Best Singer / Songwriters of 2008-2012

The Top Ten

1 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

She is good and I love her singing style and her lyrics.

Speechless

2 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . ...read more.

She has made her mark in every way. She is a very strong and gifted musician. This can be seen in her vocal ability, her playing, and her writing and producing. Don't be fooled by all the glitz, glamour, and showmanship. All that stuff is awesome but if stripped away, she is still an amazing musician without all that too.

Gaga is amazing she will always be my number one and I will always lising to her music it can never get old I can keep lising to it and keep on lising to it its amazing

I LOVE THE MOTHER MONSTER! We all love you Gaga <3 Keep singing! :D

HELLO PEOPLE THIS GIRL WROTE THE SONG bROWN EYES, SPEECHLESS, BORN THIS WAY, AND EDGE OF GLORY. SURE ADELE WRITES ALL HER SONGS AND SO DOES AVRIL LAVIGNE BUT LADY GAGA (MOTHER MONSTER) SHOULD BE NUMBER 1#. SHE WAS DUBBED WITH THE TITLE "A TRUE SUPERSTAR AT THE TURN OF THE MILLENIAM! "

3 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.

Avril Lavigne, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless and Katy Perry

4 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.

Really?! Gaga? Adele? Katy Perry is at least tolerable to listen to. Adele get tiresome after hearing any of her songs more than once and Gaga is awful.

She is awesome and everyone can relate 2 her music and hr songs r really catchy

The Best Singer is Katy Perry because of her songs like Firework, Teeanage Dream, Last Friday night, and California gurls we love you katy perry

5 Ke$ha Ke$ha Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. Kesha is an animal rights activist and she works for H.S.I. (Humane Society International). Kesha also stands up for L.G.B.T. rights in America
6 Robbie Williams Robbie Williams Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.
7 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

Ed Sheeran is the number one singer songwriter of this generation. His beautiful lyrics, vocals and instrumentals make him the best.

8 Maria Kanellis
9 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about ...read more.

Why is she on the bottom. Her songs are beautifully written and have purpose and meaning. Where as if we look at Katy Perry and Lady Gaga's lyrics for a second, "I wanna take a bite of your disco stick" and "California Girls are undeniable" these are not purposeful or meaningful. If you sincerely think that Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are the best songwriters from 2008-2012 I have no hope for you.

10 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter and children's book author. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the US Billboard ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the ...read more.
12 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper/pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.
13 Ben Howard

Stunning voice, sounds lyrics, heart felt, just hasn't been tainted by mainstream or he would top this list

Nicki Minaj higher than Ben Howard? What is wrong with the world

Come on now! In what world are basic pop artist's who's goal is to make money and sell sex ranked higher than artist's who tell stories through vivid and abstract language coupled with intense emotions through voice. Ben, Ed and many other artists should be occupying and toping this chart...Nicki Minaj, Keisha,Katy Perry.. Get outta here.

14 Enrique Iglesias Enrique Iglesias Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler, known professionally as Enrique Iglesias, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.
15 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".
16 Andy Grammer Andy Grammer
17 Eric Turner
18 Tim McIlrath Tim McIlrath Timothy James "Tim" McIlrath is an American punk rock musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the American punk rock band Rise Against.
19 Kyo Kyo Kyo is a Japanese musician, singer, lyricist and poet. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in La:Sadie's.
20 Ne-Yo Ne-Yo Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor.
21 Maria Mena Maria Mena Maria Viktoria Mena is a Norwegian pop artist, best known for her single "You're the Only One" which charted in multiple countries.

Norway's uncrowned singer/songwriter queen of the last decade must inquestionably be this young lady, who debuted with her first album already at the age of just 14, back in 2002. She was greatly helped with producing and realizing this first album project thanks to her own father, who happens to be an African-American musician. Since then she's released (and mostly self-written) 18 singles (all but one being a cover) and 6 complete albums. Although obviously a big name in Norway, she's actually sold even more albums in Germany, and almost as many in The Netherlands as in her native country. Switzerland, Austria, Poland and USA - the latter where she had a smashing summer hit a few years ago, called You're The Only One, as well as performing for David Letterman - are two other markets where she's experienced considerable success. It should also be noted that the lyrics to her songs have always been very personal, as always is the case with the greatest of songwriters like Bob Dylan, ...more

22 Laura Marling
23 Will.I.Am Will.I.Am will.i.am is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor known for being the lead vocalist in The Black Eyed Peas. He was born in Los Angeles, California. He has released several solo albums such as "Songs About Girls" and "Will Power" .
24 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.
25 Jason Mraz Jason Mraz

The composition and the lyrics of Jason's & Colbie Caillat's monster hit Lucky, proves what a skilled songwriter mister Mraz is. Further evidence behind the claim can be added thanks to songs like Bella Luna (American crooning at its best meets "plancha", the Latin American love ballad tradition), Geek In The Pink (the perfect hip-hop crossover). Further songs of his like I Won't Give Up, A Beautiful Mess, The Remedy and Live Is A Four Letter Word (just to name a few), strenghtens this claim even further. A soon to be legend, perhaps even at the level of John Lennon, mark my words.

26 Brad Arnold Brad Arnold
27 Brandon Flowers Brandon Flowers
28 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. ...read more.
29 Fiona Apple Fiona Apple
30 Chris Brown Chris Brown Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in ...read more.
31 David Archuleta David Archuleta David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.
32 Hayley Williams Hayley Williams Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.

I think she is the best cause shes the primary songwriter of her band and mostly all of the songs shes written are meaningful and good.

33 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
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