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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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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Bono is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
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