2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominees: Full List – Billboard

Voters who select the 2023 inductee class in the Songwriters Hall of Fame have a very diverse list of candidates to choose from. The list includes the rapper and the artist Snoop Doggrock poet Patti SmithBroadway writers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and country pros Vince GillLiz Rose and Dean Dillon.

Twelve songwriters or songwriting teams and 12 non-performing songwriters or songwriting teams are in the running to join SHOF. Three songwriters or teams from each of these two divisions will be inducted at the 54th Annual SHOF Induction and Awards Gala on June 15, 2023 in New York City.

A songwriter with a remarkable song catalog qualifies for induction 20 years after a song’s first major commercial release.

Gloria Estefan, who three years ago received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in tandem with her husband Emilio Estefan, is nominated. The same goes for two songwriters who have already been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame – Dillon and Gill.

Most nominees are individuals, but eight songwriting teams are vying for the induction – Ahrens and Flaherty; Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart; Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell; Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham; and the individuals who make up blonde, The Doobie Brothers, Heart and REM.

Boyce is the only songwriter up for posthumous induction. He died in 1994 at the age of 55.

Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford wrote several hits together, including “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” and “After All,” but they compete here as individuals.

Pitchford won the Oscar for Best Original Song for co-writing “Fame.” Another nominee, Michael McDonald, won a Grammy for Song of the Year for co-writing “What a Fool Believes.”

Six of the singer-songwriter nominees have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Smith, Jeff Lynne and the individuals who make up Blondie, The Doobie Brothers, Heart and REM.

Eligible voting members have until 12 p.m. ET on December 28 to vote with their picks of three nominees from the non-performing songwriter category and three from the performing songwriter category.

Biographies, song lists and photos of the 2023 nominees are available at songhall.org. Note: SHOF provided the titles of the five songs listed after each nominee’s name, but stresses that this is “only a representative sample of their extensive catalogs”.


Brian Adams – “(Everything I do) I do for you”, “Heaven”, “Everything for love”, “Have you ever really loved a woman?”, “Summer of 69”

Clem Burke / Debbie Harry / Chris Stein (p/k/a Blondie) – “Call Me”, “Heart of Glass”, “Rapture”, “One Way or Another”, “Sunday Girl”

Calvin Broadus Jr. (p/k/a Snoop Dogg) – “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, “Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang”, “Young, Wild & Free”, “Gin & Juice”, “Next Episode”

Tom Johnston / Michael McDonald / Patrick Simmons (p/k/a The Doobie Brothers) – “Listen to Music”, “Long Train Running”, “What a Fool Believes”, “China Grove”, “Black Water”

Gloria Estefan – “All for You”, “Don’t Wanna Lose You”, “Words Get in the Way”, “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”, “Let’s Get Loud”

Vince Gill – “Go and rest high on this mountain”, “When I call your name”, “I still believe in you”, “Don’t let our love start to slip”, “Whenever you come”

Ann Wilson / Nancy Wilson (p/k/a Heart) – “Barracuda”, “Crazy on You”, “Dog and Butterfly”, “Straight On”, “Even It Up”

Jeff Lynne (ELO – Electric Light Orchestra) – “Mr. Blue Sky”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “Evil Woman”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Telephone Line”

Bill Berry / Peter Buck / Mike Mills / Michael Stipe (p/k/a REM) – “Losing my religion”, “Everyone is in pain”, “It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel good)”, “Radio Free Europe”, “The one I love”

Sade Adu (p/k/a Sade) – “Smooth Operator”, “No Ordinary Love”, “The Sweetest Taboo”, “By Your Side”, “Is It a Crime”

Patti Smith – “Because the night”, “Redondo Beach”, “Dancing barefoot”, “Frederick”, “People have power”

Steve Winwood – “Higher Love”, “Gimme Some Lovin'”, “I’m A Man”, “Valerie”. “Roll with”

Non-performing songwriters

Lynn AhrensStephen Flaherty – “Travel in the past” (Anastasia), “Once upon a time in December” (Anastasia), “In the beginning”, “The wheels of a dream” (Ragtime), “Make them hear you” (Ragtime)

Glen Ballard – “The Man in the Mirror”, “You Must Know”, “Wait”, “The Voice Within”, “The Space Between”

Dean Dillon – “Tennessee Whiskey”, “Ocean Front Property”, “Here for a Good Time”, “The Chair”, “I’m Alive”

Francoise Golde – “Nightshift”, “Dreaming of You”, “Look no further”, “Don’t You Want Me”, “Stickwitu”

Bobby Hart/Tommy Boyce – “Last Train to Clarksville”, “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”, “Come a Little Bit Closer”, “(Theme From) The Monkees”, “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight”

Sandy Linzer / Denny Randell – “Working My Way To You”, “Let’s Hang On”, “Lover’s Concerto”, “Native New Yorker”, “Opus 17 (Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me)”

Roger Nichols – “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days and Mondays”, “I Won’t Last a Day Without You”, “Out in the Country”, “Times of Your Life”

Dan Penn / Spooner Oldham – “I am your puppet”, “It tears me apart”, “Cry Like a Baby”, “Sweet Inspiration”, “A Woman Left Lonely”

Dean Pitchford – “Footloose”, “Fame”, Hold a Hero”, “All the Man I Need”, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”

Teddy Riley – “Make It Last Forever”, “I want it”, “I just got paid”, “I like it”, “My prerogative”

Liz Rose – “You belong to me”, “Crazy Girl”, “Girl Crush”, “Too good”, “White Horse”

Tom Snow – “He’s so shy”, “Let’s listen to it for the boy”, “I dream about you”, “I don’t know much”, “After all”

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