Rock Bands With the Most Intelligent Lyrics

List of Intelligent rock bands judged by lyrical content.

The Contenders: Page 2

21 30 Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević.
22 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, more.

Lyrics don't get much deeper than this

23 Poets of the Fall
24 Streetlight Manifesto

Lyrically and instrumentally one of the smartest bands

25 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. more.
26 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.
27 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.
28 Slit
29 Editors

Also took me some time to really understand the depth of these guys plus the lead singers voice is epic

30 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

So understated. Not always saying something pertinent, and sometimes not saying anything at all, but the genius comes from being able to connect through emotion and melody. in my humble opinion harder and smarter to sing that way.

31 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. more.

Pick any song of this master's discography and you will know why he deserves the Number One spot. The Beautiful People, Get Your Gunn, The Fight Song, and Cake and Sodomy, you will see that Manson is undoubtedly the most intelligent Metal Singer this world has ever seen.

A lot of people think his lyrics have bad messages, but if you dig deeper, they actually have good messages.

32 Marillion Marillion Marillion are a British rock band, formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene in Britain and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band more.

Plenty poetry, social comment, on relationships, global apocalypse, some clever, some really visceral. Fugazi, Misplaced Childhood albums, say. Bass-line arpeggio in Chelsea Monday from "Script for.." album.. is more poetry - like many tracks from around this period.

People who appreciate neo progressove rock definitely admire this band! Listen to pseudo silk kimono, you would need a dictionary to decipher their well written english grammar mixed with metaphorical meanings, loved them always!

33 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

Ambulance, Burn Bright, Fake Your Death, The Ghost of You, The Light Behind your eyes, The World is Ugly to name just a few. My Chemical Romance have created some of the greatest songs I've ever heard. By far the most thought provoking and deepest lyrics I've ever heard. There's a reason their my favorite band.

34 Dog Fashion Disco

Listen to "We aren't the World" and you'll see. But actually listen.

35 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Seems like a lot of people are unaware of this band.I will place it next to Pink Floyd and definitely above Nirvana.

36 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.
37 Cire

A band centering around philosophy, psychology, and politics its strange that they aren't on this list.

38 Emptyself

Eric Johanson's second band, a very mellow and thought provoking band who's lyrics invoke emotion with heavy meaning and well thought out structure. every song tells a story that can either bring you to tears or lift your spirits to new heights.

39 Skyclad
40 Coheed and Cambria Coheed and Cambria Coheed and Cambria is an American progressive rock band from Nyack, New York, formed in 1995. The band consists of Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, Josh Eppard, and Zach Cooper.

The Coheed and Cambria albums have been released out of sequence in relation to The Amory Wars story arc; the last album released was the first part of the series. The Amory Wars, originally titled The Bag. On. Line Adventures, is an ongoing series of comic books written by Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez and published by Evil Ink Comics. The story of The Amory Wars is also the focus of the band's music. Each studio album released by the band tells a chapter in the science fiction tetralogy originally narrated by Sanchez's lyrics.

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