BBC 6 Music has a poll of the top ten worst ever song lyrics. The results were based on the suggestions of more than 2,000 listeners to the station and while I agree there are some hideous examples of songwriting I can’t let Black Sabbath’s entry at number #10 go . . .

# 10 Black Sabbath – War Pigs
Generals gathered in their masses,
Just like witches at black masses.

Now War Pigs is no deep meditation on the nature of war but it’s a damn good example of straightforward spleen-venting and I think this harmless piece of repetition says more about BBC 6 Music’s all too knowing audience than anything about Ozzy’s songs. Besides, when you listen to the track the duplication isn’t immediately obvious. In other words the lyric fits the music well, which is the essence of a good song I would suggest.

Also, am I the only one who thinks the number #2 entry . . .

# 2 Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer
I’m as serious as cancer,
When I say Rhythm is a Dancer.

. . . is actually quite good?


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