Now and again an interesting law review article shows up that anyone can appreciate. Enter Professor Alex Long and his article on the most oft quoted musicians in legal journals and judicial opinions. Here’s your top 1o list from 2006:

Artist Number of Citations in Legal Journals Number of Citations in Judicial Opinions Total
1. Bob Dylan 160 26 186
2. The Beatles 71 3 74
3. Bruce Springsteen 64 5 69
4. Paul Simon 51 8 59
5. Woody Guthrie 42 1 43
6. Rolling Stones 35 4 39
7. Grateful Dead 30 2 32
8. Simon & Garfunkel 26 4 30
9. Joni Mitchell 27 1 28
10. R.E.M. 27 0 27

[Insert Song Lyrics Here]: The Uses and Misuses of Popular Music Lyrics in Legal Writing

Alex Long’s [Insert Song Lyrics Here]: The Uses and Misuses of Popular Music Lyrics in Legal Writing