Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters

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26

1

Bob Dylan

Vocalist

54.22% (45 of 83 votes)

23

2

Paul McCartney

Vocalist

59.52% (50 of 84 votes)

18

3

John Lennon

Vocalist

63.37% (128 of 202 votes)

66

4

Chuck Berry

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

67

5

Smokey Robinson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

20

6

Mick Jagger

Vocalist

61.14% (118 of 193 votes)

35

6

Keith Richards

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

36

7

Carole King

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

65

7

Gerry Goffin

Songwriter

0% (0 of 1 votes)

41

8

Paul Simon (Rocker)

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

1

9

Joni Mitchell

Vocalists

100% (2 of 2 votes)

60

10

Stevie Wonder

Musician

36.36% (4 of 11 votes)

38

11

Bob Marley

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

39

12

Brian Wilson

Musician

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

40

13

Hank Williams

Musicians

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

62

14

Bruce Springsteen

Vocalist

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

63

15

Holland-Dozier-Holland

Songwriters

0% (0 of 0 votes)

37

16

Leonard Cohen

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

64

17

Neil Young

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

25

18

Prince

Vocalist

57.14% (4 of 7 votes)

72

19

(Jeff and Ellie) Barry and Greenwich

Songwriters

0% (0 of 0 votes)

73

20

Leiber and Stoller

Songwriters

0% (0 of 0 votes)

74

21

Lou Reed

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

2

22

Van Morrison

Vocalist

100% (2 of 2 votes)

71

23

Robert Johnson (Musician)

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

42

24

Elvis Costello

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

17

25

Randy Newman

Vocalist

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

43

26

James Brown

Vocalist

50.0% (8 of 16 votes)

69

27

Ray Davies

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

70

28

Woody Guthrie

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

3

29

Buddy Holly

Musician

100% (1 of 1 votes)

44

30

Pete Townshend

Musician

50.0% (49 of 98 votes)

45

31

Dolly Parton

Vocalist

50.0% (67 of 134 votes)

29

32

Hal David

Songwriter

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

68

32

Burt Bacharach

Composer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

80

33

Merle Haggard

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

27

34

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

50.43% (58 of 115 votes)

24

35

Bono

Vocalist

59.11% (120 of 203 votes)

81

35

The Edge (Rocker)

Songwriter

0% (0 of 0 votes)

30

36

Jerry Garcia

Musician

50.0% (5 of 10 votes)

78

36

Robert Hunter

Songwriter

0% (0 of 1 votes)

4

37

Jackson Browne

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

79

38

Al Green

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

61

39

David Bowie

Vocalist

27.27% (6 of 22 votes)

28

40

John Fogerty

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

5

41

Max Martin

Producer

100% (1 of 1 votes)

75

42

Sly Stone

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

16

43

Johnny Cash

Vocalist

75.00% (3 of 4 votes)

6

44

Jimmy Webb (Songwriter)

Songwriter

100% (1 of 1 votes)

76

45

Robbie Robertson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

34

46

Barrett Strong

Songwriter

50.0% (43 of 86 votes)

77

46

Norman Whitfield

Songwriter

0% (0 of 0 votes)

86

47

Neil Diamond

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

87

48

Elton John

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

88

48

Bernie Taupin

Songwriter

0% (0 of 0 votes)

89

49

Don Henley

Musician

0% (0 of 1 votes)

90

49

Glenn Frey

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

31

50

Billy Joel

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

83

51

Willie Dixon

Songwriter

0% (0 of 0 votes)

7

52

Notorious B.I.G.

Vocalist

100% (2 of 2 votes)

32

53

Stevie Nicks

Vocalist

50.0% (6 of 12 votes)

33

54

Kurt Cobain

Musician

50.0% (5 of 10 votes)

91

55

Tom Waits

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

49

56

Madonna (Ciccone)

Vocalist

50.0% (17 of 34 votes)

19

57

Joe Strummer

Musician

62.78% (140 of 223 votes)

21

57

Mick Jones (Clash)

Musician

60.89% (109 of 179 votes)

84

58

George Clinton (Funkmaster)

Musicians

0% (0 of 0 votes)

85

59

Tom Petty

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

59

60

Willie Nelson

Vocalist

42.86% (3 of 7 votes)

8

61

Mort Shuman

Songwriter

100% (1 of 1 votes)

82

61

Doc Pomus

Songwriter

0% (0 of 0 votes)

54

62

Harry Nilsson

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

9

63

Chrissie Hynde

Vocalist

100% (3 of 3 votes)

53

65

George Harrison

Musician

50.0% (57 of 114 votes)

110

66

Gamble and Huff

Songwriters

0% (0 of 1 votes)

51

67

Morrissey

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

112

67

John Marr

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

55

68

Jay-Z

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

105

69

James Taylor

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

106

71

Walter Becker

Musician

0% (0 of 1 votes)

107

71

Donald Fagen

Musician

0% (0 of 2 votes)

108

72

Fats Domino

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

109

72

Dave Bartholomew

Songwriter

0% (0 of 0 votes)

11

73

Jonny Greenwood

Musician

100% (1 of 1 votes)

52

73

Thom Yorke

Musician

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

92

73

Colin Greenwood

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

93

73

Ed O'Brien

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

111

73

Phil Selway

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

10

74

Patti Smith

Vocalist

100% (2 of 2 votes)

50

75

Isaac Hayes

Vocalist

50.0% (2 of 4 votes)

113

76

Loretta Lynn

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

114

77

Allen Toussaint

Songwriter

0% (0 of 1 votes)

115

78

Curtis Mayfield

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

116

79

Lucinda Williams

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

47

80

R. Kelly

Vocalist

50.0% (34 of 68 votes)

58

81

Bjork (Guomundsdottir)

Vocalist

44.44% (4 of 9 votes)

48

82

Marvin Gaye

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

94

83

Ashford and Simpson

Musicians

0% (0 of 5 votes)

56

84

Kanye West

Vocalist

47.63% (151 of 317 votes)

12

85

Mike Mills

Musician

100% (1 of 1 votes)

15

85

Michael Stipe

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

100

85

Bill Berry

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

121

85

Peter Buck

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

101

86

Sam Cooke

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

102

87

Kris Kristofferson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

103

88

Mann & Weil (Barry & Cynthia)

Songwriters

0% (0 of 1 votes)

104

90

Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds

Music Producer

0% (0 of 0 votes)

22

91

Eminem

Vocalist

60.47% (52 of 86 votes)

13

92

Paul Westerberg

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

14

93

Billie Joe Armstrong

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

95

94

John Prine

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

96

95

Barry Gibb

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

97

95

Robin Gibb

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

98

95

Maurice Gibb

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

46

96

Missy Elliott

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

99

96

Timbaland

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

57

97

Taylor Swift

Vocalist

46.05% (163 of 354 votes)

117

98

Otis Blackwell

Songwriter

0% (0 of 1 votes)

118

99

Tom T. Hall

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

119

100

Bjorn Ulvaeus

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

120

100

Benny Andersson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)