Greatest Song Writers

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81 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan Maynard 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.

82 Jeff Lynne

Jeff Lynne's compositional genius is in the music. His tunes and chord progressions are breathtakingly original. If you hear one of his songs once, it "hooks" you, and you sing it everywhere - in the shower, in the car, on the toilet. No one writes hooks like Jeff Lynne. Mr Blue Sky is the happiest song ever written, without being cheesy. You can't help but smile. No it's not a Day in the Life rip off. Listen to it! All it has in common with DitL is the boop-boop-boop-boop chord that starts Paul's bridge. Good grief people. - Drtrekker

Jeff Lynne has composed some of the most enduring hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Mr Blue Sky, Telephone Line, Livin' Thing, Free Falling, Runnin' Down a Dream, Handle with Care, When We Was Fab, You Got it, When I Was a Boy, and so many more. Now rappers sample his ELO songs from the 70s and 80s. And he's still writing.

83 Conor 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

84 Matt Bellamy Matt Bellamy Matthew 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

85 Tom Waits Tom Waits Thomas 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.

86 Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx Nikki 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.

87 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris 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

88 Alex Turner Alex Turner Alexander 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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89 Richey Edwards Richey Edwards

He was stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer

90 James Taylor James Taylor James 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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91 Laura Nyro Laura 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.

92 Jim Croce Jim Croce
93 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with 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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94 Elvis Costello
95 Martin Gore

Main song writer in depeche mode and as single artist.

96 Ruki (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~

97 Axl Rose Axl Rose William 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.
98 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John 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.
99 Carly Simon
100 Kris 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.

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