Top 10 songwriting partnerships

Top ten songwriting duos better known for dominating generations after generations and providing an elegant platform for musical arena.

10. John-Taupin:

Elton John and Bernie Taupin started their songwriting partnership in 1967, with an insignificant composition “Scarecrow.” Despite of initial barriers and failures, they continued their job and eventually emerged as a hit-making machine. Till the date, this pair have fathered more than 30 albums with some of them creating a new milestone in song writing arena. Some of their notable works are – “Your Song,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Daniel,” “I’s still standing,” “Nikita” etc.

9. Jagger-Richards:

Founding members of “The Rolling Stones” and better known by their pseudonym “The Glimmer Twins,” the songwriting partnership of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is often compared with the pair of Lennon-McCartney. They started their journey in 1964 with “Tell Me” which was very soon popularized among youths and music lovers. Later, they created “Wild Horse,” “Get Off of My Cloud,” “As Tears Go By” and many other critically acclaimed songs.

8. Becker-Fagen:

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were the co-founders of the rock band “Steely Dan.” They met while attending the Bard College in New York and very soon became close pals due to their identical tastes in music. The then music was everything for these guys and they struggled a lot intensify their capabilities on musical platform. Their lyrics were notable for comprising themes revolving around crime, love affairs, sarcasm and drugs.

7. Strummer-Jones:

One of the best songwriting pairs in punk rock music genre, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones were the founding members of “The Clash.” Highly influenced by the “Sex Pistols,” duo mega-performers wrote several hit songs including “Sightsee M.C.,” “Beyond the Pale,” “V. Thirteen” and many others that were enough to make the youths crazy like hell.

6. Gamble-Huff:

Credited for fathering over 170 gold and platinum records, Kenneth Gamble and Leon A. Huff are better known in the musical arena for establishing Philadelphia International Records. Coming to prominence after the success of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” and evolving the “Philadelphia Soul,” this pair is managed to have their names inducted into “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in the non-performer category.

5. Simon-Garfunkel:

Better known for their tremendous hits “The Sound of Silence,” “Hazy Shade of Winter,” “I Am a Rock” and many others that later ruled the “Grammys” and the “Rock and Rock Hall of Fame,” Paul Simon and  Art Garfunkel were childhood friends, living just block away from each other. Despite of their break-up, duo have been ruling the soft rock culture by their impeccable style of presenting inner feelings.

4. Page-Plant:

The guys behind the “Led Zeppelin,” Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are and will be a pair of diamond for mainstream music composition industry for their red-letter performance in “No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded.” This historical songwriting partnership provided the youth generation a music that was never heard around the world.

3. Leiber-Stoller:

Admired for their breathtaking musical beauties – “On Broadway,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City” and other ground breaking hits in trail, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were famous for using humorous jargon of the teens in their lyrics. Laureate of endless awards, this songwriting partnership was introduced to “Songwriters Hall of Fame ” and “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1985 and 1987 respectively.

2. Tyler-Perry:

Founding members of “Aerosmith,” Steven Tyler and Joe Perry came to prominence after incredible success of “Toys in the Attic” and “Rocks.” Their writing style was much more identical to “The Beatles” and “The Rolling Stones.” During the time of their success, this pair was given the name “Toxic Twins” due to their rampant use of drugs.

1. Lennon – McCartney:

Better known for covering each other’s shortages and creating outlets for each other’s potencies, the legendary songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney is far beyond the parameters of exemplification. Duos belonging to the historical band “The Beatles” are prayed by their fans as sanctimonious figures. Some of their songs such as “Yesterday,” “Love Me Do,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” etc. will always prevail the rock genre, throughout its lifetime.


  1. My top 5 (Is important to me)
    All Time

    1) Ral and Florian (Kraftwerk)
    2) Gerry Goffin & Carole King
    3) Elton John and Bernie Taupin
    4) Simon and Garfunkel
    5) Dave Gahan and Martin Gore (Depeche Mode)

    my fav genre is americana folk rock: Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Counting Crows, Hootie And The Blowfish, The Wallflowers (Jakob Dylan, Bob Dylan’s son), and so many others 🙂

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