Music Genres With the Most Intelligent Lyrics

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1 Heavy Metal Heavy Metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. ...read more.

All metal genres have a band which takes lyrics to a high level. In heavy metal you have Iron Maiden, in thrash you have Metallica, in groove you have Lamb of God, in death metal you have Cannibal Corpse (yes cannibal corpse songs are all gory but they are well written and don't all seem the same) (Slayer also can be put in death metal as they are the pioneer of this genre even if they are thrash. I mean songs like angel of death or altar of sacrifice sounds more death than thrash.), in nu metal you have Slipknot (and maybe Limp Bizkit, no I'm kidding), in death grind it is Cattle Decapitation, in Deathcore it is Acrania, Whitechapel and Suicide Silence, in progressive death it is Gojira and Opeth, in progressive metal you have Dream Theatre and Tool, in post-hardcore it is Asking Alexandria and Bring Me The Horizon, in Metalcore it is As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engage, and it goes on and on for the endless number of bands and genres that can summarized to heavy metal.

"We have the power make our lives what they are to be
Reconnect with our humanity
Transcend to a higher place, accepting reality
You are the key to the life that you seek"
(Iced Earth - Anthem). - Metal_Treasure

Iron man, Paranoid, Enter Sandman, Master of puppets...

Metal's arguably gotten a lot better over the years, both musically and lyrically. Songs about social issues, personal stories, fantasy, etc. are all represented. - Zach808

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2 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock

Especially lyricists like Neil Peart - Brobusky

Pink Floyd, Genesis, Jethro Tull and many many more

All Have Produced Some Of The Greatest Lyrics Of All Time
All Prog Rock

Thick As A Brick By Jethro Tull

'The cattle quietly grazing at the grass down by the river
where the swelling mountain water moves onward to the sea:
the builder of the castles renews the age-old purpose
and contemplates the milking girl whose offer is his need.
The young men of the household have all gone into service
and are not to be expected for a year.
The innocent young master - thoughts moving ever faster -
has formed the plan to change the man he seems.
And the poet sheaths his pen while the soldier lifts his sword.
And the oldest of the family is moving with authority.
Coming from across the sea, he challenges the son who puts him to the run.'

3 Psychedelic Rock

Some of the best songwriters of all time made Psychedelic music such as Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, John Lennon, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Jim Morrison, Grace Slick, etc. - RogerWatersfan1999

4 Progressive Metal
5 Blues Blues

In the words of Bluesman Albert Cummings: "Oh well now some people say that the Blues makes you feel sad, hah! Best damn feelin' I musta ever had; I said the Blues makes me feel so good."

You really don't need big words or have a degree in psychology or philosophy to be this clued-up; you just need to know what you're talking about. This man sums up things pretty well, methinks. - Britgirl

6 Country

Only classic country not modern.

7 Power Metal

Most of the power metal lyrics are also close to poetry:

"Just hand me my harp, this night turns into myth
Nothing seems real, you soon will feel
The world we live in is another skalds
Dream in the shadows".
(Blind Guardian - Skalds And Shadows). - Metal_Treasure

8 Rap

Don't knock this genre because of some of the idiots who represent it, because every genre has those. If you listen to rappers like Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, J. Cole, etc, there is a lot of skill and meaning behind what they do and it's impressive. From the messages they try to send to fit in with what was happening in the world during that time to the deep stories of their personal life and the delivery they are able to paint the picture with, it's a brilliant form of music if done correctly. - DrNick

I remember you was conflicted
Misusing your influence, sometimes I did the same
Abusing my power full of resentment
Resentment that turned into a deep depression
Found myself screamin' in a hotel room
I didn't want to self-destruct
The evils of Lucy was all around me
So I went running for answers

-Kendrick Lamar - Mcgillacuddy

By rap, we mean the rappers with talent, not the ones that only rap about things such as money, drugs, strippers, etc. - Luxam

INtElLiGeNt LyRiCs
G5 kids
Soldier, soldier, soldier
Soulja, soulja, soulja
All the pretty girls stand up
All the pretty boys stand up
Pretty boys in the building
This right here is my swag
All the girls are on me damn
Everybody pay attention
Dis right here is my pretty boy swag,
Pretty boy swag, pretty boy swag, pretty boy swag
Girls on my dick when I pretty boy swag
Girls scream my name when I pretty boy swag
Watch me pretty boy swag, pretty boy swag, pretty boy swag,
Pretty boy swag
Girls on my dick when I pretty boy swag
Girl scream my name when I pretty boy swag

I MEAN HOW DO YOU CALL THAT INTELLIGENT - SoldierOfFortune

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9 Art Rock

Pink Floyd:Time (The dark side of the moon)
The sun is the same in the relative way but you're older
shorter of breath, and one day closer to death - waldo

10 Opera

To be very honest, I don't know what they're saying half the time in the songs, but I know that the songs do have good life meanings to them. I did see one opera show back when I was like 15. Thought I was going to hate it but it actually made me cry because of the ending. - Mcgillacuddy

Very underrated but opera rock should be here too.

The Contenders

11 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash Metal is a Heavy Metal subgenre developed during the early 1980s and an early precursor of Extreme Metal. Thrash Metal features a faster and more aggressive guitar work than Traditional Metal with shredding and double-bass drums and can range from melodic singing to loud shouts. ...read more.

"Brother will kill brother
Spilling blood across the land
Killing for religion
Something I don't understand

Fools like me who cross the sea
And come to foreign lands
Ask the sheep for their beliefs
Do you kill on God's command?

A country that's divided
Surely will not stand". (Megadeth - Holy Wars) - Metal_Treasure

12 Folk Rock
13 Grunge Grunge Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s .
14 Nu Metal

This makes more sense then rap metal, they are completely different.

The rap in this genre make sense - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

15 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock
16 Blues Rock Blues Rock

What are all these greater genres doing behind rap?

17 Rock N' Roll Rock N' Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1950s . The genre really got popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s . It generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer . There are a lot of rock subgenres .
18 Reggae
19 Jazz Jazz
20 Gospel

For God fearing people's choice.

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