Songwriters Resource Network presents:

Fun Musical Trivia

Great Songwriting Quotes

Test your Musical IQ!



Songwriting Trivia Question # 1

What song, by far, is the Most-Performed Song
of the last 100 years? See Answer


Songwriting Trivia Question # 2

According to musicologist Colin Larkin's "Top 1000 Albums of All Time" surveycompiled from a poll of 200,000 music critics and fanswhat is the Best Album in the history of recorded music? See Answer


Quotes by Famous People
On Music & the Art of Songwriting


Songs Whose Titles Don't Appear in Their Lyrics

For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield
The Weight
Robbie Robertson & The Band
The Ballad of John and Yoko The Beatles
Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers
Sunshine Superman Donovan
Rainy Day Women #12 and 35 Bob Dylan:
Land of 1000 Dances Wilson Pickett/ Patti Smith/
Cannibal & the Headhunters
The Christmas Song Nat "King" Cole/Mel Torme



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SRN Survey Question:

Who is the
Greatest Songwriter
of the 20th Century?

We're compiling a list of worthy nominees, including the songwriters listed below. In the next few months we will ask everyone to vote for their favorites.

In the meantime, please email us with your suggestions. Click HERE to tell us who you think should be included!

Bob Dylan
Lennon & McCartney
Carole King/David Goffin
Elton John/Bernie Taupin
Paul Simon
Joni Mitchell
Randy Newman
Kurt Cobain
James Taylor
Bruce Springsteen
Merle Haggard
Hank Williams
Irving Berlin
Cole Porter

Mick Jagger/Keith Richards


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Fun Facts!

Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was written in 1970 as a tribute to his friendship with his partner Art Garfunkel. But their relationship became strained and the two even disagreed over whether Garfunkel should sing the song.

According to Simon, the song's third verse was Garfunkel's idea. Simon wrote it but says has never liked it. Despite such disagreements and doubt, the song become their greatest hit, and spent 14 weeks at Number One!


Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" contains a line that refers to the "government yard in Trench Town," the Jamaican public-housing project where Marley grew up in the late Fifties. Marley gave a songwriting credit on the song to his childhood friend Vincent "Tata" Ford as a contribution to help keep Ford's Kingston soup kitchen running.