Greatest Song Writers

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The Top Ten

Pal Waaktaar Savoy
Unknown by many, Pals lyrics and melodies are a work of creative genius. The pop success of 'Take on me' left many believing a-ha were no more than a pop band, but later albums, and even other tracks from a-ha's debut album "Hunting High and Low" demonstrated that there was more to this composer than met the eye.
9 a-ha albums, 5 Savoy albums and a number of collaborations later, Pal Waaktaar-Savoy is a consummate writer, capable of setting a phrase or refrain in such a way as to twist emotion downwards, or send it soaring.
He is, most definitely, my number 1 song writer.
He is the greatest songwriter, every song he wrote was fantastic. Songs like "Out of blue comes green", Hunting High And Low", "East of the sun west of the moon" are masterpieces. We will never forget Morten's voice, Mags riffs and your wonderful songs. A-HA FOREVER
I love his songs from a-ha and Savoy and I would be glad to hear new songs from him.
[Newest]Never heard of him?

2Michael Jackson
Michael so many amazing songs including "Billie Jean" "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" "Wanna Be Startin' Something" "Bad" "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" "Black or White" "Beat It" "Heal the World" "Earth Song" "They Don't Care About Us" "Stranger in Moscow" and much, much more...


The reason why he is the best songwriter is very simple: he wrote loads of songs that have a connection with him and ALL of his fans. They are all the better taken forward to the epicenter of Michael's creations. Moreover, in terms of quantity, Michael has still so many songs sleeping in vaults that will show in the future that he was still the King Of Songwriting. Wait for songs like "Breed", "ays in Gloucestershire" or "World Of Candy"!
Michael's own solo written and produced tracks were always instant hits. Don't Stop til You Get Enough, You Rock My World, and Black Or White are just some examples of his greatness. Michael has written a few tacky songs, but of course never released them on an album and only gave us his best!
[Newest]He is the man who writes every song by his own mind and becomes the King of POP, you can just imagine his greatness! Definitely the best of bests.

3Bob Dylan
I am giving up on this site after seeing this. His songs are just songs they are poems that embody the whole word. He was considered the voice of his generation, the same generation that had the civil rights movement and Vietnam. Like a rolling stone is the most important song in the history of modern music. The reason he is so low has to be people don't know who he is anymore and because of that, to quote dr farnsworth "i don't want to live on this planet anymore"
Bob Dylan is the best songwriter of all time...
He is a poetic genius and his songs are beautifully crafted. Surely Michael Jackson was a great performer but when it comes to playing with words and writing songs no one can beat Bob Dylan. He wrote songs which were universal in appeal and proved the world that at the end it is melody and lyrics that matter. His songs are so beautiful... Its like listening to simple and splendid poetry. "Like a rolling Stone", "Mr. Tambourine Man"< "Blowin' in the wind" are some examples... And yes he wrote so good songs that several of them have been covered up by various artists whuch includes "Knockin' on Heaven's door" By Guns N Roses... And if you still think otherwise either you have not heard him or you are an idiot...
The guy has influenced practically every songwriter from Lennon to Jack White, and US presidents have even made references to his lyrics in their very inauguration speeches. Not only did he teach the world that good songs don't have to be about broken hearts by writing lyrics that actually seem relevant, he also wrote some of the finest melodies ever in his unique, yet down-to-earth style. This guy should be number one, for ever!


[Newest]None as prolific and with anywhere close to the range of material.

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4Yoshiki Hayashi
Maybe for some it takes a while to realise what the words he transformed in songs mean, but when you get their meaning, they make you cry every time you listen to them. Sang or not. Some dispute his genius, but there's nothing to argue about. He just wrote a part from what humans feel. Just that simple, to get people crying or at least be moved by some words. Come on guys, check that ballads' meaning, you'll get what I'm blabbering here. You'll not lose your time, just gain something instead
an genius at this place.. He is the best song writers I've ever meet..


how come he's not on the list? he's the world greatest song writer. metal, rock, ballad, even classical! he has them all! music is his blood!


[Newest]His song touches our heart

5John Lennon
let's face this truth:

1-john lennon
2-paul mccartney
3-freddie mercury

p. s. : I'm really getting worry about people's mind about dis list!.. "at least" NOT top 10(?!?!?! ) but I still do believe there're lota people like me who know that this man has the best(in any kind of subject you can imagine) lyrics!..


