Most Influential Songwriters of All TimePetSounds The musicians who, by the force of their writing, have changed the way we view music and, quite often, life.
The Top Ten
His most influential song is certainly Imagine. Others include In My Life and Strawberry Fields Forever. - PetSounds
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".
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
Again, I'm not a big fan of his music, but he's still going after over fifty years, which is something not many musicians can claim. - PetSounds
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
The top 3 is great in my opinionV 3 Comments
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...V 2 Comments
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
Can't say I'm a fan, but there's no denying his influence. - PetSounds
He has definitely changed peoples' lives! - funnyuser
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
Two words: Bohemian Rhapsody. - PetSounds
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!
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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
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
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.
He hits me he hits you he hits most of the world
He's Canadian gotta go with my countryman! - Curti2594
Clearly number one!
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
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