Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters

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21Van 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.

How Van Morrison isn't in the top 10 of all time is just a mystery. I think because of his quiet, away from the public lifestyle and his refusal to try and write "Top 40 BS" songs, he is under appreciated in todays world of over the top electronic, rap and bland pop music. It's a damn shame.

Easily in the top 3 (with Dylan and Lennon-McCartney.

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22James TaylorJames Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

My all-time favorite. This list is a breath of fresh air compared to the crappy songwriters list Top Tens has out. Seriously, go visit that site if you want to see rankings that will make you puke.

This man is very understated.
Not only does he play beautiful guitar but he writes lyrics that are loved and sung by everybody. - Metalman173

He's the best. Haven't heard his new album yet. Have seen him twice live, go see him if you haven't, you'll be in for a treat.

I saw him live in a solo performance in a small old theater with great acoustics. Perfect setting, perfect art. - Billyv

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

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23Ann WilsonAnn Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

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

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24John DenverHenry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s.

Good to see a list that gives Denver his due. Maybe his songs don't have any deep, dark meanings to them, but that's not who the man was. He wrote simple, heart touching melodies. I've heard that the melody and words to Annie's Song came to him in fifteen minutes while he was riding up a ski lift. That is a talented man with a special gift. Not a bad actor, either, if you've ever seen Oh God with he and George Burns.

An exceptional talent in both singing and writing! I can't think of better love songs than "For You", "Never a Doubt" and "Perhaps Love".

A simply brilliant songwriter

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25Tom PettyThomas Earl "Tom" Petty is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer.

That's what I like about this list. You finally see people like Lightfoot, Taylor, Petty, Van Morrison, and Denver get their due. People who have established that they are among the all time great songwriters, and not a bunch of people who have just had a hit or two. With maybe a couple exceptions, this is a very intelligent top twenty.

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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? -

Tom Petty is an amazing human being. There is a lot of heart and soul in his music.

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26Mick JaggerSir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.

Some of the best roadhouse songs ever and Scorsese loves them!

27Jim MorrisonJames Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

I like Jim Morrison but if you look at the top ten it's really pretty legitimate except for Josh Groban. I don't know that I'd put Morrison in there over anyone currently there. And you still have Neil Young and Carole King outside the top twenty as well. I guess there are just a lot of really good songwriters. Also, I do believe Buddy Holly should be in here somewhere.

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

28Carole King

You can tell a real good songwriter by how many others want to do his or her songs. Aretha Franklin, the Osmonds, the Beatles, James Taylor, the Drifters, the Everly Brothers, Steve Lawrence, and Grand Funk Railroad are just a few of the many and diverse artists who have recorded Carloe King songs. In this category, I believe Ms. King can only be matched by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, or possibly Buddy Holly.

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29Jackson Browne

Speaking of "Running on Empty", that album is one of the most amazing live albums ever. Listen to how tight his band is--it sounds like they're in the studio! Another accomplishment of Browne's was co-writing the Eagles song "Take It Easy" with Glenn Frey. Yes, I've heard that he and Hannah had a problem or two. We're voting for songwriters, though, not choir boys.

One of the best by far and overwhelmingly overlooked. With a body of work that easily matches McCartney, Lennon, Dylan, & James Taylor.

Not quite a match to the others you mention though you're right that he's often overlooked and underappreciated - Billyv

Jackson is the best by far, forget about the commercial stuff as a pure poet no one can touch him case close!

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30Jimmy PageJames Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
31David BowieDavid Robert Jones was born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

-Life on Mars
-Changes
-Ashes to Ashes
-Space Oddity
-Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
-Loving the Alien
-The Man Who Sold The World
-Ziggy Stardust
-Lady Stardust
-Lady Grinning Soul
-Bewley Brothers
-Oh You Pretty Things
-Five Years
-Rock n Roll Suicide
-All The Young Dudes
-Heroes

What is wrong with people? David Bowie is clearly one of the best, he should be at least top ten.

Better than Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and everyone on the top 77... He's the best song-writer of all time

Should be in the top ten

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32Noel GallagherNoel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.

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.

Surely should be in top 5, write some of the best songs ever made, I'm suprised he's not in here already

Noel Gallagher is, undisputedly, one of the best songwriters in music history. UNDISPUTEDLY. But I'm not even gonna argue about this, this chart is clearly not a thing to take too serious since Noel Gallagher is here at 78th while above there are people like Avril Lavigne, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, etc. Like, what? Nothing against these artists, but people should get a musical culture and get to know who Noel Gallagher is. - sethcarmichael

Easily in the Top 3.

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33Elvis Costello
34Paul StanleyStanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.

This is way too high. Ahead of Robert Plant and Barry Gibb? Sorry, no.

35Rod StewartRoderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.V1 Comment
36Barry GibbBarry Alan Crompton Gibb is a British singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the group Bee Gees, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed groups in the history of popular music.

History speaks for itself. They didn't always make my kind of music, but you can't argue with their success. Actually, the Bee Gees wrote some beautiful acoustic type ballads before they went disco. To Love Somebody, Gotta Get a Message to You, First of May, Massachusetts, Holiday, we're all beautiful ballads.

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.

The right order of this list should be like this: lennon/mccartney, barry gibb, george harrison, freddie mercury then whatever...

Great great singer and songwriter!

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37Tamer 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

38David GilmourDavid Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

Very surprised, he was not (yet) on the list...
The 'heart' from Pink Floyd...

39Jarvis Cocker
40Paul Heaton
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