Top 10 Very Good Musicians Who Aren't Good Composers

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Musicians who can play and sing amazingly but most often fail at writing a really good song.
Note that this list is about writing music and not lyrics.

The Top Ten

1 Elvis Elvis Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

I think his voice is amazing but he basically didn't write his songs - Metal_Treasure

2 Jeff Beck Jeff Beck Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

A virtuoso guitar player but in general, he isn't good at writing songs - Metal_Treasure

3 Jorn Lande Jorn Lande Jørn Lande is a Norwegian metal and hard rock singer known for his solo career as Jorn, and providing vocals for Avantasia, Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight, Millenium, Allen/Lande, Mundanus Imperium, Vagabond, The Snakes, Ayreon.

Great singer but somebody else has to write the songs for him - for example, somebody like Tobias Sammet from Avantasia /Edguy. Lande's collaboration with Sammet worked great for him/them.
Jorn Lande wrote some song but they are pretty mediocre. - Metal_Treasure

4 Nicko McBrain Nicko McBrain Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he joined in 1982.

He's got only one songwriting credit in the entire Iron Maiden discography - for co-wroting the song New Frontier (2003).
The weirdest part: he wrote a bassline (! ) that Steve Harris played.
Truth is, drummers usually don't contribute to songwriting so Nicko McBrain isn't an exception. But Lars of Metallica contributes regularly. - Metal_Treasure

5 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

Incredible singer but somebody has to write the songs for him. And many people actually did.

For example, the songs for his recent album with Amanda Somerville were written by Primal Fear members (Primal Fear is a German metal band that is lesser known than Helloween). - Metal_Treasure

6 B.B. King B.B. King Riley B. "B.B." King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.

Very influential guitar player but he didn't really write most of his material. - Gg2000

7 Olaf Lenk Olaf Lenk

Oh man, listen to his amazing guitar playing on the cover of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, by At Vance. Or Vivaldi / Summer by At Vance.
But the songs he wrote were kinda boring and generic. - Metal_Treasure

8 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

He wrote mostly lyrics and not music. I think his best collaboration was with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow because Mr Blackmore certainly knows how to write memorable music. - Metal_Treasure

9 Tim 'Ripper' Owens Tim 'Ripper' Owens Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel". He currently performs with Beyond ...read more.

Great voice. He writes lyrics from time to time but that's all - Metal_Treasure

10 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

He wrote the music to some songs but composing music isn't his strength - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Matt Barlow Matt Barlow Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real ...read more.

Not very high on this list because he wrote a song or two (decent songs) but composing isn't his thing for sure. - Metal_Treasure

12 Ralf Scheepers Ralf Scheepers Ralf Scheepers is the vocalist for German heavy metal band Primal Fear. He has a relatively high-pitched tenor-esque singing voice and sometimes uses a shriek reminiscent of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, although it is his baritone lows which give him a near four-octave range in the modal register.
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