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Top 10 Critically and Commercially Acclaimed Songwriters

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watchmojo.com and today we'll be

counting down our picks for the top ten

classic songwriters for this list we're

focusing on singer songwriters that have

seen critical and commercial success

over the years and are known primarily

for writing their own music as much as

we love Elton John's powerful piano

ballads he will not be making the list

as most of his songs are written with

the help of Bernie Taupin number 10

Freddie Mercury

originally born as Ferrell Kabul saara

this singer-songwriter spent the first

17 years of his life in Zanzibar and

India before moving to England for

safety reasons by 1970 however the Shai

graphic artist transformed into the

frontman of Queen and went on by the

name of Freddie Mercury with already a

lifetime of material to write about

along with new personal inspirations

mercury composed perhaps one of the most

popular rock songs of all time Bohemian

Rhapsody utilising his impressive vocals

to his advantage mercury has crafted

some of the biggest stadium pleasing

hits of all time

number nine Van Morrison we were morning

while the doors were tearing up the

psychedelic scene in the late 1960s this

Northern Irish musician was releasing

some of the most acclaimed albums of all

time and unless you're a die-hard fan

you probably don't know that Van

Morrison was responsible for writing the

1964 British Invasion classic Gloria as

a member of the band to them

George Ivan Morrison more commonly known

as Van Morrison left the group them and

went on to become one of the most

prolific singer songwriters the world

has ever seen and he's showing no sign

of slowing down

number eight David Bowie pushing through

the market square so many mothers cry

like any injuring rock star this poetic

performer has continuously reinvented

himself over the decades and his musical

emergence can be directly connected to a

true space oddity in the summer of 1969

the first humans reached the moon and

just a few days before the career of

David Bowie was launched with his

composition entitled that Space Oddity

with the dawn of a new decade Ziggy

Stardust was introduced to the world and

the singer wrote a collection of songs

that would not only inspire future

musicians but also offer a new approach

to the arts of songwriting

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number seven Elvis Costello after taking

on a moniker in honor of Elvis Presley

and his own father

Declan Patrick McNamara came a leading

figure of the 70s British New Wave

through an eclectic sound and

intellectual wordplay his first few

albums are filled with pub rock classics

and highly regarded for their lyrical

death as Casella took a layered approach

to an evolving genre known for

repetitive phrases

the average music fan may not be able to

name five Elvis Costello songs off the

top of their head but it's the vast

discography that makes them so important

within the spectrum of rock music

number six Joni Mitchell paradise you

put up a parking lot

she'll stimulate your brain with lyrics

about social change and pierce your

hearts with poetic musings on love this

Canadian arrived on the scene at a

crucial moment in music history when

young people were coming to grips with

the realities of war while reflecting on

the natural beauty of life God he was

walking on as a result Joni Mitchell

served as the soundtrack for millions

with her poignant lyrics and equally

remarkable voice songs like big yellow

taxi and Woodstock spoke to a generation

along with her acclaimed a 1971 album

blue everybody saying hell the hippest

way to go well I don't think Joni gives

us everything we want out of folk music

and your vocal tone is a fascinating

instrument in itself don't always seem

to go you don't know what you got till

it's gone the pain that I parking lot

number five Bruce Springsteen he goin

you

he's the blue-collar boss of rich

American music with numerous album

titles referencing geographical

locations and evocative imagery Bruce

Springsteen penned most of his classics

based on his experiences of hustling for

the American dream

his 1975 album Born to Run included the

self written smash Thunder Road and his

1984 album born in the USA is

undoubtedly essential to any rock fad

more importantly however is that

Springsteen's lyrics convey a grittiness

that can only be felt by anyone working

hard for their money damn here it's just

winners and losers and don't get caught

on the wrong side of that line won't get

tired of coming out

number four John Lennon imagine there's

no heaven speaking of working class

heroes this rock legend played thousands

of shows with his Liverpool bandmates

before they invaded America and his

first solo album touched on the artists

personal state of mind at that point in

his career a working class hero is

something to be John Lennon co-wrote the

majority of Beatles classics with Paul

McCartney however had a number of solo

writing credits including across the

universe and dear Prudence and had a

successful solo career until his

unfortunate death in 1980

although Lennon wouldn't live beyond the

age of 40 his short career cemented his

place in history as both a pop culture

icon and one of rock's most influential

voices

and the word

number three Paul Simon

this New Jersey native was once honored

by Time magazine as one of the 100

people who shaped the world and it

wasn't because of his unbelievable style

and touched the sound of silence

with a knack for the folk and world beat

music Paul Simon first conquered the

charts with bandmates Art Garfunkel and

produced classics like the sound of

silence and mrs. Robinson although Simon

and Garfunkel would split by 1970 the

former embarked on a solo career that

would rattle listeners to the core with

his soul piercing lyrics decades later

were still crazy about mr. Simon

number two paul mccartney blackbird

singing in the dead of night take these

broken wings burn blood some artists

fade into obscurity when their Rockstar

days are over and some continue to

create day after day year after year and

decade after decade Paul McCartney

forever changed music through his

collaborations with bandmate John Lennon

however his insatiable love for music

resulted in eight albums with wings and

a long career as a solo artist

he wrote the masterpiece that is Hey

Jude for the Beatles in the late 60s and

composed freedom over 30 years later in

response to the September 11th attacks

in one way or another the words of Paul

McCartney have touched all of our lives

and there's not another

singer-songwriter that has reached all

corners of the earth like Sir Paul

before we unveil our top pick here are a

few honorable mentions realize

you know it's

the way

I just to say I love you we know that

she will find you for she's touched your

perfect body

with your number one Bob Dylan what

sparked I'm mystified

born and raised in Minnesota Robert

Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan walked to the

beat of his own drum in the early 60s

even if his vocal style or deeply

insightful lyrics weren't necessarily

everyone's cup of tea

it's okay

but much to his surprise Dillon became

the unwilling spokesperson for a

generation upon his arrival in New York

City and proceeded to abandon his

acoustic sound for electric riffs while

continuously reworking his sound from

album to album all the faces we used to

know they're an illusion coming down

some mathematicians somewhat took jabs

revs always the innovator filling

remains one of the most prolific

performers of modern times and certainly

the most culturally significant

songwriter of American history how many

times must me

before he can really see the sky so do

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