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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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    Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Adult contemporary music, Ballad, Pop music

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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Ane Brun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Adult contemporary music, Folk music

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    Indie, Folk music, Acoustic music

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    Pop rock

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    Indie, Folk music, Indie folk

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

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    Gothic rock, Post-punk revival, Hard rock

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    Folk rock, Indie rock

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    Folk rock

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    Progressive metal, Hard rock

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    Baroque pop

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    Jazz, Blues

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    Folk music, Blues

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    Folk music, Country

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    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Folk music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Heather Nova is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Rock music

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    Blaise Delfino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Indie, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Indie rock

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

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock

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    Anti-folk, Folk punk, Country

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    Andrew Osenga is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Folk music, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music

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    Folk music, Latin American music, Cueca

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    Tyler Foran is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Modern rock

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Folk music

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    Experimental rock, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk music

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    Indie rock

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    Bob Malone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Rock music, Blues

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    Bill Madden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Folk rock, Indie rock

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    Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Anti-folk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Indie, Rock music

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    Pop music

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    Adult album alternative, Americana, Synthpop

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    Anthony da Costa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Americana, Folk music

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    Paula McMath is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
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