• LENNON hands down the best

    Lennon's troubled child hood clearly made him write some of the most
    nerve touching songs [good or bad].Paul to me ,is the "father -goose"
    of the two.That's not really a nock,in other words, Paul's songs are more positive mood songs and John's are more life isn't all roses songs.As for Dylan ,once again to me, are more same style songs.That's not a put down.THAK GOD we had all three.

  • Yes, in my opinion he was.

    Its mostly between whether Paul McCartney, John Lennon or Bob Dylan is the best. Paul McCartney has the melody and the huge songs that everyone will forever know such as Hey Jude, Yesterday and Let It Be. Bob Dylan obviously has the lyrics, the poem in his song ( I mean Jesus Christ, he won a fucking nobel prize!?? XD) and will forever be the best at that. But John Lennon has the groove, the soul, the melody and the text. He sings about feelings in his songs which everyone can relate to and sing to without having to dig into anything. He has the melodies that everyone can sing along to just like McCartney but with more groove and soul in his voice which makes it feel more real and genuine. That for me is a real amazing songwriter which actually deserves number one! Feel free to counter-argument.

  • He is the greatest

    There is no doubt that lennon is the greatest songwriter ever, it is stupid to compare him with anyone apart from mcartney or harrison. Lennons work with the beatles and on his own is some of the musics finest. He could write a song from anything and didnt let his poorchild hood get the best of him. He wrote some of the greatest songs of all time for instance a day in the life , in my life, imagine , woman , all you need is love , she loves you and plenty more

  • Le/mcartneynnon edges dylan

    John lennon comes insecond lyrically to dylan perhaps,but in the composing music aspect, at the top of his game, he ispis peerlessle. A day in the life and strawberry fields clearly demonstrate lennonscreative musical genius.Compare this to dylans MUSIC ...Often great, but the musical settings the chord s are never toooutside the standard.Johns first solo album reflects yet another completely different aspect of informed "form".

  • Hands down: John Lennon!!

    Lennon was the most creative and strikingly original of all The Beatles songwriters. By far. He wrote almost all of The Beatles "cutting edge" material, and routinely broke the "rules" and accepted techniques of modern songwriting. And I always hate it when people say McCartney wrote all the melodies. Lennon wrote the most gorgeous melodies like: "If I Fell", "This Boy", "Girl", "Because", "Julia", "In My Life", "Strawberry Fields", "All You Need Is Love", "Imagine", "Beautiful Boy", "Grow Old With Me", etc. And his music was the most harmonically complex music in The Beatles catalog. In regards to Bob Dylan, Dylan was the only writer who wrote anthems and cultural masterpieces on the same level (or arguably better in a few cases) as John Lennon. But Dylan's music was very limited in range. Lennon had amazing versatility, and could write any kind, or genre of music, and make it something authentic. Long after his life ... Lennon's music still lives on all over the World as the best and most inspiring modern music ever done.

  • Lennon had more in his locker.

    I get so tied of this,i have explained so many times why Lennon is the greatest.A great song writer has to possess many quality's.Macca was only great when led.What become evident was in their solo carriers.Selling records and making lots of money does not necessary make one a great song writer.Lennon's word play was superior and he new how to catch the moment.Lennon's songs have became more than just a song,they have become iconic and are used all over the world for various reasons.Lennon's influence is much greater,his diversity is huge.He can write a simple melody with simple words and capture the world's imagination.His songs have survived the test of times.This makes me laugh,people say the song Imagine is rubbish,Ex President of USA Jimmy Carter once said over 100 countries sing Imagine along with their national anthem.As for Dylan he was limited and his were predictable and basically a protest writer.Dylan's songs hardly had any chorus melody or bridges.He was basically a poet who used music to convey his poetry.Dylan secretly admired Lennon specially his intellect.

  • Artistic honesty, vulnerability, rediscoverability.

    He laid bare his soul, warts and all, for all to see. He was vulnerable to all the human frailties. And so, he constantly re-invented himself, going from a rough street tough and cool dude to woman-equality embracing zen practitioner and loving, nay doting, father. As artists go, they don't come much better.

  • Yes he is.

    John Lennon was a great man, he promoted peace, and he practically changed the world. To say he is the best songwriter ever would be an understatement. He is way more than that, and I'm pretty sure people know that. He changed the world, and we should acknowledge that. John Lennon IS the best songwriter ever.

  • The best ever.

