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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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Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Jason Mraz Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Regina Spektor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Regina Spektor Indie pop, Anti-folk, Pop music

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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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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Andrew Peterson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Andrew Peterson Christian music, Folk music, Contemporary Christian music

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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
John Mayer Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Ben Kweller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ben Kweller Thrash metal, Indie, Rock music

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The Mountain Goats is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
The Mountain Goats Folk rock, Urban Folk, Indie folk

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Jonah Matranga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Jonah Matranga Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Julie Doiron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Julie Doiron Folk rock, Indie rock, Slowcore

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Laura Veirs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Laura Veirs Folk music

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Diane Cluck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Diane Cluck Anti-folk, Folk music, Neofolk

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Frida Hyvönen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Frida Hyvönen Indie pop, Indie, Folk music

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Ceschi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ceschi Alternative hip hop, Heavy metal, Indie folk

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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Joseph Arthur is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Joseph Arthur Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Cassandra Kubinski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

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Kate Walsh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Kate Walsh Folk music, Acoustic music, Indie rock

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Violeta Parra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Violeta Parra Andean music, Folk music, Latin American music

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Martha Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Martha Wainwright Pop music, Folk music, Alternative rock

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Whip is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Whip Folk music

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Tony Lucca is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Tony Lucca Rock music, Folk music, Acoustic music

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Alessandro Raina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Alessandro Raina Indie pop

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Justin McRoberts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Justin McRoberts Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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Laura Sippola is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Laura Sippola Indie pop, Folk music, Alternative rock

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TJ McCloud is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
TJ McCloud Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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Blaise Delfino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Blaise Delfino Indie, Pop music, Rock music

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Idaho is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Idaho Indie rock, Slowcore

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James Apollo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
James Apollo Folk music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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Chris Mason is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Chris Mason Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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Jaymay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Jaymay Folk rock, Indie rock

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Cristina Donà is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Cristina Donà Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Dan Romer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Dan Romer Rock music, Indie rock

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Marc Scibilia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Marc Scibilia Piano rock, Folk music, Folk rock

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Roberto Miguel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Roberto Miguel Anti-folk, Folk punk, Country

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Andrew Osenga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Andrew Osenga Folk music, Alternative rock

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Solo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Solo Pop music

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

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Susie Suh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Susie Suh Ballad, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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Reid Jamieson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Reid Jamieson Pop music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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Jason Reischel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Jason Reischel Rock music, Alternative country

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Rickie Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Rickie Lee Jones Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Stina Nordenstam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Stina Nordenstam Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Sandra McCracken is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Sandra McCracken Christian music, Americana, Folk music

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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Iri... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

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Songdog is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Songdog Neofolk, Acoustic music, Indie rock

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Rod MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
Rod MacDonald Folk music, Folk rock