Rock Bands With the Most Intelligent LyricsList of Intelligent rock bands judged by lyrical content.
The Top Ten
Tool has incredibly well thought out songs like Lateralus where the syllables of the lyrics work up and down the Fibonacci sequence or The pot where the entire song is supposed to make you think its about weed even in its name, but hidden meanings in the lyrics show it is truly a satirical work to criticize those who look at songs only on surface level. As well as well thought out album structure for example 10,000 days has three songs in it where two are played back to back while the third songs audio is layed over the other two to form a hidden song.
This is what makes tool my favorite band. They're not just a great sounding band. They go beyond to give the people something to think about. I imagine them going through much trouble with there song writing before they feel its ready. This is why it take them so much time in between albums. Thanks TOOL. You've ruined every other band for me.
A lot of people like to say tools lyrics aren't intellectual but those people don't actually think about their lyrics they can defiantly go over some peoples heads. There's people who will explain most of their songs if you look it up.
As a musician, I can only say Tool cannot go unrecognised. There is a lot to say about the ways of musicians, their 'stand' on... Wait.
Tool for me, is a band that technically, and lyrically stands out. That's it.
P.S. why isn't Rush on this list?
Songs like Time, Money, US and Them (Dark Side of the Moon), Wish you were Here, the whole Animals album are time immemorial, not just for their music, but equally for their content too. Pink Floyd has inspired many artists for their concept albums which upholds the fact that their songs mean something.
"Every year is getting shorter,
never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught,
or half a page of scribbled lines."
You cannot say that's not beautiful poetry. - MontyPython
These are the masters
Ew, Pink Floyd is Horrible there Lyrics Ar'ent even smart
Their songs are simply magical and they have a lot of meaningV 1 Comment
The older I become, the more I appreciate Neil's lyrics. Coming back to old favourites and listening to them again after some of life's curves and challenges, makes me realize what genius this band possesses. After some deeply personal losses in my own life, the meaning within Something for Nothing, One Little Victory, Earthshine, Dreamline, Bravado, Secret Touch and Ghost Rider resonated.
Even when they do decide to do a song about some rock staple like a car... they created the gem that is Red Barchetta. If that isn't the perfect car song, I don't know what is!
Add to all that the fact they are all musician's musicians makes Rush the only one I could vote for in this "top ten" list.
Neil does NOT have a degree in English. He is a high-school dropout. Neil is a self-taught, self-made man. He has gotten where he has through hard work & perseverance.
Peart has a degree in English from Harvard. 'enough said.
These guys should definitely be #1.V 3 Comments
A first I thought these guys were just noisy and high on cocaine... But one particular day I took my time to really understand their lyrics, they are very good
Eye opening. They have left nothing untouched with their critical, harmonic verses.V 2 Comments
There's a running joke among punks about the "Bad Religion Dictionary" that is needed when analyzing their lyrics. Graffin is actually a university professor, and his articulate diction definitely shows this.
Bad religion lyrics are amazing, by far the most intelligent and unique I've seen... Grab your thesaurus!
The english thesaurus is graffin and gurewitz backyard
A Progressive rock band! The best of all time! Their lyrics are deeply well thought out! And most. Of all intelligent
Based heavily in literature, sex, and some current events, led zepplin tells stories in a beautiful way. Not only are the lyrics fantastic but the instrumentals are great too.V 1 Comment
All I can say is that their music is an "ART" and only intelligent minds can understand the cello metal
Many of their songs provide a stunningly complex view of a historical event. For example, "Paschendale" off of Dance of Death examines its namesake WWI battle, while "The Trooper" examines the Charge of the Light Brigade, an attack in the Crimean War. Another common theme amongst Maiden's music is literature. "To Tame a Land" summarizes Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic, "Dune", while Powerslave's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is capable of passing as a complete thesis on the Coleridge epic. Overall, Iron Maiden puts out consistently fantastic music, paired with some of the most intellectually stimulating lyrics that can be found in rock and metal.
One of the best hard rock bands I know, took me a while to like them but it seemed each time I would play a song over and over I understood something new
This band is the ultimate political criticism.V 2 Comments
This duo is amazing!
Generally, I think all goth bands are creative and intelligent, but I personally think there isn't a goth band better that these guys, especially their old stuff like "Enter"
Sharon's lyrics are full of emotion and actually mean something. Even though she sometimes forgets them herself when performing live.
Sharon's Lyrics are meaningful & thought provoking.
Sharon den Adel's lyrics kick ass
Peter Sinfeld wrote some of the most articulate, well thought out lyrics in the early days of King CrimsonV 1 Comment
Very heavy, very drifting and helps me think clearly
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