This is a question i have about what you guys think on songwriting credits. I am in a heavy metal band and we've been writing some songs (duh). My band has this song, for example, where the guitarist wrote most of the riffs for it, i wrote some of the transitional parts between the riffs, and i wrote/am revising lyrics for it. We all sat down with the dissassembled riffs, and put them together into a song. My question for you guys, is who do you consider the song writer? My guitarist, since he provided most of the riffs, me because i provided the lyrics, or all of the band? yes, the guitarist wrote the riffs, but i wrote the bass parts, and the drummer wrote the drum part. my guitarist seems to think us writing our own parts doesnt count, and he wrote the song because he wrote the guitar part. i'll concede that the guitar is the most prevalent instrument in this song, but still we wrote our own parts for our intstruments, and im not just playing the root notes below the guitar riffs. it would make sense to me that we all wrote the song, especially because we all sat down together and in a session created a song, out of the riffs provided by the guitarist. Now we all agree that every band member will be given credit in the rights for the song, but my guitarist still thinks he wrote it. and of course there is the lyrics, which the other band members don't contribute to (at least for now) and i wrote them alone. what is your opinion, who is the writer of this song? or is it all of us? i realize it would probably help if you could hear the song, and we are supposed to record it tommorow, so maybe i can put it up here as soon as i get it.