bands/musicians The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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The greatest rock songwriters of all time have a lot in common. Firstly, they are some of the biggest names in rock music history. These household names have written some of the most popular songs. Secondly, even if you aren't too familiar with these songwriters, you've definitely heard their songs at least once or twice. You may not be familiar with their names or faces, but you should know their music. For some bizarre reason, you may not have heard of John Lennon or Paul McCartney, but you definitely have heard of The Beatles and their music. The same goes for Freddie Mercury and Queen, who like The Beatles' songwriting duo, wrote some of the most popular songs in music history.

Bob Dylan is widely considered one of the first songwriters to incorporate poetry, imagery and a social consciousness to rock music. His influence ranges far and wide. Many of the songwriters on this list count Dylan as one of the most important songwriters in rock history. He may not have had the same impact as Dylan, but Kurt Cobain has proven to be one of the most important songwriters in recent history. His career may have been short, but his impact on music history cannot be understated.

It's not easy to determine which of these songwriters is the greatest of all time. It's up to you to determine who is the greatest rock songwriter of all time by voting for who you think deserves that title.

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music Folk rock

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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Peter Lennodo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music Baroque pop/rock

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music Rock music

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock Merseybeat

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music Rockabilly

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Ray Davies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Ray Davies Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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Mick Jagger & Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock Grunge

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock Art rock

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock Swamp pop

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock Heartland rock

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock Heavy metal

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music Acid rock

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music Outsider music

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Elton John Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music Spoken word

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues Rock and roll

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music Americana

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul Pop music

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music Experimental rock

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music Experimental rock

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop New Wave

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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock Rock music

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul Pop music

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul Spoken word

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music Rock music

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Pop music

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music Reggae

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music Folk jazz

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock Punk rock

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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bob Marley Reggae

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music Folk rock

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock Heavy metal

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Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music Alternative rock

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Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Lindsey Buckingham New Wave, Pop music Rock music

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music Rockabilly

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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Neil Peart Progressive metal, Swing music Heavy metal

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music Electronic music

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music Dance-rock

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Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Keith Richards Blues-rock, Rock music Reggae

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bob Seger Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock Rock music

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock New Wave

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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music Rock music