Most Influential Songwriters of All TimeThe musicians who, by the force of their writing, have changed the way we view music and, quite often, life.
The Top Ten Most Influential Songwriters of All Time
Johns lyrics are the most poignant, unflinchingly self reflective, other worldly and cutting edge. He is my favorite of all time. closely rivaled by Paul Simon who also writes other worldly songs as well My two choices..."Across the Universe" and "Only Living Boy in New York".
His most influential song is certainly Imagine. Others include In My Life and Strawberry Fields Forever. - PetSounds
Only a delusional Freddie Mercury lover could call John Lennon "overrated". Thank God there are The Beatles towering at #1 to keep Queen fans in their place.
Across The universe, Imagine, And your Bird Can sing, Sexy Sadie, It won't be Long, Nowhere Man, Strawberry Fields, Walrus, All you Need Is Love, Benefit of Mr. Kite, Bungalow bill, Dear Prudence, Revolution, Come Together. What kind of ignorant dunce would moronically label this genius overrated? Pity the fool!
The second most covered artist of all time he inspired and influenced so many people such as Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon his ability to reinvent himself has caused him to produce number one albums in six decades. - liamh1381
The one and only song writer who got a noble price for his work
Actually, after getting past his voice, I am now a big fan of his music. Should have put him higher. - PetSounds
His voice puts off many but often the expression and emotion fit the world weary, battle-scarred nature of his songs. Anyway, glad you saw past that to appreciate his art. Unfortunately it's not accessible for everyone - Billyv
Also very underrated as a singer, 2 great love songs in Lay Lady Lay and Love minus Zero - No limit
In terms of success how could you not choose Paul? Also you have to remember he has written some of the most recorded songs in history including the number 1 recorded song in history with Yesterday. Also his appeal rivals Dylan although Dylan was and is a great songwriter and should be in the top 10 you can surely argue that Paul deserves the number 1 spot.
Lennon or McCartney, The Beatles are the most influential ever!
It was a toss-up between Lennon and McCartney for the top spot. But Paul holds the first two slots on the TheTopTens Best Beatles Songs list with Hey Jude and Let It Be. Not to mention the most covered song of all time in Yesterday. - PetSounds
No Debate, He just simply make my days of life, and maybe your days...
I'm more a queen fan in fact, but in songwriting I think bowie would beat them anyway...
What isn't he awesome in I wonder =D
Australia's prince of darkness. Has written some of the most beautiful but dark songs ever!
Has produced tons of music able to influence people and men.
One of the most prolific author of the last decades
More than 40 years of creativity!
Love, love me do
You know I love you
I'll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go
A little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me, to me...
Is there any question?
Umm, yes there is. What kind of comparison is this, one of Paul and John's weakest works against one of Freddie's greatest?
Just as well I might say:
Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
Is there any question?
Also, basing this just on their lyrical writing skills is ridiculous. In terms of musicality, Paul beats Freddie any day of the week. - Idontreallycaretoomuch
He was much more creative, experimental than Paul McCartney and John Lennon together. He created a lot of amazing and timeless songs is a lot of genre, not just pop/rock as McCartney and Lennon.
He is underrated as a songwriter, but he was amazing! Never the same, always experimental. Much much better than Paul McCartney.
Much better than Paul McCartney/John Lennon together.
Progressive genius - greatest producer of all time, greatest pop songwriter of all time - could neglect all rules there are to songwriting and come up with incredibly catchy tunes. - Idontreallycaretoomuch
The album Pet Sounds is Brian's greatest contribution to popular music. It includes the beautiful God Only Knows. But his most famous and influential song is, without a doubt, Good Vibrations, slated for release on the cancelled SMiLE project. - PetSounds
The one songwriter who Lennon and McCartney thought they had to try extra hard to keep up with.
As a duo with Art Garfunkel, he crafted materpieces such as The Sound of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water. After they split, Simon had a successful solo career. - PetSounds
Beyond brilliant. a true cutting edge pioneer. The most beautiful lyric and music of all time!
Insecure, neurotic genius. Hardly a crap song in his repertiore
Totally underrated... Should be top 5!
