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The Best Singer-Songwriters

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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The Best Singer-Songwriters Bands/Musicians
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    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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    The Asch Recordings, Volumes 1-4, Columbia River Collection

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    This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!

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    Blunderbuss, Teddy Thompson, Upfront & Down Low

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    Rites of Passage, Indigo Girls, Nomads - Indians - Saints

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    Step Inside This House, I Love Everybody, It's Not Big It's Large

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    Levitate, The Lone Gunman, You Were a Dick

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    Tigers Above, Tigers Below, Break The Spell

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    Not So Gracefully, Crowded Spaces, Songs One Through Six

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    Dove sei tu, Nido, Tregua

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    Two of Swords, The Mirror of My Madness, Landmark

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    sings Sandy Denny, A Musical Journey on the Road to Bhutan

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    Echo, What Love Is

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    After the Chase

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    Through Foreign Eyes, Breathing Down to Zero

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    Unsere Feuer Brennen!, Kristalle, Early Love Music

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    A Wretched Sinner's Song, The Time of Summer Lightning, Haiku

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    Regal Zonophone Collection, Australia Is His Name, The Man Who Is ...

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    Gravity | Love, Best Laid Plans, Gypsy Flat Road

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    The Evening of My Best Day, Flying Cowboys, Rickie Lee Jones

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    The Unavoidable Truth, The Noise in My Chest, Songs for a Winter's Night ...

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    Red House Painters, Songs for a Blue Guitar, Ocean Beach

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    Of Many Hands, The Reckoning, The Greening Wind

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    Come Around Again, Shotgun, Rendezvous With the Angels

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    Union, House of Hope, The Woman's Boat

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    The Truth About Us, Ammunition, Special 20

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