Here are some worked examples, featuring only the (otherwise) great and good.
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to heaven
Alanis Morrisette – Ironic
Bob Dylan – You got to serve somebody
Pink Floyd – Another brick in the wall
Bowie – The laughing gnome
Beatles – Dear Prudence
The Who – Boris the spider
Chuck Berry – My ding a ling
Jim Morrison – Death of my cock
Beatles – All you need is love
John Lennon – Give peace a chance
Rolling Stones – Stupid girl
Bob Dylan – Just like a woman
John Lennon – Whatever gets you through the night (is alright)
Pink Floyd – We don’t need no education
7. Gimme a break!
The Beatles – Taxman
Pink Floyd – Money
Various – We are the world
John Lennon – Imagine
9. Mystic mush
Beatles – Within you, without you
Beatles – Let it be
Beach Boys – Wouldn’t it be nice?
Beach Boys – Surfer girl
The Jam – English rose
John Lennon – Beautiful boy
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony and ivory
My examples don’t include artists that I dislike altogether, or whose lyrics I almost never like. How do you see it? What kinds of lyrics really put you off?