Top Ten Best Song Writers of the 21st Century

The Top Ten Best Song Writers of the 21st Century

1 Marina & the Diamonds Marina Lambrini Diamandis, better known by her stage name "Marina and The Diamonds", is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Born in Bryn Mawr and raised in nearby Pandy, she moved to London as a teenager in order to achieve her dream of being a singer. She's known for her unique style of writing, and impersonating ...read more.

Queen of my life

2 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.
3 Yasmine Hamdan Yasmine Hamdan is a Lebanese singer, songwriter and actress, now based in Paris. She became known with Soapkills, the duo she founded with Zeid Hamdan while she was still living in Beirut.
4 Sia

I think Sia is the best singer because her songs really have so much emotion connected to them. Her songs also helped me to push through depression and my life really is so much brighter. Her voice may not be the most smooth but there is nothing more beautiful than her occasional voice cracks in her elastic heart and bird set free. She is my role model for life.

Obviously the best writing songs like Diamonds-Rihanna and Pretty Hurts-Beyonce and Cheap Thrills and She really is the GREATEST! (Pun Intended)

Why is Katy Perry on this list? She can't either sing or write, and when she does shallow and meaningless lyrics come alive (like California Girls)

She have to be in that high spot so much!

5 Alex Turner Alexander David "Alex" Turner is an English musician. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter of the English rock band Arctic Monkeys.

With a strong Cohen influence, his lyrics fluctuate between highly vivid descriptions, powerful poetic images and humorous social commentary, making him one of the greatest songwriters (if not the greatest) in modern music.

Absolute genius! His lyrics have changed my life in a way I can't describe, they transcend the realm of what can be fully understood, all I can say is I simply feel something from his lyrics that I don't feel from any other source.

Alex Turner is by far the best lyricist of the 21st century and definitely one of the best of all time.

His lyrics are powerful and inventive in ways you wouldn't even think of. However, I was surprised to see him on this list, since he's not as well-known as the other artists, but it made me so happy. I'm not the only one who appreciates his insane talent! Half the artists on here only write parts of their songs, but Alex writes so much, with such quality... how is he not number one? "Just 'cause we're having a say-so, not lining up to be playdough, in five years time, will it be, who the f***'s Arctic Monkeys? " One of the best lyrics ever, so reflective and honest. PLEASE VOTE!

6 Lana del Rey Lana Del Rey is a California based singer, songwriter, and model who currently resides in Malibu, California. She was born under the name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant to entrepreneur Robert England Jr. and Patricia Ann Hill in rural Lake Placid, New York on June 21, 1985. She has two siblings, Chuck and ...read more.

Her dark themes, beautiful imagery and endless references to music culture make her one of the best.

Light of my life, fire of my loins

She is a poetry!

LDR is so incredibly versatile. From the early years: "You Can Be The Boss" to "For K (pts. 1&2); from more recent years: "National Anthem" to "Ultraviolence". Not to mention, the woman can include incredible versatility within just one song (ex. "Ride" " starts with 'You can be my full time daddy', chorus includes " 'Been trying hard not to get into trouble, but I've got a war in my mind'). Whether you're in the mood to GET down or whether you're FEELING down, LDR has a song for it.

Her constant allusions are absolutely amazing and educated, too. Some of the tracks she released in her early Lizzy Grant/May Jailer/Lana Del Mar/Lana Del Ray years were full of brilliant allusions. In "Methamphetamines", she makes an impressive comment about pink flamingos. The pink flamingo decor you see in tacky yards today were once considered a symbol of wealth due to Bugsy Siegel's hotel.

That doesn't even begin to cover the beauty and versatility of LDR. I truly believe she, if ...more

7 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. ...read more.

She should totally be at the top. Most people say she only writes about her exes but that is not true. She also writes about true love, Kanye, being 15, turning 22, haters, her reputation, a friend with an eating disorder, a little boy who died of cancer, and many other things.

Many people claim all her songs are breakup songs, but some of here best songs are not breakup songs and have beautiful lyrics. Ronan, back to December, all too well, invisible, innocent, and clean

She is one of the best young writers there is in her interpretation of the feelings going on inside her and people can relate to those lyrics

I like taylor swift for my opinion because she have a mine to write her own song. ,!

8 Jessie J Jessica Ellen Cornish, better known by her stage name Jessie J, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, she began her career on stage, aged 11, with a role in the West End musical Whistle Down the Wind.

She has that 'wild' look and sound to her. Best singles: Domino, Party In The U.S. A (which she sold to Miley) and Price Tag. She has others that I love and like.

