Saturday, December 7, 2019

Top 100 Songwriters of the Rock Era

First posted 7/1/2010; updated 12/7/2019.

This list was originally posted on the Dave’s Music Database Facebook page on July 1, 2010 and then updated on March 9, 2012, aggregating 36 different sources (see resources at bottom of page).

Despite attempts to gather a wide variety of lists, the emphasis of the lists still heavily largely on singer/songwriters from the rock era, giving short shrift to Broadway, early 20th century writers, and classical composers. As such, I have created two other lists – Composers from Broadway and the Early 20th Century and The Top 50 Classical Composers. However, here’s the list of rock-era songwriters:

Bob Dylan

The Top 100 Songwriters of the Rock Era

1. Bob Dylan
2. John Lennon/ Paul McCartney
3. Paul Simon
4. Bruce Springsteen
5. Pete Townshend
6. Neil Young
7. Mick Jagger/ Keith Richards
8. Elton John/ Bernie Taupin
9. Joni Mitchell
10. David Bowie

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

11. Leonard Cohen
12. Brian Wilson
13. Carole King
14. Led Zeppelin: John Bonham/ John Paul Jones/ Jimmy Page/ Robert Plant
15. Ray Davies
16. Sting
17. Stevie Wonder
18. Pink Floyd: Syd Barrett/ David Gilmour/ Nick Mason/ Roger Waters/ Richard Wright
19. Chuck Berry
20. Van Morrison

Paul Simon

21. Tom Waits
22. Billy Joel
23. Jerry Leiber/ Mike Stoller
24. Kurt Cobain
25. U2: Bono/ Adam Clayton/ The Edge/ Larry Mullen, Jr.
26. Elvis Costello
27. Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/ Eddie Holland
Burt Bacharach/ Hal David 28.
29. Smokey Robinson
30. James Taylor

Bruce Springsteen, image from reelworldtheology.com

31. John Fogerty
32. Jim Morrison
33. Lou Reed
34. Morrissey
35. Kris Kristofferson
36. Don Henley
37. Bob Marley
38. Prince
39. Gerry Goffin
40. Queen: John Deacon/ Brian May/ Freddie Mercury/ Roger Taylor

Pete Townshend, image from guitarplayer.com

41. Dolly Parton
42. Michael Jackson
43. Nick Cave
44. Jackson Browne
45. Randy Newman
46. Peter Gabriel
47. Kenneth Gamble/ Leon Huff
48. R.E.M.: Peter Buck/ Bill Berry/ Mike Mills/ Michael Stipe
49. Buddy Holly
50. Neil Diamond

Neil Young, imge from Samuel sounds blog

51. Eric Clapton
52. Barry Mann/ Cynthia Weil
53. Roy Orbison
54. Jeff Barry/ Ellie Greenwich
55. Doc Pomus/ Mort Shuman
56. Joe Strummer/ Mick Jones
57. Willie Nelson
58. George Harrison
59. Glenn Frey
60. James Brown

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, image from art.com

61. Thom Yorke/ Jonny Greenwood
62. Little Richard
63. Eddie Vedder
64. Cat Stevens
65. The Bee Gees: Barry Gibb/ Maurice Gibb/ Robin Gibb
66. David Crosby
67. Isaac Hayes/ David Porter
68. Neil Sedaka
69. Jimmy Webb
70. Paul Anka

Elton John and Bernie Taupin

71. David Byrne
72. Curtis Mayfield
73. Boudleaux Bryant/Felice Bryant
74. Lionel Richie
75. Stevie Nicks
76. Carly Simon
77. Noel Gallagher
78. Diane Warren
79. Al Green
80. Phil Collins

Joni Mitchell

81. Robbie Robertson
82. Sam Cooke
83. Loretta Lynn
84. Otis Redding
85. Chuck D
86. Fats Domino/ Dave Bartholomew
87. Tom Petty
88. Chrissie Hynde
89. Frank Zappa
90. Barry Manilow

David Bowie

91. Jim Croce
92. Otis Blackwell
93. Beck
94. Phil Spector
95. Patti Smith
96. Jimi Hendrix
97. Paul Westerberg
98. Richard Thompson
99. Marvin Gaye
100. John Mayer


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Top 50 Composers from Broadway and the Early 20th Century

First posted 3/22/2012; updated 12/7/2019.

