Top Ten Best Singer/Songwritersredwings5
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Is obviously the greatest singer/"songwriter" of all time. Bob Dylan actually wrote his songs, and didn't rely on other people to create them. I honestly have no idea how Josh Groban is even on this list!
Should clearly be first. Josh Groban the greatest singer-songwriter of ALL time? You are all patently complete morons.
Why Bob Dylan?
Because there was no other artist that has performed this consistently over the course of over 50 years? I will generously ignore his "Reborn Period" in the 80's and even during that time he wrote "good mainstream music", it just wasn't anything extraordinary or interesting. The only two artists who rival his songwriting are obviously Lennon and McCartney. But neither of them performed this consistently. Lennon died too soon (Roll On John), but even he had a bad period and McCartney just wasn't the same after the Beatles breakup.
Because Dylan keeps reinventing himself over the years, moving from Pretest Folk singer to Rockstar, back to Folk, to Country, to Blues, to Gospel and then even to some kind of music style, just to release a Sinatra cover album and move to a more jazzy style? Yes, the Beatles music was more diverse and Dylan never touched the really freaky stuff (Looking at you I Am The Walrus), but the Beatles were just ...more
His songs are very nicely written, even John Lennon had a tremendous respect for him.V 42 Comments
I often wonder people's knowledge on songwriting and what do they base their songwriting on. John Lennon is the greatest songwriter ever and wins by a country mile, no one comes close to him not even Dylan. He made the Beatles in to prophets and took them foreward. Maccartney's greatness shined through only when he was led. Every other songwriter were limited and predictable. Lennon was much more diverse and had more in his locker. I get so fed up hearing about Dylan being a songwriter, he was not, he used music to convey his poetry. He basically was a protest writer and became an icon with that movement. I don't understand why the music industry is obsessed with him. What else did he have... Nothing... He was envious of Lennon's Intellect and pulling power. Some of Dylan's songs lacked chorus and bridge. Hie version of Norwegian wood was a joke and his Christmas album was embarrassing. In the 80's he produced nothing. Lennon was more prolific and consistent with lyrics and melody. So ...more
Hey dude dd369 you don't know anything about song writing and a Lennon hater. What is the question, song writer. One song that kills Dylan... Imagine, It is sung all around the world. Dylan a genius don't make me laugh, it shows you are limited, you can't even spell genius. Song writing is not just lyrics. If Lennon wanted he could easy write like Dylan but he was to advanced and much more diverse. Dylan's songs didn't exactly touch people's inner self like Lennon's did. What did he do in the 80's, nothing, he is a joke, didn't know what faith to follow and kept chaining. Musically, lyrics, singing Lennon wins easy. Dylan's word play was predictable, Lennon's word play was much more clever. Dylan had to write a whole verse to make a point, Lennon could do this with few words, Lennon was a superior human being. You can back to me with anything you like and I promise you I will counteract it.
Oh and Lennon never changed? There is a good case for placing Lennon ahead of Dylan as a songwriter but your argument is way off base on many points. Furthermore, Dylan wrote many more songs, and I'd venture to say Lennon may have given him the crown. The Beatles adored him. Also, since John was killed in 1980, Dylan was much more prolific in that decade. - Billyv
I tell you that; if you however have chance to ask Bob Dylan(one of the most genious when it comes to write masterpieces) that logically who's the best songwriter ever?.. The answer my friend is (blowin' in the wind :-p :-)) ; there's no problem with me but I think John Lennon is 1 or 2 bottom better than me... :_) - dd369
He is the main reason why The Beatles could reach its legendary status, most of the songs that he wrote are very nicely done. I know that he's nowhere as skillful as Bob Dylan when it comes to songwriting but he is also a pretty talented songwriter. Love you very much Mr. Lennon, may you rest in peace.V 28 Comments
The most successful singer/songwriter of all time! it's in the Guinness book of world records! and of course he was the other half of the famous songwriting duo Lennon/McCartney, he should be here it's so obvious
Paul is considered to be in the greatest writing duet of all time (Lennon-McCartney). He was also part of the biggest band of all time and he is the world's most successful artist. Why is Paul all the way down here? HOW DOES JOSH GROBAN EVEN BEAT PAUL?!
Yesterday is the most covered song of all time.
He was part of the biggest band of all time.
That band is among the biggest overall musical acts of all time.
Had the most successful solo career of all the
Half of the greatest songwriting partnerships.
Why is he all the way down here?
