10 Nobel-Worthy Lyricists Who Aren't Bob Dylan

Oct 20, 2016
Originally published on October 20, 2016 9:00 am

Maybe it's a good thing social media didn't exist back in 1913, when the influential Bengali poet, musician and painter Rabindranath Tagore became the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Tagore might have been the subject of as lively a Twitter-storm as Bob Dylan was this past week, as his controversial Nobel Prize win expanded the definition of literature to include lyricism in a way we haven't seen since — well, 1913.

There's no doubting Dylan's genius or poetic prowess. And now that the Nobel's literature category has opened up just wide enough to include songwriters again, here are 10 other legendary, living lyricists we'd like to put forth for next year's short list.

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