Most Influential Music Artists Ever

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41MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Metallica brought about a whole new music technicality and revolutionised the metal and rock genre, especially in terms of the meaning behind a song and how it can tell a story and evolve throughout it's duration.

42Bruce SpringsteenV1 Comment
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44AerosmithAerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
45Robbie WilliamsRobert Peter "Robbie" Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.

Robbie Williams should be in the top ten to be honest

Very influential - most artists copy this one

One of the best singer I've known

46Aretha FranklinAretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.
47The DoorsThe Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Top 5. EASILY. GREATEST FRONT MAN...E V E R... And their Number of fans have more than tripled in the last Twenty years. AND STILL COUNTING. Teenagers TODAY are listening to the DOORS. And it's 2016.

48ABBAABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Shocked to not see any comments on this one. Abba was definitely the most influential group to ever emerge from pop music, damn they invented the soft dancy catchy pop we hear today. Propably not the most influential in terms of music of ALL time, but popular music would be so different without them. Them being hated because of over saturation over the decades doesn't change the fact that no matter what the people think is fashionable at a given time they remain timeless!

49Wolfgang Amadeus MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

Most famous classical artist, presenting the prestigious models of classical melodies and structures, therefore impacting the European high-class and afterwards the entire world listening and taking inspiration from classical music.

He should be top ten. His name and pieces are more recognizable than most of those in the top ten.

Don't know much about him but I know he should be top 10 at least

50Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences ...read more.

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

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

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51Janet JacksonJanet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.

Best female dancer, influenced Ciara,Beyonce and so many others

52Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

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

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53Johnny CashJohn R. "Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

Should be top 10 as he influenced so many genre's and artists over the king spam of his career. If you listen to his music over the course of something like 50 years or maybe longer, his style barely changes and there are not a lot of influential artists like this ( even the style of the Beatles changed over the years). And I think this shows that he was an individual and wasn't really influenced by other musicians ( apart from hank Williams probably) or changed his music to fit in with what was popular. And because of this it's clear that he was the influence on the people he influenced not just social changes ( that sentences sounded retarded but you know what I mean) and the same cannot be said for a lot of other artists

This alone proves that this isn't a list of most influential artists so much as it is people voting for their favorite artists.

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

He is the man in black

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54The StrokesThe Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998. They consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocalist), Nick Valensi (guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Nikolai Fraiture (bassist) and Fabrizio Moretti ...read more.
55Eric ClaptonEric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

You must be kidding! Eric Clapton is way above many of this list. He has been so influential for many a guitar player and his songs like Layla are very Popular.

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56Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin ...read more.

Doesn't even deserve to be called a musician.

57Lady GagaStefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . ...read more.

Underrated Music Artist. Can sing, can dance, can act, can play instrument and writes her own song. She's not so influential but she's the most talented I think

While I'm not her biggest fan, you have to admit she has immensely influenced the modern pop AND fashion culture

She formed her own charity and has continuously proved her talent over the years. I'm shocked she isn't in the top 10.

She is a great talented singer of all time, she deserve more than this position

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58N.W.A.N.W.A was an American hip hop group from Compton, CA. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music.
59R.E.M.R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.V1 Comment
60The ClashThe Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

Please, 52? They played for the music and for the fans, not for the money like the majority in the list. They were raw, unique and took what the Beatles and the Stones started to a different level and created a generation. More the anything, they cared about the music. They were the "only band that mattered"!

Come on, they were pioneers in their chosen profession. Influential, some of the best and biggest alternative and punk bands wouldn't exist if not for the Clash. Especially Rancid, and the US. Bombs!

The clash influenced so many bands its crazy such as U2, the Foo Fighters and more. They also showed how you can mix punk with pop and ska

"The only band that matters"

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