Music Genres With the Most Intelligent Lyrics


The Top Ten

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. more.

"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

Rock has better lyrics than metal in my opinion. Some metal lyrics revolve too much about mythical stuff or gore and can be dumb at times.

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

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3 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.

4 Nu Metal

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

The rap in this genre make sense - BlueFrostOfThunderClan

5 Psychedelic Rock
6 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

7 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

If this was the mid 90s when rap was all about the lyrics, I'd vote rap no question. Sadly, nowadays most popular rap now is a sad sellout of the genre containing mostly bragging, stealing your girl, and drugs. It's all so stale. There are still some rappers like Kendrick who care about the lyrica, but he's now the exception. - Zach808

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8 Progressive Metal
9 Blues Blues
10 Country Rock

The Contenders

11 Country

Only classic country not modern.

12 Thrash Metal Thrash Metal Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its fast tempo and overall aggression. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work.The genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the fast drum beats 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

13 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock
14 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 .
15 Folk Rock
16 Melodic Death Metal
17 Punk Rock Punk Rock
18 Disco
19 Indie Rock
20 Gospel

For God fearing people's choice.

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