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post Friday, 04:43 PM
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I was gonna say songwriters but ik that a lot of artists write songs with multiple people, so I'm gonna just go for artists who always get you lyrically laugh.gif

My top one would probably be Taylor Swift when she's at her best on songs like All Too Well and Back To December where it's all so raw and honest and you feel every single word, she perfectly captures feelings that you don't even know you had. Similarly, Kacey Musgraves is right up there as she writes about things that are pertinent to her culture as a Southern woman but she writes in such a magical way that you feel as if it's your childhood, life and experiences she's singing about (such as in Merry Go Round), and then she'll also rip apart the conventions of her genre by being controversial and talking about whatever she wants (Follow Your Arrow, for example), she'll call a bitch out (High Horse), and then she'll get really personal and raw yet relatable af like on most of Golden Hour.
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Did I lie tho tongue.gif

(In all seriousness, Tove Lo is probably my favourite overall, with Ellie being a close second!)


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Tove Lo is SUCH a good writer, Habits is everything and she's done some great stuff for other people (plus Something New but we'll let her off that xxx)
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She wrote Ellie’s biggest hit too ohmy.gif Completely forgot about that!
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Tove Lo is a good shout but I'm also gonna throw in Julia Michaels, aside from a few duds ("Uh Huh") she's been majorly consistent.
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Parquet Courts are probably the best lyricists I know. Father John Misty and Kevin Abstract have to be up there too, ofc.
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I'm trying not to just name my favorite artists but Kacey Musgraves, Lorde, Alessia Cara all come to mind for me. Not saying they're the best EVER as they're all relatively new. Taylor Swift has impressed me many times, and there's gotta be more I'm forgetting but that's a start.
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The more I think about it, the more I think I'm influenced by circumstance. So I gravitate to a lot of Australian songwriters because they often write of locales & society as I know them. As much as I love say, Pulp, Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, early Kanye, Arcade Fire etc, I just can never connect to their message the same way as I do people like Courtney Barnett, Gretta Ray, Wil from The Smith Street Band, Dave from Gang Of Youths or Georgia from Camp Cope. It's why cultural diversity in popular culture is important because finding a voice you can connect with can really make you feel a little less lonely in this big ol' world.
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QUOTE(Riser @ Jul 14 2018, 05:46 AM) *
I'm trying not to just name my favorite artists but Kacey Musgraves, Lorde, Alessia Cara all come to mind for me. Not saying they're the best EVER as they're all relatively new. Taylor Swift has impressed me many times, and there's gotta be more I'm forgetting but that's a start.

How on earth did I miss Lorde?!?! Nah, Lorde is my favourite, with Tove Lo and Ellie Goulding 2nd and 3rd respectively.
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I'm gonna say Florence + The Machine is my favourite lyricist I like that when you hear the song you don't know what it's about until you look deeper in the lyrics
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Some of the lyrics Fish wrote when he was in Marillion are so poetic you can enjoy them just reading them on the lyric sheet without listening to the music.

I also like Godley & Creme's lyrics whether with 10cc or on their own albums. They use a lot of clever wordplay and a sense of humour.
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Kanye and Kendrick are great shouts! Acclaimed lyricists. I would also nominate:

Wretch 32
Busta Rhymes
Eminem
Devlin
George The Poet
J Cole
Nas
2Pac
Plan B
Mike Skinner (The Streets)
Roots Manuva
Vince Staples
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My fave lyricists:

Kendrick Lamar
Beck
Patti Smith
PJ Harvey
Alex Turner
Mike Skinner
Loyle Carner
Kate Tempest
2Pac
Slick Rick
Nas
Pusha T


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