This list was first posted on March 22, 2012 in honor of the births of two of Broadway’s most celebrated composers (Stephen Sondheim: March 22, 1930; Andrew Lloyd Webber: March 22, 1948). This list focused on the top composers from Broadway and the early 20th century. A separate list produced around the same time focused on The Top 100 Songwriters of the Rock Era. Without further ado:
The Top 50 Composers from Broadway and the Early 20th Century

George Gershwin, image from bbc.com

1. George Gershwin
2. Richard Rodgers
3. Stephen Sondheim
4. Andrew Lloyd Webber
5. Oscar Hammerstein II

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

6. Irving Berlin
7. Cole Porter
8. Leonard Bernstein
9. Jerry Herman
10. Alan Jay Lerner

Stephen Sondheim

11. Tim Rice
12. Frederick Loewe
13. Cy Coleman
14. Frank Loesser
15. Stephen Schwartz

Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice

16. Jerome Kern
17. Sheldon Harnick
18. John Kander
19. Charles Strouse
20. Lee Adams

Irving Berlin

21. Marvin Hamlisch
22. Harold Arlen
23. Jerry Bock
24. Betty Comden
25. Adolph Green

Cole Porter, image from pbs.org

26. Jule Styne
27. Ira Gershwin
28. Richard Adler
29. Jerry Ross
30. Fred Ebb

Leonard Bernstein, image from npr.org

31. Woody Guthrie
32. Lorenz Hart
33. E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
34. John Phillip Sousa
35. Burton Lane

Jerry Herman, image from theargyros.org

36. Harold Rome
37. Kurt Weill
38. Johnny Mercer
39. Bob Merrill
40. Noel Coward

Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe

41. George M. Cohan
42. Alan Menken
43. Richard Sherman
44. Robert Sherman
45. Dorothy Fields

Jerome Kern, image from discogs.com

46. Pete Seeger
47. Jonathan Larson
48. Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter
49. Fats Waller
50. Irving Caesar


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Carole King: Top 50 Songs

First posted 12/4/2019; updated 12/7/2019.

Singer/songwriter and pianist born Carole Joan Klein on 2/9/1942 in Manhattan, NY. Married lyricist Gerry Goffin in 1958; they wrote a number of hits together as part of the famous Brill Building team. Divorced in 1968. She recorded her first solo album in 1970 and became a Grammy darling the next year with four awards. Her album, Tapestry, is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 50 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. This list includes songs both written and sung by King. The recording artist is noted in parentheses. Songs which hit #1 on these charts are noted: United States Billboard Hot 100 pop chart (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard adult contemporary (AC), Billboard R&B (RB), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), Canadian pop charts (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. It’s Too Late (King, 1971) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
2. The Loco-Motion (Little Eva, 1962) #1 US, CB, HR, RB, CN
3. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles, 1960) #1 US, CB
4. You’ve Got a Friend (James Taylor, 1971) #1 US, CB

DMDB Top 5%:

5. You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin, 1967)
6. Up on the Roof (The Drifters, 1962)
7. Take Good Care of My Baby (Bobby Vee, 1961) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
8. I Feel the Earth Move (King, 1971) #1 US, HR
9. One Fine Day (The Chiffons, 1963)
10. Go Away, Little Girl (Steve Lawrence, 1962) #1 US, CB, HR
11. The Loco-Motion (Grand Funk Railroad, 1974) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

12. Pleasant Valley Sunday (The Monkees, 1967) #1 CN
13. Go Away, Little Girl (Donny Osmond, 1971) #1 US, CB, CN
14. The Loco-Motion (Kylie Minogue, 1987) #1 AU
15. I’m into Something Good (Herman’s Hermits, 1964) #1 UK
16. You’ve Got a Friend (King, 1971)
17. So Far Away (King, 1971)
18. It Might As Well Rain Until September (King, 1962)

DMDB Top 20%:

19. Jazzman (King, 1974) #1 CB, HR
20. Up on the Roof (James Taylor, 1979)

21. Don’t Bring Me Down (The Animals, 1966)
22. Just Once in My Life (The Righteous Brothers, 1965)
23. Porpoise Song (The Monkees, 1968)
24. Nightingale (King, 1974) #1 AC
25. Sweet Seasons (King, 1971)
26. Only Love Is Real (King, 1975) #1 AC
27. Hey Girl (Donny Osmond, 1971)
28. Crying in the Rain (The Everly Brothers, 1962)
29. Been to Canaan (King, 1972) #1 AC
30. You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (King, 1971)

31. Hi-De-Ho (Blood, Sweat & Tears; 1970)
32. One Fine Day (King, 1980)
33. Every Breath I Take (Gene Pitney, 1961)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

