DISCLAIMER: This is not a list of what I am proclaiming to be the 15 best / worst lyrics OF ALL TIME. It’s just a list of good and bad lyrics, and this is all strictly opinion. Also, just because I list an artist has bad lyrics, I’m not making a statement about the band other than, for whatever reason in this particular situation they wrote some really good or bad lyrics. I understand that in reading this you could probably come up with 15 more examples of both that could very well replace any of these. Until you do, here’s a list of what I consider to be the 15 best, and worst lyrics to songs I’ve heard.

15. Worst Lyrics: The Clash – The Magnificent Seven

“Now the news, snap to attention / The lunar landing of the dentist convention / Italian mobster shoots a lobster / Seafood restaurant gets out of hand / a car in the fridge / or a fridge in the car?”

…What? I think there was a Dodge hatchback made in the last 5 years that had a cooled glove box. There could very well be a point of reference here I’m missing, but as it stands none of this makes any sense at all to me.


Best Lyrics: Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia

“Well you’ll work a lot harder with a gun in your back / for a bowl of rice a day”



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  1. I stopped reading once I saw the Nirvana song. Because clearly someone doesn’t understand the song. It was about the music business, record companies and how the artists get screwed over.

    • Well, regardless of how poignant his message was, he wasn’t getting it across in the most articulate way.

  2. Really? “The drummer from Def Leppard’s only got one arm” is something you consider good lyrics?

    • joke

      A thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, esp. a story with a funny punchline.

      Make jokes; talk humorously or flippantly.

      noun. jest – fun – jape – gag – trick – pleasantry – lark
      verb. jest – jape – banter – lark – kid – josh

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