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!
[Newest]It's absurd to place Josh Groban, or probably anyone else, above Paul McCartney


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.
[Newest]Bob Dylan is one of the best musicians ever. Josh Groban being number one only destroys my faith in humanity, it smashes it with a baseball bat into walls repeatedly, lights it on fire, and eats it.

therootbeer


3John Lennon
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 when someone thinks of the Beatles it was Lennon's vision and leadership that made the Beatles Great. Please don't come back with petty stuff, like it was Dylan that did this and that, cause it won't wash with me and anyway I will counteract anything you say.
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.
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

[Newest]Josh Groban?!?! Really?! John Lennon is a legendary one who created a lot of masterpieces, and especially Josh Groban can' even sing in a long range like Lennon. Is there a song of Josh Groban better than Lennon's Imagine? Can Josh Groban even sing the Twist and Shout and This Boy in a right harmony?

4Paul McCartney
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
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?
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?!
[Newest]Paul McCartney is the greatest and most successful composer of all time... PERIOD! 1. Paul McCartney, 2. John Lennon, 3. Bob Dylan... Thank god for Paul Simon, Carole King, George Harrison, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Brian Wilson too!

frank


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

Michael was a GREAT songwriting talent... BUT not quite "up there" with: McCartney, Lennon, Dylan, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. Almost made it... But his amazing performances DID have a tendency to make SOME of his songs appear to be a bit better than, as compositions, they really were.

frank

[Newest]He is simply perfection


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.

7Bruce 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


8Elton John
Should be Bernie Taupin here but together they should be #1
The greatest songwriter in my opinion. His melodies and character are unmatched!

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...
[Newest]Kurt cobain's lyrics are incredible; funny, serious, and never really meaning much at all, but still they are remembered 2 decades down the line...

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!

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

[Newest]Jon and write don't write songs but poems and great masterpieces...

12Ann 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


13Billy Joel
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.

14George 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...

15Van 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.

16James 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

17Gordon Lightfoot

18Carole King

19Tamer 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


20Neil 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

21John Denver

22Chester 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


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

24Jackson 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!

25Micheal 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?

26Leonard 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

27Roger 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...

28Jarvis Cocker

29Mike Shinoda
He writes and sang for linkin park and fort minor (a separate band he made) including remember the name, Where'd you go and just an all round great song writer vocalist rapper guitarist piano he has the total package guys vote up was surprised he was not on the list.

30Joni 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.

31Ed Sheeran
Why is ed sheeran at the bottom?
Why isn't he top 5!?!?!
He deserves to be first, his lyrics are beautiful

32Barry Gibb
In objective terms, based on hits and record sales, Barry Gibb should be #2 behind McCartney/Lennon. Gibb's song were more intricate than the Beatles songs. He also wrote numerous hits for other people in diverse styles. He tends to be dismissed as "disco" but he had great success both before and after that period.
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!
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.
[newest]
The stats don't lie.

33Rod Stewart

34Jared 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

35Eminem
Should be on top 10 come on vote guys!
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!
Eminem is the best songwriter if all time

Duckawatchaphobic


36Elliott 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!

37Jim 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!
Please fix the bug in the website and put him back to #1

38Phil Collins
He's Phil Collins! No need to say more, a genius.

39Ryan 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.

40Bryan Adams

41Tom 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.

42Paul Heaton

43Pete Townshend
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!

44Madonna

45Mick Jagger

46Garth Brooks

47Taylor 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

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
This is the worst list ever; 56th?!
Taylor should be at least in the top 20 if not top 10

48Billie 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.

49Mariah 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


50Jimmy Page

51Passenger

52Paul Weller

53Hyde
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

54Hideto 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

55Jim 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
My man from San Diego... I was born half year after his death, but love all of his songs. Playing along with the guitar is so nice.

56Robert Plant

57Stevie 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.

58John Mayer
Should at least be in the top 20, maybe higher!
Should be in the top ten the best in present day at
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.

59Ray Charles

60Morten Harket

61Steve 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

62Gary 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!

63Joe Strummer

64Kelly Clarkson

65Matt Shadows

66Lindsey Buckingham

67John Darnielle

68Beyonce

69Michael Stipe

70Tupac
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

71Prince
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?

72Axl Rose
Guns N' Roses - Breakdown
Enough said

73Isono KYO Hiroshi
the greatest singer, frontman, vocalist, songwriter of D'ERLANGER

ronluna


74Avril Lavigne
I just love her songs
She is amazing

75Bono
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?

76Noel 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

77Robbie 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

78Mark Hoppus

79Jeff Lynne
Great music and a voice to go with it. Should be much higher in the ranks.

80Conor Oberst

81Ray 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.

82Ian Tyson

83Chris Cornell
Best song writer and to back that up best singer ever

84Dimebag Darrell
wow dimebag is a lonely rainbow of darkness on this list

85Kris 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


86Stevie Nicks
A Singer/Songwriter with few peers. There are few like her that writing is like breathing.

87Townes 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


88Kyo (Dir en grey)
He's lyrics ARE amazing & he should be #1!

Niikura_Akonya


89Veronique Sanson

90Martin 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

91Matt 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...

92Arsen Dedic

93Laura Nyro
Laura Nero has the best voice of women, creative lyrics and wrote her own songs.

94Dave 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

95Aria Tesolin

96Dan Fogelberg

97Marvin Gaye

98M. Shadows

99Steve Earle

100Michael McDonald

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