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

    ) open
  2. 126
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    added by defzeppelin
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    added by KirkSaw
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    ) open
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    often listed & added by kerijonuts
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

    ) open
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    added by KirkSaw
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    ) open
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    added by NarimanKashefi
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
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    added by Alby Thompson
    Alternative rock, Alternative country

    ) open
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    often listed & added by LaurieM
    Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    added by Ariel Kana
    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

    ) open
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    often listed & added by LaurieM
    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

    ) open
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    added by Clark Benson
    Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

    ) open
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    added by Kel Varnsen
    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

    ) open
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    added by autosurvive
    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

    ) open
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    added by biker terry
    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music f

    ) open
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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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

    ) open
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    added by nanfan58
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
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    added by Cory85
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by JanandBillCollins
    Blue-eyed soul, Soul rock, Rhythm and blues

    ) open
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    added by Clark Benson
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music Young/Young/Johnson

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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

    ) open
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

    ) open
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

    ) open
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    added by couchlock420
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by cheeseburger
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

    ) open
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    added by autosurvive
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

    ) open
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    added by couchlock420
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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

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  35. 122
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    added by Veggamattic
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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

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

    ) open
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    added by LaurieM
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

    ) open
  39. 118
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    ranked low on reranks & added by possumprincess
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

    ) open
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open
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    added by looksharp
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    added by looksharp
    Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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

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

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    added by Clark Benson
    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Pallknowing1
    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

    ) open
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