Poll: Whos a better lyrical and musical writer?
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Neil Young both lyrics and music
4 13%
Neil Young lyrics
0 0%
Neil Young music
10 33%
Bob Dylan both lyrics and music
16 53%
Bob Dylan lyrics
11 37%
Bob Dylan music
0 0%
Voters: 30.
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Well these two men are both highly idolized by me in both musical talent as well as lyrical talent.

Tell me who you think is better at writing lyrics and the music. Bob Dylan or Neil Young

I personally think Dylan has a slight advantage on young lyrically, but Young is better at composing his music.

You can vote for one or more options, you can vote for multiple ones. For like Ex. Dylan as lyrics, Young as music.
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I like neil young more
but that doesn't mean he writes better songs than dylan
i just like his more
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Ya, I take Young over Dylan too, but I love them both
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dylan is the best! neal young gets boring after a while imo. i can listen to dylan all day without getting bored, he can be very energetic and can do many things with his simple voice and accoustic guitar/harmonica
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dylan is much better for lyrics but neil pwns him for musical creativity without a doubt, also neil is better at the harmonica.

However, i prefer dylan in general to Neil Young.
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Ah, atreideslegend, I thought I met someone who agrees with me, but you took dylan voer young :0

lol, yes I agree Neil is better at harmonica. It's a little easier to listen to then Dylans harmonica playing. I like how they both play it, but Dylan will sometimes play a high note for like 10 seconds and it just hurts my ears.
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I know there are other greats, but I was asking between Dylan and Young.
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I put Neil Young for music; Needle & The Damage Done and Crime In The City are brilliant songs. Plus Neil Young's a better guitarist and harmonicist.

That said, I voted Dylan for lyrics; it's very very close though, although I think Dylan is marginally better. Definately the two best lyricists alive though, and two of the best of all time definately.

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Dylan, but there are other great lyricists too, james hetfield for example.

James Hetfield firstly isn't classic rock, and secondly his lyrics are terrible.
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Dylan all the way man!!!
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Bob Dylan for both, but Neil Young is one of my favorite singers.
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Both are tied for composition, but I think Dylan slightly edges out Young in songwriting.
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Neil Young for music.

For lyrics, I chose Bob Dylan, but he didn't beat Neil Young by much. They are very close.
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Dylan for both, I like Neil Young but Bob Dylan definitley deserves the better credit for both music and lyrics
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personally, stuff that is highly praised as his best stuff, like some stuff off blonde on blonde, MUSICALLY is great, but lyrically...over analyzed nonsense

from sad eyed lady of the low lands (one of my favorite cuts hahah)
"My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums,
Should I leave them by your gate,
Or, sad-eyed lady, should I wait?"

people call it genius ?? personally i think his best lyrics lie in his work prior to him going electric.

and "visions of johanna" a GREAT song, but here's an excerpt

"hear the jelly-faced women all sneeze
hear the mustached one say 'jeeze
i can't find my knees'"

great stuff, but lyrics are just random
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Ya, Dylan does get a bit random at times. Like in Ballad of a Thin Man.

Now you see this one-eyed midget
Shouting the word "NOW"
And you say, "For what reason?"
And he says, "How?"
And you say, "What does this mean?"
And he screams back, "You're a cow
Give me some milk
Or else go home"
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"Ballad of a Thin Man" is one of my favorites, though.
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Oh yeh, def. It's one of my favorites too, infact I was playing it today on my piano
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they're both very different musicians, lyricists, and people
imo, I like them both

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Hmm, I disagree Gabuydachk.

I think they are pretty similar musicans in many aspects, mostly their folk stuff. Neil gets a bit more rockish then Dylan does but I still think they are similar.
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Dylan is completely above everyone else for lyrics. But Young can compose one hell of a song!
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bobby for both. i love neil young, but i'll take bob in every category anytime. the thing i can say is that i like neil youngs voice more than bob's now that the'yre both old, but in their prime i prefer bob in every category.
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