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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Rock Songwriters
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100 Greatest Rock Songwriters

Criteria: - Songwriting hits generated in the US and UK (lasting popularity is acknowledged but initial popularity is given precedence due to reliability and accessibility), Songwriting influence and Songwriting reputation/acclaim. Second tier (In the event of a tie): The breadth of one's songwriting - How many different artists, styles and eras, did the writer have success with/in.

Songwriters that frequently co-wrote are listed together, but their solo writing is also factored in.

Edited By: Maria S / Lew
Last Updated 8-23-07

Link: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_songwriters.html

1. John Lennon & Paul McCartney - The Beatles, Solo, 1960s,
("A Day In The Life", "Hey Jude", "Yesterday", "Let It Be", "Imagine")

2. Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller 1950s,
("Jailhouse Rock", "Hound Dog", "Stand By Me", "Love Potion No. 9", "Kansas City")

3. Chuck Berry 1950s,
("Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Sweet Little Sixteen")

4. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland 1960s,
("Where Did Our Love Go", "Please Mr. Postman", "Baby Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On")

5. Brian Wilson - The Beach Boys, Solo, 1960s,
("Good Vibrations", "God Only Knows", "California Girls," "Wouldn't It Be Nice,")

6. Bob Dylan 1960s,
("Like A Rolling Stone", "Blowin' In The Wind", "Mr. Tambourine Man", "Knockin' on Heaven's Door")

7. Smokey Robinson - The Miracles, Solo, 1960s,
("Tracks Of My Tears", "My Girl", "You've Really Got A Hold On Me", "Shop Around")

8. Stevie Wonder 1970s,
("Superstition", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Signed, Sealed Delivered I'm Yours")

9. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards - The Rolling Stones, 1960s,
("(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "Sympathy For The Devil", "Paint It, Black", "Jumpin' Jack Flash")

10. James Brown 1960s,
("Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "I Got You (I Feel Good)", "Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud")

11. Carole King & Gerry Goffin 1960s,
("You've Got A Friend", "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman", "One Fine Day")

12. Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew 1950s,
("The Fat Man", "Ain't That A Shame", "I'm in Love Again", "Blue Monday", "I'm Walkin'")

13. Buddy Holly 1950s,
("Not Fade Away", "True Love Ways", "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be The Day")

14. Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1970s,
("Candle In The Wind", "Your Song", "Tiny Dancer", "Crocodile Rock", "Bennie and the Jets")

15. Bruce Springsteen 1970s,
("Born To Run", "Thunder Road", "Born In The USA")

16. Pete Townshend - The Who, 1960s,
("My Generation", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Baba O'Riley")

17. Jerome "Doc" Pomus & Mort Shuman 1950s,
("This Magic Moment", ""His Latest Flame", "Viva Las Vegas", "Save The Last Dance For Me")

18. Prince 1980s,
("When Doves Cry", "Purple Rain", "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Kiss")

19. Joni Mitchell 1970s,
("A Case Of You", "Both Sides Now", "Chelsea Morning", "Big Yellow Taxi")

20. Otis Blackwell 1950s,
("Don't Be Cruel", "Great Balls Of Fire", "Fever")

21. Sam Cooke 1960s,
("A Change Is Gonna Come", "You Send Me", "Bring It On Home To Me", "Chain Gang")

22. Paul Simon - Simon & Garfunkel, Solo, 1960s,
("Bridge Over Troubled Water'", "The Sounds Of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson")

23. Ray Davies - The Kinks, 1960s,
("You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset")

24. Curtis Mayfield - The Impressions, Solo, 1970s,
("People Get Ready", "Superfly")

25. Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich 1960s,
("Be My Baby", "Baby I Love You", "River Deep, Mountain High")

26. Van Morrison - Them, Solo, 1970s,
("Brown Eyed Girl", "Gloria", "Have I Told You Lately")

27. Felice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant 1950s,
("Bye Bye Love", "Wake Up Little Susie", "All I Have To Do Is Dream")

