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ragil_19More comments about Yoshiki Hayashi
One of the greatest song writers of all time. He is the only singer I feel like that has truly written his life in his songs. Each song is like a scene or moment of his life. Just amazing.
richie4lifeMore comments about Richie Sambora
His songwriting is filled with so much soul, his melodies have formed a major part of my love for music, they are so memorable and always get me in the emotional state intended from the song. I can count on Elton John to always get me in the mood I want to be at: happy (i.E. tiny Dancer), sad (i.E. sacrifice), nostalgic (i.E. rocket Man), relaxed (i.E. the One), excited (i.E. levon), romance (i.E. I Guess that's why they call it the blues), empowered (i.E. believe), and even hauntingly beautiful melodies like Where to now St. Peter. He has such a great amount of other great songs as well, absolutely love his musical sense.
You must live in a box if you don't think Dylan is the greatest song writer. He wrote Mr. Tambourine Man, The Mighty Quinn, and Like a Rolling Stone.
I am giving up on this site after seeing this. His songs are just songs they are poems that embody the whole word. He was considered the voice of his generation, the same generation that had the civil rights movement and Vietnam. Like a rolling stone is the most important song in the history of modern music. The reason he is so low has to be people don't know who he is anymore and because of that, to quote dr farnsworth "i don't want to live on this planet anymore"
This list is rediculous if he isn't in the top ten. He is by far the a better writer than most preceding him in this list.More comments about Bob Dylan
I love mtallica, the black album has better lyrics than a-ha have ever had, and to top it off, listen to ndeath magnetic
THE BEST. Just listen to Kill 'Em All through the Black Album!
WHAT THE F. JUST LISTEN TO FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS or ONE or MASTER OF PUPPETS, FADE TO BLACK AND ALL OF METALLICA'S SONGSMore comments about James Hetfield
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There is something seriously wrong if Tim doesn't get to number 1. The guy is a musical genius. Go and listen to Keane's three albums? Tims lyrics will blow you away!
Um... Best Ever, the only way you people didn't put Paul McCartney #1 is because your a Justin Bieber Fan!
This list is full of paradoxes. There's no doubt that Paul McCartney deserves to be number 1. Those who suppose otherwise are just local supporters of their own national heros, which has nothing to do with the universal appeal of their music.
The single greatest songwriter of all time, hands down. Why is he not number one on this list? This is obviously not a musician-friendly site.More comments about Paul McCartney
dd369More comments about John Lennon
A guy from Bon Jovi and a guy from Keane are ahead of this woman?
She wrote Tapestry for gods sake! Just think of all the legends who have sung her songs, Aretha Franklin etc.
This list is a joke! I can't even believe the names I am seeing on this list! Has anyone on here ever heard of Bob Dylan? Townes Van Zandt? Leonard Cohen? Paul Simon?... I can understand why you would have Carole King, Billy Joel, Freddie Mercury, and Michael Jackson on here, and I do like Keane, but this is really a joke. Go back to elementary school for a few more years and try again!
I LOVE ROMANCE AND IN A SONG THATS WHAT REACHES OUT AND TOUCHES MY HEART AND SOUL, AND AFTER A LONG DAY OF HELL, VILLE FILLS ME WITH LOVE AND HOPE IN LOVE AGAIN... THATS WHAT I WANT FROM MUSIC, REFRESHING AND FULL OF LOVE, TAKES ALL THE BULLCRAP OF THE DAY AND WASHES IT AWAY... LOVE YOU VILLE
In my opinion, Paul Simon deserves to be in the TOP TEN.
Great melodies and good lyrics.
VERY good song lyrics. one of my favorite song writers
Tamer's lyrics are so meaningful, he writes lovely and great songs!
I'm shocked, no one voted for this dashingly brilliant guy. He is the most inspirational artists of the 20th century, TONES of today's bands just owe him - music, style (hey, J-Rock luvers, visual key was his invention))) - EVERYTHING. At least he deserves this for Ashes to Ashes)))
ronlunaMore comments about Hyde
Barracuda, Magic man, Crazy on You , Heartless, Even it Up, Lost Angel, ect, ect, ect. Need I say any more.
Each lyric has a special meaning to not only myself, but I think that goes for the rest of the Echelon as well. Truly amazing with words, Jared can evoke a sense of happiness, anger, and excitement all in one song, verse, or even line like no other songwriter out there.
When he writes songs, each song has something everyone can relate to. That's what makes him so incredible.
