These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All-Time Bands/Musicians
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These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All-Time

List Criteria: Vote on whether or not you think the songwriters should be considered the best of all time

If you ask anyone who has ever tried, it's tough to write one song, nevertheless a batch to be considered a songwriter. Add to the mix that the song actually getting recorded and becoming a hit, it's pretty hard to be a great songwriter. Yet that's what make the greatest songwriters different from Average Joe who has tried to pen a song. The best songwriters usually have written multiple hits that not only their most ardent fans know, but also casual listeners.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney are considered two the best songwriters. The Beatles were fueled by this legendary duo's prowess and are debatably the greatest band because these two outstanding songwriters.

Similarly to Lennon and McCartney, Bob Dylan is another songwriter who can be considered one of the greatest of all time. Dylan's songwriting introduced powerful imagery and themes that were deeply layered within the context of his writing. His songwriting influenced an entire generation of bands, songwriters and fans, including another member of this list, Bruce Springsteen.

This is the Ultimate List of the greatest songwriters of all time. Everyone on this list is considered one of the best at his or her craft. Vote for the songwriter who you think is the greatest, which shouldn't be too easy with a list like this one.

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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    Opera, Classical music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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