You may remember an artist for the song they crooned. But in many cases, some of the same artists who popularized your favorite songs also wrote them too. And many talented singer-songwriters didn’t just write their own songs but may also be responsible for many more of your favorites. Here are some of the most talented singer-songwriters to ever live.

Dolly Parton



Don’t overlook Dolly. The famous country blonde has penned thousands of songs, including Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (which she originally sung in the 70s). In fact, Parton has earned over 35 BMI Pop and Country awards, she’s been nominated for a Best Original Song Academy Award twice, and even penned the musical 9 to 5 based on the film of the same name.