The Beatles are one of the many groups he influenced, and The Crickets were one of the first true bands in rock 'n' roll. He was with us far too short of a time. - PetSounds
Can't say I'm a fan, but there's no denying his influence. - PetSounds
He has definitely changed peoples' lives! - funnyuser
His songs never fail to lift the spirit. Put him on when you're down. He'll raise you up. - PetSounds
Highly underrated. His songs are so poetic and inspirational. - DieGedankenSindFrei
With songs such as Johnny B. Goode, Sweet Little Sixteen, and Rock and Roll Music, he paved the way for rock 'n' roll to grow even bigger. - PetSounds
He hits me he hits you he hits most of the world
Nobody captured teenage angst like Pete Townshend. And he could communicate it succinctly as in a song like "The Kids Are Alright" or "I Can't Explain", or delve deeply into the teenage psyche as he did in the double album Who masterpiece, "Quadrophenia" A lyrical and musical genius. Ask anybody!
No problems with this list
Wrote songs like you wouldn’t believe.
He's Canadian gotta go with my countryman! - Curti2594
Clearly number one!
To the person who posted 'He didn't write any of his songs'... crawl back under your rock. Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics, handed them to Elton & within 1/2 hour, Elton had composed the whole song from start to finish, all the arrangements, everything PLUS he plays them on the piano and SINGS them. I heard Elton say in one interview that he composed the music to one of his songs in 10 minutes.
Shows you no NOTHING about Sir Elton John! Bernie Taupin is Elton's lyricist - he has been since Elton started making music. Bernie writes the lyrics and Elton composes the melody in 30 MINUTES! Plus Elton does all the instrumentation for his songs. He's a MUSICAL GENIUS!
And his lyricist, Bernie Taupin.
He didn't write any of his songs
There isn't absolutely no way that the lyrics he wrote from Medley to The Final cut will ever be topped by another lyricist in the history of popular music. Especially the lyrics from Dark side of the Moon, which are in great part responsible for the album still selling five thousand copies every week in the US alone.
Listen to the entire the wall and try to tell me this man isn't the best songwriter of all time
Main songwriter for Pink Floyd. He wrote all of the songs for Wish You Were here, Dark Side of The Moon, and The Wall, the latter being a concept album and a DOUBLE album, meaning that it was on 2 CDs.
I don't think people understand his Influence.
See My Friends, the first song with indian sound, You Really Got Me, all the charchters songs...There is no question.
No question. Ray is one of the best.
Why he is so low? shoulb be at least in the top 10
Not only did he pen many of the songs that brought Sex Pistols to stardom, he also completely turned music and the basic structure of songwriting on its head with Public Image Limited, MULTIPLE times. With each new release, even up to 2015's What the world needs now... there's always something new and innovative, and his evolution of songwriting from pistols to where he is now, is a transformation that very few musicians have accomplished
Dude is so awesome with just the lyrics he has written for others.
Robbie Williams is crap
Pure genius classic albums under his belt since the 70's
If its influence we are talking about, noel should be high on this list. Think of the people who would not have been successful without noel. Hell, he even had a name for this! 'noel rock' legend and top guy
Number 50? Should be way higher. He wrote 95% of Oasis' songs, and sang 15%. And in those 15%, managed to be just as good as his brother. Noel is a legend and deserves to be way higher.
He's definitely as great and talented as Lennon and McCartney!
An underrated talent that deserves to be higher than 28!
He wrote so many great songs solo
Don't be ludicrous! 2D lyrics and auto tuned vocals! - shawnwalker
His lyrics touches soul...
Jesus Of Suburbia
Or pretty much any green day song. - MojoSpaederman
Great songwriter who had the courage to fight for justice, freedom and democracy
I was watching for this one, PositronWildhawk. - PetSounds
Very underrated, all artist from Dylan to Springsteen thought the world of Zevon and his music! The artist artist!
AKA "The Hit Man".
Only Lennon/McCartney's compositions have sold more in popular music, because Elvis did not write much, and MJ only wrote a moderate number of his own songs.
Foster is in the neighborhood of 500 million in sales.