Absolutely the greatest musician of the 20th century and definitely the greatest songwriter of all time. When you're talking songwriters, Sir Paul along with Bob Dylan and John Lennon must come to your mind first. The way he creates melody, the easiness he combines it with beautiful lyrics, the fact that he has written amazing songs of all types of music, like rock n roll, pop, folk, hard rock and even metal(!) and that he is the most successful personality in the history of the business places him many steps above the other two. Bob Dylan himself admitted that McMartney is the only musician he is in awe of. John Lennon once explained Rolling Stone magazine the difference between him and Paul: "Paul is more of a melody writer and I am more of a groove writer. He likes writing songs about love, happiness, sadness and generally catching the audience's feelings, while I am more the guy that writes songs that express myself ". Moreover, "Yesterday" the most covered ...moreV 22 Comments
That's bull crap! He shouldn't even be on the list
... Don't be silly! Josh Groban? Hey I'm glad you found an artist that inspires you BUT let's KEEP IT REAL! 1. Paul McCartney, 2. John Lennon, 3. Bob Dylan... EVERYONE ELSE is next! These guys ARE the reason for the rest! Thank god for Paul Simon, George Harrison, Carol King, Brian Wilson, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen too! Also the IMPORTANT pioneers like: Woody Guthrie, Chuck Berry, Pete Seager and Little Richard AND BUDDY HOLLY! - frank
Josh Groban isn't a singer-songwriter!
Ahead of PAUL SIMON? Give me a break!V 9 Comments
He did write most of his songs and if you say he didn't, then go do some research. Here are just some of the songs written by him entirely: Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Earth Song, Will You Be There, Speechless, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Wanna Be Startin' Something, Workin' Day and Night, Morphine, I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Do You Know Where Your Children Are, Much Too Soon, Stranger in Moscow, D.S., Who Is It and Another Part of Me. He wrote 4 out of 9 songs on Thriller and 9 out of 11 songs on Bad. Not to mention, he co-wrote songs like: Black or White (only the rap part wasn't written by him), Remember the Time, Ghosts, Unbreakable, You Rock My World, Hollywood Tonight, Xscape, Love Never Felt So Good, Keep the Faith, Is It Scary, Scream, Tabloid Junkie, Break of Dawn, Whatever Happens, Dangerous and Blood on the Dance Floor. Sure, he has hit songs that weren't written by him, such as: You Are Not Alone, Thriller and Man in the ...more
Someone said "Michael just writes, but Dylan is an intellectual thinker and is the most creative songwriter on earth". ARE YOU INSAANE! You OBVIOUSLY DON'T have intelligence if you think THAT! Listen, Michael wrote songs that touched the MASSES AND CHANGED OUR POINT OF VIEW OF THIS WHOLE WORLD FOR BETTER OR WORST! I mean we're talking Billie Jean, Wanna be starting something, Dirty Diana, Heal the World, Keep the Faith, Tabloid Junkie, D.S. , Is it Scary, Earth Song, Little Susie. And he's written some of the BEST and MOST BEAUTIFUL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL music I have EVER HEARD such as Childhood, Stranger in Moscow, and Scared of the Moon. And the EMOTION HE BRINGS to those songs when he sings them is out of this UNIVERSE! I mean don't get me wrong I think Bob Dylan IS a TREMENDOUS songwriter undoubtably one of the GREATEST EVER But I say Michael is either tied or over him!
There's no other option except putting this genius of a guy into the top 3. Michael Jackson is was and will be the greatest pop artist, and not only that, he was just an epic and full of quality songwriter. Listen to Earth Song, Heal the world, man in the mirror, billie jean. Such devil masterpieces.
How Michael is not on top? Idiots Michael's songwriting skills are incredible.V 20 Comments
The quality of work produced by Simon has been outstanding for over 50 years, many of his songs having become timeless standards. His body of work now stands comparison with any of the world's great composers or poets throughout history. His lyrics are exceptional, poetic, moving and profound, and his melodies have shaped the development of popular music in the post 1960 world. His work consistently has something interesting to say about the human condition, and has at its heart a love for mankind.
VERY, VERY, VERY WELL PUT! Love Paul Simon's VERY IMPORTANT body of work! Beautiful marriages of melody and lyric! Poignant subject matter throughout his wonderful carrier!
However he still needs to be ranked behind McCartney, Lennon and Dylan... I know it SUCKS... But the completion was fierce! Just look at these composers (including Simon)... AND they were ALL from the same ERA! What a magical period in popular song! - frank
Simon is genius. His lyrics are pure poetry, he writes with a sensibility most of people will never get! His melodies are incredibly perfect for the lyrics, and the chorus are always so rousing! His harmonies are deep and beautiful. And he had a lot of musical identities along his career and always sounded authentic. A man who really loves music!
