Most Influential Music Artists Ever

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The Top Ten

1
Michael Jackson
The greatest artist, the greatest entertainer, a superb composer, a brilliant person in terms of business and making music and most importantly a great humanitarian and a good person though a bit odd sometimes but it is what made him magical, cosmic and unique... he broke a lot of records having 31 Guinness world records including best entertainer of all time, an artist who donated most to charities donating not less than $350 million, best selling album of all time, highest paid artist of all time and many more. He is the most popular and the most famous.. Though a lot of elvis and Beatles fans won't agree.. however wherever site you go, still Michael Jackson remains at the top.. moreover some may not say so especially if you're a westerner but the fact is that he is the most famous in the whole world, ask anyone, may it be illiterate, someone from the alps or someone who knows no civilization, if you mention the name "Michael JACKSON" then they'd all smile and say "hey I know that man". while shrugging their shoulders if you ask about Beatles or elvis... undeniably no matter which angle to look at, Michael Jackson is the king of music...

graciadolinobv

All of the 3 acts listed above this are all amogst the most influetnial (The Beatles being the best artist of all times), however in terms of influence in the world, Michael Jackson is the clear world music icon, followed by Elvis presley, Michael Jackson's unique singing voice and dance moves re-defined the meaning of pop music and is the model most aspiring pop artists follow.
The one - the only king of pop
[Newest]The greatest artist of all time.

2Beatles
Since the 1960's every artist has copied The Beatles, Michael Jackson liked them so much he bought their catalogue and covered their music. No one has been more imitated by top artists than The Beatles. Even the typical rock band format was established by them - most previous stars just sang and had back-up musicians, these guys ran the whole show, even deciding which songs to release and record their own songs when the record label wanted them to do covers.
Revolutionary sound in the music industry generating worldwide attention and appeal in an era when there was no internet. No other artists pushed musical boundaries while at the same time maintaining MASS appeal like the Beatles did. The fact that 50 years later, much of their music has withstood the test of time and continues to capture the imagination of young and old is a sound testament to their genius and deserved status of most influential musical artists of all time.
Let it be is the most influential song ever
[Newest]The best band of all time

3K.S. Chithra
She influenced other singers. They willing to sing like her. This is her success
She is not just so influential, She mean it
If you hear chithra voice you easly influenced by her
[Newest]Who the heck is she?

4Elvis Presley
He continues to touch millions world-wide despite the fact that he has been dead for 35 years and that he had never traveled outside the U.S. and Canada.

bobinator3010

I hate most of the music from his generation but I can't help but love the king(:
Elvis is what made rock n roll popular in the first place.

5Queen
QUEEN FOREVER NUMBER ONE. He inspired countless musicians and even till this day, he is acknowledged for his greatness. Despite Michael being slightly more popular than Queen, Queen has had much more influence to today's artists than you think. Maybe the mainstream hail Michael but the mainsteam sucks, if you actually look at the ones who don't suck like the Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and blah blah blah... They don't suck and their inspiration's Queen. Sorry, Michael, you were great, but Queen's better.
Queen should be number one on this list. How can you get better than Freddie Mercury's vocals, Brian May's guitar wails, john Deacon's killer bass, Roger Taylor's pounding drums. Just a sheer heart attack.
THE NUMBER 1. Can't get better. They are very influential. I mean, where do you think Lady Gaga got her name? I mean...
"All you hear is... Radio Goo goo... Radio GA GA! " DER

6Led Zeppelin
Michael Jackson? Really? Eminem? 2PAC? This list is terrible
Led zep the Beatles nina simone, and artists who have the talent to be able to write music on a entire cd or how I like to put it the b side and have a fan listen to it ten year, twenty years, thirty years later on radio
Michael jackson is classic and blows led zeppelin away

7Jimi Hendrix
He was the first left handed guitarist and one of the first African American people or man to be so influential that when he died people were so sad they had many people go on a riot
Jimi the left handed mistro

82pac
2pac has got to be at least in the top 3, he was way more than just a rapper! He fight's for what he believes in and doesn't back down. Fought for women's rights and black rights against the goverment and police. He had a thug side to him because he was raised in the ghetto and at the same time a intelligent side when he tried to get his message across though his songs. His thug side was brought out even more when he was shot in 1994 and went to jail in 1995 for a crime he didn't commit. The system was always out to get him. Live by the gun, die by the gun.R.I. P
Though Pac is a great rapper, your missing two who should be way ahead of him, first james brown, the godfather of soul, without him he there would be no MJ or Pac. Your also forgetting the greatest lyricist of them all Biggie- he really grew up in the streets selling drugs and who not, as opposed to 2pac who came from a family of African American extremists, and actually live a middle class live and studied ballet and Shakespeare at a wealthy high school before he realized there was more money in rapping. I'm not trying to take anything away from him, I think he has just be slightly overstated on his influence in the music scene...slightly
If this man hadn't been born then this world would be full of hate and racism. I personally think that he was more influential than Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther-King.

