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)
Arctic Monkeys frontman explains the meaning behind his controversial acceptance speech
Band work with director of Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' video
- Mar 3, 2014
Turner made the statement while collecting the Best Live Band award at NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas
- Feb 27, 2014
Roundhouse, London, Monday, September 9
- Sep 27, 2013
Smart, randy and touched by genius, the Sheffield band’s fifth album is an absolute triumph from start to finish. And the best part? They’re just getting started...
- Sep 5, 2013
An ode to night-time nookie
- Apr 25, 2012