Most Underrated Songwriters
The Top Ten
1 Tuomas Holopainen
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.
Keyboarder of Nightwish, and also their songwriter, producer and composer. His words are modern poetry, never is there a throwaway line or something that sounds trivial:
"Oh how I wish for soothing rain / All I wish is to dream again / my loving hearr lost in the dark / For hope I'd give my everything". This is the chorus of "Nemo" by Nightwish. Holopainen wrote it about a time in his life when he felt lost and depressed. Those are the words of a broken but truly gifted poet who often feels misunderstood by the world.
Nevertheless, he never fails to embrace and capture the beauty of the world: "The sun is sleeping quietly / Once upon a century / Wishful oceans calm and red / Ardent carresses laid to rest / For my dreams I hold my life / For wishes I behold my nights". The first six lines of "Sleeping Sun" by Nightwish, which has some of his best poetry.
But not only his words are enchanting: over the years his compositions, in other words the music he writes, reached the ...more - Martin_Canine
2 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.
3 André Olbrich
André Olbrich is a German guitarist, composer and backing vocalist, most known as the co-founder and lead guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian, in which he serves as one of the main composers with other co-founder Hansi Kürsch. V 1 Comment
4 Jeff Waters
Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator . He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos . Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band . Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.
He wrote almost all songs by Annihilator - Alison Hell, Invite It, Human Insecticide, Phantasmagoria, King of the Kill (to name a few). - Metal_Treasure
5 Lupe Fiasco
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon ...read more.
6 Bill Kaulitz
Bill Kaulitz-Trümper, sometimes using the pseudonym Billy, is a German singer-songwriter born on September 1, 1989, best known for being the frontman, lead singer and writer of multi-platinum winning pop rock band Tokio Hotel. During the time his band was most popular in Germany, which was in the mid-to-late ...read more.
7 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's one of my favorite songwriters - he's got natural musicality and even though he's a rebel, his songs come out heavy and intense yet melodic at the same time. What could be better?
Iced Earth - Dracula, Melancholy, Anthem, Damien
Demons & Wizards - Crimson King, My Last Sunrise, Path Of Glory, Fiddler on the Green - Metal_Treasure
8 Tarja Turunen
Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. ...read more.
9 Mat Sinner
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. V 1 Comment
10 Till Lindemann
11 Tobias Sammet
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.
12 Kai Hansen
13 Sharon Den Adel
Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer and the vocalist of symphonic rock band Within Temptation. ...read more.
14 David Foster
David Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who has won 16 Grammys.
15 Michelle Leonard
16 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.
17 Marit Larsen
Marit Elisabeth Larsen is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. She began playing violins at age of 5, and played it until the age of 8. She gained international fame during her teenage years as a member of the pop duo M2M with childhood friend Marion Raven.
18 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.
19 Mark Knopfler
Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer.
Mark has never got credit for his playing nor his writing..
20 Steven Wilson
Steven John Wilson is an English musician and record producer, most associated with the progressive rock genre.
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