Most Original Music Artists


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1BeckBeck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.

I don't know what it is. I just love Beck, he's genius. -

2PrimusPrimus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys more.
3ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

The most unique, incredible, original, creative band to ever live. So underrated. The best band, not only to the 90's but of all time. There is no comparison. This is where music should just give up no one will ever be as good as tool. theyre to intelligent nd musically inclined to match. It might seem like I'm taking this kind of far but I don't think so. Best Band EVER

The start of the end when it comes to metal, but despite what some people say, this is a very clever and quite a consistently great band. -

4RadioheadRadiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

There is a reason they're high on everyone's list, it's because they're awesome. -

Definitely Radiohead. Grunge, arena rock, prog, electronica, ambient, jazz, krautrock, and rhythm all in one band.

5BjorkBjörk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

Interesting lyrics, interesting vocals and very few like her. -

She is one of the best musicians out there and artists.

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6Michael 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 more.

Listening to Michael Jackson songs today makes me believe the way his music sounds was totally different to what was considered pop at the time. He totally reinvented it by making it so much different.

This is the guy who created Billie Jean! THRILLER! He single handly created POP!

7GorillazGorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

Very unique sound. Damon Albarn is very creative and free with the Gorillaz, which is uniquely accompanied by Jamie Hewlett's original art style.

This band is just unique as hell. Using animated characters, it's hard not to pay attention to their zombie pop like style

Nothing else sounds like them, all of their songs sound different, and they mix genres together in a way that works.

One of my favorite bands

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8The White StripesThe White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they more.

The music is catchy and Jack White is a brilliant guitarist. -

They only have 2 members but they're better than half of the stuff out today. - InsertNameHere

Very Catchy. Love "Blue Orchid"

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9Robbie 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.

His songs have interesting lyrics that sometimes have a double meaning to them.

His voice is unique and he has an amazing personality.

10KoRnKorn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.V1 Comment

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11Marilyn Manson

No-one like him, in some peoples opinion that's a good thing. He's just so varied and definitely one of a kind. -

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12Frank ZappaFrank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

A highly proficient guitarist, anti-drug, anti-censorship and anti any thing that made him PO. Worked with mostly the best musicians of the day. He is an 'original' music artist in the best sense of the word. he took his craft seriously and had fun at the same time. Could he be called a Modern Classical composer like Phillip Glass and Terry Riley? -

13Elvis 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. more.

I know what you're thinking but when he started no-one did what he did and he changed the face of music forever. For that reason he's here. -

14Mr. Bungle

One does not simply get more original than Bungle. All of Mike Patton's other projects are 29 times more original than any of the other artists on this list.

15Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

He's the greatest guitar player that ever lived and has his very own distinctive style of playing music.

Just listen to his control of the guitar and you'll see. -

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16Kate Bush

She's very good. Kind of like a female David Bowie, in the art rock sense, doing music for the music and whatnot.

Interesting lyrics, interesting vocals and very few like her. This may or may not have been copied. -

17The ResidentsThe Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents, the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs.
18Jeff BuckleyJeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley, raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Varying styles and the way he used the 'wrong' chords is great. -

19SadeHelen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
20Tom WaitsThomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. more.

Every album he does is different from the other, you really don't know what will he do next.
Elvis Presley at 11? Really? As far as I know he somehow stole black music and sold it to a wider audience so I don't see why's that original

Wow, this is a really solid top 10... apart from Robbie Williams being in it - DontTouchMyPogoStick

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