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Best American Songwriter?


Asithappens

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In the "modern era" (so no Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin, et al).

Bob Dylan is probably at the pinnacle, so let's just get that out of the way.

Next? I like Jackson Browne.  Late for the Sky is, well, transcendent. The Pretender isn't too bad, either. But Late for the Sky? The Best.

Neil Diamond. I wish I had a Hall 0' Neil in my house. He is a good Brooklyn jew. I love that guy.

Tom Petty is also up there. 

A friend of mine says James Taylor. I say yeah, he's good, but he's no Jackson Browne.

 

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1 hour ago, Asithappens said:

Next? I like Jackson Browne.  Late for the Sky is, well, transcendent. The Pretender isn't too bad, either. But Late for the Sky? The Best.

He wrote These Days when he was 16*.

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49 minutes ago, Rip76 said:

Are we talking all around great lyrics and great music?

Or just really good songs not really caring about lyrical content?

Technically (except in the loosest of definitions) it's not a song without the words . . . I think that kinda puts some emphasis on the lyrics.

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4 hours ago, crash_davis said:

Elliot Smith?  Because he was real real sad, you say, LA Weekly?

Get the fuck out of here.

I guess lists have to include some dumb shit so people will talk about them.  Mission accomplished.  

Patty Griffin and Elton John merit top-20 consideration.  

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On 2/1/2019 at 9:01 PM, Paul Wesley said:

Elliot Smith?  Because he was real real sad, you say, LA Weekly?

Get the fuck out of here.

I guess lists have to include some dumb shit so people will talk about them.  Mission accomplished.  

Patty Griffin and Elton John merit top-20 consideration.  

Bernie Taupin says get the fuck out of here.

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