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List of Famous Lyricists

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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)

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    Courtney Love
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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: age 51
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The People vs. Larry Flynt, Sid and Nancy, Man on the Moon, Basquiat, Feeling Minnesota, + more
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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 musical ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Nutbush, USA
    • Profession: Record producer, Choreographer, Author, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Last Action Hero, Tommy, What's Love Got to Do with It, + more
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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

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Prestige, Labyrinth, Zoolander, The Last Temptation of Christ, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, + 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

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Dont Look Back, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, No Direction Home, I'm Not There, Masked and Anonymous, + 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

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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, + more
    • Credits: Star Trek, Gone Girl, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Big Happy Family, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, + more
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    Mel Brooks
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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

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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, + more
    • Credits: Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, The Fly, The Muppet Movie, + more
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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: age 42
    • Birthplace: Kent, USA, Connecticut
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Family Guy, American Dad!, Ted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Cleveland Show, + 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

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Aston, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Television producer, Musician, Lyricist, Author, + more
    • Credits: Moulin Rouge!, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Little Nicky, Private Parts, Gnomeo & Juliet, + more
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    Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist
    • Credits: Paramore: The Final RIOT!
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    Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: GoldenEye, Across the Universe, Brüno, The Million Dollar Hotel, Sightings of Bono, + 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

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1770-1827)
    • Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
    • Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Lyricist, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Fantasia, Amour, Immortal Beloved, Impromptu, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, + more
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    Keith Richards
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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

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Dartford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + 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, + 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

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Businessperson, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Fight Club, American Psycho, Requiem for a Dream, The Thin Red Line, My So-Called Life, + more
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    William Shakespeare
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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

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1564-1616)
    • Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, Eurasia, Warwickshire, West Midlands, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Lyricist, Author, Playwright
    • Credits: West Side Story, 10 Things I Hate About You, Romeo + Juliet, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, + 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

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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, + more
    • Credits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Zoolander, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, + more
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    Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: USA, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Profession: Activist, Comedian, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Oliver & Company, Hocus Pocus, Fantasia 2000, Get Shorty, Ruthless People, + more
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Rio, Freedom Writers, Be Cool, + more
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    Toby Keith
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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

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Clinton
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + 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

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Saginaw
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: John Q, The Woman in Red, America: A Tribute to Heroes, Bikini Beach, The Adventures of Pinocchio, + 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

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, + 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, + more
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