Greatest Song Writers

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21 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

He wrote Phantom of the Opera, Hallowed Be Thy Name, The Trooper, Aces High, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Alexander the Great, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Mother Russia, Fear of the Dark, Sign of the Cross, The Clansman, Blood Brothers, For the Greater Good of God, When the Wild Wind Blows and The Red & the Black all BY HIMSELF! There is only one god and his name is Steve Harris!

Why in the world is he not top spot by a mile. He's not your every day pop song writer, he is a metal song writer, and no one beats the man. He's wrote so many good songs for Iron maiden, and Iron maiden are still one of the best bands in the world, because of the magnificent songwriter!

One word about him... Epic

22 Ian Curtis Ian Curtis Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. ...read more.

Don't get me wrong James Hetfield is very very talented, but he is in no way whatsoever a better songwriter than Ian Curtis. A better musician? Absolutely, a better singer? that's debatable. But in no planet, realm, or universe is he a better songwriter, period.

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24 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

This list sucks. It's incomplete without Jim. I seriously do not know what's wrong with you people. Jim Morrison is the greatest song-writer of all time. Period.

One of the greatest songwriters of his generations his dark mysterious music can be soothing to the soul

25 Beck Beck Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.
26 PJ Harvey PJ Harvey Polly Jean Harvey, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer.
27 Patti Smith
28 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

I like Paul and John better for the Beatles, but George is really good. And then as a solo artist, he takes the crown.

29 Ville Valo Ville Valo

I LOVE ROMANCE AND IN A SONG THATS WHAT REACHES OUT AND TOUCHES MY HEART AND SOUL, AND AFTER A LONG DAY OF HELL, VILLE FILLS ME WITH LOVE AND HOPE IN LOVE AGAIN... THATS WHAT I WANT FROM MUSIC, REFRESHING AND FULL OF LOVE, TAKES ALL THE BULLCRAP OF THE DAY AND WASHES IT AWAY... LOVE YOU VILLE - alyciaisaacs

30 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.
31 Burt Bacharach

Great song writer. His songs became big part of great movies of past.

This man's melodies will be in the hearts and minds of human beings, hundreds of years from now.
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32 Ryan Tedder Ryan Tedder

He wrote Apologize, good life, counting stars, secrets, all the right moves, and EVERY OTHER ONE of OneRepublic's songs, as well as Halo, Bleeding Love, Brighter than the sun, Already Gone, Rumour has it, battlefield, lucky strike, love somebody, not over you, sleepwalker, turning tables, as well as countless others. He is one of the best active songwriters right now!

Ryan Tedder is a modern music genius. He has written songs for singers from different genres. Such as as Pop, Rock, Country, and Hip Hop. Can You think of songwriters who write for different genres?

Has written so many hits for bands that aren't his own and, to top it all off, has one of the most beautiful falsettos of all time.

Amazing songwriter! OneRepublic have the best songs because he's just so great at singing, producing, and writing songs.

33 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.

thatss right richie4life, and don't forget his best song: HAVE A NICE DAY! - andres101

bon jovi's song are so powerful and they show so much feelings... - richie4life

34 Edward Van Halen

Better songwriter then he was a guitarist. and thats that he was a spectacular guitar player - GuitarFreeeK

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36 Paul Simon Paul Simon Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel.

On the Top Tens list of singer/songwriters, which is much more legit than this bogus list, he is deservedly in the top ten, at number six.

VERY good song lyrics. one of my favorite song writers - Lizzthaashizz

In my opinion, Paul Simon deserves to be in the TOP TEN.
Great melodies and good lyrics.

Paul Simon is a lyrical genius, providing tunes such as Slip Slidin' Away, and has some amazing arrangements. I am shocked to see how low he is on this list.

37 Lou Reed Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. ...read more.

Hey babe, take a walk on the wide side

38 Nick Cave

Just fantastic! Every word, every sound, and every rhyme flow naturally! He is outstanding at what he does!

Sorry to read about his son, that's terrible...

39 Frank Black Frank Black Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV (born April 6, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs under the stage name Black Francis.

Lead singer and guitarist of the Pixies. If he wasn't around, Kurt Cobain wouldn't have ever written Smells Like Teen Spirit, because he admitted he was trying to rip-off the pixies.

40 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He was mostly known for the secondary lead vocals and bassist of Pink Floyd .

I think this list would be quite different if everybody voting took some time to listen to the writing of Waters. There are a lot of great song writers out there, but Roger has a very unique way of making power- and meaningful lyrics which blends in perfectly with the music resulting in the best constructed songs of all time. Furthermore his solo career and work with Floyd consists of albums, which are to be considered as a combined product of music and not just separat songs. These factors makes Roger Waters the best song writer ever.

This rankings sucks, if Roger is on #39. His music isn't for everyone, if you know what I mean. While listening to his work, your brain must work at 100%, you can't relax. You're starting to think about world, cruel world.

Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and The Final Cut - his masterwork with Pink Floyd - Zahveed

God, that remix misofella has is terrible. "Rihanna, Meghan Trainor, and Taylor Swift"? I guess good song writing is about singing about sex and big asses then. Listen to Breathe, Time and any other Pink Floyd song Waters has written. He's incredible. - BrianScott01

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