Greatest rock composers
of all times


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World

(For the 21st century see this page)
  1. Frank Zappa
  2. Captain Beefheart
  3. Foetus
  4. Mayo Thompson
  5. Tim Buckley
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Tom Waits
  8. Nick Cave
  9. Klaus Schulze
  10. Robert Wyatt
  11. Brian Eno
  12. Bruce Springsteen
  13. Florian Fricke (Popol Vuh)
  14. Lou Reed
  15. Homer Flynn (Residents)
  16. Syd Barrett
  17. Roy Montgomery
  18. Mike Gira (Swans)
  19. Neil Young
  20. Steve Albini (Big Black, Rapeman)
  21. David Byrne (Talking Heads)
  22. Holger Czukay (Can)
  23. Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux)
  24. Julian Cope
  25. Stephen Tunney (Dogbowl)
  26. Kenneth Newby (Trance Mission)
  27. Joni Mitchell
  28. Bill Laswell
  29. Jane Siberry
  30. Daniel Vahnke (Vampire Rodents)
  31. Tom Petty
  32. Roger Waters
  33. Jim Steinman (Meat Loaf, Pandora's Box)
  34. Bob Mould (Husker Du)
  35. Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields)
  36. Buddy Holly
  37. Peter Gabriel
  38. Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple)
  39. Keiji Haino
  40. Paul Westerberg (Replacements)
  41. Mike Oldfield
  42. Kramer
  43. Jon Spencer
  44. Sam Rosenthal (Black Tape For A Blue Girl)
  45. Mark Eitzel (American Music Club)
  46. Neil Halstead (Slowdive)
  47. Bo Diddley
  48. Trey Anastasio (Phish)
  49. Mick Farren (Deviants)
  50. Chuck Berry
  51. Tetsu Inoue
  52. Phil Spector
  53. Masaki Batoh (Ghost)
  54. Ryoji Ikeda
  55. Sean Byrne (Bugskull)
  56. Beck
  57. Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
  58. Stuart Gray (Lubricated Goat)
  59. Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple)
  60. Peter Jefferies
  61. Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance)
  62. David Thrussell (Soma, Snog)
  63. Ralf Hutter (Kraftwerk)
  64. Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
  65. Klaus Dinger (Neu, LA Dusserldorf)
  66. Blixa Bargeld (Einsturzende Neubaten)
  67. Markus Popp (Oval)
  68. Alec Empire (Atari Teenage Riot)
  69. Roedelius (Cluster)
  70. Peter Frohmader
  71. Carsten Tiedemann (Mo Boma)
  72. Nico
  73. Ray Davies
  74. Caspar Brötzmann
  75. Michael Cretu (Enigma)
  76. Thomas Koner
  77. Jan Werner (Mouse On Mars)
  78. Ronald Lippock (Tarwater)
  79. Ein Ensch (KMFDM)
  80. David Sylvian
  81. Richard Thompson
  82. John Lydon
  83. Justin Broadrick (Napalm Death, Godflesh)
  84. Pete Townshend (Who)
  85. Colin Newman (Wire)
  86. Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins)
  87. Otomo Yoshihide (Ground Zero)
  88. Fred Frith (Henry Cow)
  89. Bill Leeb (FLA, Delerium)
  90. Richie Hawtin (Plastikman)
  91. Simon Jeffes (Penguin Cafe Orchestra)

Britain

  1. Robert Wyatt
  2. Brian Eno
  3. Syd Barrett
  4. Julian Cope
  5. Roger Waters
  6. Peter Gabriel
  7. Mike Oldfield
  8. Mick Farren
  9. Robert Fripp
  10. Kevin Shields
  11. Ray Davies
  12. David Sylvian
  13. Richard Thompson
  14. John Lydon
  15. Justin Broadrick
  16. Colin Newman
  17. Fred Frith
  18. Simon Jeffes

Canada

  1. Neil Young
  2. Kenneth Newby (Trance Mission)
  3. Joni Mitchell
  4. Jane Siberry
  5. Daniel Vahnke
  6. Bill Leeb (FLA, Delerium)
  7. Richie Hawtin (Plastikman)

Oceania

  1. Foetus
  2. Nick Cave
  3. Daevid Allen
  4. Roy Montgomery
  5. Stuart Gray
  6. Peter Jefferies
  7. Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance)
  8. David Thrussell (Soma, Snog)

Germany

  1. Klaus Schulze
  2. Florian Fricke
  3. Holger Czukay
  4. Ralf Hutter
  5. Klaus Dinger
  6. Blixa Bargeld
  7. Markus Popp
  8. Alec Empire
  9. Roedelius
  10. Peter Frohmader
  11. Carsten Tiedemann
  12. Nico
  13. Caspar Brötzmann
  14. Michael Cretu
  15. Thomas Koner
  16. Jan Werner
  17. Ronald Lippock
  18. Ein Ensch

Japan

  1. Otomo Yoshihide
  2. Keiji Haino
  3. Kawabata Makoto
  4. Masaki Batoh
  5. Ryoji Ikeda
  6. Tetsu Inoue
  7. Tatsuya Yoshida
  8. Kitaro