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Greatest soft rock singer-songwriter: Neil Diamond or Barry Manilow?

Neil Diamond fans took it hard when the songwriter announced he was retiring from touring due to his Parkinson's diagnosis. Diamond turns 77 years old on January 24, and he was in the midst of a 50th anniversary tour. For many, he is the greatest adult contemporary singer-songwriter of all time. But for others, Barry Manilow is soft rock's true king. Fans of the genre call it "the quintessential contest."  Who's the greatest soft rock singer-songwriter of all time? 🎸🎤

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Diamond does win the numbers game. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, he has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide. He's racked up ten #1 singles on the adult contemporary chart—including "Song Sung Blue," "Desiree," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "America," and "Heartlight" among others. 

The sheer range of musicians who've covered Diamond songs is astonishing. From UB40 ("Red Red Wine") and Urge Overkill ("Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon) to the Monkees ("I'm A Believer") and Waylon Jennings ("Sweet Caroline"), he has earned his stripes as one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century.

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Diamond fans were devastated by news of his illness and retirement from touring.

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Quentin Tarantino immortalized this lesser-know Diamond song when he included it in an unforgettable scene from "Pulp Fiction."

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Since “Mandy” hit the charts 40 years ago, Barry Manilow has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists ever. Though he hasn’t had a Top 40 hit in decades, the love and support of his “Fanilows” is everlasting. 

He wrote for and produced Dionne Warwick and Donna Summer. His discography includes 25 Top 40 hits (including 11 in the top ten and 3 #1s). 13 of those songs went #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, making him one of the greatest AC artists of all time. His best-known hits include "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You," "Copacabana (At the Copa)," and "I Write The Songs."

His early '70s run as Bette Midler's piano-playing accompanist at the Continental Bathhouse in New York City is the stuff of legend. Midler chose the young arranger to help produce her debut and sophomore releases "The Divine Miss M" (1972) and "Bette Midler" (1973), and act as her musical director. But did you know he was also a commercial jingle writer?

"Many of the TV jingles he wrote and/or composed he would also perform, including State Farm Insurance ("Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there") or Band-Aid ("I am stuck on Band-Aid, 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me!").
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And for some soft rock lovers, Manilow will always reign supreme.

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"Mandy" is perhaps Barry's best-loved, best-known track. Love and regret in the rain over sweeping strings—it's quintessential Manilow.

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