Top Ten Songwriters of The English World

By santisstar created 11 Jul 2013 | last updated – 09 Aug 2013 (taken from IMDb)

1. Bob Dylan

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota; his father Abe worked for the Standard Oil Co. Six years later the family moved to Hibbing, often the coldest place in the US, where he taught himself piano and guitar and formed several high school rock bands. In 1959 he entered the University of Minnesota and began performing as Bob Dylan at clubs in Minneapolis and St. Paul…

2. Paul Simon

Born on October 13, 1941 in Newark New Jersey, Paul Simon is one of the greatest singer/songwriters ever. In 1957, he and high school pal, Art Garfunkel, wrote and recorded the single, “Hey Schoolgirl”, under the name “Tom and Jerry”. After some failures, they broke up. Simon still wrote and recorded music as “Tico and The Triumps” and “Jerry Landis”…

3. Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen, (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century.

4. John Lennon

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia (Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was of Irish, and some Welsh and English, ancestry. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, which he attended) who, with the addition of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, later became The Beatles…

5. Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney is a key figure in contemporary culture as a singer, composer, poet, writer, artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and holder of more than 3 thousand copyrights. He is in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for most records sold, most ‪#‎1s‬ (shared), most covered song, “Yesterday,” largest paid audience for a solo concert (350,000+ people…

6. Phil Ochs

Philip David “Phil” Ochs (December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976) was an American protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical singer) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. He wrote hundreds of songs and released eight albums. After years of prolific writing in the 1960s, Ochs’s mental stability declined in the 1970s. He eventually succumbed to a number of problems including bipolar disorder and alcoholism, and took his own life in 1976.

7. Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is one of the most highly regarded and influential songwriters of the 20th century. Her melodious tunes support her poetic and often very personal lyrics to make her one of the most authentic artists of her time. As a performer she is widely hailed for her unique style of playing guitar…

8. Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt’s outlook on the world forever scarred. He became withdrawn and anti-social…

9. Lou Reed

He formed the group The Velvet Underground with Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, second guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker in New York in 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol’s Factory scene, which housed a great number of the most freaked and experimental artists at the time…

10. Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, to Clara Virginia (Clarke) and George Stephen Morrison, a U.S. Naval Officer who fought in World War II. Jim eventually became so estranged from his parents that he would later claim that they were dead. Not much is known about his early years…

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Songwriters of The English World

  1. Estimado CH, grandes y casi todos ineludibles en una lista de esta naturaleza, por más que siempre sean maravillosamente subjetivas como es forzoso. Y como, en definitiva, no es más que un juego, tiro yo ahora por que me toca…
    No digo a cuales de tu lista quitaría, pero echo de menos 5 nombres para mi imprescindibles: Van Morrison, Ray Davies, Neil Young, Pete Townshend & Steve Forbert. Tal vez si la lista fuera de 20… Ja ja.

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    1. Sin duda hay varios q se echaban de menos en esa lista. Yo de entrada añadiría a Neil Young, Van Morrison y Ray Davis, coincidiendo contigo. De hecho ya se lo había comentado a alguien… Y luego me faltaban también Gordon Lightfoot y Harold Arlen. En cuanto a Pete Townshend, de acuerdo en que era un gran compositor, pero tanto como para aparecer entre los 10 primeros de estos 2 últimos siglos, no sé yo. Los mas discutibles entre estos 10 serían para mi, Kurt Cobain y Jim Morrison, pero tal vez habría q tener en cuenta los gustos e intereses de las nuevas generaciones y por eso el autor de esta lista que yo comparto incluyó a estos ultimos.

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  2. Nice post of course Bob Dylan is number one on the list though all of them are good. I am wide awake tonight watching old movies and reading people’s post. This was entertainment for me

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    1. Thank you Morgan! I Really appreciate your comments and all your feedback. Well, for me Dylan is #1, but of course all of them are excellent songwriters and Many will think Another one is the #1, Haha… Of course there are a lot more not in the list that are Also wonderful, and maybe with greater merit than a few of those Included in this post, but… It’s all a matter of taste and in the end it’s just a game.

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      1. This is true, everyone has their favourite nothing wrong with that. Bob Dylan is one of the greatest and there are many good songwriters out there. But Bob Dylan is one of my favorites. Again nice post your blog always entertains me

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