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This list combines artists and writers to whom critics have compared the songs and performance of 69 Love Songs with a few influences that Stephin Merritt has himself cited. Click on each name to visit a source article that claims an influence for the artist concerned. (Only one source is given for each artist, though some — for example, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin — are cited very frequently.)

[Burt Bacharach]
[The Beach Boys]
[The Bee Gees]
[Irving Berlin]
[Brill Building]
[David Bowie]
[Kate Bush]
[David Byrne]
[The Carter Family]
[Johnny Cash]
[Nick Cave]. See also [Stephin Merritt interviews Nick Cave]
[Leonard Cohen]
[Noel Coward]
[Ian Curtis]
[Henry Darger]
[The Divine Comedy]
[John Dos Passos]
[Einsturzende Neubauten]. See also [Stephin Merritt reviews Einsturzende Neubauten]
[John Foxx]
[Boy George]
[Gilbert and Sullivan]
[John Giorno]
[Philip Glass]
[Gerry Goffin and Carole King]
[Lorenz Hart]
[Moss Hart]
[Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus]
[Kraftwerk]. See also [Stephin Merritt reviews Kraftwerk]
[Tom Lehrer]
[Annie Lennox]
[Julie London]
[Alvin Lucier]
[Randy Newman]
[Gary Numan]
[Phil Oakey/The Human League]
[Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark]
[Penguin Café Orchestra]
[Harry Partch]
[Dolly Parton]
[Cole Porter]
[Grandma Prisbey]
[Steve Reich]
[Jimmie Rodgers]
[Soft Cell]
[Paul Simon]
[Frank Sinatra]
[Stephen Sondheim]
[Phil Spector]. See also [Stephin Merritt writes about Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love]
[Tiny Tim]
[Velvet Underground]
[Tom Waits]
[Scott Walker]
[Kurt Weill]
[Brian Wilson]

See the [stephinsources blog] for further Stephin Merritt influences.

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