Your favorite songwriter...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by zachoff, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Doesn't matter what they play... Just that they write songs.

    Mine is Townes Van Zandt & yup... He's officially overtaken Neil Young. Never thought I'd say that (someone overtaking Neil Young, that is...).
  2. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Almost an impossible task, since there are so many awesome songwriters. One of MY favorites has always been John Prine.
  3. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
  4. RDUB

    RDUB Supporting Member

    So many good writers... I'll see your John Prine and raise you JJ Cale. And I'll always be a Donald Fagen fan.
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  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Kris Kristofferson would definitely be one of them, but that is a very hard question.
  7. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    John, Paul and George.
  8. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    JT!! (As in James Taylor)
  9. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    There are lots to choose from. George Gershwin (with Ira) or John Lennon (with McCartney if possible) come to mind first.
  10. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    1. Bob Dylan
    2. John Prine
    3. Greg Brown
  11. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Way Out West




  12. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    Acoustic USA endorser
    I'll throw Randy Newman in there. And Willie.
  13. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Prine is a great choice. I'd add Sting, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams, and John Hiatt into the mix. On the non-vocal front Vince Guaraldi, Stanley Clarke, Zappa, Thelonious Monk, are all folks that I consider to be master tunesmiths in addition to virtuosos on their instruments.
  14. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    So many to choose from... I'd have to say Peter Gabriel is most consistently on or near the top of my list.
  15. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
  16. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  17. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    People hard to listen to but who write great stuff: Tom Waits , Leonard Cohen.
  18. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Look, man; the greatest songwriter of all time is Bob Dylan. I love about a zillion other songwriters, but that guy did it all. He inspired folkies, rockers, country artists, and just your average people listening to the radio, and there is so much more in his catalogue than anyone else.

    John Prine? Love him, but I'll bet Dylan is one of his biggest influences.
    Lennon/McCartney? We KNOW Dylan was a huge influence.
    The list goes on and on.

    Bob Dylan is the #1 Greatest Songwriter of all time. He wrote beautiful melodies; had deep, meaningful lyrics; and if all that's not enough, he was one of the Traveling Wilburies.
  19. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I can't rank them, but this is my top three (cheating a little).

    Elvis Costello
  20. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    True, a great songwriter.
    Just a shame he didnt have a voice as well.
  21. FerruleCat

    FerruleCat Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2014
    Not my favorite, but I always feel obligated to remind people that Carole King wrote some of the biggest hits of the '70s: "You've Got a Friend," "It's Too Late," "I Feel the Earth Move," "Natural Woman," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," etc. Even if you don't dig it, you have to respect it.