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The greatest rock songwriters of all time have a lot in common. Firstly, they are some of the biggest names in rock music history. These household names have written some of the most popular songs. Secondly, even if you aren't too familiar with these songwriters, you've definitely heard their songs at least once or twice. You may not be familiar with their names or faces, but you should know their music. For some bizarre reason, you may not have heard of John Lennon or Paul McCartney, but you definitely have heard of The Beatles and their music. The same goes for Freddie Mercury and Queen, who like The Beatles' songwriting duo, wrote some of the most popular songs in music history.

Bob Dylan is widely considered one of the first songwriters to incorporate poetry, imagery and a social consciousness to rock music. His influence ranges far and wide. Many of the songwriters on this list count Dylan as one of the most important songwriters in rock history. He may not have had the same impact as Dylan, but Kurt Cobain has proven to be one of the most important songwriters in recent history. His career may have been short, but his impact on music history cannot be understated.

It's not easy to determine which of these songwriters is the greatest of all time. It's up to you to determine who is the greatest rock songwriter of all time by voting for who you think deserves that title.
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1
1,358 1,079
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

2
1,166 1,272
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

3
1,166 1,272
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

4
1,234 1,664
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

5
1,162 1,272
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

6
899 1,521
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

7
824 1,032
Peter Lennodo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

8
948 1,507
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

9
659 1,350
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

10
482 902
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

11
584 1,134
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

12
534 1,094
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

13
365 636
Prince is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

14
429 600
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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15
603 1,283
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

16
382 503
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

17
591 970
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

18
401 614
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

19
611 1,268
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

20
445 789
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

21
318 321
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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22
275 334
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

23
207 261
Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bernie Taupin Pop music, Rock music

24
365 678
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

25
453 726
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

26
557 1,062
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

27
210 173
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

28
557 842
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

29
364 626
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

30
459 713
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

31
397 486
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

32
258 371
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

33
290 320
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

34
267 455
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

35
360 578
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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36
199 222
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bob Seger Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

37
189 179
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

38
380 542
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

39
317 410
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bob Marley Reggae

40
181 139
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
versusmen added Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

41
286 270
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
257 275
Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Lindsey Buckingham New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

43
376 539
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

44
82 67
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Clay Glenny added Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

45
480 808
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

46
443 716
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

47
365 570
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

48
544 918
Ray Davies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Ray Davies Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

49
264 368
Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Keith Richards Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

50
262 306
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock