Most Talented Musicians

These are the most talented musicians to ever walk this great Earth.

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1Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been ...read more.

A travesty having this guy at #1, when there are a bunch of vocalists who were and are far better. In rock or pop, Elvis Presley, Levi Stubbs, Frank Sinatra, and Marvin Gaye to name just a few are much better, and that's not to mention classical singers like Luciano Pavrotti and Andrea Bocelli who make Freddie look like an amateur. And as for comparing Freddie to Beethoven or Mozart, he is not even in the same universe.

Best singer ever! How can anyone compete with him? An angel in a mans body!

I think there's nothing more to say...

Luciano Pavarotti makes Freddie seem like a little choir boy.

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2Ludwig van Beethoven

Aren't we taking about musicians here? Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach should be 1, 2, and 3. Todays society has vastly neglected true musical geniuses throughout history.

Music? Tallent? There Is Absolutely No One More Talented Than Beethoven - 12cc

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3MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

Come on he's number 1, Hands Down, his abilities to write symphonies concertos with hardly any mistakes or rewrites is simply amazing... + his body of work speaks for itself.He's talent was almost supernatural... The rest are all extremely talented. The real question is who's the next best.. Easily Beethoven!

Please, everyone knows Mozart is n°1. I don't listen to classical music much but it's pretty much the father of all music and more complex than anything most musicians could ever hope to achieve, sorry all you Paul fans out there but there is nothing amazing about him compared to the true legends.

Obviously the most tallented ever from a very young age. Paul M more tallented? I don't think so!

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4Michael 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 ...read more.

He has the whole package! He wrote and composed most of his songs, he had an incredible voice along with inhuman dance skill. There's just no comparison.

Simply the greatest entertainer msuic ever saw. He was the greatest dancer. Greatest singer. A talented lyricist and composer. In the end, he was MJ.

The man who created dance and music, wasn't even trained but yet the greatest entertainer to ever live!

He got the whole package

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5Paul McCartneySir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

Where do I start? One of the greatest bass players of all time, master of the piano and had a smooth melodic voice, with a great vocal range for somebody who could be considered a baritone and an amazing screamer at the same time, a living legend

He is a brilliant composer who never runs out of ideas. His vocal range is amazing, and his voice is heavenly. Finally, he's a very talented and expressive piano and bass player!

Plays virtually every instrument, has written some of the greatest songs ever, more successful than any other composer or musician in human history, singlehandedly invented heavy metal and indie, and plays 3 hour rock concerts at 73 years old wit out even taking a drink of water.

He's my favorite musician of all time. - Metts

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6Brian JonesLewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.

RIP Brian Jones. You will always be my favorite Rolling Stone band member. He was the founding member and even came up with the bands name. He played...

Piano
Guitar
Vocals
Sitar
Hermonica
Xylophone - Doggyface12345

Unbelievably talented. Rest in Peace, Jones! You were one of the biggest highlights of the 60's! - MontyPython

Most talented musician of all time.

7George HarrisonGeorge Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Out of all the guys in the Beatles, he knew the most about music. Listen to With you without you, learn the story behind it, and you'll see what I mean.

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8John LennonJohn Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40 .

Honestly, I don't think he is the most talented, but he's better than #10 to #4 so I guess he's the fourth most talented.

The greatest most beautiful soul besides for jesus to walk the earth. Not only inspiring but thought provocking. He and paul both don't even know how to read or write music that proves both of there genius!

He just proves even more the fact every Beatle is insanely talented!

Guitar
Six-String Bass
Piano
Harmonium
Electric Organ
Harmonica

And, as expected, he can sing like a boss!

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9James HetfieldJames Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Damn, his presence at the helm says it all.. I don't think there is anyone in the Thrash game who can write what he does.

10Jimmy PageJames Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

This is musicians not vocalists, jimmy plays a ton of instruments fluently and of course one of the best guitarists of all time

Page is an incredible musician, but I believe John Paul Jones is even better. You're comparing genius with genius, though, so how can you go wrong?

No one on this list besides Beethoven is more talented then Page. Paul McCartney is half the musician Page is

Best heavy rock guitarist/composer.

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11Pete TownshendPeter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.

Most imaginative songwriter to ever live, one of the greatest ever guitarists and sings too but also plays bass, piano, drums and many more I'm sure. He was also one of the first musicians to make use of the synthesizer and also one of the first to use feedback. On top of this he helped invent the Marshall Stack. An absolute musical genius

Not only an excellent guitar player, but one of the greatest songwriters in rock history. You think writing a song is hard? Try writing an entire albums revolving around a single story. He did that. Twice. He single handily created what are almost universally considered the two greatest rock operas of all time, Tommy and
Quadrophenia.

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13Jimmy The Rev SullivanJames Owen Sullivan, professionally known by his stage name The Rev, was an American musician, composer and songwriter, best known as the drummer, composer, songwriter, co-lead vocalist and founding member for the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

Greatest metal musician ever!

Not only could he play drums like a boss, he could also play the following excellently:

Guitar
Bass
Piano
Keyboard

He also can sing like a boss and has written the band's biggest hits like:

Afterlife
A Little Piece of Heaven
Almost Easy
Fiction
Save Me
Brompton Cocktail

The Rev did so much for Avenged Sevenfold. He wrote the band's greatest hits!

Afterlife
A Little Piece of Heaven
Brompton Cocktail
Almost Easy
Fiction
Save Me

He can also play:
Drums
Guitar
Bass

He was also a great metal singer!

Definitely the most talented metal musician!

Easily the best and most underrated musician of all time! The Dave Grohl of metal!

14John Paul JonesJohn Baldwin, better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer.

Can play so many instruments and is amazing at each of them

Also, JPJ did string arrangements on songs by the Rolling Stones, beautiful mandolin player (several Zep songs, including "That's The Way"), extremely versatile & intuitive session player (like Jimmy Page).

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15Neil PeartNeil Ellwood Peart, OC (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.V1 Comment
16Steve HarrisStephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
17Mike PattonMichael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.V1 Comment
18Robert PlantRobert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
19Patrick StumpPatrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and composer of Fall Out Boy, an American rock band from Wilmette, Illinois.

Patrick Stump has most amazing vocal ranges ever. Patrick played every instrument on his solo album "Soul Punk", including vocals. He also wrote the lyrics for "Soul Punk". He can play drums, guitar, piano, bass, trumpet, and many more. Patrick writes most of the music for Fall Out Boy, and also help Pete Wentz write lyrics. I have too add that this man can not read sheet music, but despite this still manages to play all of these instruments and make really great music. Search "What a Catch, Donnie Fall Out Boy live" on YouTube and watch "Fall Out Boy-"What a Catch, Donnie" and "Where Did the Party Go" (Live in Los Angeles 6-13-13)" to get a taste of his vocal range.

When people hear the name"Fall Out Boy" the first thing that comes to mind is Pete Wentz. Well, he is pretty great, but if he quit the band, Patrick Stump could totally play bass instead of him. If Pete was really great, he would be able to do more than bass guitar. Patrick Stump is the true star of Fall Out Boy, the world needs to see that.

With a vocal range to rival Paul McCartney's and the ability to play 14+ different instruments all without ever being taught to read sheet music, Patrick Stump is one of the most talented musicians of our generation

I love his voice

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