Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top 10 Songwriters of All Time

Bob Dylan wins in a landslide, followed by McCartney/Lennon and Bruce Springsteen

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9. Joni Mitchell

Rising from the same Canadian folk scene that produced Neil Young, Joni Mitchell became one of the most acclaimed songwriters of the Sixties and Seventies with her classics "Big Yellow Taxi," "Both Sides Now," "Woodstock" and "Chelsea Morning." She's slowed down her career tremendously in recent years, opting to focus on her artwork – though in 2007 she re-emerged with Shine. Last year she drew some heat for her comments about Bob Dylan. "He is not authentic at all," she said.  "He’s a plagiarist and his name and voice are fake. Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.”

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