Greatest Musicians of All Time


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The Top Ten

Michael Jackson
His music is a gift from heaven
Couldn't agree more, RIP MJ you will never be forgotten.


2Paul McCartney
Paul mccartney is the greatest musician of all time then john lennon then elvis presley nobody else compares to them.
Keep calm and save rock 'n roll
No question about the ex-beatle member Paul Mccartney along with John Lennon, George Harisson and Ringo Starr! The BEST!

3Freddie Mercury
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.

4Ludwig van Beethoven
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
Come on, people! What Beethoven created being deaf no other musician came close to achieving, even with perfect hearing.


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5John 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!
Greatest of all time MR John Lennon

6Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Presley, Dylan. and Jackson above Mozart and Beethoven! Good God. Well... at least some of us know who these two are. >_>


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


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7Elvis Presley
can't stand his music but he is the king of rock and I just got to except that
A legendary singer one of the best selling over all musicians and the best selling solo musician

8M. Shadows
Hail to the king vocals sums that up

9George Harrison


The Contenders

11Synyster Gates

12Bob Dylan

13K.S. Chithra

What a grace she has... CHITHRA IS LIVING LEGEND

14Kurt Cobain
His voice is full of emotion. Once sings quietly and sometimes screaming... I love both.
He must be at least in top 5 musicians.
When he sings, his feelings penetrate into my soul... only he can do it.
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Definitely the best rapper ever. He has definitely changed the rap genre of music, and makes some of the best music out there
Eminem is by far the best rapper in the world. He can raper to the rhythm of his music that he writes. I don't think he should be just at this spot on the chart he should higher up in the chart. At least the number 5 because he is an awesome rapper my most favourite.

16Malcolm Young



17Kirk Hammett

18Phil Rudd

19Rick James
Rick James was way ahead of his time. And America still has not fully caught up with his music yet. He was The king of punk funk and duke of Fun Wave. He set the tone that many followed and some ripped him off. He blended rock, funk, new wave and rock.
To create some of the greatest music ever made. He had many hits. And one of his big ones Mary Jane, the greatest song ever with a flute as a major instrument in it.
Outstanding! Mixed Funk, pop and punk and created PUNK-FUNK. Great live shows and a real innovator in the industry. Still copied and sampled by many today. The King of Punk-Funk Rick James.

20Johann Sebastian Bach

21Rick Savage



22Bob Marley
We only had him for a short time but he pourd out words that led to the freedom of many nations and individuals... I think he should be next to MJ
I strongly believe that Bob Marley should be in the top 10. His music was most inspiring and timeless.

23Phil Collen



24Steven Tyler

25Rick Allen

26Jimi Hendrix

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.

27Steve Clark

28Axl Rose
This list has no credibility, Axl's the best!

29Jimmy The Rev Sullivan

30Hans Zimmer
I can't believe that he isn't in the top tens. He is the one who composed one of the greatest music ever

31Ozzy Osbourne

32Eric Clapton

He's one six grammys he deserves to be one the top ten great guitar player.

33Mark Evans



34Elton John


36Joe Hisaishi
His music is amazingly beautiful and nostalgic. He should be recognized as one of the most talented and greatest composers of all time especially when looking at his work with famous movie director Hayao Miyazaki and his work with Ghibli Studios. Songs like "Summer" and movie OSTs like "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky" from the Miyazaki movie "Castle in the Sky" are incredible works of art that should be appreciated by the world.
His compositions are so emotionally charged, it makes me shed a tear... Or cry a river. The pieces in Studio Ghibli are breathtakingly beautiful. Each song he composes conveys a message.

Tupac is still the best

38Chester Bennington
The best singer out there!
Best vocal I've ever heard

39A.R. Rehman
How come he's not in the list.. Best musician ever.. Jai ho!

40Stevie Wonder

41Ennio Morricone

He's a great musician, please listen to his soundtracks and feel the emotions of great music (all western songs nowadays are good only because of him). He should be at least in the top ten.

42Ryuichi Sakamoto

Prince is the GOAT

44Miles Davis

45Louis Armstrong

46Frederic Chopin

47Richard Strauss

48Johnny Cash
He sings from the heart and soul. not the best singer but the best songwriter

49Sarah Geronimo

50Scatman John
Where do I begin? He may not be as famous as someone like Freddie or MJ, but his music was amazing. He took his problem of stuttering and made that into his music! And many of his songs were about trying to change the world. And bonus points for (making it look like he was) singing with Louis Armstrong, the king of jazz!

51Yoshiki Hayashi

52Tommy Ramone
The iconic punk rock drummer for The Ramones.

53Jack Johnson

54Bun E. Carlos

55Quincy Jones

56Ray Charles

57Chick Corea

58Frank Zappa

Great guitarist great singer one of a kind coll names.


60David Foster

61Claude Debussy

62Sergei Rachmaninoff

63David Bowie

64Herbie Hancock

65Chuck Berry

66Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

67Maurice Ravel

68Erik Satie

69Yann Tiersen

70John Williams

71Scott Joplin

72Jeff Beck

73Camille Saint-Saens


75Eddie Van Halen

Fast crazy awesome fantastic guitar player listen to eruption

76Mick Jagger

77Billy Idol

78Ritchie Valens

79Tom Chaplin


81Mariah Carey

82James Taylor

83James Brown



86George Linch

Great great guitarist, Dokken wouldn't have been the same without him, I think. Great riffs and great melodic lines, with chords of 5 and 5bemolle, vote him!


87Amy Lee


89Johnny Ramone

90Dee Dee Ramone

91Joey Ramone

92Richie Ramone

93C.J. Ramone

94Clem Burke

95Iggy Pop

96Patti Smith

97Max Cavalera
At least he's many times better than Miley Cyrus and other crap listed here.

98John Petrucci
God of guitar. Modal player. Extremely technical

99John Myung
God of bass. Extremely technical, voted best bassist ever


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