John and than Paul. This is not just my opinion this is the way it should be. With songs like imagine, come together, dear prudence, all you need is love, strawberry fields forever and I want to hold your hand there really is no way that he shouldn't be number one.
Hands down the greatest musician to ever live. He inspired many great musicians that most people worship, and he pioneered many genres. If you talk about who wrote the best music it is definitely Lennon. And about lyrics, he makes a fight with Morrissey and Bob Dylan.
[Newest]John lennon is number 1 song writer in the world.. but why is in the number 5?

6Tim Rice-Oxley
I really can't sum up all my feelings for this great songwriter, he is deep in an emotional way, his music touches the most intimate vibes of the human kind, no matter what age, language, gender you are, you will feel related to his writing. His melodies are in a way melodic and catchy, they are sometimes dramatic and intense, the melodies speak for themselves. There is no song of Tim that I don┬'t enjoy.
He talks about so many things, not only love and lost, the path of the human being growing old, the modern world issues, how people change, how you loose friends, how your loved one has become a stranger to you. I love Tim in so many ways that I can┬'t describe, his lyrics have changed my life for the better, they took me from the darkest places and showed me some light. Tim, you are magnificent!
Tim has the power to say the most complicated emotions in the simplest of words! He has the gift of moving hearts with his words. It there is one person who really knows about human emotions and human condition, that's him. He might not be that well known because he is not into the whole rockstar culture and the high life, but he's got the ability to move thousands of people with his lyrics and that's why from a 14 year old to a 50 year old weeps at his lyrics at concerts and behind their closed doors. Tim Rice Oxley is a modern maestro... Or as we say MaesT. R.O... He truely deserves to be on the list of the best lyricist of this century!
Tim is a 'modern maestro'! By his own admission he is not a great musician but he has certainly mastered the art of writing heartfelt lyrics. Tim can relate a whole story within the space of a few minutes. For me he is a 'wordsmith' because his skill with words conveys the meaning of every song he has written. Long may he continue to do so! An extremely under-rated songwriter!
[Newest]Tim is a great songwriter in all aspects. His melodies are very touchy and emotional, he can express his feelings in the harmonies of his songs, his musical arrangements are very well-worked, and his lyrics are so deep and honest, I guess he can touch every human's soul when he writes a song. I'm very proud of being his fan, he is one of the only musicians who can save the music of this generation. His art is so beautiful and so human, he is an inspiration for me and for a lot of other young songwriters, you know, he's our maestro.
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7Billy Joel
My favorite songs that he made, are Piano Man, The Entertainer, Angry Young Man, Running on ice, My Life, Honesty, New York State of Mind, And Say Goodbye to Hollywood; Billy Joel should be # 3 on the list. he's AWESOME!
One of the greatest song writers of all time. He is the only singer I feel like that has truly written his life in his songs. Each song is like a scene or moment of his life. Just amazing.
"scenes from an Italian restauran, New York state of mind, PIANO MAN.. the list should go 1. bob dylan 2. paul mcCartney 3. Billy joel.. but in my personal opinion I would put him as #1

8Paul McCartney
First of all, Paul McCartney is the most successful songwriter in history. His collaborations with John Lennon and solo work has sold more than all the others on this list combined, and yes that DOES include MJ, Freddie Mercury and all the rest put together. Each person's musical taste is their own, and they are entitled to it, but when you throw in Paul's singing career with The Beatles, wings, and solo, he is BY FAT the most successful musician in history.
This list is full of paradoxes. There's no doubt that Paul McCartney deserves to be number 1. Those who suppose otherwise are just local supporters of their own national heros, which has nothing to do with the universal appeal of their music.
Um... Best Ever, the only way you people didn't put Paul McCartney #1 is because your a Justin Bieber Fan!
[Newest]Obviously the most multi-generational prolific writer of all time!

9Richie Sambora
Richie is so awesome! Not only has he contributed to a majority of Bon Jovi's songs, but his solo stuff is amazing!
he's the second songwriter of bon jovi and he wrote his solo stuff!


We all know that Richie Sambora is the Greatest Guitarist of All-time and Yes, He's an equally Amazing songwriter too!

10James Hetfield
Are you people crazy take hetfield and ulrich and give them 5 mins to write lyrics that will change your life just listen to every Metallica song from the best to the worst EVERY ONE of their songs are full of meaning example: FOR WHOM THE FAKING BELL TOLLS!
THE BEST. Just listen to Kill 'Em All through the Black Album!


