Songs With The Best Lyrics

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

The Top Ten

1 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

you gotta feel great with this lyrics, all the Robert Plant's feelings are there
it's stupid how the song was criticized of backmasking messages, as he said "Our turnables only play music forwards" and "This song was made with the best feeling" - rock2metal

Best of the top three in my opinion. I'm still not sure what it's about

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2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

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

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


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3 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!

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.

Now the world is gone, I'm just one. Oh God, help me. James always wrote nice lyrics

Yes, very dramatic lyrics

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4 Time - Pink Floyd

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 was a single edit number written by Roger Waters, and the rest of the band contributed to it to make a song that concerns every life on this earth.
This is one of the best numbers, ever.. Great Lyrics..

Man In The Mirror is a very good song. But it's lyrics are mediocre. Queen doesn't have great lyrics either. Where is Sound Of Silence. Now those are good lyrics, not Man In The Mirror and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Waters reflected the feeling that most young people have at a time when they can t seem to find their way forward.

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5 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.

He is god of music, he can play any types of songs, his lyrics are so touchable and romantic with nostalgic feelings, some of the most popular songs are:
And many more..
Hands off to late JOHN LENNON

And this is the reason it is so popula, guys, THIS IS NOT THE BEST SONG OF ALL TIME, THE MUSIC IS JUST OKAY, THIS IS THE LIST WERE THIS SHOULD BE NUMBAH 1. - PanagosBoi17

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6 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

It should be at the top no offense other ones are good too but Michael's voice combined with the powerful lyrics made this song really immersive.
Love MJ

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7 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

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

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

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.

This is what poetry sounds like

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8 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.

Good song, but seriously people did get fooled into electing a idiot since then. - Lucretia

9 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!

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 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 feeling behind this songs!
I wonder what it takes and when a person can write up to this level! really awesome
love this song and one of the greatest lyrics song ever!

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10 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

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

Should be in top 10

WAKE ME UP (WAKE ME UP INSIDE). I only know this song because of the meme - Edgelord

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

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The Newcomers

? Oh Babe, What Would You Say - Hurricane Smith
? Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst - Kendrick Lamar

This is storytelling art. - hiphopgod

The Contenders

11 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

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.

This song has the most creatively and carefully put together lyrics ever. It is highly symbolic of the time period it was written about.

What a chorus

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12 Saturn - Sleeping at Last

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."

"With shortness of breath, I'll explain the infinite. How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist." - ColinH

Wow! I totally agree that this song has some great lines and meanings to it.

Makes me feel infinite

13 Breaking the Habit - Linkin Park

Best song ever with great lyrics

Great song and great lyrics
Really influential song

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

Issa good song

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14 Things the Grandchildren Should Know - Eels
15 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

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

I love the meaning my favorite My Chemical Romance song. - Lucretia

This songs melody is beautiful

It's kinda overly emo...

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16 Earth Song - Michael Jackson

In the bath again

Awesome song yeah (y)

One of the greatest songs ever!

17 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

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

The Johnny Cash Version of this song is awesome!

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

Best 'lump in throat' song ever!

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18 Uneven Odds - Sleeping at Last
19 Hotel California - The Eagles

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

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

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

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20 Heroin - The Velvet Underground

"Its my wife, it's my life." Good song about addiction but a bit mellow and slow. - Lucretia

21 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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22 Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne

The lyrics are so beautiful it made me cry

Lyrics are the deepest in any song. Jk but still a funny song


23 America - Simon and Garfunkel

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

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24 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.

Are you kidding me?
this song lyrics are superb and really touching

should be in top ten

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25 Changes - David Bowie
26 In My Life - The Beatles

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!

27 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.

Best song haha. - Singer4Freedom

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28 Black - Pearl Jam

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!

I can't believe I had to add it on my own.

Best song in the history of music!

29 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

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

30 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.

31 Hush - Automatic Loveletter
32 Tears - Rush
33 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

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.


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34 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!

