Who are the worst lyricists?


Kele is probably my pick ( this thread inspired by the Mercury thread)

Morrissey has a few clangers too
















Kings of Leon. Even when the songs were alright the lyrics were pish


pretty much all of them tbf


Noel Gallagher


Yeah from that other thread I thought Four was good musically but ruined by the terrible lyrics/vocals. If a band ever needed a different singer it’s (current) Bloc Party.




Anyone hear Smashing Pumpkins most recent album? Some real dogshit lyrics on there, Corg’s got nothing to say anymore and can’t even fake it. Was decent enough back in his day in his own angsty way I suppose, but even then most of the time I don’t pay much attention to what he’s on about.


The National


Paul Banks


River Cumous step right up


Anthony Kiedis


Aye, utter drivel from him


Not in a month of Sundays


Barsteward you beat me…

I’ll console myself with this piece of toast.

Might watch the news and that…


Had the misfortune to hear Californication on the radio this afternoon.

It’s the edge of the world
And all of western civilization
The sun may rise in the East
At least it settles in the final location
It’s understood that Hollywood
Sells Californication

Says you’re right


its like a 15 year old trying to be deep


A 37 year old man actually sat down and wrote those lyrics.


Holy fuck, yes!! That “pumpkins” album is full of lyrical shit. Its like he recorded some scratch vocals on the spot then though “nah, fuck it…that’ll do”

“Cherry blossom, this is goodbye
Come here lately and you’ll fly”

“Lover you’re strange” “my love is strange”

“One and all we are so young, we’re young”

Dude hasn’t written anything relevant since '98


Could apply to any of his lyrics…guy is appalling