Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters

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21 Gordon Lightfoot Gordon Lightfoot

Very meticulous songwriter and still a good live performer even in his late seventies. Really researched the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald to the point where everything in the song is pretty much accurate. Also did great ballads like Beautiful, If You Could Read My Mind, and Early Morning Rain.

Yes! Thanks to whoever added him to this list. Very underappreciated artist - Billyv

If people listened to his earliest few albums before he went mainstream pop, they would
probably agree with Dylan that he is one of the best ever.
Also what happened to Neil Diamond who wrote more hit songs than anyone except
Lennon and McCartney.

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22 Van Morrison Van Morrison

This guy has been turning out awesome music since he was a teenager in Them. He is as fresh and relevant now as he was almost 50 years ago. Nobody sounds like him and nobody writes like him-Brown Eyed Girl, Jackie Wilson Said, Queen of the Slipstream, Have I Told You Lately, etc. Check out the number of films that have used his music.

Listen to the multitude of music this man has produced it's pure poetry about everyday life.

How Van Morrison isn't in the top 10 of all time is just a mystery. I think because of his quiet, away from the public lifestyle and his refusal to try and write "Top 40 BS" songs, he is under appreciated in todays world of over the top electronic, rap and bland pop music. It's a damn shame.

His music is original, beautiful and has such depth.
Should be higher.
Also where is Sting?

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23 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

Ann is The Queen of Rock. No voice and live performance compares to hers. And what songs she's written. "Barracuda", "Crazy On You"... etc. She has "wowed" us for more than 30 years and still getting better.

It's true Ann Wilson is amazing; when you think about the fact she has only written one top ten hit "Magic Man" in her whole career and she ranks as number 1 on this list when others have written many number 1 hits. It proves how awesome Ann Wilson is.

Is there a better songwriter than Ann Wilson. She is simply amazing. - hardrockfanatic

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24 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.

My all-time favorite. This list is a breath of fresh air compared to the crappy songwriters list Top Tens has out. Seriously, go visit that site if you want to see rankings that will make you puke.

This man is very understated.
Not only does he play beautiful guitar but he writes lyrics that are loved and sung by everybody. - Metalman173

He's the best. Haven't heard his new album yet. Have seen him twice live, go see him if you haven't, you'll be in for a treat.

I saw him live in a solo performance in a small old theater with great acoustics. Perfect setting, perfect art. - Billyv

The best singer songwriter of all - nobody matches his lyrics and melodies

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25 John Denver John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s.

Good to see a list that gives Denver his due. Maybe his songs don't have any deep, dark meanings to them, but that's not who the man was. He wrote simple, heart touching melodies. I've heard that the melody and words to Annie's Song came to him in fifteen minutes while he was riding up a ski lift. That is a talented man with a special gift. Not a bad actor, either, if you've ever seen Oh God with he and George Burns.

An exceptional talent in both singing and writing! I can't think of better love songs than "For You", "Never a Doubt" and "Perhaps Love".

A simply brilliant songwriter

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26 Tom Petty Tom Petty Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer.

That's what I like about this list. You finally see people like Lightfoot, Taylor, Petty, Van Morrison, and Denver get their due. People who have established that they are among the all time great songwriters, and not a bunch of people who have just had a hit or two. With maybe a couple exceptions, this is a very intelligent top twenty.

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He #1 with me he should at least be top 50 On this list hard to believe

Running Down a Dream, American Girl, Breakdown, Free Fallin, Last Dance with Mary Jane

Almost 60 & got a NEW 2disc CD out-it's great-did you guys forget him just cause he's softspoken? -

Tom Petty is an amazing human being. There is a lot of heart and soul in his music.

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27 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

This guy is a literal angel from the sky

28 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.

His lyrics and vocals are beyond amazing. He is easily a greater songwriter than those higher such as Taylor Swift. In this generation it seems like great songwriters are dying out but Sheeran is bringing back that singer songwriter style with his amazing love songs and sometimes even hip/hop tracks.

I enjoy Ed Sheeran a lot, but how is he higher up the list than Prince, Bono, and Bob Marley? Sheeran isn't quite a classic artist yet.

Unlike most artists today, he writes his own songs and they are all beautiful.

