It depends on the genre. If it is techno, dance, or something similar, then the beat is the focus of the song, so it really doesn't matter if the same lyric is repeated over and over or the lyrics don't make sense or something. However, if it's pop, rock, or something like that, I think that as long as the lyrics aren't hurtful, too repetitive and don't send a bad message, then they are okay; the beat should be good too, but the lyrics are more important.
In my opinion the lyrics are far more important. I love a song with meaning, and lyrics most commonly portray this, though there are some beautiful instrumental songs which show the meaning without lyrics. The vocals are very important too, though.
both and the vocals too
Honestly, they're both really important. Lyrics, obviously, because I don't want to waste me time listening to something vapid or promoting behavior I disagree with... But the sound/beat, as well, because that's what's makes the lyrics more than just words. If you get the right combination of the two, you have a moving and memorable song.
depends, if i want to listen to songs that fit my mood, then the lyrics are more important, but if i just want a great song to dance to, then the beat is more important
I'd say both.
Because the lyrics are what we relate to but the beat is what makes the whole thing flow together and offers a mood for the song.
Did that makes sense?
It depends on the situation.
Lyrics are important, but you can make so much music using just a beat. Without that lyrics are just poems.
Both are necessary.
Unless it's the type that doesn't need lyrics.
But just generally, both are equally important.