100 Greatest Songwriters

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From Bob Dylan to Outkast: Paste magazine ranks the greats 

Decatur, GA (May 30, 2006) - Bob Dylan tops Paste magazine’s list of the 100 Best Living Songwriters,” released today and published in the June/July 2006 issue. Fifty journalists and musicians (including Solomon Burke, Cameron Crowe, Patterson Hood, and many others) were enlisted to compile the list and were encouraged to vote for the songwriters they treasured the most—not the ones with the biggest sales or the greatest impact on popular culture.  

The list itself ranges in age from Conor Oberst (26) to Hal David (85); in style from the aggressive politically-infused hip hop of Public Enemy to the cheeky twang of Dolly Parton; in outlook from the brooding, internal tumult of Morrissey to the unfettered, existential exuberance of The Flaming Lips.  “These are very personal choices that reflect a wide variety of culture and taste,” explained Paste editor-in-chief Josh Jackson, “we hope the list inspires some heated debates, new discoveries, and lots of listening.”

Furthermore, beyond just a ranked list, Paste solicited colorful anecdotes and revelations on each of the 100 from fellow artists and other notable personalities.  Solomon Burke discusses his admiration for Carole King, legendary journalist Ben Fong-Torres’ offers his personal take on Al Green’s brilliance, author Kaye Gibbons gushes about the genius of Loretta Lynn, and so much more.  

Also included is the Paste reader’s Top 100, for which the magazine received over 18,000 responses. 

Paste magazine is one of the fastest growing independently published entertainment magazines in the country, recently named "Magazine of the Year" at the 2006 PLUG Independent Music Awards.  Providing thoughtful analysis on the best in film, books and other aspects of popular (and alternative) culture, Paste is the premier magazine for people who still enjoy discovering new music, prize substance and songcraft over fads and manufactured attitude, and appreciate quality music in whatever genre it might inhabit.  Now in their fifth year, Paste has grown quickly with international distribution in over 12 countries.  Paste is available on newsstands all over the U.S. and Canada.

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