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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Top 25 Greatest Songwriters of All-Time

The top 25 Greatest Songwriters or Songwriting Teams are, in order,:
1) John Lennon/Paul McCartney (The Beatles): A no-brainer for number one. Bands from that point on had to write their own songs to have any sort of success. Obviously, this partnership was the main reason for the Beatles success.
2) Pete Townshend (The Who): The most underrated songwriter. Many still don't realize the true impact of "Tommy". The fact that he was talented enough to not only write great songs, but fit them into a story and a plot must be appreciated. Plus, he's my favorite guitarist of my favorite band.
3) Joe Strummer/Mick Jones (The Clash): Also an overlooked duo. Strummer's powerful lyrics combined with Jones's hard, pulsing chords made it impossible for people to ignore listening to them.
4) Bob Dylan: I'm not crazy about his voice or even his music, but I can admit that he is one of the greatest poets of the past century.
5) Bob Marley: He put reggae music on the map. The greatest protest singer in history. Died far too young.
6) Chuck Berry: The founder of the rock n' roll sound. That's enough right there.
7) Mick Jagger/Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones): I can't stand the Rolling Stones. But the fact that they have millions of fans worldwide to this day says something about the popularity of their songs, which this duo has written.
8) Jim Morrison (The Doors): If not for his early death, he'd surely be higher on this list.
9) Brian Wilson: Soaring harmonies and an unmatched skill for composition (just see Pet Sounds) made him one of the greatest.
10) Robert Plant/Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin): Ultimate hard-rock songwriters. Incorporated several different styles.
(The Rest of the Best)
11) Ray Davies (The Kinks)
12) Johnny Cash
13) Noel Gallagher (Oasis)
14) Kris Kristofferson
15) Marvin Gaye
16) Charles Ridenour a.k.a Chuck D (Public Enemy)
17) John Lennon (solo)
18) Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. (U2)
19) Don Henley/Glenn Frey (The Eagles)
20) Roy Orbison
21) Sting (The Police)
22) Paul Weller (The Jam)
23) James Taylor
24) Jim Croce
25) Jacques Brel


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Blogger Brandojack said...

Jim Morrison?! List 5 classic compositions he wrote completely(lyrics & music)?

4:08 PM  
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Blogger TURBO88 said...

Tom Waits not on this list????

6:25 AM  

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