The July 10, 2012 Atlantic article, 25 Great Songwriters on the Art of Songwriting by Tom Hawking, demonstrates superb editorial perspicacity in featuring a photo of Leonard Cohen in the banner for the piece and placing Cohen first among those 25 songwriters, a list that includes John Lennon, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Björk, Patti Smith, and others.
The entire article is an interesting and worthwhile read. As a random example of the content, I’ve chosen the Leonard Cohen sagacity quoted there:
I’m writing all the time. And as the songs begin to coalesce, I’m not doing anything else but writing. I wish I were one of those people who wrote songs quickly. But I’m not. So it takes me a great deal of time to find out what the song is.