I agree but I also love Wild, bang bang, who you are and nobody's perfect and every other one

9 Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.

She's the ultimate GODESS of art!

10 Halsey Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known by her stage name Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. She was born on September 29, 1994 in New Jersey. She started her career by releasing songs on SoundCloud, and now she is a well-known pop singer with hits like Bad at Love, and Now or Never. She had originated ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

What is wrong with everyone for not vote for one of the best if not the greatest hip-hop artists of all time? His lyrics span from funny, inspirational to depressing

He is an inspirational writer

Bet rapper of all time

Lyrical genius

12 Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

He is (in my personal opinion) the best singer song writer of out generation. When he performs live is like he's in the studio. There is no magic involved just Ed, his paw print guitar, loop pedal and heavenly voice. Fame hasn't changed him in the slightest. He still sofa surfs. Be that from his family or friends houses or his own. Every lyric has meaning and isn't about sex drugs and RockNRoll or bigging himself up. Even his album cover for X is simply that. An X. He doesn't need to brag about his fame and fortune and celebrity status. He is a role model to every teenager, young adult and adult out there. I'm sorry if I'm blabbing. He even went to Afghanistan to do a private gig for the lads on tour (my brother was amongst the crowd) he is what we need in a generation of drugs, violence and hate. Just to prove you can still be mellow and be loved. So much respect for this man.

The a team and Lego house are such great songs. Not to mention that he wrote some songs for one direction.

He makes great music. I love his songs like Photograph and Thinking out loud. I think he is the best songwriter overall.

Castle on the hill, photograph, thinking out loud, love yourself, a team...he is one of best songwriters.

13 Tyler Joseph Tyler Robert Joseph is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and rapper. He is best known as the lead vocalist and keyboardist for American musical duo Twenty One Pilots.

All his lyrics are... deep.
He is one of the best songwriters of all time, in my opinion.
The raw emotion in his songs are... everything. - Azarel21

In my opinion, he is the greatest songwriter and lyricist of all time. Everything he writes is incredibly clever, deep, vulnerable, honest, and brilliant. The lyrics are intensely passionate and sometimes written with anguish but also hope. There is nothing he writes that is simple. Most lyrics take on multiple meanings and can be interpreted differently by different people. He has had a profound impact on his fans with lyrics that are able to bridge the gap between the listener and the song. He has saved lives and gained the most passionate and loyal following of any current bands fanbase that will always last for people like me.

Tyler Robert Joseph is an American musician, singer/songwriter, and rapper. He is the lead vocalist and keyboardist for American musical duo Twenty One Pilots.

Tyler Joseph writes about personal things, stuff no one is willing to talk about, and he is actually one songwriter/singer that doesn't talk about drugs and sex. TYLER JOSEPH RULES!

14 Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

She's simply amazing and her music, lyris, and awards talk for her.

Writes from her broken heart and the genuine raw hurt and anguish in her songwriting is what makes her one of the most successful artists today. Everyone can relate to heartbreak and Adele does it better than any today.

She is truly incomparable, I've seen many try to match her voice but it is impossible. Best singles: They are all amazing, my personal favourites are Someone like you and Chasing Pavements.

She's amazing

15 Ryan Tedder Ryan Benjamin Tedder is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is well known for being the lead vocalist of the pop rock band OneRepublic

He has written so many songs that have lyrical meaning. Sure, many people can create a catchy tune that rhymes, but not many can create a catchy tune that rhymes that really has meaning. He's written hits for Beyonce, Adele, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, and many more. He's a genius.

Multi dimensional song writing. Just think about lyrics and music of "Counting stars".

Genius behind so many hits we hear today.

He’s crazily talented.He’s not scared to talk about huge society problems like environment and mental health,and he often uses crazy methapors.Love him!

16 Robbie Williams Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.

His songs are still the best I've ever heard and he is one amazing guy.

Incomparable - world legend

He is the coolest EVER

Woah, I love his songs! Best singles: Let Me Entertain You, Candy (I love this one! ) and others ♥ :).

17 James Keenan Maynard (Tool)

Listen to Aenima and Lateralus with the lyrics in front of you...

Should be number 1. Lyrics are strong and can be interpreted the way you need. Pure talent

Read his lyrics then vote.

Saved my life

18 Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.

Gosh I love Katy Perry, but her thing with Rob pushed her down a bit. Best singles: Californian Girls, Last Friday Night, Firework, and plenty more - how could I forget Part Of Me and Wide Awake?

Katy perry wrote great songs!