Listen to One, Fade To Black and you will know why I voted for him


[Newest]So wheres ronnie james dio?

The Contenders

11Carole King
This list is a joke! I can't even believe the names I am seeing on this list! Has anyone on here ever heard of Bob Dylan? Townes Van Zandt? Leonard Cohen? Paul Simon?... I can understand why you would have Carole King, Billy Joel, Freddie Mercury, and Michael Jackson on here, and I do like Keane, but this is really a joke. Go back to elementary school for a few more years and try again!
A guy from Bon Jovi and a guy from Keane are ahead of this woman?
She wrote Tapestry for gods sake! Just think of all the legends who have sung her songs, Aretha Franklin etc.

12Ed Sheeran


14Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury Bohemian Rhapsody song is by far the best Written song Freddie Mercury wrote that song went down in history as the best Rock song of All Time, with the Deep Lyrics and the Opera sound really showed off Freddie Mercury Four Octave Vocal Range and made him one of the best singers ever, Bohemian Rhapsody song is one of the weirdest songs but the song is also one of the most popular songs ever made by a band and written by Freddie Mercury, and We Are The Champions is a song that nobody can't sing including Bohemian Rhapsody dong, and other songs such as Another One Bites The Dust and the famous Bass Riff song Under Pressure if you can think of the Under Pressure Bass Riff you are a genius and that's what Freddie Mercury was, he was a Genius with a great voice he is one of the strongest Tenors I've ever heard his voice risen in strength and Substance and Conviction and power, God truely blessed Freddie Mercury with a Voice, Love Freddie Mercury.
I don't take this list seriously just because of the fact that some guy from a-ha is number 1. Then there are other people in the top ten who either don't deserve to be there or no one knows. Then you have legendary songwriters that are so low on this list like Pete Townshend (55? ). All-in-all, if you're doing legitimate research on great songwriters, don't pay much attention to this list.
If you don't vote for Freddie, I will hunt you down. And stuff. And if you just listen to 'My Melancholy Blues', I think you'll understand he can sing any genre, fool. :-)
[Newest]The greatest pure and simple

15David Bowie
I'm shocked, no one voted for this dashingly brilliant guy. He is the most inspirational artists of the 20th century, TONES of today's bands just owe him - music, style (hey, J-Rock luvers, visual key was his invention))) - EVERYTHING. At least he deserves this for Ashes to Ashes)))

Hitting Gold is Rihanna! I put this one in because she had over 20 number one hit singles on the billbord hot 100. "Shine bright like a diamond."


17Ville Valo


18Tony Banks
Described as the Chord King by Steve Hackett, Tony has a love affair with Harmony. He has developed his own style/method of using chords, arranging his songs and his passion as a composer comes across in everything he does and he has done. Most popular for his involvement with Genesis, Tony's original stuff is often overlooked. This is probably due to the fact that many out there might not understand the connection he has between him and his music. However, those who have followed his solo career reap the benefits of the musical world of Tony Banks. He knows what he likes and he freely exercises his passion and always sticks to his principles. What you see is what you get. Absolute genius.
Although I love all of the members of Genesis and they all made huge unique contributions to the band by adding their own sound & ideas, I think Tony was the most important cog in creating the Genesis sound as he wrote or co-wrote on almost every Genesis song during their Golden Era from Trespass through Wind & Wuthering. Tony's songwriting has always been melodic and accessible whether it was fierce or beautiful, complex or stripped down to the basics.
Tony's ability to combine effortless harmonic virtuosity with genuinely strong compositional talent places him at the forefront of songwriters from the past 50 years.

Often lyrically challenging, always melodically and harmonically satisfying, Tony's works never cease to both entertain and intrigue in a way that is unique among his peers.
[Newest]Tony Banks in my opinion should be #1! He's written such awesome tracks both with Genesis and in his solo career! I mean Tony wrote 'A Curious Feeling'! That is a masterpiece!

19Elton John
His songwriting is filled with so much soul, his melodies have formed a major part of my love for music, they are so memorable and always get me in the emotional state intended from the song. I can count on Elton John to always get me in the mood I want to be at: happy (i.E. tiny Dancer), sad (i.E. sacrifice), nostalgic (i.E. rocket Man), relaxed (i.E. the One), excited (i.E. levon), romance (i.E. I Guess that's why they call it the blues), empowered (i.E. believe), and even hauntingly beautiful melodies like Where to now St. Peter. He has such a great amount of other great songs as well, absolutely love his musical sense.

