Songs With The Best Lyrics

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Songs with the most beautifull, politically meaningfull or funny lyrics ever.

The Top Ten

1 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

"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 is one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll" - kheman1317

Don't get me wrong the tune is great in this song, but the lyrics are better! There's a lady that's sure all it glitters is gold, and she's buying a stairway to heaven when she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed with a word she can get what she came for ooh ooh and she's buying a stairway to heaven there's a sign on the wall and she wants to be sure cause you sometimes words have two meanings in a tree by the brook there's a songbird who sings sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven there's this feeling I get when I look to the west and my spirit is crying for leaving in my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees and the voices of those who stand looking and it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune than the piper will lead us to reason and the new day will dawn for those who stand long and forest will echo with laughter ooh and it makes me wonder ooh it really makes me wonder if there's a bustle in your hedgerow don't be alarmed now it's just a ...more

It's just too well written to not be on this list

This song is overrated and trash and full of plagiarism. - AlphaQ

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2 Imagine - John Lennon Imagine - John Lennon

"Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one"

This song hasn't only changed individual lives, but it has changed the world. One word - powerful.

Probably the greatest song ever written.

And how Stairway To Heaven is 1st, if this song has more comments? - RW700

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3 Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson

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.. !

"Man in the Mirror". Michael the musical prophet and genius at work. I loved to see him perform this song. He sang this with all his heart and sole... love him xo - love4mjj

Michael sang this song with such depth and true honesty. You can't deny this song as the best lyrics. He wrote this song from the very bottom of his heart and he wanted people to hear the message... true love of his art and his lifes work... love xo - love4mjj

Amazing artist.Not just this song but most of his songs bring on a great meaning.Despite his accusations and
Scandals,MJ had some influential songs.

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4 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

SO overrated for this list. The song is kick ass, but its definitely not the lyrics that accomplish that.

Mama
Life had just begun
But now I gotta throw it all away

***Flashbacks to when a notorious toptenner claimed "this song has been praised for other things and not for the lyrics"*** - Joeljohns249

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

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5 One - Metallica

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!

The best lyrics in history.

"Dang, what a song"

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

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6 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is one of the only musicians to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature - that should give you an idea of his abilities as a lyricist!
Like a Rolling Stone is one, cohesive story about going from riches to rags - "You used to laugh about / Everybody that was hanging out / Now you don't talk so loud / Now you don't seem so proud / About having to be scrounging your next meal".

There's also a clear moral in here: "Ah, you / Never turned around to see the frowns / On the jugglers and the clowns when they all did / Tricks for you / Never understood that it ain't no good / You shouldn't / Let other people / Get your / Kicks for you"

How does it feel? - MortalWombat

I think nearly every of Bob Dylan's songs should be here. No one in the music industry has ever come even close to what Dylan does.

No one can beat Bob Dylan when it comes to lyrics. After a point of time they aren't even song lyrics, they are sheer poetry..
Whats disappointing is that they haven't mentioned 'Mr Tambourine Man' by him
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How amazing that Michael Jackson beats Bobby in this poll. Dylan was a genius, and probably the most impressive song writer that I have ever had the privilege of listening to

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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, no body 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

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 - lavillaof2112

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

Nothing to be said, just perfect.

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8 Somewhere Only We Know - Keane

It's in my heart.

This song is the best in all over the world! I love it so much
Vote for Keane the best band! - KeaneTTR

Best Keane song. - Userguy44

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.

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9 American Pie - Don McLean

" And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father Son and Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died" - kheman1317

I was trying to pick one particularly great line from the song to illustrate why my vote fell on this but its impossible, I might as well just type the full lyrics.

In short it is a masterpiece. A song that just perpetuates itself.

This is number one on my list. The lyrics are so creative and every line has a deeper meaning.

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10 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

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 - TristGamer

This song is sht

Amy lee's songs always have a deeper meaning.

This song has the power to take out all the rage that is inside your unconscious mind

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The Newcomers

? Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
? No Excuses - Alice in Chains

The Contenders

11 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

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!

Feels like a warm hug

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.

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.

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12 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.

