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100 Greatest Rock Lyrical Performances

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Criteria: - These are the greatest songs lyrically in rock 'n' roll.
With lyrics of originality, artistic expression, emotion, wit,
social consciousness and great storytelling.

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1. Bob Dylan - Desolation Row
2. Roger Waters - Time
3. Don McLean - American Pie
4. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
5. John Lennon - Imagine
6. Bob Dylan - Shelter From The Storm
7. Ray Davies - Waterloo Sunset
8. Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
9. Neil Young - Broken Arrow
10. Pete Townshend - Won't Get Fooled Again
11. Bob Marley - Redemption Song
12. Paul Simon - Patterns
13. Leonard Cohen - Everybody Knows
14. Bob Dylan - Masters of War
15. John Fogerty - Fortunate Son
16. Neil Young - Rockin' In the Free World
17. Jackson Browne - Late For the Sky
18. Bob Dylan - It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
19. Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower
20. Joe Strummer - Straight to Hell
21. Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna
22. Neil Young - Cortez the Killer
23. Jim Morrison - The End
24. J. Lennon/P. McCartney - A Day In The Life
25. Bruce Springsteen - 4th of July, Asbury Park
26. Bob Dylan - Forever Young
27. Curtis Mayfield - This Is My Country
28. Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald
29. John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth
30. Warren Zevon - Lawyers, Guns and Money
31. Paul Simon - I am a Rock
32. Bob Dylan - Idiot Wind
33. Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
34. Paul Simon - Sparrow
35. Joe Strummer - Somebody Got Murdered
36. Jackson Browne - These Days
37. Trent Reznor - Hurt
38. Pete Townshend - 5:15
39. Paul Simon - The Cool, Cool Water
40. Joe Strummer - Lost in a Supermarket
41. Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
42. Kurt Cobain - All Apologies
43. Nick Cave - Into My Arms
44. Warren Zevon - Carmelita
45. Maynard James Keenan - The Noose
46. Roger Waters - If
47. Jim Croce - Time in a Bottle
48. Warren Zevon - Disorder in the House
49. Joe Strummer - Shaktar Donetsk
50. Eddie Vedder - Off He Goes
51. Harry Chapin - Taxi
52. Bob Dylan - Not Dark Yet
53. Roger Waters - When The Tigers Broke Free
54. Smokey Robinson - Tears Of A Clown
55. Paul Simon - Something So Right
56. Robert Plant - Stairway to Heaven
57. Elvis Costello - In The Darkest Place
58. Brian Wilson - Til I Die
59. Warren Zevon - Mutineer
60. Roger Waters - Eclipse
61. Jim Morrison - The Crystal Ship
62. Lou Reed - Heroin
63. Jackson Browne - Fountain of Sorrow
64. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
65. Elvis Costello - Man Out of Time
66. Van Morrison - Into the Mystic
67. Paul Weller - That's Entertainment
68. Kurt Cobain - Dumb
69. Bruce Springsteen - This Hard Land
70. Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin'
71. Jim Morrison - Orange County Suite
72. Joe Strummer - Spanish Bombs
73. Paul Simon - The Sounds of Silence
74. J. Levy/B. Dylan - Hurricane
75. Bruce Springsteen - Jungleland
76. Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
77. Paul Simon - The Boxer
78. Maynard James Keenan - Third Eye
79. Joe Strummer - The Magnificent Seven
80. Bruce Springsteen - Racing In the Street
81. Paul McCartney - Hey Jude
82. Tom Waits - Singapore
83. Maynard James Keenan - Passive
84. Bob Dylan - Stuck Inside of Mobile
85. Paul Simon - For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her
86. Eddie Vedder - Better Man
87. Nick Cave - Tupelo
88. Roger Waters - The Post War Dream
89. Maynard James Keenan - Reflection
90. Neil Young - Harvest Moon
91. Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
92. Paul Simon - Flowers Never Bend With the Rainfall
93. John Lennon - Working Class Hero
94. Smokey Robinson - Tracks Of My Tears