For me, Paul Simon is the best, besides to the beatle John Lennon, obviously.
I hate the fact that everywhere I see the top songwriter list, I see Bob Dylan. Now I'm a Dylan fan. But this whole Dylan is the greatest thing is pissing me off. I like "Blowing in the Wind." I like "The Times They Are a Changing." I like "Tambourine Man," but I don't know what the hell it means. And I love "The Hurricane." But what are his top songs? Why are they the greatest ever?
Every time I see one of these lists, people expect me to believe that these Dylan songs are superior to "The River? " "Darkness on the Edge of Town? " "Stolen Car? " "Born in the USA? " "My Hometown? " "Nebraska? " "Reason to Believe? " or any regular old Springsteen song?
We're just supposed to believe that Dylan is the greatest?
Anybody who's a music lover, probably loves Dylan. I do too. But anybody who's ever tried to write a song, knows who he or she is trying to copy.
This Dylan = number1 is just ridiculous.
Springsteen has released 17 studio albums, and 2 compilations of songs that were unreleased. That is a hell of a lot more of what some of these singers ahead of him have done. Bruce's songs have meaning in them, just listen to "Atlantic City" "The River" "Born To Run". Not everyone has heard of him he is very underrated in this generation, that's probably why he's so far down the list
I've gone through dozens of list of this nature and this guy is in the top 10 on all of them. Seriously just read the words to any of his stiff from the 70's and 80's. Deep songs about normal everyday problems. Other than Bob Dylan I don't know who would be a better contender for best singer songwriter in the history of modern music
It's Dylan and then Springsteen. Case closedV 5 Comments
Pink Floyd became the biggest rock band of all time because
1. The inspiration of Syd Barrett
2. The guitar work of David Gilmour
And 3. The brilliant songwriting of Roger Waters
I like Bob, John and Paul more, but I can't believe how low Roger is! Gotta vote him up, he deserves it. - Donut
Roger Waters wrote entire legendary albums like The Dark side of the Moon and The Wall
Roger Waters was God, Enough Said!V 5 Comments
He didn't write the lyrics to most of his songs. Shouldn't be on here
Paid someone to help write his songs
Elton john bernie taupin no 2 all time best songwriters for me. Not even paul has written anything as advanced as Funeral for a friend and don't let the sun go down on me. But paul has numbers on his side.
Elton John is the Rocket Man and has so many hits. He is in a league of his own.V 3 Comments
He is simply one of the creates songwriters of all time, he established a genre and became the voice of an entire generation. He voiced all the angst that covered teenagers he accomplished many things in his life. Kurt Cobain is amazing.
Kurt doesn't deserve 17th. He was one of the most original songwriters ever. Every single one of Nirvanas songs as proof - Danielsun182
Nobody can write a song like Kurt! RIP. Find me one songwriter better than Kurt Cobain (Kurdt Kobain). What did he ask to be rememberd as?
What he was best at! Writing songs! Vote for him! Or else...
Not only did he firmly established Grunge, which later developed into many of the modern sub-genres of Rock that we have today; but who can honestly say they don't know or have never enjoyed a Nirvana song?V 18 Comments
He is good song writer and singer, he should be in the top 10 list.. I didn't like the singer in number 1 list.. Maybe some people who vote to him maybe a teenager or young and he's famous at this time that is why he is in the no. 1 in the list.. For me I will vote for the vocalist and song writer of 60s 70s 80s and 90s because the song that they write are beautiful and meaningful than the songs the are come famous for now.. I'm 24 years old but I like the song from the past than now.. Philippines
Freddie Mercury is an amazing singer, and a superb songwriter. His songs are all original, and he can write all kinds of genres from hard rock to ballads to opera. He wrote Bohemain Rhapsody, one of the greatest songs ever; We Are The Champions, one of the greatest anthems ever, etc. Not to mention how he wrote Crazy Little Thing Called Love in about 10 minutes in a bathtub with a guitar, because he couldn't play the guitar well and is limited to a few chords. Such talents are rare in this world. Freddie Mercury should one of the greatest - if not THE greatest - singer/songwriter ever.
Bohemian Rhapsody, Don't Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Princes of the Universe, Killer Queen, We Are the Champions... should I go on? Freddie undoubtedly wrote some of the most iconic songs ever. Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor also wrote some iconic songs.
