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a song with great lyrics but dodgy music
a song with appalling lyrics but great music
I'm far more forgiving of bad lyrics than bad music.
I often don't pay attention to lyrics / can't hear them.
That said, it's all about the sound.
You can ignore the lyrics quite a lot if the music is good enough.
I really don't listen to most lyrics if I'm being honest, but it doesn't detract from my enjoyment of the music. Sometimes my interpretations of the lyrics or music are actually more satisfying than the artists aim for the lyrics.
Good lyrics are a bonus rather than a necessity. I'm not very literary person anyway - language is a tool not an art form blah blah bleh.
So yeah - great music with no lyrics. Or great music with foreign lyrics - they can't be shit if you don't understand them.
Bad lyrics can grate, but not as much as bad music! Though ideally you want great music AND great lyrics!
I often see this question asked and I always wonder what people mean by it? Do you mean by the "music" just the instrumental music and no vocal? Do you include the vocal with the music? If so, how can you separate the vocal melody from the lyrics when usually they are written together?