95. Paul McCartney - Yesterday
96. Eddie Vedder - Black
97. Elvis Costello - Tramp the Dirt Down
98. Paul Simon - Bleeker Street
99. Layne Staley - Nutshell
100. Bob Dylan - Tombstone Blues
101. Bruce Springsteen - Badlands
102. Roger Waters - Cymbaline
103. Robbie Robertson - Acadian Driftwood
104. Eric Clapton - Layla
105. Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
106. Peter Tosh - Equal Rights
107. George Harrison - Something
108. Maynard James Keenan - Weak and Powerless
109. P. Tosh/B. Marley - Get Up, Stand Up
110. Neil Young - Crime in the City
111. Bob Dylan - It's All Over Now Baby Blue
112. Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
113. Leonard Cohen - A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes
114. Dan Fogelberg - Leader of the Band
115. Frank Zappa - Dumb All Over
116. Stephen Stills - We Are Not Helpless
117. Mick Jagger - Sympathy For The Devil
118. Morrissey - Everyday is Like Sunday
119. Peter Tosh - Here Comes the Judge
120. Roger Waters - Brain Damage
121. Ray Davies - Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy
122. Paul McCartney - Eleanor Rigby
123. Peter Tosh - Pick Myself Up
124. Neil Peart - 2112
125. Elvis Costello - Radio Radio
126. Jerry Cantrell - Hurt a Long Time
127. Holland/Dozier/Holland - Standing In The Shadow Of Love
128. Roger Waters - Hey You
129. Ray Davies - Sunny Afternoon
130. Paul Simon - Train in the Distance
131. John Lennon - Jealous Guy
132. Kris Kristofferson - Me and Bobby McGee
133. Bono - Bullet in the Blue Sky
134. Pete Townshend - My Generation
135. Eddie Vedder - Corduroy
136. Joni Mitchell - Raised on Robbery
137. Jackson Browne - Before the Deluge
138. Morrissey - Suffer Little Children
139. Joni Mitchell - Chelsea Morning
140. Elvis Costello - Oliver's Army
141. Thom Yorke - Karma Police
142. Eddie Vedder - Immortality
143. Trent Reznor - Closer
144. Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldier
145. Don Henley - Hotel California
146. Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
147. Jerry Cantrell - Rooster
148. Neil Peart - Subdivisions
149. Ben Harper - Excuse Me Mr.
150. Jerry Cantrell - Don't Follow
151. George Harrison - Within You Without You
152. Bono - Where the Streets Have No Name
153. Neil Young - After the Goldrush
154. Joe Strummer - London Calling
155. Maynard James Keenan - The Grudge
156. Bernie Taupin - Your Song
157. Beres Hammond - What a Life
158. Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London
159. Jim Croce - Operator
160. Lou Reed - The Black Angel's Death Song
161. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
162. Bob Marley - Babylon System
163. Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
164. J. Strummer/M. Jones - The Prisoner
165. John Lennon - In My Life
166. Robbie Robertson - The Weight
167. Cat Stevens - Father and Son
168. Maynard James Keenan - H.
169. Roger Waters - Comfortably Numb
170. Morrissey - I Know It's Over
171. Pete Townshend - Sally Simpson
172. Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man
173. Ray Davies - Days
174. Nick Drake - Parasite
175. Eddie Vedder - I Am Mine
176. Neil Young - Powderfinger
177. Pete Townshend - Behind Blue Eyes
178. Paul Simon - Bridge Over Troubled Water
179. Frank Zappa - Muffin Man
180. Otis Redding - Coffee and Cigarettes
181. Roger Waters - Wish You Were Here
182. James Taylor - Fire and Rain
183. B. Wilson/T. Asher - God Only Knows
184. Pete Townshend - Baba O'Riley
185. Jim Morrison - The Movie
186. Neil Young - Needle and the Damage Done
187. Morrissey - There's A Light That Never Goes Out
188. Van Morrison - Moondance
189. Bruce Springsteen - Lost in the Flood
190. Chris Cornell - Say Hello 2 Heaven
191. Justin Hayward - Tuesday Afternoon
192. Lou Reed - Andy's Chest
193. Pete Townshend - Pinball Wizard
194. Holland/Dozier/Holland - Bernadette
195. J. Strummer/M. Jones - Gates of the West
196. Joe Strummer - Washington Bullets
