Best Female Songwriters: An Essential Top 25 Countdown

From subversive subject matter to affairs of the heart, the best female songwriters are often the most insightful, as this list proves.

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Women have been at the songwriting frontlines for decades – longer, if you count the many anonymous ballads clearly written from a female perspective, starting with “House Of The Rising Sun.” So, in putting together a list of the best female songwriters of all time, we’re effectively choosing between half of the great songwriters who have ever been.

We’re not claiming that it’s comprehensive, but this list of the best female songwriters spans many genres and stretches back a good 100 years.

25: Kirsty MacColl

Like many progressive songwriters, Kirsty MacColl started out doing retro-styled pop. Her first success, “They Don’t Know” (a UK hit for Tracey Ullman), was one of the better girl-group homages of its time; and her first album, Desperate Character, ranks as one of the great lost Rockpile-style albums. MacColl got far more adventurous afterward, in a career that was sadly cut off with her accidental death in 2000. Her masterpiece, Electric Landlady, includes touches of hip-hop, Celtic, and Tropicália. And for traditional tastes, there’s a killer power-pop song, the Marshall Crenshaw collaboration “All I Ever Wanted.”

24: Christine McVie

Stevie Nicks is often thought of as the greatest female songwriter in Fleetwood Mac, thanks to the success of “Dreams” and “Rhiannon,” but one of her bandmates has an even deeper catalogue. On the Bare Trees album alone Christine McVie gets in one of Fleetwood Mac’s great lost blues-rockers, “Homeward Bound,” along with “Spare Me A Little Of Your Love,” which may well be the most gorgeous ballad in their catalogue. And let’s not forget that she also wrote “Over My Head,” the first hit from the self-titled album that relaunched the Mac as a mega-band.

23: Abbey Lincoln

A fascinating woman all around, Abbey Lincoln had early success as a free-thinking jazz singer. Her 1956 debut, Abbey Lincoln’s Affair, was just the beginning of a trajectory that included an acting career and becoming a TV fixture during the early 70s. Working with her then-husband Max Roach in the 60s, she wrote a handful of civil-rights-inspired songs that apparently scared record labels away. Later, a tour of Africa in the early 70s resulted in her classic album, People In Me. She continued to write adventurous music into the new millennium.

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22: Valerie Simpson

Their preference for ballads may explain why Ashford & Simpson aren’t cited more often as one of the great songwriting teams, but “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and “I Don’t Need No Doctor” alone (both written for Ray Charles and covered by everybody) should have enshrined them for good. They didn’t adopt their trademark elegant style until they got to Motown, where they were entrusted with launching Diana Ross’ solo career, recasting “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (which they’d written for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell) as an epic. Since A&S were a team in every respect, you can’t isolate either one’s input; but it’s a safe bet that the lyric idea of Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” was hers.

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21: Judee Sill

Call her the female equivalent of Nick Drake: a late 60s/early 70s artist who got discovered long after the fact. In Judee Sill’s case, it wasn’t a TV commercial that did it; it was the viral video (originally a BBC broadcast) of her at the piano singing “The Kiss,” a piece of otherworldly beauty. All three of her albums have songs like that, among them “Lady-O,” a gorgeous Turtles single that featured only Sill’s tune and one acoustic guitar. Apparently, Sill wasn’t embraced by the industry because she was difficult to get along with, to which we all join hands and say, “Who cares?”

20: Taylor Swift

It’s easy to forget Taylor Swift’s songwriting pedigree since it seems like she’s always been the-larger-than-life pop star she’s known as today, but Swift is steeped in the Nashville songwriter tradition. At the age of 16, she released her self-titled debut with songwriting credits on every track and continued to hone her skills over the next decade. While most pop songs are known for their universality, Swift very much follows in the confessional singer-songwriter tradition of artists like James Taylor and Carole King, making each song distinctly her own. Along with writing albums like her breakthrough Speak Now and her crossover album Red, she’s also penned hits for other artists, including Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home’ by Miley Cyrus, and “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris.

