Well that was a `rum` blog, but without further ado here are the results in ascending order, (votes in brackets):
Receiving one vote each: Marc Almond, Ian Anderson, Burt Bacharach, Syd Barrett, Irving Berlin, Buck/Berry/Mills/Stipe, Sammy Kahn & Jerome Kern, Charli XCX, Kurt Cobain, Sam Cooke, Cathal Coughlan, John Darnielle, Difford & Tillbrook, Nick drake, Richard Drummie, Stephen Duffy, Greg Dulli, Stephen Foster, Gamble & Huff, George & Ira Gershwin, The Gibb Brothers, Gilbert & Sullivan, Martin Gore, Peter Green, Greenwich/Barry/Spector, Kristin Hersh, Nick Heyward, Noddy Holder & Jim Lea, Howard Jones, Paul Kelly, Carole King, Mark King, Leadbelly, John Lennon, Jerry Lieber/Mike Stoller, Mark Linkous, Little Richard, Frank Loesser, Ian Mackaye, John Martin, Paddy McAloon, Mogg & Way, Morrissey, Van Morrison, Randy Newman, Roland Orzabal, Andy Partridge, Prince, Smokey Robinson, Tom Rowlands & Ed Simons, Tom Russel, Mike Scott, Stephen Sondheim, Richard Strauss, Joe Strummer & Mick Jones, Tennant & Lowe, Harry Vanda & George Young, Clifford T Ward, Diane Warren, Roger Waters, Jimmy Webb, Kurt Weill, Stevie Wonder.
19th (2): Becker/Fagan, Black Francis, Nigel Blackwell, Nick Cave, Duke Ellington, Noel Gallagher, George Gershwin, Buddy Holly, Jackie Leven, Shane McGowan, Morrissey/Marr, Lou Reed, The RZA, Richard Thompson, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young.
14th (3): Bacharach & David, Chuck Berry, Tom Waits, Paul Weller, Hank Williams.
10th (4): David Bowie, Goffin/King, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson.
6th (5): Elvis Costello, Holland/Dozier/Holland, Paul McCartney, Cole Porter.
4th (6) Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies.
3rd (7) Paul Simon
2nd (13) Bob Dylan
1st (14) Lennon/McCartney.
It ended up being a two horse race between Dylan and Lennon/McCartney which was probably expected or was it? I thought Dylan would win easily, wrong again.
I could have made this a better blog by being a bit more clear in my original post but thanks to those who took part.