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100 Greatest Rock Music Lyricists

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Criteria: Rock Lyricists are musical artists who write lyrics of wit, originality,
emotion, great storytelling, social consciousness, & lasting popularity.

Newly added names are in Red

Edited By: Eric
Last Updated: 05-13-2005

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Greatest Lyricists of Rock 'n' Roll
  1. Bob Dylan
  2. Neil Young
  3. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
  4. John Lennon (The Beatles)
  5. Bruce Springsteen
  6. Jackson Browne
  7. Pete Townshend (The Who)
  8. Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
  9. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
10. Ray Davies (The Kinks)
11. Elvis Costello
12. Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
13. Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
14. Leonard Cohen
15. Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
16. Joni Mitchell
17. Morrissey (The Smiths)
18. Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)
19. Van Morrison
20. Bob Marley
21. Joe Strummer (The Clash)
22. Warren Zevon
23. John Fogerty (CCR)
24. Smokey Robinson
25. Tom Waits
26. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
27. Chuck Berry
28. Justin Hayward (Moody Blues)
29. Nick Cave
30. John Mellencamp
31. Cat Stevens
32. Tom Petty
33. Donald Fagan (Steely Dan)
34. Frank Zappa
35. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
36. Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
37. Jeff Buckley
38. Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)
39. Robbie Robertson (The Band)
40. David Bowie
41. Bernie Taupin (Elton John)
42. Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
43. Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
44. Don Henley (The Eagles)
45. Edward Kowalczyk (Live)
46. Nick Drake
47. Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)
48. Billy Joel
49. George Harrison (The Beatles)
50. Harry Nilsson
51. Bono (U2)
52. Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
53. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
54. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
55. Neil Peart (Rush)
56. Don Mclean
57. Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes)
58. Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd)
59. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
60. John Lodge (Moody Blues)
61. David Crosby (CSNY)
62. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
63. Jeff Lynne (ELO)
64. Ben Harper
65. Eric Clapton
66. Bob Seger
67. Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead)
68. Beck
69. Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
70. Randy Newman
71. Jim Croce
72. James Taylor
73. Robert Smith (The Cure)
74. Jimi Hendrix
75. Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
76. Paul Westerberg (Replacements)
77. Ani Difranco
78. Steve Earle
79. Stephen Stills (CSNY)
80. David Byrne (Talking Heads)
81. Arthur Lee (Love)
82. Tori Amos
83. Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine)
84. Phil Ochs
85. Carole King
86. Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
87. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
88. Pete Brown (Cream)
89. Ian Curtis (Joy Division)
90. Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips)
91. Patti Smith
92. Sting (The Police)
93. Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree)
94. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
95. Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
96. John Hiatt
97. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
98. Steve Winwood (Traffic)
99. Dave Matthews
100. Matt Bellamy (Muse)
50 Greatest Lyric Albums
  1. Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
  2. Dark Side of The Moon - Pink Floyd (Roger Waters)
  3. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
  4. Late For the Sky - Jackson Browne
  5. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
  6. After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
  7. Rubber Soul - The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr)
  8. Graceland - Paul Simon
  9. Blue - Joni Mitchell
10. Imagine - John Lennon
11. Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
12. Harvest - Neil Young
13. The Doors - The Doors (Jim Morrison)
14. Exodus - Bob Marley
15. White Album - The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr)
16. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel (Paul Simon/Art Garfunkel)
17. The Wall - Pink Floyd (Roger Waters)
18. Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks (Ray Davies)
19. Quadrophenia - The Who (Pete Townshend)
20. Freewheelin Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
21. Abbey Road - The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr)
22. The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen
23. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
24. Days of Future Passed - Moody Blues (Justin Hayward/John Lodge)
25. Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
26. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (Roger Waters)
27. Pink Moon - Nick Drake
28. In Utero - Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)
29. Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon
30. Revolver - The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr)
31. Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
32. Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog (Chris Cornell)
33. Blood and Chocolate - Elvis Costello
34. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starr)
35. The Boatman's Call - Nick Cave
36. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths (Morrissey)
37. London Calling - The Clash (Strummer/Jones/Simmonon)
38. The Naked Ride Home - Jackson Browne
39. No Code - Pearl Jam (Eddie Vedder)
40. John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan
41. The Thirteenth Step - A Perfect Circle (Maynard James Keenan)
42. Tommy - The Who (Pete Townshend)
43. Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan
44. Something Else - The Kinks (Ray Davies)
45. On the Beach - Neil Young
46. Fight For Your Mind - Ben Harper
47. Lateralus - Tool (Maynard James Keenan)
48. Moondance - Van Morrison
49. Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
50. Wildflowers - Tom Petty
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