Best Songwriters In Metal


The Top Ten

1 Steve Harris - Iron Maiden Steve Harris - Iron Maiden Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Now look even for now in the 2016 he can write for all the bands for his error not mistake but time there can not be better songs I've heard honestly Metallica and mega death are just as good but for real the difference is that you can hear the soul in his songs they reach you that's what they didn't behave though there are very few bore successful bands none but the top three so far can even wear Steve's shoes.

he has written so much metal classics and deserves to be recongised more. Some of the best songs he wrote are Hallowed be thy name, Run to the hills, The number of the beast, The trooper and aces high

Best bassist and songwriter EVER! - ahdjanhamid

This guy. if I was a medalcreatologist I would create him a medal.

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2 Dave Mustaine - Megadeth Dave Mustaine - Megadeth David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.

Dave Mustaine has such a unique style. Aggressive riffs (Holy Wars, Skin o My Teeth), grooving drum lines (Take No Prisoners, Wake up Dead), passionate lyrics (In my Darkest Hour, Sweating Bullets), awesome bass lines (Peace Sells, Poison was the Cure) and ripping solos (Hangar 18, Kick the Chair). Everything goes in tandem so well, and this is why Megadeth has created many masterpieces over the years.

Songs are metal and not about silly demons, religious stuff, mythology, death and crime but its about social, economical, political, ecological causes then its megadeth we are talking about.

Love his lyrics, they have a lot of passion in them, I suppose I should thank Metallica for making him angry. - PeterSteveBobGraemeBloke

Your out of the band

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3 James Hetfield - Metallica James Hetfield - Metallica James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

just the favorite one. I love the ONE's lyrics that also terrifies and puts you in that situation... the loneliness. Nothing Else Matters is also nice. Enter the sandman is also one of my favorites. Fade to Black, The Unforgiven etc. are also nice...! DIVYANSHU requests you to vote it..!

The only song his written by him self is motorbreath yet has written most of the lyrics for metallica

Great but still can't beat Dave Mustaine and Steve Harris.

Hey field is doing Davy a favor!

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4 Jeff Hanneman - Slayer Jeff Hanneman - Slayer Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Angel of death, Reign in blood, South of heaven, Disciple, Mandatory suicide. Quality not quantity.

We will miss forever your evil tunes RIP my great guitar player...

An awesome songwritter... RIP man!

5 Tuomas Holopainen - Nightwish Tuomas Holopainen - Nightwish Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen (born 25 December 1976) is a Finnish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician (but mainly keyboardist) and record producer, best known as the founder, leader, keyboardist and songwriter of symphonic metal band Nightwish. He also studied jazz and classical styles.

Nobody would beat the greatest songwriter in metal Tuomas Holopanien. He wrote great songs for Nightwish, and were great masterpieces regardless of who the singer is!

He have written some of the most beautiful metal lyrics and songs ever, like Ocean soul, Sleeping sun, etc. How he is not on the top 3?

Just listen to Ghost Love Score, The Poet And The Pendulum and The Greatest Show on Earth.

His songs are really meaningful and deep

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6 Mikael Akerfeldt - Opeth Mikael Akerfeldt - Opeth Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. more.

Riffs are mind blowing, great acoustic guitar parts, lyrics speak for themselves, always has interesting transitions, always keeps it interesting with unexpected changes. He is not only an incredible songwriter, but a very diverse songwriter. The greatest songwriter in metal.

Not many people can write songs that have such a wide range of emotions while pulling off both ends of the spectrum so well. It does not get any better than Mikael.

His Lyrics are Incredible! Check out the lyrics for many of Opeth's songs. His lyrics are like poetry

The best player of words after steve harris one of the best gift music has ever recieved

7 Chuck Schuldiner - Death Chuck Schuldiner - Death Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.

Chuck wrote the greatest, most inspiring and symbolic lyrics in metal history!

Chuck made the most defining lyrics I've read.

Amazing look up sound of perseverance this proves it

Absolutely. - Caleb9000

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8 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

Why isn't Dio at least top 10?

9 Jon Schaffer - Iced Earth Jon Schaffer - Iced Earth Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory".

By far the best metal lyricist in the 90'. Just listen to Dante's Inferno, that will do it.

10 John Petrucci - Dream Theater John Petrucci - Dream Theater John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

The Contenders

11 Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle more.
12 Maynard James Keenan - Tool Maynard James Keenan - Tool Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

The best hands down. Before voting bands Metallica, iron maiden, and megadeth blindly. Take a minute to listen to tool and learn to appreciate the lyrics. They are about real meaningful stuff. I'd say the best songwriter of the last 20 years - ryanrimmel

He's by far the best there is, whether you're talking about technical genius with his syllable coordination or overall story telling in every way this man is the greatest writer there is

His lyrics reach way beyond conventional and even rational thought. He plays on the psyche of every listener and pushes them to either learn more or question what is.

Straight up artistically rich bald head

13 Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple; Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple; Rainbow Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.

His songs are so perfectly written that should be compiled in a "Songwriting Handbook" and studied carefully. Ritchie Blackmore knows how to write melodic metal stuff but it's classy melodic. Not cheesy melodic.

Try "Gates of Babylon" and "Stargazer" (Rainbow).

14 King Diamond - Mercyful Fate King Diamond - Mercyful Fate Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums more.
15 Mat Sinner - Primal Fear Mat Sinner - Primal Fear Mat Sinner is a bassist, vocalist, songwriter and record producer from Stuttgart, Germany. He is best known as the bassist and primary songwriter for the metal band Primal Fear.
16 Jeff Waters Speaks - Annihilator

Incredible gift for riffs, solos and melodies. - Metal_Treasure

17 Glenn Tipton - Judas Priest Glenn Tipton - Judas Priest Glenn Raymond Tipton is an English Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter. He is most commonly known as the lead guitarist for English heavy metal band Judas Priest.
18 Michael Weikath - Helloween Michael Weikath - Helloween
19 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's more.
20 Floor Jansen - After Forever Floor Jansen - After Forever Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.

She is a remarkable songwriter. Listen to the concept albums Invisible circles (about children) Very beautiful song, very deep lyrics.

After Forever has disbanded, though.

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Top Remixes (8)

1. Steve Harris - Iron Maiden
2. Jeff Hanneman - Slayer
3. Dave Mustaine - Megadeth
1. Corey Taylor - Slipknot
2. Serj Tankian
3. James Hetfield - Metallica
1. Mikael Akerfeldt - Opeth
2. John Petrucci - Dream Theater
3. Steve Harris - Iron Maiden

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