen (his bandmate. The lyrics can even move a rock to tears
Stone sour and slipknot lyrics u can feel when there said. Whether it's the emotional rage of Iowa, or any individual song. Corey has a writing style like no other. Something sad like bother to something enraged like heretic anthem. Not to mention his huge vocal range the second biggest in popular music.
His words are deep and you can't help but feel torents of emotion rain down upon you as he blasts it out of the mike
This guy is not just a good lyricist - he's a poet (published three poetry books).
"It's when life's so precious that every moment hurts" (a line from the song WhiteOmega, 2012). - Metal_Treasure
Stone the crow cemetary gates drag the waters
Try lyrics of "Black Prophecies" to see what I'm talking about. Epic! And don't forget to give a listen to this song - thrash at its best. - Metal_Treasure
Nothing I haven't seen before.
I hate this guy
Go eat a dick if u hate M. Shadows and A7X!
Wrote pretty much every song before dio entered the band.
Main lyricist in Black Sabbath, do I need to say anymore?
His lyrics will live on forever
Black Sabbath I mean yeahV 1 Comment
One of the best in his sub-genre listen to "Starchild" and also check his previous work in Ensiferum its what made him. When I first heard Victory song I came in my pants.
One of the best lyricist I have ever heard look up "starchild" by Wintersun and "Victory song" by Ensiferum. and yes its in English
From dark romanticism to psychological introspection, Stanne understands how best to use words to convey whatever message he desires. An impressive feat considering the swede writes his lyrics in and speaks perfect English.
Poetic, deep, and full of meaning
Lol best lyricist ever just listen to violent revolution enemy of god or the full phantom antichrist album.
"Mist is in the trees, stone sweats with a dew
The morning sunrise, red before the blue"
His story telling is spectacular. His lyrics have an amazing fluidity than can really paint beautiful vivid images in your mind. Empire of the Clouds, Coming Home, Man of Sorrows, Tears of the Dragon, Navigate the Seas of the Son, and Out of the Shadows are among his best writing. His singing also compliments his lyrics so much.
His thoughts on lyrics: "I don't like lyrics that are just thrown together, that were obviously written as you went along, or the song was already written and the guy made up the lyrics in five minutes." - Metal_Treasure
Related ListsBest Death Metal Lyricists Best Black Metal Lyricists Best Melodic Death Metal Lyricists Top Ten Best Nu-Metal Lyricist Top 10 Best Lyricists of All Time
5 years, 102 days old
2. Randy Blythe - Lamb of God
3. James Hetfield - Metallica
2. Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian
3. Tobias Sammet - Edguy
2. James Hetfield - Metallica
3. Matt Drake - Evile