20Meghan Trainor
You all knew this one would be here. She had 2 songs that hit #1 in a week! Crazy buisness there. Because you know I'm all about the bass.


21Kurt Cobain
He is one of the most tragic stories in music history. He was mentally and musically gifted and the fact he could overcome a bad childhood to show that is credit. If he lived longer I am confident he would be in the top three. Much more humble than the likes of McCartney. His surreal but heavy sounds spoke to many
Part of his genius was his ability to write great songs with meaning and an edge. The voice of his generation (whether he liked it or not).
Kurt was a troubled guy, but because of that it made him one of the greatest song writers of all time. In dave Grohls words "he could take something that would take me an hour to explain and put it in two words". It's sad to see him so far down here at 31.
[Newest]Simple is the best

22Steve Harris
Why in the world is he not top spot by a mile. He's not your every day pop song writer, he is a metal song writer, and no one beats the man. He's wrote so many good songs for Iron maiden, and Iron maiden are still one of the best bands in the world, because of the magnificent songwriter!
One word about him... Epic

23PJ Harvey

24Mike Shinoda

25Paul Simon
In my opinion, Paul Simon deserves to be in the TOP TEN.
Great melodies and good lyrics.
VERY good song lyrics. one of my favorite song writers


26Jon Bon Jovi
thatss right richie4life, and don't forget his best song: HAVE A NICE DAY!


bon jovi's song are so powerful and they show so much feelings...


27George Harrison
I like Paul and John better for the Beatles, but George is really good. And then as a solo artist, he takes the crown.

28Ryan Tedder
He wrote Apologize, good life, counting stars, secrets, all the right moves, and EVERY OTHER ONE of OneRepublic's songs, as well as Halo, Bleeding Love, Brighter than the sun, Already Gone, Rumour has it, battlefield, lucky strike, love somebody, not over you, sleepwalker, turning tables, as well as countless others. He is one of the best active songwriters right now!
Ryan Tedder is a modern music genius. He has written songs for singers from different genres. Such as as Pop, Rock, Country, and Hip Hop. Can You think of songwriters who write for different genres?

29Tamer Hosny
Tamer's lyrics are so meaningful, he writes lovely and great songs!


30Arsen Dedic

31Dave Mustaine

32Ian Curtis

33Bruno Mars
Although he has no Number 1 singles, He does have some good music. Many of his videos reach 350M+ views.


Eminem is a great songwriter. Far from the best but in my opinion the songwriter of the century. The way his lines are put together in his songs make sense in a way I have never experienced before. Every word counts in his texts and non are wasted. I absolutely love some of his albums even though they are as far from the type of rock music I listen to as they can get. It takes a genius for me to listen to rap, and Eminem sure is that.
Seriously? Funniest lines, even the serious ones are genius. They have hidden meanings, metaphors not to mention he makes it sound/ feel good
I can't believe he's not already in top ten. I mean who can write like him? His lyrics are unique in every way.

35Billie Joe Armstrong
He is really great Green Day is amazing Wake Me Up When September Ends and Today is Tomorrow are so poetic and deep


I especially love boulevard of broken dreams and holiday!
How is he not already here?

36Jared Leto
Each lyric has a special meaning to not only myself, but I think that goes for the rest of the Echelon as well. Truly amazing with words, Jared can evoke a sense of happiness, anger, and excitement all in one song, verse, or even line like no other songwriter out there.
When he writes songs, each song has something everyone can relate to. That's what makes him so incredible.
Every song he writes incites emotions. That's a sign of a true songwriter.

37Chester Bennington
with songs like catalyst, it should be in at least top 20


38Burt Bacharach
Great song writer. His songs became big part of great movies of past.

39Jim Morrison
This list sucks. It's incomplete without Jim. I seriously do not know what's wrong with you people. Jim Morrison is the greatest song-writer of all time. Period.
One of the greatest songwriters of his generations his dark mysterious music can be soothing to the soul

40Brian May
made we will rock you awesome song and much more

41Veronique Sanson

42Nick Jonas

43Joni Mitchell

44Bruce Springsteen
A working man's musician and incredible lyrics and melodies, how he is not number one I do not know. In each song he fits the message that everyone else can only fit into an album. Bruce is the best.
Bob dylan then bruce end of story.

