Top 10 Songs with the Best Lyrics

Songs with the most beautiful, politically meaningful, or funny lyrics ever.
The Top Ten
1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Zeppelin belongs in the top. No contest. Stairway, Kashmir, etc. Each of their songs actually have deep, thoughtful meanings that a majority of today's music lacks. It's pure poetry that stills remains as meaningful today as it has in the past.

"Stairway to heaven" has a very very specific lyrics, and unlike a large number of songs, it's not about this universe. It figures heaven perfectly and is full of useful advices. It really makes me wonder!

For me the song all in all is a masterclass. A song for the ages. The most brilliant piece of guitar playing with some of the best lyrics ever. And as my capacity for understanding English gets better the song keeps getting better.

This song should be number one, the lyrics have so much meaning to them. The line ' Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on. ' has so much meaning to it it's incredible

2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody is an example at songwriting at its finest. Personally, I think the song is about war. "I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy because I'm easy come, easy go." This is about how the government so freely uses people's lives. "So you think you can love me and leave me to die." Perhaps this is about having friendships on the battlefield and then being abandoned, or about the government not really caring if you live or die. "Spare him his life from this monstrosity." War. Also: Maybe he told his mother about killing a man because he wanted comfort because why would you do that if you killed someone illegally? I guess you might tell your mother in that situation, but it seems more likely. So yeah. I have a whole bunch of other reasons but I don't want to fill up too much space

This song has some of the most iconic and memorable lyrics of all time. Maybe it's not as complex and cryptic as Stairway to Heaven or Like a Rolling Stone, but when you hear those first two lines, you know you want to sing the whole song.

This song actually tells a story (so I've heard)
The protagonist (we shall name him Fred) is in love with a girl, but her heart is stolen by a crime lord. Enraged, Fred kills the crime lord. He's had his revenge, but now the entire mob is after him, so he must flee the country. He says goodbye to his mother (one of the most moving goodbye's in history) and sets off in hope of escaping the mob's wrath. Unfortunately, in vain: The mob catches up with him at last. He pleads for mercy (mama mia! Mama mia! Mama mia let me go) but of course he is cruelly refused (bismillah, no! We will not let you go).
So there he was: trapped in a corner, Fred faces death at the hands of the mob. His mouth opens one more time. Does he make a final complaint? An excuse? No! He stands up tall and pulls out his gun and says, "So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye!? " Bang! Bang! Bang! "So you think can you love me and leave me to die!?! " Bang! Bang! Bang!
When the smoke clears, Fred is ...more

All of those who think that this song is lyrically poor, I advise to make a bit of research concerning them. They are way more complicated than it appears at first. Those lyrics are a masterpiece!

3 Imagine - John Lennon

Few songs capture as powerful a vision for the world as Imagine by John Lennon. If the song didn't resonate with so much people, it wouldn't be on this list. And it's still just as powerful today as it was at the time it was written. Few songs truly deserve the title of being the world's greatest song, but John Lennon wrote this song to the world. And for that, he deserves it.

Probably the best song written in the 70s, Imagine has made a massive impact on all of us. This song helped improvements in our imagination and quality of thinking, this song has shown us how the world should and should not be. This would even be better if it was together with McCartney.

"Imagine" is not just a song with powerful lyrics. It is a philoshopy for life and a strong political statement, at the same time. A radical message for a harmonious globalization and very relevant to the world today. By far, this song is number 1 for me.

Any song that gives us hope without recourse to superstition can claim to be an extraordinary song. Imagine meets this criterion, and it does so splendidly. Imagine gives life meaning.

4 Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson

I love this song. It taught me how all over the world, people were starving and dying and how much of an unfair world that we live in. Michael Jackson wanted to make a difference of our world and he wrote a beautiful song to tel you. He is telling you that when you make a difference, little by little, will always make you feel good, no matter if it is something so small as giving someone less fortunate money, to as big as giving a charity a large amount of money. Michael Jackson was a great man. He wanted to make a difference and he did. Thank you MJ.

For me, it reiterates the fact that no matter what, any change in things wether day to day or lifetimes, for the person, society, generation or world, starts with a person starting to work on his/her nature, which is the only thing that we have control of. Epitome of attempting self awareness. Shows how Mike was human but trying always to find a way to understand and better not only his place in the world but spread the knowledge of something so valuable.

