Top Ten Greatest American Music Artists of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

Kind of a joke, his music was just glorifed disco. For the first 10 years of his career, he was the Justin Bieber of his time, and he was not even considered a serious musician until he was teamed with producer Quincy Jones.

He is sensational yet I'm not keen on his music - jmepa1234

He should be ahead of Elvis. Look at what he's done for music compared to Elvis.


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2 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley 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. more.

This is right easy number 1 on this list

Only the Beatles have sold more records than Elvis!

He never wrote 1 song of his own - jmepa1234

Hence why the list is called 'Top Ten Greatest American Music Artists of All Time' not 'Top Ten Greatest American Song Writers of All Time'. - ParasN2000

Elvis is the 2 best music artist of all time behind the Beatles

3 Eminem Eminem 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 300 million records 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 more.

He should be higher than maroon 5

He is perfect

He is voice of America!
Should be on no.2 spot for sure..

He the best

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4 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

After Jackie came along I lost interest in every other performer, past or present. - BobG

Very proud of this bright young star

All others are simply entertainers. Jackie Evancho is an experience.

Tremendous star power, but humble and respectful person.

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5 Home Free Home Free Home Free is an American a cappella group of five vocalists, Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Adam Rupp, Tim Foust, and Adam Chance.
6 Metallica Metallica 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". more.

Why so low on the list? - zxm

7 Simon and Garfunkel Simon and Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel.

They made a song 'bout the sound of silence, and it was great. So how the hell is it under some teen I only heard about through this website?
Check out Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, you'll know they deserve to be in the top 3

8 Billy Joel Billy Joel

If Hendrix made kids want to pick up a guitar, Joel made kids want to sit down at the piano.

Billy Joel is absolutely AMAZING!

Awesome guy

9 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Never heard of them - jmepa1234

This List Is wack! - Cheese567

Emeimem and Maroon 5 are the only people who keep this list modern - TopTenListmaker

10 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) 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. He died of more.

The Newcomers

? The Black Keys The Black Keys The Black Keys is an American indie rock and blues rock duo, that was formed by Dan Auerbach (Vocals, Guitar) and Patrick Carney (Drums). more.
? Saliva Saliva Saliva is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. Saliva released their self-titled debut album on August 26, 1997, through Rockingchair Records, a record label owned and operated by Mark Yoshida, who recorded and produced the release at his studio, Rockingchair Studios.

The Contenders

11 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.
12 The Doors The Doors The 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.

I listened to them once and really liked them - jmepa1234

13 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

Some of the others don't really belong on this list as they don't write, compose, sing and play instruments with expertise and versatility - Billyv

Great lyrics in his songs - jmepa1234

This is a joke... He should be number one... He's bellow MAROON 5!
This isn't a list for you're favourite musicians this is a list for the best musicians. Maroon 5 shouldn't even be in you're favourite musicians.
I don't even listen to Bob Dylan that much but I know he should be first or top 2 at least. All along the watchtower ( although the hendrix version is better) and like a rolling stone are two of the best songs lyrically I've ever heard
Id put Johnny cash up there too but who knows of any of you maroon 5 fans even know who Johnny cash, hank Williams, Jimi hendrix, Marvin gaye, nirvana etc. are ( not that those guys should be at the top I was just giving examples)

Like a Rolling Stone, Blowin’ in the Wind, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, the list goes on and on

14 The Eagles The Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
15 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

Brian Wilson inspired the Beatles to create their best work. He was one of the first auteurs of the studio music process. Pet Sounds, Smile, and many early compositions like California Girls, In My Room, and I Get Around prove this.

Inspired the Beatles to fame - jmepa1234

16 The Cars The Cars The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer more.
17 Madonna Madonna 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 more.

Probably the most famous female singer - jmepa1234

18 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.
19 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer.
20 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching more.
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