Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters


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101 Tove Lo Tove Lo
102 Isono KYO Hiroshi

the greatest singer, frontman, vocalist, songwriter of D'ERLANGER - ronluna

103 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 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

Everyone needs to listen to her album Speak Now. An album that she, in fact, wrote only by herself. The entire album guys. On her own

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104 Ray Davies Ray Davies Raymond Douglas "Ray" Davies is an English musician. He was the rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave.

Just listen to "You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset", "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", "David Watts", "Sunny Afternoon", "Days", "Lola", "Apeman" and others 40 songs at the same songwriting level and you'll see why I voted for him.

Why is Ray Davies at 102? He is one of my absolute favorite songwriters. Ray writes in a very straightforward, plainspoken manner that I really appreciate. He was one of the few songwriters at the time who dared to call out 60s culture and English society for what it was; he is also very witty and sarcastic. Give "Something Else By the Kinks", "The Village Green Preservation Society", "Arthur", and "Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround" and you will understand why he is one of my absolute favorites.

Anybody that can rhyme Dracula and vernacular gets my vote. Best British songwriter, bar none. Major influence on both heavy metal and punk rock. The thinking man's rock star.

No wonder he is this low, not enough people have even listened to his and Kinks' achievements in music.

105 Bono Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

Can't believe bono is at 47, he's a way better songwriter then mark hoppus and mariah carey. Also a better showman

Of course, that Bono item on this list is not fair, he deserves to be in TOP 3!

Bono is one of the greatest live frontmen of all time and though he isn't much of a musician (he can hardly play guitar), he's a solid songwriter, a great showman, and a truly amazing human being outside of U2.

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106 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne

I just love her songs
She is amazing

Why so low?

107 Mark Hoppus Mark Hoppus Mark Allan Hoppus is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and television personality best known as the bassist and co-lead vocalist for the pop punk band Blink-182. Born in Ridgecrest, California, Hoppus spent his childhood moving back and forth between his mother and father's more.

I am a huge fan of Blink-182, but if you really want to hear great songs written by Mark then you have to listen to Plus 44. They only released one album, but you can also find almost all of the songs done acousticly and they are masterfully written and performed.

108 Townes Van Zandt

This list is retarded. It should go Dylan, Townes, Lennon, Cobain. Townes is only known to music officinados because he never saught commercial success and believed his songwriting would suffer if he did. He was poorly produced but is amazing in his live album. Scarily there are many similarities between Cobain and himself. He was often depressed, wrote brilliant melancholy lyrics with a hint of humorous sarcasm. Dylan famously had downtown Austin closed off so Townes could come over in his camper and Dylan eagerly went aboard his camper and requested Townes to play for him. Not jam together but play for him cause Dylan was a die hard fan. Steve Earle should also be up on the list. His mentor not surprisingly was Townes. Enough said.

Ryan Tedder is such an amazing and talented guy! He has a voice as smooth as velvet and an amazing ability to come up with meaningful and powerful song lyrics! He is really nice and should be higher up on the list. And to anyone who thinks otherwise, your argument is completely invalid!

Greatest ever American songwriter. His poetic lyrics portray a dark side that exits, and that most writers, seeking commercial success, would never write

These popularity lists are annoying they don't adhear to what makes a genuine singer/songerwriter. Guys Like Townes and Rambling Jack, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash these guys should be in your top ten. These are song writers. You can argue that Robert Johnson did more with 16 songs than anyone on your top ten. Look I love Queen and the who etc... but they aren't in the ball park of the guts mentioned above. These guys traveled every day meeting peoole visting placesand writing songs about the human experience. Some songs become anthems which is great but the mix of poetry that greats vivid imagery is what defines this group. Once again Blues and Country the music that defines America and is the basis for everything that came after is left out. These people forged the idea of singer songerwriter the person with their instrument and voice spining tales and telling stories that open your mind.

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109 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. He died on May 17, 2017.

Best song writer and to back that up best singer ever

110 Kris Kristofferson

What he only won "writer of the year" like 5 times in a ROW- Belongs in
the top 10 at least - ifnotforgrace

Probably the most underrated singer/songwriter of all time (by those not in the biz)

The genius of Kristofferson escapes many. But that is ok.

His lyrics are right up there with Dylan's.

111 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

wow dimebag is a lonely rainbow of darkness on this list

112 Matt Bellamy Matt Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

Why matt in 106.. he must be in the top 10! Just listen soaked by adam lambert and uprising by muse... he is guitarist of decade in Q MAGAZINE...

what? 83?! His beautiful voice combined with his creativity is pure art, he really deserves to be much higher.

This 114 place is a joke. He should be in the top 20 if not the top 10.

What an amazing MUSEician (pun intended haha), Matt is easily the best guitarist to come out of the early 2000s. Not many can match his distinctive, beautiful voice either.

113 Laura Nyro Laura Nyro

Laura Nero has the best voice of women, creative lyrics and wrote her own songs.

She was one amazing songwriter. Bob Dylan liked her chords apparently.

114 Martin Gore

He's a genius! Sensitive yet human, mysterious yes so universal! Sublime!


115 Kyo (Dir en grey) Kyo (Dir en grey) Kyo is a Japanese musician, poet and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in La:Sadie's.

He's lyrics ARE amazing & he should be #1! - Niikura_Akonya

116 Veronique Sanson
117 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.
118 Aria Tesolin
119 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

The man was in two of the best bands ever and wrote and performed the entire first Foo Fighters album. Half the people ahead of him on this list have their songs written for them or don't have a single instrument in their songs

Dave Grohl is not only the former drummer of one of the defining bands of the early 90s grunge movement, but his current band Foo Fighters has been on top of the world for over two decades now. How is he not even in the top 100?!?

A top 50 writer for certain! Great talent!

120 Patti Smith Patti Smith Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

Of course patti smith is at 65. I should be glad shes this high.anyway, in my opinion, shes the only person who comes close to dylan in terms of lryics - RecklessGreed

Above only her music, she helps for human rights and politics more than many others. - waldo

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