Best Music Legends in The World


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1Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King more.

Michael Jackson. Michael is a LEGEND! He started when he was just 5 in the Jackson 5. My favorite song by him is well, don't ask me that. They're all so good. Michael was such a lovely guy, so kind-hearted, generous and loving to all. He gave 300+million dollars to charities and welcomed disadvantages kids to come and spend time with him at Neverland. He was overall, a legend. And I will always think that. I don't care about what the haters say because they obviously have their heads stuck up their rear if they couldn't see how amazing he was. All he wanted to do was spread love, peace and hope around the world, tried to change his ways to make the world better. His songs were AMAZING and they will always be remembered. His dancing was breathtaking, I wish he hadn't left us, but in a way he hasn't. Because his spirit will forever live on in everyone's hearts and he can look down on us and laugh and enjoy watching us respecting him for once. Joe Jackson (Michael's father) said: ...more

MJ THE KING FOREVER... He will be the king for ever... MJ is the true man who knew his music and knew how to heal the world... It was all from his heart... Love you Michael...

He's fine and he's amazing and generous. And he is a great father to his children I believe that he worked hard to make his dream a success and everybody loved him. I also believe that if he feels lonely he has us and if he feels sad he has us and if he feels unloved he has us. I have come to believe that if we feel lonely sad or unloved we have him also and since he is gone he will be dearly missed we have him in our hearts rip Michael Jackson you have come down in history

Michael Jackson. He is a living legend. He did died but still is alive in the hearts of many

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2Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been more.

I can't help myself when it comes to Queen's music. Even though it may not matter, the look of Queen was extraordinary. The music was 101% better than that. Hit songs and songs that go unnoticed by Queen are spectacular in my opinion. These songs seem to be thought out by their writers (basically the whole band). I feel as though everyone who contributed to these masterpieces besides Freddie go unrecognized. Freddie should really be #1, but hey I guess we (the fans) will just have to settle. Great List!

The definition of awesome = Freddie Mercury
The definition of singing = Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was the best ever! I'm a tutor for a little kid right now. I get 15.00 bucks a week. And I already know what I'm gonna buy. A shirt with Freddie Mercury on the front, and I'm gonna wear it everyday. Every 3 weeks I'll buy another shirt. I can't wait!

No Lie, all four of my children are named after the whole band (Freddie Mercury/Roger Taylor/Brian May/John Deacon-first and middle name respectively! )

Just watch live aid, wembley, and Freddie Mercury tribute concert. That's it

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3MadonnaMadonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has more.

MADONNA, The most famous woman in the world. For over 30 years she has constantly made great music, videos, fashion and art that has become legendary. She has Re-invented herself, her music and her look with every new album.

Now, aged 55, she continues to make music (such as her last album MDNA which topped over 40 charts and broke an iTunes pre-order record), She continuous to make groundbreaking and yes, controversial videos for example her $1.5 million Give me all your luvin and continues to make great singles which still top many charts.

Over the past 30 years Madonna has become the Queen of Pop, the best selling female artist in history with over 300 million record sales and the most successful female entertainer EVER. It seems Madonna just doesn't stop getting bigger.

She has become a legend in the industry for breaking cultural and ethical taboos in the 80's and 90's, her driving force and determination has inspired almost all of today's pop stars. Madonna ...more

She's the queen, the 'only' queen of the universe. She changed the music industry in 80's, 90's, 00's, and she's still changing it. Come on all the 'others' have disappeared now, but she's still making amazing music and everybody all around the world still adores her. She deserves being top even for Like A Prayer video! It changed the whole world!

There is only ONE Queen.. And I voted for her!

There never has, nor will there ever be anyone remotely like this woman. She has broken boundaries, stood up for gay rights, when it wasn't the cool thing to do. Her music tells the story of her and what she believes in.

One Woman!
One Queen!


