Greatest Song Writers

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21 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell

It just seems wrong to have Joni Mitchell sandwiched between someone named Tamer Hosny and someone named Nick Cave.

22 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

He wrote Phantom of the Opera, Hallowed Be Thy Name, The Trooper, Aces High, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Alexander the Great, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Mother Russia, Fear of the Dark, Sign of the Cross, The Clansman, Blood Brothers, For the Greater Good of God, When the Wild Wind Blows and The Red & the Black all BY HIMSELF! There is only one god and his name is Steve 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!

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23 Ian Curtis Ian Curtis Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. ...read more.
24 PJ Harvey PJ Harvey Polly Jean Harvey, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer.
25 Patti Smith
26 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

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

27 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.
28 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.

thatss right richie4life, and don't forget his best song: HAVE A NICE DAY! - andres101

bon jovi's song are so powerful and they show so much feelings... - richie4life

29 Tamer Hosny Tamer Hosny

Tamer's lyrics are so meaningful, he writes lovely and great songs! - Shakaib

That's wonderful. Maybe someday I'll know who this guy is.

30 Burt Bacharach

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

This man's melodies will be in the hearts and minds of human beings, hundreds of years from now.
L.Russell Brown

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

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

32 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He was mostly known for the secondary lead vocals and bassist of Pink Floyd .

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 - Zahveed

God, that remix misofella has is terrible. "Rihanna, Meghan Trainor, and Taylor Swift"? I guess good song writing is about singing about sex and big asses then. Listen to Breathe, Time and any other Pink Floyd song Waters has written. He's incredible. - BrianScott01

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33 Ryan Tedder Ryan 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?

Amazing songwriter! OneRepublic have the best songs because he's just so great at singing, producing, and writing songs.

34 Edward Van Halen

Better songwriter then he was a guitarist. and thats that he was a spectacular guitar player - GuitarFreeeK

35 Paul Simon Paul Simon Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel.

On the Top Tens list of singer/songwriters, which is much more legit than this bogus list, he is deservedly in the top ten, at number six.

VERY good song lyrics. one of my favorite song writers - Lizzthaashizz

In my opinion, Paul Simon deserves to be in the TOP TEN.
Great melodies and good lyrics.

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37 Tony 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.

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!

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38 Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher Noel 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.

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.

He's just a genius, the greatest songwriter of last 20 years - Rossoneri

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39 Hyde

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 - ronluna

Talented singer and songwriter. Enough said.

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40 Jared Leto Jared 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.

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