Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters

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The best singer/songwriters ever. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Josh Groban
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!
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2Bob Dylan
Should clearly be first. Josh Groban the greatest singer-songwriter of ALL time? You are all patently complete morons.
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!
Nice to know Bob Dylan is seen as an intellectual preference and is not counted among the lot chosen through popular vote. Josh Groban and Michael Jackson just write songs... Rhyme and mean something. Bob Dylan is a thinker, intellectual, and the most creative songwriter on Earth.
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3John Lennon
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

John Lennon was MAGIC! Influenced greatly by Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan and, of course, Paul McCartney! John's most notable songs are: Imagine, If I Fell, Woman, Give Peace A Chance, In My Life (with some help from Paul), Strawberry Fields Forever, I am The Walrus, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Working Class Hero, Cold Turkey, Happy X'Mas (War Is Over), All You Need s Love, Mind Games, No. 9 Dream, God, Oh My Love, Jealous Guy, Give Me Some Truth, Power To The People, Beautiful Boy, Watchin' The Wheels, Norwegian Wood (w some help from Paul), Girl. I'm A Loser, Tomorrow Never Knows, I'm Only Sleeping, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, Isolation, Crippled Inside, Only People, I'm Losing You, Grow Old With Me, Revolution, Come Together (w some help from Chuck Berry laugh out loud), Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Cry Baby Cry, I Should Have Known Better and Mother! Whew... All from memory... You should try to do this with McCartney... EVEN LONGER!

frank

John lennon/paul mccartney wrote let it be, hey jude, revolution, yesterday, hello goodbye, come together, yellow submarine, strawberry fields forever, the long and winding road, paperback writer and almost all of the other beatles songs. How are they not 1 and 2?. After the beatles lennon wrote imagine, and mccartney wrote silly love songs. This list is horrible!
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4Paul McCartney
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?
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?!
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5Michael Jackson
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.
Michael created a depth to his songs like no other. He sang with true emotion and feelings providing the listener with a connection to him personally. He meant what he sang and I love him for that. He was believable with the songs that he wrote and as a singer. love him xo mj

love4mjj

HE IS THE BEST SONGWRITTER AND SINGER/PERFORMER/DANCER EVER! Hail King Michael Jackson! WE LOVE YOU! HAIL KING MICHAEL JACKSON! He's done countless good deeds to people and HE CREATED THE BEST MUSIC EVER IN THIS WORLD! Hail King Michael Jackson!

HAILKINGMICHAELJACKSON

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6Paul Simon
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

Songwriting is about three things: melody, lyrics (including meldody) and harmonics. If you listen and compare: Simon has it all in a way that is perfection. He is definitely number one.

7Elton John
The greatest songwriter in my opinion. His melodies and character are unmatched!

8Bruce Springsteen
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
Bruce is amazing! But so were Woody Guthrie, Pete Seager and Bob Dylan... Just a touch TOO derivative to be in the company of Lennon, McCartney, Dylan, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon! One of THE BEST LIVE PERFORMERS EVER! GREAT songwriter!

frank

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9Kurt Cobain
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...
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10Freddie Mercury
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.
FREDDIE MERCURY = PERFECTION!
Best singer/songwriter ever to grace the Earth! Nobody can compete, let alone compare w/ the extraordinary genius of this phenomenal, sensational, stunningly awesome God of Music!
FREDDIE MERCURY = THE BEST there ever was/or ever will be!
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The Contenders

11Bon Jovi
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.
bon jovi has a song to every topic in my life

richie4life

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12George Harrison
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
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.
One of the top ten for sure... Maybe No. 2.. But then that is just my opine as is all other comments made by you yahoos. Stick that in your smoke and pipe it...
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13Ann Wilson
Ann is The Queen of Rock. No voice and live performance compares to hers. And what songs she's written. "Barracuda", "Crazy On You"... etc. She has "wowed" us for more than 30 years and still getting better.
It's true Ann Wilson is amazing; when you think about the fact she has only written one top ten hit "Magic Man" in her whole career and she ranks as number 1 on this list when others have written many number 1 hits. It proves how awesome Ann Wilson is.
Is there a better songwriter than Ann Wilson. She is simply amazing.

hardrockfanatic


14James Taylor
This man is very understated.
Not only does he play beautiful guitar but he writes lyrics that are loved and sung by everybody.