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19: Grace Slick

During her tenure with Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick was a truly psychedelic songwriter. While her bandmates were documenting the psychedelic experience, her songs were mind-expanding in their own right, and she snuck the most lysergic of them, “White Rabbit,” onto AM radio for all the impressionable kids to hear. At her best (“Lather,” “Eskimo Blue Day”) she worked in a haunting cabaret vein that was unique for its time. Nowadays she’d get pegged as goth. Then there’s her wonderfully twisted sense of humor: “Silver Spoon,” from 1970’s Sunfighter, has to be the loveliest song ever written about cannibalism, a feat only pulled off by one of the best female songwriters of her generation.

18: Nina Simone

If Nina Simone had been a more prolific writer, she might be remembered as one of the all-time best female songwriters of all time. As it was, she wrote only when there was something she needed to say, and she said it forcefully and artfully. “Mississippi Goddam” and “To Be Young, Gifted And Black” remain remarkably strong wake-up calls, and her rewrite of “Revolution” upped the ante on The Beatles’ original version. But before pegging her for strictly topical songs, we’d direct you to “Consummation,” from the Silk & Soul album, a love song of mystical power.

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17: Madonna

Madonna’s ever-changing persona hinges as much as anything on the songs she’s recorded. You might say she writes great character songs and then becomes the characters. After borrowing a pair of manifestos from other writers (“Material Girl” and “Like A Virgin”), she became the co-writer of much of her material and turned out melodic gems such as “Live To Tell” and “True Blue” while the world was still talking about her costumes. She’s no slouch as a lyricist either. When you consider how hard it was to come up with a truly daring song angle in 1986, “Papa Don’t Preach” is even more impressive.

16: Billie Holiday

It’s true that Lady Day didn’t write (or at least didn’t publish) many songs – only about a dozen bear her credit – but one of them was the profound “God Bless The Child,” whose chorus was apparently borrowed from her mother; her signature song “Lady Sings The Blues” was also hers. Even on outside material, she had a sensitive ear, choosing two of the toughest pieces (“Strange Fruit” and “Gloomy Sunday”) that any jazz singer attempted. Interestingly, she plays a female songwriter in one of her only films, the 1947 musical New Orleans. Her character, a singing maid, composes “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” and sings it to Louis Armstrong.

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15: Cynthia Weil

With Carole King and Ellie Greenwich, Cynthia Weil is the third in the mighty triumvirate of Brill Building greats who wrote as part of a husband-and-wife team. And Weil’s partnership with Barry Mann is the most stable of the lot; they have been together 58 years and counting, and have almost never written apart. They penned epic ballads for the very best of them – witness “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt’s 90s hit, “Don’t Know Much.” The pair also gave the garage-band repertoire a few of its cornerstones, like Paul Revere And The Raiders’ “Kicks” and the Wild In The Streets theme “Shape Of Things to Come.”

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14: Sandy Denny

Both with Fairport Convention and as a solo artist, Sandy Denny was such a fine vocalist that her songwriting tends to get overlooked. But it’s worth noting that her first song to get notice came through another singer’s cover, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” by Judy Collins. It’s even more telling that this reflective, resonant song was one of Denny’s first, written when she was 19. One of the best female songwriters from the British folk revival, she did most of the writing on her solo albums, and her best songs (including “Late November’ and “Next Time Around”) are haunting and mysterious, as if the women in those English folk ballads finally told their own stories.

13: Kate Bush

For a few moments there, it looked like Kate Bush was going to have a fairly conventional career doing piano-based songs about matters of the heart, but then all sorts of wonderful things happened, instantly elevating her status among the best female songwriters. If you were a fan in the late 70s, you heard her going further out with each single, from the hazy cabaret feel of “Babooshka” to the beautifully apocalyptic “Breathing,” until her imagination was unleashed at full throttle on The Dreaming, cementing her status of one of the best female songwriters. At that point, her period of greatest commercial success hadn’t even begun yet.

12: Dolly Parton

One of the best female songwriters long before she was a personality or a country icon, Dolly Parton actually had her first success as a non-performing songwriter – no small feat for a solo woman in 1964. Heart-tugging songs were always her specialty, and if your heart is not tugged by “Jolene” or “Coat Of Many Colors,” it’s probably not beating. But we’d point to less characteristic gems such as “Your Ole Handy Man,” a rockabilly cut from her 1967 debut album, and “Baby I’m Burning,” a nifty Supremes-gone-disco homage from 1978.

