Music Genres With the Most Intelligent Lyrics
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Not ALL artists. There are many prog artists with excellent lyrics, and then sometimes they just try too hard. Thick as a Brick, Dogs, and Time, for example, are songs with brilliant lyrics, but in songs such as Tarkus, for example, I feel that it's not very sincere, or maybe trying too hard? I would say that some prog lyrics sometimes lack real substance behind their crypto-poetic nature. I know it's a very unpopular opinion, please don't kill me, I love progressive rock. I just sometimes have the impression that some lyricists jsut write something plainly cryptic and people will try to interpret it and call it a piece of genius. - JoLeKosovo
Just go and have a look at Echoes by Pink Floyd or Starless by King Crimson. Bloody brilliant.
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
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.
It's a joke? Most of metal lyrics are mediocre or worse. - BruceStark
Heavy metal music actually has meaning unlike all these cancerous repetitive boring ass pop songs loaded with crappy sounding synths and overly autotuned voices singing about sex and partying
"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
Rap is the most lyrical form of music.
Without a doubt the genre to come to if you want lyricism
Rap at its best is definitely the most lyrical
Aside from the studio gangsters rapping about perpetrating and promoting self-indulgence; once you dig deep into real rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Tupac who KNOWS what's really going on in their hellish ghetto and shed light to it. Not these bustas tainting rap as some kind of "degenerate" genre of music. - Bolshoy_BratV 20 Comments
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
Listen to tool
I got 2 words for ya
TOOL! - Iamchewbacca37
Listen and read the lyrics for bands like opeth and try and comprehend some of them you'll find it very difficult the lyrics are intelligently written. This song black rose immortal for instance and anything else in their discography.
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
To be honest, the reason you don't know what they are saying half the time, is because the lyrics are not in English.
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.
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
"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
I should have vote for that - Idiot244
Slayer has some very complicated lyrics like World Painted Blood. Also many of their songs are about intelligent topics like history, religion and mythology. And Slayer isn’t the only thrash metal band with intelligent lyrics. Other examples are Metallica’s Sad But True/Master of Puppets and Megadeth’s Symphony of Destruction/Holy Wars...The Punishment Due.
Radiohead : A hear that filled up like a landfill
bruises that won't heal
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
Needs to be number 1. - DarkBoi-X
Only classic country not modern.
For God fearing people's choice.
This makes more sense then rap metal, they are completely different.
You can't really understand most of them so it's kinda pointless (at least in my opinion).
What are all these greater genres doing behind rap?
Definitely one of the most lyrical genre. Just listen to the Dead Kennedys or Bad Religion. - JoLeKosovo
I love indie pop! Emotionally, well crafted songs.
Can we get an amen? - moonwolf
I only like beastie boys that is why I put this on here.
I suggest the Buggles. - Kevinsidis
Dude, it's usually about sex. - XxembermasterxX
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