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If you ask anyone who has ever tried, it's tough to write one song, nevertheless a batch to be considered a songwriter. Add to the mix that the song actually getting recorded and becoming a hit, it's pretty hard to be a great songwriter. Yet that's what make the greatest songwriters different from Average Joe who has tried to pen a song. The best songwriters usually have written multiple hits that not only their most ardent fans know, but also casual listeners.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney are considered two the best songwriters. The Beatles were fueled by this legendary duo's prowess and are debatably the greatest band because these two outstanding songwriters.

Similarly to Lennon and McCartney, Bob Dylan is another songwriter who can be considered one of the greatest of all time. Dylan's songwriting introduced powerful imagery and themes that were deeply layered within the context of his writing. His songwriting influenced an entire generation of bands, songwriters and fans, including another member of this list, Bruce Springsteen.

This is the Ultimate List of the greatest songwriters of all time. Everyone on this list is considered one of the best at his or her craft. Vote for the songwriter who you think is the greatest, which shouldn't be too easy with a list like this one.
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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Johann Sebastian Bach Die kompletten Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach, The Organ Works, Bach Edition

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

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1,092 1,516
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Kurt Cobain 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

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363 333
Burt Bacharach is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
dudedude added Burt Bacharach Painted From Memory, Toledo (disc 1), The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection

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515 457
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
mjhegger added Roy Orbison The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl

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425 306
Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Barry Gibb Guilty, Now Voyager, Hawks

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197 128
Page & Plant is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Page & Plant No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking Into Clarksdale, Wonderful One

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
BillWensel added Sting ...Nothing Like the Sun, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling

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248 181
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
jmmikkola added Mark Knopfler Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler, Shangri-La, Sailing to Philadelphia

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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
jprovince added Sam Cooke Night Beat, Shake, Touch the Hem of His Garment: 23 Gospel Gems

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Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
TimEvans added Woody Guthrie The Asch Recordings, Volumes 1-4, Columbia River Collection

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496 450
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Otis Redding Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, The Dock of the Bay, The Immortal Otis Redding

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528 471
Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Cole Porter Kiss Me Kate, Kiss Me, Kate (1948 original Broadway cast)

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423 379
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together

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487 352
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Neil Diamond The Christmas Album Volume II, Hot August Night, The Christmas Album

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719 871
Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Randy Newman Toy Story 2, The Natural, Land of Dreams

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Rodgers and Hammerstein is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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467 401
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
JasonWitherspoon added Gordon Lightfoot Endless Wire, If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life

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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
ArneSolheimKaldahl added Jackson Browne Running on Empty, Jackson Browne, Solo Acoustic

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Dolly Parton Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

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Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
chefsteve added Todd Rundgren Something / Anything?, A Wizard, a True Star

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Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
SteveSaddington added Jim Croce Simply the Best: Time in a Bottle: His Greatest Hits, Jim Croce Smash Hits, Singer Songwriter

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428 369
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
danp97 added Jimmy Page Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek

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194 121
David Gilmour and Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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268 186
George & IRA Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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519 612
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born

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553 585
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
NoahBuist added Miles Davis Bitches Brew, Kind of Blue, Agharta

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
StacyWolfe added Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
danp97 added Robert Plant Raising Sand, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking Into Clarksdale

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460 572
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman, The Very Best Of, Teaser and the Firecat

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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
LeeFormanekMinder added Don Henley The End of the Innocence, Building the Perfect Beast, I Can't Stand Still

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494 472
Irving Berlin is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Irving Berlin Easter Parade, Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam (1995 New York cast)

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1,025 1,141
Laura Nyro is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
JoeVojtko added Laura Nyro Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, New York Tendaberry, More Than a New Discovery

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403 510
David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
StacyWolfe added David Byrne Strange Mercy, Rei Momo, Love This Giant

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Jeff Lynne is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
CorchoSoñez added Jeff Lynne Xanadu, Armchair Theatre, Concert for George

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Crosby & Nash is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Crosby & Nash Graham Nash David Crosby, Wind on the Water, Whistling Down the Wire

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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Townes Van Zandt The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, A Far Cry From Dead, For the Sake of the Song

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Frank Zappa Hot Rats, Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
PJ Harvey Let England Shake, Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Patti Smith Horses, Trampin', The Patti Smith Masters

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
dudedude added Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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Harry Nilsson is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
jprovince added Harry Nilsson Aerial Ballet, The Point, Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

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Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
JonGilbert added Lindsey Buckingham Buckingham Nicks, Under the Skin, Gift of Screws

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Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Morrissey Your Arsenal, Kill Uncle, Vauxhall and I

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Holland-Dozier-Holland is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Holland-Dozier-Holland 4 Track E.P.

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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
NoahBuist added James Brown Live at the Apollo, Star Time, Funky Christmas

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Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
sebbzor added Michael Stipe In the Sun EP, In the Sun, Good King Wenceslas