    Imagine, Grow old with me, Revolution etc.. He was second to non in lyrics and was far more superior than McCartney in melody. His melody was much more complex and stands the test of time better than McCartney. Dylan is a great talent, but he does not possess the global experience and intellect that Lennon held. Therefore, Dylan's song writing rather limited in scope.

  • John Lennon was awesome.

    Fortunately I was brought up listening to music by many awesome bands such as The Beatles. When I grew older and could start actually listening and understanding the lyrics my love for them only grew. Songs by The Beatles primarily written by Lennon include Help, All You Need Is Love and Across The Universe. Of course there are many more, but those three songs hold a heck of a lot of meaning for Lennon himself. His solo work (Imagine, Love, God, Woman, etc) proved just HOW passionate and in love he was with singing and song-writing. As well as him actually enjoying what he did, and not just writing his songs for the sake of it, Lennon's style of writing would almost always be relateable to anyone who has inevitably heard his songs. Any songwriter who can touch the heart of millions just because he enjoys his work is awesomely great. I however think Lennon is THE greatest purely because I think all of his and The Beatles songs are kick ass.

  • Lennon and McCartney are second to Dylan.

    Dylan wins this one by a landslide. Even Lennon and McCartney would agree to this. Otherwise, Lennon and McCartney are pretty much equal. Watch the video on YouTube of Lennon riding in a limo with Dylan in London. Lennon is very passive in this video. You can tell right away who the master is.

  • Not a chance

    There are so many innovative artists circling the underground that have done more than this hippie ever could have accomplished to achieve. The Beatles were pure garbage who couldn't write a song if their lives depended on it, lyrics were terrible and none of the musical ideas were fleshed out enough. To call John Lennon the greatest song writer of all time is an insult to other artists.

  • Paul McCartney vs John Lennon

    Because Paul McCartney is the greatest Songwriter of all time. He wrote bigger Rocksongs like Helter Skelter, Get Back, Live and Let Die... And better ballads like Let it Be, Hey Jude, Yesterday, Maybe I'm Amazed... John was great, but Paul was the greater Genius! But Lennon is number 2 of all time.

  • John Lennon is not the greatest songwriter ever

    John Lennon made a impact on music and culture that is still being felt and his music has influenced generations; however, there are too many other great songwriters to put him at the very top. If his life had not been cut short, he might have changed the answer to this debate, but other musicians who have spanned decades and are still composing make them more likely to be the best answer.

  • Nor Lennon/McCartney nor Dylan, Lou Reed

    No one changed the rock & roll cultural landscape so profoundly and dramatically than Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, not even Bob Dylan, who would come as a close second, Lennon can't match endless creativity and boldness of Dylan and Reed, above all else, he can't match the daring risks these two mercurial icons took, taking rock & roll to places The Beatles didn't even dream of.

  • He is close, but there is one greater

    It's debatable as to whether he's even the greatest beatle. Paul was by far the greater musician and melody man, and this is not to mention his contributions conteptually and in keeping the band productive and competitive within. Johns more of a wordsmith than Paul, and he certainly was more intellectual ( albeit not by a ridiculous margin ), but there is one whom Paul nor John could possibly equate to. Bob Dylan is by far the most prolific songwriter of all time. From Folk hero, to reluctant voice of the civil rights movement, to Rock god, back to folk, to country, to born again Christian, Dylan is and has been so many things. To think the man wrote the lyrics and melodies to Freewheelin', Back Home, Highway 61, Blonde On Blonde, John Wesley, and Nashville skyline comprise a body of work from the 60's ONLY challenged by The Beatles ( who, admittedly, probably have Dylan beat by a hair ). Think about it though... The Beatles had 3 musical geniuses, Bob Dylan was standing on his own to foot. NO ONE can tell a story with their voice the way Dylan can, and the words that pour out of his head seem to swirl together in perfect sequence. He's not the melody writer that Paul or even John are/were, however he's pretty damn close. Granted, after his 60's rock trilogy he's really simplified his instrumental approach. The Beatles even admitted that they were HEAVILY inspired by Bob Dylan, and he was the one who first introduced them to marijuana. Just when people thought he was done, he delivers the most shocking musical comeback of all time with Blood On The Tracks.. Dylan is peerless, and he is the standard by which all songwriters should be measured by forever more.

  • Do people on this forum know of any artists than Beatle Members and Dylan?

    Not even close. There is a long list infront of him and Dylan heads the list. You need to actually listen to more than two genres of music to even comment here. Have you heard of Townes Van Zandt, Paul Simon, or Neil Young? This debate is boring. The Beatles we ok but in the end its just pop music.

Leave a comment...
(Maximum 900 words)
No comments yet.