Rock Songs with the Best Lyrics


The Top Ten

1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Greatest lyrics, greatest song

I know this song has a rip off part, and a lot of people tried to prove this to be satanic (however according to the theory it'd take them 8-10 years to put satanic messages in that song). But the frontal lyrics is actually good. The words are very well placed. Has a pretty good meaning. - zxm

The best ever

This is an amazing song! I like everything about it, but the lyrics are really what makes it special!
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our souls
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll

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2 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Love this choice..."We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year... Running over the same old ground, and having found... The same old fears... Wish you were here"
Roger Waters and David Gilmour were masters at their respective crafts; Roger's artistry and skill with lyrics and David's artistry and skill with guitar; yet deeply dependent upon each other. This song poetically exposes a feeling of trepidation and insecurity they both shared in moving the band's creative styling forward and more in the direction of an exploding pop-rock culture, without the strong persona of their leader and friend Sid Barrett...
Water's lyrics are so powerful and telling of his own self-doubt of the decision to move away from Sid's daringly creative style in order to capitalize on the opportunities and riches of a more popular one... "did you exchange, a walk-on part in the war, for a lead role in a cage"
Pink Floyd (during this particular time) was as good as it gets! But ...more

This is not acceptable... Waiting for the end and fake plastic trees are joke songs by joke bands... Linkin Park and Radiohead are "joke rock". I really wish I had written this song... Where are all the Floyd fans at? After Comfortably Numb and Echoes, this is the Floyd masterpiece... And if you are talking about lyrics, there are two passages, not that long, but every consonant and syllable matters... Great conversion of skill from Waters to Gilmour

Pink floyd songs always have deep meanings in their songs...! You can feel those emotions and passions which you lost when you listen to songs like shine on you crazy diamond, wish you were here, another brick in the wall part 2, Comfortably numb...! Roger Waters your the best!

Both a confession of insecurity and a heartfelt tribute to their childhood friend and former bandleader Syd Barrett(who developed mental illness), Roger Waters poetically expresses all of these in this Program Rock classic. My favorite part- "We're just two lost souls living in a fish bowl year after year. Running over the same old ground. What have we found. The same old fears. Wish you were here." Just from here you can see Roger Waters wanting his friend to be back-not only physically, but also mentally. It also shows that no matter what he does, it's just the same, always leading to "the same old fears". Truely a heartfelt masterpiece(and that's just the lyrics. We're not judging the musicianship on a Top 10 Lyrics in Rock Songs).

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3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

A song like Bohemian Rhapsody is legend, is inspiring for anyone and everyone. Chilling lyrics, amazing song through and through.

I had such a hard time choosing between this, Stairway to Heaven, and November Rain. How could the greatest song of all time not be chosen?

Strong lyrics along with great guitar work... its an absolute delight to hear this song

Masterpiece from the great Freddie Mercury.

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4 Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas

Such inspirational lyrics. Always been one of my favorites. - Beatlesboy9

The lyrics of the song is very inspiring and very rhyming

awful song

5 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

I love axl rose

Indeed best lyrics with best vocal and guitar solo.
But nothing last forever even cold november rain...
Missing my old Guns N' Roses band.

Man, This is the best.

Terrible song sucks

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6 Dream On - Aerosmith

Awesome song with the awesome guitar play..

I love aerosmith!

7 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

Amazing song, amazing lyrics... Truly a brilliant. - 05yusuf09

Really great song and fantastic lyrics... I don't know if it belongs here?...but, I deeply felt it and live it in these days...

It should be in top 15 at least...

Amazing song but crawling has better lyrics...

8 Imagine - John Lennon

I agree with the other comment, except that this is the greatest song ever and arguably has the best lyrics, if any song is an image of peace and is the anthem of peace loving hippie movement it is this one.