She can't write songs.

19 Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. ...read more.

I love his songs, they're just so up-beat and fun, most of them. Best singles: Grenade :) and others but this is my favourite!

20 Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Breaux, known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.

"Created the most nuanced album of the 21st century, Channel Orange. The title doesn't do justice to the many colors this project is painted with. Ocean has also written for the likes of Beyonce and Jay Z."

Frank ocean is the Kurt cabin of the 21st century. Oceans use of metaphors in every line of every verse drawn from real life experience is unparalleled in todays music scene he doesn't care what anyone else thinks and does what he likes on his own terms.

21 Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the ...read more.

This whole list is a joke, Miley Cyrus probably doesn't even write her own music, you should be putting down guys like Gerard Way, Billie Joe Armstrong, Matt Schultz, Jack White, etc. Guys like this actually make points and cover important and deep subjects with their music, not just dumb crap about having fun, the only people I would leave on this list are Eminem and Ed sheeran. And for me they would be pretty far up the list

What the hell? Miley Cyrus, Robbie Williams? come on, let's put a real musician on this list! Alex Turner and Ed Sheeran should definitely be higher than Miley Cyrus or Robbie Williams...

She gained and lost popularity in Hannah Montana but overall it was a boost for her position. Best singles: Climb, I'll always remember you, Can't be tamed and perhaps her best is party in the U.S. A, which sadly doesn't count as Jessie J wrote it.

22 Noel Gallagher Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.

Should be in the top ten. Even twenty years after his rise to fame with Oasis, he can still an amazing, heart wrenching song.

23 Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (born 11 February 1977) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-lead vocalist. ...read more.

Probably the best on the list.

One of the best band of 21st century.
Vote for LP if you are satisfied from their songs. - Hellooo

24 Lily Allen Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter.

Ah, Lily. Her songs can generally be mean, but that doesn't stop them from being good. Or her swooping a place on this list. Best singles: Well, I personally ♥ love Smile. But there is others.

25 Alessia Cara Alessia Caracciolo, born on July 11th, 1996 is professionally known as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter.
26 Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

I love pink! Just Give Me A Reason is the best! Her music is inspiring and has meaning!

I love Pink! Best singles: Just Give Me A Reason, Blow Me (One Last Kiss), So What, and many others I absolutely lurrvve.

27 Pete Doherty Peter Daniell Doherty is an English musician, songwriter, actor, poet, writer, and artist. He is best known for being co-frontman of the Libertines, which he formed with Carl Barât in 1997.
28 Babbu Maan

AWESOME SINGER $ WRITER

29 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Pink are not Songwriters.

30 Sufjan Stevens

For this man to not be on this list is devastating...a lot of the people on this list don't even write their own music.

31 Kris Allen Kristopher Neil Allen is an American singer and songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol.Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes.Allen's Idol coronation song, "No Boundaries" and his version of "Heartless" both charted within ...read more.

Yay! Krissy :). Best singles: Heartless, No Boundaries and Live Like We're Dying, plus more that I lurve!

32 Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
33 Bebe Rexha
34 Kevin Parker
35 Psy Park Jae-sang, better known by his stage name Psy, stylized PSY, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and rapper.

Who makes these stupid lists?! PSY and Robbie Williams are the only good people on this list, and they're far from best, for crying out loud! - PositronWildhawk

He is psy that's why

36 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He's best known for being the lead singer of the Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release ...read more.
37 Chad Kroeger Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.
38 Tove Lo
39 Christina Perri Christina Judith Perri is an American singer and songwriter from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After her debut single "Jar of Hearts" was featured on the television series So You Think You Can Dance in 2010, Perri signed with Atlantic Records and released her debut extended play, The Ocean Way Sessions. ...read more.

She is literally so amazing and talented I love her so much!

40 Sara Bareilles

Easily the best other than lorde and sia

How is she not a the top?! She has songs like Brave that are so great and fun, and then she has songs like Sweet as Whole that are just kickass and so sassy I LOVE IT!

41 Tim Rice-Oxley
42 Jon Foreman

He is one of the most prolific songwriters of this generation. Be it with Switchfoot, Fiction Family or even with his solo works, he is simply great. I just wonder why he is not in the top tens

43 Jesse Ruben
44 Nathan Sykes Nathan James Sykes is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for being the youngest member of the British boy band The Wanted.
45 Gary Barlow Gary Barlow OBE is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is frontman and lead vocalist of British pop-group Take That.
46 Owen Pallett
47 Spencer Krug
48 Amanda Palmer
49 Billy Franks
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