Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters

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41 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

Very surprised, he was not (yet) on the list...
The 'heart' from Pink Floyd...

42 Ellie Goulding Ellie Goulding Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding is an British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born on December 30th, 1986 in Hereford, England . She is most well-known in the U .S. for her singles "Lights," "Love Me Like You Do," "Burn," and has been featured in other songs with Calvin Harris and others . ...read more.
43 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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44 Morten Harket Morten Harket Morten Harket is a Norwegian musician, best known as the lead singer of the synthpop/rock band A-ha, which released ten studio albums and topped the charts internationally after their breakthrough hit "Take on Me" in 1985.

LEADER OF AHA STAY ON THESE ROADS WAS A GREAT SONG WARNER1987

45 Jarvis Cocker
46 Nick Drake Nick Drake Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition.

Hauntingly beautiful songs. Complex yet subtle melodies.

47 Paul Heaton
48 Austin Mahone Austin Mahone Austin Carter Mahone is an American singer and songwriter. He is currently signed to Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records.
49 Emmy the Great
50 Elliott Smith

How dare you place Elliott Smith between Shakira and Bryan Adams and for that matter how Josh Groban came to be number 1 is beyond me this is the slow crumble of taste and purity that will be gone within the next few years. Start building these factories because I think the world is ready for manufactured people now.

He doesn't need a list to be recognized by the intellectual minority which has gratifying passion for words and music - as the best singer/songwriter of all time!

Easily in the top ten.. Not that it would matter, this list is bogus.

He should be #1...

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51 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Troyal Garth Brooks, known professionally as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.
52 Beck Beck Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.
53 Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

People of different generations loved his many classics... They sound as fresh and soulfully good now as ever. He not only was an extremely gifted songwriter. He recorded and performed live superbly with that God given voice... It is between him and McCartney bottom line.

Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney! Melody JUST doesn't get ANY BETTER! - frank

Stevie is one of the greatest. Top 10.

If you don't believe he ought to be higher, listen to Songs in the Key of Life or Innervisions, two of the greatest albums ever.

54 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

Chester Bennington is a singer with a powerfull voice... It is unique and the live quality of his voice is just good as his studio voice. For me he is the #1 from the modern, living rock artists! I know we can't say that he is better than MJ or someone else, but he have an unique voice like the legends.

Amazing lyrics and vocals, definitely number one. - lukestheman4

55 Thom Yorke Thom Yorke Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.

Thom Yorke has such a unique voice and like the rest of his band Radiohead, he's not afraid to really experiment. So many artists these days stick with one sound, but Yorke and friends are masters of true creativity in songwriting.

One of the best people! Just check out these songs:

Paranoid Android
Karma Police
Fake Plastic Trees
How To Disappear Completely
Street Spirit
There There
Pyramid Song
Thinking About You
Knives Out.

He's so underrated, better than Swift and Bellamy.

He made all of these brilliant songs... - fuddox

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56 Jeff Lynne

Jeff Lynne is way beyond genius. If you listen to Tom Petty talk about Jeff Lynne and his many talents, you know he is very sincere. There are many amazing songwriters past and present but all I can say is check out all his albums from The Idle Race to Jeff Lynne's ELO and notice the many changes, every album stands on it's own merits and I fully believe he has never made a bad album. A few are pretty good, some amazing, some spellbinding. Even now he has the ability to surprise us with something different. Sharon Osbourne once mentioned (and I'm paraphrasing) that he is not a showman. He has trouble loosening up on stage. It's too much for him. It's when he walks into a studio is when he lets all his emotions out. His songs are full of emotion. I totally agree with her. I feel the heartache on Face The Music and A New World Record. At the time he was apparently going thru a breakup and you can hear despair on those albums. But he is equally prolific when he is happy. Even when he ...more

This man has written and still writes beautiful music. I fell in love with this man's music back in the 1970's because of complex sounds of his music, that is using orchestral instruments in a rock style, and using rock instruments in an orchestral style. I love to listen to Jeff's music and basically dissect it by listening to each instrument as it plays, listening carefully to different vocal parts and noting the rhythm of each of his songs. I also like how he uses non musical sounds to be included in his music.

Jeff and ELO have so many hits. Much more than many listed higher. ELO music continues today to get air time and is used in movies and commercials. Many of these others will not be getting air time 20-30 years from now. Jeff and ELO has stood the test of time.

The genius of Jeff Lynne's songwriting is in his "hooks." His tunes are memorable and singable. Except for the high notes that he can still hit at age 68 on his current tour. Love him. He's the best songwriter and producer of all time.

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57 Sia Sia

Lol, Sia should be number one. The amount of hits she writes these days, and she is still able to keep an indie self image. Truly amazing.

She is a songwriting genius! She wrote Rihanna's Diamonds in 14 minutes! She is e greatest songwriter of the century!

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58 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.

Look at all of the songs he wrote by himself. He's the best songwriter ever - Frantic713

59 Paul Weller Paul Weller V 1 Comment
60 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

-Life on Mars
-Changes
-Ashes to Ashes
-Space Oddity
-Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
-Loving the Alien
-The Man Who Sold The World
-Ziggy Stardust
-Lady Stardust
-Lady Grinning Soul
-Bewley Brothers
-Oh You Pretty Things
-Five Years
-Rock n Roll Suicide
-All The Young Dudes
-Heroes

What is wrong with people? David Bowie is clearly one of the best, he should be at least top ten.

The fact that Bowie is so low on this list makes the entire list irrelevant. Ridiculous

Better than Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and everyone on the top 77... He's the best song-writer of all time

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