13 The Show Must Go On - Queen

Now this is the Queen song that should be near the top. Not Bohemian Rhapsody. Bohemian Rhapsody is a good song but it's not as meaningful as this. - Here4thetens

This song perfectly describes how consummate Freddie was as a performer that even though he was dying of AIDS and could barely speak afterwards he sang this song in one take.In my opinion this is the best song sang by Freddie and that's saying a lottt.

I had some time choosing between Imagine and this song, but well, you know what I chose. I don't think a lot of people had good background knowledge of this song, which really gives it its meaning. It gives one the feeling of fearlessness and an unshaken determination. - ihatethisname

The show must go on
The show must go on,
Inside my heart is breaking
My makeup may be flaking
But my smile still stays on.

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14 Saturn - Sleeping at Last

A song that actually makes people dream. One of the best songs lyrically.

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.

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."

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15 Viva la Vida - Coldplay

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

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

One of the best song from Coldplay

It's the song with best lyrics ever made in history of the hunan race... So strong... I found everyday new meaning in the song... Coldplay is the best band

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16 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

Sing me a song, you're a singer
Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil
The Devil is never a maker
The less that you give, you're a taker
So it's on and on and on, it's Heaven and Hell, oh well

The lover of life's not a sinner
The ending is just a beginner
The closer you get to the meaning
The sooner you'll know that you're dreaming
So it's on and on and on, oh it's on and on and on
It goes on and on and on, Heaven and Hell
I can tell, fool, fool!

Well if it seems to be real, it's illusion
For every moment of truth, there's confusion in life
Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer
And it's on and on, on and on and on...

They say that life's a carousel
Spinning fast, you've got to ride it well
The world is full of Kings and Queens
Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams
It's Heaven and Hell, oh well
And they'll tell you black is really white
The moon is just the sun at night
And ...more - christangrant

The line
"They say that life's a carousel / Spinning fast, you've got to ride it well / The world is full of Kings and Queens / Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams / It's Heaven and Hell"
is nothing short of poetry. I also love "And they'll tell you black is really white / The moon is just the sun at night".

Dio's lyrics really makes the song shine - MortalWombat

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

17 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!

One of the most meaningful songs ever written

Best ever love song

18 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.

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.

So depressing

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19 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

Best song ever with great lyrics

Perfect, just perfect... well Almost Perfect

Great song and great lyrics
Really influential song

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

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20 Hotel California - The Eagles

A classic...

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

Wow... People voting here clearly don't know this song

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

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21 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

Probably the saddest song ever

Totally love this song - an Johnny Cash' version is just gold

Best 'lump in throat' song ever!

The Johnny Cash Version of this song is awesome!

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22 Things the Grandchildren Should Know - Eels
23 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

YES - failross

Such a classic

This song feels so heartfelt. When I hear it, I feel like crying.

This songs melody is beautiful

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24 Changes - David Bowie

If this song doesn't speak through and make you want to break out of every single regulation that society puts you through, then you're not listening.

25 Black - Pearl Jam

One of the greatest unrequited love songs of all time. Vedders vocals are spectacular.
The notes he is able to reach and hold put him in an elite group of truly blessed singers.
Pearl Jams rendition of Black during Unplugged is beyond belief. Ed goes into a dark world of despair and sadness and McCreadys guitar cries out in pain to compliment those
extraordinary vocals.

Year after year number one spot on the list of timeless songs by studio brussels... millions of people can't be wrong...

I know some day you'll have a beautiful life I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky but why can't it be mine

Best rock love song of all time!

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26 Uneven Odds - Sleeping at Last
27 In My Life - The Beatles

One of the first songs that touched me deep inside

God, this song is so good. Talks about real life.
"There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed"... Happens sometimes. The Beatles just rock!

28 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Sometimes a guitar note inspires a song... Sometimes one word... In this case it was James talking to his girlfriend over the phone and that's when he got the idea for the beautiful intro and wrote one of their best songs... He even sung it beautifully... You'll be amazed if you listen to Master of Puppets or any song form "Kill "Em All" then listen to this.. Epic..37 cannot be... Not at all..

