Weekend Rock Question: Who is the Best Songwriter of All Time?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

March 11, 2011 2:35 PM ET
Clockwise from top left: Holland-Dozier-Holland, Joni Mitchell, Prince and Diane Warren
Clockwise from top left: Holland-Dozier-Holland, Joni Mitchell, Prince and Diane Warren
Michael Ochs Archive/Getty, Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(Warren)

Last week, we asked Rolling Stone readers to name their favorite live act of all time – and we compiled the votes into an official top 10 list.

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Now it's time for a new weekend rock question: Who is the best songwriter of all time? We encourage you to be open to all genres in your voting, and to consider non-performers like Dianne Warren and behind-the-scenes teams such as Holland-Dozier-Holland and the Matrix in addition to singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Prince and Bob Dylan.

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Everclear | 1996

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