28. David Bowie 1970s,
("Life On Mars", "Space Oddity", "Ziggy Stardust", "The Man Who Sold The World")

29. Neil Young 1970s,
("Heart of Gold", "Rockin' In The Free World", "Southern Man")

30. Bob Marley 1970s,
("No Woman No Cry", "One Love/People Get Ready", "Redemption Song")

31. Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff 1970s,
("If You Don't Know Me By Now", "When Will I See You Again", "Me And Mrs. Jones", "Love Train")

32. Little Richard 1950s,
("Tutti Frutti", "Lucille")

33. Bono & The Edge - U2, 1980s,
("With Or Without You", "One", "Sunday Bloody Sunday")

34. Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright & Nick Mason - Pink Floyd, 1970s,
("Another Brick In The Wall Part 2", "Comfortably Numb")

35. Run, DMC & Jam Master Jay - Run DMC, 1980s,
("Sucker M.C.'s", "Rock Box", "It's Like That")

36. Lou Reed - The Velvet Underground, Solo 1960s,
("Sweet Jane", "Heroin", "I'm Waiting For The Man")

37. Marvin Gaye 1970s,
("What's Going On", "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", "Let's Get It On", "Dancing In The Street")

38. Jesse Stone 1950s,
("Shake, Rattle & Roll", "Money Honey", "Idaho")

39. Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil 1960s,
("You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", "If You're Ever In My Arms Again", "On Broadway")

40. Roy Orbison 1960s,
("Oh, Pretty Woman", "Crying", "Only The Lonely")

41. Sly Stone - Sly And The Family Stone, 1970s,
("Everyday People", "Family Affair", "Dance To The Music")

42. Chuck D - Public Enemy, 1980s,
("Fight The Power")

43. Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb - The Bee Gees, Solo, 1970s,
("To Love Somebody", "Stayin' Alive", "Grease")

44. Otis Redding & Steve Cropper 1960s,
("Respect", "Sitting On The Dock Of A Bay", "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)")

45. George Harrison - The Beatles, Solo, 1960s,
("Something", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "My Sweet Lord")

46. Joe Strummer & Mick Jones - The Clash, 1970s,
("London Calling")

47. Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon & Roger Taylor - Queen, 1970s,
("Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Are The Champions", "We Will Rock You")

48. Isaac Hayes & David Porter 1960s,
("When Something Is Wrong With My Baby", "Soul Man", "Hold On, I'm Coming")

49. John Fogerty - Creedence Clearwater Revival, Solo, 1960s,
("Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Fortunate Son", "Centerfield")

50. Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson 1960s,
("Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "I'm Every Woman")

51. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones - Led Zeppelin, 1970s,
("Stairway To Heaven", "Whole Lotta Love", "Kashmir")

52. Thom Bell & Linda Creed 1960s,
("LA LA Means I Love You", "The Greatest Love Of All", "The Came You")

53. Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong 1960s,
("Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone")

54. Kurt Cobain - Nirvana, 1990s,
("Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Come As You Are", "Heart-Shaped Box", "Lithium")

55. Michael Jackson 1980s,
("Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Heal The World")

56. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E, DJ Yella & MC Ren - NWA, Solo, 1980s - '90s,
("Fuck Da Police", "Nuthin' But A G Thang", "It Was A Good Day")

57. Bert Berns & Jerry Ragovoy 1960s,
("Twist And Shout", "Piece Of My Heart")

58. Allen Toussaint
("Working In The Coalmine", "Ruler Of My Heart", "Brickyard Blues", "Get Out My Life Woman")

59. Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger - The Doors, 1970s,
("Light My Fire", "Break On Through")

60. Sting - The Police, Solo 1980s - '90s
("Every Breath You Take", "Roxanne", "Fields Of Gold", "Fortress Around Your Heart")