45Edward Van Halen
Better songwriter then he was a guitarist. and thats that he was a spectacular guitar player


46Stevie Wonder
Most posters on TTT are so young that they believe the Earth was just formed and was still cooling in 1989, and that all music before 1995 was Fred Flintstone beating on logs.

47Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher is the most genius songwriter ever. It should be placed in the top ten at least. Need more than a talent to create some glorious song like wonderwall and champagne supernova
He should be in the Top 10, you need many talent to write a song like Wonderwall or Morning Glory and so on...
One of the best of all time. To write songs like wonderwall and live forever is a great talent.
[Newest]He's just a genius, the greatest songwriter of last 20 years


Prior to L'Arc en Ciel hiatus in 2001-2004, there's not a single of his written-song told the same story. Every one of them has great character and wide range of vocabulary, not to mention his poetic writing style. He wrote a song about puppy love like Picasso painting a beautiful scenery. His written song range from a anybody heart break love song into romeo-juliet complex. From adrenaline rush lover biker story into otherworldly farewell song. And don't forget, all in Shakespeare style.
"Niji", "White Feathers", "I wish", "Anata", "Pieces", "Butterfly┤s Sleep", "Honey", "READY STEADY GO", "MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM" are just a small sample of what hyde can do
the main songwriter of the band who has very deep lyrics behind the songs of l arc en ciel


[Newest]Talented singer and songwriter. Enough said.

49Nick Cave
Just fantastic! Every word, every sound, and every rhyme flow naturally! He is outstanding at what he does!

50Ariana Grande
I put her here for her amazing music. Break free, Problem, and love me harder all cracked the hot 100.


51Ann Wilson
Barracuda, Magic man, Crazy on You , Heartless, Even it Up, Lost Angel, ect, ect, ect. Need I say any more.

A Greatest Song Writer Among Them. Tupac's Lyrics Really Meaningful And Its All About True. 2Pac Should Be On Top 5. He Is The Best Rap Lyricist Of All Time!
11 total albums and 7 posthumous albums with a ton of work still to be released all before his death at age 25. Sold 75 million. Should be top 5

53Lou Reed
Hey babe, take a walk on the wide side

54Roger Waters
I think this list would be quite different if everybody voting took some time to listen to the writing of Waters. There are a lot of great song writers out there, but Roger has a very unique way of making power- and meaningful lyrics which blends in perfectly with the music resulting in the best constructed songs of all time. Furthermore his solo career and work with Floyd consists of albums, which are to be considered as a combined product of music and not just separat songs. These factors makes Roger Waters the best song writer ever.
This rankings sucks, if Roger is on #39. His music isn't for everyone, if you know what I mean. While listening to his work, your brain must work at 100%, you can't relax. You're starting to think about world, cruel world.
Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and The Final Cut - his masterwork with Pink Floyd


[Newest]HAHA this list is stupid! Do you know why Waters is the greatest songwriter of all time? Because he is not only a songwriter, HE IS A POET!

55Robert Plant
He deserves to be number one. Of course, there's the monumental 'Stairway to Heaven, ' but apart from that, there are other, far lesser known songs like Achilles Last Stand and Carouselambra (they're really really poetic). There's also the breadth of his songwriting, ranging from outpourings of longing such as 'Ten Years Gone, ' to songs like Black Dog and Trampled Underfoot, which are rife with innuendos. And then, of course, there are Led Zep's ten minute epics
He's so creative and very imaginative

56Nancy Wilson
Their are only a hand full of bands that have the body of work that Ann & Nancy Wilson have when it comes to song writing. Heart had 20 songs reach the top 40 including two # 1 hits and now, in there 50's, they are still writing and recording.Ann & Nancy wrote some of the best ROCK songs ever with the Hits- BARRACUDA , CRAZY ON YOU, Magic Man and Love Alive. Not bad for a couple girls from Washington State. Love Ann & Nan ,HEART RULES.

His songs are poetic, happy and sad at the time. I think his work is pure and beautiful art. Of course there are some happy songs you can enjoy but in my opinion his lyrics are very deep and thoughtful
You must listen Last song or Kimi ni aitakute or Saikai~story for knowing what I┤m talking about...
You must read his Last song english lyrics.


