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Black Music Month: The 20 greatest songwriters in R&B history


 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)

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  1. J1 on September 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    You have some good choices on this list, which I wholeheartedly agree with….but… has some major flaws…..the biggest being, you include Missy Elliot, and leave out Sly Stone and Al Green….that is just unforgivable. Also for many of these songwriters you list only the songs they wrote for other artists, and neglect to list those that they recorded themselves. You should just list all their best songs regardless.

    It’s kind of sad, because people go to the internet seeking knowledge, and what they get from this list will leave them lacking and borderline misinformed on the topic.

  2. Chris Vetter on July 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Where the devil is James Brown? Are you kidding us?