1 Tony Iommi
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 ...read more.
If it weren't for Iommi and his guitar, metal wouldn't exist. - IronSabbathPriest
2 Brian May
Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
The best queen songwriter - gemcloben
Wrote most of Queen's songs - HQVL
3 Dave Mustaine
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 ...read more.
Metallica wasn't thrash until Dave Mustaine was in, and then they established thrash as being the first band to do it once Dave got kicked out. Admit it, the guy basically is the Godfather of Thrash.
A very unique style - gemcloben
4 Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
He can certainly settle for "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday", two of the most popular songs in history.
Strawberry fields is his best song - gemcloben
5 Steve Harris
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.
Harris is an great songwriter and an awesome bassist as well. - IronSabbathPriest
6 James Hetfield
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.
A great member, he has contributed songwriting to all of their songs. - IronSabbathPriest
7 Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.
Why is he so low? He wrote the most creative song of all time: Bohemian Rhapsody.
Come on! 22nd? Freddie? He is in the top 5.
22nd? Is this the real life?
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I don't understand the voters...
8 Ritchie Blackmore
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 ...read more.
The most creative metal musician - created the first rock songs based on classical music structures/ scales, now known as heavy metal. - Metal_Treasure
9 Desmond Child
He is the real deal on this list and should be at #1.
Nobody wrote so many hits performed by different rock and pop artists (several Grammy winners). I’m talking about more than 50 great hits of this calibre (basically the best songs of these artists):
Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Bad Medicine, This ain't A Love Song, Keep the Faith, Diamond Ring, and many more.
Aerosmith - Crazy, Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Angel, What it Takes, Hole in My Soul, etc.
KISS - I Was Made for Lovin' You, Heaven's on Fire
Joan Jett - I Hate Myself for Loving You
Alice Cooper - Poison
Cher - Just Like Jesse James, Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?
Ricky Martin - Livin' la Vida Loca, She Bangs, Nobody Wants to Be Lonely, Shake Your Bon-Bon
… and so on. - Metal_Treasure
10 Björn Ulvaeus
11 Zakk Wylde
Zakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.
12 Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
13 John Lennon
John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
The best there is and ever was! By the way, HE wrote Strawberry Fields.
Cutting edge, other worldly and brutally honest lyrics...always! - Pfeifferpfan
Strawberry fields, Across The Universe, Walrus, Lucy In the skies, Sexy Sadie, Jealous Guy, Gimme some Truth, Working Class Hero, Imagine, Happiness s a Warm Gun, Min Games, Instant Karma.
14 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 ...read more.
Best metal bassist ever - gemcloben
15 Eddie Van Halen
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
Most innovate guitarist ever - gemcloben
16 Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
As good s a guitarist as a writer - gemcloben
17 Gary Moore
Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.
This guy is very talented - created great songs in several genres: blues, metal, rock, jazz - Metal_Treasure
18 David Foster
David Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who has won 16 Grammys.
Has written or produced so many monster songs, he is called "The Hit Man", with over 500 million total sold.
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19 Jon Schaffer
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".
He writes very good songs - heavy and melodic at the same time. - Metal_Treasure
20 Hans Zimmer
Hans Florian Zimmer is a German film score composer and record producer. Since the 1980s, he has composed music for over 150 films.
The king of movie soundtracks - composed music for over 150 films and won several prestigious awards (Academy, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards).
OST: Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Thin Red Line, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar - Metal_Treasure
21 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.
Seriously no one out there as creative and diverse as him. If you haven't yet, go listen now! 'Terria' is one of his most inventive works
22 Tony Banks
23 Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
24 George Harrison
George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
25 Amy Lee
Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.
Amy Lee wrote all (or most) of Evanescence's songs, in which a bunch were big hits! She deserves to be number one! - ChubbyTheLlama
26 Jim Morrison
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
27 John Petrucci
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. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.
Petrucci's solos make Dream Theater what they ae. He is also their primary lyricist. - IronSabbathPriest
28 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.
29 Trent Reznor
Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.
30 Arsen Dedic
31 Veronique Sanson
32 John Frusciante
John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
33 Jimmy Webb
Wrote more hits than probably everyone named in the top ten.
34 Izzy Stradlin
Jeffrey Dean Isbell, better known by his stage name Izzy Stradlin, is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.
35 Roger Waters
George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.
36 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.
Ignorance is no excuse - Billyv
Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.
38 Joni Mitchell
Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy.
39 Mick Jagger
Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.
40 Keith Richards
Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.
Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.
She should be number 1
42 Robert Fripp
Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked ...read more.