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Posted on Jul 18, 2014 03:19 pm
So for this week's Wednesday Question, we asked you guys to step outside of the rock realm and name the greatest non-rock/metal songwriter of all time.
The suggestions kept flowing in, resulting in massive praises of classical, jazz, pop, and avant-garde music. We should note that a vast array of classical composers, including Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart, as well as film music composer Hans Zimmer, scored solid amounts of votes, but were encompassed with a single classical figure. Anyhow, the list awaits below, check it out.
10. Nick Cave
Kicking off the list, Nick Cave is one of the most versatile artists out there. Ranging from the Birthday Party, the Bad Seeds, all the way to solo work and Grinderman, Nick is also active in the film music domain, as well as writing, acting and screenwriting.
9. Louis Armstrong
Arguably the greatest jazz musician of all time, late great Louis Armstrong made a stunningly great impact on the global music scene, as both a trumpet player and a vocalist.
8. Bjorn Ulveus and Benny Anderson (ABBA)
Switching to the pop domain, ABBA's songwriting duo got plenty of love from UG, and with all the hit singles out there still reigning the music scene, it's hard not to give these guys massive props. They do receive hate as "mellow pop crap" on the side, but that's just how it goes.
7. Paul Simon
72-year-old Paul Simon began his musical career way back in 1957, making a permanent impact on the global scene ever since. Writing nearly all of Simon & Garfunkel songs, including such hit singles as "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge Over Troubled Water," he secured himself a spot among the songwriting greats.
6. Frank Zappa
You could definitely argue that Frank Zappa is first and foremost a rock musician, but his domains equally include jazz and experimental, so we'll include Uncle Frank on this one after all, because giving this guy some extra love is never a bad choice. With over 60 studio efforts, he's one of the most prolific artists of all time.
5. Bob Dylan
Reaching the ultimate greats, Bob Dylan cracks the list in two. Widely known as one of the greatest songwriters ever, not much needs to be said about Mr. Dylan.
4. Tom Waits
The growly-voiced Tom Waits easily ranks up as one of the most distinguishable singers of the music world, as well as one of the most brilliant authors. You guys recognized that, placing Mr. Waits at No. 4.
3. Johnny Cash
Another late titan, Johnny Cash, gets to crack the Top 3. Apart from the unique performance style and the ability to give songs an entirely different moniker, Cash is also known as a top-notch songwriter.
2. Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John is up next, with over 300 million albums sold to date, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1. Johann Sebastian Bach
Going way, way back, Bach tops this week's list. For many, Bach was the one who created music, and his impact will stand strong for an eternity.