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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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Regina Spektor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Regina Spektor Indie pop, Anti-folk, Pop music

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Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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Mirah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Mirah Indie rock

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Corinne Bailey Rae is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Corinne Bailey Rae Indie pop, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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Roddy Frame is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Roddy Frame Rock music

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Danny Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Danny Schmidt Folk music

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

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Dan Mangan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Dan Mangan Folk music, Indie rock

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Chuck Ragan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Chuck Ragan Folk rock, Acoustic rock, Punk rock

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Mario Iriarte is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Mario Iriarte Folk music, Latin American music, Cueca

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Dan Bryk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Dan Bryk Indie, Pop music, Rock music

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Noemi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Noemi Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock

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Trent Dabbs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Trent Dabbs Pop rock

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Phil Putnam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Phil Putnam Pop music, Rock music

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Ian McNabb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ian McNabb Rock music, Alternative rock

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Holly Throsby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Holly Throsby Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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Steve Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Blaise Delfino is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Blaise Delfino Indie, Pop music, Rock music

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Paula McMath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Fausto Rey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Dan Romer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Dan Romer Rock music, Indie rock

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Christie Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Christie Hennessy Folk music

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Charlie Peacock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Chabuca Granda is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Chabuca Granda Folk music, Música criolla

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Ben & Jason is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ben & Jason Pop music

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Ashton Nyte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ashton Nyte Adult album alternative, Americana, Synthpop

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The Joel Streeter Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
The Joel Streeter Band Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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Anton Barbeau is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Anton Barbeau Pop music, Psychedelia

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Anthony da Costa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Anthony da Costa Americana, Folk music

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Anna Ternheim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Anna Ternheim Anti-folk, Pop music, Rock music

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Angela McCluskey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Angela McCluskey Pop rock, Alternative rock

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Andy LeMaster is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Andy LeMaster Experimental rock, Indie rock

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Andrew Peterson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Andrew Peterson Christian music, Folk music, Contemporary Christian music

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Alexi Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Alexi Murdoch Acoustic music, Alternative rock, Indie folk

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AJ Roach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
AJ Roach Alternative country, Indie folk

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Ben Kweller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ben Kweller Thrash metal, Indie, Rock music

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Tyler Foran is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Tyler Foran Modern rock

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Bob Malone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Bob Malone Rock music, Blues

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Bosque Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Bosque Brown Indie rock

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Carmen Consoli is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Carmen Consoli Indie pop, Rock music, Folk music

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Catherine Feeny is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Bill Madden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Bill Madden Folk rock, Indie rock

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Cheyenne Marie Mize is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

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Jonathan Richman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Jonathan Richman New Wave, Rock music, Folk music

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Sivan Levy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Sivan Levy Indie pop, Alternative rock

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Conor Oberst is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Conor Oberst Indie pop, Emo, Folk rock