The credits...

Although Status Quo have released many cover versions during their carreer most of their songs were written by band members and close friends.

Frontmen Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt (both founding members of Status Quo and still with the band), former bass player Alan Lancaster (founding member, left 1985), keyboarder Andrew Bown (1976 - today), John 'Rhino' Edwards (1986 - today), and the 'inofficial' members Bob Young (first collaboration 1969) and Bernie Frost (first collaboration 1973) created a vast amount of songs for the band.

Other members, such as John Coghlan (founding member, left 1981), Roy Lynes (founding member, left 1970), Jeff Rich (1986 - 2000), and Matt Letley (2000 - 2012) contributed as well. The only band member without songwriting credits is former drummer Pete Kircher (1982 - 1985).

This page lists all songs of the major songwriters in alphabetical order (official releases only). Not listed here are bootleg-only tracks and songs written by band members which have not been released under the name of Status Quo / Spectres / Traffic Jam (e.g. solo albums). Re-recorded songs are listed only once.

Below you find the songs written by these authors (* marks authors whose songs the band cover - as opposed to songs written for or with the band):

 

Songwriter

Songs

189

104

81

66

60

58

39

17

8

7

8

7

7

6

5

4

4

3

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

 

 

(to be continued...)


Francis Rossi (A-L)

A B BLUES
A REASON FOR LIVING
ADDRESS BOOK
ALL AROUND MY HAT
ALL STAND UP
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
ALL WE REALLY WANNA DO (POLLY)
ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE THERE
ANALYSE TIME
AND I DO
AND IT'S BETTER NOW
ANOTHER DAY
ANOTHER GAME IN TOWN
(APRIL) SPRING, SUMMER AND WEDNESDAYS
BABY BOY
BABY GOODBYE / GOODBYE BABY
BACK ON MY FEET
BEAUTIFUL
BEGINNING OF THE END
BETTER THAN THAT
BETTER TIMES
BIG FAT MAMA
BLACK VEILS OF MELANCHOLY
BLESSED ARE THE MEEK
BLUES AND RHYTHM
BREAK THE RULES
BREAKING AWAY
BULA BULA QUO (KUA NI LEGA)
BURNING BRIDGES
CALLING
CAN'T BE DONE
CAN'T GIVE YOU MORE
CAROLINE
CIAO - CIAO
CLAUDIE
COME ROCK WITH ME
CREAM OF THE CROP
CUPID STUPID
DEAD IN THE WATER
DIGGIN' BURT BACHARACH
DIRTY WATER
DOESN'T MATTER
DON'T GIVE IT UP
DON'T MIND IF I DO
DON'T WASTE MY TIME
DOWN DOWN
DOWN TO YOU
DUST TO GOLD
DREAMIN'
ELECTRIC ARENA
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
EVERYTHING
FACE WITHOUT A SOUL
FAKIN' THE BLUES
FAME OR MONEY
FIGHTING WITH THE PACK
FINE FINE FINE
FORTY-FIVE HUNDRED TIMES
FROZEN HERO
GERDUNDULA

GOIN' NOWHERE
GOOD THINKING (BATMAN)
GOODBYE BABY /BABY GOODBYE
GOTTA GET UP AND GO
HALLOWEEN
HARD TIME
HEARTBURN
HEAVY TRAFFIC
HOLD YOU BACK
I AIN'T READY
I AIN'T WAISTIN' MY TIME
I DON'T WANNA HURT YOU ANYMORE
I SAW THE LIGHT
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN
I WANT IT
I'M GIVING UP MY WORRYING
I'M WATCHING OVER YOU
IN MY CHAIR
IN YOUR EYES
INVITATION
IS THERE A BETTER WAY?
IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU
JEALOUSY

KEEP ME GUESSING
LAKKY LADY
LATE LAST NIGHT
LEAN MACHINE
LET ME FLY
LET'S START AGAIN
LIES
LIKE A GOOD GIRL
LIKE A ZOMBIE
LIKE IT OR NOT
LITTLE DREAMER
LITTLE MISS NOTHING
LONELY
LONELY NIGHT
LONG AGO
LOVE IN VAIN
LOVER OF THE HUMAN RACE

 

Francis Rossi (M-Z)

 

RickParfitt (A-L)

