Greatest Song Writers

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81Maynard 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.

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.

82Conor 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.

'We are nowhere and it's now' is one of the most beautiful lyrics ever written. Every line stands up by itself.

Conor Oberst has a way of writing songs that makes you feel like he just peaked inside your mind. - hairloop27

83Matt BellamyMatthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

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! - darksky

All of Muse songs are written by him! - 23delusions

84Tom WaitsThomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. more.

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.

85Nikki SixxNikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe.

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.

86Chris 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 writing there ever was. From Soundgarden to Audioslave. - Battlegun

87Alex TurnerAlexander David "Alex" Turner is an English musician. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter of the English rock band Arctic Monkeys.

The best songwriter since John Lennon, Lou Reed, and Bob Dylan.

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88Richey Edwards

He was stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer

89James TaylorJames Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Just an all around fine and versatile artist. He writes great songs, but he is also among the best cover artists around. Fantastic guitarist, distinct and soothing voice. Terrific live performer. What's not to like?

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.

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90Laura 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.

91Jim Croce
92PrincePrince 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".

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

Should be number 1. The artist was prolific

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93Elvis Costello
94Martin Gore

Main song writer in depeche mode and as single artist.

95Ruki (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~

96Ozzy OsbourneJohn Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.
97Carly Simon
98Kris Kristofferson

Possibly the most underrated songwriter of all time. Willie Nelson called him the greatest living songwriter. When you consider some of the writers that are still around, that is high praise indeed.

99Ellen 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!

Ellen Shipley wrote some of the best songs in pop music
Nominated for two Grammys the songwriter had 30 top ten world wide hits!
Best song ever:
"Heaven Is APlace On Earth

100Axl 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.
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