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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.

These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All-Time Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1

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    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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    SMiLE, What I Really Want for Christmas, Orange Crate Art

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    Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush

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    Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What

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    All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine, Living in the Material World

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    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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    Blue, Court and Spark, Ladies of the Canyon

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    Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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    Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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    American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At ...

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    Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas

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    Working Man's Café, The Storyteller, Thanksgiving Day

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    Tapestry, Wrap Around Joy, Music

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

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    Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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    Empty Glass, Psychoderelict (Music Only), White City

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    Sun Is Shining, One Love, Rainbow Country

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    Buddy, 20 Golden Greats, What You Been A-Missin': What You've Been ...

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    Rain Dogs, Mule Variations, Blood Money

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    First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi ...

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    Masters of the Roll (disc 1), An American in Paris, Porgy & Bess

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    Deja Vu All Over Again, Hoodoo, Centerfield

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    Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology, Eternal Classics

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    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars

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    Sweet Baby James, A Christmas Album, James Taylor at Christmas

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    This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!

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    The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Amused to Death, When the Wind Blows ...

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    Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology, Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (feat. piano: ...

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    Paris Jim, Dionysus

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    Excitable Boy, The Wind, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: An Anthology

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    Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

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    Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

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    Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset

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    Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    What's Going On, Here, My Dear

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    Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

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    Hounds of Love, The Dreaming, The Kick Inside

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    Little Earthquakes, From the Choirgirl Hotel, Strange Little Girls

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    Night Beat, Shake, Touch the Hem of His Garment: 23 Gospel Gems

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    Warm Thoughts, Where There's Smoke, Anthology (disc 3)

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