34. Corazón (King, 1973)
35. Believe in Humanity (King, 1973)
36. Crying in the Rain (aha, 1990)
37. Goin’ Back (The Byrds, 1967)
38. I Feel the Earth Move (Martika, 1989)
39. I Can’t Hear You No More (Helen Reddy, 1976) #1 AC
40. He’s a Bad Boy (King, 1963)

41. Hard Rock Café (King, 1977)
42. You Light Up My Life (King, 1973)
43. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (King, 1971)
44. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Dave Mason, 1978)
45. Some Kind of Wonderful (The Drifters, 1961)
46. When My Little Girl Is Smiling (The Drifters, 1962)
47. It’s Going to Take Some Time (Carpenters, 1972)
48. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (Little Eva, 1962)
49. Her Royal Majesty (James Darren, 1962)
50. Halfway to Paradise (Billy Fury, 1961)


Awards:



Gerry Goffin: Top 50 Songs

First posted 12/7/2019.

image from Rhino.com

Pop songwriter born 2/11/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 6/9/2014. Married singer/songwriter Carole King in 1958. Wrote a number of hit songs together as one of the famous Brill Buiding teams. Divorced in 1968. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 50 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. This list includes songs both written and sung by King. The recording artist is noted in parentheses. Songs which hit #1 on these charts are noted: United States Billboard Hot 100 pop chart (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard adult contemporary (AC), Billboard R&B (RB), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), Canadian pop charts (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. The Loco-Motion (Little Eva, 1962) #1 US, CB, HR, RB, CN
2. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles, 1960) #1 US, CB

DMDB Top 5%:

3. You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin, 1967)
4. Up on the Roof (The Drifters, 1962)
5. Take Good Care of My Baby (Bobby Vee, 1961) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
6. Saving All My Love for You (Whitney Houston, 1985) #1 US, #1 AC, #1 RB, #1 UK
7. Do You Know Where I’m Going To (Theme from “Mahogany”) (Diana Ross, 1975) #1 US, #1 CB, #1 HR, #1 AC
8. One Fine Day (The Chiffons, 1963)
9. Go Away, Little Girl (Steve Lawrence, 1962) #1 US, CB, HR
10. The Loco-Motion (Grand Funk Railroad, 1974) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

11. The Loco-Motion (Kylie Minogue, 1987) #1 AU
12. Pleasant Valley Sunday (The Monkees, 1967) #1 CN
13. Go Away, Little Girl (Donny Osmond, 1971) #1 US, CB, CN
14. Tonight I Celebrate My Love for You (Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack, 1983)
15. I’m into Something Good (Herman’s Hermits, 1964) #1 UK

DMDB Top 20%:

16. Someone That I Used to Love (Natalie Cole, 1980)
17. Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You (Glenn Medeiros, 1987)
18. Up on the Roof (James Taylor, 1979)
19. Don’t Bring Me Down (The Animals, 1966)
20. Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp Bomp Bomp (Barry Mann, 1961)

21. Just Once in My Life (The Righteous Brothers, 1965)
22. Miss You Like Crazy (Natalie Cole, 1989)
23. Porpoise Song (The Monkees, 1968)
24. I’ve Got to Use My Imagination (Gladys Knight & the Pips, 1973)
25. Hey Girl (Donny Osmond, 1971)
26. One Fine Day (King, 1980)
27. So Sad the Song (Gladys Knight & the Pips, 1976)
28. You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (King, 1971)
29. Hi-De-Ho (Blood, Sweat & Tears; 1970)
30. Every Breath I Take (Gene Pitney, 1961)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

31. Goin’ Back (The Byrds, 1967)
32. I Can’t Hear You No More (Helen Reddy, 1976) #1 AC
33. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Carole King, 1971)
34. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Dave Mason, 1978)
35. Some Kind of Wonderful (The Drifters, 1961)
36. When My Little Girl Is Smiling (The Drifters, 1962)
37. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (Little Eva, 1962)
38. Her Royal Majesty (James Darren, 1962)
39. Halfway to Paradise (Billy Fury, 1961)
40. I Can’t Stay Mad at You (Skeeter Davis, 1963)

41. Oh No, Not My Baby (Maxine Brown, 1964) 42. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Bryan Ferry, 1993)
43. Up on the Roof (Carole King, 1970)
44. Is This What I Get for Loving You (The Ronettes, 1965)
45. Chains (The Cookies, 1962)
46. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (The Four Seasons, 1968)
47. Sharing You (Bobby Vee, 1962)
48. How Many Tears (Bobby Vee, 1961)
49. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Linda Ronstadt, 1970)
50. Run to Him (Bobby Vee, 1961)


Awards:



Cynthia Weil: Top 30 Songs

First posted 12/7/2019.

