Greatest Musicians of All Time

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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 ...read more.

Best singer, best dancer and by far the best entertainer in my opinion. His musical career, influence, sales and sheer number of number 1 hits dwarfs those of almost all other musicians. Despite dying an untimely death, Michael's legacy will continue to live on. The man was a legend on his own league.

He was a great singer, dancer, and songwriter, but not musician. To have him ahead of anyone in the top ten is laughable. He's not on the best guitarist, bass, drum, or any brass instrument list. I do think to even be eligible for this list you have to play SOMETHING. What did he play?

Couldn't agree more, RIP MJ you will never be forgotten.

Yes I agree with last comment indeed

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2Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is a musical genius. He can play basically any instrument he picks up, and play it well. He was one of two of the driving forces in the greatest band of all time. His versatility is unbelievable (especially the solo career) and he is still making wonderful music!

Paul mccartney is the greatest musician of all time then john lennon then elvis presley nobody else compares to them.

Only one, along with Beethoven, Mozart, and possibly Hendrix, in this top 20 who is legitimate. Jackson at number one is utterly ridiculous. Prince is several galaxies above him as a musician.

Paul became a legend in the 60's and he still makes great music to this day, he has been creating masterpieces of music for half a century

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3Freddie 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.

Greatest LEGEND THERE IS. It's right that he's number one here. He made songs out of great fun and out of pure genius. No one can compare to how genius Freddie was. His music will be forever cherished till the end of time... RIP Freddie Mercury, you were truly the greatest.

Well this is legend not musician what is he doing on this list he should be at 1 st place at top 10 legends list.

Bohemian rhapsody. Enough said

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4John Lennon

Should be the best for he is the masterpiece of singing - songwriting. John Lennon also the most inspiring and most influential, not only in musical talents but in peaceful activities too. John Lennon should be a gift from heaven, should be a son of God for he is a peace - minded person. Go John Lennon for the win!

I'm so sad that he was murdered. Rest in peace john lennon. Chapman is a horrible awful person. - SammySpore

How number five?! Should be 1 or 2 anyway there's something about Lennon, gifted

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5Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven's music challenges the listener to experience deep swings of emotion from agony to elation, from peaceful to triumphant. His music is complex and ever-changing, it can be intentionally atonal in one moment, then rhythmic or melodic the next. It is that constant dynamism which makes his music brilliant, it guides the deep-thinking listener through an experience synonymous to life itself. And, at the risk of sounding shallow, his music is often so ridiculously exuberant, inspirational, and life-affirming that no one--Mozart, Bach, or the greats of our current era--comes even remotely close to matching his otherworldly genius.

Beethoven the greatest, purest, deepest, most original musical mind ever. His music is quality in a very beautiful and elegant form. He composed many pieces that is humanly impossible. But he did it! He wrote great music notwithstanding his health problems. What more if he had lived longer and healthy?

I can't believe this guy's only fourth! He should at least be ahead of ELVIS. So deep and pure and beautiful! Greatest music ever written

Roll over, beethoven.. - ahmedaser

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6George Harrison

George was a great musician, but among the ten best of all time? That's a bit of a stretch, but I did love the guy.

Great songwriter, singer and has played more than 25 instruments.Still one of the most underrated musicians of his time.RIP

7Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart wasn't only a prodigy but a revolutionary. His work was more ground breaking and original than Beethoven's in his particular time period. Imagine if had lived to old age.

It you water it all down, you will find that all the music we have today is based on the work of Mozart. - queen11

Beethoven above Mozart is fine and Elvis, Beatles and Queen being above him is not exactly right, but they're pretty awesome... Screw Michael Jackson being at number 1 though

Mozart is the best musician in all time

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8Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix was an American guitarist and singer. He's cited as one of the greatest guitarists to ever live. Hendrix was the member of "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" and all albums were succesful. Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 after choking on his own vomit.

Jimi Hendrix wasn't a guitar player, the guitar was an extension of his mind and soul. It was through his guitar that Jimi expressed himself. It represented the way he talked, walked and even breathed. Due to this extreme relationship between a man and his instrument, Jimi became a master songwriter, a soulful vocalist and a studio genius who crafted, with ease, lots and lots of songs which had a life for themselves. This organic characteristic is unparalleled among rock musicians. Since his death, there has not been a single guitar player as important or as revolutionary, but his work has remained so vital and inspirational that his influence over the music world has defeated his death, and therefore he gained his immortality.

Best guitar player of all time a genius he could play guitar left handed right handed wonky handed and with his very easily he has great stage presence and emotion.

