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


Wimbledon-born 24-year-old social satirist, currently the inner-city troubadour of choice

Urban storytelling: makes you think of Boris Johnson getting all ‘owtwaged’ over a grime track about knives, dunnit? No more: Jamie T hoses fresh life and colour into everyday scenes of metropolitan desolation – the drugs, the binges, the fights, the overdoses – thanks to possessing the tongue of an Olympic gold medallist in High-Speed Cunnilingus.

Jamie’s juxtaposition of semi-cockney post-war dialect with the scatterbeat patterns of modern rap give him a unique sense of urban heritage unavailable to most grime gang-bangers from the Brixton estates. Ultra-modern, yet timeless. That’s Jamie down to a T. MB

Key lyric: “Bottle of wine and an old 45/Rifle in the corner that her grandfather left her when he died/Said ‘no surprise, I’ve had to use it quite a few times’”
(‘Emily’s Heart’, 2010 single)


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