In this new generation, you will not be surprised that there is a great number of emerging songwriters in the world. With the help of technology, it is very easy to create a song. Talented young people are coming out to showcase their talent in creating music. Actually, with the technology that we have and the universities around the world that offer courses in songwriting, we should not have much of a problem in creating music.
There are 2 kinds of OK songwriter, the staff writer and the songwriter. The songwriter is the individual who creates a song without any exclusive contract with a music publisher. If the songwriter signed an exclusive contract, then he/she is called as a staff writer. Staff writers have more security but if you want to have all the credit to yourself, then being an individual songwriter is much better.
In the music industry, there is a difference between a person who creates a song and those who help create a song. If you make lyrics for a melody, you will be known as a lyricist. But if you create melody you may be called composer but being able to do both will give the advantage of succeeding in that field.
In order for you to be familiarized, we enlisted some of the greatest songwriters from yesterday and today’s artist. One may get their inspiration from them and follow their footsteps and create music that will be loved by people. Who knows, you may be able to change the perspective and outlook of other people towards life, just the way they have change the world of music.
Below is the list of the artists that was known as the greatest songwriters of all time:
1. Bob Dylan
He is an American singer/songwriter who has been very influential in the music industry for more than five decades. Some of his songs became anthems for the American Civil Rights and Anti-war movement, like the “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “The times they are Changin’”. He has sold more than 100 millions of records which made him one of the best-selling songwriters of all time. His music has a variety of incorporated influences such as political, philosophical, social and literary influences.
2. John Lennon
Founder member of the famous pop band Beatles, Lennon is an English Musician, singer and songwriter. The group disbanded in 1970 which led Lennon on embarking a solo career which produced the albums Imagine and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band which was critically acclaimed. Some of his songs also were used as an anthem for Anti-war Movement. As a performer, writer or co-writer he was responsible for 25 songs to reach number one in US Hot 100 Chart. In 2008, he was ranked by Rolling Stone 5th greatest Songwriter of all time
3. Bruce Springsteen
Guitarist, Humanitarian and also a singer/songwriter, he was a part of the E Street Band. He was famous for his poetic Lyrics, his energetic and lengthy stage performances. Over 120 million records were sold worldwide that made him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won 20 Grammy awards for his numerous works. He was also inducted on the Hall of Fame.
4. Paul McCartney
He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, English singer-songwriter and was with John Lennon in the worldwide famous pop band Beatles. He has 60 gold discs and sold more than 100 million singles and albums all over the world. He was a 2-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist and when he was still with Beatles. He won Grammy Award 21 times and has 32 of his songs written/co-written reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
5. Johnny Cash
One of the American Musicians that was widely Considered as one of the most influential, though his image is more remembered as a country music icon, he have expanded his genres to embrace rock and roll, rockabilly, folk, gospel, and blues. The crossover between genres has earned him multiple inductions such as Rock and Roll, Gospel music, and Country music.