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Songwriter born 10/18/1940 in New York City, NY. Worked frequently with Barry Mann, whom she married in 1961. Their song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” as recorded by the Righteous Brothers, is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 30 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. This list includes songs both written and sung by King. The recording artist is noted in parentheses. Songs which hit #1 on these charts are noted: United States Billboard Hot 100 pop chart (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard adult contemporary (AC), Billboard R&B (RB), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), Canadian pop charts (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (The Righteous Brothers, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, UK, CN

DMDB Top 5%:

2. On Broadway (The Drifters, 1963)
3. Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton, 1977) #1 CW
4. You’re My Soul and Inspiration (The Righteous Brothers, 1966) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
5. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Animals, 1965)
6. Don’t Know Much (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville, 1989) #1 AC
7. Somewhere Out There (Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram, 1986)
8. On Broadway (George Benson, 1978)

DMDB Top 10%:

9. He’s So Shy (The Pointer Sisters, 1980)
10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Daryl Hall & John Oates, 1980)
11. Running with the Night (Lionel Richie, 1983)
12. If Ever You’re in My Arms Again (Peabo Bryson, 1984)
13. Love Will Conquer All (Lionel Richie, 1986)
14. Saturday Night at the Movies (The Drifters, 1964)
15. Never Gonna Let You Go (Sergio Mendes, 1983)

DMDB Top 20%:

16. All of You (Julio Iglesias & Diana Ross, 1984)
17. He’s Sure the Boy I Love (The Crystals, 1962)
18. Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1966) #1 CN
19. Somewhere Down the Road (Barry Manilow, 1981) #1 AC
20. Just Once (Quincy Jones & James Ingram, 1981)
21. Hungry (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1966)
22. Uptown (The Crystals, 1962)
23. Walking in the Rain (The Ronettes, 1964)
24. Baby Come and Get It (The Pointer Sisters, 1983)
25. I’ll Take You Home (The Drifters, 1963)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

26. Blame It on the Bossa Nova (Eydie Gorme, 1963)
27. Conscience (James Darren, 1962)
28. Where Have You Been All My Life (Arthur Alexander, 1962)
29. Bless You (Tony Orlando, 1961)
30. So Long Dixie (Blood, Sweat & Tears; 1972)


Awards:


Friday, December 6, 2019

Barry Mann: Top 30 Songs

First posted 12/6/2019.

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Rock songwriter born Barry Imberman on 2/9/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Often worked with Cynthia Weil, whom he married in 1961. Their song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” as recorded by the Righteous Brothers, is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 30 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. This list includes songs both written and sung by King. The recording artist is noted in parentheses. Songs which hit #1 on these charts are noted: United States Billboard Hot 100 pop chart (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard adult contemporary (AC), Billboard R&B (RB), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), Canadian pop charts (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (The Righteous Brothers, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, UK, CN

DMDB Top 5%:

2. On Broadway (The Drifters, 1963)
3. Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton, 1977) #1 CW
4. Sometimes When We Touch (Dan Hill, 1977) #1 CN
5. You’re My Soul and Inspiration (The Righteous Brothers, 1966) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
6. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Animals, 1965)
7. Don’t Know Much (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville, 1989) #1 AC
8. Somewhere Out There (Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram, 1986)
9. On Broadway (George Benson, 1978)
10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Daryl Hall & John Oates, 1980)

DMDB Top 10%:

11. I Love How You Love Me (Paris Sisters, 1961)
12. Saturday Night at the Movies (The Drifters, 1964)
13. Never Gonna Let You Go (Sergio Mendes, 1983)

DMDB Top 20%:

14. He’s Sure the Boy I Love (The Crystals, 1962)
15. Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1966) #1 CN
16. Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp Bomp Bomp (Barry Man, 1961) #1 CN
17. Just Once (Quincy Jones & James Ingram, 1981)
18. Hungry (Paul Revere & the Raiders, 1966)
19. Uptown (The Crystals, 1962)
20. Walking in the Rain (The Ronettes, 1964)
21. How Much Love (Leo Sayer, 1977)
22. Baby Come and Get It (The Pointer Sisters, 1983)
23. I’ll Take You Home (The Drifters, 1963)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

24. Blame It on the Bossa Nova (Eydie Gorme, 1963)
25. Conscience (James Darren, 1962)
26. Where Have You Been All My Life (Arthur Alexander, 1962)
27. Bless You (Tony Orlando, 1961)
28. So Long Dixie (Blood, Sweat & Tears; 1972)
29. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ (Elvis Presley, 1970)
30. I Will Come to You (Hanson, 1997)


Awards: