Thursday, May 25, 2006

Bob, Neil and Bruce

Play it: 100 Best Living Songwriters (Paste Magazine)
Play it: Wish You Were Here (gone, but not forgotten)

Paste Magazine just published their special collectors issue featuring the 100 Best Living Songwriters list. Compiled by 50 some musicians and writers, the list doesn't have too many big surprises, and while I'd have some minor quibbles with where some folks got placed (Pedro the Lion's David Bazan ahead of Iron & Wine's Sam Beam?) it's a sound list. Leading the charge is Bob, followed by Neil and Bruce (the full list here.) Jagger/Richards fall in at 12, which begs for another playlist: 10 Best Hard Living Songwriters.

Paste also included small sidebars throughout the list of who we're missing from those in songwriter's heaven (Wish You Were Here,) which makes a nice Memorial day playlist.

Should be on newstands now... worth picking up if for no other reason then the classic Bob photo on the cover.

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Shawn Anderson said...

1. Bob Dylan - "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
2. Neil Young (Buffalo Springfield, CSN&Y, and w/ Crazy Horse) - " Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere"
3. Bruce Springsteen - "Blinded By The Light"
4. Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan - "Innocent When You Dream (78)"
5. Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings) - "Fine Line"
6. Leonard Cohen - "Suzanne
7. Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) "Heroes and Villains"
8. Elvis Costello - "Alison (live)"
9. Joni Mitchell - "Big Yellow Taxi"
10. Prince (also under various aliases) - "If I Was Your Girlfriend"
11. Randy Newman - "Sail Away"
12. The Rolling Stones (Jagger/Richards) - "Gimme Shelter"
13. Paul Simon - "I Do It For Your Love"
14. Stevie Wonder - "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)"
15. Willie Nelson - "Crazy"
16. David Bowie - "The Man Who Sold The World"
17. Holland-Dozier-Holland - -"Come See About Me" (Diana Ross & The Supremes)
18. U2 (Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullins Jr., Adam Clayton) - "With Or Without You"
19. Patty Griffin - "Flaming Red"
20. Van Morrison (Them) - "Sweet Thing"
21. Lou Reed (Velvet Underground) - "Walk On The Wild Side"
22. Lucinda Williams - "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road"
23. Elton John & Bernie Taupin - " My Father's Gun"
24. Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) - "Sunken Treasure"
25. Chuck Berry - "Thirty Days"
26. R.E.M. (Peter Buck, Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe) - "Fall On Me"
27. Radiohead (Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway) - "No Surprises"
28. Robbie Robertson (The Band) - "The Weight The Band"
29. Tom Petty (The Hearbreakers) - "American Girl"
30. John Prine - "Angel From Montgomery"
31. Carole King - "So Far Away"
32. Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller - "Hound Dog" (Big Mama Thornton)
33. Pete Townshend (The Who) - "My Generation"
34. John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) - "Fortunate Son"
35. Steve Earle - "Goodbye"
36. Beck - "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)"
37. Smokey Robinson (& the Miracles) - " You've Really Got A Hold On Me"
38. Kris Kristofferson - "Sunday Morning' Comin' Down"
39. Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) - "Ten Years Gone" (Led Zepagain )
40. Burt Bacharach & Hal David - "Walk On By"
41. Ray Davies (The Kinks) - "20th Century Man"
42. Loretta Lynn - "You Ain't Woman Enough"
43. Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown) - "Come Pick Me Up"
44. Al Green - Let's Stay Together"
45. Jackson Browne - "These Days"
46. David Byrne (Talking Heads) - "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
47. Sufjan Stevens - "Jacksonville "
48. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings - " I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll"
49. Cat Stevens - "Father And Son"
50. Public Enemy (Chuck D., Flavor Flav, Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler, et al) - "Fight The Power"
51. Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham - " Out Of Left Field" (Percy Sledge)
52. Paul Westerberg (The Replacements) - "Gun Shy"
53. James Taylor - "Fire And Rain"
54. Aimee Mann - "Deathly"
55. Dolly Parton "Jolene"
56. James Brown - "Try Me"
57. Morrissey (The Smiths) - "Everyday Is Like Sunday"
58. Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone) - " Time For Livin'"
59. Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs) - "The Hardest Button To Button"
60. Jimmy Webb - "Wichita Lineman"
61. John Hiatt - "Memphis In The Meantime"
62. Sting (The Police) - "King Of Pain"
63. Richard Thompson - "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
64. Andy Partridge (XTC, The Dukes of Stratospear) - "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul"
65. Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love) - "Willingly"
66. Charles Thompson (aka Frank Black, The Pixies, The Catholics) - "I Burn Today"
67. Conor Oberst (aka Bright Eyes) - "Going for the Gold (live)"
68. Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"
69. Merle Haggard - "Mama Tried"
70. Alex Chilton (Big Star) - "September Gurls"
71. Vic Chesnutt - "Lucinda Williams"
72. Michael Jackson - "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
73. Julie Miller - "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger" (Lee Ann Womack)
74. Over the Rhine (Lindford Detweiler, Karin Bergquist) - "Jesus in New Orleans"
75. Ron Sexsmith - "Strawberry Blonde"
76. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy, Palace Music, etc.) - "I See A Darkness" (sung by Johnny Cash w/ Will Oldham)
77. Bruce Cockburn - "Tokyo"
78. Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices, Airport 5, etc.) - "Game Of Pricks"
79. Stephen Malkmus (Pavement, Silver Jews, Jicks) - "Jenny & The Ess-Dog"
80. Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason) - "Arnold Layne"
81. The Flaming Lips (Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd) - "Race For The Prize"
82. John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) - "Dance Music"
83. Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie) -"Dreams"
84. They Might Be Giants (John Linnell, John Flansburgh) - "Birdhouse In Your Soul"
85. David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) "Nothing"
86. Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) - "Free Until They Cut Me Down"
87. Lyle Lovett - "God Will"
88. Parliament (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell) - "Chocolate City"
89. Victoria Williams - "Crazy Mary"
90. Nick Cave - "Red Right Hand"
91. Drive-By Truckers (Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Jason Isbell) - "The Living Bubba"
92. Alejandro Escovedo - "Rosalie"
93. Joseph Arthur - "Honey And The Moon"
94. Sam Phillips - "I Need Love"
95. Patti Smith - "Redondo Beach"
96. Jimmy Cliff - "Many Rivers To Cross"
97. Josh Ritter - "Kathleen"
98. Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt) "Windfall"
99. Outkast (Andre Benjamin, Antwan Patton) - "Gasoline Dreams"
100. T Bone Burnett - "River Of Love"

Shawn Anderson said...

1. Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead) "Brown-Eyed Woman"
2. Sam Cooke "You Send Me"
3. Marvin Gaye "What's Going On"
4. Gram Parsons (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers) "Sin City" Brothers
5. Townes Van Zandt "Tecumseh Valley"
6. John Lennon (The Beatles) "Jealous Guy"
7. Bob Marley (w/ The Wailers) "Mellow Mood"
8. Joe Strummer (The Clash, The Muscaderos) "Long Shadow"
9. Mark Sandman (Morphine, Treat Her Right) "I'm Free Now"
10. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) "About A Girl"
11. Elliott Smith (Heatmiser) "The Biggest Lie"
12. Otis Redding "These Arms Of Mine"
13. Jimi Hendrix "Castles Made Of Sand"
14. Nick Drake "Pink Moon"
15. Jeff Buckley "Lover, You Should've Come Over"