Favorite and notable songwriters

by MattsMovieWatchingWorld | created - 01 Mar 2015 | updated - 02 Mar 2015 | Public

These are people that have composed songs, with words to them, in at least one movie. If they wrote music for plays that were adapted into movies, they're included on the list. If songs had music written by one person and lyrics written by another person, both are included. (If they composed music without words to them, simply musical score composers, that's a different category.) These songwriters are listed in no particular order, though people who worked together are listed together.

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1. Richard M. Sherman

Music_department | Mary Poppins

Richard Morton Sherman was born in the spring of 1928 in New York City to Rosa and Al Sherman. Together with his older brother, Robert B. Sherman, the Sherman brothers would follow in their songwriting father's footsteps to form one of the most prolific, lauded and long lasting songwriting ...

Lots of Disney movies, etc.

2. Robert B. Sherman

Soundtrack | The Jungle Book

Robert B. Sherman was born just before Christmas in 1925 in New York City. Parents, Rosa & Al Sherman didn't know how they would pay the doctor and delivery costs. Fortunately, upon their arrival home from the hospital, Al discovered a large royalty check in the mail. Ironically, it was Al's song, ...

Lots of Disney movies, etc.

3. Alan Menken

Soundtrack | Beauty and the Beast

New York-songwriter and film composer, Alan Menken is best known for his unforgettable music for Disney movies like Calypso music of The Little Mermaid (1989), the tale as old as time of Beauty and the Beast (1991), the Arabian tale Aladdin (1992) or the beloved song Colors of the Wind from ...

Lots of Disney movies, etc.

4. Howard Ashman

Soundtrack | Beauty and the Beast

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Howard Ashman moved to New York City in 1974 and began writing plays while working as an editor in a publishing house. His work attracted attention and he became WPA Theatre's artist director in 1977. In 1982, Ashman collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the ...

Some Disney movies, etc.

5. Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Soundtrack | Winnie the Pooh

Kristen Anderson-Lopez was born on March 21, 1972 in New York City, New York, USA as Kristen J. Anderson. She has been married to Robert Lopez since October 12, 2003. They have two children.

Frozen

6. Robert Lopez

Soundtrack | Coco

Robert Lopez is the Tony®-, Grammy®-, Emmy®- and Oscar®- winning co-creator of the worldwide smash-hit Broadway musicals "Avenue Q" and "The Book of Mormon." Together with his wife and collaborator Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he co-wrote songs for the feature films "Winnie the Pooh (2011)" and "Frozen ...

Frozen

7. Herbert Kretzmer

Soundtrack | Les Misérables

Herbert Kretzmer was born on October 5, 1925 in Kroonstad, Orange Free State, South Africa.

Les Misérables

8. Claude-Michel Schönberg

Soundtrack | Les Misérables

Before writing musicals, Schonberg was an artistic director at EMI; he was producing artists such as Gilbert Bécaud, Franck Pourcel, Ke Shang. In 1973, he composed the music for "La Revolution Francaise", and acted as "King Louis XVI" in the production. Franck Pourcel decided to produce in first LP...

Les Misérables

9. Alain Boublil

Soundtrack | Les Misérables

Alain Boublil was born in Tunisia and imigrated to Paris, France at 18. He worked in music publishing before writing lyrics for French pop music. He became enamored with musical theatre and began working with another composer, Claude-Michel Schonberg. He lives in London and is the father of four ...

Les Misérables

10. Jean-Marc Natel

Soundtrack | Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary

Jean-Marc Natel was born in 1942.

Les Misérables

11. Charles Strouse

Composer | Bonnie and Clyde

Charles Strouse was born on June 7, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Annie (1982) and Deadpool 2 (2018). He has been married to Barbara Siman since 1962. They have four children.

Annie

12. Martin Charnin

Writer | Annie

Songwriter ("Easy Come, Easy Go"), composer, actor and author. He performed in the Broadway stage production of "West Side Story", and wrote the lyrics for other stage offerings, including the off-Broadway production "Fallout", Julius Monk's night club revues, the Broadway show "The Girls Against ...

