Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters

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61 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

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63 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.

64 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.

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

65 Joe Strummer Joe Strummer John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.

The best..., soul like james brown, mind of bob dylan, voice of a London gravedigger. Leader of a genre, voice of a generation. He kept changing with the times and never comprised his integrity, kept his unique style with whatever project he worked.

66 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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67 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

His songs have passion and feeling. The lyrics reach out to people the world over and let them know that someone else is feeling like they do.

I feel like Billie Joe Armstrong does not get enough credit for his songwriting. The political lyrics are just one example. It is enough to actually READ the lyrics of basically every song off "21st Century Breakdown" and most of "American Idiot" as well as many other songs to see the true genius in this guy. Seriously, it is so much more then punk...

Because He Is Period. "do you know what worth fighting for but not worth dieing for " that is one of many examples why.

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68 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.
69 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

He is simply one of the creates songwriters of all time, he established a genre and became the voice of an entire generation. He voiced all the angst that covered teenagers he accomplished many things in his life. Kurt Cobain is amazing.

Kurt doesn't deserve 17th. He was one of the most original songwriters ever. Every single one of Nirvanas songs as proof - Danielsun182

Nobody can write a song like Kurt! RIP. Find me one songwriter better than Kurt Cobain (Kurdt Kobain). What did he ask to be rememberd as?
What he was best at! Writing songs! Vote for him! Or else...

When I first heard lithium I thought it was just random nonsense but after finding out lithium is an antidepressant I made so much more sense. He wrote other great songs like old age which didn't even make an album which shows how talented he is.

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70 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.
71 Micheal Jackson

Micheal has written some of the most beautiful songs the world has ever had the pleasure to hear... We are the world... classic... he should be on this list too... RIP MJ xoxo

Weird list who made this list in the top 10 for sure

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72 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1969, 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 is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy ...read more.

Beautiful voice transcends with beautiful lyrics. Mariah truly is versatile and professional at what she does best. The ability to add necessary notes to support the mood and timbre of the concept of a piece. She is able to create heavenly emotions from the well-thought lyrics she creates then goes beyond these emotions by executing what she has wrote, the things she believes in through her angelic notes and use of melisma. Mariah is exceptionally good at changing the tone of her voice to suit what she has written. Truly amazing, and exceptional artist and songwriter. Her music style is very original. Her lyrics are the crystallized sugar which melts beautiful into a variety of tones colours through her exceptional singing abilities. Like what I said at the start, Beautiful voice transcends with beautiful lyrics.

She doesn't get enough credit, people don't recognize her talent as a singer or a song-writer. Pop singers can be good too, ya know. Rock isn't the "golden genre", its good, but people need to give credit where credit is due. Mariah Carey also has perfect pitch, so just saying...

How is she not in at least the top 30? She writes every song except covers and she started writing her music since age 12. (Yes you read that right TWELVE, not even in 8th grade yet). Oh, and she can actually sing.

WROTE 17 NUMBER 1'S AND OVER 200 OTHERS! SHOULD BE TOP! BUY INFINITY ON ITUNES!

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73 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

He writes and sang for linkin park and fort minor (a separate band he made) including remember the name, Where'd you go and just an all round great song writer vocalist rapper guitarist piano he has the total package guys vote up was surprised he was not on the list.

74 Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Adams Buckingham is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the musical group Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987, and then 1997 to the present day.

This man is multi talented and made Fleetwood Mac much more than what they could of become. Tusk was a very important album for that band. Not just Rumours. Rumours catapulted them. Tusk was a fresh start after the craziness that surrounded Rumours it was time for a change. Tusk was it. Lindsey Buckingham is unique.

75 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.

76 Morrissey Morrissey Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May, 1959), known as Morrissey, is an English singer, songwriter and author, rose to prominence as the lead singer of The Smiths, an indie rock band - which was active from 1982 to 1987 . Since then, Morrissey has had a solo career making the top ten of the UK singles ...read more.

Dylan, yes I'll give you that, but he's American.For a English northern person, nobody speaks more truth. The feeling of being trapped, the hopelessness and struggle. Achingly beautiful lyrics, the mystique. He's all you'll ever need.

Probably the best lyricist of all time, just listen to How Soon Is Now?

A songwriter which everyone can relate to at least one of his songs. A bright spark in a decade of mostly Synthpop love songs

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78 Michael Stipe Michael Stipe John Michael Stipe is an American singer, songwriter, film producer, music video director, and visual artist.

It's a shame that R.E.M. are no longer active, but man is Michael Stipe talented or what? He helped write some of the defining songs of the 80s and 90s and his distinctive voice is one of the greatest to come out of the world of rock music.

79 Sixto Rodriguez Sixto Rodriguez Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, going only by his surname Rodriguez as his stage name, is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist born on July 10th, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. ...read more.
80 John Mayer John Mayer

Should at least be in the top 20, maybe higher!

Should be in the top ten the best in present day at

This man is pure talent and a true artist... Listen to his song 'gravity' and you'll know what I mean... His lyrics are beautiful. He should be in the top 10 for sure... Vote everyone - Malavikasunilk

Amazing talent... if you haven't seen Neon or any of his live performances, you don't know what this guy can really do on guitar. Should be top 20s at least.

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