Greatest Musicians of All Timeanthonybecerra831
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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 indeedV12 Comments
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 centuryV6 Comments
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 saidV2 Comments
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, giftedV2 Comments
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.. - ahmedaserV6 Comments
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
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
Mozart is the best musician in all timeV3 Comments
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.V1 Comment
Hail to the king vocals sums that up
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
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
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.
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 anymoreV2 Comments
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.V8 Comments
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?
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?!V3 Comments
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 betterV2 Comments
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!
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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