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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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  2. 32
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    added by Ariel Kana Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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  3. 72
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    added by Cory85 Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 74
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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  5. 36
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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  6. 67
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    added by Kel Varnsen Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  7. 109
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    often listed & added by LaurieM Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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  8. 84
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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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  9. 8
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    added by jdbranded Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  10. 79
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    added by KirkSaw Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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  11. 120
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    added by ConnieStarnes Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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  12. 16
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    added by ohnoitsmanasco Disco, Pop music, Rock music Electric Light Orchestra founder and excellent producer.

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  13. 14
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    added by Randolph Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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  14. 53
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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  15. 64
    Up 21
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    added by Honda Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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  16. 124
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    added by JesusAlonso New Wave, Gothic rock, Pop music The Cure

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  17. 3
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  18. 82
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    added by danmedsker Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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  19. 46
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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  20. 119
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    added by ChanczProwess Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  21. 29
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    added by couchlock420 Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  22. 80
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    added by bdfsu157 Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  23. 12
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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  24. 35
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    added by ohnoitsmanasco Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  25. 17
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    added by TVs Frank New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  26. 115
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    added by Veggamattic Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  27. 83
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    often listed & added by autosurvive Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  28. 76
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    added by NarimanKashefi Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  29. 77
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    added by cheeseburger Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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  30. 39
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    added by KirkSaw Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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  31. 15
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    added by Ron Mexico Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  32. 27
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    often listed & added by Kel Varnsen Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  33. 45
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    New Wave, Worldbeat, Experimental music

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  34. 126
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    added by autosurvive Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  35. 26
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    added by Ariel Kana Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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  36. 4
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  37. 114
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    Smooth soul, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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  38. 6
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  39. 22
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    added by couchlock420 Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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  40. 91
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    added by looksharp Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  41. 107
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    often listed & added by looksharp Contemporary Christian music, Alternative rock

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  42. 93
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  43. 2
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    the people's #1 & added by Benjamin Dunn Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  44. 24
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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  45. 101
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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  46. 118
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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  47. 99
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    often listed & added by LaurieM Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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  48. 87
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Vocal music

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  49. 38
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    added by autosurvive Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  50. 85
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    often listed & added by kerijonuts Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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