Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters

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41Jarvis Cocker
42Dave MustaineDavid Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born September 13, 1961. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and well known as the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal ...read more.

Look at all of the songs he wrote by himself. He's the best songwriter ever - Frantic713

43Paul Heaton
44Elliott 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.

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45Garth BrooksTroyal Garth Brooks, known professionally as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.
46Stevie WonderStevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

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.

Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney! Melody JUST doesn't get ANY BETTER! - frank

Stevie is one of the greatest. Top 10.

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47Jeff Lynne

Jeff Lynne is way beyond genius. If you listen to Tom Petty talk about Jeff Lynne and his many talents, you know he is very sincere. There are many amazing songwriters past and present but all I can say is check out all his albums from The Idle Race to Jeff Lynne's ELO and notice the many changes, every album stands on it's own merits and I fully believe he has never made a bad album. A few are pretty good, some amazing, some spellbinding. Even now he has the ability to surprise us with something different. Sharon Osbourne once mentioned (and I'm paraphrasing) that he is not a showman. He has trouble loosening up on stage. It's too much for him. It's when he walks into a studio is when he lets all his emotions out. His songs are full of emotion. I totally agree with her. I feel the heartache on Face The Music and A New World Record. At the time he was apparently going thru a breakup and you can hear despair on those albums. But he is equally prolific when he is happy. Even when he ...more

This man has written and still writes beautiful music. I fell in love with this man's music back in the 1970's because of complex sounds of his music, that is using orchestral instruments in a rock style, and using rock instruments in an orchestral style. I love to listen to Jeff's music and basically dissect it by listening to each instrument as it plays, listening carefully to different vocal parts and noting the rhythm of each of his songs. I also like how he uses non musical sounds to be included in his music.

Jeff and ELO have so many hits. Much more than many listed higher. ELO music continues today to get air time and is used in movies and commercials. Many of these others will not be getting air time 20-30 years from now. Jeff and ELO has stood the test of time.

The genius of Jeff Lynne's songwriting is in his "hooks." His tunes are memorable and singable. Except for the high notes that he can still hit at age 68 on his current tour. Love him. He's the best songwriter and producer of all time.

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48Chester BenningtonChester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park.

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

49Thom YorkeThomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.

Thom Yorke has such a unique voice and like the rest of his band Radiohead, he's not afraid to really experiment. So many artists these days stick with one sound, but Yorke and friends are masters of true creativity in songwriting.

One of the best people! Just check out these songs:

Paranoid Android
Karma Police
Fake Plastic Trees
How To Disappear Completely
Street Spirit
There There
Pyramid Song
Thinking About You
Knives Out.

He's so underrated, better than Swift and Bellamy.

He made all of these brilliant songs... - fuddox

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50Paul WellerV1 Comment
51Bryan Adams
52Tom ArayaTomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
53Brian WilsonBrian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.

This placement shows everything wrong with the current generation. Brian should be number 1, without a shadow of a doubt. Disgusting that he isn't. It says a lot about the kind of people who are voting on this list.

Just listen to the memories in your head. Hear those melodies and harmonies? You can thank Brian Wilson for those tunes that just enter your head while taking a shower. This man deserves to be in the top 5.

Should be top 20. I believe this is higher than he was last time I looked at this list, I hope he's moving up.

Brian is without a doubt a legend. He deserves to be in the top 10, if not higher. He was so ahead of his time and it's a shame that his work is so under appreciated today.

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54Jim Croce

Makes you wonder just how many more great songs he would have written had he lived longer. Songs like Time in a Bottle, Operator, I Got a Name, and I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song are gorgeous, and Croce had a great sense of humor with songs like Roller Derby Queen, Rapid Roy, and of course Leroy Brown...

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.

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55Jared Leto

He does write his own songs word for word. every 1 of them means something & to the point either fight to what you believe in, love, dream, stand up, or pain to survive. - cs

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56Billie Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

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.

I feel like Billie Joe Armstrong does not get enough credit for his songwriting. The political lyrics are just one example. It is enough to actually READ the lyrics of basically every song off "21st Century Breakdown" and most of "American Idiot" as well as many other songs to see the true genius in this guy. Seriously, it is so much more then punk...

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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57Ray CharlesRaymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

As great a singer as Ray was (and that is incredibly great), most of his songs were written by other people.

58Phil CollinsPhilip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.V3 Comments
59Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin ...read more.

Honestly, I agree that Taylor is no good vocalist, but when it comes to songwriting, she blows everyone else in her generation out of the water. She is arguably the finest songwriter in the new millennium, and yes I think she is a galaxy ahead in terms of songwriting. Yes, she does write about love, but that's where her strength relies. Jon Bon Jovi and Kelly Clarkson approve of her songwriting talent, as does Neil Young.

Her songs "All Too Well", "Back to December" and "Clean" are lyrical MASTERPIECES. Lines like "Hey, you called me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest" and "You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter" are lines that every singer/songwriter should wish to achieve. This is coming from a guy who likes alt bands such as Green Day.

Hate her all you want, but you can't say she's a horrible songwriter. Icons have praised her, music critics call her a songwriting supreme. Deny it all you want, but ...more

Not gonna compare her to the legends In this list but I think she is one of the best modern songwriters. People may know her for the commercial songs like we are never getting back together or shake it off but her true talent is evident in masterpieces like All Too Well and New Romantics. Brilliant.

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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60Gary 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!.

Very Talented Man, the BEST member of TAKE THAT! Million Love Songs he wrote just aged 15 NOW THAT IS TALENTED!

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!

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