The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters Bands/Musicians
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The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

List Criteria: The best song writers - must be prolific

Who is the best songwriter alive today? The musician responsible for the lyrics and music that's the most memorable, significant and lasting in all of rock history, who is still with us today. We're talking, over the course of an entire career, the person who has written the most great songs--the best songwriters of the 21st century. A few things to keep in mind: (1) Songwriting teams are acceptable if they truly worked together (for example, Elton John writing music to Bernie Taupin's lyrics). When possible, as in the case of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, separate them and focus on individual songwriting. (2) LIVING songwriters. Living. (3) I think the ratio of "great songs" to "not good songs" is important to consider. If someone has 2 classic albums of great songs and then 5 albums worth of garbage, that impacts the overall view of the career, no matter how good the original work was. Something to keep in mind.

Add your own selections below and vote up the people you feel are worthy of the title of Greatest Living Rock Songwriter. PLUS, if you have Spotify, you can listen to full songs from each of the listed songwriters on our Ranker playlist!

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    the people's #1 Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    most listed & added by Benjamin Dunn Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    added by Ron Mexico Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    added by Ron Mexico Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    added by TVs Frank New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by jrdale1 Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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    added by jdbranded Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    often listed & added by Mark Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    ranked low on reranks & added by KirkSaw Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Ariel Kana Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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    added by KirkSaw Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    often listed & added by Ariel Kana Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    added by Randolph Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    added by ohnoitsmanasco Disco, Pop music, Rock music Electric Light Orchestra founder and excellent producer.

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    added by Randolph Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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

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    added by Ron Mexico Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  29. 29
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    added by Pallknowing1 Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  30. 30
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    added by couchlock420 Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  31. 31
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    added by KirkSaw Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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    New Wave, Worldbeat, Experimental music

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    added by Kel Varnsen Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    added by HelenNguyen Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  35. 35
    + 227
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    added by couchlock420 Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

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  37. 37
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    added by Cory85 Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco The last surviving Bee Gee.

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    - 84

    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    added by KirkSaw Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    - 51

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

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    added by Ariel Kana Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    + 169
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    added by Randolph Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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    added by autosurvive Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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

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    added by KirkSaw Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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  47. 47
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    added by Pallknowing1 Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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  48. 48
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    added by Clark Benson Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music Young/Young/Johnson

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    Pop music, Vocal music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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