A B BLUES
A REASON FOR LIVING
AGAIN AND AGAIN
AIN'T COMPLAINING
ALRIGHT
ALL AROUND MY HAT
ALL THAT MONEY
ALL THE REASONS

BACKWATER
BELAVISTA MAN
BIG FAT MAMA
BLUE EYED LADY
BREAK THE RULES
BREAKING AWAY
CAN'T SEE FOR LOOKING
COMING AND GOING

CREEPIN' UP ON YOU
DOING IT ALL FOR YOU
DON'T DRIVE MY CAR
DON'T GIVE IT UP
DON'T THINK IT MATTERS
DRIFTING AWAY
DRIVING TO GLORY
END OF THE LINE
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
EVERYTHING
FACE WITHOUT A SOUL
FALLING IN FALLING OUT
FAMILIAR BLUES
FIGHTING WITH THE PACK
FOR YOU
FORTY-FIVE HUNDRED TIMES
GET OUT AND WALK
GOGOGO
GOOD SIGN
GOOD THINKING (BATMAN)
HALLOWEEN
HARD TIME
HEARTBURN
HEAVY DAZE
HOLD ME
HOLD YOU BACK
IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME
JOANNE
JUMP THAT ROCK (WHATEVER YOU WANT)
JUSTTAKE ME

KEEP ME GUESSING
LAKKY LADY
LATE LAST NIGHT
LEAN MACHINE
LEAVE A LITTLE LIGHT ON
LET'S ROCK
LITTLE LADY
LITTLE MISS NOTHING
LITTLE WHITE LIES
LIVING ON AN ISLAND
LONELY
LONELY MAN
LONELY NIGHT
LONG LEGGED GIRLS
LOOKING OUT FOR CAROLINE
LUCINDA

 

Rick Parfitt (M-Z)

Bob Young

ALL STAND UP
AND IT'S BETTER NOW
ANOTHER DAY
ANTIQUE ANGELIQUE
(APRIL) SPRING, SUMMER AND WEDNESDAYS
BABY BOY
BABY GOODBYE / GOODBYE BABY
BETTER THAN THAT
BREAK THE RULES

BULA BULA QUO (KUA NI LEGA)
CAN'T GIVE YOU MORE
CAROLINE
CLAUDIE
COMING AND GOING
CUPID STUPID
DIGGIN' BURT BACHARACH
DIRTY WATER
DON'T WASTE MY TIME
DOWN DOWN
ELECTRIC ARENA
FALLING IN FALLING OUT
FINE FINE FINE
GERDUNDULA
GOOD THINKING (BATMAN)
GOODBYE BABY /BABY GOODBYE
GOTTA GET UP AND GO
HEAVY TRAFFIC
HIGH FLYER
HOLD YOU BACK
I AIN'T READY
I AIN'T WAISTIN' MY TIME
I DON'T WANNA HURT YOU ANYMORE
I SAW THE LIGHT
I'M WATCHING OVER YOU
IN MY CHAIR
INVITATION
IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU
KEEP ME GUESSING

LATE LAST NIGHT
LET'S START AGAIN
LIKE A GOOD GIRL
LIVING ON AN ISLAND
LONELY NIGHT
LOOKING OUT FOR CAROLINE

MAD ABOUT THE BOY
MEAN GIRL
MONEY DON'T MATTER
MOST OF THE TIME
MOVIN' ON
MY LITTLE HEARTBREAKER
MY OLD WAYS
MYSTERY SONG
NANANA
NEED YOUR LOVE
NIGHTRIDE
NOTHING AT ALL
ONE BY ONE
PAPER PLANE
PENNSYLVANIA BLUES TONIGHT
RAILROAD
RHYTHM OF LIFE
RING OF A CHANGE
ROLL OVER LAY DOWN
SHADY LADY
SHIFTING SAND
SHY FLY
SLOW TRAIN
SOLID GOLD
SPINNING WHEEL BLUES
THAT'S A FACT
THE CLOWN
THE WINNER
THINKINGOF YOU

TONGUE TIED
TUNE TO THE MUSIC
UNSPOKEN WORDS
WHAT TO DO
WHEN I AWAKE
YOU LET ME DOWN
YOU LOST THE LOVE
YOU'LL COME 'ROUND

 

Andrew Bown

A B BLUES
AGAIN AND AGAIN
ALL AROUND MY HAT
ANALYSE TIME
ANOTHER SHIPWRECK
ANY WAY YOU LIKE IT
BEAUTIFUL
BLUES AND RHYTHM
BREAKING AWAY
BURNING BRIDGES
CALLING THE SHOTS
CAN'T SEE FOR LOOKING
CIAO-CIAO

CONFIDENCE
DEAD IN THE WATER
DO IT AGAIN
DON'T DRIVE MY CAR
DON'T STOP ME NOW
DOWN TO YOU
DUST TO GOLD
FALLING IN FALLING OUT

