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List Rules 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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John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks Blonde on Blonde

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Brian Wilson SMiLE, What I Really Want for Christmas Orange Crate Art

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Paul Simon Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years So Beautiful or So What

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Neil Young Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere After the Gold Rush

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
George Harrison All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine Living in the Material World

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times 1999

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory Diamond Dogs

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Double Fantasy

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Joni Mitchell Blue, Court and Spark Ladies of the Canyon

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions Talking Book

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A. The Rising

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Paul McCartney Flaming Pie, Ram McCartney

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Peter Lennodo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Peter Lennodo Tomorrow is Yesterday

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate Old Ideas

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Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around At Folsom Prison

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Carole King Tapestry, Wrap Around Joy Music

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Ray Davies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Ray Davies Working Man's Café, The Storyteller Thanksgiving Day

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man 52nd Street

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Van Morrison Astral Weeks, Moondance Saint Dominic's Preview

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Pete Townshend Empty Glass, Psychoderelict (Music Only) White City

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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Tom Waits Rain Dogs, Mule Variations Blood Money

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Bob Marley Sun Is Shining, One Love Rainbow Country

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George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
George Gershwin Masters of the Roll (disc 1), An American in Paris Porgy & Bess

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology Eternal Classics

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence Bookends

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Freddie Mercury The Solo Collection, Barcelona Mr. Bad Guy

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
John Fogerty Deja Vu All Over Again, Hoodoo Centerfield

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Buddy Holly Buddy, 20 Golden Greats What You Been A-Missin': What You've Been A-Missin'

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Chuck Berry The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene Two Great Guitars

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
James Taylor Sweet Baby James, A Christmas Album James Taylor at Christmas

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (feat. piano: Cyprien Katsaris)

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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Elvis Costello This Year's Model, Armed Forces Get Happy!!

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Roger Waters The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Amused to Death When the Wind Blows

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Warren Zevon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Warren Zevon Excitable Boy, The Wind I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: An Anthology

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Jim Morrison Paris Jim, Dionysus

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Lou Reed Transformer, Berlin New York

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Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Hank Williams Cold, Cold Heart Beyond the Sunset

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel, Us Security

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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Tom Petty Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers Highway Companion

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Willie Nelson Heroes, Pretty Paper Countryman

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Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Kate Bush Hounds of Love, The Dreaming The Kick Inside

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Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes, From the Choirgirl Hotel Strange Little Girls

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks Trouble in Shangri-La

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Marvin Gaye What's Going On, Here My Dear

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Mick Jagger/keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Johann Sebastian Bach Die kompletten Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach, The Organ Works Bach Edition

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway The Very Best of Mick Jagger