music The Best Singer-Songwriters  

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Since the beginning of rock music, dating back to the folk-influenced days of the 1960s, singer-songwriters have played a prominent role in shaping music. Though there's not a finite way to define what exactly is a singer-songwriter, but for the sake of this list of singer-songwriters, we'll say that it's defined as someone who write, compose and perform their own songs. The best singer/songwriters are internationally known and are some of the biggest names in music. Some singer-songwriters are rockers, others, though fewer, are pop stars. While some people may associate singer-songwriters with coffee houses and acoustic guitars, there's more to singer-songwriters than that. 

So, who are the best singer-songwriters? The top singer-songwriters have a strong following are renowned for their lyrics or original songs. You'll see many familiar names like Bob Dylan, Sam Smith, Woody Guthrie, Mark Kozelek, Joan Baez and Cat Power on this list of singer-songwriters. The one thing the best singer-songwriters have in common, with their diverse musical tastes, is that both critics and fans alike agree that these acclaimed singer-songwriters are some of the best at their respective craft. Singer-songwriter artists like these have a strong following and are extremely popular.

So, who should top the list of singer-songwriters? This list answers the questions "who are the best singer-songwriters of all time?" and "who is the greatest singer-songwriter ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular singer-songwriters  you might've heard of.

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Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Delta Goodrem Adult contemporary music, Ballad, Pop music

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Jason Mraz Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
John Mayer Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
James Blunt Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

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Regina Spektor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Regina Spektor Indie pop, Anti-folk, Pop music

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Teddy Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Teddy Thompson Rock music, Folk music, Alternative country

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Steve Tilston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Steve Tilston Folk music

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After the Chase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
After the Chase Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock

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Holly Throsby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Holly Throsby Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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Sarah Solovay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Sarah Solovay Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music

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Greg Laswell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Greg Laswell Folk rock, Indie rock

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Rickie Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Rickie Lee Jones Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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James Caronna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Eric Lamb is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Gary Marx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Gary Marx Gothic rock, Post-punk revival, Hard rock

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Elvis Perkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Elvis Perkins Folk rock

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Roderick L. Evans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Roderick L. Evans Expository preaching

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Jason Reischel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Jason Reischel Rock music, Alternative country

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Findlay Napier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Findlay Napier Indie, Folk music, Indie folk

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Rod MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Rod MacDonald Folk music, Folk rock

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Reid Jamieson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Reid Jamieson Pop music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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Passion Star is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Passion Star Indie pop, Acoustic rock, Dream pop

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Andrew Osenga is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Andrew Osenga Folk music, Alternative rock

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Roberto Miguel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Roberto Miguel Anti-folk, Folk punk, Country

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Justin McRoberts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Justin McRoberts Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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Solo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Solo Pop music

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Dan Romer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Dan Romer Rock music, Indie rock

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Tyler Foran is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Tyler Foran Modern rock

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Isabel Parra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Isabel Parra Andean music, Folk music, Latin American music

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The Joel Streeter Band is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
The Joel Streeter Band Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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Michael Hedges is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Michael Hedges Fingerstyle guitar, New Age music, World music

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Jaymay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Jaymay Folk rock, Indie rock

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James Apollo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
James Apollo Folk music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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Blaise Delfino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Blaise Delfino Indie, Pop music, Rock music

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Madison Violet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Madison Violet Folk music

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Mike Fellows is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Mike Fellows New Weird America, Emo, Red Dirt

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Greg Connors is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Greg Connors Alternative rock

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Alessandro Raina is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Alessandro Raina Indie pop

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Sandra McCracken is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Sandra McCracken Christian music, Americana, Folk music

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Kaisa Vala is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Kaisa Vala Piano, Alternative rock, Indie

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Michael Grepp is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Michael Grepp Acoustic music, Indie rock

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Andrew Peterson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Andrew Peterson Christian music, Folk music, Contemporary Christian music

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TJ McCloud is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
TJ McCloud Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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Ben Kweller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ben Kweller Thrash metal, Indie, Rock music

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Laura Sippola is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Laura Sippola Indie pop, Folk music, Alternative rock

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Ashton Nyte is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ashton Nyte Adult album alternative, Americana, Synthpop

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Werkraum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Werkraum Psychedelic folk, Traditional music, Folk music