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Greatest Songwriter?  
User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 727 times:

Who do you guys think is the greatest songwriter of all time?? There are loads of great ones like Cobain, Lennon/McCartney, Gallagher etc but who do you think is the best???
My opinion is that Kurt Cobain is the all-time greatest.


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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 676 times:

Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber


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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 679 times:

Kurt Cobain????

Are you on acid or something? What did he do (besides get elevated to hero status FOR TAKING HIS OWN LIFE) other than that piece of schidt "Smells Like Teen Spirit" song, that paved the way for the (thankfully) short lived "Mosh Pit"?

Mr Cobain and the decade of wannabe grunge "artists" that followed had about as much effect on music, and originality and creativity as a clump of gravel.

Now Richard Zimmerman (a.k.a. Bob Dylan)

Now THERE'S a legend.

He is untouchable. You may not like his music, but his longevity, and number of musicians that have emulated him in one way or another demands respect.
USA today did a great article about him on the front page of this last weekends edition saluting his 60'th birthday.


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 673 times:

How about less known (at least in US) song writers? Like Freddie Mercury of Queen, Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz (now formerly) of Bad Religion?


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User currently offlineRedraider From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 665 times:

Willie Nelson


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 667 times:

I have to agree with Matt D on this one.

Also:
Neil Peart - Rush
Burt Bacharach
Kevin & Karen Carpenter - The Carpenters
Maurice White - Earth Wind & Fire
Robert Lamm - Chicago
Dennis DeYoung - Styx
Tom Petty
Justin Hayward - Moody Blues

Just to name a few. I'll come up with more later.  Smile




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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 666 times:

I have more respect for Leif Garret than Kirk Cobain.  Laugh out loud

I put that brat (Kirk Cocaine) in the same catagory as Vannella Ice and Rico Suave!



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days ago) and read 659 times:

Michael Stipe.



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User currently offlineCstarU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days ago) and read 657 times:

Rodgers & Hart / Rodgers & Hammerstein
Cole Porter


User currently offlineDropkick From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 650 times:

I agree with GKirk. Cobain was a really good song writer!

User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 647 times:

Great songs can come from anyone, so I'll just list a few of my favorites.

Robert Smith (The Cure)
John & John of They Might Be Giants
David Byrne
Marc Burgess (Chameleons UK)
Kate Bush
Harriet Wheeler
Frank Black (AKA Black Francis AKA Charles Thompson)
Tom Waits
Hank Williams (The First one, not his idgit son)
Margot Timmins & Co (Cowboy Junkies)
Peter Gabriel



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User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 647 times:

Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins!!! HELL YA!  Big thumbs up

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineGuerosinfe From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 639 times:

Bruce Springsteen
Bob Dylan
Jagger/Richards
Robert Johnson
Buddy Holly
Jim Morrison
Chuck Berry
Pete Townshend

Matt D,
you must mean ROBERT Allen Zimmerman.

GüeroSinFé


User currently offlineHole_courtney From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 637 times:

Well, there have been some really good ones said.

As far as song writing in my book goes, there are quite a few people who always write top quality songs

1. Noel Gallagher (couldn't have guessed could you). Here's why: He always writes what's on his mind, his lyrics may not mean that much on the surface, but if you look into them you might find something. Also, he's never been accused of being the greatest guitarist in the world, but i'll bet my ass he's one of the most creative.

2. Richard Ashcroft All around good songwriter. His solo album is great, even though it got shit reviews.

3. Courtney Love She gets attention, but not to the right part of her. Her songs are top notch, and people should start looking at them rather than her looks. Almost completely underrated in the songwriting category.

4. Billy Corgan World's biggest asshole, but by god can he write some mean songs.

live forever and stay beautiful.
hole_courtney



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User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 634 times:

Jimmy Buffet
Burt Bacharach
Elton John (well, some of his works)
John Denver
Don McLean


User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 632 times:

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned George & Ira Gershwin.

For someone a little less famous, but IMHO very influencial, how about Antonio Carlos Jobim? Does anyone even know who I'm talking about??



User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 630 times:

Superfly, are you saying Vanilla Ice wasn't great?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 629 times:

Let's not forget the legendary Gino Vannelli! ! !  Smokin cool



And of course:


Sergio Mendes



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User currently offlineTeXstud323 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 628 times:

STEVIE  Love




User currently offlineTeXstud323 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 624 times:

Stevie!  Love



User currently offlineRealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 615 times:

The artist formerly known as Prince.


TeXstud323:
I agree, Stevie Nicks is great too!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 616 times:

The greatest songwriter of all time?

Too hard to pick a single one.

Lennon/McCartney
John Williamson (gotta be Aussie to know him)
Bob Dylan
BB King
Rolf Harris
Nana Mousskouri

OK, the last two I am joking about.

But the best songwriter IMO, as well as the best performer we have seen would have to be



To the person who said Elton John. Very few of the classic Elton songs are actually his own, rather they have been written by Bernie Taupin.



Scotty
Aviatsiya/Авиация


User currently offlineDoomfox From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 605 times:

Paul Simon
John Denver
Carly Simon
Bob Dylan
John Lennon
Paul McCartney


The best of all time has got to be Prince. My mother turned me to his music at a very young age. He has some of the most beautiful lyrics. They are perfect for expressing emotions that I am not eloquent enough to express myself sometimes.


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