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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

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

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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#30 on The Best Singers of All Time

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#91 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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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

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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#9 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#4 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#11 on The Best Singers of All Time

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

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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

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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#10 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#77 on The Best Rock Vocalists

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

#2 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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