61. Jimi Hendrix 1960s
("Purple Haze", "Little Wing", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Machine Gun")

62. Geezer Butler & Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath, 1970s,
("Black Sabbath", "War Pigs", "Paranoid")

63. Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds & Antonio "L.A." Reid 1990s,
("End Of The Road", "I'll Make Love To You")

64. Don Henley & Glenn Fry - The Eagles, Solo, 1970s,
("Hotel California", "Life In The Fast Lane", "Desperado", "Tequila Sunrise")

65. Billy Joel 1970s,
("Piano Man", "Just The Way You Are", "New York State of Mind", "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me")

66. Hank Ballard 1950s,
("The Twist", "Work With Me, Annie", "Sexy Ways")

67. Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie & Lindsey Buckingham - Fleetwood Mac, Solo, 1970s
("Go On Your Way", "Dreams", "Rhiannon")

68. Tupac Shakur
("California Love", "Dear Mama", "Keep Ya Head Up")

69. Peter Gabriel - Genesis, Solo
("Sledgehammer", "Big Time", "In Your Eyes", "Shock the Monkey", "Biko")

70. Laura Nyro 1960s
("Eli's Comin'", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoney End")

71. Elvis Costello 1970s
("Alison", "Oliver's Army", "Everyday I Write the Book", "Watching the Detectives")

72. James Taylor 1970s,
("Fire And Rain", "Carolina On My Mind", "Sweet Baby James", "Shower the People")

73. Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe - R.E.M., 1980s,
("Losing My Religion", "Everybody Hurts", "Radio-Free Europe")

74. Jackson Browne 1970s
("Doctor My Eyes", "Rock Me On The Water", "Somebody's Baby", "Running on Empty" )

75. Cat Stevens 1970s,
("Father And Son", "Wild World", "Peace Train", "Moonshadow")

76. Leonard Cohen 1960s,
("Bird On A Wire", "Hallelujah", "Suzanne")

77. Diane Warren 1990s,
("How Do I Live?", "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing", "Unbreak My Heart")

78. Al Green 1970s,
("Let's Stay Together", "Tired Of Being Alone", "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)")

79. David Byrne - Talking Heads, Solo, 1980s,
("Once In A Lifetime", "Burning Down The House", "Psycho Killer")

80. Thom Yorke & Johnny Greenwood - Radiohead, 1990s,
("Karma Police", "Creep", "Paranoid Android")

81. Maurice White - Earth, Wind & Fire, 1970s,
("Shining Star", "September", "Boogie Wonderland")

82. Bill Withers 1970s,
("Ain't No Sunshine", "Lean On Me", "Use Me")

83. Ronnie Van Zant - Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1970s,
("Sweet Home Alabama", "Free Bird", "Gimme Three Steps", "What's Your Name")

84. Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko & Richard Manuel - The Band, 1960s
("The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "The Weight", "Chest Fever", "Up on Cripple Creek")

85. Don Covay & Spooner Oldman 1960s,
("Chain Of Fools", "Mercy Mercy", "See Saw", "Sookie Sookie")

86. Tom Waits 1980s,
("Downtown Train", "Jersey Girl", "Ol' 55")

87. Percy Mayfield 1950s,
("Hit The Road Jack", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "Strange Things Happening")

88. Frank Zappa
("Dancin' Fool", "Valley Girl", "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow", "Who Are The Brain Police?")

89. Lionel Richie - The Commodores, Solo, 1980s,
("We Are The World", "Brickhouse", "Endless Love", "All Night Long (All Night)", "Lady")

90. Trent Reznor - Nine Inch Nails, 1990s,
("Hurt", "Closer", "Head Like A Hole")

91. Berry Gordy 1950s,
("I Want You Back", "Do You Love Me", "Shop Around")

92. Kate Bush 1980s,
("Wuthering Heights", "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)", "The Man with the Child in His Eyes")

93. Morrissey - The Smiths, Solo, 1980s
("This Charming Man", "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get", "Irish Blood, English Heart")

