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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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    Adult contemporary music, Ballad, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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    Joel Rafael is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Folk music

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    Alternative rock

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    Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Indie rock

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    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Wiretree is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Indie rock, Post-punk

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    Eric Lamb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
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    Expository preaching

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

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    Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Psychedelia, Rock music

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    Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Andean music, Folk music, Latin American music

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    Folk music, Comedy

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    Folk music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Folk rock, Indie rock

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    Jeff Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Folk music, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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    Pop music, Folk music

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    Contemporary Christian music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Folk music, Post-rock, Indie rock

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    Sarah Solovay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Rob Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Rock music

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    Alessandro Raina is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
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    Raskolnikov is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
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    House music

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    Spoken word

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    Emo, Power pop, Punk rock

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    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock, Slowcore

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    Solo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Pop music

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    Tyler Foran is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Modern rock

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    Folk music, Latin American music, Cueca

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    Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music

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    Blaise Delfino is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Indie, Pop music, Rock music

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    Paula McMath is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
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