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Who is your favourite singer/songwriter?

Asked by tirithalui (408points) May 8th, 2008 from iPhone

I’m in need of getting some new music. Thought I’d like to get some suggestions from you guys!

I’ve always loved Rufus Wainwright with a passion. His sister is pretty darn good too. I’m also liking Sia at the moment.

How about y’all?

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iamnathanjohnson's avatar

Matthew Thiessen & Dierks Bentley

Kay's avatar

If you like Rufus Wainwright, you’d probably like Jude as well. He’s a singer/songwriter based out of LA. You can listen to his music on his website: JudeMusic

tupara's avatar

Gillian Welch.

cage's avatar

Matthew Bellamy hands down. Man of the century.
As well as his songs he does his instruments too, guitar AND piano… amazing man.

beware's avatar

1/Noel Gallagher from Oasis.
2/Chris Martin from Coldplay.
3/James Blunt.
I can listen to them all day.

bearfair's avatar

Neko Case til the day I die.

Randy's avatar

Jessie Lacy from Brand New

Ben Nichols from Lucero (Not the latin female but the country/rock band)

Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional.

Foolaholic's avatar

Billy Joel. Can’t deny the classics.

buster's avatar

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

Gruz06's avatar

Jack Johnson

Riser's avatar

Elvis Costello is my favorite songwriter and David Bowie is my favorite singer—his range is remarkable.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

Neko Case, Lucinda Williams, Haley Bonar, Steve Earle, Jay Farrar.

ladytmerie's avatar

Van Morrison is my favorite songwriter and I have too many favorite singers!

scamp's avatar

Carol King and Enya are two of my favorites.

playthebanjo's avatar

greg graffin. John mcutcheon.

Allie's avatar

uberbatman: Fuck Yes!!!! Also, Jackie Greene. (And in a totally different genre… Weezy.)

shrubbery's avatar

Cat Stevens

whatthefluther's avatar

Damien Jurado and Richard Buckner, both prolific and amazing, top my list although there are several more. But, Bob Dylan is the man, all-time, hands down. If you’re not familiar with Jurado or Buckner, give them a listen…I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

rawpixels's avatar

All time favorite…John Lennon


Eddie Vedder – Pearl Jam
Thom Yorke – Radiohead

Sloane2024's avatar

Jack Johnson, Switchfoot, Relient K, Teddy Geiger, John Mayer, John Seibold, Casting Crowns… All are amazing.

ljs22's avatar

Eef Barzelay

iJimmy's avatar

Van Morrison, John Mayer, Adam Durtiz

wildflower's avatar

My personal favorite is Jon Bon Jovi (and Richie Sambora) – purely because I’ve enjoyed his (their) music since I was 12 and still love it.

cschack's avatar

Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III (Rufus’ dad) – two old warhorses who are as good as ever, or in the case of Wainwright, getting better with age. Nick Drake was awesome, too, as was Laura Nyro. Oh yeah, Ron Sexsmith – saw him live a few months ago and he brought the house down. You can’t really go wrong with any of ‘em…

scamp's avatar

Loudon Wainwright III does some pretty funny stuff. who can forget his ever famous Dead Skunk In The Middle Of the road? Ha ha!

scamp's avatar

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention Lullaby is a good one too.

iamnathanjohnson's avatar

seconded john mayer

Bri_L's avatar

Bob Dylan is amazing. He wrote so much for himself and others.
Same for Prince.
I am a huge U2 fan for their lyrics (amongst other things).
Bruce Springsteen does a great job I think.

Mrs_Dr_Frank_N_Furter's avatar

Tim Curry. Yes he is a composer

toolaura4ya's avatar

Nat King Cole, Carrie Underwood, Sara Bareilles, myself jk and a lot more but I can’t think of them!

Bri_L's avatar

@ toolaura4ya – Nat King Cole RULES!! his voice could melt butter!!!.

Impressions's avatar

I love the late Izrael Kamakawiwo’ole (IZ). You’ve no doubt heard his “Over the Rainbow” in the background of several tv shows and even the intro played during a commercial. Brings tears!

I also love Josh Groban.

whatthefluther's avatar

I suppose I have too many favorites, but feel compelled to add another who I feel is one of the greatest but has not yet been mentioned: Elliott Smith.

shrubbery's avatar

I love Elliott Smith too. I’m also a little bit obsessed with Patrick Park at the moment.

witchhazel's avatar

Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Indigo Girls, Prince

Impressions's avatar

My husband votes for weird Al Yankovich and Spike Jones!

Bri_L's avatar

@impressions – tell your husband kudos for reminding us!

treuprosperity's avatar

Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Prince, Sting,

unacornea's avatar

john lennon, kimya dawson, cat power, mary timony, cubby berke of “lovers”, bill withers, regina spektor

shrubbery's avatar

Joshua Radin, Ingrid Michaelson, William Fitzsimmons, Josh Ritter

Likeradar's avatar

Second Adam Duritz.

Bright Eyes and Bob Schneider

evegrimm's avatar

Although Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service and a few other things) isn’t a traditional ‘great voice’ or even a ‘great songwriter’, I really like how down to earth he sounds when he sings. He seems approachable and human. And the songs are relatable and have lovely harmonies.

I would also like to second Chris Martin.

Oh! Oh! Danny Elfman is THE MAN. (Oingo Boingo is such a great group…it’s too bad Danny Elfman won’t ever be getting back ‘on the stage’, so to speak.)

TriflinTriscuit's avatar

Sufjan Stevens.
Beautiful lyrics, musical composition, harmonies, evocation of emotions. This man understands human tendency, music, love, passion, and words and it really shows. Not many artists these days have EVERY album be a concept album like him.

SomeoneElse's avatar

Leonard Cohen gets my vote!

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