94. Mike D, King Ad-Rock & MCA - The Beastie Boys
("(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)", "Ch-Check It Out", "Hey Ladies")

95. Lars Ulrich & James Hetfield - Metallica
("Master of Puppets", "Enter Sandman", "One")

96. Billy Ward - The Dominoes, 1950s,
("Sixty Minute Man", "Have Mercy Baby")

97. Mariah Carey 1990s,
("One Sweet Day", "Love Takes Time", "Emotions", "Don't Forget About Us")

98. Johnny Otis 1950s,
("Every Beat Of My Heart", "So Fine", "Willie And The Hand Jive")

99. Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly 1980s
("Like A Virgin", "True Colors", "Eternal Flame")

100. Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament & Stone Gossard - Pearl Jam, 1990s
("Alive", "Jeremy", "Better Man", "Black")

101. Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder & Pete Bellote 1970s,
("I Feel Love", "Hot Stuff")

102. Tracy Chapman
("Fast Car", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Talkin' Bout A Revolution")

103. Axl Rose, Izzy Straidlin & Slash (Guns N' Roses) 1980's
("Sweet Child O' Mine", "Welcome To The Jungle", "November Rain")

104. James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III & Terry Lewis
("What Have You Done For Me Lately", "That's The Way Love Goes", "On One Bended Knee")

105. Phil Spector 1960s
("You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", "(And) Then He Kissed Me", "Be My Baby")

106. Bo Diddley 1950s,
("Bo Diddley", "Who Do You Love", "I'm a Man", "Say Man")

107. Steve Tyler & Joe Perry - (Aerosmith) 1970's
("Dream On", "Walk This Way", "Sweet Emotion")

108. George Clinton - P-Funk, Solo, 1970s,
("Atomic Dog", "One Nation Under a Groove", "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)")

109. Desmond Child, 1970s - 90s,
("Livin' On A Prayer", "Livin' La Vida Loca", "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "The Flame")

110. Ronald, O'Kelly & Rudolph Isley - The Isley Brothers, 1960s,
("Shout!", "Nobody But Me", "It's Your Thing")

111. Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio 1960s,
("Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Walk Like A Man")

112. Donald Fagen & Walter Becker - Steely Dan, 1970s
("Reelin' in the Years", "Do It Again", "Rikki Don't Lose That Number")

113. Chrissie Hynde - Pretenders, Solo, 1970s
("Brass in Pocket", "Back on the Chain Gang", "Middle of the Road", "My City Was Gone")

114. Patti Smith 1970s
("Because the Night", "Up There Down There", "Privilege (Set Me Free)")

115. Eminem 2000s,
("Lose Yourself", "Stan")

116. Randy Newman 1970s,
("You Can Leave Your Hat On", "Mama Told Me Not To Come", "I Love L.A.")

117. Madonna 1980s,
("Like A Prayer", "Papa Don't Preach", "Vogue")

118. Bryan Ferry - Roxy Music, Solo, 1970s
("Slave To Love", "Love Is the Drug", "Street Life", "Do the Strand")

119. Bob Seger 1970s,
("Night Moves", "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man", "Against the Wind", "Mainstreet", "Beautiful Loser")

120. Harvey Fuqua - The Moonglows, Solo, 1950s,
("Sincerely", "Most Of All")

121. Eric Clapton (Cream, Derek and The Dominoes, Solo) 1970s,
("Layla", "Tears In Heaven", "Wonderful Tonight", "Hello Old Friend", "Bell Bottom Blues")

122. Chuck Willis 1950s
("There's Got to Be a Way", "It's Too Late", "Kansas City Woman", 'Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes")