If there was a list of "Top 10 greatest songs ever" Freddie would no doubt be credited as the writer of half of them. A legend, no doubt.V 12 Comments
Why isn't he in the Top 10? Just listen to his songwriting on albums like Tommy, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, and The Who Sell Out. This list is an insult!
He's one of many very good writers but there are dozens that are/were much better - Billyv
Inspired the rock opera, and he's currently ranked 16th.
Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, My Generation, I Can See For Miles (first metal song), and having written well more than 100 songs for band's. And where is Mick Jagger/Keith Richard? They should be at least, 5.
Quadrophenia. Need I say more?V 4 Comments
Billy Joel is great! My favorite songs that he made are Piano Man, Angry Young Man, The Entertainer, Say Goodbye to Hollywood, We didn't Start the Fire, Honesty, My Life, Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway.
I don't know what you posters ages are but Billy Joel wrote and performed some of the greatest songs ever. He also wrote many songs for other singers.
He's amazing! Harmonica, piano, and singing! He has made so Many amazing songs that have lasted through time. He is the piano man.
Billy Joel is awesome.V 2 Comments
Hear songs like one, Fade To Black, Enter Sandman, UnForgiven, The Day That Never Comes, Master Of Puppets. And you will know that he is the best lyrics writer with deep meanings inside his mind - nooreldeen
Yep, so true, his songwriting skills are sublime, (Roamer? One? The unforgiven trilogy? , I don't know where to start :S ) - Psykosauron
No no no, james should be in the top 10 he's a kick ass singer and a great songwriter you people should know better than to put james at 11
Please just lesson to one and nothing else matters and you will understand james hetfield should be in top 3V 3 Comments
Great to see Neil crack the top 20. What I like about this top twenty, with the exception of Groban, is that the people on it are not only great songwriters but have also influenced other great songwriters in most cases. No flash in the pans on this list. Aside from the inexplicable Groban error, good list.
Neil Young is the closest to Bob Dylan anyone will ever come. He's still light years behind but he definitely deserves a higher spot
Yes, should be higher but honestly, he's a lot higher on this list than he is on some of the others. One has him behind Nick Jonas, for crying out loud.
Oh my god! not even in top ten? are you serious?!V 5 Comments
The more I listen the more it grows on my - the perfect lyrics and the harmonies.
The greatest living poet and singer songwriter of the last 50 years and still performing to vast worldwide audiences
Obvious top 10 material right here. It is disgusting that talentless losers like Bon Jovi are ahead of him.
Should not only be in the top ten, but as number 2, right behind Bob Dylan.V 4 Comments
I believe that George's songwriting ability was often unappreciated during the time of the Beatles! Don't forget that it was George who wrote Here Comes The Sun, Something, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Taxman, I Need You, etc.
Very underrated, he wrote many of the beatles' best songs including Something, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes The Sun, If I needed someone, Taxman... he was a really talented man.
Hard to believe some people vote thumbs down on comments like this - then again it's not so hard, the world's full of people who don't understand brilliance - Billyv
George Harrison was a song writing master. Since I was twelve years of age I have loved his lyrics, guitar playing and soulfull voice and learned more about spirituality from his words than any religious organisation could ever teach me. I am fifty now and still listening to his albums. one of my favourite songs is this guitar can't keep from crying amongst so many others. Thumbs up to top tens. Colm
He was good but he wasn't a better songwriter than Mick Jagger or Robert Plant. Maybe the Beatles ARE overrated...V 3 Comments
The best band! Listening to Bon Jovi has given me strength. The talent of the instrument playing is up and above...but the front man...Jon...is one of the best! Every performance is from the heart! His voice absolutely beautiful! ! Thankyou Bon Jovi for making such incredible music!
a great musician with a great talent to create wonderful and meaningful songs in the world. - ronluna
Love his music, it's so much more than just words.
Richie Jon = Magic! Come on, vote people! They really do deserve thiV 3 Comments
Very meticulous songwriter and still a good live performer even in his late seventies. Really researched the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald to the point where everything in the song is pretty much accurate. Also did great ballads like Beautiful, If You Could Read My Mind, and Early Morning Rain.
Yes! Thanks to whoever added him to this list. Very underappreciated artist - Billyv
If people listened to his earliest few albums before he went mainstream pop, they would
probably agree with Dylan that he is one of the best ever.
Also what happened to Neil Diamond who wrote more hit songs than anyone except
Lennon and McCartney.
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