16 ASCAP Legends Nominated for 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame

November 6, 2019


A punk rock poet. An original Beach Boy. A hip-hop hitmaker. A Grammy-winning soul group of brothers.

These are just a few of the 16 ASCAP songwriting legends up for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame class of 2020. Their music stretches back decades and hails from across the musical spectrum, but each and every one is an acknowledged master of the songwriting craft.

To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Eligible Songwriters Hall of Fame voting members have until midnight on December 16, 2019 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from a songwriter and three from a performing songwriter category.

Here are the 16 ASCAP songwriters on the ballot, plus some of the best known works in their catalogs:


Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty - Scores for: Ragtime, Once On This Island Anastasia, Seussical, Rocky

Tony Macaulay (PRS) - “Baby Now That I've Found You,” “Build Me Up Buttercup,” “Don't Give Up On Us,” “Last Night I Couldn't Get To Sleep At All,” “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)”

Bob McDill - “Amanda,” “Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On,” “Gone Country,” “It Must Be Love,” “Song Of The South”

Roger Nichols - “We've Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days And Mondays,” “I Won't Last A Day Without You,” “The Times of Your Life,” “Out In The Country”

Performing Songwriters

David Gates (Bread) - “Baby I'm-a Want You,” “Diary,” “Everything I Own,” “If,” “Make It With You”

Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley (d), O'Kelly Isley (d), Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley (d), Chris Jasper (p/k/a The Isley Brothers) - “Fight The Power,” “It's Your Thing,” “Nobody But Me,” “Shout,” “That Lady”

Annie Lennox (for her work in the Eurythmics) (PRS) “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This),” “Would I Lie To You,” “Missionary Man,” “Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves”

Mike Love - “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “I Get Around,” “Fun, Fun, Fun”

André "André 3000" Benjamin (for his work in Outkast) “Hey Ya!,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” “The Way You Move,” “Ms. Jackson,” “B.O.B.”

Patti Smith - “Free Money,” “Dancing Barefoot,” “Frederick,” “Blakean Year,” “People Have The Power”

Click here to read bios and see the full list of 2020 nominees.