Your favorite songwriter...

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  1. zachoff

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    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

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    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

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    Jagger/Richards
  4. RDUB

    RDUB Supporting Member

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    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

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    Kris Kristofferson would definitely be one of them, but that is a very hard question.
  7. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    John, Paul and George.
  8. growlypants

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    JT!! (As in James Taylor)
  9. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

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    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 Supporting Member

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    1. Bob Dylan
    2. John Prine
    3. Greg Brown
  11. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

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    Lennon/McCartney

    Anderson/Howe/Squire

    Lee/Lifeson/Peart

    Blackmore/Lord/Gillan/Glover/Paice

    Iommi/Butler/Osborne/Ward
  12. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

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    I'll throw Randy Newman in there. And Willie.
  13. bkbirge

    bkbirge Supporting Member

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    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

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    So many to choose from... I'd have to say Peter Gabriel is most consistently on or near the top of my list.
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    Ian Anderson
  17. mambo4

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

    mellowinman Guaranteed to break the Ice at Naughty Parties Supporting Member

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    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

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

    Dylan
    Elvis Costello
    Lennon/McCartney
  20. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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

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    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.

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