The Best Songwriters of the 20th Century – It’s open to debate

Music, like visual art, is very subjective. Gather a group of friends together and ask them who is the best singer, what is the best genre, or what is the best song and there is sure to be a spirited debate. Google “who was the best” in any music category and the results are staggering. There are 937,000 results for “best songwriters of the 20th century,” and while most people don’t have the time to read all the lists, even if you check the first page or two of results, there are several names that pop up time-after-time.

Bob Dylan

If you don’t know who Bob Dylan is, stop reading here and Google! Dylan is an American singer-songwriter who has profoundly influenced music for over five decades. He’s referred to by many people as the “voice of a generation.” His hit songs of the 1960s became anthems for the growing Civil Rights movement and the anti-Vietnam movement. If you’re a neophyte to the Dylan sound, start with songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-changin.” They are truly classics.

Carole King

Carole King is another American singer-songwriter-composer whose music has been sung by artists such as The Beatles, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Helen Reddy, and the list goes on. She wrote or co-wrote 118 songs, won four Grammys, and has been inducted into the “Songwriter’s Hall of Fame,” the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” and is the first woman to receive the “Library of Congress Gershwin Prize” for popular song.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon

These former Beatles are an undeniable force in music history. Whether their work is examined together or apart, they boast an impressive repertoire. As two of the Fab Four, McCartney and Lennon wrote and published some 180 songs together, many of them recorded by The Beatles. Their partnership was arguably the most successful of all time. Each went on to write music in their solo careers and their songs never go out of style.

Robert Johnson

The other four artists are perhaps better known than Robert Johnson, but Johnson was no less influential. In his short life of 27 years, he played mostly on street corners, “juke joints,” and at Saturday night dances. He didn’t begin recording his songs until shortly before his death, but he became known as the master of the blues, particularly the Delta Blues. His music influenced musicians like Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, and the aforementioned, Bob Dylan.

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