Every song he writes incites emotions. That's a sign of a true songwriter.
Part of his genius was his ability to write great songs with meaning and an edge. The voice of his generation (whether he liked it or not).
Kurt was a troubled guy, but because of that it made him one of the greatest song writers of all time. In dave Grohls words "he could take something that would take me an hour to explain and put it in two words". It's sad to see him so far down here at 31.
Their are only a hand full of bands that have the body of work that Ann & Nancy Wilson have when it comes to song writing. Heart had 20 songs reach the top 40 including two # 1 hits and now, in there 50's, they are still writing and recording.Ann & Nancy wrote some of the best ROCK songs ever with the Hits- BARRACUDA , CRAZY ON YOU, Magic Man and Love Alive. Not bad for a couple girls from Washington State. Love Ann & Nan ,HEART RULES.
You must read his Last song english lyrics.
You must listen Last song or Kimi ni aitakute or Saikai~story for knowing what I┤m talking about...
Better than anyone, only David Gilmour ties with him!
Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and The Final Cut - his masterwork with Pink Floyd
thatss right richie4life, and don't forget his best song: HAVE A NICE DAY!
bon jovi's song are so powerful and they show so much feelings...
He writes his own music and it rules!
d'erlanger lyricist and vocalist
Conor Oberst's lyrics send shivers down your spine, on occasions, if you're in the right mood, they can make you weep, ("first a mother bathes her child, then the other way around, the scales always find a way to level out")or laugh, ("Still I'd rather be working for a paycheck than waiting to win the lottery") or reflect, or feel human. They go deeper than most. Alongside Alex Turner, Robert Smith, Morrissey and Eminem, brilliance.
Conor Oberst has a way of writing songs that makes you feel like he just peaked inside your mind.
ilike her songs girlfriend with lilmama and nobody,s home
Avril Lavigne is the Queen!!!!
Not only could Mariah Carey sing with a 5-7 octave vocal range, but she had another hidden talent a secret weapon she is a great songwriter just go back to the first album self- titled Mariah Carey in 1990 the songs are just to powerful and great lyrics deep lyrics and she was just giving us a taste of things to come than the first album songs like vision of love, all in your mind, and love takes time best songwriting from her she is a powerful singer and impressive songwriter as well.
definitely THE BEST!...
what's with you people?.. /
gawd! cnt believe she's not even in the choices! she's the best!
He's so creative and very imaginative
Nikki Sixx is the best song writer in all of rock music. He wrote most of Motley Crue's and Sixx: A.M. 's songs. Nikki Sixx deserves no less than top 20.
51?!? Are you insane? Go and hear any Muse song, all written by him, all great rock songs. He needs to be in the top ten!
All of Muse songs are written by him!
Best song writing there ever was. From Soundgarden to Audioslave.
with songs like catalyst, it should be in at least top 20
All of the songs he's written focus on a facent of the human spirit that many have not focused on. He's a song writer for three seperate bands, all of which focus on a portion of the human spirit which he expemplfies
even as a big fan of Queen I have to admit that Maynard is the best song writer ever! his songs go so deep, ALL of them.
Uhmm have you people heard "fire and rain" and all the rest of his work! He writes from his heart! He's a melodic genius and he definitely deserves to be in the top 10 at least!
Absolutely the best songwriter ever, he is king of lyrics and god of music. He should be in TOP3.
The greatest song writer of all time. Listen to the lyrics of One.
His songs are really cool! The Gazette - the best Rock Band in Japan and in the world!
Ruki's lyrics are very profound. They often deal with real world events. He writes and sings what others do not dare to say. He's right. There are so many bad things in the world and he concerns oneself with it. He treats the themes very sensitive and considerate without hurting someone.
On stage you realize how much Ruki puts into it in his lyrics. During the performance he is carried away by the songs and sinks into them. You can see that he honestly believes his words. With his soulful kind and his songs, he can make people happy and sad at the same time.
Ruki's lyrics are characterized by his feelings and by its expressive way. No text is like another and each contains something valuable.
Thank you Ruki, for your wonderful texts and songs!
Many and lovely Greetings from Germany~
Better songwriter then he was a guitarist. and thats that he was a spectacular guitar player
With only the Purple Rain album he slays everyone else! MJ didn't write all his songs!
The most talented songwriter of the last 15 years.
Great singer and hit songwriter for so many varied artists. Passionate and intelligent!
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