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  

11

1

Bob Dylan

Vocalist

57.28% (59 of 103 votes)

12

2

Neil Young

Vocalist

57.08% (129 of 226 votes)

9

3

Bruce Springsteen

Vocalist

62.79% (81 of 129 votes)

43

4

Tom Waits

Musician

16.67% (1 of 6 votes)

14

5

Paul McCartney

Vocalist

56.07% (97 of 173 votes)

10

6

Leonard Cohen

Vocalist

60.0% (6 of 10 votes)

45

7

Brian Wilson

Musician

12.50% (1 of 8 votes)

8

8

Elvis Costello

Vocalist

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

39

9

Joni Mitchell

Vocalists

30.0% (6 of 20 votes)

18

10

Prince

Vocalist

54.55% (36 of 66 votes)

65

11

Randy Newman

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

20

12

Keith Richards

Vocalist

54.29% (95 of 175 votes)

22

12

Mick Jagger

Vocalist

54.00% (54 of 100 votes)

50

13

Paul Simon (Rocker)

Vocalist

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

13

14

Stevie Wonder

Musician

56.55% (95 of 168 votes)

47

15

Willie Nelson

Vocalist

9.38% (3 of 32 votes)

17

16

David Bowie

Vocalist

55.38% (103 of 186 votes)

81

17

Holland-Dozier-Holland

Songwriters

0% (0 of 0 votes)

36

18

U2

Musicians

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

2

19

Patty Griffin

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

7

20

Van Morrison

Vocalist

66.67% (4 of 6 votes)

4

21

Lou Reed

Musician

89.47% (17 of 19 votes)

53

22

Lucinda Williams

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

21

23

Elton John

Musician

54.10% (33 of 61 votes)

77

23

Bernie Taupin

Songwriter

0% (0 of 1 votes)

61

24

Jeff Tweedy

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

70

25

Chuck Berry

Vocalist

0% (0 of 9 votes)

24

26

R.E.M.

Musicians

53.29% (89 of 167 votes)

35

27

Radiohead

Musicians

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

74

28

Robbie Robertson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 3 votes)

44

29

Tom Petty

Vocalist

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)

64

30

John Prine

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

52

31

Carole King

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

63

32

Leiber and Stoller

Songwriters

0% (0 of 1 votes)

19

33

Pete Townshend

Musician

54.41% (37 of 68 votes)

80

34

John Fogerty

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

41

35

Steve Earle

Musician

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

59

36

Beck

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

78

37

Smokey Robinson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

40

38

Kris Kristofferson

Vocalist

30.0% (3 of 10 votes)

37

39

Hal David

Songwriter

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

56

39

Burt Bacharach

Composer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

23

40

Led Zeppelin

Musicians

53.49% (69 of 129 votes)

79

41

Ray Davies

Vocalist

0% (0 of 3 votes)

49

42

Loretta Lynn

Vocalist

5.88% (1 of 17 votes)

51

43

Ryan Adams

Musician

5.26% (1 of 19 votes)

66

44

Al Green

Vocalist

0% (0 of 6 votes)

38

45

Jackson Browne

Vocalist

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

55

46

David Byrne

Musicians

0% (0 of 1 votes)

32

47

Sufjan Stevens

Vocalist

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

60

49

Cat Stevens

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

5

50

Public Enemy

Musicians

75.00% (3 of 4 votes)

54

52

Paul Westerberg

Vocalist

0% (0 of 3 votes)

46

53

James Taylor

Vocalist

10.81% (4 of 37 votes)

58

54

Aimee Mann

Musician

0% (0 of 3 votes)

30

55

Dolly Parton

Vocalist

49.87% (199 of 399 votes)

31

56

James Brown

Vocalist

48.65% (18 of 37 votes)

33

57

Morrissey

Vocalist

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

34

58

Sly Stone

Vocalist

33.33% (3 of 9 votes)

16

59

Jack White

Musician

55.56% (60 of 108 votes)

73

60

Jimmy Webb (Songwriter)

Songwriter

0% (0 of 1 votes)

26

61

John Hiatt

Musician

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

15

62

Sting (Vocalist)

Vocalist

55.84% (86 of 154 votes)

82

63

Richard Thompson

Vocalist

0% (0 of 4 votes)

27

68

Allen Toussaint

Songwriter

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

69

69

Merle Haggard

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

48

70

Alex Chilton

Vocalist

8.33% (3 of 36 votes)

62

71

Vic Chesnutt

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

25

72

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

53.13% (195 of 367 votes)

84

77

Bruce Cockburn

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

72

79

Stephen Malkmus

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

42

80

Pink Floyd

Musicians

20.0% (2 of 10 votes)

28

82

John Darnielle

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

68

83

Fleetwood Mac

Musicians

0% (0 of 3 votes)

3

84

John Linnell

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

76

84

John Flansburgh

Vocalist

0% (0 of 5 votes)

57

87

Lyle Lovett

Vocalist

0% (0 of 0 votes)

75

88

Parliament-Funkadelic

Musicians

0% (0 of 1 votes)

85

88

George Clinton (Funkmaster)

Musicians

0% (0 of 7 votes)

86

88

Bootsy Collins

Musician

0% (0 of 5 votes)

87

88

Bernie Worrell

Musician

0% (0 of 0 votes)

88

89

Victoria Williams

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

6

90

Nick Cave

Vocalist

75.00% (3 of 4 votes)

1

91

Jason Isbell

Vocalist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

67

94

Sam Phillips (Male)

Music Producer

0% (0 of 11 votes)

71

95

Patti Smith

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

83

96

Jimmy Cliff

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

29

100

T-Bone Burnett

Music Producer

50.0% (2 of 4 votes)