Greatest Rock / Pop Composers
Paul McCartney to date has shown unequaled range and number in composing popular songs that are among the best of all time. He is alone at the top and well above all others. The fact that he started in collaboration with a truly great and charismatic songwriter in his own right in John Lennon may confuse the issue for some but none who come to learn the truth of McCartneys solo catalog that had been inaccurately ascribed to that duo as collaborative per there early naive business views as members of the most honored act of all time in the Beatles.
Paul McCartney is THE most successful composer of all time! Composing relevant music for 5 decades! Melody is paramount!
So many styles of composition, but somehow ALL Paul! Hey Jude, Let It Be, Yesterday, Blackbird, The Fool On The Hill, The Long and Winding Road, Penny Lane, For No One, Golden Slumbers, Here, There and Everywhere, Can't Buy Me Love, Eleanor Rigby, Fixing A Hole, Rocky Raccoon, She's Leaving Home, Got To Get You Into My Life, Two Of Us, Hello Goodbye, Lady Madonna, Getting Better, Mother Nature's Son, Helter Skelter, And I Love Her, Birthday, Back In The USSR, Martha My Dear, Things We Said Today, Get Back, I've Got A Feeling, Good Day Sunshine, You Never Give Me Your Money, You Won't See Me, I've Just Seen A Face, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Ob La Di Ob La the, I'll Follow The Sun, Maybe I'm Amazed, Junk, Teddy Boy, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Too Many People, Dear Boy, Monkberry Moon Delight, Another Day, Backseat Of My Car, Wild Life, Dear Friend, ...more
Don't forget: Hi Hi Hi, You Gave Me The Answer, Freedom, All Together Now, No More Lonely Nights, That Would Be Something, Queenie Eye, I Saw Her Standing There, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Picasso's Last Words, Give Ireland Back To The Irish, Honey Pie, Heart Of The Country, Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!
Without a doubt-no one comes close per shear volume of good to great songs
Unreal importance! ONLY McCartney comes close!
Simple melodies, simple harmonies but so beutiful and haunting.
Responding to the person below me: Paul McCartney was the creative genius behind albums like Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road. Pet Sounds is indeed a fantastic album, as is SMiLE, but those are two albums. Nearly every album Paul made was fantastic.
As this is a list of greatest composers, Brian must be higher. Perhaps Macca and the others above have an edge as songwriters, but how many of them actually produced their own albums? And wrote their own orchestral scores? Paul has done things like the "Liverpool Oratorio", but none of them match the complexity of Pet Sounds or SMiLE.
Compare the music, song for song. Brian Wilson has no equal. More is not always better. I defer to Paul McCartney on Pet Sounds being the greatest album with the greatest song.
Brian WILSON is the best
The greatest artist all times
He is the real deal on this list. 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:
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
Remembering all those live concerts mid to late '70s gave you goose bumps and tears from beginning to end. The hair literally would stand on end. I saw many concerts around the planet, you couldn't compare Purple or Rainbow European crowds to anybody else. Blackmore's Night is another incredible show not to miss. Ritchie has been awarded as #1 musician in eastern Europe many times the past 2 decades. Sorry there is virtually no great music here in the states. Looks like Beethove and Mozart are making a comeback!, imagine that. (wishful thinking)
The most versatile songwriter on this list: metal, hard rock, classic rock, soft rock, Renaissance/folk music. Also divine instrumentals like Anybody There, Snowman, Maybe Next Time.
His riff to Smoke On The Water is the most recognizable riff in rock history.
His songs are written with passion and real inspiration.
The best metal composer without any doubt.
Freddie is underrated as a songwriter, because everybody take attention to his singing skills only (which are amazing! ), but he composed great, iconic and timeless songs. The best song of all time in TopTen is "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Don't stop me now
We are the champions
Love of my life
Somebody to love
You take my breath away
Crazy little thing called love
It's a hard life
...and a lot of hits he wrote.
What? Only 21st in this list? Is this serious? With Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer queen, Love of my life, Take my breath away, We are the champions...etc?
For you, who wrote this: "I ADORE Freddie/Queen but they're a ROCK band not a pop band..." - did you read the title? Greatest rock/pop composers!
McCartney greatest pop composer, Townshend greatest rock composer. Quadrophenia is the towering masterpiece of rock writing ( and performance ).
Should be number 1! Name anybody who written and composed anything near as Tommy, Quad, and multiple albums that went platinum. Their aren't any...
Underrated as a composer, but who else could compose Love You To, Within You Without You, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, My Sweet Lord, and so on? Maybe Paul McCartney and John Lennon. George should at least be in the top ten.