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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
Courtney Love 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, ...more

Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Tina Turner 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 ...more

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

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

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

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

Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Seth MacFarlane 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 ...more

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

Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Hayley Williams 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.

Bono is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Bono 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 ...more

Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Ludwig van Beethoven 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 ...more

Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Keith Richards 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 ...more

Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Jared Leto 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 ...more

William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
William Shakespeare 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 ...more

Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Lenny Kravitz Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of ...more

Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Bette Midler 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 ...more

Will.i.am is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Will.i.am Will.i.am is a winner of the 2013 Honorary Clio Award.

Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Toby Keith 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 ...more

Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Stevie Wonder 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 ...more

Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Billy Joel 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 ...more

Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Anthony Kiedis Anthony Joseph Kiedis is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he has fronted since their inception in 1983. Kiedis is a ...more

Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Shirley Manson Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and actress, best known internationally as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international ...more

Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Cole Porter Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. ...more

John Denver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more

Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Trey Parker Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park ...more

Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Ringo Starr Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On ...more

Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Joe Strummer John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash, ...more

Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Harry Connick, Jr. Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. is an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the ...more

Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Morrissey Steven Patrick Morrissey, commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or Moz, is a British singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band ...more

T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
T. S. Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot OM, usually known as T. S. Eliot, was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". He was born ...more

Kate Nauta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Kate Nauta Kate Lynne "Katie" Nauta is an American fashion model, actress and singer. She uses the name 'Katie' in her modeling work, and the name 'Kate' in her film work.

Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Eric Idle Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the Rutles on Saturday Night ...more

Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Donna Summer LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name, Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy ...more

Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Robert Smith Robert James Smith is an English musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure, and its only constant member since its formation in ...more

Kamal Haasan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Kamal Haasan Kamal Haasan is an actor, screenwriter and film producer.

Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Ayumi Hamasaki Ayumi Hamasaki is a Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress. Hamasaki has achieved popularity in Japan and Asia by enforcing her position as an artist and not trying to be forced ...more

Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Charlie Daniels Charles Edward "Charlie" Daniels is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his contributions to country, bluegrass, and Southern rock music. He is perhaps best known for ...more

Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Andy Samberg David A. J. "Andy" Samberg is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, ...more

Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz ...more

Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Michael Stipe John Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist, film producer and visual artist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their ...more

Sammy Hagar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Sammy Hagar Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and musician. Hagar came to prominence in the 1970s with the hard rock band ...more

Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Rivers Cuomo Rivers Cuomo is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Weezer. Raised in an ...more

Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Pete Wentz Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, known professionally as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist, primary lyricist and backing vocalist for the ...more

Satyajit Ray is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Satyajit Ray Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker. He is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of ...more

Nico is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Nico Nico was a German singer-songwriter, lyricist, composer, musician, fashion model, and actress who became famous as a Warhol Superstar in the 1960s. She is known for her vocals on the Velvet ...more

Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Duke Ellington Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. ...more

Silambarasan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Silambarasan Silambarasan Thesingu Rajendar is an Indian Film Actor, Director, Producer, StoryWriter, ScreenWriter, DialogWriter, Playback Singer, Lyricist, Dancer and Model of the Tamil Film Industry. He ...more

Stephen Sondheim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Stephen Sondheim Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for his contributions to musical theatre for over 50 years. He is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards including ...more

Irving Berlin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Irving Berlin Irving Berlin was a Russian-born Jewish-American composer and lyricist. Widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history, his music forms a great part of the Great American ...more

Neil Simon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Lyricists
Neil Simon Marvin Neil Simon was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He received ...more