Metalman173

The best singer songwriter of all - nobody matches his lyrics and melodies

15Carole King

16John Denver

17Micheal Jackson
Micheal has written some of the most beautiful songs the world has ever had the pleasure to hear... We are the world... classic... he should be on this list too... RIP MJ xoxo
Why is he listed twice?

18Leonard Cohen
The greatest living poet and singer songwriter of the last 50 years and still performing to vast worldwide audiences
The more I listen the more it grows on my - the perfect lyrics and the harmonies.
When it comes to lyrics Cohen is the best hands down
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19Jackson Browne
One of the best by far and overwhelmingly overlooked. With a body of work that easily matches McCartney, Lennon, Dylan, & James Taylor.
Jackson is the best by far, forget about the commercial stuff as a pure poet no one can touch him case close!

20Billy Joel
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>Elton easily. Way more good songs from Billy.

21Tamer Hosny
A highly talented singer, he writes his own lyrics and he writes lyrics for other singers too! He is the best singer too, without doubt.

topmany

Honestly, I love this guy, I love his songs too! Best singer/songwriter alive today! Tamer Hosny! KING OF GENERATION!

anony


22Joni Mitchell
Once again you idiots know nothing! Joni is one of the five greatest songwriters of all time! To have her way back here behind Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Shakira, whore Madonna, and Bryan Adams, are you on crack! Taylor dreams that she's Joni at night! Go ask Prince, Herbie Hancock, Morrissey, Tori Amos, Alanis, James Taylor, Crosby Stills Nash Young, Robert Plant, and many others from that era who the best female songwriter and guitarist ever was. They'll tell you its Joni, period. Most of the artists I just named have written songs about her. Zep's "Going to California" is an ode to Joni. But she's an artist's artist so she gets overlooked for pop crap.

23James Hetfield
Yep, so true, his songwriting skills are sublime, (Roamer? One? The unforgiven trilogy? , I don't know where to start :S )

Psykosauron

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

Don't care what anyone says, One is the best lyric song I have ever heard, and he's a genius, best singer, rhtyim guitar and definitely 100% songwriter
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24Barry Gibb
He should be higher in the list!
He and his brothers made music history!
And if you don't believe me, just listen to some songs.
I bet you know at least 1of them!
That populair is what they still are today!
The right order of this list should be like this: lennon/mccartney, barry gibb, george harrison, freddie mercury then whatever...
From what I have read, barry gibb is the second most succesful songwriter in history behind paul mccartney. who ever made this list does not know what he or she is talking about.
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25Jarvis Cocker

26Phil Collins
He's Phil Collins! No need to say more, a genius.

27Tom Petty
109

He #1 with me he should at least be top 50 On this list hard to believe

Running Down a Dream, American Girl, Breakdown, Free Fallin, Last Dance with Mary Jane
Almost 60 & got a NEW 2disc CD out-it's great-did you guys forget him just cause he's softspoken?

My favorite. Make the best songs with the simplest melody and story. Go to love efugee and don't come around here no more- about alice in wonderland and hallucinogens.
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28Neil Young
Needle and the damage doe. Heart of gold. Are you ready for the country. Down by the river. Like a hurricane. This man has one of the most beutiful lyrics out there. Leonard Cohen, tom waits and neil young should be easily at the top but alas people such as josh groben have stole that spot. Neil young should be in the top 5 easily
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
He should be at least second to Bob Dylan and defiantly ahead of kurt Cobain; no offense but even he said his lyrics where throwaways
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29Gordon Lightfoot

30Van Morrison
This guy has been turning out awesome music since he was a teenager in Them. He is as fresh and relevant now as he was almost 50 years ago. Nobody sounds like him and nobody writes like him-Brown Eyed Girl, Jackie Wilson Said, Queen of the Slipstream, Have I Told You Lately, etc. Check out the number of films that have used his music.
Listen to the multitude of music this man has produced it's pure poetry about everyday life.
Easily in the top 3 (with Dylan and Lennon-McCartney.

31Elliott Smith
How dare you place Elliott Smith between Shakira and Bryan Adams and for that matter how Josh Groban came to be number 1 is beyond me this is the slow crumble of taste and purity that will be gone within the next few years. Start building these factories because I think the world is ready for manufactured people now.
Easily in the top ten.. Not that it would matter, this list is bogus.
Elliott for number 1!

