Lyrics make a huge difference to me in how much I like a track, or a band. Maybe it's because I'm a writer, but words really matter to me. A great song can be ruined by poor lyrics. (A very good friend of mine is extremely musically inclined - she can play any tune by ear - and similarly judges films by their soundtracks.)
I get that not every musician can also be a poet, but nothing makes me switch off the radio faster than hearing bad grammar in a song. Here are some examples I came across recently, two of which are on my iPod. But may not be for much longer.
- "The female of the species is more deadlier than the male" (The Female of the Species, Space)
- "The way the moonlight shined upon her hair" (All Summer Long, Kid Rock)
- "I promise tonight not to do no harm" (Crossfire, Brandon Flowers)