What's more important? Lyrics or music? (Poll)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Blastproof, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    The most important thing in music is, well, the music.
    Poets should write books instead.
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  2. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    Music. With a couple exceptions--comedy music being one of the primary exceptions, I typically couldn't care less about lyrics. For the vast majority of music, I listen to vocals "non-semantically." I listen to the pitches, the phrasing, etc., but I don't care about the meanings of the words. For all I care, it might as well be in a language I can't understand or it might as well just be scat singing.
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  3. mbleicher1

    mbleicher1 Tube Amp Curmudgeon

    The only reason I don't listen to more Bob Dylan is because I feel I'm wasting my time if I can't focus on the words, too, and I don't like that that's how I feel. I like music that I can take great joy from whether I'm focusing on the words or treating them as sounds.
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  4. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    As someone who doesn't pay attention to lyrics when I listen to music, I still love Dylan.
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  5. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    ...but it definitely *is* my heartfelt "conviction". For me, a great set of lyrics is important but lyrics-in my view-need a mood set by a melody to "bring them home". If that doesn't matter than one may as well just sit with a book of poetry. Effective, atmospheric as lyrics may be they become that much so when they're part of a complete song. And on the other side of the coin, an instrumental (while some can be pretty breathtaking) will attract me much less, overall, than a recording which incorporates both music and vocals (most song lyrics actually depend on who's singing them and how they're sung) . Simply put, I may love it but I won't play it nearly as often. So yea...both, quite definitely
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  6. teag

    teag Forum Resident

  7. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    I'd say music because I can overlook silly or inane lyrics if they are attached to a great melody.
  8. FillmoreGuy

    FillmoreGuy Forum Resident

    springfield nj
    Most of Led Zep too.
  9. FillmoreGuy

    FillmoreGuy Forum Resident

    springfield nj
    Music mostly, except for Dylan. Music is not the main draw. (unless it's someone else doing his songs).
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  10. Jerryb

    Jerryb Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Lyrics by far.
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  11. Frangelico

    Frangelico Forum Resident

    It isn’t music without music. It’s still music without lyrics.
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  12. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    I voted music, but I pay a lot of attention to the lyrics and if they're good, it certainly enhances the song for me.
  13. Hadean75

    Hadean75 Forum Moonlighter

    I voted music, but lyrics sometimes can be just as important if not more so. It really just depends on the song.
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    Pizza With extra pepperoni

  15. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Planet Earth
    If "both" isn't an option it's obviously music! :biglaugh:
  16. Vorlon

    Vorlon Forum Resident

    I can never decide on this to the day I'm dead or later. Mostly the rhythms take my attention, voices, not so much, lyrics did when I was young (like on Scary Monsters and The Wall). Today I'm 56 and still can' make my mind up. Cheers.:cool:
  17. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    The poll might have been more interesting if you could vote 70% music/30% lyrics or something like that. As a binary proposition it's not very interesting.
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  18. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Minneapolis, MN
    If the music isn’t good, the lyrics don’t matter. Otherwise it’s just someone reading poetry over some drums.

    granted, terribly awkward lyrics can ruin perfectly good music. It’s why I would be a huge Brad Paisley fan if he only made instrumentals.
  19. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    For sure both. What's the point of writing a song with lyrics if not for what the song has to say and how it says it? And what's the point of setting something you have to say to music if it's not the music? Without either, you don't have a song. Each is indispensably important. I will say, for me personally, it's what a sing is about and how it says what it has to say that is the first thing that draws me to a song. But I also probably listen to more instrumental music than vocal music.
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  20. The Pinhead

    The Pinhead SUDACA ROÑOSO

    The best lyrics can't make up for bad music, so music. And I'm a Crass fan.
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  21. sonofjim

    sonofjim Forum Resident

    I must admit, I often pay little or no attention to lyrics because they’re often hard to understand. The music takes no effort to understand and it’s really why I put a good system together.
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  22. ShockControl

    ShockControl Bon Vivant and Raconteur!

    Lotus Land
    Lyrics are more important, but I prefer instrumental music.
  23. dumangl

    dumangl Senior Member


    Great lyrics are nice but music can be great even with silly lyrics.

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  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I cannot separate the two, unless it's an instrumental...: )
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  25. David Johnson

    David Johnson Forum Resident

    Atlanta Georgia
    I’m in it for the music!
    If I wasn’t I would have never enjoyed The Red Hot Chili Peppers like I do!
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