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Opinion of the Week (Mar. 1‒7, 2015)
Here's my list of favorite and notable movie songwriters. 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 ‒ musical score composers ‒ that's a different category.) These songwriters are listed in no particular order, though people who worked together are listed together.
*Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman (lots of Disney movies, etc.);
*Alan Menken, Howard Ashman (lots of Disney movies, etc.);
*Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez (Frozen);
*Hebert Kretzmer, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel (Les Misérables);
*Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin (Annie);
*Elton John (The Lion King);
*Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aladdin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat);
*Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat);
*Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods);
*Randy Newman (some Disney movies);
*Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II (The Sound of Music);
*E.Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen (The Wizard of Oz);
*Leslie Bricusse (Scrooge, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, etc.);
*Anthony Newley (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory);
*Roald Dahl (primarily a book writer, wrote poems that were made into music in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, etc.);
*Danny Elfman (primarily a musical score composer, composed worded songs in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, etc.);
*John Williams (primarily a musical score composer, composed worded songs in Home Alone, Hook, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, etc.);
*John Flansburgh, John Linnell (band They Might Be Giants, primarily known for non-cinematic rock music, songs appear in Coraline, Peter Pan in: Return to Neverland, etc.)
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