I'm gonna make a change
For once in my life
It gonna feel real good
Gonna make difference
Gonna make it right..
I love this song! Michael Jackson, you're the best man in the world.. !

Very few songs can change a human's thinking, Man in the mirror is one of them. This song has great depth and you can feel that Michael is singing from the heart. You will feel a need to change every single time you here it.

5 One - Metallica

This song is about the horrors of war and against a controlling government that don't have to suffer the consequences of war unlike the people. There's also a movie to go along with it that came out in the early 70's. Johnny Got His Gun.

Not only is it the lyrics that are so good, but also the tune to this song is very great too! I liked that one part when the guitar joins in the beat of the drums. It's very good

I got nervous while this list was loading cause some of these list are absolute bull, and I woulda been pissed if this wasn't on here!

Awesome song... Amazing video... Brilliant lyrics... Great drumming and guitaring. One what an asset to Metallica!

Certainly deserves to be top 3...

6 There's Never a Forever Thing - a-ha

Simply wonderful and touching. And the voice is the wing for the words. Unfortunately most people don't really listen to what the hear in a foreign language.

It's just an amazing song. An amazing band and an amazing singer.

That was so good

7 Time - Pink Floyd

It perfectly criticizes the spirit of modern society. We spend our whole lives "Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day" in search of the prize of happiness we have been told about since we were children. After years of dedication to this search, "one day you find, the years have gone behind you." Have you gotten any closer to happiness? No. Have you really gained anything from your quest? Hell no! In fact, you've lost the time of your youth that you could have spent really experiencing life. "No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun" because achieving success was supposed to be the race. Through society's indoctrination, nobody was there to set you on the proper path, the path that leads to happiness by way of appreciating what you have. Not what you could have had.

So where does that leave you? Well, "you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking." In your middle aged years, you desperately hope ...more

When Richard Wright sings that part: "and then one day you find, the years have got behind you, no one told you when to run; you missed the starting gun..." is always gives me goosebumps. So true and so scary that maybe today you play football next to a cemetery, but tomorrow the children will come over the fence to bring back the ball they kicked into the side of your grave...

This is the most incredible song I ever heard. First of all, I liked it for the music, of course... Incredible guitar solo, powerful bass and the mystic touch of Pink Floyd music, indefinable. I could never find the ideal words to describe Pink Floyd's music in general.

But this song in particular blew my mind when I was young, and I had the chance to experience this again when I took time to truly listen to the lyrics.

Pink Floyd usually wrote incredible texts to fit with their music, but this song is in my opinion their true masterpiece. Simply describing what we feel when we realise that the time passes, but with such poetry and magic... You can listen to it when you're depressed or when you're fine, it will always make you feel good.

Ok so much text with nothing interesting to say, so long story short:

LISTEN TO THIS MASTERPIECE PEOPLE PLEASE

How is this not higher? If you truly listen to the lyrics, you find that it has one of the deepest meanings of any song ever.

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day,
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way,
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown,
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain,
And you are young and life is long, and there is time to kill today,
And then one day you find, the years have got behind you,
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

(Guitar solo)

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking,
Racing around to come up behind you again,
The sun is the same in the relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time,
Plans that either come to naught, or half a page of scribbled ...more

8 Somewhere Only We Know - Keane

I like this song. If you listen to the story, it comes full circle and he ends where he starts. I believe the song can be interpreted to nature and how it's been destroyed, buildings built, streets laid down, water polluted, but there's still that one spot and as long as it's there, nature can return. Ok... A bit poetic, I know.

This song remembering me about we life for god and if we dead, there we have the next life in heaven because we life in earth only a few years but in heaven we life forever..
"This can be the end of everything, So Why don't we go to Somewhere Only We Know"! Always trust the GOD!

Although this song can be interpreted in a million and one ways, the lyrics are absolutely amazing. They can represent so many different times during a life, which allows basically everyone to be able to relate to it.

A really interesting viewpoint and idea, a peaceful and deep song. Leaves me hope that there is smb who actually writes songs with a meaning.