Nothing Else Matters...but getting this song to #1 it's the true meaning of an artist/band someone who can take just those famous simple notes from open strings and compose one of the most well known intros for a song in history this needs to be higher on this list or I've lost all hope.

Deserves to be top1. When you create such a song by talking to your girlfriend on the phone, there's nothing more beautifu.

This should be much higher among the top 5. - Singer4Freedom

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29 Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne

This song moved me to my core.Never have I ever heard a song so elegantly and beautifully written.I guess I love Stacy's Mom.

Still makes me cry. I will show this song to my kids when they ask me for the best songs ever.

The lyrics are so beautiful it made me cry

These lyrics are so beautiful

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30 Heroin - The Velvet Underground
31 Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day

This song and it's lyrics better are deeper than what words can define

This song got a deep meaning

"Nice song to listen to why in a depression

This song everyone can relate to

32 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Axl dedicated this song to his ex-wife, Erin Everly.

"But lovers always come
And lovers always go
And no one's really sure
Who's lettin' go today
Walking away
If we could take the time
To lay it on the line
I could rest my head
Just knowin' that you were mine
All mine
So if you want to love me
Then darlin' don't refrain
Or I'll just end up walkin'
In the cold November rain"

very beautiful lyrics - ronluna

This should be number 1 so damn good, love, honest touching the hearts, just can't express my opinion too much heart touching, once again it should be number 1

The mood is so hauntingly addicting! Its 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.

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33 America - Simon and Garfunkel

"counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike..."

Simply wonderful

A classic!

34 My Immortal - Evanescence

"You used to captivate me by your resonating light
Now, I'm bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away all the sanity in me"

Just out of this world.

Very well written song, not a fan of evanescence but I can't deny a well written song.

It helped me overcome the lost of a beloved one.

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35 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Steve Harris is one of the best lyricists of all time

Best maiden lyrics

I do not know why this song is behind everything... 33rd place would be decent for Bohemian Rhapsody.That song is just overplayed.

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.

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36 Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

Awesome lyrics - sheknows1

Listen to the lyrics and the way that there is no set meaning to this song. Each time you listen you hear something else. It talks of love, loss, god, man, failure and transcendence. The lyrics to this song are truly divine with biblical references. This song is a one of a kind. It will never be replicated or replaced. Leonard Cohen is a master of songwriting and this is his greatest hit.

Love this song, better by jeff buckley

A stunning work of art. My all time favourite song

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37 Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz

These lyrics are just sick. The lyrics are not only connected witha deep message but are also ryming in sick ways. The vocabulary used in this song is huge. For example: "Now I'm sucking to your lies
Through Russ, though not his muscles but the percussion he provides
With me as a guide
But y'all can see me now 'cause you don't see with your eye
You perceive with your mind"

This is just a small example of all those perfectly fitting pieces. The entire song is based on the lyrics and it worked out perfectly well.

38 Waiting for My Real Life to Begin - Colin Hay
39 Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell

"Both Sides Now" reminds us that the more we learn, the more we realize how little we know.

40 Tears - Rush
41 AmenJena - Nicole Scherzinger
42 Hush - Automatic Loveletter
43 Like a Stone - Audioslave
44 Dream On - Aerosmith
45 Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

You have to be crazy not to pick this one. Clapton wrote some of the most meaningful lyrics as a memorial to the tragic death of his four year old son.

One of the best song ever

So emotional... Really amazing
Very nice song

SHOULD BE IN TOP 5. SUCH MEANINGFUL LYRICS.

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46 Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle - Dethklok

One of my favourite songs, really deep meaningfull lyrics. Everyone should give it a listen.

47 Do You Hear Me - Adema

It was awesome
Cool song dude

48 Blackbird - The Beatles

yeah

Though Lennon is widely regarded as more poetic and superior than McCartney when it comes to lyrics, blackbird is truly beautiful and the message of the civil rights movement is subtle but meaningful. It's a song with lyrics capable of rivaling anything by Lennon

49 Thriller - Michael Jackson
50 (They Long to Be) Close to You - The Carpenters
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