123. Jump Marascalco & Bumps Blackwell 1950s,
("Long Tall Sally", "Good Golly, Miss Molly", "Reddy Teddy")

124. Neil Diamond 1960s
("I'm A Believer", "Sweet Caroline", "Red Red Wine", "Cherry, Cherry", "Solitary Man")

125. Rose Marie McCoy 1950s,
("Trying To Get To You", "Don't Be Angry")

126. Lowman Pauling - The "5" Royales, Solo, 1950s,
("Dedicated To The One I Love", "Tell The Truth", "Think")

127. Don McLean 1970s,
("American Pie", "Vincent", "Castles in the Air", "Wonderful Baby")

128. John Denver 1970s,
("Leaving On A Jet Plane", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Annie's Song", "Calypso")

129. George Michael - Wham, Solo, 1980s,
("Faith", "Father Figure", "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go")

130. Ian Gillan & Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, 1970s,
("Smoke On The Water", "Child In Time", "Highway Star")

131. Tom Petty - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1970s,
("Refugee", "Don't Do Me Like That", "American Girl")

132. Richard Barrett 1950s,
("Maybe", "So Much", "Be Sure My Love")

133. Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone & Johnny Ramone - The Ramones, 1970s,
("Blitzkrieg Bop", "I Wanna Be Sedated", "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")

134. Jay-Z 1990s,
("Hard Knock Life", "Can I Get A...", "9 Problems")

135. Robert Smith - The Cure, 1980s,
("Just Like Heaven", "Pictures Of You", "A Letter To Elise")

136. Jesse Belvin 1950s,
("Earth Angel", "Goodnight My Love", "Guess Who")

137. Carly Simon 1970s,
("You're So Vain", "Haven't Got Time For the Pain", "Anticipation", "The Right Thing to Do")

138. Lloyd Price, 1950s,
("Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)?", "Come Into My Heart")

139. Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards - Chic 1970s,
("Le Freak", "Good Times")

140. Daryl Hall & John Oates 1980s,
("Rich Girl", "She's Gone", "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)", "Everytime You Go Away")

141. Eric B & Rakim 1980s,
("Follow The Leader", "Eric B. Is President")

142. Nick Cave 1970s,
("The Mercy Seat", "Red Right Hand", "Where the Wild Roses Grow", "Into My Arms")

143. Dan Penn 1960s,
("Cry Like A Baby", "Dark End Of The Street", "Do Right Woman")

144. Robert Lamm, James Pankow, Terry Kath & Peter Cetera - Chicago, 1970s
("Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Colour My World", "Wishing You Were Here")

145. Steve Harris & Adrian Harris & Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden, 1980s,
("The Number Of The Beast", "Run To The Hills", "Hallowed Be Thy Name")

146. Deborah Harry, Chris Stein & Jimmy Destri - Blondie, 1970s,
("Heart Of Glass", "Call Me")

147. Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark & David Crosby - The Byrds, Solo, 1960s
("Eight Miles High", "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star")

148. Phil Collins - Genesis, Solo, 1980s,
("Against All Odds", "In The Air Tonight")

149. Brian Eno 1970s
("Third Uncle", "Needles In The Camel's Eye", "Cindy Tells Me")

150. Ian Curtis - Joy Division, 1970s,
("Love Will Tear Us Apart")

151. Grace Slick - Jefferson Airplane / Starship, 1970s,
("White Rabbit", "Somebody to Love", "Rejoyce", "Two Heads", )

152. John Hiatt 1980s,
("Have A Little Faith In Me", "Slow Turning", "Thing Called Love", "Riding With The King")

153. Iggy Pop - The Stooges, Solo, 1970s,
("Seek And Destroy", "Lust for Life", ""China Girl", "The Passenger", "Candy")

154. Todd Rundgren 1970s,
("I Saw The Light", "Hello It's Me", "We Gotta Get You A Woman")

155. Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen & Sammy Hagar - Van Halen, 1970s,
("Runnin' With The Devil", "Jump", "Dance The Night Away")

156. Ric Ocasek - The Cars, Solo, 1970s,
("Just What I Needed", "You Might Think", "Drive")

157. Gregg Allman & Dickie Betts - Allman Brothers Band 1970s,
("Ramblin' Man", "Whipping Post", "Midnight Rider", "Blue Sky")