FAME OR MONEY
FAMILIAR BLUES
FAMOUS IN THE LAST CENTURY
FIGURE OF EIGHT
FROZEN HERO
GET OUT AND WALK

GOING DOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME
GONE THRU THE SLIPS
GREEN
HEART ON HOLD
I DON'T REMEMBER ANYMORE
JUMP THAT ROCK (WHATEVER YOU WANT)
KEEP'EM COMING

LITTLE ME AND YOU
LONG LEGGED LINDA
LOVER OF THE HUMAN RACE
MORTIFIED
NAME OF THE GAME
NEVASHOODA
NEVER LEAVE A FRIEND BEHIND
NO CONTRACT
NOTHING COMES EASY
OH! WHAT A NIGHT
POINT OF NO RETURN
RESURRECTION
ROCK 'N' ROLL 'N' YOU
ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP

ROTTEN TO THE BONE
ROUND AND ROUND
RUN TO MUMMY
SADDLING UP
SHE DON'T FOOL ME
SHE KNEW TOO MUCH
SHERRI DON'T FAIL ME NOW
SURVIVAL
TAKE ME AWAY
TEMPORARY FRIEND
THE BUBBLE
TILTING AT THE MILL
TOO CLOSE TO THE GROUND
VELVET TRAIN
WARNING SHOT
WHATEVER YOU WANT
YOU NEVER STOP
YOUR SMILING FACE

 

Bernie Frost

A YEAR
ADDRESS BOOK
ALL WE REALLY WANNA DO (POLLY)
AND I DO
ANOTHER GAME IN TOWN
BACK ON MY FEET
BETTER TIMES
BLESSED ARE THE MEEK
CALLING
CAN'T BE DONE
COME ROCK WITH ME / ROCKIN' ON
CREAM OF THE CROP
DOESN'T MATTER
DREAMIN'
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
FAKIN' THE BLUES
FIGHTING WITH THE PACK
GOIN' NOWHERE
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN
I'M GIVING UP MY WORRYING
IN YOUR EYES
JEALOUSY
LET ME FLY
LIES
LIKE A ZOMBIE
LIKE IT OR NOT
LITTLE DREAMER
LONG AGO
MAGIC
MAKING WAVES
MARGUERITA TIME
NEVER TOO LATE
NOT AT ALL
PERFECT REMEDY
QUEENIE
REARRANGE
RIVERSIDE
ROCK'N'ROLL
ROCKIN' ON / COME ROCK WITH ME
ROLL THE DICE
RUDE AWAKENING TIME
RUNAWAY
SAIL AWAY
SOFT IN THE HEAD
SOMEONE SHOW ME HOME
SORRY
STAY THE NIGHT
TANGO
THAT'S ALRIGHT
THE GREATEST FIGHTER
THE WAY IT GOES
1000 YEARS
THROW HER A LINE
TOMMY / TOMMY'S IN LOVE
TOSSIN' AND TURNIN'
TWENTY WILD HORSES
UNDER THE INFLUENCE
WHAT YOU'RE PROPOSING
WIN OR LOSE
YOUNG PRETENDER

 

Alan Lancaster

A B BLUES
A YEAR
ALL THE REASONS
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
ANTIQUE ANGELIQUE
AUNTIE NELLIE
BACKWATER
BIG MAN
BLUE EYED LADY
BLUE FOR YOU
BREAK THE RULES
BROKEN MAN
DAUGHTER
DO YOU LIVE IN FIRE?
DON'T STOP ME NOW
DON'T THINK IT MATTERS
DRIFTING AWAY
EASE YOUR MIND
GONNA TEACH YOU TO LOVE ME
GOOD THINKING (BATMAN)
GOTTA GO HOME
HARD RIDE
HIGH FLYER
HURDY GURDY MAN
I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL
I WANT IT
I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW
IS IT REALLY ME?
IS THERE A BETTER WAY?
JOANNE
JUST TAKE ME
LATICIA
LET'S RIDE
LONELY MAN
LONELY NIGHT
LOVE IN VAIN
MOUNTAIN LADY
NAME OF THE GAME
NOTHING AT ALL
OL' RAG BLUES
OVER AND DONE
OVER THE EDGE
ROLL OVER LAY DOWN
ROLLING HOME
SO ENDS ANOTHER LIFE
SOFTER RIDE
SOMEONE'S LEARNING
(THERE'S) SOMETHING GOING ON IN MY HEAD
STONES
SUNNY CELLOPHANE SKIES
THE CLOWN
THE WILD ONES
TOO FAR GONE
UMLEITUNG
WHEN I AWAKE
WHO ASKED YOU?
YOU DON'T OWN ME
YOUR KIND OF LOVE

