Top 25 Songwriting Books

A Listmania! list by Gary Bird "Author of Gig-Getter & Rouse the Crowd" (Manchester, UK)
 
Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary
1.  Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary by Sammy Cahn
The list author says:
  "Search by "vowel sound" when you need a rhyme"
£8.49   Used & New from: £2.73
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

The Songwriter's Idea Book
2.  The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis
The list author says:
  "Inspiration when you're stuck"
Used & New from: £10.53
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Successful Lyric Writing: A Step by Step Course and Workbook
3.  Successful Lyric Writing: A Step by Step Course and Workbook by Sheila Davis
The list author says:
  "Focus on the words from Gold-Record lyricist"
£14.83   Used & New from: £2.90
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting
4.  Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting by Jimmy Webb
The list author says:
  "Widely regarded as one of THE classics about songwriting"
£10.99   Used & New from: £6.31
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

The Craft of Lyric Writing
5.  The Craft of Lyric Writing by Sheila Davis
The list author says:
  "More from Shelia Davis on the Lyrics side of songwriting"
Used & New from: £21.71
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Karl Coryat/Nicholas Dobson: The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook: A Radical Guide to Cutting Loose, Overcoming Blocks, and Writing the Best Songs of Your Life
6.  Karl Coryat/Nicholas Dobson: The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook: A Radical Guide to Cutting Loose, Overcoming Blocks, and Writing the Best Songs of Your Life by Karl Coryat
The list author says:
  "Getting through creative blocks and laziness from one of Bass Player Mag's editors"
£15.99   Used & New from: £6.70
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Music Composition For Dummies All Inst
7.  Music Composition For Dummies All Inst by Scott Jarrett
The list author says:
  "Comprehensive advice from the ever-popular "Dummies" series"
£13.48   Used & New from: £5.64
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

How to Write Songs on Guitar: A Guitar-playing and Songwriting Course
8.  How to Write Songs on Guitar: A Guitar-playing and Songwriting Course by Rikky Rooksby
The list author says:
  "Specific info for guitarists who want to write songs"
£12.76   Used & New from: £8.88
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Six Steps to Songwriting Success: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs
9.  Six Steps to Songwriting Success: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs by Jason Blume
The list author says:
  "Tips from someone who's been there and done it in the Pop genre"
£7.99   Used & New from: £4.23
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Musician's Guide to Reading and Writing Music
10.  The Musician's Guide to Reading and Writing Music by Dave Stewart
The list author says:
  "On the technical side of songwriting - but good info"
£7.99   Used & New from: £4.38
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure: Tools and Techniques for Writing Better Lyrics
11.  Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure: Tools and Techniques for Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison
The list author says:
  "More on the lyrical side from Top teacher in the USA"
£9.59   Used & New from: £5.68
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Melody in Songwriting (Berklee Guide)
12.  Melody in Songwriting (Berklee Guide) by Jack Perricone
The list author says:
  "It's all about your "Tunes""
£13.56   Used & New from: £8.05
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Arranging Songs: How to Put the Parts Together
13.  Arranging Songs: How to Put the Parts Together by Rikky Rooksby
The list author says:
  "Building the songs up. Shows you how to arrange for acoustic, electric, bass, drums keys etc"
£14.87   Used & New from: £7.59
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Songwriting Sourcebook
14.  The Songwriting Sourcebook by Rikky Rooksby
The list author says:
  "Good overview of the various songwriting elements"
Used & New from: £9.18
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Lyrics: Writing Better Words for Your Songs (Songwriting)
15.  Lyrics: Writing Better Words for Your Songs (Songwriting) by Rikky Rooksby
The list author says:
  "Alternative lyric-writing advice"
£16.95   Used & New from: £8.72
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming
16.  Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming by Pat Pattison
The list author says:
  "How to best "USE" the rhymes you find in a rhyming dictionary"
£9.99   Used & New from: £4.70
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Songwriters on Songwriting: Revised and Expanded
17.  Songwriters on Songwriting: Revised and Expanded by Paul Zollo
The list author says:
  "Interviews with songwriters to inspire you"
£11.89   Used & New from: £8.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

The Songwriting Secrets of the "Beatles"
18.  The Songwriting Secrets of the "Beatles" by Dominic Pedler
The list author says:
  "Insight into the craft of the "Ultimate songwriters" of our time"
£23.96   Used & New from: £20.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting: 126 Proven Techniques for Writing Songs That Sell
19.  Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting: 126 Proven Techniques for Writing Songs That Sell by Robin Frederick
The list author says:
  "Short-cuts to writing hits?  Now you're talking..."
£31.67   Used & New from: £25.42
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Beatles: The Stories Behind the Songs, 1967-1970
20.  The Beatles: The Stories Behind the Songs, 1967-1970 by Steve Turner
The list author says:
  "More Beatles songwriting insights"
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.50
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Led Zeppelin: Stories Behind the Songs (Stories Behind Every Song)
21.  Led Zeppelin: Stories Behind the Songs (Stories Behind Every Song) by Chris Welch
The list author says:
  "Led Zep songwriting insights"
Used & New from: £2.50

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Tougher Than the Rest: 100 Bruce Springsteen Songs
22.  Tougher Than the Rest: 100 Bruce Springsteen Songs by June Skinner Sawyers
The list author says:
  "If the Boss is your bag"
Used & New from: £14.49
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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"Beatles" Complete Chord Songbook
23.  "Beatles" Complete Chord Songbook by Rikky Rooksby
The list author says:
  "Probably no better way to understand great songwriting structure than playing along to these"
£15.96   Used & New from: £11.25
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

The Big Acoustic Guitar Chord Songbook: Platinum Edition
24.  The Big Acoustic Guitar Chord Songbook: Platinum Edition by VARIOUS
The list author says:
  "More great examples of song structure to play along with"
£8.76   Used & New from: £2.63
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths
25.  Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths by Simon Goddard
The list author says:
  "This guy will probably go down as one of the greatest lyric-writers ever"
Used & New from: £29.39
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Gary Bird "Author of Gig-Getter & Rouse the Crowd" (Manchester, UK)
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