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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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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Folk music, Country

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock

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    Folk rock, Urban Folk, Indie folk

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    Folk rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

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    Darling waste is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Rock music, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Folk music, Alternative country

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    Folk music

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    Michael Grepp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Acoustic music, Indie rock

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    Jazz, Bossa nova

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    Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Alternative rock

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    Pop rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Alternative country

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    Folk music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelia

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    House music

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    Rock music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Progressive metal, Hard rock

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    Mikael Simpson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Indietronica, Dub

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    Mieka Pauley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Indie pop, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Fingerstyle guitar, New Age music, World music

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    Pop music

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    Matthew Perryman Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters
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    Pop music, Folk music, Alternative rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Pop music, Jazz

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    Folk rock, Indie rock

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    New Weird America, Emo, Red Dirt

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    Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Acoustic rock, Dream pop

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    Emo, Acoustic music, Indie rock

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    Indie, Electronic dance music, Electronica

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Nerina Pallot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Pop music, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Nels Andrews is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Indie folk

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    Folk music, Country

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    Morgan Finlay is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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    Folk music

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    Sam & Ruby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Singer-Songwriters

    Pop rock

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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