Paste Magazine's 100 Best Living Songwriters [2006]

Entertainment: Music Paste Magazine

## 100. T Bone Burnett ## 99. Andre Benjamin & Antwan Patton (Outkast) ## 98. Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) ## 97. Josh Ritter ## 96. Jimmy Cliff ## 95. Patti Smith ## 94. Sam Phillips ## 93. Joseph Arthur ## 92. Alejandro Escovedo ## 91. Drive By Truckers (Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Jason Isbell) ## 90. Nick Cave ## 89. Victoria Williams ## 88. Parliament (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell) ## 87. Lyle Lovett ## 86. Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) ## 85. David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) ## 84. John Linnel & John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants) ## 83. Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie) ## 82. John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) ## 81. Wayne Coyne & Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips) ## 80. Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason) ## 79. Stephen Malkmus (Pavement, Silver Jews) ## 78. Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) ## 77. Bruce Cockburn ## 76. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Palace Music, etc.) ## 75. Ron Sexsmith ## 74. Linford Detweiler & Karin Bergquist (Over the Rhine) ## 73. Julie Miller ## 72. Michael Jackson ## 71. Vic Chesnutt ## 70. Alex Chilton (Big Star, The Box Tops) ## 69. Merle Haggard ## 68. Allen Tousaint ## 67. Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) ## 66. Charles Thompson (aka Frank Black, Black Francis) (Pixies) ## 65. Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love) ## 64. Andy Partridge (XTC, Dukes of Stratosphear) ## 63. Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention) ## 62. Sting (The Police) ## 61. John Hiatt ## 60. Jimmy Webb ## 59. Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs) ## 58. Sly Stone (Sly & the Family Stone) ## 57. Morrissey (The Smiths) ## 56. James Brown ## 55. Dolly Parton ## 54. Aimee Mann ## 53. James Taylor ## 52. Paul Westerberg (The Replacements) ## 51. Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham ## 50. Public Enemy (Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler, et al) ## 49. Cat Stevens ## 48. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings ## 47. Sufjan Stevens ## 46. David Byrne (Talking Heads) ## 45. Jackson Browne ## 44. Al Green ## 43. Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown) ## 42. Loretta Lynn ## 41. Ray Davies (The Kinks) ## 40. Burt Bacharach & Hal David 39. Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) ## 38. Kris Kristofferson ## 37. Smokey Robinson ## 36. Beck Hansen ## 35. Steve Earle ## 34. John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) ## 33. Pete Townshend (The Who) ## 32. Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller ## 31. Carole King ## 30. John Prine ## 29. Tom Petty ## 28. Robbie Robertson (The Band) ## 27. Radiohead (Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway) ## 26. R.E.M. (Peter Buck, Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe) ## 25. Chuck Berry ## 24. Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Golden Smog, Loose Fur, etc.) ## 23. Elton John & Bernie Taupin ## 22. Lucinda Williams ## 21. Lou Reed (Velvet Underground) ## 20. Van Morrison ## 19. Patty Griffin ## 18. U2 (Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton) ## 17. Holland-Dozier-Holland ## 16. David Bowie ## 15. Willie Nelson ## 14. Stevie Wonder ## 13. Paul Simon ## 12. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) ## 11. Randy Newman ## 10. Prince ## 9. Joni Mitchell ## 8. Elvis Costello ## 7. Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) ## 6. Leonard Cohen ## 5. Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings) ## 4. Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan ## 3. Bruce Springsteen ## 2. Neil Young (Buffalo Sprinfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) ## 1. Bob Dylan **** Missing: * 4 Kathleen Brennan * 19 Patty Griffin * 24 Jeff Tweedy * 30 John Prine * 32 Jerry Leiber * 32 Mike Stoller * 39 Hal David * 48 David Rawlings * 48 Gillian Welch * 51 Dan Penn * 51 Spooner Oldham * 61 John Hiatt * 64 Andy Partridge * 65 Bill Mallonee * 66 Charles Thompson * 67 Conor Oberst * 68 Allen Tousaint * 73 Julie Miller * 74 Karin Bergquist * 74 Linford Detweiler * 75 Ron Sexsmith * 76 Will Oldham * 78 Robert Pollard * 81 Steven Drozd * 81 Wayne Coyne * 85 David Bazan * 86 Sam Beam * 91 Drive By Truckers * 92 Alejandro Escovedo * 93 Joseph Arthur * 97 Josh Ritter * 98 Jay Farrar * 99 Andre Benjamin * 99 Antwan Patton * 100 T Bone Burnett

This Category is Ranked. Sort by Ranking Based on Votes by clicking on Vote Ranking. Sort by the Collection's Ranking by clicking on List Ranking.