9Madonna
Madonna is the smartest artist she understand everything that's why she still here and still on top! <3 #QueenOfPop!
Madge is on the same level with Beatles, Elvis or Frank Sinatra.
She makes the music history

Alexandr


10Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd, the greatest rock band of all time on number 16? While Elvis Presley has been ranked higher than them! Pink Floyd deserve to be on #1 or #2

The Contenders

11The Velvet Underground

12Bob Dylan
If you have listened to any music after the 1960s you are listening to music that was affected by Bob Dylan. Go look up on youtube the beatles comments on bob dylan and you can see the effect that he had on the greatest band in the history of music. Behind the beatles, he is the most covered artist of all time. He blended the depth of folk music with rock. He Sung blowing in the wind at the march on washington right before MLK jr gave his I have a dream speech. He didn't just change music He changed the world.
Bob Dylan makes the case for the most influential of all time. His popularity is surpassed by more famous acts such as the Beatles and Elvis but it can be easily argued Bob Dylan has been more influential. If there were a pedigree of musicians allowing influences and styles to be traced to the beginning of modern music, Bob Dylan would be at the very beginning.
Bob first daylight secong

13Chuck Berry
Set the stage for a whole new generation of rock and he was black. In his time this was unheard of! He really is the king, Elvis is #2.

fireinside96

Chuck berry, buddy holly, bill haley. All great singers that people seem to have forgotten, sadly
The single most influential rock musician that has ever lived

14Whitney Houston
She is the worlds most famous vocalist ever hands down.

israel08


15The Kinks

16The Who

17Linkin Park
The 21st century began with the kickoff of one of the current generation's most influential artists, Linkin Park. With their fusion of modern and classic musical styles, instrumentation, and technology with popular Hiphop and Metal, these pioneers negated the need to fit into a genre and simply pursued the expression of pure art.
Though still young, Linkin Park's wide variety of music stretches across many genre of music. There are constant covers seen by other upcoming artists and youtube sensations
Leading the way in new rock with a modern twist. Great band with amazing sound

18Beyonce
She's made tonnes of dance crazes which have swept the world into mimicking the dance. Like crazy in love, baby boy and the most influential music video - single ladies.

fisto77

Bow Down for the Queen. We love Beyonce
She managed to stay relevant for 17 years and she still is. Pop and RnB artists who do that are once-in-a-decade

19U2
It is mind-boggling why U2 is not even #3 only behind The Beatles and Michael Jackson, yet they are the most influential live rock band (listen to how some rock bands try to copy their vibe) and rock music overall. With larger-than-life rock riffs/vibe, Bono's powerful voice, and convincing lyrics (about world peace), U2, still to this day, has remained one of the most influential figures in music, as evidenced by their ubiquitous media presence into the 21st century

And who can forget Bono's glasses?
U2 not only was one of the few rock bands to survive through turbulent periods in rock music, but they have stayed together for over 30 years. They rose to superstar status in 1987 and have only climed uphill since. Bono's influence as an activist for ending poverty and making peace has led to his nomination for the noble peace prize. Perhaps only The Beatles can match the influence U2 has had over the entire world.

20Black Sabbath
How is Metallica above Black Sabbath? Don't get me wrong, I like both, but without Black Sabbath there wouldn't be any metal at all.
They created and Influenced the whole Heavy Metal scene. Need I say more?
They created the greatest music genre we will ever see

21The Sex Pistols

22K. J. Yesudas
The Celestial singer Dr KJ YESUDAS is the Most Influential Music Artists Ever. God of music or Voice of God. Greatest singer in the world. Voice of India.
Yesudas he is a living legend who recorded more than 50,000 Songs and sings at concerts around 50,000 songs in multiple languages.
Gaana gandharva Yesudas sir is the most influential singer - music artist. Living legend Gandharva

23Bee Gees

24The Smiths

25Public Enemy

26Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams should be in the top ten to be honest
Very influential - most artists copy this one
He should be number one! This man is awesome and sings about current problems that can be very influencial to a lot of people

27Nirvana
Nirvana brought grunge into the mainstream. Their story is interesting. They were the soundtrack to teens lives in the nineties. Iggy Pop said, and I quote,"Kurt Cobain was truly a nobody from nowhere who reached out and touched the world. And he may have touched it right in its wound"
Why Nirvana is so low on the list? They are the kings of their genre. They changed the face of music in 90's. Cobain is one of the most influential musicians of all time. Common people!

