Greatest Song Writers

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21 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.

22 PJ Harvey PJ Harvey Polly Jean Harvey, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer.
23 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

24 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell

It just seems wrong to have Joni Mitchell sandwiched between someone named Tamer Hosny and someone named Nick Cave.

Hands down Number One. Better material than over rated Dylan.

25 Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist . Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82 .

Leonard cohen simplyrules and should be closer to the top of tjis list, fools

26 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.

27 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.
28 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.

29 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.
L.Russell Brown

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30 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

Very good poetry. Made decent songs baltantly about drugs. - Lucretia

31 Edward Van Halen

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

32 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

33 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.

34 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

35 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...

36 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
37 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.

Noel Gallagher is the most genius songwriter ever. It should be placed in the top ten at least. Need more than a talent to create some glorious song like wonderwall and champagne supernova

He should be in the Top 10, you need many talent to write a song like Wonderwall or Morning Glory and so on...

One of the best of all time. To write songs like wonderwall and live forever is a great talent.

He's just a genius, the greatest songwriter of last 20 years - Rossoneri

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39 Tamer Hosny Tamer Hosny

Tamer's lyrics are so meaningful, he writes lovely and great songs! - Shakaib

That's wonderful. Maybe someday I'll know who this guy is.

40 Tony Banks

Described as the Chord King by Steve Hackett, Tony has a love affair with Harmony. He has developed his own style/method of using chords, arranging his songs and his passion as a composer comes across in everything he does and he has done. Most popular for his involvement with Genesis, Tony's original stuff is often overlooked. This is probably due to the fact that many out there might not understand the connection he has between him and his music. However, those who have followed his solo career reap the benefits of the musical world of Tony Banks. He knows what he likes and he freely exercises his passion and always sticks to his principles. What you see is what you get. Absolute genius.

Although I love all of the members of Genesis and they all made huge unique contributions to the band by adding their own sound & ideas, I think Tony was the most important cog in creating the Genesis sound as he wrote or co-wrote on almost every Genesis song during their Golden Era from Trespass through Wind & Wuthering. Tony's songwriting has always been melodic and accessible whether it was fierce or beautiful, complex or stripped down to the basics.

Tony's ability to combine effortless harmonic virtuosity with genuinely strong compositional talent places him at the forefront of songwriters from the past 50 years.

Often lyrically challenging, always melodically and harmonically satisfying, Tony's works never cease to both entertain and intrigue in a way that is unique among his peers.

Tony Banks in my opinion should be #1! He's written such awesome tracks both with Genesis and in his solo career! I mean Tony wrote 'A Curious Feeling'! That is a masterpiece!

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