Annie

13. Elton John

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (...

The Lion King

14. Tim Rice

Soundtrack | Aladdin

A prolific lyricist and librettist, Tim Rice was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, in the fall of 1944. Rice pursued his university education at Lancing College and, briefly, at l'Universite de Paris - Sorbonne. He was considering a legal career around the time that he met Andrew Lloyd Webber in ...

The Lion King, Aladdin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

15. Andrew Lloyd Webber

Soundtrack | The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably the most successful composer of our time. He is best known for stage and film adaptations of his musicals Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Cats (1994), Evita (1996), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).

He was born on March 22, 1948, in South Kensington in London, ...

The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

16. Stephen Sondheim

Soundtrack | Dick Tracy

Sondheim's work as a composer-lyricist over the past four decades has set the standard for modern American musical theater. He has won a record seven Tony Awards for his songwriting, and received a Pulitzer Prize for Sunday in the Park with George. Sondheim was an unpaid and uncredited clapper boy ...

Into the Woods

17. Randy Newman

Soundtrack | The Princess and the Frog

Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Randall Stuart Newman. He has been married to Gretchen Preece since 1990. They have two children. He was previously married to Roswitha Schmale.

Some Disney movies

18. Richard Rodgers

Soundtrack | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Richard Rodgers was born on June 28, 1902 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Charles Rodgers. He was married to Dorothy Rodgers. He died on December 30, 1979 in New York City.

The Sound of Music

19. Oscar Hammerstein II

Soundtrack | State Fair

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City, New York, USA as Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein. He was married to Dorothy Hammerstein and Myra Finn. He died on August 23, 1960 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA.

The Sound of Music

20. E.Y. Harburg

Music_department | The Wizard of Oz

One of the great lyricists of American song, Edgar Yipsel Harburg (born Isidore Hochberg) grew up in the working-class Jewish ghetto of Manhattan's Lower East Side. In high school, he befriended Ira Gershwin, later his collaborator on student literary ventures at City College of New York; both also...

The Wizard of Oz

21. Harold Arlen

Music_department | The Wizard of Oz

No American has written more first-rate songs than Arlen. He grew up in a musical family (his father was a cantor), and disappointed but didn't surprise his parents by dropping out of high school to become a musician. A stint as pianist and singer with a dance band, the Buffalodians, allowed him to...

The Wizard of Oz

22. Leslie Bricusse

Soundtrack | Doctor Dolittle

Leslie Bricusse was born on January 29, 1931 in London, England. He has been married to Yvonne Romain since October 18, 1958. They have one child.

Scrooge, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, etc.

23. Anthony Newley

Actor | Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

Anthony Newley was born in Hackney, London, England, to Frances Grace Newley and George Kirby, a shipping clerk. He was attracted to acting, after seeing an ad for a child actor in a Fleet Street window. He attended the Italia Conti Stage School from the age of 14 and, two years later, played the ...

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

24. Roald Dahl

Writer | The Witches

Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. He made a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. As a result, he spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. Dahl is known for how he ...

Primarily a book writer, wrote poems that were made into music in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, etc.

25. Danny Elfman

Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas

As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's ...

Primarily a musical score composer, composed worded songs in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, etc.

26. John Williams

Soundtrack | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...

Primarily a musical score composer, composed worded songs in Home Alone, Hook, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, etc.

27. John Flansburgh

Soundtrack | Yes Man

John Flansburgh was born on May 6, 1960 in Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA as John Conant Flansburgh. He has been married to Robin Goldwasser since 1996.

Primarily known for non-cinematic rock music (band They Might Be Giants), songs appear in Coraline, Peter Pan in: Return to Neverland, etc.

28. John Linnell

Soundtrack | Yes Man

John Linnell was born on June 12, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA as John Sidney Linnell. He is married to Karen Brown. They have one child.

They Might Be Giants, see above



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