9 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

Although Bohemian Rhapsody is a better song in my opinion this song I definitely think this song has better lyrics. Also much better than the top 2 but I don't even like those songs much anyway.

How the ---- is this not in the top 10? This blows Breaking the Habit, Lose Yourself, and Stairway to ----ing Heaven out of the water! An explanation is actually required for why thing song should be first: No one mixes poetic lyrics and storytelling like Dylan does! On one hand, we learn about a girl's past life in the rich class. (Once upon a time, you dressed so fine...) On the other, we learn about her present day life. (Now you don't talk so loud, now you don't seem so proud, about having to be scrounging your next meal.) Of course, there are elements of surrealism, from the curiosity of "the mystery train", to "Napoleon in rags". It's the ultimate story of how even the richest of the rich can descend into poverty. Vote it into first!

There are thousands of songs with amazing one liners, hundreds of songs that are lyrical masterpieces, but there are only a handful of songwriters that consistently produce perfect poetry set to music (Dylan, Simon, Browne, et al); but Bob Dylan stands in a category all his own.

Bob Dylan is truly a legend when it comes to music and poetry, I'm surprised this song of his has not made the top tens as of yet. I also listen to Michael Jackson and John Lennon, but Bob tops them both with lyrical brilliance shining through his work.

10 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

This song is good but I wonder why there are no Taylor Swift songs cause according to me, she is the best lyricist... it has a lot of emotions and I just love her... she's the best!
LOVE YOU TAYLOR!

This song is very theatrical and I think it's about finding out who you are and becoming you.

I found better lyrics on my Kindergarten essays than this steaming pile of overplayed emo crap. Yeah sure it totally did help you go through suicide smh

Amy lee's songs always have a deeper meaning.

The Contenders
11 American Pie - Don McLean

Not even a debate. Some songs have certain verses with brilliant lyrics but THIS ENTIRE SONG (which, by the way, is over eight minutes long) is a masterpiece from start to finish. Every single line is a reference to something usually music related, if you dig deep enough. And it only gets better as it goes on. The last verse might just be the best lyrics in music history. I get chills every time I listen to it and I'm not even a religious person. This song isn't just a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. It's an entire story that covers all kinds of different musicians through the most perfectly placed references in the lyrics.

Whoever compiled this list doesn't know good music or good lyrics. This song is one of the greatest songs ever written! It tells the history of rock and roll after Buddy Holly's death. Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues and Jokerman should at least be somewhere! The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald should also be on here.

How do people vote for coldplay linkin park queen or other songs that don't even come close to live up to the standard of American Pie, Stairway to Heaven, or any pink floyd song. I'm at a loss for words at the small amount of experience people have with classics like this.

McClean's 'American Pie' is pure lyrical genius. He sings for a cause I and certainly don't stand for as, but does so in the most beautiful of ways. 'American Pie' is perhaps the greatest American song by the words.

12 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

I'm sorry, but all ANY of these lists are, are popularity contests, so OF COURSE Britney Spears would be over Iron Maiden. But good god this song is about a man on death row who is terrified and contemplating his life in "a world that has gone very wrong for me". Not some song that is forgettable (*cough* I'm looking at you Breaking The Habit). This piece of harsh reality was named one of, and if not THE, greatest metal song of ALL TIME. So come back to me when Britney Spears or Linkin Park come out with something more lyrically potent than a 5-yr old's poem.

Iron Maiden is where it's at! I would have chosen many more of the songs from Iron Maiden over this one as far as lyrical content, but this was the only one on the list. Take my word for it, people. Iron Maiden, even if you don't like their music, has some of the greatest lyrics ever, especially in the album Brave New World.

I'm an Iranian fan of iron maiden. when I listen to this song, I'm not afraid of listening to a song that is from a different culture. I can feel the words with my heart. I can imagine all the things happening to the guy going to the gallows pole.

Epic lyric climax throughout the song with great sentiment and powerful images. You can feel the agony and energy of the lyrics till the end.

