Top 10 Greatest Female Singer/Songwriters of All Time0744rose
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Joni is streets ahead of the others (and they are great). Her honest lyrics, sublime tonal changes and excellent open tuning guitar chords give her the greater musicality. She might just be the greatest... male or female!
Simply the absolute greatest of all time. Nobody has greater expression of feeling and depth. Articulate, beautiful voice, great writer and musician, not maudlin. Love you, Joni!
Hey, Blue, songs are like tattoos
The best everV 5 Comments
Genius songwriter from an extremely young age. She wrote her third album, Speak Now, all by herself when she was only 19. Every song on that album is incredible. Her Red album also has quite a few lyrical gems on it such as State of Grace and All Too Well.
Taylor Swift is THE BEST SONGWRITER of all time. Her ability to transform her feelings and emotions into lyrics is AMAZING
Nothing to say, she is the queen!
Her lyrics are just perfect, with simple melodies and few fancy tricks like electronic soundsV 11 Comments
When it was released the Tapestry album sold more records than any album ever recorded More Than the Beatles more than Elvis more than anybody it had five songs that between Carole King and other artists reached number one on the charts and to this day it has only been bested in sales by Michael Jackson's Thriller and the Eagles Greatest Hits
Just the best writer / performer, closely followed by Carly Simon - and where's Diane Warren in this list...?
Joni Mitchell's good, but Carole is even better - 445956
The commercial success that Carole has achieved must put her up at the topV 4 Comments
All around the greatest female singer songwriter of all time.
Every mans dream woman mid seventies through mid eighties. I Remember when real women walked the planet with style and grace.
Amazing. - Swellow
Maybe patti smith can top a list for once! - RecklessGreed
A definite groundbreaker.
You can do it - waldo
I can't believe someone like Taylor Swift is Higher Than This Legend Just Sad - Thecyanryan
She was soulful, brilliant, cutting edge and phenomenal. Gone way too soon!
Awesome performer, but not really a songwriter.
Her Miming and voice are extraordinary. She comes across as very shy and rarely tours. She's a one off. Unique in every way.
Only Joni Mitchell is Kate's peer among female singer songwriters. The depth of meaning and emotional impact of so many of her songs, the gorgeous music and her amazingly expressive voice are inimitable. On top of that, she is one of the first artists to seize control of her music from her label and is a pioneer in video and live performance excellence.
No one is as influential across genres, from Big Boi to Bjork, from Solange to St. Vincent, from Tori Amos to Lady Gaga, and so many more.
Should be at the top spot in my opinion. What an utter travesty ok that she is 4 places beneath TAYLOR SWIFT!
I suggest you peasants take yourself to YouTube and search for Jig of Life. That is a song. Taylor Swift? what a joke.
The most original, intelligent and creative singer-songwriter of all time - male or female. Not just an incredible talent in this field, either; she excels as a dancer, choreographer, pianist, producer, and director. Also - in spite of her protestations to the contrary - she can act. Finally, Kate is a modest woman who obviously cares far more for her family than she does for fame.
What more can be said?
Kate is in a different league from all the others.
Trashy website indeed. I would put Mariah Carey on the top 3. So underrated even for how huge her success all throughout her career. She makes the melody, the runs, the lyrics, almost everything, except for the accompaniment for she is not into musical instrument. How can they not appreciate her talent? She's so underrated as a songwriter.
This whole website is TRASH! Mariah has written EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HER SONGS, & COMPOSED them + PRODUCED them. Her lyrics are ethereal, and have a far deeper meaning when you actually SEE the lyrics! Don't try the QUEEN OF BILL BOARD like this! GIVE MIMI THE NUMBER ONE SPOT!
Many of the singers mentioned above haven't even wrote a single song
Mariah is the greatest of them all... Singer, song writer, producer.V 6 Comments
Tell me another woman or anyone for that matter that has written better songs than "I Will Always Love You" and "Jolene"! I'll wait... If you answered you're wrong!
I will always love you, and all her work of the heart should place her higher. Prejudice against country. An incredible volume of fantastic work!
Number 3, behind Joni and Carole.
Wow She should totally be higher, like her word play and her voice is amazing
She should be number one.
Some of the best lyrics ever
The in thing at the moment
Adele is the best singer-songwriter of all time, and it's not even that close. Joni Mitchell? She has a self-described "helium voice". Bob Dylan? Again, songwriter..yes. Great singer..not exactly. Adele excels at both, and she has the record setting album sales and grammy wins to back it up too.
Jennifer Jennings is one of the hottest and most promising modern country singer/songwriters in Chicago. Yes, that’s right, country from Chicago. The Windy City, while being known as the Home Of The Blues, also has a long tradition of country music, which at times gets overlooked. Jennifer Jennings and her band represent the newer style of pop and rock-influenced country, drawing their inspiration as much from songwriters like Tom Petty and Sheryl Crow as from anything coming out of Nashville. The result is music that combines the story-telling type of songwriting of Americana with a sound based in the classic rock that we all love that seems fresh, new, and familiar at the same time.
The Jennifer Jennings Band has been described as "The Allman Brothers meets Sheryl Crow". Jennifer has a phenomenal voice, hearkening back to the great female rock artists of the 60's and 70's. She has a clear, rich, alto voice of uncommon quality - versatile enough to be equally at ...more - Garjen
Check out her song "Empty Need" off her album "All The Pieces" - Garjen
Ann and Nancy are probably the most dynamic singer songwriters ever. They should follow the beauty and class, respectively, of Joni Mitchell and Carol King in the #3 spot light. No women have ever rocked harder than them though Tina Turner for sure has her place in history along side of the Wilson sisters.
For me, it is a tie between Sia and Adele for best songwriter and best vocals.
Sia has a voice crack that makes her so unique and special. She writes powerful songs as well.
Adele has the voice of an angel and the everyday persons heartache in her music.
I simply can't pick a #1 & #2 between these two ladies so they must share the #1 spot.
I believe Sia should be listed amongst the top 10 song writers... she's so amazing, Diamonds,Titanium and Chandelier got me crazy!
Ahes awesome, wrote songs for the above artist
How? why? what?!?!, sia should be in the top 10, it's just unacceptable.
She's No. 1 for me, soul, talent, original. Check out Sweet Blindness, sorry 5th Dimension, it's not a drinking song. Save the Country should be our national anthem!
Stoney End, Wedding Bell Blues, And When I Die... Too many great songs to list. She may have the record as the most covered female artist.
My favorite. Her music is moving; emotional; sensual! Joni & Amy are superb too!
Definitely top 3. Modern pop singers should be based off amount of records sold. 1. Taylor Swift 2. Lady Gaga.
Why is this legend not on the list? Are you simply gonna ignore the very intelligent lyrics from bad romance, poker face, love game? Or the heart warming balads like speechless, TEOG, you and i? Vote for her
Incredible prolific genius pianist - lark
Joan armatrading is the best, she wrote all her hit songs and still write her songs and furthermore she compose and arrange them solely... she creates all the melodies. And after the song is done, when she put in that voice... wow it's amazing, she's got an amazing voice that'll keep you listening to the song now and then. I wonder why she is underrated
Great vocalist. Good drummer. I don't think she wrote many songs though... - Billyv
Her ‘night train’ is one of my favorite songs of all time. She hit the scene in 1979 and American music was never the same.
Both sides now best version ever
Probably the second-best singer on this list, behind only Maria Callas. However, she did not write her own songs. For that matter, neither did Callas.
I don't think so.
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