Top 5 Song Writers Of The 80's

I think the 80's produced great song writers and some exceptional music. Name your top 5 song writers of the '80's.

Here's mine:

5. Annie Lennox/Dave Stewart
4. David Bryne
3. Prince
2. Bono
1. Michael Stipe
So many great songwriters in the 80s that were also writing great songs in the 60s, 70s, 90s, and now (e.g. David Bowie). For songwriters generally associated with the 80s, however, I might also add in no particular order:

-Andy Partridge (XTC)
-Chris Difford/Glenn Tillbrook (Squeeze)
-Mark Hollis (Talk Talk)
-Bryan Ferry
-Danny Elfman (Oingo Boingo)

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Agree completely with Springsteen, Prince, Byrne, and Westerberg.

Others I would nominate, in no particular order:

Elvis Costello
Marshall Crenshaw
Tom Waits
Grant McLennan/Robert Forster (Go-Betweens)
Bob Mould/Grant Hart (Husker Du)
d boon (Minutemen)
Lou Reed (his best solo work was done in the 80s, IMO)

Finally, Lucinda Williams first came on the scene in the 80s, but did not produce her best work until the 90s. She is at or near the top of my list of top songwriters of the 90s.