Do You Want To Know Which Songwriters Make How Much Money?


Billy Joel – $180 million

Favorite Songs: Piano Man, Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)

Billy Joel has been recognized as a solo artist in the industry since the 1970s, due to the success of his first song as a singer and songwriter. He has sold over 150 million albums worldwide and remains one of America’s best-selling albums, the Greatest Hits collection. He was born in the Bronx and dropped out of high school to study music. He signed a deal with Columbia Records in 1972. He came back home, winning exactly five Grammys in his categories with 23 nominations.



Bob Dylan – $200 million

Favorite Songs: The Times, They Are A’Changin’, Blowin In The Wind

Considered a folk singer, Bob Dylan is considered one of the greatest musicians of popular culture (and counterculture). In the early 1960s, he released his self-titled album and wrote the civil rights anthems for “The Times They Are a-Changin” and “Blowin’ In the Wind” and subsequently broke records with many songs. He has released many albums and singles containing his political thoughts. He was also one of the first to use electrically powered instruments in rock music, a controversial move for the time. He sold over 100 million albums and was awarded the President’s Award.


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