Paste Magazine 100 Greatest Living Songwriters

The editors of Paste magazine wondered: who are the best living songwriters around. They gathered a team of 50 musicians and writers and put together a list of the top 100. On this edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with Paste magazine editor Josh Jackson, the arts editor for NPR News, Bill Wyman and songwriter Mary Gauthier. They discuss great songwriters, life-changing songs and the art and craft of songwriting.

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Paste Magazine 100 Greatest Living Songwriters

Highway 61 Revisited

Like a Rolling Stone

  • Artist: Bob Dylan
  • Album: Highway 61 Revisited
  • Song: Like a Rolling Stone

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Tim

Left of the Dial

  • Artist: The Replacements
  • Album: Tim
  • Song: Left of the Dial

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Ten Easy Pieces

Wichita Lineman

  • Artist: Jimmy Webb
  • Album: Ten Easy Pieces
  • Song: Wichita Lineman

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Wichita Lineman
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Illinois

Casimir Pulaski Day

  • Artist: Sufjan Stevens
  • Album: Illinois
  • Song: Casimir Pulaski Day

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Illinois
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Asthmatic Kitty

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1

We Can Work it Out

  • Artist: The Beatles
  • Album: The Beatles 1
  • Song: We Can Work it Out

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1
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Apple/Capitol

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Various Positions

Hallelujah

  • Artist: Leonard Cohen
  • Album: Various Positions
  • Song: Hallelujah

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Leonard Cohen
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Passport

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John Prine

Sam Stone

  • Artist: John Prine
  • Album: John Prine
  • Song: Sam Stone

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Transformer

Walk on the Wild Side

  • Artist: Lou Reed
  • Album: Transformer
  • Song: Walk on the Wild Side

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Never Mind the Bollocks

Anarchy in the U.K.

  • Artist: The Sex Pistols
  • Album: Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols
  • Song: Anarchy in the U.K.

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Never Mind the Bollocks
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Warner Bros.

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Mercy Now

Mercy Now

  • Artist: Mary Gauthier
  • Album: Mercy Now
  • Song: Mercy Now

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Mercy Now
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Lost Highway

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Anthology

Roll Over Beethoven

  • Artist: Chuck Berry
  • Album: Anthology
  • Song: Roll Over Beethoven

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