158. Richard Thompson 1970s.
("Ghosts In The Wind", "Bathsheba Smiles", "Uninhabited Man", "Cooksferry Queen")

159. Ray Charles 1950s,
("Hallelujah I Love Her So", "I Got A Woman", "This Little Girl of Mine")

160. Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott & Brian Johnson - AC/DC, 1970s,
("Back In Black", "Highway To Hell", "You Shook Me All Night Long")

161. LL Cool J 1980s,
("I Need Love", "Mama Said Knock You Out")

162. Jim Croce 1970s,
("Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", "Time In A Bottle")

163. Jon Anderson, Steve Howe & Chris Squire - Yes, 1970s,
("Roundabout", "I've Seen All Good People", "And You and I", "Then")

164. Steven Stills - Buffalo Springfield / Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, 1960s-'70s
("For What It's Worth", "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", "Love The One You're With", "Colorado")

165. Nick Drake 1970s,
("Fruit Tree", "Northern Sky", "Black Eyed Dog", "River Man", "Pink Moon")

166. Marc Bolan - T-Rex, 1970s,
("(Bang A Gong) Get It On", "Mambo Sun")

167. The Notorious BIG 1990s,
("Hypnotize", "Juicy", Mo' Money Mo' Problems")

168. Frank Black - The Pixies, 1980s
("Debaser", "Here Comes Your Man", "Gigantic", "Velouria", "Dig for Fire")

169. R. Kelly 1990s,
("I Believe I Can Fly", "You Are Not Alone")

170. Melle Mel - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, 1980s
("The Message", "Survival (The Message 2)", "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)")

171. John Philips & Michelle Philips - The Mamas & The Papas, 1960s,
("California Dreamin'", "Monday, Monday", "Creeque Alley", )

172. Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, Chad Smith, Hillel Slovak - Red Hot Chilli Peppers, 1990s,
("Under The Bridge", "Give It Away", "Otherside")

173. Justin Hayward - The Moody Blues, solo, 1960s,
("Nights In White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon", "Question", "The Story In Your Eyes")

174. Paul Westerberg - The Replacements, 1980s,
("I'll Be You", "I Will Dare", "The Ledge", "When It Began", "Achin' to Be")

175. Carl Perkins 1950s,
("Blue Suede Shoes", "Daddy Sang Bass", "Honey Don't")

176. Rudy Toombs 1950s,
("Teardrops From My Eyes", "One Mint Julep")

177. Paul Weller - The Jam, The Style Council, Solo, 1980s,
("The Changingman", "Peacock Suit", "From The Floorboards Up", "It's Written In The Stars")

178. Jim Steinman 1970s - '90s
("Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Making Love Out of Nothing At All", "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad")

179. Toots Hibbert - Toots And The Maytals, 1970s,
("Do The Reggay", "Pressure Drop", "Monkey Man")

180. Gary "US" Bonds 1960s,
("Quarter To Three", "School Is Out", "New Orleans")

181. Lauryn Hill - The Fugees, Solo, 1990s,
("Doo Wop (That Thing)", "Everything Is Everything")

182. Ian Brown & John Squire - The Stone Roses, Solo, 1980s,
("Fools Gold", "I Am The Resurrection")

183. John Prine 1970s
("Some Humans Ain't Human", "Sam Stone", "The Hobo Song", "Dear Abby")

184. Nas 1990s
("One Love", "If I Ruled The World", "One Mic")

185. Jerry Garcia & Robbie Hunter - The Grateful Dead, 1960s,
("Uncle John's Band", "Casey Jones", "Touch of Grey", "Dark Star")

186. Fred Schneider, Ricky Wilson, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland - The B-52s, 1970s,
("Rock Lobster", "Love Shack", "Private Idaho")

187. Billy Corgan - Smashing Pumpkins), 1990s,
("Tonight, Tonight", "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "Cherub Rock")

