Now you're talking. For my tastes, also Paul Westerberg. As a player, he really came into his own on Pleased To Meet Me, and on the Replacements' last tour he was just torching "Answering Machine." 'Course we're also talking here about the best songwriter of the 80s and the best one of the 90s... The mention of Springsteen seems astute to me too. Especially when you factor in songwriting, he's gotta be in the conversation.