Vote RankingList Ranking  

21

1

Bob Dylan

Vocalist

54.22% (45 of 83 votes)

76

2

Neil Young

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

42

3

Bruce Springsteen

Vocalist

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

77

4

Tom Waits

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

17

5

Paul McCartney

Vocalist

59.52% (50 of 84 votes)

34

6

Leonard Cohen

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

37

7

Brian Wilson

Musician

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

26

8

Elvis Costello

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

3

9

Joni Mitchell

Vocalists

100% (2 of 2 votes)

19

10

Prince

Vocalist

57.14% (4 of 7 votes)

12

11

Randy Newman

Vocalist

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

16

12

Mick Jagger

Vocalist

61.14% (118 of 193 votes)

28

12

Keith Richards

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

31

13

Paul Simon (Rocker)

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

40

14

Stevie Wonder

Musician

36.36% (4 of 11 votes)

39

15

Willie Nelson

Vocalist

42.86% (3 of 7 votes)

41

16

David Bowie

Vocalist

27.27% (6 of 22 votes)

84

17

Holland-Dozier-Holland

Songwriters

0% (0 of 0 votes)

25

18

U2

Musicians

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

51

19

Patty Griffin

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

7

20

Van Morrison

Vocalist

100% (2 of 2 votes)

56

21

Lou Reed

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

54

22

Lucinda Williams

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

48

23

Elton John

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

63

23

Bernie Taupin

Songwriter

0% (0 of 0 votes)

45

24

Jeff Tweedy

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

74

25

Chuck Berry

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

80

26

R.E.M.

Musicians

0% (0 of 1 votes)

30

27

Radiohead

Musicians

50.0% (2 of 4 votes)

67

28

Robbie Robertson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

59

29

Tom Petty

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

52

30

John Prine

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

27

31

Carole King

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

47

32

Leiber and Stoller

Songwriters

0% (0 of 0 votes)

32

33

Pete Townshend

Musician

50.0% (49 of 98 votes)

36

34

John Fogerty

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

68

35

Steve Earle

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

14

36

Beck

Vocalist

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

64

37

Smokey Robinson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

70

38

Kris Kristofferson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

24

39

Hal David

Songwriter

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

57

39

Burt Bacharach

Composer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

15

40

Led Zeppelin

Musicians

61.54% (8 of 13 votes)

65

41

Ray Davies

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

55

42

Loretta Lynn

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

53

43

Ryan Adams

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

75

44

Al Green

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

2

45

Jackson Browne

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

13

46

David Byrne

Musicians

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

60

47

Sufjan Stevens

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

83

48

David Rawlings

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

1

49

Cat Stevens

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

58

50

Public Enemy

Musicians

0% (0 of 0 votes)

4

52

Paul Westerberg

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

79

53

James Taylor

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

44

54

Aimee Mann

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

29

55

Dolly Parton

Vocalist

50.0% (67 of 134 votes)

23

56

James Brown

Vocalist

50.0% (8 of 16 votes)

35

57

Morrissey

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

71

58

Sly Stone

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

11

59

Jack White

Musician

69.32% (348 of 502 votes)

8

60

Jimmy Webb (Songwriter)

Songwriter

100% (1 of 1 votes)

86

61

John Hiatt

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

18

62

Sting (Vocalist)

Vocalist

58.62% (51 of 87 votes)

85

63

Richard Thompson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

88

68

Allen Toussaint

Songwriter

0% (0 of 1 votes)

73

69

Merle Haggard

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

66

70

Alex Chilton

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

46

71

Vic Chesnutt

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

22

72

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

50.43% (58 of 115 votes)

9

77

Bruce Cockburn

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

78

79

Stephen Malkmus

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

38

80

Pink Floyd

Musicians

48.43% (108 of 223 votes)

6

82

John Darnielle

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

72

83

Fleetwood Mac

Musicians

0% (0 of 0 votes)

61

84

John Flansburgh

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

62

84

John Linnell

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

43

87

Lyle Lovett

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

10

88

Bootsy Collins

Musician

100% (1 of 1 votes)

33

88

Parliament-Funkadelic

Musicians

50.0% (5 of 10 votes)

82

88

Bernie Worrell

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

89

88

George Clinton (Funkmaster)

Musicians

0% (0 of 0 votes)

87

89

Victoria Williams

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

20

90

Nick Cave

Vocalist

55.56% (5 of 9 votes)

50

91

Jason Isbell

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

81

94

Sam Phillips (Male)

Music Producer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

5

95

Patti Smith

Vocalist

100% (2 of 2 votes)

69

96

Jimmy Cliff

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

49

100

T-Bone Burnett

Music Producer

0% (0 of 0 votes)