Songwriters are often not those that sing a song, so statements depicting a music artist as the best songwriter are baseless. Over 85 percent of music artists don’t write their songs; they have songwriters employed to carry out the creative job of crafting beautiful lyrics. Another 15 percent are the sole musicians who have made it a life’s work of writing all the song lyrics they sing, and Elton John is not one of those. Bernie Taupin is the writer of some of Elton’s songs including the famous “The last song” that hit number 7 in Canada and number 21 in the UK. The song was composed by Elton, a hit in the US that benefited the singer’s AIDS foundation.
John talks about how the wording of that song spoke to him after he received a fax from Bernie in Paris. The message preached in the lyrics talks about a dying gay son of an estranged dad from HIV after he accepted his son’s sexuality. Though it was named a different name back then, it was renamed to avoid placing a date to the song anytime it’s sung years later. This is to prove that singers are not all songwriters, just like Elton John, rumors have it that McCartney is a better songwriter than John and has produced better songs. The world is filled with world-renowned songwriters that have produced lots of incredible songs to the hearing of mankind.
Carrie Underwood is a songwriter with an unyielding thirst for good music, she has written lots of great songs. Older songwriters are still writing songs to date, however, the spotlight has shifted from off them and placed on our bright upcoming artists. Elton John might not be the best, but he is a real songwriter that has made a name for himself in the industry with those tracks he has released. He might not be a favorite for lots of fans, but a large multitude adores his songs amidst thousands of songs out there. The rise of internet and social media in the 21st century has dented certain moral values derived from songs of the 80s, 90s, hip hop, RnB, rap happens to be trending music now.
Musicians often have a different perspective on how a song should go from an average person who knows little about music. In judging a song, its appeal to a mass audience is the first criterion to check, known as the selling point of that song, when the audience loves it, it sells. The second criterion is if the listeners can understand the message being passed in a song, this is as important as the first but several singers don’t care. Elton John writes melodies but to be a real songwriter you must be able to write lyrics, ninety-five percent of John’s song lyrics are written by Bernie Taupin.