John 'Rhino' Edwards

ALL AROUND MY HAT
ANY WAY YOU LIKE IT
BAD NEWS
BEGINNING OF THE END
BELAVISTA MAN
CAN'T SEE FOR LOOKING
CREEPIN' UP ON YOU

DO IT AGAIN
DON'T GIVE IT UP
DON'T MIND IF I DO
DRIVING TO GLORY
DUST TO GOLD
EVERYTIME I THINK OF YOU

FIJI TIME
GOING DOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME
GRAVY TRAIN
HEAVY TRAFFIC
LUCINDA
MORTIFIED
NOTHING COMES EASY
OBSTRUCTION DAY
POINT OF NO RETURN
REALITY CHEQUE
ROUND AND ROUND

RUN AND HIDE (THE GUN SONG)
SHERRI DON'T FAIL ME NOW
SHINE ON
TEMPORARY FRIEND
THE BUBBLE
THE LOVING GAME
THE MADNESS
THE ORIENTAL
THE WAY I AM
THIS IS ME
TILTING AT THE MILL
TWO WAY TRAFFIC
VELVET TRAIN

WARNING SHOT
YOU NEVER STOP

 

Pip Williams

ACCIDENT PRONE
AIN'T COMPLAINING
BAD COMPANY
DOING IT ALL FOR YOU

GOOD SIGN
HALLOWEEN
HEAVY DAZE
LONG LEGGED GIRLS
MAN OVERBOARD
ONE FOR THE MONEY
ONE MAN BAND
OVERDOSE
ROCK'N'ROLL FLOORBOARDS

THE POWER OF ROCK
THE REASON FOR GOODBYE
WHO AM I?
WHO GETS THE LOVE?

Jeff Rich

ALL AROUND MY HAT
EVERYTIME I THINK OF YOU
MORTIFIED
NOTHING COMES EASY
TEMPORARY FRIEND
THE LOVING GAME
THE WAY I AM
TILTING AT THE MILL

 

Roy Lynes

I WANT IT
NOTHING AT ALL
THE CLOWN
TO BE FREE
SAY THAT YOU NEED ME
UMLEITUNG
WAIT JUST A MINUTE

Chuck Berry

BYE BYE JOHNNY
CAROL
MEMPHIS TENNESSEE
NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO
ROCK'N'ROLL MUSIC
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
YOU NEVER CAN TELL (IT WAS A TEENAGE WEDDING)

 

Wayne Morris

ALL THAT MONEY
ALRIGHT

GOGOGO
HOLD ME
IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME
LEAVE A LITTLE LIGHT ON
LET'S ROCK
MYSTERY ISLAND

 

John David

ALL THAT COUNTS IS LOVE
CROSS THAT BRIDGE
I DIDN'T MEAN IT
KICK ME WHEN I'M DOWN
RED SKY
ROLLIN' HOME
THE PARTY AIN'T OVER YET

John Coghlan

A B BLUES
BREAK THE RULES
GOOD THINKING (BATMAN)
I WANT IT
LONELY NIGHT
ROLL OVER LAY DOWN

Anthony King

ARE YOU GROWING TIRED OF MY LOVE
JOSÉ
MR MIND DETECTOR
TECHNICOLOR DREAMS
VELVET CURTAINS

 

Mick Green

BIG MAN
GONNA TEACH YOU TO LOVE ME
HARD RIDE
YOU DON'T OWN ME

 

'Little Richard' Penniman

LONG TALL SALLY
YOU KEEP A KNOCKIN'
LUCILLE

 

Pat Barlow

ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE THERE
HURDY GURDY MAN
LATICIA

 

Matt Letley

NEVASHOODA
RUNNING INSIDE MY HEAD
YOU NEVER STOP
YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME

 

Marty Wilde & Ronnie Scott

ELIZABETH DREAMS
ICE IN THE SUN
PARADISE FLAT/PARADISE FLATS

 

Mike Paxman

EVERYTIME I THINK OF YOU
THE WAY I AM

 

John C. Fogerty

PROUD MARY
ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD/RUNNIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

Ian Hunter

ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY
SPEECHLESS

 

John Lennon & Paul McCartney

GET BACK
(IT'S) GETTING BETTER

Stuart St. Paul

Ernesto Maresca

Peter John Huchins

 

 

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