11: Felice Bryant

Most people know Felice Bryant simply as an initial, since the “B & F Bryant” credit appears on so many Everly Brothers classics. Felice and Boudleaux Bryant were actually a unique team, one of the first husband-and-wife songwriting teams in Nashville, and one of the few to combine a Georgia-Cajun with an Italian-American from Wisconsin. They both shared in the words and music, but when you’re dealing with songs such as “Love Hurts” and “Wake Up Little Susie,” it’s hard to decide whether to praise the indelible lyrics or the tunes first. And if you thought “Rocky Top” was a traditional bluegrass tune, you’re wrong: it was one of the Bryants’ later hits from 1967.

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10: Ellie Greenwich

When you think about the Brill Building songwriters who crossed over to the singer-songwriter era, Carole King is the one that comes to mind. But Ellie Greenwich’s catalogue stands nearly as tall. Her 60s hits were as romantic (“Chapel Of Love”), giddy (“Da Doo Ron Ron”) street-tough (“Leader of the Pack”), and glorious (“River Deep – Mountain High”) as anything else in that era, and, like King, she had a regular co-writer, Jeff Barry. Greenwich didn’t record a game-changing songwriter album, but she should have. Her 1973 album, Let It Be Written, Let It Be Sung – which takes many of her 60s hits to sophisticated jazz territory – is a true lost treasure by one of the best female songwriters that deserves more recognition.

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9: Bobbie Gentry

A quintessential Southern storyteller, Bobbie Gentry was also one of the first female hitmakers who wrote most of her own material. Everybody remembers the lyrical mystery on “Ode To Billie Joe,” but her imagination really blossomed on the follow-up album, The Delta Sweete (recently covered in full by Mercury Rev, which includes some vivid character sketches alongside the frankly sensual “Mornin’ Glory.” She signed off (for good, unfortunately) with 1971’s Patchwork, a still-overlooked orchestral pop gem that was her Odessey And Oracle or Pet Sounds. And, save for one collaboration, she wrote every note of it.

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8: Dorothy Fields

While many of the best female songwriters on our list wrote with collaborators, Fields is the only one who was strictly a lyricist. Not just any lyricist, though: as the author of “The Way You Look Tonight” and “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” (and about 398 other Broadway and film songs, she turned phrases that have been in the vernacular for decades. Over 30 years, she put the words to hit music by Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Oscar Hammerstein III, and others. Remember the last time you had a setback and told yourself to “pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again?” She gave you those words as well.

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7: Joni Mitchell

Some fans will never get over Blue and will always cherish Joni Mitchell as a confessional songwriter. But to our ears, the real treasures came afterward, when she embraced jazz and became an impressionist: the dense and dreamlike Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter remains a largely undiscovered career peak, and she was virtually the only pop songwriter who could engage Charles Mingus. And her 80s swing into electronic textures? Had its moments.

6: Memphis Minnie

Many of the songs Memphis Minnie wrote in the early 1900s became blues-rock cornerstones, most notably “When The Levee Breaks,” which Led Zeppelin borrowed for their song of the same name. She also wrote “Chauffer Blues,” which Jefferson Airplane covered, among many others, and even “Bumble Bee,” which became a terrific power-pop song for The Searchers. But Minnie still has a good 150 gems that have never been covered. You’d think tough young bands would be lining up to record “I Don’t Want That Junk Outta You.”

5: Loretta Lynn

One of country music’s great storytellers and one of the best female songwriters, Loretta Lynn stretched the boundaries of what a woman could say in a hit song – beginning with her first indie-label hit, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” about downfall after heartbreak. During the 60s she was regularly banned by country radio for strong songs such as “Rated X” (about the social trials of a divorcée), “Fist City” (where she plans to send a romantic rival), and the self-explanatory “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Loving On Your Mind).” Yet the songs were hits anyway, as were her two very different, early-70s takes on motherhood: “One’s On The Way” and “The Pill.” Even during her later comeback with Jack White, she was still the main songwriter.

