Top Ten Best Song Writers of the 21st Century

The Top Ten

1 Marina & the Diamonds 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.
2 Amy Lee 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 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 Sia

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)

5 Lana del Rey 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.

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" ‚Ä"¬†starts with 'You can be my full time daddy', chorus includes ‚Ä"¬†'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

6 Jessie J 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

7 Alex Turner 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.

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!

The guy's a lyrical genius. Every song has its own meaning, and they're all good enough to be singles. Thank God there's still a songwriting talent in today's generation of music. No. 1 in my opinion.

With lyrics that rival those from Morrissey, Alex Turner is probably one of the most important songwriters of this generation, and maybe eventually of all time. His music is not just catchy like an usual pop song, it all sounds extremely thought out and natural for the genius that he is.

He's a lyrical genius. Right up there with the greats

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8 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . ...read more.
9 Halsey Halsey
10 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching ...read more.

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. ,!

She is definitely one of the best she actually writes her own songs

She's relatable

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The Contenders

11 Eminem 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

HE IS THE number 1 PLESE FOR ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY PUT HIM IN NO. 1...YOU WILL BE BLESSED

12 Ed Sheeran 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.

From Little Things(One Direction) to Cold Water & Love Yourself(Justin Bieber)...Everything went right...

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13 Adele 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.

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

14 Robbie Williams Robbie Williams

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 ‚ô• :).

15 Ryan Tedder Ryan Tedder

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".

16 Tyler Joseph 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.

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.

HE IS THE MOST AMAZING SINGER/SONGWRITER/INSTRUMENT PLAYER ON THE PLANET AND he's REALLY FAMOUS AND AMAZING

Tyler Josep, where do I start with Tyler Joseph? He writes amazing songs, simply amazing. I don't understand why Taylor swift is at the top of this list when we have tyler. Taylor writes about boyfriends and breakups, when Tyler writes amazing songs about REAL issues. He can make tears flow from your eyes. Here's just a little bit of his song "trap door":
"He wakes up early today
Throws on a mask that will alter his face
Nobody knows his real name
But now he just uses one he saw on a grave

He pretends that he's okay
But you should see
Him in bed late at night, he's petrified
Take me out, and finish this waste of a life

Everyone gather around for a show
Watch as this man disappears as we know
Do me a favor and try to ignore
As you watch him fall through a bleeding trapdoor

He thinks that faith might be dead
Nothing kills a man faster than his own head
He used to see dreams at night
But now he's just watching the backs of his ...more

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17 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Miley Cyrus's voice is contralto. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred in the show.

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.

18 James Keenan Maynard (Tool)

Read his lyrics then vote.

Saved my life

19 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry) was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Katy Perry 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!

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

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!

21 Lily Allen 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 ‚ô• love Smile. But there is others.

22 Pink 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.

23 Babbu Maan

AWESOME SINGER $ WRITER

24 Noel Gallagher 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.

25 Frank Ocean Frank Ocean

"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."

26 Alessia Cara Alessia Cara
27 Kris Allen

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

28 Pete Doherty Pete Doherty
29 Billie Joe Armstrong 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 Psy 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

31 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
32 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!

33 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

34 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.
35 Chad Kroeger 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.
36 Jesse Ruben
37 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

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

38 Gary Barlow 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.
39 Owen Pallett
40 Spencer Krug
41 Amanda Palmer
42 Christina Perri Christina Perri

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

43 Tim Rice-Oxley
44 Billy Franks
45 Michael Schulte
46 Ed Prosek
47 Nathan Sykes 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.
48 Tove Lo Tove Lo
49 Bebe Rexha Bebe Rexha
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