Bob Dylan names greatest songwriter of all time




Bob Dylan has been crowned Rolling Stone’s greatest songwriter of all time.

To recognize the folk legend’s brilliant contributions to music history, Rolling Stone has placed Dylan at No. 1 on its “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” list, a comprehensive ranking spanning many decades.

Dylan, whose most recent release is 2015’s Shadows in the Night, penned such classics as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “Forever Young,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “Positively Fourth Street” and “Tangled Up Blue.”

Contemporary chart-toppers also earned spots on the list – Taylor Swift (97), Eminem (91), Kanye West (84), Bjork (81), Jay Z (68) – although it’s rightfully dominated by artists and writers whose music has stood the test of time over many generations.

Here are the top 25 songwriters on the list; go to to see the top 100:

25. Randy Newman
24. Elvis Costello
23. Robert Johnson
22. Van Morrison
21. Lou Reed
20. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
19. Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
18. Prince
17. Neil Young
16. Leonard Cohen
15. Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland14. Bruce Springsteen
13. Hank Williams
12. Brian Wilson
11. Bob Marley
10. Stevie Wonder
9. Joni Mitchell
8. Paul Simon
7. Carole King and Gerry Goffin
6. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
5. Smokey Robinson
4. Chuck Berry
3. John Lennon
2. Paul McCartney
1. Bob Dylan