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4: Carole King

Even if Tapestry had never happened, Carole King would deserve immortality for her 60s catalogue, and everybody’s going to name a different favorite song. On one hand, she and collaborator Gerry Goffin did romantic elation as well as anybody on The Chiffons’ “One Fine Day” (on which she played the piano hook); on the other, she wrote one of the great suburban protest songs, “Pleasant Valley Sunday.” And speaking of The Monkees, count yourself lucky if you’ve ever heard her never-released, but widely circulated demo of “Porpoise Song.” But Tapestry, of course, did happen, and the term “singer-songwriter” would never be the same.

3: Laura Nyro

History has largely forgotten how visionary Laura Nyro’s first stretch of albums was, but their mix of pop, soul, and jazz is still ahead of its time. The story goes that Miles Davis was in the studio at one point and decided there was nothing he could add. As a lyricist, Laura Nyro blurred sensual and spiritual matters decades before Prince got the idea. Even on her underappreciated last album, Walk The Dog And Light The Light, you’ll find the best song (“The Descent Of Luna Rose”) ever written about PMS. A handful of AM-radio artists made hit singles out of her songs; the real mystery is why a singer this good never had one on her own.

2: Patti Smith

Let’s face it, the idea of a poet, playwright, and occasional music critic embracing rock’n’roll doesn’t sound that great on paper. But what Smith did on 1976’s Horses was pretty much unprecedented, finding the common ground between punk, transcendental poetry, post-bop jazz, and 50s sock-hop rock. And you could still dance to it, especially when she got around to writing actual hit singles. In recent years she’s recast herself as a voice of social-political inspiration, taking her late 80s song “People Have The Power” as her own marching orders.

1: Lucinda Williams

There are a few good reasons to put Lucinda Williams atop this list of the best female songwriters. Not only is she one of the sharpest melodists in modern music (country or otherwise), she writes lyrics that are equally at home being sung off a jukebox or pondered as poetry. But the best reason is this: after a 30-year career, she’s still evolving. In the past five years, she’s made two double-albums that take her writing to deeper existential territory while maintaining those superb melodies. She’s collaborated with jazz great Charles Lloyd (on the 2018 album Vanished Gardens) and she’s done a transformative cover version of one of her own albums, This Sweet Old World. Throw in some politically charged songs she’s unveiled in recent shows, and you’ve got an American treasure.

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  1. Scott Sharp

    March 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    So your sample video of Patti Smith is not a song that she wrote?

  2. Lorenzo Ruiz

    March 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    No Mariah Carey, really?

    • mags

      March 26, 2020 at 10:41 am

      Yeah, really!

  3. Joe

    March 23, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Don’t Know Much was an 80’s hit.

  4. Paul Johnson

    May 7, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Thank God Dorothy Fields made your list. People think that female songwriters didn’t exist before Joni Mitchell. Even you forgot Cindy Walker ( You don’t know me) and ( Take me back to Tulsa) among 100s of others. Also check out Nina Simone’s version of Fields’ “Exactly like You”

  5. Mr. Right

    May 16, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    It’s not comprehensive or even good for that matter. Most of them are from only ONE country. LOL!

  6. Mike

    October 8, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    No Stevie Nicks? Sarah MacLachlan?

  7. Susan

    October 16, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    How is Mariah Carey, who has written way more songs than anyone on this list, not on this list? Poor research/journalism!

  8. James

    February 14, 2020 at 10:13 am

    A songwriters list and Diane Warren isn’t on it?
    Were you alive in the last 25 years?

  9. andy

    March 25, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Lucinda deserves the number one spot, Hard to know how Brandi Carlile did not make the list.

  10. Erik Thor

    March 25, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Do you know Adele?


    March 26, 2020 at 9:51 am

    The reason I like lists such as this is that they provoke thoughts about who I would have selected as well as sparking an interest in those chosen whose music I barely know. So I either investigate the latter or go back and play some stuff from an old favourite – in this case, for example, Nanci Griffith – who I may not have played for a while and who isn’t in this list. We’re never going to agree fully, but we can have some fun and widen our horizons, particularly in this period of lockdown.

  12. mags

    March 26, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Joni should be No.1 closely followed by Carole King.

    • tomvecc

      November 9, 2020 at 10:44 am

      I absolutely agree! My favorites are Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Laura Nyro. I don’t rank them, but Joni is first for sure.

  13. Mindsap

    July 5, 2020 at 12:17 am

    I didn’t expect Grace VanderWaal to make this list but trust me, in time she will be at the top.

