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List of famous lyricists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top lyricists in the world? This includes the most prominent lyricists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable lyricists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic lyricists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned lyricists.

List is made up of people like Bob Dylan and David Bowie.

From reputable, prominent, and well known lyricists to the lesser known lyricists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the lyricist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous lyricists ever?" and "What are the names of famous lyricists?" then you're in the right place. (1179 items)
Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Courtney Michelle Love is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and visual artist. Prolific in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s as the frontwoman of Hole, Love became a fixture in alternative music, drawing public attention for her uninhibited stage presence and ...more

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Age: 52

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Musician, + more

Credits: Kurt & Courtney, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Juno, Hit So Hard

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, she is now a Swiss citizen. She began her ...more

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Age: 77

Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Choreographer, Author, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: GoldenEye, Tina Turner: Live in Amsterdam, What's Love Got to Do with It, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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#90 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#42 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#28 on The Best Singers of All Time

#11 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter Musician, + more

Credits: Labyrinth, Basquiat, The Hunger, The Man Who Fell to Earth

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#12 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#4 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#63 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#9 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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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 ...more

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Age: 75

Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist Musician, + more

Credits: Forrest Gump, American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Lebowski

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#14 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#73 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#70 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#80 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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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

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Age: 47

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer Film Producer, + more

Credits: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, For Better or Worse, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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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 ...more

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Age: 90

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Theatrical producer, Film Producer, Actor Voice Actor, + more

Credits: The Producers, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, History of the World: Part I

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#36 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

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Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American actor, animator, cartoonist, writer, producer, director, comedian, singer, and songwriter. He is the creator of the TV series Family Guy and co-creator of the TV series American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. He also voices many of the shows' various ...more

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Kent, Connecticut, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: Ted, Family Guy, Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, A Million Ways to Die in the West

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#24 on The Funniest People of All Time

#9 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

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#48 on The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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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 ...more

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Age: 68

Birthplace: Aston, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Television producer, Musician, Lyricist Author, + more

Credits: This Is the End, Iron Man, Neighbors, Megamind

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#22 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#8 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#64 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

#88 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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