32Pete Townshend

33Mick Jagger

34Bryan Adams

35Jimmy Page

36Jim Morrison
How is Jim Morrison not in the top 10? Like I don't get it. He should totally be up there with Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, and John Lennon. His lyrics were absolutely incredible and The Doors were one of the best bands of all time!
What is Jim doing way down here? He deserves to be in the top 5!

37Madonna

38Billie Joe Armstrong
His songs have passion and feeling. The lyrics reach out to people the world over and let them know that someone else is feeling like they do.
He's an amazing composer of music. I can't think of one song that can't be likable written by him! He tells stories, expresses feelings, relates to today's people and puts it all in Green Days music! Plus he's supeer sexy!
Because He Is Period. "do you know what worth fighting for but not worth dieing for " that is one of many examples why.
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39Mariah Carey
Beautiful voice transcends with beautiful lyrics. Mariah truly is versatile and professional at what she does best. The ability to add necessary notes to support the mood and timbre of the concept of a piece. She is able to create heavenly emotions from the well-thought lyrics she creates then goes beyond these emotions by executing what she has wrote, the things she believes in through her angelic notes and use of melisma. Mariah is exceptionally good at changing the tone of her voice to suit what she has written. Truly amazing, and exceptional artist and songwriter. Her music style is very original. Her lyrics are the crystallized sugar which melts beautiful into a variety of tones colours through her exceptional singing abilities. Like what I said at the start, Beautiful voice transcends with beautiful lyrics.
She doesn't get enough credit, people don't recognize her talent as a singer or a song-writer. Pop singers can be good too, ya know. Rock isn't the "golden genre", its good, but people need to give credit where credit is due. Mariah Carey also has perfect pitch, so just saying...
hey, SHE WRITES everything...
ONE SWEET DAY?
WE BELONG TOGETHER?
obviously she's the best songwriter ALIVE!...

yohpercy

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40Stevie Wonder
People of different generations loved his many classics... They sound as fresh and soulfully good now as ever. He not only was an extremely gifted songwriter. He recorded and performed live superbly with that God given voice... It is between him and McCartney bottom line.

41Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington is a singer with a powerfull voice... It is unique and the live quality of his voice is just good as his studio voice. For me he is the #1 from the modern, living rock artists! I know we can't say that he is better than MJ or someone else, but he have an unique voice like the legends.

Amazing lyrics and vocals, definitely number one.

lukestheman4


42Robert Plant

43Hyde
Beautiful voice, great range, catching melodies, captivating live and non-live l'arc~en~ciel forever!
He made a very deep and touching lyrics
Sometimes his lyrics are not easy to understand
Each lyrics he made has a deep meaning

44Hideto Matsumoto

Hide is the god of Visual Kei, his talent doesn't have limit, as singer or lead guitarist is so ' brilliant <3 R.I.P Pink Spider


45Jared Leto
He is from thirty seconds to mars. My favorite songs feom him are
Closer to the edge
The kill
Attack
Kings and kings
Savior

46Joe Strummer

47John Mayer
Should at least be in the top 20, maybe higher!
Amazing talent... if you haven't seen Neon or any of his live performances, you don't know what this guy can really do on guitar. Should be top 20s at least.

48Morten Harket

49Steve Perry
Steve Perry was the lead singer for Journey from 1977 to 1996. During that time he cowrote most of the band's music. He also released two solo albums, one in 1984 and the other in 1994. He is an amazingly talented singer, with a huge range and a beautiful voice.
He is just an angel when it comes to music
The Voice... Enough said

50Lindsey Buckingham

51Gary Barlow
I absolutely love this man, he's so talented, a great entertainer, I've seen take that live loads of times, for anyone who's never seen them live, you really don't know what you're missing!. I long for the day when Gary becomes a sir, I think he should become a sir after all his involvement with the royal jubilee. Vote Gary now!.
Gary has wrote some amazing songs...
Back for Good; Greatest Day; Pray; A Million Love Songs; Sure; Never Forget; Forever Love and hundreds more... He is AMAZING!
Very Talented Man, the BEST member of TAKE THAT! Million Love Songs he wrote just aged 15 NOW THAT IS TALENTED!
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52Taylor Swift
Taylor is so SWEET... She "writes her age" beautifully! She's off to a great start... Lets see where she takes it! She has a bit of work to do to be mentioned with Lennon, McCartney, Dylan, Carol King, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, George Harrison, Smokey Robinson, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash... Don'tcha think? Taylor..."YOU GO GIRL! "

frank

I completaly disagree with this list... I mean its like some of the best songwriters are on the bottom of the list... In my persional opinoun taylor swift should definitely be higher on this list... She has wrote all her songs and there all brillant.
Every song in her album is epic. That's all I can say about her. If you don't agree go and listen to her album Taylor Swift Fearless and Speak Now. AWESOME
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53John Darnielle