Amazing singer and songwriter

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29 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.

Some of the best roadhouse songs ever and Scorsese loves them!

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

I like Jim Morrison but if you look at the top ten it's really pretty legitimate except for Josh Groban. I don't know that I'd put Morrison in there over anyone currently there. And you still have Neil Young and Carole King outside the top twenty as well. I guess there are just a lot of really good songwriters. Also, I do believe Buddy Holly should be in here somewhere.

How is Jim Morrison not in the top 10? Like I don't get it. He should totally be up there with Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, and John Lennon. His lyrics were absolutely incredible and The Doors were one of the best bands of all time!

What is Jim doing way down here? He deserves to be in the top 5!

Please fix the bug in the website and put him back to #1

31 Carole King

You can tell a real good songwriter by how many others want to do his or her songs. Aretha Franklin, the Osmonds, the Beatles, James Taylor, the Drifters, the Everly Brothers, Steve Lawrence, and Grand Funk Railroad are just a few of the many and diverse artists who have recorded Carloe King songs. In this category, I believe Ms. King can only be matched by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, or possibly Buddy Holly.

My sister turns 50 and can sing all her songs

32 Jackson Browne Jackson Browne

Speaking of "Running on Empty", that album is one of the most amazing live albums ever. Listen to how tight his band is--it sounds like they're in the studio! Another accomplishment of Browne's was co-writing the Eagles song "Take It Easy" with Glenn Frey. Yes, I've heard that he and Hannah had a problem or two. We're voting for songwriters, though, not choir boys.

One of the best by far and overwhelmingly overlooked. With a body of work that easily matches McCartney, Lennon, Dylan, & James Taylor.

Not quite a match to the others you mention though you're right that he's often overlooked and underappreciated - Billyv

Jackson is the best by far, forget about the commercial stuff as a pure poet no one can touch him case close!

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33 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

To have the huge success they have and play to some of the largest crowds ever amassed without main stream radio pushing them down your throats and not glamorized in mainstream press. That is truly remarkable if you ask me.

34 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.

Should be a lot higher on the list than 59! One of the greatest lyricist for a very long time. definitely needs to be in the top 10 of all time.

Surely should be in top 5, write some of the best songs ever made, I'm suprised he's not in here already

Noel Gallagher is, undisputedly, one of the best songwriters in music history. UNDISPUTEDLY. But I'm not even gonna argue about this, this chart is clearly not a thing to take too serious since Noel Gallagher is here at 78th while above there are people like Avril Lavigne, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, etc. Like, what? Nothing against these artists, but people should get a musical culture and get to know who Noel Gallagher is. - sethcarmichael

Only john lennon is better,he is a lyrical genius

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35 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Lemon Robert's lyrics are poetic and beautiful he should be on top along with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Carole King, Paul McCartney and Freddie Mercury.

Stairway to Heaven is one of the greatest songs ever written.

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36 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 the majority of the Iron Maiden songs! Come on people :D Definitely deserves a good spot on this list

37 Elvis Costello
38 Barry Gibb Barry Gibb Barry Alan Crompton Gibb is a British singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the group Bee Gees, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed groups in the history of popular music.

History speaks for itself. They didn't always make my kind of music, but you can't argue with their success. Actually, the Bee Gees wrote some beautiful acoustic type ballads before they went disco. To Love Somebody, Gotta Get a Message to You, First of May, Massachusetts, Holiday, we're all beautiful ballads.

In objective terms, based on hits and record sales, Barry Gibb should be #2 behind McCartney/Lennon. Gibb's song were more intricate than the Beatles songs. He also wrote numerous hits for other people in diverse styles. He tends to be dismissed as "disco" but he had great success both before and after that period.

The right order of this list should be like this: lennon/mccartney, barry gibb, george harrison, freddie mercury then whatever...

The best songwriter of all time! Objectively, but only based on hits and sales, he's second behind Lennon and McCartney. But he has written songs in more than 10 different genres, for example: Folk, Rock, Funk, Hardrock, Pop, Country, even Metal etc. For me the best of all times! A true hitmaker.

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39 Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Stanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.

This is way too high. Ahead of Robert Plant and Barry Gibb? Sorry, no.

40 Sam Smith Sam Smith Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart.
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