Top Ten Music Artists that are the Best of Their Genre

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1Iron Maiden (Heavy Metal)Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

Pleased to see maiden at the top, but it is rightly so. Memorable riffs and solos by the Dave and Smith, perfect bass and songwriting by Steve Harris, ' awesome drumming by Nicko, all pioneered by the strong vocals of bruce. People who don't really know about metal and vote for metallica blindly, just listen their songs. They have been consistent for years, with loads of good songs ( almost 85% of their songs are awesome: unlike some other metal bands). Sad to see Megadeth so low for thrash Metal in this list. :'(

Iron Maiden's a thriller band with great sense of music. I got to admit that they will be iconic for centuries to come. - ArchangelOfDeath

Steve Harris' right hand is the stuff of wonders. How he plays bass like that is insane, not to mention his song writing abilities is awesome. The rest of the band are top notch musicians as well - Johnnyt800

Lol listening to them right now perfect timing

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2Michael Jackson (Pop)Michael 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.

Definitely the best at his genre. No doubt about that. He's been an inspirational figure to other pop singers and there can be no modern pop singers that can equal what he's sung.

I never admitted pop would be so great until I met hi. His beats to the songs are great and his voice is, well unique and he moreover called the King of Pop.

He is definitely the best pop star. He has so many great songs - Ajkloth

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3Ludwig Van Beethoven (Classical)

Beethoven was indeed amazing composer! He was very important in the transition from the light, Mozart-like Classical classical music to the more artistic, emotionally, expressive Romantic classical music, paving the way for later composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Bartok, Wagner, Mahler, Stravinsky, etc... His monumental symphonies and beautiful piano sonatas are some of the greatest classical music pieces ever, and his works have so much emotion and just plain awesomeness in them. Beethoven is the greatest Classical composer.

A great composer, possibly the greatest ever, but we have absolutely no idea how he was as a performer, which every other name here is based on.

Isn't he supposed to be the greatest.

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4Pink Floyd (Progressive Rock)Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

Masters of Progressive and Psychedelic music, the great concept of Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason is created the best albums of all time. - malamJONES

Pink Floyd definitely isn't my favorite band but they are super good at psychedelic music - Ajkloth

Re:"Dream Theater should be This! " they are progressive metal not rock - zxm

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5Eminem (Rap)Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 172 million albums making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Eminem for rap no second thoughts here

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6Green Day (Punk Rock)Green 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 made 4 great punk albums. (39/smooth, Kerplunk, DookIe, and Insomniac.) But that's it. Everything after were alternative albums. And only Nimrod and Warning were good of those alternative ones. American Idiot is overrated along with 21st Century Breakdown. The trilogy is just awful. I love old green day more then anything. But saying green day is the best is an insult. There are so much more great punk bands. - Inart

Not even punk. The best punk bands are the Ramones, Sex Pistols, Stooges, Clash, NOFX, Rancid, Germs, X, and Pennywise. - BeatlesFan1964

Dookie Album and Jesus of Suburbia song is great, but they are more likely alternative rock. - malamJONES

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7Elvis Presley (Rock N' Roll)Elvis 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. ...read more.

Rock N' Roll of the 50's. King of Rock N' Roll I must say. He's way too awesome. - ArchangelOfDeath

THIS GUY sucks! he talked in this falsetto deep voice and always sounded drunk! what a loser

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8Metallica (Metal)Metallica 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.

If they had just released their first 5 albums then maybe. Unfortunately, they released some crap as well which kinda drags them down a fair bit.

Maybe Thrash Metal, but not metal in general. - malamJONES

Metallica really defined what music really is. They're just awesome.

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9Nirvana (Alternative)Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

I think they are most popular alternative band. I like The Killers even more than Nirvana. And if its pure "Alternative Rock". then I would choose Pearl Jam over them. Eddie Vedder has better voice than Kurt Cobain. And their lyrics are also better. - zxm

I like bands like red hot chili peppers or green day more than nirvana in alternative rock - zxm

Nirvana founded grunge not alternative

No, grunge was created by other bands, Nirvana only popularized it. - Metal_Treasure

Nirvana is Grunge - Inart

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10Nirvana (Grunge)Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

I just love grunge. Its one of my top 5 genres. But Nirvana hasn't proven enough excluding their all time popular song - Smells Like Teen Spirit. - ArchangelOfDeath

My most favorite band of all time!

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The Newcomers

?Judas Priest (Metal)Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.
?Aphex Twin (IDM)Richard David James (born 18 August 1971), known by his stage name Aphex Twin, is an Irish-born English electronic musician and composer. He is known for his influential and idiosyncratic work in electronic music styles such as IDM and acid techno in the 1990s, for which he won widespread critical acclaim. ...read more.

The Contenders

11Led Zeppelin (Rock)Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

I wish their best songs weren't ripoffs... Whole Lotta Love, Dazed And Confused, In My Time of Dying, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, I Can't Quit You, Baby, and many more are uncredited covers. Even Stairway to Heaven has a ripped off section. - Metal_Treasure

Led Zeppelin is the best in my book - Ajkloth

12Blind Guardian (Power Metal)Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

I couldn't agree more. Several power metal bands are very good but Blind Guardian is the band with the stellar musicianship. - Metal_Treasure

My favorite power metal band is Helloween, but I do agree Blind Guardian is the best. - Powerfultekin

I disagree. For power metal, DragonForce

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13Madonna (Pop)Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.V1 Comment
14Moby (Electronic)Moby is an American musician, who has produced inventive new styles to various subgenres of electronic music, inspired by 1950's gospel as much as by modern rock, and musicians from New Order to David Bowie. ...read more.
15deadmau5 (Progressive House, Electro House)Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for pioneering work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse. Notable songs include Ghosts n' ...read more.
16Louis Armstrong (Jazz)Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.
17Blind Guardian (Symphonic Metal)Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

This is what people call a master class (Wheel Of Time, Sacred Worlds, The Throne). - Metal_Treasure

18Electus (Chillstep)
19Armin van Buuren (Trance)
20Korn (Nu Metal)Korn 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 ...read more.

Linkin Park and Korn are equally good. I know I'm gonna get downvotes for this comment but I'd rather state my opinion. - ArchangelOfDeath

Rage Against the Machine is way better in my opinion - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

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