She is really good

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4BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

The Beatles gave a new pattern of music we hear nowadays. They broke the wall between the old and new periods of pop music industries. They established new vocals in a very natural way of singing, new music sounds, new looks as well as new ideas of song writing. They always tried out a lot of new experiments during the rehearsals and found out many particular details of making a unique performance session until the best recording in the studio. Their music is appreciated by every class of people from kings to beggars. Beatlesmusic audience are never classified but unified as one who just want to hear good music of great harmonies, nice melodies and lively performances. Besides, they are good models of hard-working musicians with great determinations to fulfill all the tasks they committed. I believe The Beatles are the only special combination of pop group that will never happen again in the pop history. It is a God's will to send them on earth to create music for the world. They ...more

The Beatles have influenced so many musicians which that reason itself makes them legendary. The diversity in music styles, especially in the White Album, is unbelievable. The clever lyrics and memorable tunes make the Fab Four the most inspirational and well known band in history. The powerful hits from Lennon-McCartney and creative songs from Harrison and Starr are astoundingly beautiful. The Beatles changed the history of music and re-defined Pop/Rock. There's a song for every mood you are feeling and a tale to each one. Sure there are other legendary artists out there but none of them can compare to the level of experimentation and fame that the Beatles endured. Their influential music will go on and outlive all of us because it's that incredible.

The Beatles have sold MORE recordings ALL TIME than any other artist EVER.
Even 40 years after they broke up, The Beatles are still the second-best selling artist since the year 2000!
Many artists changed the world of music; only the Beatles changed the WORLD.
Before The Beatles, the world was about old people; after The Beatles, the world was about young people... That can only happen ONCE.
Ask any artist on this list- they will tell you that NOBODY matches up with The Beatles.

The band that changed the world!

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5Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

I agree! Elvis is #1. Still today 2012, elvis is the most imitated artist all over the world. Elvis has the BIGGEST fan base ever to be seen. After 35 years since the king left our planet, people still honor the anniversary of his death. Who can ever forget this magnificent and humble man, No one that's who...

For me no-one will ever top the legend that is Elvis, I mean I was not even born when he died but ever since I first heard his voice I have become hooked on the magic of his voice and classic songs. Mr Presley I salute you x

Elvis Presley will never be anything less than #1 he is a legend & his music will be carried on within many generations, my parents grew up with his music as did myself & my children, my brothers children, know all the words to his songs & they are only 14, 5 & 2. I have 1 word to describe Elvis & that is AWESOME!

When I say this I'm not trying to offend the other artists on this but you don't hear people talk about or put something out about Michael Jackson, or Freddie Mercury, or Madonna, or The Beatles. But you do hear people talk about Elvis and put something EVERY year about Elvis and he's been dead for 39 years. Without Elvis, none of them would be where they're today.

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6Mariah CareyMariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress . She won 5 Grammys, got her documentary movie "Glitter" and also one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry . more.

Mariah. She has the voice of an ANGEL! There is NOBODY in the music industry who can sing like her! Shes sold more records than any female artist in music history/ any solo artist. She was the voice of the 90's and the fact that she has 18 number one hits, 260 million records sold worldwide, and her amazing whistle register are just a few reasons why she is the greatest legend/ diva and much much more. Not to mention shes a great human being and soul.

The voice of the 90's. Her vocal talent is indisputable. Her writing abilities are extraordinary. 18 number ones. 200 Million album sales. And a singing ability that inspired every single modern female artist, along with Whitney & Celine they are the holy trinity of female vocalist.

A Living Legend Since the beginning of her career in the 90s. She has more number one hits than any other solo artist. The most amazing voice in history. She brought R&B Music to the world and changed the music industry with her amazing music.

She is such a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice. She inspires other people. In the later years, there are going to be more legends.

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7Whitney HoustonWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

Whitney was an successful artist, awarded singer, best selling artist...
The differences of whitney to another is being a greatest singer of all time, that's why she acclaim the name the voice, her voice like no other, the way she deliver the song with heartfelt voice, that's why I like her she lost her voice, but she's still stand for it to fight... In her latest album I look to you... Nothing can sing in her own way, and her own way to deliver a song... A great artist

I love her and she had a one of a kind voice she was beautiful black woman and had lots to live for and I know she wouldn't want people to cry because shes with her best friend her father and his name is god. I love you whitney.R.I.P. there will never be another you or minnie riperton. Also I'm 11 years old and writing this responce because I feel so much for her and her family. I pray her family will be strong and get through this tragety of this legend daughter and mother. Love you whitney. Go sing for the lord. And I love all of her music and hope shes in glory praising god for giving her life and praying that her mother and daughter will be strong and her family

R.I. P whitney love ya

My favorite singer since a child. I have always been a fan and I was heart broken when her soul was laid to rest. I loved her talent and all of her music. She had a unique voice and put in a lot of hard work to become the star she was. Rest in peace Whitney Houston. I'll always be a fan.

