Best Songwriters In Metal


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21 Tobias Sammet - Edguy, Avantasia Tobias Sammet - Edguy, Avantasia Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.

He writes music and lyrics for 2 active bands in parallel! - Metal_Treasure

Composes great tracks and writes great lyrics

22 Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Great live performanced, touching songs.
Songs that are hard to preform.

23 Blackie Lawless - W.A.S.P.

Blackie is a genius and hands down the best song writer in heavy metal. Just listen to The Crimson Idol. Every song is a masterpiece!

24 Quorthon - Bathory Quorthon - Bathory Tomas Börje Forsberg, known by the stage name Quorthon (1966-2004), was a Swedish musician. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of the band Bathory, which pioneered the black metal genre and is credited with creating the Viking metal style. A multi-instrumentalist, Quorthon wrote more.

Actually, Bathory's songs have a lot of great, epic(in all meanings), and sometimes somewhat sad("One Rode To Asa Bay") lyrics. It was a great loss for metal when he died.

Quorthon was a real songwriting- mastermind.
Should be under the Top 5

25 Kai Hansen - Helloween Kai Hansen - Helloween

A really good composer, much underrated here, should be under the top five in my humble opinion.

Kai should be in Top Ten... He is better than Weiki... Wrote more Important songs in Helloween and Wrote great songs with Gamma Ray...

26 Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.
27 Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden Adrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks. V 1 Comment
28 Randy Rhoads - Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads - Ozzy Osbourne Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.
29 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.

This guy is brilliant, he's made many great albums, and has a very diverse discography too (unlike Slayer, Cannibal etc.), he just plays whatever he feels like, for instance with SYL he did some brutal & fast stuff, later on in his solo career he did some somewhat more psychedelic things like Accelerated Evolution and some spacy relaxed stuff like Ghost. Helluva musician

Easily the best. With an ability to write such diversified yet ever-mind blowing music he should undoubtedly be in the top 10 at least. Listen to the album 'Terria' and come back and tell me I'm wrong, no other songwriter here could write something so inventive and inspired.

30 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan - Avenged Sevenfold Jimmy James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Avenged more.

He wrote mostly of Avenged Sevenfold's top hits and all the Pinkly Smooth songs. The songs he wrote were very creative (listen to Pinkly Smooth - Mezmer / Avenged Sevenfold - A Little Piece Of Heaven).
He also was the drummer and background singer for Avenged Sevenfold and the lead vocalist and keyboarder for Pinkly Smooth.

A Little Piece of Heaven
Welcome to the Family
Chapter Four
Almost Easy
Bat Country
Seize the Day
Save Me

31 Till Lindemann - Rammstein Till Lindemann - Rammstein
32 Mark Jansen - Epica
33 Rolf Kasparek - Running Wild
34 Michael Amott - Arch Enemy; Spiritual Beggars Michael Amott - Arch Enemy; Spiritual Beggars Michael Amott is a British-born Swedish guitarist, songwriter, founding member of the bands Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, and Carnage, as well as a former member of the grindcore band Carcass.
35 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.
36 Al Jourgensen - Ministry Al Jourgensen - Ministry Alain David Jourgensen (born Alejandro Ramírez Casas) is a Cuban-American musician, best known as the founder and frontman of industrial metal band Ministry (a pioneering band in the industrial metal genre).
37 Phil Anselmo - Pantera Phil Anselmo - Pantera Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

This nazi can't write. Hasn't got any talent, just got famous because his redneck band made music that wannabe-tough-guy teens liked

38 Burton C. Bell - Fear Factory Burton C. Bell - Fear Factory Burton Christopher Bell is an American musician and vocalist, best known as the frontman and co-founder of the industrial metal band Fear Factory, of which he's the only consistent member.
39 Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom
40 Tony Kakko - Sonata Arctica Tony Kakko - Sonata Arctica Toni Kristian "Tony" Kakko is a Finnish musician, composer and vocalist. He is mainly known as the vocalist, primary songwriter, and creative force in the band Sonata Arctica since 1996.
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