Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters

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41 Tamer Hosny Tamer Hosny

A highly talented singer, he writes his own lyrics and he writes lyrics for other singers too! He is the best singer too, without doubt. - topmany

Honestly, I love this guy, I love his songs too! Best singer/songwriter alive today! Tamer Hosny! KING OF GENERATION! - anony

42 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. V 1 Comment
43 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...

44 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.
45 Jarvis Cocker
46 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

47 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.

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

48 Paul Heaton
49 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.

50 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.
51 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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52 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor 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 ...read more.

Honestly, I agree that Taylor is no good vocalist, but when it comes to songwriting, she blows everyone else in her generation out of the water. She is arguably the finest songwriter in the new millennium, and yes I think she is a galaxy ahead in terms of songwriting. Yes, she does write about love, but that's where her strength relies. Jon Bon Jovi and Kelly Clarkson approve of her songwriting talent, as does Neil Young.

Her songs "All Too Well", "Back to December" and "Clean" are lyrical MASTERPIECES. Lines like "Hey, you called me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest" and "You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter" are lines that every singer/songwriter should wish to achieve. This is coming from a guy who likes alt bands such as Green Day.

Hate her all you want, but you can't say she's a horrible songwriter. Icons have praised her, music critics call her a songwriting supreme. Deny it all you want, but ...more

No she's not. She only writes about her ex-boyfriends and nothing else. A good songwriter has to write about a lot of different subjects. Taylor definitely doesn't do that! - Kfox101

Not gonna compare her to the legends In this list but I think she is one of the best modern songwriters. People may know her for the commercial songs like we are never getting back together or shake it off but her true talent is evident in masterpieces like All Too Well and New Romantics. Brilliant.

Every song in her album is epic. That's all I can say about her. If you don't agree go and listen to her album Taylor Swift Fearless and Speak Now. AWESOME

Although some of her singles have poor writing, most of her album tracks have golden lyrical genius.

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53 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Troyal Garth Brooks, known professionally as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.
54 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.

55 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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56 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise .

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

57 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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58 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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59 Paul Weller Paul Weller V 1 Comment
60 Bryan Adams Bryan Adams
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