Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters


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81Axl RoseWilliam Bruce Rose Jr.,better known as 'Axl Rose', was born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.V1 Comment
82PrincePrince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, and died on April 21st, 2016. he was a music legend from the 80s up until his death, best known for songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry".

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...

Jackson is actually in front of him twice.

Yes, should be top 5 definitely. Who are these people saying Madonna and MJ in front of Prince for songwriting?

83Maynard James KeenanMaynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.V1 Comment
84Bob MarleyRobert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.V1 Comment
85Conor Oberst

Character portraits, cynical and heartfelt love ballads, intimate confessionals, sardonic political there a current songwriter pulling off the risks Conor Oberst takes with such aplomb? I don't think so. His album "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" is one masterpiece after another.

86PassengerMichael David Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, is an English singer-songwriter and musician.

Best in the world, his writing has so much meaning and storyline that all these other songwriters can't even compare.

Every song is a treat for the mind and imagination.. The capacity of his songs to make you not just listen to what he is saying but seeing what he wants to show you.. It's just amazing listening Passanger..

87Isono KYO Hiroshi

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

88Nick Drake

Hauntingly beautiful songs. Complex yet subtle melodies.

89Sixto RodriguezSixto Diaz Rodriguez, going only by his surname Rodriguez as his stage name, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist born on July 10th, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. In the 70s, Rodriguez released the two albums “Cold Fact” and “Coming from Reality”, both of which were a commercial failure more.
90Ian Tyson
91Ronnie James DioRonnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.V1 Comment
92Ray DaviesRaymond Douglas "Ray" Davies is an English musician. He was the rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave.

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.

Anybody that can rhyme Dracula and vernacular gets my vote. Best British songwriter, bar none. Major influence on both heavy metal and punk rock. The thinking man's rock star.

No wonder he is this low, not enough people have even listened to his and Kinks' achievements in music.

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94BonoPaul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

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!

Bono is one of the greatest live frontmen of all time and though he isn't much of a musician (he can hardly play guitar), he's a solid songwriter, a great showman, and a truly amazing human being outside of U2.

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95Mark HoppusMark Allan Hoppus is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and television personality best known as the bassist and co-lead vocalist for the pop punk band Blink-182. Born in Ridgecrest, California, Hoppus spent his childhood moving back and forth between his mother and father's more.

I am a huge fan of Blink-182, but if you really want to hear great songs written by Mark then you have to listen to Plus 44. They only released one album, but you can also find almost all of the songs done acousticly and they are masterfully written and performed.

96Townes 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!

Greatest ever American songwriter. His poetic lyrics portray a dark side that exits, and that most writers, seeking commercial success, would never write

The best songwriting I've ever heard

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97Stevie Nicks Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.

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

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98Chris CornellChris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave.

Best song writer and to back that up best singer ever

99Dimebag DarrellDarrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

wow dimebag is a lonely rainbow of darkness on this list

100Kris Kristofferson

What he only won "writer of the year" like 5 times in a ROW- Belongs in
the top 10 at least - ifnotforgrace

Probably the most underrated singer/songwriter of all time (by those not in the biz)

The genius of Kristofferson escapes many. But that is ok.

His lyrics are right up there with Dylan's.

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