Most Underrated Songwriters

The Top Ten Most Underrated Songwriters

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 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.

A great contributor to Blind Guardian's epic and unique sound (together with Hansi Kürsch). - Metal_Treasure

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, 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 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

6 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.

Primal Fear - All For One, Strike, King For A Day, Diabolus - Metal_Treasure

7 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 more.
8 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 more.
9 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.
10 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. more.

The Contenders

11 Kai Hansen Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
12 George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

He could never get out of the shadow of John and Paul while in the Beatles, but with All Things Must Pass, he finally broke free. He should be recognized for his great songwriting skill that does rival John and Paul's.

Poor George, he was one of the greatest songwriters of all time, but only the third best in his own band.

The most underrated and most beautiful songwriters of all time, something, here comes the sun, pure genius but simple...

13 David Foster David Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who has won 16 Grammys.
14 Till Lindemann Till Lindemann is a German singer, songwriter, musician, actor, poet, and pyrotechnician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.
15 Sharon Den Adel Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer and the vocalist of symphonic rock band Within Temptation. more.
16 Michelle Leonard
17 Ray Davies Raymond Douglas "Ray" Davies is an English musician. He was the rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave.

Inmho ray davies write the most brilliant,witty,woeful,sarcastic and savage lyrics in all of rock history.its absolutely a crying shame that the kinks 4 year ban from the U.S.deprived Americans of some of their most incredible work.

18 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.
19 Laura Nyro Laura Nyro was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry, and had commercial success with artists such as Barbra Streisand and The 5th Dimension recording her songs. more.
20 Adrian Borland

Timeless music and lyrics from a excellent song writer. Thank you Adrian for your songs we have them for all time.

Excellent songwriter who left us in 1999. Honest, real, deep, textured and intelligent. So So very underrated. Front man for The Sound in the 80's and his 90's solo material is just excellent. Miss Adrian's musical but his music with live with me forever.

Who's miss Adrian? It's Mr. Adrian Borland. As a songwriter who has left us it's incredible how his lyrics are so timeless and true for any time and future. He left a mark for those of us who enjoy excellent writing.

Mr. Borland thank you!

21 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.
22 Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.

He never would get the credit for his songwriting. Although he is regarded as a very genius songwriter and pretty much famous. But critics would never choose him as "one of the best" songwriters. Cause his songs are full of criticizing. I doubt critics would every accept "that". - zxm

Mark has never got credit for his playing nor his writing..

23 Jim Peterik

Wrote "Vehicle" for the Ides of March as well as numerous songs with Suvrivor and several for 38 Special as well as Sammy Hagar

24 Steven Wilson Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.
25 Jeff Lynne
26 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top more.

One of the most underrated singer songwriters of all time despite the fact shes one of the most successful, infact only Paul McCartey, John Lennon and Max Martin have written more number one hits in America than her. Even worldwide, shes the best selling female singer-songwriter with over 200 million albums sold.

She's mostly just seen as a big voiced diva rivalling the likes of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, which is probably the reason most people don't see her as a writer. She has saod that most don't recognise her as a writer because they are unable to look past the 'diva' stage persona and the fact she rarely plays any instruments on stage. However, she can play piano and has sole producer credit on many of her piano only tracks and co producer credit on the majority of her discography (and it should be noted that these are warrented, unlike the credits of other female singers such as Madonna and Beyoncè).

Mariah has won many awards for her songwriting ability ...more

27 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. He was also part of the Mars Volta, Swahili Blonde, Ataxia and more.
28 Nik Kershaw
29 Noel Gallagher Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.
30 Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.
31 Marion Raven Marion Elise Ravn, known as Marion Raven, is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. She was one-half of the now-defunct pop duo M2M, along with Marit Larsen.
32 James "The Rev" Sullivan
33 Jon Oliva John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, more.
34 Ron Sexsmith
35 Tim McIlrath Timothy James "Tim" McIlrath is an American punk rock musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the American punk rock band Rise Against.

Brilliant song writer recognized primarily through his extraordinary punk lyrics with rise against.

36 Richard Wright Richard William "Rick" Wright was an English musician, composer, singer and songwriter. He was the main keyboardist and a backup vocalist for the psychedelic and progressive English rock band, Pink Floyd .
37 John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.
38 Matthew Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.
39 Neil Diamond Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career that began in the 1960s.
40 Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. more.
41 John Cale John Davies Cale is a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground.
42 Garland Jeffreys
43 Judee Sill
44 Jobriath
45 J.J. Cale
46 Karla Bonoff
47 Wendy Waldman Wendy Waldman is an American singer-songwriter, primarily known for her songwriting and record production.
48 Dory Previn
49 Patti Smith Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.
50 Todd Rundgren Todd Harry Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia.
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