Best Musicians of the 20th Century


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101Pete TownshendPeter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.
102Katy PerryKatheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry) was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. more.
103DrakeAubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.
104Paco de LucĂ­a

He was a genius flamenco guitarrist. Brought flamenco to the whole world and his compositiones are of overwhelming beauty. Technically he has skills that no other guitarist has. He is just astonishing!

105Ray DaviesRaymond Douglas "Ray" Davies is an English musician. He was the rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave.
106Elton John

Wow. I can't believe I had to ADD Elton John to this list. How insulting! In terms of music artists of the 20th century, there's The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and then there Elton John. Come on people get real!

EJ at 98? Put's entire list in question. Muddy Waters not on list puts list in trash bin... PERIOD...

107Richard D. James

Really?!? Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Eminem, and other garbage musicians on here, but not Aphe Twin?!? Not only did he revolutionize IDM, Ambient, Acid, and Breakbeat, but he's incredibly prolific and his work is incredibly complex.

108Trent ReznorMichael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.

One of the most talented people of the 20th century.

109Austin Roberts

He also had some serious songs, you know, not just Scooby Doo. "Rocky" is one of the saddest and sweetest songs I've ever heard in my life!

He's the guy that sings all the Scooby Doo chase songs from the second season of "Scooby Doo, Where Are You? " He is the best.

110Bing CrosbyHarry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.

Among the most popular stars of the 20th century, he has four stars on the Hollywood Walk of fame, and sold over a billion copies of his albums!

FINALLY! Do people know that this man sold more records than every other person on this list combined? LOOK IT UP

111Dean Martin
112Ella FitzgeraldElla Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.

Insanely talented singer. Would definitely be in the top 10 if this list actually represented the 20th century.

113Etta Jame
114Marilyn Manson
115Al Jourgensen
116Nine Inch NailsNine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
117MinistryMinistry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.
118KMFDMKMFDM is an industrial band led by German multi-instrumentalist Sascha Konietzko, who founded the group in 1984 as a performance art project.
119Elliott Smith
120AaliyahAaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. more.
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