Before a song can be recorded and turned into a mega hit, someone has to write it. Those that manage to combine creating music and performing it are amongst the most successful artists of all.
Here are the ten richest songwriters of all time. You might be surprised by some of the names on this list.
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10. Mick Jagger
The Rolling Stone has been involved in writing most of the band's songs, maintaining creative control as well as his super cool image.
9. Michael Jackson
One of the greatest performers of all time wasn't just a singer and dancer - he was heavily involved in the songwriting process which is part of what made him a superstar.
8. Jimmy Buffett
He's turned popular songs like Cheeseburger in Paradise and Margaritaville into legitimate restaurant franchises - something that might be difficult to do if he didn't write his own songs.
7. Dolly Parton
Dolly wrote some of her biggest hits including 9 to 5 and Jolene, but it was I Will Always Love You that really made her fortune. Not only did Dolly make a mint off her own version in the 70s, Whitney Houston covered it for The Bodyguard and increased Dolly's fortune to astronomical levels.
Jay-Z writes all his own raps for his solo material, but think about the dozens of guest appearances and features he has done for other artists. They're part of the big reason he was the first rapper inducted into the Songwriting Hall Of Fame.
5. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has 18 number one singles on the US charts - and she wrote nearly all of them. Plus don't forget about her Christmas classic All I Want For Christmas Is You, which reappears on the charts every single year.
4. Sean Diddy Combs
He's had plenty of his own hits, but he's also written and produced songs for a huge range of other artists including Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Faith Evans.
U2 are one of the biggest bands in the world, and Bono's lyrics are part of the reason they've dominated for so long. Their 22 Grammy Awards really speak for themselves.
2. Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has written 32 songs that have reached number one on the US charts. Some of those were with John Lennon during their Beatles days, and others were part of his succesful solo career. What an amazing legacy.
1. Andrew Lloyd Webber
And now for something completely different. A love of show tunes and stage performances has made Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber the most succesful songwriter in the world.
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