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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
1,294 1,339
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
1,417 1,202
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

3
1,311 1,328
John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

4
1,361 1,729
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
1,278 1,330
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
981 1,610
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
1,066 1,582
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

8
708 1,437
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

9
541 980
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

10
486 845
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

11
856 1,129
Peter Lennodo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Peter Lennodo Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

12
380 373
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

13
513 766
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
666 1,335
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

14 Famous People Who Have PhDs

15
642 1,186
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

16
672 1,310
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
488 647
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

18
578 1,148
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

19
645 1,009
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

20
611 1,098
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

21
451 542
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

The Best Rock Vocalists

22
403 656
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

23
439 640
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

24
398 600
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

25
396 706
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

26
329 344
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

27
489 753
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

28
423 537
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

The Best Frontmen in Rock

29
513 821
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

30
592 856
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

31
291 472
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

32
306 353
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

33
282 386
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

34
418 552
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

35
231 296
Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bernie Taupin Pop music, Rock music

The Best Restaurants at LAX

36
411 558
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

37
404 680
Prince is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

38
346 426
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bob Marley Reggae

39
224 243
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Bob Seger Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

40
215 199
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

41
230 189
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

42
206 159
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
versusmen added Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

The Best Breakup Songs of 2018

43
308 287
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

44
303 513
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

45
465 733
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

46
567 933
Ray Davies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Ray Davies Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

47
384 585
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
97 87
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Clay Glenny added Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

49
283 381
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
256 414
Sting is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave