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Your Top Ten Songwriters/Composers/Lyricists

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by eViL cAkE, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. eViL cAkE

    eViL cAkE Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Just East of Dallas
    Who are some of your favorite songriters, composers and lyricists of all time.

    An approximate top ten for me (in alphabetical order) would be;

    David Bowie
    David Byrne (Talking Heads)
    Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
    Charles Ives
    Gustave Mahler
    Peter Sinfield (King Crimson/Emerson, Lake & Palmer/etc.)
    Igor Stravinsky
    Richard Wagner
    Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
    Frank Zappa
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Ives, Stravinsky, & Zappa would be on my list.

    I would add-
    Wayne Shorter
    Charles Mingus
    Don Grolnick
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Bob Dylan
    Paul Simmonds (The Men They Couldn't Hang)
    Paul Simon
    Milton Nascimento
    Caetano Veloso
    Gilberto Gil
    Hermeto Pascoal
    Ernesto Nazareth
    Scott Joplin
    Duke Ellington
    Chico Buarque
    Pablo Milanes
    Renato Russo

    Ok, that's more than ten, but it spans two continents...
  4. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    Song Writers: James Hetfield - MetallicA (#1 by far for me )
    Kurt Cobain - Nirvana
    Billie Joe Armstrong - Green Day
    Anthony Kiedis - Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Composers: Bach
    Tchaikovsky (I think thats how you spell it)

    Probably more, can't think of any now... :)
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    In no particular order:

    Devin Towsend
    Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth)
    Tori Amos
    Paula Cole
    Lisa Loeb
    Neil Morse (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, Solo)

    I'll complete this later.
  6. no4mk1


    Feb 21, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    In no particular order... My list is valid for today only and subject to change... :smug:

    Paul McCartney
    John Lennon
    Elvis Costello
    Warren Zevon
    Bob Dylan
    Kris Kristofferson
    Gram Parsons
    John Hiatt
    Townes Van Zandt
    Jeff Tweedy
  7. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks

    King Crimson VI
    Gustaf Holst
    Miles Davis & Gill Evans
    Frank Tichelli
    (recent, as in the Fragile) Trent Reznor
    John Zorn
    SleepyTime Gorilla Museum


    Roger Waters
    Kevin Moore (Chroma Key)
  8. Bayou_Brawler

    Bayou_Brawler The most hurtful thing ever realized

    Oct 23, 2003
    Ann Arbor, MI
    My fav lyricist would have to be jerry garcia or whoever wrote most of the dead's lyrics. i like the music but the lyrics are epic........stories that take place on a grander scale.....

    anybody with me?
  9. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    -Del the Funkee Homosapien
    -Sage Francis
    -Black Thought
    -Aesop Rock
    -Dee Dee Ramone
    -Robbie Robertson (The Band)
    -Dan Higgs (Lungfish)
    -Craig Finn (Lifter Puller/The Hold Steady)
    -Ray Davies (The Kinks)
    -Pete Shelley (The Buzzcocks)

    There are sooo many, I don't know if this is my REAL top 10. But it gives the basic idea, I would divide MC's and other lyricists if I could...but I'm restraining myself. *breathes* I like Morrissey too, but he drops out for being a jerk. And Paul Weller too.
  10. Billy Corgan
    Les Claypool
    Charles Mingus
    Anthony Kiedis
  11. Wildside


    Jan 12, 2004
    theater of pain
    Nikki Sixx
    Steve Harris
    Meatloaf/Jim Steinman
    JS Bach
    Billy Joel
    Yngwie Malmsteen
    Freddie Mercury
    Rachel Bolan (bassist for skid row, he wrote most of their riffs and lyrics)
    Paul O'Neill (composes most of savatage and trans siberian orchestra's stuff)
  12. eViL cAkE

    eViL cAkE Guest

    Sep 6, 2001
    Just East of Dallas

    The Grateful Dead was unique in that every member, with the exception of Phil Lesh, wrote about an equal share of the lyrics. That's why their songs have so much range thematically. It's also consistant with the whole "jam band" concept; all members contributing to the development of the piece equally.

    Peace Out

    P.S. Even though our comrad Phil is excluded from the Dead's lyricist club, he still deserves massive props for his skill at composing basslines. Anyone who can be that contripuntal in a jam type situation is truly on another plain than mere mortals such as I. :bassist:
  13. J S Bach
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Franz Schubert
    Richard Wagner
    Guiseppe Verdi
    Richard Rodgers
    Duke Ellington
    George Gershwin
    Irving Berlin
    Cole Porter

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