197. Paul Simon - The Dangling Conversation
198. Justin Hayward - Question
199. Paul McCartney - The Long and Winding Road
200. Neil Young - Old Man
201. Bruce Springsteen - State Trooper
202. Joe Strummer - Something About England
203. Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
204. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
205. Brian Wilson - Meet Me In My Dream Tonight
206. Kurt Cobain - Heart Shaped Box
207. Thom Yorke - Street Spirit
208. Bono - One
209. Don McLean - The Grave
210. Neil Young - Ohio
211. Neil Peart - Something For Nothing
212. Roger Waters - Run Like Hell
213. Jerry Cantrell - Down In A Hole
214. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
215. Kurt Cobain - Lithium
216. Mick Jagger - Dead Flowers
217. Pete Townshend - Substitute
218. Harry Chapin - Cats in the Cradle
219. John Lennon - Mind Games
220. Ray Davies - Celluloid Heroes
221. Kevin Moore - Space Dye Vest
222. Bob Marley - I Shot the Sheriff
223. Bob Dylan - License to Kill
224. Leonard Cohen - Famous Blue Raincoat
225. Eddie Vedder - Jeremy
226. Otis Redding - Dreams To Remember
227. David Crosby - Wooden Ships
228. John Lennon - I am the Walrus
229. Bruce Springsteen - My Home Town
230. Roger Waters - Shine On You Crazy Diamond
231. Bob Dylan - Everything is Broken
232. Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia
233. Mick Jagger - Gimme Shelter
234. Nick Lowe - Peace, Love, and Understanding
235. Jim Morrison - Peace Frog
236. Keith Richards - Wild Horses
237. Ben Harper - Another Lonely Day
238. Billy Corgan - Disarm
239. Jim Morrison - Celebration of the Lizard
240. Jimi Hendrix - Castles Made of Sand
241. Leonard Cohen - Bird on a Wire
242. Warren Zevon - Genius
243. Tom Waits - Blind Love
244. Mick Jagger - Paint It Black
245. Leonard Cohen - Avalanche
246. Mick Jagger - Mother's Little Helper
247. Jim Morrison - Rider's On the Storm
248. Warren Zevon - Porcelain Monkey
249. Ray Davies - Lola
250. David Bowie - Space Oddity
251. Thom Yorke - Subterranean Homesick Alien
252. Neil Young - Pocahontas
253. Stephen Stills - Treetop Flier
254. Ian Curtis - Passover
255. Micheal Stipe - Everybody Hurts
256. Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
257. Paul McCartney - Fool on the Hill
258. David Gilmour - High Hopes
259. Tom Waits - Downtown Train
260. Tom Petty - A Woman In Love
261. Eddie Vedder - Love Boat Captain
262. Bruce Springsteen - The Promise
263. Elvis Costello - Less Than Zero
264. Ben Harper - Give a Man a Home
265. Eddie Vedder - Wishlist
266. Tom Petty - It's Good To Be King
267. Nick Cave - Red Right Hand
268. Elvis Costello - I Hope You're Happy Now
269. Bob Dylan - Hard Rains Gonna Fall
270. Bob Marley - Waiting In Vain
271. W. Zevon/H. S. Thompson - You're a Whole Different
Person When Your Scared
272. Joe Strummer - Mega Bottle Ride
273. Eddie Vedder - Thumbing My Way
274. Wilson/Asher/Love - Wouldn't It Be Nice
275. Nick Cave - Babe I'm the One On Fire
276. Neil Young - Hey Hey, My My
277. Tom Waits - Jesus Gonna Be Here
278. Jerry Cantrell - Brother
279. J. Strummer/M. Jones - The Card Cheat
280. Neil Young - Southern Man
281. John Ondrasik - Superman (It's Not Easy)
282. Trent Reznor - The Becoming
283. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
284. Robert Smith - Lullaby
285. Roger Waters - Breathe
286. John Fogerty - A Hundred and Ten in the Shade
287. John Lodge - Evening: Time to Get Away
288. Paul McCartney - For No One
289. Elvis Costello - Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
290. Joe Strummer - Groovy Times
291. Chris Cornell - Outshined
292. Tom Waits - The Piano Has Been Drinking
293. Anthony Kiedis - Californication
294. Neil Young - Sugar Mountain
295. Ben Gibbard - We Looked Like Giants
296. David Bowie - Life on Mars
297. Neil Young - Down by the River
298. Billy Corgan - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
299. John Fogerty - Premonition
300. John Lennon - Strawberry Fields Forever