  14. Tudval

    July 12, 2020 at 5:48 am

    KB #13?? mad!

  15. Frank Wollenweber

    September 17, 2020 at 11:18 am

    1.Bessie Smith
    2.Loretta Lynn

  16. nick stuart

    December 16, 2020 at 1:14 am

    The Mount Rushmore of women songwriters is obviously Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, and Laura Nyro. Dolly Parton and Kate Bush deserve consideration, but Lucinda Williams? C’mon.

  17. Barbo

    January 6, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    The Roches (Maggie, Suzzy & Terre)
    Dory Previn
    Kate & Anne McGarrigle
    Wendy Waldman
    Essra Mohawk
    Janis Ian
    Mary Margaret O’Hara
    Melissa Ferrick
    Karla Bonoff
    Brenda Russell
    Melissa Manchester
    Carole Bayer Sager

  18. Dave L

    February 27, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Joni Mitchell 7th? Are you kidding?

  19. Birch Mere

    March 21, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Suzanne Vega easily belongs in the top 10.

  20. bud thomas

    May 11, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    How in the world did you miss Joan Armatrading? Number 1 in my opinion.

  21. My name is Luka.

    June 15, 2021 at 6:20 am

    Seconding Suzanne Vega. Probably the most complex and interesting singer-songwriter I can think of. The people that make these lists on any website have only ever heard Tom’s Diner, and even then don’t even know who actually sings it. Go listen to literally anything else by her and try to find something that doesn’t impress you. Luka, Calypso, Marlene on the Wall, Small Blue Thing, Knight Moves, Gypsy, Left of Center, Solitude Standing, In Liverpool, Caramel, and a hell of a lot more. She’s an absolute lyrical master.

  22. dave

    July 19, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    No Holly Knight? Diane Warren? Pathetic research.

  23. Frannie O

    October 24, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    What???? Joni Mitchell 7th? And no Fiona Apple or Tori Amos???

  24. Declan

    November 12, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Heard of Shawn Colvin? Time to make a top 50…. 🙂

  25. Declan

    November 12, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Also, Jane Siberry deserves a mention as well as Sarah Mclachlan, no? Alanis, perhaps? Thirding Suzanne Vega too. Dolly Parton? I could mention 10 more. This list needs a massive overhaul.

  26. judy lindow

    January 3, 2022 at 1:44 am

    hahaha. No Lana Del Rey. This is the list? What a joke. AND I love Lucinda Williams, and some of your picks, Patti Smith Horses, yes a classic – but have you even listened to all Del Reys albums, her poetry, her growth, her melodies, the musicality of her work, the package, the ongoing level of her production and creativity? Omg.

  27. Ed Silver

    January 18, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I am happy that you recognized Dorothy Fields on this list who is someone that most folks under 70 have never heard of. I would have put both Joni and Laura up higher on the list, but all in all you managed to recognized the essential songwriter/composers.

  28. Your momma

    February 10, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Awful. Just awful. Madonna didn’t write half of the songs mentioned in this article. Half-assed research happening here.

  29. Marc

    March 30, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    IMO, Joni is the best songwriter, period, edging out Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. Seeing her listed as 7th on this list is bewildering. Some huge gaps on the list that have been called out already. Ani DiFranco deserves mention, too.

  30. Carneham

    April 4, 2022 at 11:07 am

    No Jackie DeShannon?
    No Kate & Anna McGarrigle?
    No Mary Margaret O’Hara?
    Joni Mitchell 7th?

    Please, no serious list…

  31. siapolice

    July 16, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Madonna and the mega overrated Taylor Swift and not Sia who wrote for half of the industry, has classic timeless hits and a flawless discography? LOL

  32. Jsderd

    October 4, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    No Aimee Mann? Ridiculous

  33. craig

    October 6, 2022 at 5:28 am

    Taylor Swift, Madonna….but no Mariah or Aretha? No Dianne Warren? This list is not meant to be taken seriously.

  34. Saxonanglo

    October 7, 2022 at 2:57 am

    Joan Baez and Judy Collins are incredible along with Carole King.
    However my favourite songwriter now is Julia Michaels whose lyrics are at a higher level than any that have gone before her. Her songs are the only ones that have a life and soul of their own.
    She is the best songwriter ever in my opinion because nobody else has songs that are as incredibly emotional and honest as hers.