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9M. Shadows

Hail to the king vocals sums that up

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?Steven Wilson

Well, you can't expect people who browse this website to know much about music. MJ in number one is ridiculous. Sure, he was alright and influential and a great entertainer, but he didn't write much music. He was one of the better pop acts, but not that great in my opinion. Steven Wilson on the other hand, if you listen to his stuff or his stuff from Porcupine Tree or his solo career, it will speak for itself

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11Bob Dylan

Should be ranked 2nd. Changed popular singing. Greatest lyricist of all time. His influence in music is unmatched. Going electric at the Newport folk festival and his doings in the civil rights movements changed pop culture and the world. There would be no Hendrix Springsteen nirvana and the genre of rap in general if it weren't for Dylan give credit where credit is due!

Bob Dylan practically invented, if not literally invented the song writing process. his music and lyrics are LEGENDARY!, the use of metaphors and his voice are quite entertaining.Not only did he bridge together the cultures of the beatniks and hippies of the time with his catchy and simple melodies combined with his metaphorical lyrics that you can just listen to again and again.

Why isn't bob dylan higher on this list he laid the foundation for modern music. without Bob Dylan there's no Beatles,no Led Zeppelin,no Queen, no rock n' roll of any kind would even exist! without BOB DYLAN

12Elvis 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.

A legendary singer one of the best selling over all musicians and the best selling solo musician

can't stand his music but he is the king of rock and I just got to except that

Like many in this top twenty, a great and legendary performer but not a great musician.

13EminemEminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 172 million albums making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Definitely the best rapper ever. He has definitely changed the rap genre of music, and makes some of the best music out there

So many of the top people on this list are lead singers who don't play an instrument. I think a lot of folks voting on this list don't realize they're not voting for a singer or writer, but someone who plays an instrument, or preferably, several instruments.

Excuse me, I was looking for the best musicians list? Can anyone tell me where I can find it?

This is not music anymore

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14Kurt 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.

You always notice that stage where celebrities often do drugs and die from them. Especially what happened to kurt cobain. My theory is that some of them are just scarred. Like, they're scarred of being famous and they just want to be left alone. Now I don't know if this was true with kurt but he did say that the fame was too much for him. Think about it people, when you're on top of the world it gets really overwhelming. There are some people out there who are planning for a future but are scarred to be famous because they are just normal people who want to be left alone. And whether if they're artists some of them didn't plan for their work to stand out from all the others, they've probably done their work just for themselves and for others to enjoy. If you are so famous that you'll be remembered throughout all of history wouldn't that be way too much pressure? Do you really want to waste your life for the hell of stardom? In my opinion, we should only chose art that really stands ...more

I honestly want to be famous because I want to make a difference. I want to do people a favor by doing something totally new and extraordinary whether it be science, art, sports, politics, or any kind of subject. I don't care if I get famous because I don't care about myself (I'm an atheist, but I'm a really nice guy). So I'm willing to sacrifice my life for the new things I want to bring to humanity. So don't worry about me. I'm doing just fine. As long as I make a difference then humanity will be having new ideas, whether we can use them to help us uncover the secrets of life and the universe as we know it.

He has change the world with his music he was one of the last real musicians the day he died was the day music died WE MISS you KURT

Kurt Cobain is the best musicians of the world. I am enjoying his songs always. It's my favourite songs.

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15Synyster Gates
16K.S. Chithra

What a grace she has... CHITHRA IS LIVING LEGEND
NO ONE CAN BEAT HER, SHE SHOULD BE IN THE TOP ONE, WILL BE, YES

I'm not familiar with her, but seeing the rest of the top twenty as it is I have to ask: Does she even play a musical instrument?

17David BowieDavid Robert Jones was born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016, a hero to millions. ...read more.

How is he and Kurt not tied for first?

David Bowie is an excellent performer who's whole life revolved around music. everything from his costumes to his voice is outstanding. I mean serioslly HOW IS SOMEONE LIKE M. SHADOWS BETER?!

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18Jimmy Page

One of the greatest guitarists/songwriters in the world. He's amazing!

Page is one of the best guitarists of all time. But as a musician John Paul Jones is better

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19Ozzy OsbournePercy Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Ozzy should be at least in the top ten. He ROCKS! He isn't called the "Prince of Darkness" or the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" for nothing. I LOVE Ozzy! He deserves so much more credit than this. Ozzy forever!

20Dave 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.

He started with Metallica, got thrown out (for a reason), this made him depressed for his whole life, he wrote some classic Metallica songs (metal militia, phantom lord and even parts of leper messiah) made up megadeth wich is (as Thrash Metal band) even more popular. He is awesome and will always be it

He does have an amazing voice and Megadeth rocks!

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