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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!

The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  2. 2
    + 1053
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    added by Benjamin Dunn
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  3. 3
    + 761
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  4. 4
    + 524
    - 492

    added by Ron Mexico
    Elton John and Bernie Taupin

  5. 5
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  6. 6
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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  7. 7
    + 585
    - 535

    added by Mark

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  8. 8
    + 277
    - 179

    ranked low on reranks & added by jrdale1
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  9. 9
    + 573
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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  10. 10
    + 386
    - 401

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

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  11. 11
    + 406
    - 247

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

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  12. 12
    + 454
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    added by Randolph
    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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  13. 13
    + 470
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    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  14. 14
    + 448
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    added by Ron Mexico
    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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  16. 16
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    added by KirkSaw
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  17. 17
    + 111
    - 53

    added by italiamike34388206
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  18. 18
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    added by KirkSaw
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    - 161

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

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  20. 20
    + 342
    - 258

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

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

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  22. 22
    + 355
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    added by TVs Frank
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  23. 23
    + 262
    - 244

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

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    + 192
    - 148


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  25. 25
    + 365
    - 298

    added by Pallknowing1
    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  26. 26
    + 175
    - 185

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

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  27. 27
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    added by ohnoitsmanasco
    Disco, Pop music, Rock music Electric Light Orchestra founder and excellent producer.

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    + 85
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    Pop music, Vocal music

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    + 549
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Randolph
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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  30. 30
    + 218
    - 217


    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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  31. 31
    + 289
    - 379

    added by Mark
    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  32. 32
    + 229
    - 252

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

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  33. 33
    + 136
    - 126


    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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  34. 34
    + 289
    - 309


    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

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  35. 35
    + 139
    - 90

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

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  36. 36
    + 73
    - 80

    added by HelenNguyen
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  37. 37
    + 310
    - 343

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

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  38. 38
    + 202
    - 263


    New Wave, Worldbeat, Experimental music

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    + 240
    - 231

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

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  40. 40
    + 133
    - 144

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

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  41. 41
    + 127
    - 84

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

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  42. 42
    + 105
    - 102


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  43. 43
    + 274
    - 252

    ranked low on reranks & added by couchlock420
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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  44. 44
    + 139
    - 181

    added by KirkSaw
    Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed Cat Stevens

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  45. 45
    + 205
    - 276

    added by KirkSaw
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  46. 46
    + 194
    - 232

    added by Randolph
    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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  47. 47
    + 226
    - 293

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

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    + 83
    - 78


    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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

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    + 66
    - 66

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

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