No. 20 Narada Michael Walden
As the 1980s dawned and R&B became slicker and more digital, no songwriter was more in-demand than Walden. Crafting monster hits for some of the biggest names of the decade, he helped Whitney become a household name and re-established Aretha as a chart-topper.
Notable songs: “Baby Come To Me” (Regina Belle), “So Emotional,” “How Will I Know” (Whitney Houston), “How Can I Ease the Pain” (Lisa Fischer), “Tell Me What You Want Me To Do” (Tevin Campbell)