Steely Dan, Blondie, Public Enemy, REM and Heart among 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees

Steely Dan, Blondie, Public Enemy, REM, Timbaland and the writer of bubblegum classics “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” are among the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees.

The list of nominees also included Bread frontman David Gates, Tracy Chapman, Randy Bachman & Burton Cummings of Guess Who’s, Kenny Loggins, Heart and Roger Nichols, who composed the music for such Carpenters hits as “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays.”

The full list of nominees can be found below.

According to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a songwriter with a significant catalog of songs is eligible for induction 20 years after the first significant commercial release of the song. Eligible voting members will have until midnight Eastern Time on December 27, 2023 to cast ballots, selecting three candidates from the songwriter category and three from the performer songwriter category.

The shortlist will be announced next year at the organization’s 2024 awards gala in New York.

The nominees, from five songs selected by the Hall of Fame as a representative sample of their catalogs, are:


Bryan Adams – *(Everything I do) I do it for you * Heaven * All for love * Have you ever really loved a woman? *Summer ’69*

Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings – * Those eyes * American * Laughter * No time * No sugar tonight *

Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke p/k/a Blondie – * Call Me * Glass Heart * Delight * One Way or Another * Sunday Girl *

Tracy Chapman – * Fast car * I’m talking about revolution * Give me one reason * Baby, I can hold you * Sing for you *

George Clinton – * Atomic Dog * Flashlight * (not only) knee-deep, * P-Funk * Ditch the funk *

Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald p/k/a Doobie Brothers – * Listen to the music * Long Train Run * What a Fool Believes * China Grove * Black Water *

David Gates – * Everything I Have * Do It With You * Baby, I Want You * Guitar Man *If *

Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson p/k/a Heart – * Barracuda * You’re Crazy * The Dog and the Butterfly * Straight * Align *

Kenny Loggins – *Danny’s Song *Footloose *Celebrate Me at Home *Back to Pooh Corner *What a Fool Believes*

Carlton Douglas Ridenhour p/k/a Chuck D, William Jonathan Drayton p/k/a Flavor Flav, p/k/a Public Enemy – * Fight for power * Bring the noise * Don’t believe the hype * You can’t trust It * Black Steel in the hour of chaos *

Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, p/k/a REM – * Loss of religion * Everyone hurts * It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel good) * Radio Free Europe * The One I Love *

Donald Fagan and Walter Becker (d) p/k/a Steely Dan – * The Staggering Years * My Old School * Rikki Don’t Lose This Number * Black Friday * Kid Charlemagne *


L. Russell Brown – *Surprise Me – Baby! * Tie a yellow ribbon around the oak tree, Ole * Come on, Marianne * Knock three times * Use it and wear it out *

Dean Dillon – * Tennessee Whiskey * Oceanfront Property * Here for a Good Time * Chair * I’m Alive *

Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter – *Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Have) *Don’t Pull Your Love *The Night Shift *One Tin Soldier (Billy Jack Theme) *We Built This City*

Hillary Lindsey – *Jesus, Take the Wheel *Blue Isn’t Your Color *Falling in Love with Girls *Always Remember Us This Way *A Million Reasons*

Tony Macaulay – * Baby, now that I’ve found you * Build me up Buttercup * Don’t give up * I didn’t sleep at all last night * Love Grows (Where Does My Rosemary Go) *

Timothy Mosley p/k/a Timbaland – * Sexy rear * Go wild * Ponytail * Big Pimpin’ * Just as I am *

Roger Nichols – * We’ve Only Just Begun * Rainy Days and Mondays * I Can’t Make It a Day Without You * In the Country * The Times of Your Life *

Dean Pitchford – * Footloose * Fame * Fingers crossed for a hero * All the man I need * Let’s hear it for the boy *

Maurice Starr – * Candy Girl * I’ll Love You (Forever) * Is This the End * Step by Step * The Love of Popcorn *

Narada Michael Walden – * How Do I Know * Freeway of Love * Who Zooms Who * I Don’t Want to Cry * I Should Love You *


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