Patti Smith

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Patricia Lee Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, poet, painter, author and photographer whose 1975 debut album Horses made her an influential member of the New York City-based punk rock movement. Smith has fused rock and poetry in her work. In 1978, her most widely known song, "Because the Night", co-written with Bruce Springsteen, reached 13th on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and fifth on the UK Singles Chart. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Patti Smith has received more than 11,764,666 page views. Her biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Patti Smith is the 23rd most popular singer (up from 36th in 2019), the 132nd most popular biography from United States (up from 224th in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Singer.

Patti Smith is most famous for her book "Just Kids" which is a memoir of her early life with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

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    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.49

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, Patti Smith ranks 23 out of 4,381Before her are Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Demis Roussos, Tupac Shakur, and Enrico Caruso. After her are Montserrat Caballé, Umm Kulthum, Brian Johnson, Farinelli, Serge Gainsbourg, and Cesária Évora.

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Among people born in 1946, Patti Smith ranks 13Before her are Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Sonia Gandhi, Bill Clinton, Alan Rickman, Demis Roussos, and Ted Bundy. After her are Gerard 't Hooft, Bon Scott, Jane Birkin, Mireille Mathieu, George Best, and Charlotte Rampling.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Patti Smith ranks 132 out of 20,380Before her are Meryl Streep (1949), Douglas MacArthur (1880), Richard Feynman (1918), Michael Douglas (1944), William Faulkner (1897), and Milton Friedman (1912). After her are Will Smith (1968), Rosa Parks (1913), William James (1842), Bobby Fischer (1943), Edwin Hubble (1889), and Phineas Gage (1823).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Patti Smith ranks 11Before her are Cher (1946), Tina Turner (1939), Frank Sinatra (1915), Jim Morrison (1943), Joan Baez (1941), and Tupac Shakur (1971). After her are Whitney Houston (1963), Johnny Cash (1932), Barry White (1944), Barbra Streisand (1942), James Brown (1933), and 50 Cent (1975).