Greatest Deceased Rock Artist

For the past 37 years, we have seen the best of the best go, but who is the greatest out of these dead musicians?

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1Freddie 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 ...read more.

What? Number 2? Who's number 1? I'm sorry to say, my friends, but I have no idea who that is. Freddie is known worldwide. MOSTLY BY ME. BROUHAHA! ARUGULA! Uh, continuing, he is very influential. I love him, he will always be in my heart forever.

He was an amazing singer, songwriter, pianist, and frontman for the band. His charisma and sheer talent were a huge part of Queen's success. God save the Queen - ObsessedwFreddie

Farrokh died when I was in high school. It is a time for all of us where we are sponges of artistic influence, and I soaked in Queen the most. Every year that passes since he died, I feel both more in touch with his music and more saddened that we lost Freddie. Though he is someone I've never met, it really does hurt when I realize his impact.

There can only be one Freddie Mercury! - KillerQueen

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2Hideto Hide Matsumoto

He's Japanese most influential guitarist. He's unique, brilliant, colorful, and sparkling. Miyavi is dull compare to him. - kurenai_tenshi

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3John LennonJohn Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40 .

John Lennon transcended music... He changed our culture and our world! Music and the world have felt the void created on 12/8/80... Visit Central Park's "Strawberry Fields" and you WILL feel the connection! Visit The Dakota Building and your blood will chill when you see how trapped John was that horrible night... It appears SO much bigger on T.V... This wonderful man had no chance to defend or protect himself. What a cowardly and senseless act of violence! John Lennon was magic! Thank god we've had Paul McCartney for so long... He keeps it all alive and well! - frank

A truly inspirational artist...he touched the world with his beautiful music... - jprg12

when he died, the world suffered - rock2metal

4Kurt CobainKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

Kurt was a genius and is responsible for some of the greatest songs ever like smells like teen spirit, come as you are, heart shaped box, in bloom plus many MANY more... - wolphert

Millions of people miss him even though they weren't born when Nirvana was around (like me). Kurt is able to connect with people long after he died and that's what makes him a legend to this day - Danielsun182

Lots of people miss Kurt. Not only were his songs good, but they had deep messages in them. Take Pennyroyal Tea for example

Kurt cobain I really admire you!

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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. ...read more.

Elvis is the best and will always be forever and he should be #1 - #1elvisfan

6Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

Most influental guitarist EVER. And you can't argue with that. - d3rrick95

Easily the best guitarist ever, though his career was short - vidieowiz4

The best I always listen to his music - tanker58

7Jim MorrisonJames Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
8Duane AllmanHoward Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.

Duane is arguably one of the 5 best guitarists of all-time he passed away too early - rocknrolldude

9Cliff BurtonClifford Lee "Cliff" Burton was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica from December 1982 until his death in September 1986.

R.I.P Clifford Lee Burton. his solos revolutionized the bass.

If only he were still alive, metallica may have been even better. - aman28

10John BonhamJohn Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the ...read more.

John Bonham was the greatest rock drummer that ever lived. His death meant the end of the king of all rock bands... Led Zeppelin. Bonham, Hendrix & Lennon should top this list if were talking about tragically lost talent.

Base this list on skill, innovation & influence on their respective instruments and you have John Henry Bonham sitting easily at #1...the greatest rock drummer who ever lived.

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?Leonard CohenLeonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist . Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82 .

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11Michael 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 ...read more.

I don't like to see his name on this list; but, MJ was the best. RIP Michael xo - love4mjj

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12George HarrisonGeorge Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
13Ronnie James DioRonnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

This guy is one of the gods of metal with an amazing voice. Was very surprised and disappointed to not see him in the top 10.

RIP
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14Randy RhoadsRandall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

One of the greatest guitarists of all time... second best to jimi... - ch153

15Jerry GarciaJerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American musician best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.
16Dimebag Darrell Lance AbottDarrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

Amazing guitarist. One of the most influential guitarists of all time. R.I.P. Dime

17Jon LordJohn Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men.
18Gary MooreRobert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.
19Buddy HollyCharles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.

Buddy Holly actually inspired some famous people, should be at least in the top 10. - Mumbizz01

20Bon ScottRonald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.

surely top 10 atleast! Bon and Jim Morrison RIP! - Dickey96

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1. Freddie Mercury
2. Kurt Cobain
3. John Lennon
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1. John Lennon
2. Jimi Hendrix
3. Elvis Presley
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