My favorite songwriters

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  1. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Been listening to John Hiatt alot lately and I don't think i've heard anything from him that was not great. I put him in the same boat with Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Declan McManus (Elvis Costello), David Bowie, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Glen Hansard and John Prine as awesomely great songwriters. Who else would you put in the boat?

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  2. osv

    osv Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI

    Ginger Wildheart. Although some songs don’t do it for me, the volume of his work is immense. From The Wildhearts band to his side projects and solo work, there is something for everyone. I just happen to love most of it.
  3. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    Gordon Lightfoot and Tony Joe White. Although TJW passed away in 2018, there is a new album out of his stuff that was put together recently. I listened to it and liked it a lot.
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  4. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    I'd add Jason Isbell.
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  5. Clank Plank

    Clank Plank

    Dec 26, 2020
    Ian Anderson.

    Phil Lynott.

    George Harrison.

    I was fortunate enough to see Lightfoot in the UK a few years back, the first dates he had played here since 1980. He's an old man and past his best performance wise, but it was still a pleasure to watch him at work and I'm pleased that i got to see another legend.
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  6. DanTheQuaker

    DanTheQuaker Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    I definitely concur with your list, and it's nice to see Glen Hansard mentioned. I would add Aimee Mann, Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Jeff Tweedy, Neil Finn, Richard Thompson, and Elliott Smith. Oh, and Tom Waits.
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  7. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    No songwriter bats a thousand, but even though all of these people were/are quite capable of putting out material ranging from ‘meh’ to ‘what the hell was that crap’, when they nail it, it can’t be touched...
    Richard Thompson
    Nick Drake
    David Bowie
    Bryan Ferry
    Lou Reed
    John Cale
    Ray Davies
    Arthur Lee
    Brian Wilson
    Phil Spector
    Laura Nyro
    Carole King
    Scott Walker
    Jacques Brel
    Serge Gainsbourg
    Marvin Gaye
    Andy Partridge
    Colin Moulding
    Paul Weller
    Marvin Gaye
    Smokey Robinson
    Chrissie Hynde
    Harlan Howard
    Merle Haggard
    Buddy Holly
    Eddie Cochran
    Willie Dixon
    ...and so on.
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  8. Here's an excellent cover of Hiatt's 'Crossing Muddy Waters' as done by the angelic voices of I'm With Her:

  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Too many good ones to mention.
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  10. rocu


    Jan 28, 2015
    Missoula, MT
    Greg Brown

    John Gorka
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  11. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    I like some of the previously mentioned songwriters.

    I'd add Bill Withers.
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  12. DanTheQuaker

    DanTheQuaker Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    Three others I forgot to mention:

    Andrew Bird

    Madison Cunningham (who sometimes plays with Andrew Bird)

  13. MrSidecar

    MrSidecar Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    I can subscribe to almost all the names mentioned (the others I don't know). Lest not forget Paul McCartney, and definitely maybe Noel Gallagher.
  14. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    Elvis Costello
    Damon Albarn
    Joni Mitchell
    David Byrne
    Robin Pecknold
    Steve Kilby
  15. No one mentioned Willie Dixon or Chuck Berry so I will.
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  16. I have really been enjoying Mike Scheidt's catalogue lately.

    As far as "well known" or "popular" songwriters, I would have to say Jim Steinman and Bernie Taupin are two easy favorites.
  17. wilberthenry


    May 12, 2009
    I am a big Todd Snider fan, but not for the bass lines. His songs make me smile.
  18. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Albert Bouchard of "Blue Oyster Cult" fame. Gone from the band for 40 years and their material has suffered ever since.

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  19. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    Ray Davies of the Kinks, who for my money is superior to Bob Dylan.
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  20. Justinian


    May 7, 2015
    Joni Mitchell
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