Incredible voice

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8Bob MarleyRobert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

his music is still inspiring the world should be No. 1

He was believing in Rastafari. No other artist had the same feeling or was fighting for so much like he did. His music is spread all over the world. Nesta had some thing special!
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Although M.J. is the King of Pop I believe this man should be No. 1 there was no one like him and no other artist fighting for a greater cuase. Everything he did was for the people no matter what race. Tell me how do you get shot one day and still perform a free concert the same day. I think Bob Marley should be #1

Because you look HIGH

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92pacTupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was more.

The best rapper of all time and a revolutionary man. This is what makes him stand out. He transcended his own genre of hip-hop, and advanced it to the next artistic level. Tupacs music is heard all over the world, even in third world villages and slums. The music he created was simply beautiful beyond words. He had a way with lyrics that told a story from multiple levels of understanding, he was truly genius. The media and Hollywood try to downplay him and his "thug image". But if you truly understand him, you will recognize him as the real voice of the young generation. He was out to make the world a better place, and achieved this through his musical aspirations. Simply a musical legend whether you like hip-hop or not.

Really good but where is biggie

He has sold so many albums and had a very successful acting career, and was actually pretty good! Best Rapper of all time, lyrically was unbeatable. If rapping was boxing he would be Muhammad Ali!

Born First Die Later

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10MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

Why would it be weird that his music is still popular today? (: He made masterpieces. He should be much higher, in my humble opinion. I can't believe Mariah Carey is higher than Mozart.

May seem weird but his music is still quite popular today.

Mariah Carey in front of Mozart what in the bloody hell - RalphSaad

How the hell carey is above this music god?! - Ananya

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?Abdel Halim HafezAbdel Halim Ali Shabana, commonly known as Abdel Halim Hafez, is among the most popular Egyptian and Arab singers.

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11PrincePrince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, and died on April 21st, 2016. he was a music legend from the 80s up until his death, best known for songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry".

He wrote some of the best pop hooks in the world and no one pays him any credit! Definitely a legend unto himself.

Prince was a legend who created music that transcends time age gender and all the other things that separate us.

His ability to create, produce, arrange, and choreograph is legendary. The energy he exudes in concerts is electrifying. Unbelievable talent.

Greatest of all time musical genius.

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12Britney SpearsBritney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar more.

Britney has revolutionized not only the pop industry-- but the music industry as a whole. She changed pop music. Pop is a category of music that other genres want to be associated today with because she made it controversial and edgy. She paved the way for female artists after her to explore and flaunt their sexuality. She inspired trends that were popular in the 90's and trends that are popular now such as festival apparel. She paved the way for colorful wigs, stage props, theatrical performances. The music industry would be entirely different today if Britney hadn't permanently left her mark.

Britney has the ability to capture everyone's attention. She has her entire career. Her achievements are incredible, she made an impact on music that changed everything. Britney paved the way for today's artists, Rihanna, Gaga, Taylor etc. Britney set the bar pretty high, although Britney is not in her prime anymore None of them hit it. Not like Britney. Just her impact on music culture makes her a legend

Britney has more influence in the pop industry. She has 6 world records which the others do not. Britney has also, been a major driving force, along with Madonna and MJ, to make Pop music what it is today. Like Elvis was for Rock=n=Roll.

Higher than 12th in top ten at least

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13NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

Legendary band
Badass and tight rhythm section.
Amazing singer and songwriter.
Legendary rhythm guitar player
Came up with a new and fresh sound and style

Oh come on! Nirvana barely in the top 50?! So you telling me that Westlife, Celion Dion, Britney Spears, JUSTIN BEAVER are more legandary artists than Nirvana? I don't think so - Danielsun182

They weren't just musical geniuses they also spoke up against racism, sexism and homophobia which can only influence people in the best way making their fans aware of social problems.

The way that Kurt compared grunge music to nirvana (noun

(in Buddhism) a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self) is beautiful.