  35. john

    November 28, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    No Carly Simon? This list is a joke and the writer doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.

  36. Hey

    December 28, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Kate Bush should be at the top of the list.

  37. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    January 20, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    I am not sure if she was a songwriter BbUT she should be mentioned as a GREAT SINGER!!!:
    THE BEST POP BALLAD EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Jim Miller

    April 9, 2023 at 2:52 am

    Stevie Nicks. A hundred years from now many of her songs will be rediscovered over and over. Would Christine McVie be on this list if it weren’t for Stevie bringing attention to Fleetwood Mac? Christine McVie did in fact caught my ear long ago but Stevie pulled me away kicking and screaming. I like the pick of Lucinda at #1. It is a shame that Lucinda isn’t really well know outside of the underground music world.

  39. Jeff Lewis

    May 6, 2023 at 1:17 am

    Nothing wrong with any of these suggestions. At the top of my list for sheer brilliance is Joustene Lorenz. Three examples. ‘After the End’ appears to be a lost love song, but deftly switches as the voice reveals itself as an extinct species. ‘Fugitives’—a beautifully poetic song about refugees seeking The Promised Land (USA).And for romantic lysicism—’In Your Fire’ (En tu fuego). Actually, take a look at this exceptional song and you’ll see a really unique artist at work.

  40. quentin

    June 9, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    What about Sia? She’s written like half of the music industry’s songs lol

  41. Carl

    June 16, 2023 at 1:53 am

    Lucinda Williams is great, but this isn’t that hard. Joni Mitchell is No. 1 and Carole King is No. 2. You can debate the rest, but where the hell, is Roseanne Cash. She’s the near equal of Williams in her genre,. I would also include Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney, Chrissie Hynde and Traci Chapman, if only for Fast Car. Those Heart ladies sold a few records of their own songs as well. Beyonce? She has, too.

  42. Roy

    July 5, 2023 at 3:39 am

    Buffy Sainte Marie is definitely in the top two or three. Lucinda and Joni are great also. But Buffy is a North American Icon. No mention of Matraca Berg ?…..

  43. Mike

    September 4, 2023 at 3:47 am

    Dolores O’Riordan? Debbie Harry?

  44. Chris C

    October 23, 2023 at 7:28 am

    I just wondering why STEVIE NICKS didn’t make this list. Written more than 50 songs with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist. More than Christine McVie or your number one pick Lucinda Williams

  45. Baruch Zeichner

    October 28, 2023 at 2:06 am

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Any list of female songwriters that is not topped by Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro is, in my opinion, flawed. There are other omissions or placements on this list that I think are amiss. But hey, taste is subjective.

  46. Mike

    December 24, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    I never knew so many people appreciated Laura Nyro. Laura’s Christmas and the Beads of Sweat is pure genius. She is in my top 3 along with Carloe King and Joni

  47. Steve Morris

    January 9, 2024 at 1:16 am

    Patti Smith DID NOT COMPOSE GLORIA. GLORIA was written by Van Morrison when he was with the band Them. It is a seminal rock song from the 60s recorded by The Doors (in a sound check), The Shadows of Knight did a watered down cover version of the song and it was a staple of garage bands and punk bands.

  48. Alice Leon

    January 24, 2024 at 10:18 pm

    Oops. Missing Miss Peggy Lee. She wrote over 250 songs and co-wrote with the likes of Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington and many more. She also co-wrote all the music in the Disney film Lady and the tramp!

  49. Jeffrey

    April 3, 2024 at 4:19 am

    Joustene Lorenz is the most brilliant, evocative and eclectic female songwriter I’ve ever heard. She’s still very young, but her songs cover an incredibly diverse range of human experiences and sensibilities. Yes, there are the love songs—but her themes include crime, outsiders, social conflict, injustice, global warming, species extinction identity politics, immolation, history, time, religion, the universe. All of it is centred on the personal sense of things. Beautifully poetic and unafraid. She’s part of that great lineage of troubadours.

  50. ferdinand francis

    May 5, 2024 at 2:15 pm

    Where is the late Linda Creed?

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