54Kelly Clarkson

55Eminem
Oh man! I wanna die! Eminem should be in the top 5 for sure! Come on pussies! Vote this guy up! He is the best!
Should be on top 10 come on vote guys!

56Matt Shadows

57Beyonce

58Tupac
Tupac has touched many peoples hearts with his great lyrics and music. He was for the community, for the people, for the world. Tupac is the greatest musician artist of all time, Period.
Tupac must be in top 10 I can't believe he is rank here! What he can do a lot of people didn't and will not succed. One man like Tupac is born once in 1000 years.
He should be in the top 20 atlaest

59Prince
He should be number one he's the only one to do everything himself!
MJ didn't write all his songs I have 10 albums of MJ and I don't see him everywhere!
Prince is a singer, songwriter, dancer, guitarist, drummer, pianist...
Yes, should be top 5 definitely. Who are these people saying Madonna and MJ in front of Prince for songwriting?

60Jim Croce
I can't believe that Jim Croce is below Beyonce, Taylor Swift or Madonna... His songs were and will be eternal, he is one of the best songwriters of all time, he doesn't deserve the top 58, he deserves to be in the top 10 or even top 15 or 20 but not below!
Are you people serious? Jim Croce sang about the common man, his hits are timeless and his voice is one of a kind. Very few are better than him
I'm 18 and the season I know who this man is, is because of my dad. Proof that his music is eternal.

TristanMatheny

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61Axl Rose
Guns N' Roses - Breakdown
Enough said

62Noel Gallagher
Surely should be in top 5, write some of the best songs ever made, I'm suprised he's not in here already
Should be a lot higher on the list than 59! One of the greatest lyricist for a very long time. definitely needs to be in the top 10 of all time.
Best songwriter of all the 90s, incredible he isn't on the top 10. This guy is Oasis, one of the biggest bands of the UK. I mean this guy is better than Kurt Cobain (overrated as hell) and I'm sure he is a lot better than Josh Groban

63Isono KYO Hiroshi

the greatest singer, frontman, vocalist, songwriter of D'ERLANGER

ronluna


64Jeff Lynne

65Conor Oberst

66Avril Lavigne
I just love her songs
She is amazing

67Rod Stewart

68Ian Tyson

69Bono
Can't believe bono is at 47, he's a way better songwriter then mark hoppus and mariah carey. Also a better showman
Of course, that Bono item on this list is not fair, he deserves to be in TOP 3!
Wow how is Bono this low?
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70Robbie Williams
Such an amazing and talented guy. He has inspired some of the best songs that have ever been written
His songs are heartfelt and beautiful
Some of the best songs I have ever heard
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71Mark Hoppus

72Ryan Tedder
Ryan Tedder is an extremely talented, well-rounded, inspirational, amazing and epic singer/songwriter! He helped write songs for all of these artists: Adele, Ashley Tisdale, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, B.O. B, Kelly Clarkson, K'naan, Far East Movement, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis, Gavin DeGraw, David Cook, Demi Lovato, Sebastian Ingrosso, Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, T-Pain, The Wanted, Zedd, Paul Oakenfold and Delta Goodrem ans so many more! He is the lead singer n his band OneRepublic (the best band EVER, which actually makes meaningful music about real life things and not just random and bland pop music) and is a multi-instrumentalist who learned piano via the Suzuki method when he was only ' 3 years old! He knows how to use vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, hammond organ, tambourine, glockenspiel, djembe, vibraphone, flute and the clarinet. But he is so underrated that I just can't't bear it! He should be in the top ten at least...
Ryan Tedder is so awesome, kind and epic. He is the lead singer of the best band ever also known as OneRepublic, who creates meaningful music and not cheesy, dumb and meaningless pop. He is not full of himself AT ALL (and he has plenty of reasons to be) and is really funny, epic, nice. His voice is so amazing and beautiful! Just listen to OneRepublic's songs "Apologize" and "All the Right Moves" and try telling me that you've never heard them before, because I bet you did. Their new music form their latest album "Native" is also just as wonderful. Tedder doesn't draw any attention to himself and is still amazing and great. Team Tedder forever! :D
Ryan Tedder is an amazingly talented person... I love all of his songs so much. His voice is beautiful and his songs are just so meaningful and touching. He definitely has to be in the top ten, not 71.
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73Chris Cornell
Best song writer and to back that up best singer ever

