Top lyricists

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Emmaporkchop, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. Emmaporkchop

    Emmaporkchop Guest

    Jun 23, 2009
    Coming up with lyrics is the hardest part of writing for me, the music, melody, and arrangement are never the problem, it's always coming up with good lyrics. So I was considering who my favorite lyricists were, those who have been consistent from their first album. So come up with your 3 favorites, I'm interested in some other opinions and will hopefully discover someone I never heard. By the way mine are: Tom Waits, Roger Waters, and Gord Downie. And trust me not having Townshend, Cohen, or Lennon in my top 3 isn't easy, and beside I'm sure they'll be mentioned by someone else.
  2. Ayliffe


    May 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Warrel Dane of Nevermore
    Michael Stanne of Dark Tranquility
    Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquility

    All metal bands, but their lyrics are fantastic, particularly Stanne and Sundin's.
  3. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    Jackson Browne
    Bob Dylan
    Paul Trugman
  4. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Roger Clyne
    Van Morrison
    Dustin Kensrue

    edit: on second thought, might need to scratch Dustin Kensrue to add Bernie Taupin. I dunno, that's a close one to me.
  5. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Rodney Crowell
    Neil Young
    Pete Townsend

  6. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
  7. CDuff


    Sep 14, 2002
    Paul Simon
    Nick Cave
    Anaïs Mitchell

    special mention for Jónsi from Sigur Rós' 'Hoplandic' (ie. nonsense)
  8. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Burt Bacharach
    Carly Simon
    Carole King
  9. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Isaac Brock
  10. Pete Townshend

    Rivers Cuomo
  11. Emmaporkchop

    Emmaporkchop Guest

    Jun 23, 2009
    While I'm not so much into his music, I have to admit Burt Bacharach is pretty damn good. How was your show by the way? I work on weekends, but keep posting them and hopefully I can make it to one.

    Can't believe I forgot Neil Young but I did just want to limit myself to 3 people.
    Rivers Coumo's lyrics on their Pinkerton album are excellent, don't care so much for their last couple though.
  12. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Bruce Cockburn
    T-Bone Burnett
    Sam Phillips
  13. TomA1234


    Jul 27, 2009
    Fareham, England
    James Hetfield (Metallica)
    Bruce Dickinson (Iron maiden)
    James is one of the few Metal singers I know that can acctually sing and play rythm guitar at the same time! And my god can Bruce sing high notes!
  14. JulienJeff


    Mar 1, 2009
    Neil Young
    Eddie Vedder
  15. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Insert cool nickname? Nobody's given me one yet. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    Alvin Lee
    Frank Zappa
    John Lennon

    Hmm. Thinkin' on it, these names are pretty aged. Perhaps I pay little attention to lyrics any more, eh?
  16. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    -Chuck D
  17. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Paul Simon
    John Gorka
    Fred Eaglesmith
  18. Ayliffe


    May 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    you obviously don't listen to a whole lot of metal then.. and as far as i know, bruce doesn't write many lyrics, its mostly steve.
  19. f#$k yea,hes the best
  20. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
    Neal Peart
    Tom Petty