The Greatest Songwriters of All Time Bands/Musicians
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The Greatest Songwriters 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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    most listed Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    added by mjhegger Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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    ranked low on reranks & added by JasonWitherspoon Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

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    Opera, Ballet, Art song

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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    added by wiabux Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by tomeksj Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by StacyWolfe Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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    Opera, Classical music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    added by tomeksj Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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    added by wiabux Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by StacyWolfe Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MichaelSchreck Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

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    often listed & added by MohammadrezaMomeni Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by chefsteve Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Classical music

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    added by JoeVojtko Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    added by coldspacemusic Rock music, Pop music, Glam rock

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    added by MaeganBell Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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    added by NoahBuist Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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