I just stumbled across the factoid that the singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon co-wrote a song with a songwriter named Sharon Sheeley called “Dum Dum,” which Brenda Lee made into a Top 10 hit in 1961. It occurred to me that it’s pretty rare for two or more female songwriters to team up to write a hit song (with no male songwriters involved). Or is it? I’m trying to think of other examples.
The song “Vacation” by the Go-Go’s is the best one I can think of. It was written by the group members.
I thought of the Indigo Girls, but apparently they don’t write together, just individually.
I guess some of the Riot Grrrl groups of the 1990s would be likely suspects, but what universally well-known song has come out of that crowd?
First thought, along with Carole King being Carole King, super collaborator.
Another person is Linda Perry, originally of Four Non-Blondes and now a superproducer for folks like Pink and Christina Aguilera. I am not going to Google because I am sure there are plenty of co-writers, but I know Perry digs in and works hard with the individual artists.
I’ve actually seen Toni Wine perform that song in person, thanks for reminding me of it.
There’s also the twin sisters of Tegan and Sara, who have written loads of songs together. In recent years they’ve utilized outside collaborators on some songs, but they’re undeniably good writers on their own.