No doubt Nirvana should be in the top 10 list...Kurt Cobain's voice is like no other. So raw, so powerful. There style can go anywhere from punk to thrash metal to a slower alternative. Definitely one of the greatest bands of all time. Kurt Cobain's life also is legendary, making his lyrics more meaningful.

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14Ludwig van Beethoven

People forget that classical music is music to it seems. Beethoven is not only a genius, but a pioneer. Try to make music when your deaf and still make some of the most complex and beautiful songs ever made.

Beethoven's music has been alive for centuries. How can he be below Britney Spears whose silly songs have been forgotten even by her fans? - RalphSaad

This man is a legend. Why the heck is he on number 40?

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15BeyonceBeyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.

One of the most successful and famous artists of all time. She is regarded as one of the best vocal technicians to ever live and is up there with Mariah, Whitney etc. She has a big vocal range that is technically flawless in any register. On the flip side Bey is an absolute beast on stage and in my opinion is the greatest performer to ever live. She has surprassed Michael Jackson as the highest grossing touring act, and her latest your sold out entire stadiums in minutes and is going to be one of the highest grossing tours of all time. She is also extremely charitable, and with her latest album, Lemonade, she is getting much more political with her music and is having much more of an impact. Beyoncé is a trendsetter and has LONGEVITY(20 years and counting). She is a talented songwriter, an incredible musician and has the best work ethic I have seen from any artist ever. Bey is a true ICON, and has had more cultural impact then a lot of people on this list combined. in my opinion she ...more

The best female performer to ever live. This is enough receipt. we can of course mention Single Ladies for its cultural impact and her long list of classics from her Destiny's Child days to Love On Top. Being apart of the best selling girl group of all time. Her signature sound incoporating go go elements and her unique "rap-singing" style. Her famous relationship with JAY Z and her already famous daughter that broke twitter records before coming to life. and of course 9 #1s that spent 40 weeks @ #1.

This philanthropist, singer/songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress has earned her place in music as an icon due to restless work behind the scenes. She nitpicks every aspect of her product whether it's a documentary, video, or a fragrance until it's PERFECT. She loves her craft and there's NO STOPPING BEYONCE KNOWLES-CARTER.

She is the bomb how isn't she first she's way more famous that half these people

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16K.S. ChithraKrishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

She's goddess saraswati... Her voice is so divine. Me being a non Indian, I'm listening to her sings since years... I don't know why but it gives me motherly love, friendly support and blessings... The way she sings.. She rules my heart... Long live my favourite singer

Gift of God to this world. Even very complex songs are very simple to her. Very down to earth person. You will never find such a gem any where else in this planet(male/female)

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17HariharanHariharan is an Indian playback singer who has sung for Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Gujarati and Rajasthani films, an established and foremost ghazal singer and composer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music . In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma more.

Legendary Versatile singer...
One of the best ghazal composers and singers...
One of the best classical singers, pop singers, film singers and stage performer.
One of the Composer & Singer of the two men band "Colonial Cousins"...
One of the pioneers of Indian Fusion music..
He has sung in all genres of music...
His voice is unique, magical, magnetic, romantic, sweet and Crystal clear...

Legendary Versatile Singer...He has got magical magnetic voice with lot of variations...He has been singing great songs in every genre of music... One of the best Ghazal composers...Member of popular Pop band "Colonial Cousins"...Film composer...One of the best Stage performers...He is the best of singing aalaap & sargam...He has received several kinds of music awards...

Sensational Singer... Fabulous voice... Unique singing styles..

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18Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard more.

Oh my god! Oh my god! Eminem and 2pac are good. Britney Spears, Beyonce and Rhianna not so much. But Pink Floyd can never be compared to them. They are not even in the sane league. They deserve to be in the top three. Never No 21. They are surely better then Madonna. This list is not proper. They are way better than this.

One of music's best-selling acts - musicalemprire

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19The DoorsThe Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

You need to get an education in music if you don't know who these underrated legends are. Songs like "Light my Fire", "L.A. woman", "The End", "Riders on the Storm" etc have cemented their legacy as one of the all time greats

Music that was made nearly 50 years ago still played and sold today. But what's most amazing is it sounds as great and as fresh today as all those years ago. It will be the same for the coming 50 years.

Woo the doors really I don't no who they are

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This guy speaks the truth and s one of the best artists to come out of england. Incredible

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