The Greatest Rock Lyricist Of The ’60s

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Major Rock Lyricist Of The ’60s

In this list, you will see the best lyricist of rock from the ’60s, and the entirety of this list is based on songwriting. Included are the songwriters that managed to produce at least one great song during the ’60s.

Keep going in the list below:


Syd Barrett

5 best songs ever written by Syd Barrett and recorded with Pink Floyd (except Octopus) were Arnold Layne (1967), See Emily Play (1967), Astronomy Dominie (1967), Lucifer Sam (1967), Octopus (1969).


The Beatles

The true collaborations between Lennon and McCartney have produced ten of the best songs ever written during the ’60s such as I Saw Her Standing There (1963), She Loves You (1963), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1963), Eight Days a Week (1964), A Day in the Life (1967).


Bob Dylan

We have 30 favorite songs by Bob Dylan, of course, he’s the best of the best lyricist not only in the ’60s but like ever, with songs like Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (1963), Blowin’ in the Wind (1963), A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall (1963), Masters of War (1963), The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964), Boots of Spanish Leather (1964) It Ain’t Me Babe (1964), Chimes of Freedom (1964), My Back Pages (1964), Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965), It’s Alright, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding (1965), Mr. Tambourine Man (1965), It’s All Over Now (Baby Blue) (1965), She Belongs to Me (1965), Positively 4th Street (1965) Like a Rolling Stone (1965), Desolation Row (1965), Tombstone Blues (1965), From a Buick 6 (1965), One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (1966), Just Like a Woman (1966), Visions of Johanna (1966), Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (1966), 4th Time Around (1966), I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (1967), All Along the Watchtower (1967), Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn) [Manfred Mann] (1968), Tears of Rage [The Band] (1968), Lady Lady Lay (1969), I Threw It All Away (1969). Nothing is better.


Jimi Hendrix

Not a single thing from Hendrix is what you can call a bad song, and the 10 most greats ever written by him were Purple Haze (1967), Are You Experienced? (1967), Castles Made of Sand (1967), Manic Depression (1967), Highway Chile (1967), The Wind Cries Mary (1967), Bold as Love (1967), Little Wing (1967), Electric Ladyland (1968), Voodoo Chile (1968).


Lou Reed

What would have happened to The Velvet Underground if Lou was not in it? Most of our favorites from The Velvet were songs written by Lou Reed such as I’m Waiting for the Man (1967), Femme Fatale (1967), Venus in Furs (1967), All Tomorrow’s Parties (1967), Heroin (1967), There She Goes Again (1967), White Light / White Heat (1968), Pale Blue Eyes (1969), What Goes On (1969), Beginning to See the Light (1969).


Neil Young

Neil Young was one of the best lyricists who innovated songwriting, with song such as Mr Soul (BS) (1967), Broken Arrow (BS) (1967), Expecting to Fly (BS) (1967), The Loner (1969), Sugar Mountain (1969), Down by the River (1969), Cinnamon Girl (1969), Cowgirl in the Sand (1969), Round and Round (1969), Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969), be it for Buffalo Springfield or a solo projects, Neil Young surely did a number for these songs.