This question came to my mind during a covers vs. originals thead - How many really good songwriters are there? I've thought of a way to pose this as sort of a poll question. Suppose we take as a benchmark the following type of respectable journeyman songwriter: someone who has written one really excellent song, a handful of good, solid tunes, a bunch more that don't stink, and a whole load of dreck. Now, we all have different definitions of excellent, good, etc., but we all know someone who fits that profile according ot our own standards. So here is the game. 1) Name a songwriter who fits the profile. 2) Estimate what percentage of professional songwriters are better and what percentage of professional songwriters are worse. For some reason, Rod Stewart pops into my mind as fitting the profile. (No comments from me on his post 70's performances.) But as mundane as Rod is as a songwriter, the number who are better is pretty small. Maybe 10%? I guess I'm comfortable with 90% who don't even have a Maggie May in them.