58Leonard Cohen
Leonard cohen simplyrules and should be closer to the top of tjis list, fools

59Lady Gaga
Lady gaga's music has a very powerful meaning. Each song has it's own story and is able to explain something amazing. When I listen to her music it always speaks to me. I love her so much. Some people just think she is an annoying singer who doesn't deserve being called an artist but honestly to me she is an amazing woman who is capable of mostly anything. I am very proud of being able to call her my mother monster when you really think about and get a chance to see her on an interview you will really get to to see what kind of person she is. Love you mother monster and remember : "when you're lonely I'll be lonely too, and this is the fame" love and art 12-18 1974 :) paws

60Pete Townshend
It is disgusting that Pete Townshend is ranked 59 on this list. He is easily in the top ten for the list of greatest songwriters in the history of popular music. He pretty much wrote every Who song, including every song for their two rock operas. And then I see the nobodies that are ahead of him on this list. These nobodies wish that at the end of their careers they can have a hint of relevance in music history, whereas Pete will never come close to being forgotten. In my unbiased opinion, The Who are the third greatest band of all time, right after The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, and, although the other three members are very important as well, if Townshend wasn't a key member of that band, they might not even be on the list of the 50 greatest bands of all time. That's how important his songwriting was to the band. A genius of a songwriter and a genius of a musician. Seriously, come on people! Wake up!
Pete is definitely one of the greatest songwriters of our time! Have none of you ever heard, "Blue, Red, and Grey? " That song helped me cope with depression and anxiety, he -saved- my life. Pete is a bloody genius and I hope that one day the world can truly appreciate this lovely man.
His songs get me pumped and feel blue best songwriter


61Agnes Monica
Almost all of her songs are written by herself. She is great
She not only created a song about love, but she also created a song that can inspired the young people to continue to try to achieve his dreams.
She is great write song and singer
[Newest]She is an amazing write song..

Absolutely the best songwriter ever, he is king of lyrics and god of music. He should be in TOP3.
The greatest song writer of all time. Listen to the lyrics of One.

63Ozzy Osbourne

He writes his own music and it rules!

65Axl Rose

66Brian Wilson
Brian is number one of a small group of true geniuses in "pop-music", judged from pure musicality. With Paul McCartney in second place or maybe in a shared top position. The scales tip slighly in Brian's favour, in my opinion, due to his great to excellent work in recent, mature years. Though moderately successful, his work since 1988's "Brian Wilson" has been sadly by-passed by much of the public. He deserves better, a grand revival.
Brian's specialty is writing albums like Pet Sounds or SMiLE, but, those albums are made up of great songs. Surf's Up, Heroes and Villains, God Only Knows, Don't Worriy Baby? This guy should be right up there with Lennon, McCartney, and Dylan.


Wait... The brain begind the second most popular band in history is not in the top 10?

67Jimi Hendrix

68Katy Perry
Many songs with powerful sounds. She has songs that cracked the hot 100


69Izzy Stradlin

70Johnny Cash

71Taylor Swift
Why isn't Taylor swift in the top ten? She has been writing songs since she was 16 and they were all a hit! I hear everybody singing to them and she just has a gift with songwriting and wrote them from her heart!
She has written her songs since the age of 11 and they all are personal and very catchy
Come on! I got to scroll down to find this TALENTED singer? She could easily be at the top! She's just so good I actually CAN'T believe she only 79. Her songs are like THE BEST. It's written in such a good way and every of them touched my heart. Don't they touch YOUR heart?
[Newest]Shes Terribly Horrible her music sucks dick.

72Anthony Kiedis
Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante... Enough said
His lyrics floats, so that it creats a sense of positive energy, no tight meaning sometimes but still universal. Like a complicated philsosophy turned into a slimpler than poem form. He sure knows what he is saying, he reads, because I see some themes he uses that I know eg parallel univers, a scifi theme and discovery. Sometimes He uses headings, Name dropping, that one could spend a life time to research about or should have to go read about. As a song needs to be compressed. My name is ehys from Nigeria. is my email.

73Mariah Carey
Not only could Mariah Carey sing with a 5-7 octave vocal range, but she had another hidden talent a secret weapon she is a great songwriter just go back to the first album self- titled Mariah Carey in 1990 the songs are just to powerful and great lyrics deep lyrics and she was just giving us a taste of things to come than the first album songs like vision of love, all in your mind, and love takes time best songwriting from her she is a powerful singer and impressive songwriter as well.
gawd! cnt believe she's not even in the choices! she's the best!
definitely THE BEST!...
what's with you people?.. /


74Isono Hiroshi
d'erlanger lyricist and vocalist


75John Phillips

76Nick Drake

77Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is the Queen!


