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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  1. 43
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    added by Cory85 Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco The last surviving Bee Gee.

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

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  3. 85
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    often listed & added by kerijonuts Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  4. 38
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    added by KirkSaw Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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  5. 73
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    added by NarimanKashefi Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  6. 130
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    added by Randolph Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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  7. 87
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    often listed & added by Alby Thompson Alternative rock, Alternative country

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  8. 102
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    often listed & added by LaurieM Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  9. 9
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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  10. 25
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    added by Ariel Kana Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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  11. 108
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    often listed & added by LaurieM Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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  12. 94
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    often listed & added by Clark Benson Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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  13. 69
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    added by Kel Varnsen Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  14. 56
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    added by autosurvive Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  15. 91
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    added by biker terry Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music f

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  16. 34
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    added by Randolph Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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  17. 35
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    added by ohnoitsmanasco Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  18. 24
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    added by jrdale1 Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  19. 64
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    added by nanfan58 Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  20. 70
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    added by Cory85 Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  21. 62
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    new! & added by JanandBillCollins Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues

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  22. 41
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    added by Clark Benson Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music Young/Young/Johnson

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  23. 105
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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  24. 13
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    added by Randolph Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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  25. 11
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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  26. 57
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  27. 21
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    added by couchlock420 Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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  28. 26
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  29. 79
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    added by cheeseburger Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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  30. 101
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    added by autosurvive Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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  31. 29
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    added by couchlock420 Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  32. 46
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  33. 2
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    the people's #1 & added by Benjamin Dunn Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  34. 106
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    added by Veggamattic Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  35. 36
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    added by autosurvive Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  36. 128
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    added by autosurvive Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  37. 125
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    new! & added by hiraga_taizo Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  38. 49
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    added by LaurieM Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  39. 48
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  40. 100
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    added by looksharp Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  41. 93
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    often listed & added by looksharp Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock

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  42. 127
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    added by HercMcca Disco, Pop music, Euro disco

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  43. 16
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    added by ohnoitsmanasco Disco, Pop music, Rock music Electric Light Orchestra founder and excellent producer.

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  44. 76
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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  45. 55
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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  46. 103
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    added by Clark Benson Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  47. 110
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    added by looksharp Folk music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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  48. 67
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    Folk music, Folk rock

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  49. 30
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    added by Pallknowing1 Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  50. 104
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    added by marceloprr5 Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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