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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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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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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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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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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Mick Jagger & Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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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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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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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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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic 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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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 35 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) 36 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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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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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Lindsey Buckingham New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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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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Sting is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Keith Richards Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bernie Taupin Pop music, Rock music

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Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Michael Stipe Jangle pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music