Ilike her songs girlfriend with lilmama and nobody, s home


78Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst's lyrics send shivers down your spine, on occasions, if you're in the right mood, they can make you weep, ("first a mother bathes her child, then the other way around, the scales always find a way to level out")or laugh, ("Still I'd rather be working for a paycheck than waiting to win the lottery") or reflect, or feel human. They go deeper than most. Alongside Alex Turner, Robert Smith, Morrissey and Eminem, brilliance.
Conor Oberst has a way of writing songs that makes you feel like he just peaked inside your mind.


79Maynard James Keenan
even as a big fan of Queen I have to admit that Maynard is the best song writer ever! his songs go so deep, ALL of them.
This list is ridiculous. Easily a top ten
Singer of all three of my favorite bands. This man is a god in music and will probrably always be that way.

80Matt Bellamy
51?!? Are you insane? Go and hear any Muse song, all written by him, all great rock songs. He needs to be in the top ten!


All of Muse songs are written by him!


81Tom Waits
68th... unbelievable... single digits more like it. Bob Dylan, Bruce, Tom Waits, and then John/Paul (? )...
Tom got to be one of the greatest entertainers. His music is an expression of his life.

82Nikki Sixx
Nikki Sixx is the best song writer in all of rock music. He wrote most of Motley Crue's and Sixx: A.M. 's songs. Nikki Sixx deserves no less than top 20.

83Chris Cornell
Best song writing there ever was. From Soundgarden to Audioslave.


84Richey Edwards
He was stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer

85Laura Nyro
Simply the best. Our beautiful angel in the dark should be in the top 5 at least, but hey! You can not trust a list where Taylor Swift and other pseudo artist are first-ranked after Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and Carole king.
Best songwriter ever. Every songwriter on this list would agree
Oh my, oh my... She's pure soul! I totally love her.

86James Taylor
Uhmm have you people heard "fire and rain" and all the rest of his work! He writes from his heart! He's a melodic genius and he definitely deserves to be in the top 10 at least!
James Taylor belongs on the "fine wine" list in the singer/songwriter genre. Everyone can relate to his lyrics.

87Elvis Costello

88Jim Croce

89Martin Gore
Main song writer in depeche mode and as single artist.

90Neil Young
I can't believe Neil Young is not at least top 20, for me he is number 1. My best guess is that they couldn't find his name? Who knows.

Hey hey my my, Rock an Roll Can Never Die
Neil young is the best songwriter and singer that I know of. What kind of person would put him at so low? His voice and songs are wonderful. He should be in the top ten.
Probably the most diverse & timeless musician ever born. No one rocks like Neil. Excellent live showman. His songs? Just look em up sometime!

91Ruki (The Gazette)
Ruki's lyrics are very profound. They often deal with real world events. He writes and sings what others do not dare to say. He's right. There are so many bad things in the world and he concerns oneself with it. He treats the themes very sensitive and considerate without hurting someone.

On stage you realize how much Ruki puts into it in his lyrics. During the performance he is carried away by the songs and sinks into them. You can see that he honestly believes his words. With his soulful kind and his songs, he can make people happy and sad at the same time.

Ruki's lyrics are characterized by his feelings and by its expressive way. No text is like another and each contains something valuable.

Thank you Ruki, for your wonderful texts and songs!
Many and lovely Greetings from Germany~

92Alex Turner
The best songwriter since John Lennon, Lou Reed, and Bob Dylan.
Must be in top 30 at least!

93Carly Simon

94Kris Kristofferson

With only the Purple Rain album he slays everyone else! MJ didn't write all his songs!

96John Prine
John prine is the best songwriter of all time ask bob Dylan this seems like a popularity contest Bon Jove gaga ahead of him this list is a joke

97Ellen Shipley
She writes songs that are classic and are still meaningful to people 33 years later!
Heaven Is A Place On Earth--a fantastic pop classic!
Great singer and hit songwriter for so many varied artists. Passionate and intelligent!

98Trevor McNevan

99Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan
Please just listen to "A little piece of heaven". The Rev wrote that masterpiece, along with many other great A7X tracks! RIP


100Todd Rundgren

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