Musicians You Would Bring Back From the Dead

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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.

This is in response to the comment I just read about the Queen fan who doesn't listen to much else other than Queen anymore... We must've been separated at birth! You sound just like me! Once I 'discovered' Queen, finally, I really didn't care to listen to anyone else either! After Freddie's amazingly magnificent voice, everyone else is a let-down. Plus, it took me so long to finally find the perfect band that it just doesn't interest me to hear anyone else now. And I'm going to make up for lost time! Plus there's so much to explore. I still cannot get over what a fabulous voice Freddie had. It simply blows me away! Songs I've heard tons of times will suddenly just stun me b/c of their incredible brilliance. So, it's hard to move on from my favorites b/c they still captivate me so much.

So, yes, if I had the chance to bring a musician back, it would definitely be Freddie, the greatest/best singer ever to grace the Earth!

Happy Birthday, dear sweet Freddie!

If Freddie came back, Queen could reunite and we could have real music again. No more Miley Cyrus (or Hannah Montana) or Jonas Brothers or Rhianna. I could actually say I listen to "modern music". haha - ObsessedwFreddie

If Freddie were still alive, Queen may still be alive and kicking today, instead of a shadow of its former self. After Freddie died, John left the group. Supposedly he became depressed and is still depressed today. Brian and Roger wouldn't have to try and substitute someone for Freddie, because you can't substitute Freddie.

He is awesome

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2Michael 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.

When I was little, about 6 or 7, only a couple days after his tragic death, my parents and my sisters and me were watching a collection of his music videos. I loved his voice, so I asked my mom, "Who is that guy mommy? " And she answered, "That's Michael Jackson sweetie. He's claimed to be one of or the best singer ever born." So I smiled and said, "He's a wonderful singer." Then it came to me, and I asked, "Will I get to meet him? ". My parents stopped and looked at me. My mom smiled and my dad took a sip of his drink and said, "Sorry sweetie. He's dead.". I paused and looked at the screen, and started to sob, not even knowing who he was. My parents asked, "Whats the matter? " And I just flat out screamed, "I MISS Michael JACKSON! " And to this day, that was a little embarrising, but now I know I meant it. He was an outrages man. He was great, spectacular, fantabulous, I could go on. I miss this guy, A LOT. - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

Let's just say that if he did come back we'd be listening to actual music instead of hearing some prepubescent kid with women's jeans say "baby over and over again.

(Then again, if he did, those tabloids would print more fake bull crap about him again. )

Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainer that ever lived. He gave us such beautiful music that will be listened to forever. He sang with such passion and love, when you listen to him you could just hear God working trough him. He was also such a loving, beautiful person who really cared about the world and people. It is a shame that he is not here

He deserves to still be alive!

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3John 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 .

Got shot. Needless death, didn't need to get shot. No motive was there. Left us far too soon John. I hope Chapman dies and rots alone.

Without a doubt the greatest musician in history.

Why isn't Lennon number 2? He should be!

Most influential and fantastic musician, left us too soon!

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4Kurt CobainKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

This guy must return... A few more albums and songs needed! The last real rockstar who ever lived

Bring back Kurt! We miss him :'( also bring back (Elvis, Mj, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, & Jim Morrison) but especially Kurt.

He is just too good not to revive. His voice is perfect.

He changed my life... I would save him and BE that friend he always needed...

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5Cliff BurtonClifford Lee "Cliff" Burton was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica from December 1982 until his death in September 1986.

man, Cliff should totally be in the top ten. he had way more talent than Eazy-E or Kurt Cobain. Cliff was the reason why I learned bass. Man you guys should go listen to "anesthesia" - latinometalhead94

For Cliff The Bell Tolls. Gave us hellaciously good music and was flung out of a bus window for doing so. That fateful night in September changed Metallica forever.

Then they don't need another bassist to replace him, no one is better then Cliff. Also see my list Top Ten Musicians We Would Trade For Cliff Burton. - Music_Lover123

Maybe he'd keep Metallica in the metal arena. In Metallica's darkest hour, you would keep them from becoming a rock band.

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6Jimi HendrixJimi 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 ...read more.

A talented white blues guitarist in Tacoma, Washington State once described Jimi Hendrix like this "...he was a COMPOSER...he can take a song and play it and that thing will come out different everytime..." It's not about technique, good looks, gimmicks, etc. It's about EMOTION and CONNECTING with the listener. Jimi Hendrix could do that and blur categorization. Jimi would sleep with his guitar, go to the restroom with it, and Jimi even cried when someone threw it off the bus when they thought Jimi stole from them! - rahighsucks

Come on this list is crap. Aaliaya, Eazy-E, Kirk Cobain, and freakin' left eye from TLC or whatever they were called in the top 10 that's a disgrace to have real legends like Hendrix, Harrison, SRV, and Marvin Gaye behind people like that. - Chris-1

He is a better musician than most people nowadays and he would bring back classic blues and rock!

