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  1. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Hope some of you discover something new!

  2. TopTenz Master
    TopTenz Master at |

    Thanks for a wonderful list, Anne. I did enjoy finding the Youtube clips for these musical artists. I forgot how much I enjoy Nick Drake's music.

  3. Mike
    Mike at |

    No Elton John?

  4. Steve Tiffney
    Steve Tiffney at |

    Another I might add to the list is a fellow called Chris Rea. With his most popular albums being Auberge, The Road to Hell, and God's Great Banana Skin. He has a very deep raspy voice and may I suggest a listen to "Tell Me There's a Heaven" which is a song about child abuse. Take a listen at

    1. Elizabeth
      Elizabeth at |

      oh yeah, He's good.

  5. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Yes, like Elton. I saw him before he was famous – just him and a piano.

    I like Chris Rea too – underated. Thanks for the link. I could do a Top 50 list!

  6. Josh
    Josh at |

    Jim Croce could have been here, but I guess his career was cut too short. Operator is a favorite of mine.

    1. Buckeye Bat
      Buckeye Bat at |

      I completely agree with you Josh, Jim Croce's music seemed almost autobiographical and haunting at the same time.

    2. Ty
      Ty at |

      Completely agree. Jim Croce had probably 20 amazing songs in what turned out to be a 5-6 year career. He was a truly amazing songwriter, and had one of the purest voices in music history.

  7. Tanya Bennett
    Tanya Bennett at |

    Kate Bush just doesn't seem to fit on the list to me- I know she appeared in the 70's but to me she is all about the 80's… I'd probably have picked John Denver or Glen Campbell instead…

  8. Spocker
    Spocker at |

    Mike and Anne,

    Most of Elton John's songs were primarily written by lyricist Bernie Taupin. But yes, I'd stick Bernie up there on the list since he penned so many great Elton John songs.

  9. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Hi Spocker

    Yes, I stayed away from songwriting partnerships and went with people who wrote songs on their own or who went on to do so in solo careers.

  10. Panther
    Panther at |

    And the duo Lennon-McCartney? They nearly invented the singer-songwriter concept for rock 'n roll, so why aren't they in here?

  11. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    As I said in an earlier comment – I stayed away from partnerships. Partnerships could be a list of its own?

  12. Teddy
    Teddy at |

    Bruce? what happened to Bruce?

    Listen to any of his first 4 albums and tell me he can't match wits with any of those ten?

    He was so good that Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison wrote a tribute song to him called "Tweeter and The Monkey Man".

    The man is a poet, and his early writing was far more sophisticated than even The Beatles early stuff (Lost in the Flood? Incident on 57th Street? Growing Up? all on the first two albums released in 72.)

    A travesty has been committed here! A travesty!!

  13. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    A travesty you say! That's what's great about this website. People are passionate. I'm glad you're passionate. Now go lie down in a dark room and listen to The Boss.

  14. G
    G at |

    Neil Diamond?

    Tom T. Hall?

    Carol King????

  15. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    I love Carole King – and 'Tapestry'. Didn't include her because her reputation as a recording artist is based on that one album. I know she wrote songs for other people and she's a terrific songwriter.

  16. Gav
    Gav at |

    James Taylor? Jackson Browne? Johnny Cash? Barry Manilow? Jerry Reed?

    Are we limiting this list to 60's/70's guitarists?

  17. Bill
    Bill at |


    Where is Steven Tyler on this list?

  18. Hilendar
    Hilendar at |

    Neil Young has 'a beautiful voice'? Get a clue! The man has an average blues voice and the ONLY time he sounded good was with CSN, three men who COULD sing. Neil has always sung through his nose and only those who fell in love with his lyrics (excellent by the way) could ever say he had much of a voice at all.

  19. Todd
    Todd at |

    How can you even make this list with out the greatest song writer from the greatest american rock band ever. JIM MORRISON

  20. Ella
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  21. Dan
    Dan at |

    I’m sorry, but to exclude Phil Ochs is unforgiveable. Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Dylan all sung his praises. The Crucifixion is the most haunting and socially relevant song of its era (along with Gimme Shelter and What’s Voing On) and you can’t escape the patriotism of Power And Glory or the dissent of I Ain’t Marching Anymore. Phil Ochs deserves recognition.

    1. Anne Iredale
      Anne Iredale at |

      Hope you forgive me Dan if I point you towards one of my other lists on this website – Top 10 Protest Songs from the 1960s. “I Ain’t Marching Any More” by Phil Ochs is there in all its glory.

  22. Simon
    Simon at |

    I heard you mention “Songwriting”, so where’s Jim Morrison?

  23. B.B
    B.B at |

    How could you Forget Serge Gainsbourg?

  24. Kam
    Kam at |

    Jim Morrison?

  25. JahSun
    JahSun at |

    Singer-Songwriters of the 70’s without Cat Stevens?

    tut tut tut.

    The list is pretty good, but Cat certainly deserves a spot.

  26. scott
    scott at |

    This list is not valid without Van Morrison. If you say singer/songwriter of the 60’s and 70’s after Mr. Zimmerman, he is number two. Go back and look at his late 60’s and early 70’s body of work. Astral Weeks, Moondance, Tupelo Honey, His Band and Street Choir, St. Domonics Preview…..he’s top five without question.

  27. Johnny
    Johnny at |

    Nice list, I enjoyed reading it. 🙂 And enjoyed thinking about and listening to that good music.

  28. Freddie
    Freddie at |

    I am extremely disappointed in not only this lost but in all of comments who failed to mention the one person who, above all, should be on this list. So tell, please, why the hell is Freddie Mercury not on this list. Definitely active during the 70’s, amazing singer, and wrote We Are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Somebody to Love, among many others. He is far more qualified then any other person on this list.

  29. me
    me at |

    I’d like to throw Pete Townshend in to the mix as well

  30. Anonymous
    Anonymous at |

    Wow, Paul McCartney is not considered a great songwriter of the 1960s!!!!


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