74Dimebag Darrell

wow dimebag is a lonely rainbow of darkness on this list


75Ray Davies

Just listen to "You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset", "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", "David Watts", "Sunny Afternoon", "Days", "Lola", "Apeman" and others 40 songs at the same songwriting level and you'll see why I voted for him.


76Kris Kristofferson
The genius of Kristofferson escapes many. But that is ok.
What he only won "writer of the year" like 5 times in a ROW- Belongs in
the top 10 at least

ifnotforgrace


77Stevie Nicks
A Singer/Songwriter with few peers. There are few like her that writing is like breathing.

78Townes Van Zandt
This list is retarded. It should go Dylan, Townes, Lennon, Cobain. Townes is only known to music officinados because he never saught commercial success and believed his songwriting would suffer if he did. He was poorly produced but is amazing in his live album. Scarily there are many similarities between Cobain and himself. He was often depressed, wrote brilliant melancholy lyrics with a hint of humorous sarcasm. Dylan famously had downtown Austin closed off so Townes could come over in his camper and Dylan eagerly went aboard his camper and requested Townes to play for him. Not jam together but play for him cause Dylan was a die hard fan. Steve Earle should also be up on the list. His mentor not surprisingly was Townes. Enough said.
Ryan Tedder is such an amazing and talented guy! He has a voice as smooth as velvet and an amazing ability to come up with meaningful and powerful song lyrics! He is really nice and should be higher up on the list. And to anyone who thinks otherwise, your argument is completely invalid!
This is the god of songwriting. But he's so underrated and that just kills me. Every singer songwriter in texas should know Poncho and Lefty

akakakohyeah


79Kyo (Dir en grey)

He's lyrics ARE amazing & he should be #1!

Niikura_Akonya


80Veronique Sanson

81Ed Sheeran
Why is ed sheeran at the bottom?
Why isn't he top 5!?!?!
He deserves to be first, his lyrics are beautiful
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82Martin Gore
He's a genius! Sensitive yet human, mysterious yes so universal! Sublime!
THE BEST BRILLIANT, ME AS A ADDICT STAYING IN THE GHETOS OF CAPE TOWN FIND HIS LYRICS HEALING THERAPHEUTIC, ITS HELL HERE AND I FIND MY INNER SELF THRU HIS LYRICS AND DAVID GAHANS VOICE

83Matt Bellamy
what? 83?! His beautiful voice combined with his creativity is pure art, he really deserves to be much higher.
Why matt in 106.. he must be in the top 10! Just listen soaked by adam lambert and uprising by muse... he is guitarist of decade in Q MAGAZINE...

84Arsen Dedic

85Laura Nyro
Laura Nero has the best voice of women, creative lyrics and wrote her own songs.

86Dave Grohl
The man was in two of the best bands ever and wrote and performed the entire first Foo Fighters album. Half the people ahead of him on this list have their songs written for them or don't have a single instrument in their songs

87Dan Fogelberg

88Marvin Gaye

89M. Shadows

90Steve Earle

91Roger Waters
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
Amazing songwriter and great poet!
Very surprised, he was not (yet) on the list...
The 'brains' from Pink Floyd...

92Aria Tesolin

93Michael McDonald

94Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse toward the bottom? What is wrong with people? She spoke to lots of women when no one else could. She deserves to be at least in the Top 20, and definitely before Taylor Swift! Whoever put Taylor on such a high rank needs to listen to real music.


95Karla Bonoff

96Patti Smith

97Anthony Kiedis

98Carly Simon
Carly has had a long and amazing career. She is terribly underrated!

99Kenny Loggins

100Harry Chapin

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