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These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time  

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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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John Lennon & Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What
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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
SMiLE, What I Really Want for Christmas, Orange Crate Art
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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
coldspacemusic added The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy
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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
jmmikkola added Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy
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Peter Lennodo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Tomorrow is Yesterday
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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine, Living in the Material World
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
JasonWitherspoon added Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney
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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush
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Mick Jagger/keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas
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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
KellySouthworth added Paris Jim, Dionysus
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
wiabux added The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street
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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview
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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
MaeganBell added Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999
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Page & Plant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking Into Clarksdale, Wonderful One
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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Tapestry, Wrap Around Joy, Music
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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
Empty Glass, Psychoderelict (Music Only), White City
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Elton John and Bernie Taupin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time
MohammadrezaMomeni added The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Amused to Death, When the Wind Blows