28Eminem
Em shows how you can come from nothing and turn into one of the greatest rappers ever he tells you to never give up and if you listen to his verse on airplanes pt 2 he didn't have friends he concentrated on rap and it paid off
His songs are so deep and full of meaning, listen to "when I'm gone" and "mockingbird"
Best and the most influential rapper of all time

Alexandr


29The Stone Roses

30AC/DC

31The Rolling Stones

32Earth, Wind & Fire

33Metallica

34Britney Spears
Britney Spears Is Amazing! Maybe she hasn't got the best voice in the world but at least after her ups and downs of her past she still making number 1 hits and don't forget that she has sold over 105 million copies worldwide...
from 2000's Britney is the most influential and successful female singer. No one can even compare with her.

Alexandr


35Bruce Springsteen

36Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash should be within the top ten easily, what are people playing at? Vote Cash up now.

37Green Day
How can be Green Day so down the list? Just fell it's influence in songs like "Wake me up when September ends", "Boulevard of broken dreams", "Before the lobotomy", "21 guns" and "Basket Case"...
Come on people, Vote for Green Day...
Green Day should at least be in the top five. They are influential, as they made their own way in the music industry and write their own music. Best band ever!

georgielikesgreenday

Green Day made music for 3 generation of youth..
They have influenced many teenagers to live on their dreams

38NWA

39Prince
Prince should be in the top ten, his music is amazing

40The Strokes

41David Bowie
Is no way less influential than Miley Cyrus!
This is outrageous! Bowie influenced have the artist above him on this list!

42Bob Marley
Not just an influential musician, but an inspiration to mankind.
He was one of the greatest people to ever be famous
He was world peace

43Frank Sinatra

44Celine Dion

45Red Hot Chili Peppers

46Avril Lavigne

47X-Japan

48The Clash

49Bryan Adams

50Shakira
She is a role model & amazing at singing, dancing and being a philanthropist. She is definitely one of the most influential people in the world!
Shakira is very influential just because her IQ is the highest in music industry

Alexandr


51Backstreet Boys

52Tom Waits

53The Doors

54Stevie Wonder

55Taylor Swift

56Buddy Holly
He influenced bob Dylan, famously influenced the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, he was a very talented person.

57Nas

58New York Dolls
Influences of as Kiss, Hanoi Rocks, Blondie, The Clash, Ramones, Dead Boys, Mötley Crüe, Faster Pussycat, JetBoy, Guns N' Roses, The Damned, The Smiths, and Japan.

59Hank Williams

60Pink

61Rush

62Duran Duran

63Dire Straits

64The Killers

65Justin Timberlake
Classical plus hip pop music and unique style of dancing

66Rakim

67Jennifer Lopez
successful singer and actress

Alexandr


68Shania Twain

69Aerosmith

70Belinda Carlisle
Belinda's Heaven is place on Earth is everlasting song

Alexandr


71Kelly Clarkson

72Spice Girls
They were the Bomb in the 90s

Alexandr


73Biggie Smalls

74The Stooges

75Leonard Cohen

76Janis Joplin

77Marvin Gaye

78Beastie Boys

79Bo Diddley
Didn't he like invent rock guitar or something? This man is the start of modern music, just saying.

mikeford


80HIM

81Sade

82Kate Bush

83The Beards

84The Cure

85Depeche Mode

86Miley Cyrus

87Mike Ness
Probaly the most under rated band ever, combining coutry and punk to make grate music.

88Guns N' Roses

89Journey

90Motörhead

91John Lennon

92The White Stripes

93Elton John

94Billy Joel

95Kasabian

96The Verve

97Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has changed the music industry, she should at least be in the top 10! #QueenOfPop

98Tina Turner

99Blink 182

100Kurt Cobain

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