I love it. - Singer4Freedom

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35 Dream On - Aerosmith
36 Do You Hear Me - Adema

It was awesome
Cool song dude

37 Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle - Dethklok

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

38 Blackbird - The Beatles
39 Cousin Kevin - The Who

"Do you know how to play hide and seek?
To find me it would take you a week.
But tied to that chair, you won't go anywhere.
There's a lot I can do with a freak..." - MontyPython

40 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

Let me tell you a story. I was with my cat Truffles watching Lord of the Rings and suddenly he ran outside and got hit by a car (playing another one bites the dust:) It was very funny but when I heard this song I laughed harder.

It's very good.

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41 Cast No Shadow - Oasis

Digsy's Dinner is also good

"Here's a thought for every man who tries to understand
What is in his hands (what's in his hands)
He walks along the open road of love and life
To find it if he can (but only if he can)
Bound with all the weight of all the words he tried to say
Chained to all the places that he never wished to stay"

42 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles

Beatles at their creative best.

43 Speculum - Adema

I haven't heard this song from Adema yet I've heard many from them, but the lyrics are phenomenally written, I can feel the pain in every word the sadness in every line it quite honestly should be much farther up on this list.

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44 When I'm Gone - Eminem

I don't listen to much rap or hip hop but I will say this : Eminem is a phenomenal song writer as well as lyricist, he can make or break careers just by mentioning names in a song, he speaks his mind and actually writes his tunes unlike a lot of so called artist, he raps with the best, performs with the best and quite honestly writes with the best unlike most he can perform every one of his songs live, like it or not you cannot deny that Eminem is a great artist all around.

Anyone who thinks otherwise obviously has no place in music let alone posting about it online. If you can write a song half as good as this guy can id love to hear it.

Oh man what a song who writes such lyrics just amazing song written and song by the best rapper ever Eminem just give it a try and bet you'll forget the lyrics of it wonderful emotion shown in the lyrics by Eminem

I don't listen to many songs that's not rock or metal but I will say this : Eminem is a very very talented lyricist and song writer, you can tell he poured his heart and soul into this song, if this man mentions you negitivatily in one of his songs your careers over, or if he praises you you have an entire fan base army at your disposal, his songs can make or break you, he can rap with the best, perform with the best and quite honestly write with the best he speaks what's on his mind like it or love it you can't deny what's on the paper here all around great artist.

Anyone who thinks otherwise has no place in music let alone posting about it period. I am a metal head through and through but unlike most I will NOT deny a good artist respect when I see one...or in this case hear one.

I love this song and probably the only eminem song that I like. - Singer4Freedom

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45 Date Rape - Sublime
46 Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

And I'd give up forever to touch you. Cause I know that you feel me somehow. You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be and I don't wanna go home right now.

All I can taste is this moment. And all I can breathe is your life. Sooner or later it's over. I just don't wanna miss you tonight.

And I don't want the world to see me, cause I don't think that they'd understand. When everything's made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.

And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming, or the moment of truth in your life. When everything feels like the movies, yeah you bleed just to know you're alive.

And I don't want the world to see me, cause I don't think that they'd understand. When everything's made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am.

I just want you to know who I am...

Love this song, such an underrated song! One of the best songs I have ever heard. Brilliant vocals and lyrics. Also very catchy. Should be in the top 10 definitely. Amazing.

Truly one of the most underrated songs ever. As much appreciation as this song gets, it's not nearly enough. The lyrics are brilliant!

Simply perfect

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47 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths

Amazing song. Never get sick of listening to it. So many good memories of this song!

My brother was hooked on The Smiths shortly before he died of cancer. This song makes my tear up every time I hear it.

48 Everytime - Britney Spears

Every time I try to fly
I fall without my wings
I feel so small
I guess I need you baby

Really a wonderful song. ! I just love it..

My all-time favorite song.

I love britney lyrics

No just no...again probably not even written by her if anything give the guy or girl who wrote this tune (which isn't that great to be honest) the credit for this don't give it to the person and company who was to lazy or to busy to write a song a bought this off some poor sap for $1,500 and made $3,000,000 off of it come on people! any person with decent English skills and able to count syllable's could pull this give me a break.

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49 Thriller - Michael Jackson
50 Surf's Up - The Beach Boys
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