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Lyrical Performances
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Just a couple thoughts as I was setting this thread up:

1) I find it surprising that anyone could name 299 songs they thought had better lyrics than "Strawberry Fields Forever". But I may be biased on that score. B^)

2) This is list is awfully light on R&B. Not one Stevie Wonder song?


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I don't really see how "Shelter from the Storm" or "Tangled Up in Blue" are that good lyrically.

"It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" is far better lyrically imo. It has so many memorable and famous lines. "Money doesn't talk it swears" opened up the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. "He not busy born is busy dying" was used by Jimmy Carter in his presidential acceptance speech etc. etc.

I'm sure I once read Dylan thinks it's his best lyrically as well. I think it should definitely be the second highest ranking Dylan song after Desolation Row.


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I personally love Shelter From The Storm for its mix of biblical imagery and a fracturing relationship. Undoubtedly top 10 imo, and a serious contender for top 5. Tangled isn't as good imo, but should probably scale at least top 15 if not top 10.

It's Alright Ma does have some good lines, but I don't think it's as consistent as say, desolation row.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Lyrical Performances
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And honestly, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen should really be on here. Tell me why it shouldn't.


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Cohen has been really underrated on these greatest lyrics lists in general I think.


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Also underrated:

Mark Knopfler.
Joni Mitchell.
Jeff Buckley.
Chuck Berry.
Morissey by FAR.


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Nick Cave + Tom Waits as well, both have to be among the greatest storytellers imo.

I am surprised someone like Ray Davies is getting so much love here. "Waterloo Sunset" is a nice song and all, but one of the top 10 greatest lyrical performances ever? I really don't understand that.


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"Waterloo Sunset" needs to go down. Probably top 50, MAYBE top 30, but I don't see it in the top 10.

The question would be, what would move up? We could move up It's Alright Ma, but these are the greatest lyrical performances, not Dylan's greatest lyrical performances, as much as I love Dylan. 4 in the Top 10 is a bit much even for him.

I personally vote either Patterns or Everybody Knows. When I learned that Everybody Knows was about AIDS, or at least presumably, my skin just crawled.


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I don't think we should have 4 Dylan in the top 10, I just think It's Alright Ma should be replace Tangles Up in Blue or Shelter from the Storm.

Listening to Everybody Knows now, I didn't know it was about AIDS, wow, it certainly gives it incredible resonance knowing that. I agree it should be top 10.

I would have Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat" in or at least near the top 10. An incredible modern biblical tale. It's not even on the list currently.


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I do really think that Desolation, Tangled, and Shelter deserve their spots in the Top 10, and Alright Ma should probably fall in the 11-20 range. At least above Masters, which it currently isn't. But for me at least, Shelter and Tangled both beat Alright Ma, but I understand that this is subjective, as Tangled has personal meaning for me and every verse of Shelter is a masterpiece IMO.

And that Nick Cave song is...interesting. And intense. I'll admit that I hadn't heard it before, and it's quite mindblowing...but I wouldn't say it cracks Top 10. Maybe 30, and it's probably better than, just for example, Hurt.

Although Johnny Cash covered Mercy Seat and Hurt, interestingly enough.


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Personally, I don't understand the ordering of Nick Cave sings on here. Into My Arms is a bit cheesy and he has written so much better. "I don't believe in the existence of angels, but looking at you I wonder if that's true." Bleh, just seems so contrived, I like his biblical storytelling a hell of a lot more.


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It's probably that Cave isn't as high profile as Dylan, Neil, Waters, or their ilk. Not many people are familiar with his work, which is frankly why we need guys who are, like yourself.

Speaking of Neil, he's kinda sparse in the Top 100. He's got 4 entries up there versus Dylan's...um...16. And Neil's the second-ranked lyricist?


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Yeah, I suppose Into My Arms is one of his most famous songs and Boatman's Call is probably his most famous album, but it's one of his weakest albums lyrcially imo.

As for Neil. There's absolutely nothing on this list from On the Beach, which is surprising as that was the album NY refused to re-release for years because it was too personal and heartbreaking for him. "Ambulance Blues" and the title track could easily be top 100 imo.


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I do like Ambulance Blues a lot, even though I don't honestly know what it means. But I was thinking songs like Crime in the City, Needle and the Damage done, and Powderfinger. Good call though.

And where is 3 Libras?


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