I prefer working class hero though

There is no alternative of this song

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9 Closer to the Heart - Rush

This should also be in the top 10 - LizardKing99

10 Viva la Vida - Coldplay

Anyone could apply this to one stage of their life or another. People who stop to listen to the meaning of the lyrics realise how powerful this song really is.


The Contenders

11 Without You - Breaking Benjamin

This song touch my heart

This song speaks to me on a religious level.

This band has so many great songs.

12 The Show Must Go On - Queen
13 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

Come on this is the best. Number one... Nothing even close

Better than stairway to heaven

Love this song

14 Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
15 The Unforgiven - Metallica

This song really speaks. It's lyrics are deep, and it just gives you the feels.

I was shoked there were 171 songs and this one was missing. Even if you don't like metal or Metallica, just read the lyrics. Deep, meaningful, philosophical. Full with social criticism yet very personal and emotional.
"You labelled me, I'll label you. So I dub the unforgiven."
"What I've felt, what I've known never shined through in what I've shown." - Metal_Treasure

16 Fin - Anberlin
17 Do You Hear Me - Adema
18 Looking for Angels - Skillet

Didn't know so many people know this band... Yea skillet

19 Peace Sells - Megadeth

What do you mean I don't believe in God?
Talk to him every day
What do you mean I don't support your system?
I go to court when I have to
What do you mean I can't get to work on time?
Got nothing better to do
What do you mean I don't pay my bills?
Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?

20 Down in a Hole - Alice in Chains
21 Evil Angel - Breaking Benjamin

This was my anthem for 2012!

22 Speculum - Adema
23 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian

a d&d must

24 The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana

The Man Who Sold the World Is a Bowie's Song! This is a Cover!

David Bowie wrote this. Credit goes to him. - PetSounds

This is a good song with awesome lyrics but technically it's by David Bowie not nirvana - jmepa123

Great song but the credit goes to Bowie.

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25 One - Metallica

Hardcore and quotes a book. How is this not higher

26 Money - Pink Floyd
27 Black - Pearl Jam
28 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

So close no matter how far
Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters
Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
And nothing else matters

Just listening to the opening Rocks my Mind!

Encouraging lyrics. Should be 1

29 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

A good one.. Deserves a higher rank.

30 Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz
31 Tom Sawyer - Rush
32 Into You - Dead By Sunrise

The lirics of dead by sunrise, as those of linkin park, are full of feelings... ut I think that this song in particular is abrolutely perfect!

33 It's My Life - Bon Jovi
34 Angel of Death - Slayer
35 Pain - Three Days Grace
36 Alexithymia - Anberlin
37 Saturday Nights Alright - Elton John
38 Rooster - Alice in Chains
39 So Cold - Breaking Benjamin

a song from another world !! - misho961

40 Echoes - Pink Floyd

Probably my favorite lyrical song ever.

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41 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
42 Hero of War - Rise Against

Yasss this song is bae

43 Would? - Alice in Chains
44 Nice to Luv You - 54 - 40
45 Snuff - Slipknot

Hear it when your girlfriend leaves you... - mattlol

This is the best it can get... This is no. 1 on the list... Makes me cry most of the time!

'Angels lie to keep control'

Quality song

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46 Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead

She looks like the real thing. She tastes like the real thing. My fake plastic love.

47 Jeremy - Pearl Jam

Jeremy spoke in class today

48 People are Strange - The Doors

People are strange,
When you're a stranger,
Faces look ugly,
When you're alone.

49 Anthem - Rush
50 The Time - Pink Floyd

How is this not on list. It is a legendary song with best lyrics. Cone on people, vote it up

I guess it is lack of Floyd knowledge

I love this song. lyrically the best by Pink Floyd

Should be in the top ten..

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Top Remixes (8)

1. The Show Must Go On - Queen
2. The Unforgiven - Metallica
3. Peace Sells - Megadeth
1. Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin
2. Do You Hear Me - Adema
3. Speculum - Adema
1. Imagine - John Lennon
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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