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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 confrontational lyrics, as well as her highly publicized personal life following her marriage to Kurt Cobain. The daughter of psychotherapist Linda Carroll and publisher Hank Harrison, Love mainly grew up in Portland, Oregon, where she was in a series of short-lived bands before landing roles in films by British cult director Alex Cox. After forming Hole in 1989, Love received substantial ...more

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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 musical career in the mid-1950s as a featured singer with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, first recording in 1958 under the name "Little Ann". Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the duo, including "A Fool in Love", "River Deep – Mountain High", "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City ...more

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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 the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive baritone voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. Aside from his musical abilities, he is recognised for his androgynous beauty, which was an iconic element to his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969 when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK ...more

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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 he was a spokesman for his generation. Nevertheless, early songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving his initial base in the American folk music revival, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" altered the range of popular music in 1965. His mid-1960s recordings, backed by rock ...more

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