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THE GREATEST LYRICISTS IN THE WORLD TODAY

 

Every generation needs its poets and here's the 23 musical scribes who define 2010.

Meanwhile, you can vote for the best lyricists ever here.

Words: Emily Mackay, Matt Wilkinson, Barry Nicolson, Mark Beaumont, Laura Snapes, Dan Martin, Sam Wolfson, Martin Robinson, Jaimie Hodgson

 
 
 

Arctic Monkeys’ main songwriter shows a lyrical maturity way beyond his 24 years

Many try to sing about life’s mudanity, but what makes Alex Turner stand out as a genius is that he makes getting chucked out of the queue of a nightclub sound exhilarating – a life-affirming right of passage. Yet his co-writing with The Last Shadow Puppets allowed Turner to explore a more cinematic view of storytelling. It’s that combination of emotional mystique and sharp observation that have coloured the Arctic Monkey’s best work. SW

Key lyric: “Have you been drinking son/You don’t look old enough to me?/I’m sorry officer/Is there a certain age you’re supposed to be?/Because nobody told me”
(‘Riot Van’, from ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, 2006)

 
 

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