Brunettes in love (it's not me): my 25 favourite american songwriters
- Tom Petty (Magnolia, Crawling Back to you)
- John Hiatt (Cry Love, Back to Normal)
- Phil Ochs (Santo Domingo, I ain't marching anymore)
- Evan Dando (Confetti, Hospital)
- Douglas Hopkins (Found out about you, Angels tonight)
- Bob Dylan (Subterranean Homesick Blues, Tangled up in blue)
- Chris Isaak (Blue Hotel, Somebody's crying)
- Brian Wilson (Hang on to your ego, Good Vibrations)
- Frank Zappa (Peaches en regalia, Valley Girl)
- Don van Vliet (Hobo Chang Ba, Hot Head)
- Greg Dulli (What jail is like, Cité Soleil)
- Neil Young (Heart of gold, Rockin' in the free world)
- Johnny Cash (I walk the line, The man comes around)
- John Phillips (California Dreamin', Straight Shooter)
- Stevie Nicks (Dreams, Outside the rain)
- Warren Zevon (Excitable boy, Dirty Life&Times)
- Bruce Springsteen (Thunder road, Atlantic City)
- Lou Reed (Venus in furs, White light/White Heat)
- Del Shannon (Keep searchin', Lost in a memory)
- Ric Ocasek (You might think, The perfect Moment)
- David Byrne (Psycho killer, Twistin' in the wind)
- Jim Steinman (Bat out of Hell, Total Eclipse of the Heart)
- Tom Cochrane (White Hot, Heartbreak Girl)
- Paul Simon (Scarborough fair/Canticle, Bridge over troubled water)
- Neil Diamond (Red, red wine, I'm a believer)
- Special mention to Shakira (Ojos Asi, Fool)
To qualify for this list, the artist must be a complete songwriter, ie write both lyrics and music most of the time... whether he is also a singer or not is not taken into account.
As you can see, american here means from either USA, Canada or even another country from North, Central or South America. A UK/Continental Europe list will be next.
Included are two songs that I really like from each artist.
Please feel free to comment...