Most Underrated Songwriters


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21 Mark Knopfler 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.

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

22 Steven Wilson Steven Wilson Steven John Wilson is an English musician and record producer, most associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.
23 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1969, 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 is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy 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

24 Marion Raven 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.
25 James "The Rev" Sullivan
26 Jon Oliva 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.
27 Jeff Lynne
28 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

29 Ray Davies 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.
30 Ron Sexsmith
31 John Frusciante 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.
32 Nik Kershaw
33 Tim McIlrath 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.

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