So far looking at the sneak peak at the list, I think Neil is leaps and bounds ahead of Mick Jagger, James Hetfield or Bob Dylan to just name a few. But then again, they are probably looking at popularity and quantity instead of quality. To me, Neil should at least make the top 25. And also, I know they say rock era, but maybe it should be called rock/pop era? I mean Michael Jackson is on there, Sam Cooke, even Aretha....to me not rock voices.
I think by "rock" they just mean "music made by bands," whether those bands are rock, pop, metal, soul, whatever.
I really admire his voice..his songs..not so much.
And also agree that Neil is overlooked and underappreciated when it comes to these kinds of lists too, but doubt that he's losing any sleep over it.
Seven years later, not much has changed. In the August edition (US), a list of All Time 100 Greatest Songwriters was published.
You guessed correctly: no Neil.
To say that list is biased towards American artists is the understatement of the year. I hate commenting on rankings but putting Taylor Swift in front of the guys from Abba is laughable... the geniuses Andersson and Ulvaeus come in at #100, while Bob Dylan made #1.
No disrespect towards the Zimmerman, and I agree that his "Like A Rolling Stone" is a masterpiece, but ahead of Lennon and McCartney?
The most ridiculous thing is the reply list that UK newspaper The Telegraph had published in May 2016. It is supposed to list the Top 100 songwriters that RS magazine HAD MISSED.
You guessed right again. Neil ist not on that list either.