188. Mack Rice 1960s,
("Mustang Sally", "Betcha Can't Kiss Me (Just One Time)", "Cheaper to Keep Her")

189. Van McCoy 1960s,
("The Hustle", "I Get The Sweetest Feeling", "Stop The Music")

190. Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits, Solo, 1980s,
("Sultans Of Swing", "Money For Nothing", "Walk Of Life", "So Far Away")

191. Arthur Alexander 1960s,
("You Better Move On", "Anna (Go To Him)", "Soldier Of Love")

192. Barry White 1970s,
("Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe", "You're The First, The Last, My Everything")

193. Ian Anderson - Jethro Tull, 1970s,
("Aqualung", "Thick As A Brick", "Locomotive Breath", "Bungle in the Jungle")

194. Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart - The Eurythmics, Solo, 1980s,
("Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", "Who's That Girl?", "Would I Lie to You?")

195. Gil Scott-Heron 1970s
("Angel Dust", "Message to the Messengers", "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised")

196. Jimmy Buffett 1970s,
("Come Monday", "Margaritaville", "Cheeseburger in Paradise", "Pencil Thin Mustache")

197. Graham Gouldman 1960s,
("For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul", "Bus Stop", "I'm Not in Love")

198. Bobby Womack 1960s,
("It's All Over Now", "Lookin' for a Love", "I'm a Midnight Mover")

199. Warren Zevon 1970s,
("Werewolves of London", "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Hasten Down the Wind", "Carmelita")

200. Robert Fripp, Peter Sinfield, Greg Lake, Michael Giles & Ian McDonald - King Crimson, 1960s
("The Court of the Crimson King", "21st Century Schizoid Man", "Lizard", "Cat Food")


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Songwriters
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Does anyone think the criteria for this list should be changed? I mean you can look at the hits but that doesn't give you an accurate view of the songwriter's skills. KISS had hit after hit but for every 2 good songs they had a turd. I believe we should look at the overall level of consistency. You can write great songs for 5 years and release turds for 25 years. Every artist releases crap but we should look at how many crap they wrote compared to the good stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Songwriters
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Does anyone think the criteria for this list should be changed? I mean you can look at the hits but that doesn't give you an accurate view of the songwriter's skills. KISS had hit after hit but for every 2 good songs they had a turd. I believe we should look at the overall level of consistency. You can write great songs for 5 years and release turds for 25 years. Every artist releases crap but we should look at how many crap they wrote compared to the good stuff.


Wouldn't that be reflected in the reputation/acclaim part of the criteria?


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Doctor_Pik_Jr wrote:
Does anyone think the criteria for this list should be changed? I mean you can look at the hits but that doesn't give you an accurate view of the songwriter's skills. KISS had hit after hit but for every 2 good songs they had a turd. I believe we should look at the overall level of consistency. You can write great songs for 5 years and release turds for 25 years. Every artist releases crap but we should look at how many crap they wrote compared to the good stuff.


I don't necessarily agree for the reasons why you want to change the requirements, but I think that they definitely need to be changed. Bob Dylan not in second place is mind-boggling. And Chuck Berry's placement in the top five is entirely undeserved.


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Doctor_Pik_Jr wrote:
Does anyone think the criteria for this list should be changed? I mean you can look at the hits but that doesn't give you an accurate view of the songwriter's skills. KISS had hit after hit but for every 2 good songs they had a turd. I believe we should look at the overall level of consistency. You can write great songs for 5 years and release turds for 25 years. Every artist releases crap but we should look at how many crap they wrote compared to the good stuff.


Wouldn't that be reflected in the reputation/acclaim part of the criteria?


No because that is linked to popularity and popularity is something which is determined by a specific time and place. One can be a great songwriter but make a certain kind of music which isn't very accessible by current standards.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Songwriters
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If this is based largely on acclaim and influence, surely the top 3 should be pretty much a lock of:

1. Lennon/McCartney
2. Dylan
3. Jagger/Richards

Brian Wilson being ahead of Dylan and Jagger/Richards just strikes me as bizarre.


