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

"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

I wouldn't place this at the top, but it is better than Imagine. Imagine is overrated. Sure Imagine has a better message, but the lyrics themselves are poorly written when compared to the poetry of STH. Also the melody to Stairway to Heaven is more atmospheric. - Here4thetens

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2 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:
IMAGINE
IN MY LIFE
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
REMEMBER
ANNA GO TO HIM
COME TOGETHER
STAND BY ME
A DAY IN THE LIFE
YESTERDAY
And many more..
Hands off to late JOHN LENNON

My favourite song lyrically!

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3 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

best sang

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4 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

If you wanna make the world a better place,
Take a look at yourself and make a change

Very inspiring. The world being a better place starts with us. - allamassal

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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!

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

Best written Metallica song along with And Justice For All...

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6 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

Pink Floyd made excellent lyrics. - Userguy44

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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
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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

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.

Awesome, Simply the best.

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8 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

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

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

Should be in top 10

Lol yes

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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

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.

Phenomenal, Should Be Higher!

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10 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.

Feels like a warm hug

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The Newcomers

? The Sleepwalkers - Van Der Graaf Generator

Who knew a song about sleepwalking could be so deep and broad? - isaaonrtdmtr

? Flesh and the Power It Holds - Death

The Contenders

11 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.

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.

Top 5 at least.

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13 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

About the french revolution

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14 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!

15 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

The most beautiful song ever written and it's only #87? Travesty. - truckturner

One of the most meaningful songs ever written

Best ever love song

16 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.

Perfect, just perfect... well Almost Perfect

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17 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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18 Things the Grandchildren Should Know - Eels
19 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

Probably the saddest song ever

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20 The Show Must Go On - Queen

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.

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

The song is best ever written, BRULLIANT

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21 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

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

This songs melody is beautiful

Am I the only one? Really, This song is so inspiring. Whenever I heard it I'm like: "Yeah! Imma go live now! " :D

Such a classic

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22 Changes - David Bowie
23 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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24 Uneven Odds - Sleeping at Last
25 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!

26 Heroin - The Velvet Underground
27 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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28 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

29 Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne

The lyrics are so beautiful it made me cry

Tye lyrics gives me goosebumps every time I listen to them

These lyrics are so beautiful

How’s this here but thank you by led zeppelin isn’t

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30 America - Simon and Garfunkel

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

Simply wonderful

A classic!

31 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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32 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.

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.

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33 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!

So never mind the darkness
we still can find way
u feel hope sorrow love rain unexplainable pains and everything - highest_iq

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34 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.

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

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35 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.

36 Waiting for My Real Life to Begin - Colin Hay
37 Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell

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

38 Amanjena - Nicole Scherzinger
39 Hush - Automatic Loveletter
40 Tears - Rush
41 Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

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

A song that gets deeper when you listen again.

42 Dream On - Aerosmith
43 Earth Song - Michael Jackson

In the bath again

Awesome song yeah (y)

One of the greatest songs ever!

44 Do You Hear Me - Adema

It was awesome
Cool song dude

45 Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle - Dethklok

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

46 Blackbird - The Beatles

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

47 Shelter From the Storm - Bob Dylan
48 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

49 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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50 One Last Cry - Brian McKnight
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1. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
2. American Pie - Don McLean
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2. Imagine - John Lennon
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