Top Ten Best Singer/Songwriters


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101 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.

102 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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103 Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.

A Singer/Songwriter with few peers. There are few like her that writing is like breathing.

She's lower than Taylor Swift. Huh? Taylor could not write deep songs with such great lyrics as Stevie. Stevie's songs are Masterpieces and will always and forever be classics. Have to mention some. Dreams, Gold Dust Woman, Rhiannon, Outside the Rain, Sara and I could keep going. Song writing so much more meaning and depth and sheer powerfulness than anything T.S. could ever write. People need listening skills.

Awesome - solo and with fm...

104 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell is 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.

Best song writer and to back that up best singer ever

105 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.

106 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

107 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.

108 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

109 Veronique Sanson
110 Aria Tesolin
111 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!

112 Martin Gore

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


113 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

114 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.

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.

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116 Dan Fogelberg

Underrated, as always. Really had a beautiful voice.

Not one better at blending words and music.

117 Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its inception in 1983.
118 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .
119 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz.

Amy Winehouse toward the bottom? What is wrong with people? She spoke to lots of women when no one else could. She deserves to be at least in the Top 20, and definitely before Taylor Swift! Whoever put Taylor on such a high rank needs to listen to real music.

120 M. Shadows M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

Why is he on this list at all? I don't want to live in a world where M. Shadows is barely outside of the top 100 songwriters of all time.

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