Greatest Song Writers

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41 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.

Not to be down on Johnny or anything because I am a huge fan but he wasn't that good a songwriter. Sunday Morning Coming Down was by the incomparable Kris Kristofferson, Hurt was by Trent Reznor, and Ring of Fire was actually written by his wife, June Carter Cash. I think he did write I Walk the Line and Folsom Prison Blues, though.

42 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
43 Jared Leto Jared Leto

Each lyric has a special meaning to not only myself, but I think that goes for the rest of the Echelon as well. Truly amazing with words, Jared can evoke a sense of happiness, anger, and excitement all in one song, verse, or even line like no other songwriter out there.

When he writes songs, each song has something everyone can relate to. That's what makes him so incredible.

Every song he writes incites emotions. That's a sign of a true songwriter.

44 Elton John Elton John

His songwriting is filled with so much soul, his melodies have formed a major part of my love for music, they are so memorable and always get me in the emotional state intended from the song. I can count on Elton John to always get me in the mood I want to be at: happy (i.E. tiny Dancer), sad (i.E. sacrifice), nostalgic (i.E. rocket Man), relaxed (i.E. the One), excited (i.E. levon), romance (i.E. I Guess that's why they call it the blues), empowered (i.E. believe), and even hauntingly beautiful melodies like Where to now St. Peter. He has such a great amount of other great songs as well, absolutely love his musical sense.

45 Hyde

Prior to L'Arc en Ciel hiatus in 2001-2004, there's not a single of his written-song told the same story. Every one of them has great character and wide range of vocabulary, not to mention his poetic writing style. He wrote a song about puppy love like Picasso painting a beautiful scenery. His written song range from a anybody heart break love song into romeo-juliet complex. From adrenaline rush lover biker story into otherworldly farewell song. And don't forget, all in Shakespeare style.

"Niji", "White Feathers", "I wish", "Anata", "Pieces", "Butterfly's Sleep", "Honey", "READY STEADY GO", "MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM" are just a small sample of what hyde can do

the main songwriter of the band who has very deep lyrics behind the songs of l arc en ciel - ronluna

Talented singer and songwriter. Enough said.

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46 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

with songs like catalyst, it should be in at least top 20 - sanketbhambhani

47 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.

Why isn't Taylor swift in the top ten? She has been writing songs since she was 16 and they were all a hit! I hear everybody singing to them and she just has a gift with songwriting and wrote them from her heart!

She has written her songs since the age of 11 and they all are personal and very catchy

Come on! I got to scroll down to find this TALENTED singer? She could easily be at the top! She's just so good I actually CAN'T believe she only 79. Her songs are like THE BEST. It's written in such a good way and every of them touched my heart. Don't they touch YOUR heart?

LOVE STORY ALL THE WAY!

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48 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.

How is Ed Sheeran not on top? Just because he didn't write songs 50 years ago doesn't mean he isn't great. Not only does he write all his songs which are amazing, he also wrote some good songs for singers like One Direction and Taylor Swift which I normally don't like. I mean you might not like them as a whole but if you listen to Little Things and Everything Has Changed, which Ed Sheeran wrote, it might slightly change your mind. All his songs are beautifully written no matter who sings them.

Just listen to them and you will fall in love with his lyrics.

I was about to vote for him when you told me he wrote a song for One Direction...I guess I still like him anyway.

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50 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.
51 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

Barracuda, Magic man, Crazy on You , Heartless, Even it Up, Lost Angel, ect, ect, ect. Need I say any more.

52 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.

He is really great Green Day is amazing Wake Me Up When September Ends and Today is Tomorrow are so poetic and deep - hardrockboyguitar13

I especially love boulevard of broken dreams and holiday!

Check rolling stone's list for best song writes he is #93

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53 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson

Their are only a hand full of bands that have the body of work that Ann & Nancy Wilson have when it comes to song writing. Heart had 20 songs reach the top 40 including two # 1 hits and now, in there 50's, they are still writing and recording.Ann & Nancy wrote some of the best ROCK songs ever with the Hits- BARRACUDA , CRAZY ON YOU, Magic Man and Love Alive. Not bad for a couple girls from Washington State. Love Ann & Nan ,HEART RULES.

54 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.

Eminem is a great songwriter. Far from the best but in my opinion the songwriter of the century. The way his lines are put together in his songs make sense in a way I have never experienced before. Every word counts in his texts and non are wasted. I absolutely love some of his albums even though they are as far from the type of rock music I listen to as they can get. It takes a genius for me to listen to rap, and Eminem sure is that.

Seriously? Funniest lines, even the serious ones are genius. They have hidden meanings, metaphors not to mention he makes it sound/ feel good

I can't believe he's not already in top ten. I mean who can write like him? His lyrics are unique in every way.

*cough* - rap god - *cough* *cough*

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55 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young, OC OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

I can't believe Neil Young is not at least top 20, for me he is number 1. My best guess is that they couldn't find his name? Who knows.

Hey hey my my, Rock an Roll Can Never Die

Neil young is the best songwriter and singer that I know of. What kind of person would put him at so low? His voice and songs are wonderful. He should be in the top ten.

Probably the most diverse & timeless musician ever born. No one rocks like Neil. Excellent live showman. His songs? Just look em up sometime!

Neil Young behind Nick Jonas and Taylor Swift? Wow, I guess he's lucky he beat out Bieber. Seriously, how many of you people voting on this site have reached puberty?

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56 Gackt Gackt

His songs are poetic, happy and sad at the time. I think his work is pure and beautiful art. Of course there are some happy songs you can enjoy but in my opinion his lyrics are very deep and thoughtful

You must read his Last song english lyrics. - Lucius

You must listen Last song or Kimi ni aitakute or Saikai~story for knowing what I'm talking about...

57 Bono Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

Absolutely the best songwriter ever, he is king of lyrics and god of music. He should be in TOP3.

The greatest song writer of all time. Listen to the lyrics of One.

Great songwriter and great person.

58 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.

Brian is number one of a small group of true geniuses in "pop-music", judged from pure musicality. With Paul McCartney in second place or maybe in a shared top position. The scales tip slighly in Brian's favour, in my opinion, due to his great to excellent work in recent, mature years. Though moderately successful, his work since 1988's "Brian Wilson" has been sadly by-passed by much of the public. He deserves better, a grand revival.

Legendary songwriter whose work will never be forgotten, no matter where he ends up here.

Brian's specialty is writing albums like Pet Sounds or SMiLE, but, those albums are made up of great songs. Surf's Up, Heroes and Villains, God Only Knows, Don't Worriy Baby? This guy should be right up there with Lennon, McCartney, and Dylan. - beatles

59 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.

She is definitely number 1 with Ben Moody. Amy is fantastic singer and songwriter. - 05yusuf09

Listen and Read to My Immortal's lyrics, so meaningful and beautiful.

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