Songwriters of the Rock Era:
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.
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Bob Dylan, image from cnn.com
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
11. Leonard Cohen
Paul Simon, image from morethings.com
21. Tom Waits
Bruce Springsteen, image from reelworldtheology.com
31. John Fogerty
Pete Townshend, image from guitarplayer.com
41. Dolly Parton
Neil Young, image from Samuel sounds blog
51. Eric Clapton
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, image from art.com
61. Thom Yorke/ Jonny Greenwood
First posted 7/1/2010; last updated 1/26/2022.