For many, there is something about a great song lyric that speaks to them.
Steve Baltin, senior contributing writer for Forbes, decided to explore rock music history in search of the “best lines and the best lyric and the greatest lyrical song of all time.”
Baltin writes, “As someone who studied words and who has interviewed great songwriters from Paul Simon, Pete Townshend and Jackson Browne to Patti Smith and Dolly Parton, I decided to tackle the Herculean task of picking the greatest lines from the greatest songwriters as well as the greatest lyric and greatest lyrical song of all time.”
He says that for his purposes, he “stuck solely to the rock genre and yes, there are a lot of great songwriters omitted. I know, but I stand by this list of songs from 21 great songwriters.” Baltin adds, “And for fun I threw in some of the answers from other people.”