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CrimsonFever
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Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Using the terms rock and singer loosely on a couple of these but I'd have to go with Lou Reed, Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse, and Jeff Mangum from Neutral Milk hotel as my favorites.

Bob Dylan of course is up there.
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JumpingTheShark
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
I know i always go on about ryan adams but he gets my vote.


Marciano1
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
If Dylan is considered rock, then he gets my vote.


rutiger
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
My personal favorites would be chris robinson, shannon hoon and jeff tweedy.


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Trout Bandit
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Maynard James Keenan
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ShamelessPel
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
In terms of heavier rock Keenan has to be way up there. Schism is a gorgeous song and one of my personal favorites. It's poetic and very personable.

Billy Corgan would be another in that Keenan realm for me.

ETA: it'll seem cheesy on this board, but Nothing Else Matters is personally one of my favorites. It's simple, but the message to go along with the guitar's "singing" in that song is positive and uplifting.

Maybe old Coldplay if I'm sticking with the 90s or later theme?
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HeadyBrosevelt
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Neil Young
Thom Yorke


CrimsonFever
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Thom Yorke and Maynard are two of my favorites as well.

Turin Brakes are a lesser known band, but those guys write great lyrics.


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The Road


ColoradoAg03
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Brandon Boyd
Mike Patton

Should be on the list of candidates.


Jizzamo311
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Ryan Adams
MJK
Brandon Boyd

Wouldn't consider it Rock, but Ben Gibbard is an incredible lyricist.


urinetrouble
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Brandon Boyd is awful. MJK isn't great either.


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rutiger
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Jim james is also on my list.


MountainTiger
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Bryan Ferry
Peter Gabriel
James McMurtry
Jackson Browne
Jeff Tweedy
John Hiatt
Jules Shear
Lyle Lovett
Paul Simon
Pierce Pettis
Michael Stipe
Randy Newman
Shawn Colvin
Jay Farrar
Donald Fagen
Stephan Jenkins
Fee Waybill
Van Morrison
Willy Porter


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MondayMorningMarch
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Macca in his prime.


PiscesTiger
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Mike Patton

Steve Kilby



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Thurber
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Ryan Adams


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Ace Midnight
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
quote:

Maynard James Keenan


Would be my #1 as well.

Going back to Lennon-McCartney (both would be candidates), Dylan (of course), Robert Plant (the stuff he didn't rip off), Roger Waters, Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Prince (in that rock/funk groove), Bono (yes, Bono), Hetfield (underrated, IMHO, because of how silly they look since that dumb movie), Corgan, Cobain and Vedder.

That would be a good, solid working list.

(ETA: Yeah, Paul Simon almost not rock, but should be on the list, Warren Zevon and Sting).


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FightinTigersDammit
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Ian Dury


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Sayre
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
Tunde Adebimpe is the equal of anyone mentioned so far.


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CaptainPanic
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re: Which rock singer is the best lyricist?
John Bell


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