10 Famous Singers/Songwriters With Outrageous Net Worth

A common assumption is that the person performing a song must also have written it. However, this is not always the truth, as demonstrated by the famous, meme-worthy feud between rappers Drake and Meek Mill. Songwriters and singers don’t always have to be one.

It’s not clear which makes more money–singer-songwriters or singers. Pop Song University believes that songwriters will make more money over time than singers. Because they are paid per song in addition to royalties. A songwriter’s track record for crafting hits is a factor in how much he/she gets paid per song.

However, singers don’t have to be famous songwriters. The list includes songwriter Carole King and Joni Mitchell, with their iconic Reprise Records track “Woodstock”, as well as Carole King who has had hundreds upon hundreds of songs reach the Billboard Hot 100. All these names are pop culture icons who have been famous for both their pen-to-paper and vocal art. It’s not surprising that they also earn a good chunk of all those royalties.

10 Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell’s Blue album has been hailed as one of the greatest recordings of all time. The singer, painter, and guitarist is also a pianist and author. Her music was a mix of folk, jazz, pop, and rock. She began singing on the streets and in small bars. She was heavily involved with the post-Baby Boom counterculture. She participated in protests and activism.

She was best known for her songs “Big Yellow Taxi”, Woodstock, and “Both Sides, Now”, which were all produced by Reprise Records. Her versatility was another characteristic. She changed her voice style several times and became more electronica and pop-influenced.

Mitchell, Rolling Stone named the “Greatest Guitarists Of All Time,” has been slowing down. In 2015, Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm that forced her to stop all activities for one year. Mitchell returned to the stage in 2016, but her performances have been far from consistent since.

Net Worth: $50 million

Greatest Hits: Woodstock, Big Yellow Taxi