The emergence of rock & roll in the 1950s left it poised to become the most important medium for social commentary and consciousness in the decade that followed. It was in that time that most of the prolific and poetic lyricists of the genre came of age.
In the five decades that have followed since the sixties, there have been precious few who are their equal. So here are the top rock & roll lyricists of the 1960s:
Indisputably, Dylan is the port laureate of modern music. His fusion of folk consciousness with rock literally transformed music. No more vivid imagery or flowery prose can be found in any lyricist’s work, since. Nor has the meaning of any other’s lyrics been as elusive and mysterious.
Simon was perhaps the most under-acknowledged songwriter of his generation, probably because despite his enormous popularity (with or without Art Garfunkel), he did not induce the hysteria and hoopla that the other bands listed here did.
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