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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.

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

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      Bob Dylan

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
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      Prince

      Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
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      Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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      Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz More
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      Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
      79
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      Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
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      Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word More
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      Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock More
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      Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
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      Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
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      Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
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      John Lennon

      Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Johnny Cash

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      Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
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      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
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      Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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      Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
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      Opera, Ballet, Art song More
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      Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
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      Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
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      Lou Reed

      Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word More
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      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music More
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      Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music More
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      Opera, Classical music More
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      Opera, Musical theatre, Film score More
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      New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock More
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      Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
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      Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
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      New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk More
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      Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
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      added by: JasonWitherspoon
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      Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
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      added by: BillWensel
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      Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
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      Western music, Pop music, Traditional music More
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      Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
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      Classical music More
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      Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
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