Greatest Living Rock Musicians

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41Dave MustaineDavid Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born September 13, 1961. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and well known as the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal ...read more.

Really, not here yet, great composer, good with technique, and speed. Founding member of metallica, mastermind of megadeth, lyricist, guitarist, singer. If you don't think his music has emotion / charcter your mind isn't working fast enough. Not to mention Marty Freidman, Chris Broderick, have been / are in his band. Sometimes an ass in interviews, but ultimately very smart, and a musical genius. Besides he does everything hetfield does but faster, and with more skill (if you're a guitarist you'll probably agree). - guitargirl_94

He was in megadeth and Metallica. COME ON! - gemcloben

42Mike PortnoyMichael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.
43Ian GillanIan Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).
44Dave GrohlDavid Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

The multitalented Dave Grohl ranked at 32 is a gross abomination. The drummer for the legendary "NIRVANA", frontman for the "FOO FIGHTER" that after nearly a 20 year career are still winning Grammys, collaborated with Tenacious D, Queens of the Stone Age. His drumming abilities are not human. He wrote the hymn "Everlong", and has a voice which can screech with energy and emotion and at times be do gentle and soothing. This man is a musical genius and just an extraordinary human being in general.

How is Dave Grohl this low?! He is the best drummer ever and in addition to that plays guitar, bass, and sings too, all of which he does very well. He even produces music and not just his own; he did a great EP for Zac Brown Band. He has played with Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Them Crooked Vultures just to name a few. He is not the best singer, guitarist or bassist, but he is good at all of them; with his amazing drumming he is definitely the best overall musician!

plays like fifty six thousand instruments and is a master at all of them, great frontman, song writer, guitar player, drummer and more

He knows how to play drums, guitar, can sing and write songs and is a nice guy. He is very talented.

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he is known as the vocalist of SAVER TIGER, D'ERLANGER, DIE EN CRIES and BUG, has solo and become the legendary rock frontman in japan - ronluna

other newer japanese musicians respect him for being the greatest frontman in japan. they call him kyo-sempai - ronluna

47Mark KnopflerMark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer.

Knopfler should be in the top 20... Not only is he an amazing guitarist, but a great songwriter too. Is songs like sultans of swing, tunnel of love and brothers in arms are masterpieces!... Even Bob Dylan said he's good and played with clapton and Chet Atkins!... Should be higher in the list

48FleaMichael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician, best known as the bassist, a co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall ...read more.

One of the best bassists and songwriters ever

49Zack de la RochaZacharias Manuel "Zack" de la Rocha (born January 12, 1970) is an American musician, poet, rapper, and activist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from 1991–2000, and after the band's reunion in 2007 until their last show in 2011. He left Rage Against ...read more.
50Alice CooperAlice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

Cooper has a ton of great albums (and still puts out really good stuff like Brutal Planet) and set the standard for all theatrical shows. - hardrockfanatic

This guy is 60 and still going. Come on he rocks! I mean he used to bite the heads off of snakes, live snakes! For real! - zbedd1

Saw Alice in concert a month ago. Definitely worth the money.

51Iggy PopJames Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor.
52Little RichardRichard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name, Little Richard, is an American musician, singer and songwriter.
53Tony IommiAnthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer.
54Dave Evans
55John FruscianteJohn Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
56Serj TankianSerj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.
57Jared Leto

This guy isn't a very good musician and should've just stuck to acting in my humble opinion.

I agree with visitor here,though he is a good musician but comparing to the legends here he isn't a good musician. - zxm

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59StingGordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist.
60Jeff BeckGeoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds.

Amazing guitarist, still going strong. - RedStripedd

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