Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters

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61 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. In the 70s, Rodriguez released the two albums “Cold Fact” and “Coming from Reality”, both of which were a commercial failure ...read more.
62 Ray Charles Ray Charles Raymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

As great a singer as Ray was (and that is incredibly great), most of his songs were written by other people.

63 Phil Collins Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor. V 3 Comments
64 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

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

Umm you are so lame who said Taylor is Bad but WhatEver Taylor I
Love You!

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65 Ryan Tedder Ryan Tedder

Ryan Tedder is so awesome, kind and epic. He is the lead singer of the best band ever also known as OneRepublic, who creates meaningful music and not cheesy, dumb and meaningless pop. He is not full of himself AT ALL (and he has plenty of reasons to be) and is really funny, epic, nice. His voice is so amazing and beautiful! Just listen to OneRepublic's songs "Apologize" and "All the Right Moves" and try telling me that you've never heard them before, because I bet you did. Their new music form their latest album "Native" is also just as wonderful. Tedder doesn't draw any attention to himself and is still amazing and great. Team Tedder forever! :D

Ryan Tedder is an amazingly talented person... I love all of his songs so much. His voice is beautiful and his songs are just so meaningful and touching. He definitely has to be in the top ten, not 71.

Ryan Tedder is an extremely talented, well-rounded, inspirational, amazing and epic singer/songwriter! He helped write songs for all of these artists: Adele, Ashley Tisdale, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, B.O. B, Kelly Clarkson, K'naan, Far East Movement, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis, Gavin DeGraw, David Cook, Demi Lovato, Sebastian Ingrosso, Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, T-Pain, The Wanted, Zedd, Paul Oakenfold and Delta Goodrem ans so many more! He is the lead singer n his band OneRepublic (the best band EVER, which actually makes meaningful music about real life things and not just random and bland pop music) and is a multi-instrumentalist who learned piano via the Suzuki method when he was only ' 3 years old! He knows how to use vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, hammond organ, tambourine, glockenspiel, djembe, vibraphone, flute and the clarinet. But he is so underrated that I just can't't ...more

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66 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.

Direct musical descendent of Dylan differnent style but still a direct descendent.

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67 Gary Barlow

I absolutely love this man, he's so talented, a great entertainer, I've seen take that live loads of times, for anyone who's never seen them live, you really don't know what you're missing!. I long for the day when Gary becomes a sir, I think he should become a sir after all his involvement with the royal jubilee. Vote Gary now!.

Very Talented Man, the BEST member of TAKE THAT! Million Love Songs he wrote just aged 15 NOW THAT IS TALENTED!

Gary has wrote some amazing songs...
Back for Good; Greatest Day; Pray; A Million Love Songs; Sure; Never Forget; Forever Love and hundreds more... He is AMAZING!

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68 Hideto Matsumoto

Hide is the god of Visual Kei, his talent doesn't have limit, as singer or lead guitarist is so ' brilliant <3 R.I.P Pink Spider

69 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time . In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with ...read more.

Should be on top 10 come on vote guys!

Oh man! I wanna die! Eminem should be in the top 5 for sure! Come on pussies! Vote this guy up! He is the best!

Oye of THE best songwriters of all time. Should be on THE top 5

He is the best rapper ever but also the best singer songwriter - petter1003

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70 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.

71 Hyde

He made a very deep and touching lyrics
Sometimes his lyrics are not easy to understand
Each lyrics he made has a deep meaning

Beautiful voice, great range, catching melodies, captivating live and non-live l'arc~en~ciel forever!

72 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

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73 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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74 Steve Perry Steve Perry Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.

Steve Perry was the lead singer for Journey from 1977 to 1996. During that time he cowrote most of the band's music. He also released two solo albums, one in 1984 and the other in 1994. He is an amazingly talented singer, with a huge range and a beautiful voice.

He is just an angel when it comes to music

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75 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.

76 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.

77 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 John Darnielle
79 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.

80 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson
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