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Famous Male Lyricists

List of famous male lyricists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male lyricists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being lyricists. There are thousand of males working as lyricists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic lyricists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a lyricist then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list contains people like Otto Harbach and Edward Kleban.

While this isn't a list of all male lyricists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male lyricists?" and "Who are the best male lyricists?"

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    David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician + 3 more
    • Credits: The Prestige, Labyrinth, Zoolander, The Last Temptation of Christ, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me + 59 more
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    Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician + 8 more
    • Credits: Dont Look Back, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, No Direction Home, I'm Not There, Masked and Anonymous + 12 more
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    Tyler Perry is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned $130 million between May 2010 and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer + 5 more
    • Credits: Star Trek, Gone Girl, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Big Happy Family, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion + 35 more
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    Melvin James "Mel" Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. He began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Theatrical producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice Actor + 6 more
    • Credits: Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, The Fly, The Muppet Movie + 43 more
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    John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the rock band Black Sabbath, whose sound was influential to the development of heavy metal. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 and has ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Aston, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Television producer, Musician, Lyricist, Author + 4 more
    • Credits: Moulin Rouge!, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Little Nicky, Private Parts, Gnomeo & Juliet + 21 more
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    Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 1 violin ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 57 (1770-1827)
    • Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
    • Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Lyricist, Composer + 1 more
    • Credits: Fantasia, Amour, Immortal Beloved, Impromptu, A Boy Named Charlie Brown + 25 more
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    Keith Richards is an English musician, singer and songwriter, and one of the original members of the rock band the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine credited Richards for "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs that ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Dartford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer + 2 more
    • Credits: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Gimme Shelter, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus + 24 more
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    Jared Leto is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan Catalano on the television series My So-Called Life. He made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Businessperson, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 6 more
    • Credits: Fight Club, American Psycho, Requiem for a Dream, The Thin Red Line, My So-Called Life + 24 more
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    William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 52 (1564-1616)
    • Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Lyricist, Author, Playwright
    • Credits: West Side Story, 10 Things I Hate About You, Romeo + Juliet, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet + 228 more
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    Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor + 8 more
    • Credits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Zoolander, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire + 4 more
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    Will.i.am is a winner of the 2013 Honorary Clio Award. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Musician + 10 more
    • Credits: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Rio, Freedom Writers, Be Cool + 11 more
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    Toby Keith Covel, best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. Keith released his first four studio albums—1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's Blue Moon and 1997's Dream Walkin', plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Clinton, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 6 more
    • Credits: Broken Bridges, Beer for My Horses, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, Roast of Larry the Cable Guy, CMT Invitation Only
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    Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Film Producer + 10 more
    • Credits: John Q, The Woman in Red, America: A Tribute to Heroes, Bikini Beach, The Adventures of Pinocchio + 12 more
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    William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist + 3 more
    • Credits: Oliver & Company, America: A Tribute to Heroes, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, Last Play at Shea, Elton John: One Night Only: The Greatest Hits + 7 more
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    Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 54 (1943-1997)
    • Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter + 8 more
    • Credits: Oh, God!, Mickey's Christmas Carol, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together, Take Me Home: The John Denver Story + 17 more
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    Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park along with his creative partner and best friend Matt Stone, as well as co-writing and co-directing the 2011 musical The Book ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer + 7 more
    • Credits: South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police, Orgazmo + 21 more
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    Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On most of the band's albums, he sang lead vocals for one song, including "With a Little Help from My Friends", ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Cinematographer + 7 more
    • Credits: Robin Hood, A Hard Day's Night, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Yellow Submarine, Caveman + 57 more
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    Steven Patrick Morrissey, commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or Moz, is a British singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band The Smiths. The band were highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Davyhulme, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Singer + 1 more
    • Credits: The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths: The Complete Picture, Morrissey: Oye Esteban!, Morrissey: The Malady Lingers On, Is It Really So Strange? + 8 more
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    Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the Rutles on Saturday Night Live, and the author of the Broadway musical Spamalot. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: South Shields, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer + 7 more
    • Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Life of Brian, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life + 61 more
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    Kamal Haasan is an actor, screenwriter and film producer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Paramakudi, India
    • Profession: Songwriter, Film Producer, Choreographer, Actor, Singer + 6 more
    • Credits: Vishwaroopam, Hey Ram, Indian, Moondram Pirai, Nayakan + 223 more
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