Ranking the Rock Writers

Ranking the Rock Writers

by Bill Carroll

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Overview

The first systematic bottom-up look at the writers of the rock era, using publicly available information, including copyrights, royalty rights, labels and crowdsourced databases. The data set is huge—all three major magazines, 24,426 songs, 11,834 writers and 10,773 writer teams. Each song is scored, then the score is allocated to the writers to rank each writer and writer team in the era. Writer aliases and similar names have been rationalized to assign one name to each writer and one writer to each name.

There are two major indexes:

All the songs: Title, Act, Label, Number, where they charted, earliest entry and highest peak. Other song characteristics are noted: instrumentals, and whether words and music have separate writers; songs that originated in a foreign language and were translated or given new English lyrics, and more.

All the writers: Each song attributed to them, listed in order of chart strength.

Then there are the fun lists:


  • Top 2000 Writer teams with their songs
  • Top 200 Writers and Writer Teams with their first and biggest songs
  • Top 100 Writers and Writer Teams in each decade by score and

    number of charted hits
  • Top 750 Acts and the writers who supported them
  • Top 100 songs by one, two and three writer teams
  • Top 150 songs by score, counting all charted versions
  • A unique timeline for each of the Top 30 Writer Teams showing each hit by chart strength and entry date and a brief narrative about their chart performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692122174
Publisher: Carroll Applied Science LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 902
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.78(d)

About the Author

BILL CARROLL, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and lives with his wife Mary in Dallas, TX. They have three children, Allison, Will and Quin.
Bill has been President and Chair of the Board of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest single-discipline scientific professional organization with over 150,000 members.
In 2015, Bill retired after a 37-year career in industry and now spends his time as a globally recognized industrial chemistry consultant through his company, Carroll Applied Science, LLC. His first love for 60 years, however, has been the pop charts. As an author of peer-reviewed articles and the co-author with Dann Isbell of the highly-rated Ranking the '70s, he is fulfilling his dream of applying science-based analytics to popular music.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Sometimes Song Lyrics Write Themselves—Michael Sigman................... xi

How to Use This Book/FAQ....................................................................................... xiii

The Writers

Individual Writers, Alphabetical Order......................................................................... 3

All 11,834 writers, their aliases, scores, entries, titles, acts, year of entry and songs

Top 1000 Individual Writers, Rank Order................................................................ 291

Top 100 Individual Writers and Their Collaborators................................................. 297

Top 200 Writers-Their First and Biggest Charted Songs............................................ 307

Top 100 One-Hit Wonders as Solo Writers............................................................... 317

Decades: Top Writers (‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s) by Score and Entries...................... 319

Writer Alias and Alternate Name Index.................................................................... 329

The Writer Teams

Top 2000 Writer Teams and Their Songs, Rank Order.............................................. 357

Team score and entries, song titles, acts, year of entry and song scores

Writer Index to Top 2000 Writer Teams, Alphabetical Order.................................... 403

Top 30 Writer Teams in Words, Charts and Graphs.................................................. 415

Top 200 Writer Teams and the Acts That Recorded Their Songs............................... 459

Top 200 Writer Teams-Their First and Biggest Charted Songs................................... 471

Top 100 One, Two and Three Writer Teams............................................................. 481

Top 100 Most Efficient Writer Team-Act Combinations............................................ 485

Top 100 Most Efficient Writer Teams....................................................................... 487

Decades: Top Writer Teams (‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s) by Score and Entries................ 489

The Songs and Acts

Index of Charted Songs, Alphabetical Order............................................................. 501

.. All 24,426 charted songs characterized by Title, Act, Label and Number and other attributes

Top 50 Songs By One, Two and Three Writers......................................................... 799

Top 150 Songs by Score and Entries—All versions.................................................... 807

Top 750 Acts and the Writers Who Supported Them............................................... 815

Index to Top 750 Acts, Alphabetical Order............................................................... 868

Appendix

Attribution Rules and Methodology for Ranking the Rock Writers............................ 873

Acknowledgements................................................................................................ 881

About the Author.................................................................................................... 883

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