13 Thriller - Michael Jackson
14 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

This is truly an amazing song to listen to when you are sad, and all of us feel sad sometimes. Not only are the lyrics incredible, but the music and Ben's voice is too. He gives off great emotion when he sings this song, and the lyrics hit your heart before they hit your brain because you don't have to think twice. "Dear Agony" is definitely in my top ten list of the best songs, and Breaking Benjamin is my #1 favorite band of all time.

Breaking Benjamin is literally one of my favorite band. I'm so happy ben is back to work with the band, I just hope he gets some good members, since it's only him left!

The ultimate combination of the pain and conflict that everyone must endure at some point in their lives - the most honest song I've ever had the privilege of listening to.

The whole album is well written, and the songs relate to each other in the aspect of lyrics. songs like dear agony, anthem of the angels and give me a sign are outstanding. musically, the album is great too, it has great melodies in I will not bow, crawl and without you.

15 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss! Always brings a smile to my face, it's almost as if you can see him shrug his shoulders and play.

The part leading up to the scream always gives me the chills. I really love this song!

My favorite son, all a about the government.

16 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Why is this on here? This has the worst lyrics I've ever heard. Wait, are they even lyrics, cause to me they sound like random crap Nirvana is saying. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but the lyrics are absolute crap.

The best song I love it

17 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

The mood is so hauntingly addicting! It's so sad but so beautiful to listen to! Axl's voice is so sweet and honest, and the lyrics are so true,
So heart warming!

Axl feels what he is singing. Such a vibe coming from this text.

This should be number 1, best love song ever!

18 Saturn - Sleeping at Last

Sleeping at Last has written some really great lyrics - poetic, memorable and touching. I'm voting for this one as a proxy for either Neptune or Two which are my particular favourites, but Saturn was the song that made me start listening

This song is one of the few songs written that simply marvel at how crazy it is we exist. Definitely some of the best lyrics ever. "I'd give anything to hear you say it one more time, that the universe was made just to be seen by my eyes."

Honestly I would say anything by Sleeping at Last. Their songs are amazing and moving and I'm in love with all of them

I would give my life for sleeping at last. And this song is truly a masterpiece.

19 Hotel California - The Eagles

One of the best songs of all time, also has one of the best guitar solos of all time. The rhythm goes insanely good with the lyrics

Wow this must be a joke! Not even in the top 100! This song is arguably the best song ever written along with stairway to heaven

This is one of favourite songs of all time. It should be at least in the top 5!

From California to Cults, this is an amazing song.

20 Viva la Vida - Coldplay

This song is too deep... Both in music and lyrics... It is not just about king who lose everything but something more than that... It tells that howsoecer high position we reach we have to face fall back... I think it should be number one... Awesome song ever made

This list is just wrong. Number one should be the entire pink floyd discogcraphy, followed by this, cemetaries of london, amsterdam, and white shadows (all coldplay). And then maaaybe paranoid android. Man in the mirror, Keane?!?! No. Just no.

As far as I know, this song is about a king whose lost everything. Should be #1.

A song about losing everything, even faith. Amazing lyrics.

21 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

This is a song through which LP teaches us that it ain't hard to let your bad habits go and get through with it... So close to my heart this song

I love this song. I am a huge lp fan and in my opinion this song has the best lyrics along with leave out all the rest.

Linkin Park is surely one of the best lyrics writer. almost all of their songs from meteora and minutes to midnight will make you cry.

All these songs have awesome lyrics but this song has the beats too.

22 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

62? This is one of Dio's best lyrics!

23 Creep - Radiohead

A beautiful bit of ambiguity. Anyone, no matter who, where or why can listen to this song and make something of it that is deeply personal and relatable.

There are plenty of Radiohead's songs which are better than this and deserve to be in top ten.

I believe this song is amazing and, shares great emotion definitely one of my favorites.

The music is awesome, an the lyrics does full justice to it if understood properly.

24 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

This song is amazing hands down, and even when another artist like Johnny Cash did it, its hauntingly good. One of my favorites

It's like saying about my life. One of the best lyrics I've heard. Please listen the song version used in "coloumbiana" movie.

The Johnny Cash Version of this song is awesome!

This is an amazing straight forward lyrics.

25 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

The way that Brian Wilson created the saddest confession of love bearing on suicidal in history blows me away!

Best ever love song

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