All Time Favorite Songwriters

Inspired by a friend to write this one and seems to be a good fresh start considering i haven’t written anything in over a month. I’ll just jump right into it, but first, I’ll talk about the things I love in a great songwriter.

I very much appreciate wit when it comes to writing lyrics. I also love when the atmosphere a song creates is complemented by the subject matter of its lyrics. I look for artists who can write some of the most heart-wrenching pieces you’ve ever heard and then turn around and write a hyped up piece that means nothing solely for that purpose. It’s a contradictory set of metrics, and makes sense because music appreciation is very subjective. That’s part of the beauty.

So in no particular order, here are a few on my current list.


Jackson Browne – Solo

Lou Reed – Solo and with The VU

John Lennon – Solo and with The Beatles

Jeff Tweedy – Wilco

Brad Paisley – Solo

Graham Nash – The Hollies and CSNY

Wayne Coyne – The Flaming Lips

Joanna Newsom – Solo

Sam Cooke – Solo

Smokey Robinson – Solo and ghostwriter


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