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If this is based largely on acclaim and influence, surely the top 3 should be pretty much a lock of:

1. Lennon/McCartney
2. Dylan
3. Jagger/Richards

Brian Wilson being ahead of Dylan and Jagger/Richards just strikes me as bizarre.


My thoughts exactly.

Lieber / Stroller should be not far behind, with Wilson and Townshend not far behind them.


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Doctor_Pik_Jr wrote:
Brett Alan wrote:
Doctor_Pik_Jr wrote:
Does anyone think the criteria for this list should be changed? I mean you can look at the hits but that doesn't give you an accurate view of the songwriter's skills. KISS had hit after hit but for every 2 good songs they had a turd. I believe we should look at the overall level of consistency. You can write great songs for 5 years and release turds for 25 years. Every artist releases crap but we should look at how many crap they wrote compared to the good stuff.


Wouldn't that be reflected in the reputation/acclaim part of the criteria?


No because that is linked to popularity and popularity is something which is determined by a specific time and place. One can be a great songwriter but make a certain kind of music which isn't very accessible by current standards.



I don't think reputation and acclaim as defined here have anything to do with popularity. They have to do with perceived quality. How else would be determine what is "crap" if not through its lack of reputation/acclaim?

As for the rest of the thread, I agree about putting Dylan second, but I would definitely keep Berry and Wilson above Jagger/Richards. Berry's influence is huge and both are more acclaimed as songwriters than the Glimmer Twins. I think J/R are right where they belong.


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What has Chuck Berry done as a SONGWRITER to make him more acclaimed than Jagger / Richards? The most important thing about his songwriting was that he pioneered the "artist writes his own music" thing. It's big, but there are so many more deserving songwriters than Berry.


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I don't think The Beach Boys, bar one album, come close to the Stones in terms of acclaim, really. I don't think Wilson was that more pioneering either. I don't know about Berry, but I definitely think Jagger and Richards should be ahead of Brian Wilson.


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I agree there too, but I do think that Wilson deserves to be placed high.

My suggestion for top ten (surely flawed, but it's just a point of discussion):

1. Lennon / McCartney
2. Dylan
3. Jagger / Richards
4. Lieber / Stroller (the most important 50's songwriters, bar none)
5. Wilson
6. Townshend
7. Stevie Wonder
8. John / Taupin
9. Simon
10.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Songwriters
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What has Chuck Berry done as a SONGWRITER to make him more acclaimed than Jagger / Richards? The most important thing about his songwriting was that he pioneered the "artist writes his own music" thing. It's big, but there are so many more deserving songwriters than Berry.


He practically invented rock songwriting. Taking the blues basis but incorporating more pop structures and even some country influences. He was huge influence on everything on the harder/bluesier side of rock--and, ironically enough, he was a huge influence on the Stones. I can't imagine what the Stones would have sounded or written like without him.


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Except teams like Lieber / Stroller and Holland / Dozier / Holland


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sad to see my fave songwriter at 127......Don Mclean....Ah well....


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Bruce Springsteen could reach the bottom top 10... His songwritting is completely bulletproof, the music and the lyrics cooperate extremely well... Just listen to Candy's Room to see this... Thunder Road is still one of the most well writtern songs i've heard... And whether it's plain pop/rock'n'roll a la The River, distinctive mainstream like BitUSA or more advanced songwritting like BtR and DotEoT to the stripped down sound on Nebraska, he has always kept a tasteful aproach and made every aspect of the songs cooperate... and just look at the song Born To Run. The song structure goes something like intro, verse, bridge, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, solo, contrast part, instrumental section, alt. verse, bridge, chorus, coda... and it just all works flawlesly... THAT's great composing, and i hope o don't have to argue for his lyrics... Top 10 i'd say...


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