List of songwriter collaborations

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This is a list of notable songwriter teams.

Rock, soul and pop[edit]

Collaborators Period Songs
Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus[1] of ABBA and post-ABBA 1960s-present "Waterloo"
"SOS"
"Mamma Mia"
"Fernando"
"Dancing Queen"
See also: Category:Songs written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Ashford & Simpson[2] 1964-2011 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
"You're All I Need to Get By"
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
"Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"
Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics)[2] 1957-1973 "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"
"This Guy's in Love with You"
"(They Long to Be) Close to You"
"Walk On By"
"The Look of Love"
"One Less Bell to Answer"
Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings[3][4] of The Guess Who "These Eyes"
"No Time"
"American Woman" (with Garry Peterson and Jim Kale)
"No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature"
Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich[5] 1962-late 1960s "Da Doo Ron Ron" (with Phil Spector)
"Be My Baby" (with Spector)
"Leader of the Pack" (with Shadow Morton)
"Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
"Chapel of Love" (with Spector)
"River Deep, Mountain High" (with Spector)
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen[6] of Steely Dan "Do It Again"
"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb, the Bee Gees (and also for other artists)[7][8] "Massachusetts"
"I've Gotta Get a Message to You"
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
"Jive Talkin'"
"How Deep Is Your Love"
"Night Fever"
"Stayin' Alive"
"Too Much Heaven"
"Tragedy"
"Islands in the Stream"
Alan and Marilyn Bergman[9][10] "The Windmills of Your Mind" (with Michel Legrand)
"The Way We Were" (with Marvin Hamlisch)
Boyce and Hart[11] "Come a Little Bit Closer" (with Wes Farrell)
"(Theme From) The Monkees"
"Last Train to Clarksville"
"I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight"
Felice and Boudleaux Bryant[12] "Bye Bye Love"
"Wake Up, Little Susie"
"Rocky Top"
Gamble and Huff[13] early 1960s-? "If You Don't Know Me by Now"
"Love Train"
"Me and Mrs. Jones" (with Cary Gilbert)
"TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"
David Gilmour and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd[14] 1968-1979 "Comfortably Numb"
"Wish You Were Here"
"Run Like Hell"
"Dogs"
Gerry Goffin and Carole King[2] "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
"The Loco-Motion"
"One Fine Day"
"Up on the Roof"
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
See also: List of songs written by Goffin and King.
Isaac Hayes and David Porter[15][16] "Hold On, I'm A Comin'"
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
"Soul Man"
"I Thank You"
Holland–Dozier–Holland[17]
Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland (music)
Eddie Holland (lyrics)
1960s-1970s "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave"
"Can I Get a Witness"
"Where Did Our Love Go"
"Baby Love"
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
"I Hear a Symphony"
"You Can't Hurry Love"
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards[2][18] of The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Paint It, Black"
"Honky Tonk Women"
Elton John (music) and Bernie Taupin (lyrics)[2] "Crocodile Rock"
"Daniel"
"Bennie and the Jets"
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind 1997"
Kalmar and Ruby[19]
Bert Kalmar (lyrics)
Harry Ruby (music)
1920-1947 "Who's Sorry Now?"
"I Wanna Be Loved by You"
"Three Little Words"
Lennon–McCartney[2][20] of The Beatles
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
1957-1969
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller[2][21]
Jerry Leiber (lyrics)
Mike Stoller (music)
1950-? "Hound Dog"
"Jailhouse Rock"
"Kansas City"
"Stand By Me" (with Ben E. King)
"On Broadway" (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil)
Livingston and Evans[22][23]
Jay Livingston (music)
Ray Evans (lyrics)
"Silver Bells"
"Buttons and Bows"
"Mona Lisa"
"Que Sera, Sera"
"Tammy"
Barry Mann (music) and Cynthia Weil (lyrics)[24][25] 1960-? "On Broadway" (with Leiber and Stoller)
"We Gotta Get out of This Place"
"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration"
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
Morrissey (lyrics) and Johnny Marr (music)[26][27] of The Smiths 1983-1987 "How Soon Is Now?"
"This Charming Man"
"Bigmouth Strikes Again"
"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman[28] "Save the Last Dance for Me"
"This Magic Moment"
"A Teenager in Love"
"Suspicion"
"Viva Las Vegas"
Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards[29] of Chic early 1970s-1983 "Le Freak"
"Good Times"
"We Are Family"
Sherman Brothers[30][31]
Robert B. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
"It's a Small World (After All)"
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"
"Chim Chim Cher-ee"
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
"You're Sixteen"
Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield[32][33] "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"War"
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
"Smiling Faces Sometimes"
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
Joe Strummer and Mick Jones[34][35] of The Clash "London Calling"
"Rock the Casbah"
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe[36][37][38] of Pet Shop Boys 1981–present "West End Girls"
"It's a Sin"
"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (with Allee Willis)

Jazz[edit]

Collaborators Period Songs
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn[39][40][41]
George (music) and Ira Gershwin (lyrics)[42][43] "The Man I Love"
"I Got Rhythm"
"'S Wonderful"
Rodgers and Hart[41]
Richard Rodgers (music)
Lorenz Hart (lyrics)
1919-1943

Musicals[edit]

Collaborators Period Musicals
Betty Comden and Adolph Green[44][45] On the Town (with Leonard Bernstein)
Wonderful Town (with Leonard Bernstein)
Bells Are Ringing (with Jule Styne)
Kander and Ebb[46][47]
John Kander (music)
Fred Ebb (lyrics)
Cabaret
Chicago
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Lerner and Loewe
Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics)
Frederick Loewe (music)
My Fair Lady
Camelot
Brigadoon
Rodgers and Hammerstein
Richard Rodgers (music)
Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics)
1940s-1960 Oklahoma!
Carousel
The King and I
South Pacific
The Sound of Music
Rodgers and Hart
Richard Rodgers (music)
Lorenz Hart (lyrics)
1919-1943 Jumbo
Babes in Arms
Pal Joey
Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics)[48][49] 1965-1976 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Jesus Christ Superstar
Evita

Opera[edit]

Collaborators Period Operas
Gilbert and Sullivan
W. S. Gilbert (lyrics)
Arthur Sullivan (music)
1871-1896 H.M.S. Pinafore
The Pirates of Penzance
The Mikado

Tandems[edit]

Trios[edit]

References[edit]

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