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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.
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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.
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!
I LOVE ROMANCE AND IN A SONG THATS WHAT REACHES OUT AND TOUCHES MY HEART AND SOUL, AND AFTER A LONG DAY OF HELL, VILLE FILLS ME WITH LOVE AND HOPE IN LOVE AGAIN... THATS WHAT I WANT FROM MUSIC, REFRESHING AND FULL OF LOVE, TAKES ALL THE BULLCRAP OF THE DAY AND WASHES IT AWAY... LOVE YOU VILLE
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
Tamer's lyrics are so meaningful, he writes lovely and great songs!
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)))
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Barracuda, Magic man, Crazy on You , Heartless, Even it Up, Lost Angel, ect, ect, ect. Need I say any more.
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.
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.
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...
He writes his own music and it rules!
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.
definitely THE BEST!...
what's with you people?.. /
gawd! cnt believe she's not even in the choices! she's the best!
d'erlanger lyricist and vocalist
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.
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.
Best song writing there ever was. From Soundgarden to Audioslave.
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!
with songs like catalyst, it should be in at least top 20
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!
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.
His songs are really cool! The Gazette - the best Rock Band in Japan and in the world!
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~
Better songwriter then he was a guitarist. and thats that he was a spectacular guitar player
With only the Purple Rain album he slays everyone else! MJ didn't write all his songs!
The most talented songwriter of the last 15 years.
Great singer and hit songwriter for so many varied artists. Passionate and intelligent!
He writes Relient K, co writes Owl City, co writes Katy Perry, and more!
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