This guy died on my birthday day, not the year but day. September 18. - Music_Lover123

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7Elvis 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. ...read more.

The man invented rocking out a cover song. Not to mention he had quite a few amazing originals. - Christian.H.Mills

Elvis is #1 for sure! Everyone knows it! - Alexandr

it wouLd be awesome if we couLd... He died so younq =( - rebeLLious

He died of heart disease or something. - Music_Lover123

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8Dimebag Darrel

This guy doesn't even have a PICTURE! He sure as Heck deserves one! Rip Dimebag.

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9Jimmy 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.

In one of my favorite bands of all time and had unbelievable amount of talent and skill, sad he's gone

He needs to be higher... Michael Jackson is seriously overrated. Freddie Mercury rightfully deserves his spot, but the Rev does too...

He is my favourite drummer ever. I wish we could bring him back, they haven't been the same since he died.

10Jim MorrisonJames Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

Really! Why isn't Jim in the top 10! Only lasted 5 years and look how much great music and poetry has been written by him! I'm surprise The Doors didn't have more #1 hits. - westofohio

Come back Jim, we need you! We'll trade in Justin beiber or something.

Yes Jim. You were such a kind man when I knew you. You will always be remembered

With Jim the world would come to all it's answers

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?Leonard CohenLeonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist . Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82 .

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11TupacTupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

HE achieved so much in only 5 years on the map, only 25 years old and produced substantial amounts of music if he had another ten years on the scene he wouldn't have just changed rap but the world! He would have been by far the best music artist ever

If you brought MJ back from the dead he was retired and Tupac would be in his Prime its only common sense to bring Tupac Shakur back - roblist

Real rap would exist if pac returned. Lil Wayne and soulja boy would hopefully be put out of business and the hip hop culture would be revived.

Greatest rapper of all time. A fearless leader RIP Pac

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12Ronnie James DioRonnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

What a masterpiece. Definitely deserves the number one spot. So legendary in the world of metal, and more generally, MUSIC.

He had an amazing voice and was one of the best singers that ever lived. I was sad when he died. I would love to bring him back if I could.

He's honestly a metal version of Freddie Mercury in my opinion

Dude was a dedicated craftsman. Always gave his best. - BobG

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13Jeff HannemanJeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Nobody played like Jeff. Slayer is in my TOP 5, that is saying Pink Floyd, Prince, Slayer, Mozart, Beethoven!

14George HarrisonGeorge Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Knew him personally and a too kind and gentle soul to leave us so soon.

Wouldn't expect him to be here. Glad he is!

A great musician, a great friend to those who knew him, founder of the Traveling Wilburys, and a man we lost far too soon. - chriscg

The Beatles! What more can I say?

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15Karen CarpenterKaren Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

Beautiful woman. Beautiful voice. I wish someone could have found a way to help her.

Karen needs to be higher on this list...

Tragic death of a beautiful singer.

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16Notorious BIG

He put east coast rappers on the map!

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17AaliyahAaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.

Aaliyah I would absolutely bring back to life because not only was her music good and she was beautiful but she could also Dance I loved her Dance moves, she Dance so confident and made every dance step look so sexy but Hip Hop at the same time, and her face was worth a million dollars she was beautiful and her movies were really good Queen of the Damned is still one of the best Vampire movies ever Aaliyah we miss so much I just wish she'll come back to us I am about to cry.

Aaliyah was just entering her prime at the time of her death. She sang like an angel and had great dance moves. What I really love about her is her personality, she was never trashy. Aaliyah carried herself like a lady, she was very mature for her age and she was very sweet. The angels took her too soon, I wasn't even born at the time of her passing. RIP Baby girl, she really should be higher on this list - FlakyCuddles43

She was a pioneer, and was on her way to becoming the next janet jackson or pop icon taking over the music world. Music hasn't been the same since she left. Its quality has gone down dramatically.

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19Bob MarleyRobert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

he is simply the worlds greatest with his inspirational music and talent, and all his children have followed in the footsteps of this legend. No. 1

He was a great singer who made some of the best music ever and he needs to be at least top 10 on this list. His quotes were amazing and deep. He was the best musician of his time.

Brought Reggae to the rest of the world. Great, great musician. - Wii360

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20Buddy HollyCharles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.

Buddy, so much in such a short time, you died in 1959 at age of 22, and we still miss you.

Buddy Holly is one of the first people I think of, with singer-songwriters who should have kept living...

"The Day the Music Died" was a very sad day.

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